Sunday, September 7, 2014

Well, That Was a Mistake

 After lamenting that I didn't find any interesting, new figures at the NOVA Open (for no other reason than I wanted something to paint), I thought about just how many unpainted models I already have. At first I thought, well, there's the Malifaux box I picked up at NOVA, then my unfinished Deep Wars and Hell Dorado models. That's only 2 dozen models between them, really nothing. Then I remembered the Lizardmen army I've started.

Then, the Dwarf army I never truly finished.

And then all the Stonehaven Dwarves, Gnomes, Elves, and other assorted critters from their Kickstarters.

And then... this happened.


 For reasons I still can't explain, I thought it would be a good idea to pull out all my unpainted minis to get an idea of just what all I have going on. Stupid, stupid idea. I feel awful that it's gotten this bad. Where did they all come from?

 It turns out, I have (without counting every individual figure) about 500 figures hanging around waiting to be painted. Many are assembled and primed, and many of those are even base coated. But most are still in their boxes or blisters. For shame.

 I realized after I took the photo, that I left out my remaining Dwarves and Stormclaw. But highlights in there include a Mumak,  1/2 a Lizardmen army, a drop pod, Calas Typhon, and a pile of Reaper Bones giants.

 It also doesn't count any of the minis I am waiting for, which includes the current Stonehaven Miniatures Kickstarter for Half-Orcs, the Raging Heroes Toughest Girls of the Galaxy, and my Reaper Bones. That puts my number at about 150 higher.

This collection has been accumulated over only 3 years. Shameful. When I started with my Daemon army, that was all I had for over a year, almost 2. I started strong, at least.

Guess I should get off the internet and get painting!

30 comments:

  1. I totally sympathise, and have a pretty huge painting backlog myself. I keep a list, so at least I know how bad it is!

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  2. wow , thats really a huge amount of unpainted figures . Looks like you don't need to buy new ones for the next....two years ?

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  3. I probably should list them out. It's better than my interim plan, which was to leave them on the kitchen table in order to shame me into painting them faster.

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  4. Probably 3 years, at the rate I paint.

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  5. That's a HORRIBLE thing to say ;)

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  6. I use "Kanban Flow", which was recommended by "The Independent Characters", and it works quite well. It might be worth a look - it's free online software.

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  7. One new figure for every two painted. It's good motivation. :)

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  8. i normally have a simple rule. I don't buy anything until i can see that the current project is soon finished. But i have to admit that there are exception from this rule :D

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  9. sounds like a good plan

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  10. ignoring the problem will not solve the problem :D

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  11. Problem? What problem?
    :p

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  12. :D you're right, which problem ?

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  13. I'll definitely check that out, thanks!

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  14. If it makes you feel any better Ashley, I have enough miniatures to build and paint to keep me busy for the next 5-7 years (especially at the rate I paint).... And I still keep adding to it, though not as much as I used to. It just means you like your hobby. Hmmm, I should probably get off here and get painting too. :)

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  15. Wow! Nice hoard! I thought I was bad with not painting stuff!

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  16. Based on your post, I now refuse to do the same behavior. I will continue to hide unpainted models in boxes, so that I can't see the depths of plastihood I have fallen too. At least you know you fit right in with everyone else and their massive collections of unpainted mini's. :)

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  17. As a quilter, you should also have a hoard of unused fabric
    ;)

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  18. Ah the joys of beholding the Lead pile! ;-) I must admit for me it makes me go a bit weak at the knees thinking of all the cash tied up in figures that are just stashed... which prompted my 'rationalisation' some months ago... We certainly have one thing in common , I still have a built Mumak to paint too! I thinks its size is putting me off getting to grips with it...

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  19. I am a slow painter, too. If I painted one every day (hilariously impossible) I'd finish them in a year and a half. But realistically they're 3-4 years worth.

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  20. The crux of the problem is I can buy them faster than I can paint them!

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  21. I don't recommend doing it, I am now filled with regret. And shame.

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  22. I have SOME shame, I also have ten years of fabric collecting on minis. No one will ever see that.

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  23. The thing keeping me back from the Mumak is that I know I don't have the painting skill to do its skin justice. I need more practice first. Luckily, I have plenty of minis to practice on.

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  24. My problem with that plan is that I am a sucker for a great deal. That Mumak? 70% off retail. Stuff like that is how I got here.

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  25. I think the skin may not be too bad... I figure obviously a base grey to start, then wash with a dark brown to shade. Then dry brush up with a mid and lighter greys using a big soft brush - a lady's blusher brush would be ideal!

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  26. My mother has a room just dedicated to fabrics. Sometimes I think she has more fabric than I do miniatures.

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  27. To be perfectly honest, the "hobby room" is really just my Sewing Studio, with minis stuffed in the corner.

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  28. Knight_of_Infinite_ResignationSeptember 9, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    I did this recently, had a hard think and put a lot of stuff on ebay. Felt much better for it, and able to focus on new projects without old ones nagging at me.

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  29. Confession time: this is post-purge. I sold a bunch of stuff over the last few months, some on eBay and some at swap meets. This is just what's left. :-/

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  30. Knight_of_Infinite_ResignationSeptember 9, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    better get painting then!

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