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Yesterday I wrote about what I saw as the positives of setting gaols. While I think the positive outweigh the negatives, the negatives are still there.
All paint, no play
When you’re focused on one goal, other things can fall away. In some ways it was probably fortunate for me that the bulk of the time spent on my goal coincided with lockdowns and a general inability to go round to clubs or people houses for games. Even once I had the chance again, I tended to ignore this for the chance to do more painting. So there was definitely an aspect of painting models without playing any games with those models. Playing time was the main thing I reduced in order to increase painting time.
Does it bring joy?
feel it is overall a good thing that I reduced impulse buying to almost zero as part of this goal. With that said, there’s a certain joy to buying a new game or army, cracking it open and getting on to the assembling and painting. I cracked and bought the Cursed City boxed set – no regrets there.
Along the way I ignored the Sisters of Battle Box, Blood Bowl second season, Bones V and VI kickstarters, and the Age of Darkness boxed set. I also have no regrets with any of these, mainly because I know that anything of these I bought would remain unpainted today.
It is still worth noting that getting into the new hotness, whatever that is, swiftly becomes the enemy of your goal, and there’s a grim fortitude that comes into play when you build a habit of avoiding these things.
The main downside I came across where hobby activities I was incentivised not to do. Learning a new technique? I did this, exploring both Contrast Paints and the underpainting technique. Other aspects, such as airbrushing, I avoided. Not because I wasn’t interested, but because I felt the learning curve was going to interfere with reaching my goal of zero unpainted models.
The same applied to homemade terrain. I have a fair collection of cardboard and polystyrene under the house but haven’t seriously looked at using it since I started to go seriously towards the goal. Why spend time creating new models when I could spend the same hours painting the models I already have?
It wasn’t really a contest, and so one of things I will probably get into this year is the more homemade side of terrain, as my bought terrain is all done now. Hopefully I can get the airbrush out at the same time!
I think the downsides are outweighed by the upsides of setting the painting goal and working towards it, but I also think it would be remiss of me not to mention them.