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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2017 9:47 p.m. PST

"There was a time when I painted so many models that I was running out of unpainted ones that I wanted to paint, an almost unheard of phenomenon in the miniature painting community. I was turning over couch cushions to uncover any sort of toy soldier or model kit I had missed in the whirlwind of productivity. I even took extra trips to the game store to pick up more kits, which I would have done so anyway, but if I wanted to keep going at my pace these trips became necessary rather than a necessity.

That year I had decided I would paint 520 figures, "just" 10 models per week. It was a pretty straightforward goal. You hit 10 in a week and you're good. miss a week and try to hit 20 the following week or span it over two weeks at 15 models each. I think what I actually set out doing was to paint 15-20 models every two weeks and paint them up one large batch at a time.

I had set an artificial goal and met it. I painted 530 models in 9 months…"
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Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2017 5:18 p.m. PST

Sounds a bit obsessive/compulsive to me. Hard to tell if the author is enjoying himself at his hobby.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2017 10:51 p.m. PST


Maybe he has a bad day…!


jdpintex10 Nov 2017 2:32 a.m. PST

I stopped this week because I'm on vacation. Otherwise I don't understand the concept

coopman10 Nov 2017 9:24 a.m. PST

I stopped because I was freaking tired of it.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2017 10:57 a.m. PST



arthur181510 Nov 2017 3:47 p.m. PST

I never particularly enjoyed painting, nor was I very good at it. Eventually I realised I could earn money by doing things I enjoyed – one to one tuition, writing &c. – and use the money to pay someone else to do it for me!

Lost Wolf12 Nov 2017 4:08 p.m. PST

Hard to find time from work. Just plain tired

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP12 Nov 2017 6:22 p.m. PST

Some people enjoy painting, some don't. Some have a hard time finding time to do the painting. That's all understandable. But that's not what the OP is about.

Volleyfire13 Nov 2017 2:35 a.m. PST

I stopped painting to read this thread. I wish I hadn't.

Old Wolfman13 Nov 2017 7:52 a.m. PST

Giving my brush hand a rest for a bit;gets numb after a while when I do paint.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2017 12:08 p.m. PST

Bowman, what is the OP about?

My reasons are:

Eyesight isn't what it use to be.

Back hurts after a few hours in the chair, (I have a great chair but I am getting on in years.)

Like everyone else, time is an issue.

I can afford to have someone else paint them. They will do a better job than I.

Don't have that many haircuts left.

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2017 6:06 a.m. PST

Bowman, what is the OP about?

My reading of the article indicates someone who set himself a difficult task of maintaining a painting rate of 10 figures a week for a whole year. He was compulsive enough to keep to that schedule. However, he didn't seem to be enjoying himself. At the end of it, he was burned out and stopped painting, or as he called it, "….adjusted my painting quota downwards."

That's not what you are talking about. BTW, I have the same issues as you do, and the others in this thread. I don't have the same issues as the fellow in the article.

Pyrate Captain26 Dec 2017 12:33 p.m. PST

My eyesight got me out of painting 15s. I gave them all to my son in law. 20s are starting to go out of focus and I have concerns about the future of my 28s. Its less about the vision than it is steadiness of hand painting small details. However I refuse to introduce another larger scale at this point in my life.

Clays Russians01 Jan 2018 7:01 p.m. PST

I stopped because no matter what I paint or collect, there seems to be something else that I'm not satisfied with. At my age, 58, I don't have indefinite time to scurry after whims. So I'll stay with Saga, peninsula war, Crimean war and WW2 red army. Most are complete now, except peninsula war and I am going to farm those out, I'm done with 18mil.

And block wargames (CCA & CCN) have become my newest long term obsession. (8 years)

Personal logo Bowman Supporting Member of TMP11 Jan 2018 6:26 a.m. PST

At my age, 58, I don't have indefinite time to scurry after whims.

[Cue oriental music] Ahh, Clay, but it is the journey and not the destination. [stop oriental music]

Well, that's what I tell myself to justify my chasing after my whims. I'm now 60 and it is time to focus on your main interests instead of every new shiny thing. During Christmas '16 I bought my last full army, which I will enjoy painting over the next year or so. After that, it is just filling in and adding to existing armies. So I'm still painting.

Legion 411 Jan 2018 8:21 a.m. PST

Stop painting !!!!? huh? NEVER !!!!!!

14Bore15 Jan 2018 5:26 p.m. PST

Its hard to paint 24 hrs a day, I've tried

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