We all suffer from it at some point. To some it’s like hitting a brick wall, to others it creeps up on them like a dose of Nurgle’s Rot. It could be that you’ve just maybe burnt out, or maybe you got the new Warhammer 40,000 – Space Marine Xbox game, and you’ve been playing that whenever you have a second to spare, but sooner or later we all go through the ‘haven’t painted anything in ages’ stage. I think it’s perfectly normal; in fact, we all probably have similar experiences in other aspects of our lives.
The hard part is getting back into ‘the groove’ (which is currently what I am experiencing). Every day I go into my ‘Nerd Closet ™’ to get something and I see hundreds of little eyes staring at me, almost as if they are saying ‘when? When is it our turn?’
I think I need a vacation…
Every day I correspond with my buddy Matt who lives in the UK. Being a fellow gamer (and single handedly keeping GW in business over the years, methinks!) our conversations usually end up on some sort of gaming topic. Recently he has scored a commission job with Wargames Foundry in Nottingham, painting miniatures for their catalogues and website (nice one mate!). He’s painted a stack of mini’s for them, and in doing so, has burnt himself out a bit, neglecting his own mini’s for the promise of cold, hard cash (can’t say I blame him though).
So, with us both procrastinating like it’s going out of fashion, I proposed a project, a ‘buddy project’ if you will. The idea of it being us both taking on a project, and essentially pushing each other through to completion. Along the way we’ll send each other WIP updates and pictures to see the others progress. There are no prizes or quests for glory, this is simply friends enjoying their hobby, and I wanted to show you that distance is no object. My aim with this article is to hopefully inspire others out there to do the same.
Each of us selected some goodies that were on our ‘to do’ list and sent it to the other. The other person then chose one of the items on the list for them to take on as their project, and so it begins.
Black Legion Plague Marines
SW venerable dread
I chose the Black Legion Plague Marines for Matty and he chose my Space Wolf venerable dreadnaught. I’ll be bringing Matt on board shortly to talk with me about the progress from beginning to end. Over the next few weeks, I’ll add a sub-page for this so you can follow the progress, along with witty commentary from myself and Matty.