Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Miniatures: Taking the Pledge

Introduction

I've been a bit quiet on the blogging front recently.  No excuses; I'm just hoping that at least someone noticed.  Anyway, onwards and upwards...

Here's a problem: I have too many models.  That's a bit broad and not something which I either can or wish to tackle all in one go.  Let's narrow it down a bit: I have too many part-completed models - items that I have started to assemble, but which I haven't completed and packed away.  The number of undercoated or part-painted models has risen to the point where they are clogging up my workbench and making it really difficult to make progress on anything much.

This is my answer: the pledgeI hereby state that I will only permit myself one new model to be taken out of its packaging, assembled &c for every two already-started items which I complete.

Obviously this cannot go on indefinitely as I would eventually run out of already-started models and therefore not allow myself to initiate any further new builds.  Equally, there may come a point where a painting competition, a blog challenge or a special scenario at the games club requires one or more fresh models to be built in a limited time.  My pledge is not to be applied rigidly and may be broken temporarily if such an event should require, but otherwise I do intend to honour it.

I made this commitment about 2 weeks ago.  Since then, I believe that I have completed 19 models and started 1.  By my own rules, I am therefore allowed to start another 8.5 figures whenever I wish.  It's nice to be in credit already!

Here are some of the recently-finished models, just to show that I'm not cheating 🙂:

1st Corps flock of sheep and shepherd

4Ground wagon, North Star oxen and scratch-built carrots!

Antediluvian Miniatures adventurers, cavewoman and priestess 

Warlord Games samurai and bandits

Gripping Beast Saracen ghulams

19 comments:

  1. Very nice new entries. You deserve to start a lot more new stuff, I think. ;)

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    1. Thanks, Skully. I'm going to stick to this and only start new models that I have "earned". At least for now :-) ...

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  2. I should probably make a very similar pledge. Thanks for the encouragement to do so. Anyone else?

    Stephen

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    1. Feel free to join in! Who knows - maybe we can start a movement here :-) ?

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  3. Yep I would think most of us are in the same boat C6, I was just thinking the other day that if I didn't buy anything new next year its most likely l wouldn't get everything I have done, I know that's a bit different from what your post is about but I should add that I also have lots of stuff half done :(

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    1. I think you're right, Frank: all of us who have been in this business for any length of time have too many half-completed models. This is my way of trying to address my problem...

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  4. Good pledge. I would need one similar as well.

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    1. If it works for you, Cedric, then go ahead!

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  5. I'm very impressed by those sheep.
    You simply can't get that sort of huddle with individually based minis.

    As for scratchbuilt carrots, I feel there's the potential for a whole blog post there.

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    1. The sheep are a marvelous model, aren't they :-) ? Must to be hard to cast, though. I did ask if there was any possibility of other herds being made - perhaps cattle - but I don't think the sculptor is going to do anything else any time soon...

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  6. I wish I had the necessity to complete models, I do work a lot more when under pressure.
    You're off to a flying start with your pledge though, so keep going C6 !

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    1. Thanks, Joe. Yes, I have a very great need to complete models - there are so many grey-undercoated figures lying around in piles of boxes on (or near) my desk. It's just not good enough, so I've decided to take action :-) !

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  7. These all look fab! I have been doing this as well its good to get some stuff finished and no longer cluttering the place up.

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    1. This is the first time that I've made a conscious effort to work my way through (at least some of) my pile of started-but-not-completed models. In the past I've had small bursts of enthusiasm for some projects, but not always enough to carry me over the finish line.

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  8. It’s good to have a clear out of part done .. keep it up!

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    1. Thanks, Dave! I will need to "keep it up" for a very long time to work my way through all of my part-built projects. Still, it'll never happen if I don't start doing something about them...

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  9. Too many models is a "curse" that afflicts nearly all modellers/miniature painters. It's a good pledge and I hope it means you get more painted in the end. I need a pledge of my own as more model kits are being added than painted that most will likely never get painted :(

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    1. Well, the way I see it is this: completed models can be used for gaming. Unstarted kits can be sold/traded/given away. But those in between (i.e. part-built/painted models) are just clutter...

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  10. I think bloat and non-completion plagues many hobbies.
    Cyclists chasing their N+1 bike and box after box of barely used maintenance tools.
    Ladies with tens of boxes of unopened footwear ...

    The Pledge represents the first step to recovery.

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