Friday, November 21, 2008

Finish What You Started!

I've talked a lot about trying to maintain impetus to get things done. Any little edge or incentive I can give myself to keep me on task I try to exploit. I'm very big into visual goals. I paint my models piecemeal in part so that I have the visual validation that I've completed something - even if its just a set of legs or a flamer.



I've also mentioned in the past that I use the visual recognition that comes from filling my display cases:

I actually just added these 2 models to the case. The first one is Balor from the 5th Squad of the 5th Company. He actually was in White Dwarf like 2 years ago in a Grand Tournament spread but in my head he wasn't finished. He was still awaiting his chapter symbol and script on the skeleton's parchment. The second is Heletiv, who just replaced one of my most outdated models from the 1st Squad of the 5th Company (which was painted over 10 years ago and really isn't up to my current standards.) Don't ask me where I pulled that name from but that's what was written under his base:


My latest painting strategy has been the act of clearing unfinished models out of my figure case and getting them into the display case. I literally take a model or partially painted piece out of the figure case and put it on my painting table. I then physically shift all of the models down to show myself I've made progress. Its a near compulsive action. The current goal is to reduce this figure case down to only 1 tray of partially finished models and bits:
I've talked a lot about how I do things but this kind of shows the method AND the madness of how I approach painting an army - and possibly why its taken me over a decade to get this far.

5 comments:

RonSaikowski said...

As long as you've got a system and you're making progress, it doesn't matter how long it takes.

Nice work.

Scott said...

I agree with Ron. Slow and steady, my friend.

Scott said...

Oh and nice touch on the Gorilla Biscuits reference.

ThirdxParty said...

Haha. Thanks guys.

Scott, I actually was going to quote GB directly but I read the lyrics to the song and its about fighting for a unified scene, haha. It just didn't seem to fit.

Sherrod said...

Dear Nick Baran,

Anton gave me the link to your blog. I wish I was in Chicago so I could hug you twice a day. Make sure to drink plenty of water, sometimes I worry that you might be dehydrated.

<3

Sherrod