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Xintao28 Aug 2017 7:09 a.m. PST

Lately I have been really pushing hard to paint stuff from the Lead Mountain. I want to game, not read about others gaming. But the big push has created a problem.

The more I paint, the more enthused I get about painting and gaming. As I get more enthused, my mind races light years ahead of what I can actually paint. So I start planning out new armies, filling in missing parts of existing armies, etc.

Net result I'm buying new figures….damn it.


Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2017 7:12 a.m. PST

hahahaha same here……it's a sickness….

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2017 7:13 a.m. PST

Since I started 3d printing the lead mountain is turning into a plastic one.

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2017 7:19 a.m. PST

It helps to develop a plan and a budget. Paint/craft only within the plan, spend only within the budget, never start a new project without both a plan and a budget.

It's even harder to get rid of abandoned projects. Kind of like chewing off a limb in a bear trap…

- Ix

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2017 8:43 a.m. PST

I've been losing the race to Xeno for years.

I keep getting almost half of my DBA armies completely finished, based, and ready for the table.

How does Xeno manage to keep getting halfway there?!?

Saxondog28 Aug 2017 9:54 a.m. PST

Buy 3, paint 2….. this is the way it works ain't it? So, 3 isn't enough. You need 4. So buy 3 more, paint 2. Now you need the other side. Buy 3, paint 2…….etc, etc, etc

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Aug 2017 10:15 a.m. PST

For the past several years I have been working on refurbishing and finishing armies. The idea is to reorganize paint and base what I have. Once that is done, see if there are any glaring needs (and I mean glaring). Fill in just what you actually need and get it done.

So yes, that means ordering ONE PACK of Micro Armor, and paying shipping for it. I do NOT bulk up to "justify" the shipping. That is such bad logic it makes my brain hurt.

This also includes budgeting for painters instead of lead.

I have finished my 6mm Soviets and 6mm Germans; 15mm Napoleonic British; 15mm Vikings; 15mm Saxons; 15mm Goblins; 6mm Napoleonic French; 15mm Vietnam Anzac.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2017 10:23 a.m. PST

Here's what I do.

1) Limit myself to only two projects on the painting table at a time.

2) Only fund new or enhance projects from sales of discontinued projects*.

*Spending on supplies and special events (Fall In this year) are exempt from this rule.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP28 Aug 2017 11:16 a.m. PST

Mergers and (de)acquisitions. The 28mm Halflings needed a few more units. So did the 28mm Dwarves. So certain Dwarven units are now allies finishing up the Halfling army, and the reverse. The Spenser Smiths had nothing to be merged into, and weren't a fighting army by themselves, so they went to the flea market. Same with the 1/72 Mexicans.

By next year, with luck and persistence, every painted castings will be part of an army big enough to fight and with at least one opponent. After that, it's just a matter of "paint three, buy two."

"Just," I say…

Tacitus28 Aug 2017 12:16 p.m. PST

Paint/craft only within the plan, spend only within the budget, never start a new project without both a plan and a budget.
_________ only within the plan, spend only within the budget, never __________ without both a plan and a budget. Wise economical words for anything in life. If only I practiced what I preached…

14Bore28 Aug 2017 3:48 p.m. PST

Its a catch 22

Tony S28 Aug 2017 4:13 p.m. PST

So yes, that means ordering ONE PACK of Micro Armor, and paying shipping for it. I do NOT bulk up to "justify" the shipping. That is such bad logic it makes my brain hurt.

Even as I type this, there are tabs open on my browser to the GHQ website, as I am trying to assemble an order of at least $100 USD to qualify for the summer 15% off special. What do I honestly need? Maybe three packs of heavy artillery for Rommel.

But it's ok because I'm not trying to justify shipping costs, but rather to save money? Right? Hello? Anyone?

ScoutJock28 Aug 2017 4:40 p.m. PST

LOL I have the same issue with GHQ's current 15% off sale.

Start a new army, flesh out an existing one, fill some gaps with new kit…

Plus have to do it all using the black ops budget even with the sale.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP29 Aug 2017 4:56 a.m. PST

I'm keeping a list with a couple of manufacturers across scales and periods to limit the minimum charges. For instance, I need some Irregular Miniatures 2mm bridges, and I'll order them when I buy the 6mm AT guns. The H&R list currently involves three periods.

JMcCarroll Inactive Member29 Aug 2017 4:55 p.m. PST

Hi my name is Jeff and I suffer from " new shinny syndrome "
It's the first step to recovery right?

goragrad30 Aug 2017 1:07 p.m. PST

Actually the killer is when someone else decides to get rid of his unfinished projects and puts them up for sale at bargain prices.

Buy the lot for some specific items and end up with some additional figures that get a start on another project.

The Last Conformist01 Oct 2017 10:03 a.m. PST

I've been attacking some old strata of the Lead Mountain this year just finished some Teutonic Knights that's been laying around for years, frex but I've been less good about refraining from buying new stuff, so the net for the year this far is still a slight net growth of the Mountain. I'm telling myself it will be a net decrease by year's end.

Seriqolm Inactive Member08 Oct 2017 2:21 p.m. PST

Short answer… Be disciplined.

Long answer… oooooooh! shiny

Henry Martini Inactive Member08 Oct 2017 5:37 p.m. PST

Hmmm… I know a lady with a whip… but do have any evidence that that will actually help erode lead mountain , Seriqolm?

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