Scent of a Gamer

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The tray at halfway

The third Otherworld army update saw me reach the halfway mark on my current tray of models.

Here it is today:

versus starting out in August:

Going from bare plastic, or being still on the sprue (or in the box!) to assembled is a big change.

As with the first tray, I gave myself 8 months to finish everything on this tray. This seemed ambitious yet achieve able, based on my output over the last 12 months. To reach the halfway point in 2 months got me to reevaluate what I thought of as ambitious.

Targets and habits

I’ve written before about how targets can be useful, but what I’ve found most useful is that sticking to the target has built some helpful habits. I won’t say I paint every day, but knowing that there’s another week-end coming up, and that I would like to post two painted miniature updates is certainly a driver to pick up the paint brush!

The potential downside is that it does not encourage me to tackle a large or complex model that might take longer than a week to complete. However having two sets of models on the go at once mitigates this. The plague marines certainly took more than a week, while the empire handgunner and Bones fire elementals were done far quicker.

I’ve also managed to keep to by 8 to 1 rule; a maximum of 1 miniature purchased for every 8 painted. So far this year I’ve bought 20 miniatures – of which 5 are painted.

I remain hopeful of completing this tray by Christmas, rather than April 2020 as I originally targeted. There’s another tray waiting for me when that happens!

5 comments on “The tray at halfway

  1. John@justneedsvarnish
    September 29, 2019

    You’re doing well Dave! I’ve taken to heart your advice on not having zero days and that keeps me making progress, even if I only do little bits some days! 🙂

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  2. Bookstooge
    September 29, 2019

    No rest for the wicked!

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  3. Azazel
    September 30, 2019

    Nice work, Dave – a very productive couple of months indeed!

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    • davekay
      September 30, 2019

      cheers Aza! Your monthly contests have been a big part of my motivation too!


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