Scent of a Gamer

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Forward plans

I sat down a while ago and did some five year planning, across all areas of my life. I’ve hit my mid-forties and so there’s a number of things I’d like to sort out over the next few years.

In the hobby section of planning, my number of unpainted miniatures loomed large. I’ve painted thousands of miniatures over the years, but there were always some that remained stubbornly free of paint.

As I write, that number of 782.

My five year goal is this: By the end of 2024, all miniatures I have owned for six months or more will be painted.

Having articulated the goal I sat down to do some more planning, looking over my unpainted collection. I divided them into a series of ‘trays’ each one holding around 120 miniatures.

This was the first. I gave myself 8 months to finish each tray, which is an increase in my painting rate. The tray above was finished in just over 7 months, so I’m happy about that.

However, this won’t make my collection complete unless I also cut down on the number of miniature I buy. So I have a secondary rule, which I call the 8:1 rule:

I can buy 1 miniature for every 8 miniatures I paint.

The photo above represented 120 painted models, or an allowance of 15. So far this year I’ve purchased 6 models, and all of those will be on the next tray (coming soon!).

It’s going to be an interesting journey over the next 5 years, and I hope you’ll be here to join me.

7 comments on “Forward plans

  1. John@justneedsvarnish
    August 4, 2019

    That sounds like pretty good planning to me! The 8-to-1 ratio sounds quite severe, but maybe not a bad target all considered. Looking forward to see how you get on! 🙂

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    • davekay
      August 4, 2019

      There’s been times when it has been difficult to stick to, but overall it has cut down on impulse purchases, which is the main thing.

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  2. backtothehammer
    August 10, 2019

    I very much appreciate this. I hate to think what my unpainted mini count is. Even more worrying is the number of unboxed minis, though it doesn’t come close to the number of unpainted minis! The recent last chance to order from GW didn’t help matters but at least the dwarves from that will be built in short order. I’m going to be trying not to buy anything full stop for the foreseeable future (bar a few rule books)

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    • davekay
      August 10, 2019

      I think it’s the not buying more that is the hardest part!

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  4. jezzarath
    February 2, 2020

    I have this same buying issue with MTG cards. so many of them are just sitting in boxes waiting to be filed. the filing should be faster than painting, but I think setting myself that goal could be good!

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    • davekay
      February 2, 2020

      Funny, I was just looking at my magic cards and wondering if I should change the filing system I use for them – I already changed it last year!

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