Scent of a Gamer

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It is done

Two thousand, three hundred and forty-five. This is the number of painted miniatures I have now.

Zero. This is the number of unpainted miniatures I have now.

I’ve been thinking about this, and in every year since 1994 I have had miniatures to paint. No longer!

I’ll be honest; it’s an odd feeling. Some satisfaction – after all I set myself a 5-year goal back in 2019 to go this, and I’ve reached it in 3.5 years. So I went and I got myself a free trophy!

There’s also a bit of a what’s next? to my feelings now.

I’m going to take some time and get photos together of the whole collection, but that probably won’t be happening before August. Apologies if you were hoping to see a group photo sooner than that, but from a practical consideration I need to tidy up my miniatures storing space and get all the models where they need to be. The best way to do that to my thinking, is to have the storage sorted out so that as I’m putting everything away after taking the group photo, there’s spaces available for everything to occupy.

So my next goal is some tidying up!

18 comments on “It is done

  1. John@justneedsvarnish
    June 25, 2022

    I think it’s an impressive achievement, Dave, well worth a trophy! 🙂 A moment to savour and sorting out storage and planning the next stages sounds good to me!

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  2. 6mmwargames
    June 25, 2022

    Amazing accomplishment. I wish I could do this but i seem to buy them faster than I can paint!

    Liked by 4 people

    • davekay
      June 25, 2022

      In many ways the hardest part of getting to zero was cutting out the impulse purchases and Kickstarter projects. Giving myself an ‘allowance’ of being able to purchase 1 new model for every 8 models painted worked well for a couple of years.

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      • 6mmwargames
        June 26, 2022

        Yeah I tried a paint 3, buy 1 plan, but I usually fail miserably especially with 28mm figures

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      • davekay
        June 26, 2022

        It’s not easy with no many cool new boxes and Kickstarters out there, and in some cases I found myself painting faster so that I could buy some new box I wanted. It probably took 18 months but eventually not buying things I couldn’t reasonably put straight on the tray to paint became a habit.

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  3. Peter Holland
    June 26, 2022

    Congratulations, it’s an inspiration. One I’d love to achieve myself!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Guru PIG
    June 26, 2022

    Well done Dave, but it is NEVER EVER DONE!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. midgetmanifesto
    June 26, 2022

    I’m super impressed with the completion. I have to admit I’m really impressed that you have an exact number too. It’s going to be amazing seeing it all before you when you do your photographs.

    Liked by 1 person

    • davekay
      June 26, 2022

      If you go the ‘The Projects’ page there’s a link to the last time I took a photo of everything, which was when I got past 1,500 painted.

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  6. Pete S/ SP
    June 28, 2022

    Congrats- that is some achievement.

    cheers,

    Pete.

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  7. Faust
    June 28, 2022

    Congrats! *insert trumpet noises* I’ve been cutting back purchases, but then were there is some new release bundle, I end up caving. I really need to reign it in though and start inventorying what I have and really need and can actually get painted. Lots of inspiration from your blog on this for sure!

    Liked by 1 person

    • davekay
      June 28, 2022

      I think the inventory genuinely helped reduce my purchases because I knew how many more it would add and what that might mean in terms of time to paint.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. spalanz
    July 1, 2022

    That is incredible!! I’m not sure how I’d feel about it, either… but looking forward to seeing the group shot!

    Liked by 1 person

    • davekay
      July 1, 2022

      I have booked in two days’ leave from work next month, because I will need a 4-day week-end to sort it out!

      Liked by 1 person

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