There could be some whining, complaining, and hobby hysterics in this post. So you’ve been warned! My motivation to work on the competition piece really started to wane this week and just kept going down with each day. It didn’t help that I worked on some boring parts of the mini and felt uncertain how to proceed with certain things. Overall, I made decent progress this week but disaster nearly struck yesterday. I was trying to shade the inside of the cape so there is a smooth transition with the shadows and somehow, I moved around some wet paint (probably due to not being patient enough) and that messed up a bit of everything in there. Unfortunately, I can’t get the smooth transition I was hoping for which is the first flaw in this paint job that I’ve created. This is not ideal considering it is a competition piece and it caused me a great deal of frustration too. After some panic and swearing, I think I got things mostly smoothed out and it looks alright. Its not what I wanted but at least the deficiency is in a place that I can’t even show you in photos. Here’s a look at where the mini stands.
On a positive note, the scale armor does look quite nice and while the weathered ribbons are unfinished, I think they’re on the right track. Unfortunately, I need to paint the back of the cape next which is going to be tedious. Painting capes is one of the worst parts of Warhammer minis and they takes a lot of patience which I don’t always have. Normally, I would say this is a bad thing but I need some paint and supplies so I’m forcing myself to take a break because I need one on this project to keep doing my best on it. I have less than two months to finish it but I won’t get this done in any way I’m satisfied with if I don’t take a little bit of a break and get my motivation back I’m afraid.
One thing I did think about is that I’m trying to do something really tough here. I want to compete in a painting genre that I don’t spend all of my hobby time in. I only paint Warhammer stuff for the odd display project. Most of the people who enter in these things only paint displays pieces all year. So that means they’re more used to the crazy sub-assemblies, staying patient, and achieving maximum results. I’m asking a lot of myself to try and match their level considering I paint gaming 50% or more of the time. Of course, I don’t expect to win this painting competition or even be in the top three so I don’t think I have unrealistic expectations but I’m even more humbled to realize what a tall task I’m taking on. Hopefully painting something else for a couple of days will help me keep a more level head and achieve better results going forward. I can’t have too many more mistakes or I won’t bother entering this piece in the competition. I don’t want the judges to point out several issues I already know exist if you know what I mean.
I do have a few other random tidbits to share that are a bit more positive. I am really itching to get a game in soon. Unfortunately, I have to paint a closet in my room so that the organizers can be installed this week so I won’t be able to game for a while yet. I think painting something for gaming purposes might help me scratch that itch for a bit and then I can get back to work on this display project.
I went ahead and bought Arkham Horror Card Game Edge of the Earth Investigator cards which should arrive later this weekend. I know I need some cards to spice things up since I beat Dunwich Legacy not to long ago and I’m really excited to see what this new expansion is like. I won’t write up a review but if I have some time, I’ll briefly share what I think about the expansion. I plan on getting the Edge of the Earth Campaign expansion soon as well so I have some new content to play through and not just new cards for my investigator decks. The setting is the Arctic which should be great fun!
Finally, I also re-subscribed to Disney Plus and got halfway through Loki this week. Expect some kind of review of it and other Marvel and Star Wars content in the coming weeks as I get time. Loki is a curious show so I imagine I’ll have something interesting to say about it next update, in fact.