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AussieAndy Supporting Member of TMP29 Oct 2013 7:33 p.m. PST

I am wondering if anyone has had success in convincing their spouse, significant other, whatever that making wargaming stuff is a craft activity.

My wife, bless her, paints my 15mm flags, but I am yet to convince her that she could make something useful (from a wargaming perspective) at her craft group. She did insist that she wanted to paint some 15mm buildings, but, after they sat on a shelf for a few months, I painted them myself.

I am always hopeful that she might find something useful at craft fairs, but, so far, no luck.

Must crafts only be about macrame and the like or is there scope for hills, woods and snake rail fences?


BrotherSevej29 Oct 2013 8:59 p.m. PST

Well, my wife helps me painting minis, especially on priming (brush on) and base coating.

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP29 Oct 2013 9:58 p.m. PST

I'm fairly red-green colorblind, so my wife has occasionally saved me from some pretty funny/hideous mistakes. She mostly reserves her crafting skills for sewing amazing costumes. She has, however, expressed willingness to help paint my Dwarven Forge game tiles.

jerardad Inactive Member30 Oct 2013 5:17 a.m. PST

My wife sees making wargaming stuff as a craft. Unfortunately, she works with yarn, fibers and fabrics so I can't draft her to help me with my projects. Fortunately, she never complains about what I spend on figures as she has undoubtedly spent more on yarn.

uglyfatbloke30 Oct 2013 8:39 a.m. PST

Mine plays, but expects me to do painting/scenery etc….which would be OK if I were n't totally useless at it.

nochules Inactive Member30 Oct 2013 9:20 a.m. PST

I was able to convert my wife's paper craft hobby into paper building assembly with a fair amount of ease.

leidang30 Oct 2013 11:44 a.m. PST

My wife does all kinds of crafts but mostly making jewelry. I enlist her every now and then to help me paint buildings, make blast markers, base coat miniatures, or whatever else she can help out with. I don't ask to often and return she usually says yes and helps me cheerfully.

On the flip side every once in while I find myself boring holes in beads, or cutting metal, or whatever else I can do to assist her efforts.

leidang30 Oct 2013 11:46 a.m. PST


I've seen fields that someones wife made for him where they were brown corduroy with green needle point plants. Looked really good…. maybe a project for your wife????

Gearhead Inactive Member30 Oct 2013 3:36 p.m. PST

Mrs. Gearhead is surprisingly adept at painting. She's done one mini (an older-style Bretonnian Sorceress, which she sold for $25 USD, which came out at a level that took me years to reach. Sadly, that was what, almost 2 years ago now? And she hasn't done any others. She wants to do planets, which she can either use for mobiles or to flog as fleet game scenery, but that hasn't happened yet. She's got a creative streak a mile wide, but hasn't been bitten by the bug.

Ranger322 Inactive Member31 Oct 2013 7:38 a.m. PST

Danielle helps out quite a bit with our business, Battlescapes Terrain. I do all of the power tool stuff, but she kicks in quite a bit with texturing, painting, and flocking.

Figure-wise, she has painted a couple of wizards, a damsel, and several zombies…all of which came out amazing, with detail that I could never have gotten. She's mentioned buying a Zombicide set and painting it, but only if she can resell it. When it comes to the minis I game with, I'm on my own. I always want them to look a specific way, and she's only interested in painting if she has free reign over the color schemes…

number4 Inactive Member31 Oct 2013 8:47 p.m. PST

Mine steadfastly refuses to paint figures, but enthusiastically helps out and tackles terrain projects, often coming up with great ideas – who would have thought a Yoga mat would make excellent tiled roofs for example?

Caveat: after doing a box of Pegasus barbed wire she said never to buy that stuff again…..

OSchmidt Inactive Member07 Nov 2013 2:14 p.m. PST

DEar Aussie Andy

No wife will EVER take an interest in something in YOUR life, because it's in YOUR life.

It's all part of the "you lousy bastard you ruined my life" line of reasoning.

Patrice Inactive Member09 Nov 2013 9:50 a.m. PST

As long as they don't take with them all the stuff they have painted when they go back to their mother's house :)

John Sowerby Inactive Member04 Dec 2013 3:40 p.m. PST

My wife, bless her, games as well. She's made most of the terrain we've used at Hurricon and Recon for the Starship Troopers games, and is currently casting plaster deck parts for a spaceship interior.

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