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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian28 Apr 2020 1:32 p.m. PST

How often would you say that you take the incomplete project currently on your workbench, and shove it aside in favor of a new and fresh project?

* at least monthly
* several times a year
* never

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP28 Apr 2020 1:34 p.m. PST

Probably once couple of years – don't start new projects too often (enough old ones lingering around!)

Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP28 Apr 2020 1:45 p.m. PST

I just find a niche on the table to move it to. That way it can glare at me and make me feel guilty. Sometimes it works and they get picked up again. Other times they are swept aside in a periodic Grand Cleaning of the work table.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Apr 2020 1:53 p.m. PST


I usually work several "projects" at a time. It allows me to, frinstance, do a base colour on these while the glue on those dries.

That said, I don't usually have a whole "army" on my painting desk as a "project". It will usually be between 10-20 figures from a single force at a time.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP28 Apr 2020 3:14 p.m. PST

There have only been three "new and fresh projects" in the last five years, and two of them were more like interruptions, completed in days. But at least several times a year I complete or put aside current projects to complete or spruce up something else--or just to get things ready for sale at the next flea market.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP28 Apr 2020 3:15 p.m. PST

Like etotheipi, I have multiple projects going at once. I 4 or 5 on the table right now.

Legion 428 Apr 2020 3:41 p.m. PST

Very, very, very rarely …

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP28 Apr 2020 4:02 p.m. PST

Much like etotheipi and 79thPA, when I'm painting or modelling, I usually have a few projects going at once. I don't have a permanent spot for projects in our condo, so there can be long periods of no projects going on at all. The recently-extended shelter-in-place order is letting me resolve some of the pent-up demand for painting.

Three hyphenations in one sentence should be worth some kind of prize, shouldn't it?

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Apr 2020 4:14 p.m. PST

Three hyphenations in one sentence should be worth some kind of prize, shouldn't it?

The Tack-iest Award?


I couldn't come up with one for dash …

14Bore28 Apr 2020 4:27 p.m. PST

The genius of only one big project is you have no place else to go.

21eRegt28 Apr 2020 6:50 p.m. PST

I used to cycle among projects to avoid burn-out and keep it fresh. Now I've only started one new project in the last five years, which continuing to chip away at the old ones.

von Schwartz28 Apr 2020 6:54 p.m. PST

Three hyphenations in one sentence should be worth some kind of prize, shouldn't it?

Present a copy of the post and $1.00 USD American at your local Micky Ds Diner to receive a cup of coffee….small.

Zephyr128 Apr 2020 9:14 p.m. PST

About every 3 days (the length of my attention span… ;-)

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP28 Apr 2020 11:45 p.m. PST

I used to bounce around a lot. My projects tend to be fairly large so I only got a portion done, then moved on, never finishing anything.

I changed my approach six years ago because I got tired of looking at the uncompleted projects.

Now I usually stay fairly focused on the project at hand. I might take a slight detour now and then but its a quick one and I'm back at it.

I am at the 5 yard line on a six year project at this point. Working on last three pieces right now. Then off to the next project.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP29 Apr 2020 2:48 a.m. PST

I am like some of the other respondents, I have a weird selection on my painting table. Right now: Amazons, Pond Wars turtles, WWII Japanese Paras & Apache all in 25/28mm.

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP29 Apr 2020 3:20 a.m. PST

Running a painting service for a few years got me used to switching between projects to reduce the tedium of doing multiples of the same figure over and over. Since retiring from that I don't find a problem doing the same with my own stuff.

Sometimes I can concentrate efforts on a single project for a while but I don't feel I'm abandoning it if I switch to another for a couple of weeks.

Recently I blitzed a Crimean Russian army in 6mm for BBB, went back to doing some 1/2400th pre-dreadnoughts and then came back & blitzed the British. I still have the Turks to do before I can play a game but, hopefully I'll get to those in a week or so.

Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut29 Apr 2020 3:57 a.m. PST

Weekly. I usual have six or seven going on at once…

WarWizard29 Apr 2020 5:39 a.m. PST

Almost daily. I was just thinking yesterday, while painting some 28mmAWI figures for a new project, I should probably finish basing the 15mm Samurai that have been sitting on my other work bench for a couple weeks.

Dagwood29 Apr 2020 6:46 a.m. PST

Probably monthly. I tell myself that I have a number of projects going at the same time, but in practice some get worked on while the others are forgotten for a while to be resumed a few months later.

Jeffers29 Apr 2020 7:38 a.m. PST

Mine is mostly seasonal. I often keep on one subject until the time of year sparks a memory that revives another. Whenever I go to Cornwall on holiday I get the urge to do ECW, for example.

jefritrout05 May 2020 1:11 p.m. PST

I was doing that, but during this time of being home, I am working on finishing off those projects. I have finished 3 of my partially done projects already, and have another one on my desk right now (along with a relatively new project).

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