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I often find myself staring at the vast amount of miniatures all around my hobby room and generally not knowing what army or project to work on. I think in general a lot of us in the miniature hobby know this feeling, but I tend to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of projects I have in my backlog.
I currently have four KoW armies projects that are WIP. I’ve been working out an idea to center a grand crusade around my main Warhammer 40k army, the Lamenters, which will include Astra Militarum and Mechanicum forces. I have a Freebooter’s Fate, Frostgrave and SAGA warband which I want to paint and/or finish. I’m also the proud owner of a Hungarian WWII (Flames of War), German WWII (Bolt Action), Napoleonic Austrian, Early Roman and Gaul army needing work.
The amount of different things I’m always trying to do at the same time has held me back on making progress for my entire hobby career. On the positive side, I feel like this year I have made the most overall progress and been the most productive I have ever been since starting the hobby. I feel like there have been several factors that have helped this year to turn out that way.
Working towards a specific deadline
This has helped me immensely this year. I realised this when I started Hail Caesar and it has been working for most historical games. We don’t tend to play Hail Caesar or Black Powder a lot. I got drawn into the historical side of the hobby by Sven, a friend who has a huge interest in historical warfare and history in general. We always set a date for big battle with about four to six people. This gives a solid deadline and somehow motivates me to get as many models and units done as I possible can. It’s a bit of a pride thing, you don’t want to be the guy arriving with unpainted models or failing to paint enough models for the battle to be as epic as it can be. The same works for tournaments. Don’t use the same painted list you have, but add a new unit or two. This pushes you to finish some additional models to show off at the tournament.
This probably seems like a no-brainer for some people, but it’s not for me. My models are generally all over the place, and I used to have no order or oversight of all the projects I was working on. It wasn’t until a club mate advised me to use Kanban boards that I started getting organised. I made a seperate board for all of my projects, and a general overview of what has been done (which helps for motivation) and what I still have to do for each project. It’s quite satisfying to change a WIP entry into a finished one on the board!
To be more physically organised I ended up buying some racks at IKEA, and put all of my different armies in seperate boxes. This created a lot more space in my hobby room and makes it all less overwhelming. I’d advise this to every hobbygamer, although I realise for a lot of community members this is just common sense.
My final point for today is another one that has helped me spend more time painting/glueing/cleaning up models. Listening to podcasts about the hobby can be so motivating while painting your models. I never paint without listening to a podcast or watching a serie on Netflix anymore. It helps so much when you’re doing the repetitive work which is painting large armies.
That’s it for now, I’ll be sharing my progress on my Undead KoW army in the next blog post. Thanks for reading, if you have made it this far!