Last time (Tool Tips 09) we went over paints. This article is more of a wrap up to the first string of articles. Talking about observations along the way and the future of Tool Tips.
Length – initially I thought that each Tool Tip article would be much shorter than they ended up. Images take up more space than I anticipate. Also, once I start typing, I find that there is more and more to cover. Then the words just keep flowing!
Content – I’m fairly satisfied with this one, as I pretty much exhausted all the areas I wanted to cover. I was reflecting during my long commute the other day, and felt a bit of relief at dumping so much of this out of my brain and into the digital space. I feel like I can now use the Tool Tips articles as reference and don’t have to fret about keeping all of this in my head. I have already gone back to look up some items, so it’s in use as we speak.
Time – yea, it does take some time to prep those articles, get the links and images, etc. But I also learned that you can type everything up beforehand into Google Docs and use an add-on to easily upload your content over to WordPress. That was a nice find and will help me with future large blog posts.
Future of Tool Tips
I had fun creating these articles and received some nice comments along the way. I also found the articles quite useful in helping me to organize my own methods and record a lot of the tools that I have been using.
I think the length of the articles might have been too long for some people to read all the way through and the information could have been too dense/compacted in some places. However, now that I have those big articles in place, my vision is to have much smaller and more focused articles on 1-2 techniques or tools at a time.
There were also a few things that I didn’t get to. At first I had to skip magnetizing, but was able to get back to it in the next article. But there were others that got left out, like basing, etc. As I said above, it will be easier to do smaller Tool Tips in the future, covering those items as I get around to them and can take ample pictures.
It’s been a whirlwind of discovery and documenting as I returned to the world of miniature painting. Tool Tips helped me to organize and share all my discoveries since the re-release of Blood Bowl back in late 2016. Hopefully they also prove useful to others in their own journeys!