Playing EPIC in 28mm.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Improving my painting

Regular readers will know that I get other people to paint my armies.  My painting is not so bad that I cannot bear to look at things, but it just insn't as good as I would like.  Obviously this is due to a lack of practice, rather than a lack of talent (thank you for agreeing).  So with this in mind, I bought one of those phenominally expensive trays - if I used one of the exisiting TV Dinner lap trays I would have to clear everything off it an put it away every time I stopped painting, which sort of defeats the point.

So now I have one.  And as you can see I can use it.  But as in a lot areas, good intentions are soon scuppered by real life.  Incidents by contractors have meant loooong hours at work the last two weeks and so my good habit of finding time to paint more often has already been broken. 

To tell the truth, whilst improving my painting skills would be nice, I don't really have the time; by which I mean that I have more meaningful and arguably important things to do with the time it would take (excersise, time with family and friends, maybe actually playing a game or switching the xbox on, ploughing through my reading list and working to actually pay for it all) to actually improve.

Moreover, if I am serious about one day stopping adding to my insane collection, then it will all be painted and I'll not have invested all that time in a skill I won't actually need any more.

Of course, all this is just cover for the real reason; I don't enjoy painting little men.  I realise that this is because my skill level doesn't produce a result I'm happy with, but quite frankly, I don't need to spend time doing this.  Anyone want a painting tray ?


  1. And here I was all set to offer to show you some simple effective techniques :)

    if you change your mind, the door's open.

    oh and no thanks, no need for a tray :)

  2. One of the best posts I think I've ever read - thanks!

    Love the honesty.

    I'm just about to settle down in front of 'High Fidelity' in my frustratingly ill-lit cottage to paint some more of your little men. Hope it helps!

    If I finish this one I'll try to post another batch (squads 2 and 3) out to you tomorrow...

  3. Cheers gents. Of course it is just sat there now, in an accusatory fashion. Doubtless I will splash some paint on things in the future, but I'll not get hung up on it.

    I have to face the fact that I am essentially, a collector (as opposed to being a gamer, or a modeller/painter). Therefore it makes sense on a certain level to concentrate on that, rather than imagining that I'll ever win a Golden Demon or a GT.