I find myself saying this phrase a lot. This miniature is the best I’ve ever done. This edit is the best I’ve ever done. I think it took me a while to really realize how important that mindset is. Whether its for this hobby or my work or whatever, as long as I always feel like the latest thing I’ve done is the best so far, I’m always improving and clearly able to see that improvement.
Well, after taking a break, Pathfinder has brought this hobby back to the forefront. I was an avid D&D 3.5 player way back when, but never really tried Pathfinder. A ton of friends have been playing it recently, and that’s definitely scratched that tabletop itch I’ve had for some time. Couple that with the delivery of my Reaper Bones 4 Kickstarter package, and I’m back to full-on painting mode. As funny as it is to say, I think painting minis is very much like riding a bike. That sense that you never really forget how to do it. I started painting something out of the box and within 30 minutes I was back to remembering old techniques and the stylistic things I’d do to speed through anything I want done for tabletop-use.
It’s interesting to think about how I feel like I’m less motivated to create things the more creative I am at work. For anyone who stumbles on this and doesn’t know, I’m an editor at Blizzard primarily working on World of Warcraft’s in-game cinematics and various other projects for the other IPs. On a daily basis, my job revolves around having to be creative on the spot at all times. There are meetings here and there sprinkled throughout the day that help break that up, but for the most part my mind is racing all day. I think as a result, I come home and just want to mindless play something or watch something or read something. Definitely an unexpected consequence.
That’s not to say that I’m not making things or obsessively working on things outside of work, like I used to, but my focus isn’t so much on painting or building or designing right now, so I feel a small break coming. As seen by prior posts, I tend to focus on other things and come back to this hobby after a few months as the things I post on here are my absolute favorite things to make. But it’s been interesting to finally see that it could just be quantified as being drained from a full day of artistic work and then lacking the motivation to do more of it after hours, rather than just losing interest in the hobby altogether.
Well, this has certainly been a wild stream of consciousness post so far, but I think I should end it there. I’ve been thinking about teaching myself something music-oriented, or maybe learn to program something. I’ve also been wanting to learn Unity for some time, so perhaps that could be a fun little break from this. Either way, I imagine I’ll be painting up a storm in no time.
I really wanted to start out small with my airbrushing, as noted in my initial airbrushing blog. I had taken on a simple Werewolf and figured I’d maybe try another one of my smaller models. Maybe another one from my large Reaper Kickstarter haul. Unfortunately things didn’t pan out that way. While shopping at a nearby hobby shop for some new Vallejo Air paints, I came across a Primaris Redemptor Dreadnought.
When the “Primaris” versions of Space Marines initially came out, I remember seeing them plastered all over every Warhammer 40k fansite, forum, subreddit, you name it. They were larger than the older models hobbyists and gamers had gotten used to seeing for decades, and provided a lot more detail to cover. I totally understood the fascination and love they garnered, but I still had resisted the urge to buy them. I still have a massive backlog of 40k miniatures. I still never finished painting all my units from my original 3rd Edition and Dark Imperium box sets. But damn this thing was awesome looking, and looked like a perfect opportunity to play with airbrushing.
It’s been a while since my last update. I knew I’d post infrequently, but didn’t expect to take this long. Before I go too far into why I’m posting now, I should say that I still have yet to complete my Imperial Knight. It currently sits in my office on one of my terrain pieces, and though it looks good as-is and I am really proud of what I’ve done with itwwwq, I still have so much more planned. I think I’m just worried about potentially ruining it by adding all the Dark Angels decals and emblems on it, but that’s what I had always intended to do with it, so I should probably just suck it up and deal with it. Haha.
Anywho, the reason I’m updating now is because I’m finally getting into airbrushing. I always saw airbrushing as this sophisticated method that was very expensive and completely out of my wheelhouse. Now I don’t see it that way. As I’m just starting out, I decided to get a simple compressor/airbrush kit from Amazon. I did my research and consistently saw that Iwata was the way to go for brushes, but when it came to compressors, it didn’t seem like the brand mattered so much. I decided to go with the kit I chose because the reviews seemed decent, and I frankly wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy airbrushing enough to warrant the high cost of an Iwata.