While visiting my brother, he rounded up all his old painted minis and let me borrow the box of them to share on the blog.
From Left to Right: Sneak Thief with Dagger 03-075, Denetale Young Wandering Wizard 03-096 , Kitiara (Dragonlance Villains boxed set 10-504)
I found two versions of Kitiara online, interesting enough. Both are similar. People have commented before about the lack of female representation in the mini hobby. I was struck by it again when looking through Ral Partha’s back catalog for armored women. Seems to be so little.
That’s a big “dagger” on that Sneak Thief, one of those weird naming of minis. Looks like he could be a Thief, but would also make a decent Ranger. Not sure if Wandering Wizard is holding a wand or a torch, but could probably be used as a ‘noble person’ with the clothing style. Once again, used in lots of D&D and our own homebrew dungeon crawler games.
Tangent – Hobby Noise
Funny how sometimes these tangents just bubble up. I had planned something else, and then Imperialrebelork made a comment that made me think about cheese. I mean, beer. Err, nachos? No! Music! Background noise!
A number of people seem to have something else going on while painting their little miniatures. I like to have some music going on. Usually something I’m really familiar with, so it is essentially background noise, that doesn’t interrupt me from painting. Being married, with a house and kids, there is enough interruptions as is.
My painting time is usually done when the little one is napping/sleeping, so I can’t just crank up the volume on some Nine Inch Nails. So volume tends to be kept to a minimum and most of the time the music is a bit on the softer side.
Miniature painting and gaming is a bit nostalgic for me, having grown up on different computer and boardgames and lots of Dungeons & Dragons (and other RPGs). So I also like to revisit old music while painting.
I like to think my music selection is a bit broad (not as varied as Alexis), but there isn’t a lot of rap, no reggae, not much folk, no real country, etc. in my music collection. Most of what I listen to, probably falls into the rock/alternative/pop/electronic category. What a big category! But that’s still just a subset of what people in the U.S. listen to, let alone internationally.
I find I can’t watch things while painting (TV or Movies), as I’ll get too sucked into it. Surprisingly I have managed to pull off a couple super quick hobby moments while the toddler was awake in the same room. I think I should now try my hand at juggling chainsaws, oranges, and bowling balls.
IRO (ImperialrebelorkguywithasuperlongnamethatweliketoshortentoIRO) had asked me what sorts of music I listen to, and I gave my typical long reply. Basically the music I listen to falls into the super-category I listed above. Some of the albums/bands I can recall listening to recently while painting are: Counting Crows – August & the Everything After, Tori Amos mix, Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique, 80s Heavy Metal mix, and various movie soundtracks. The Hackers soundtracks (yea, they released three or so albums of music based off the movie), being a particular all time fave. The movie itself? Laughably bad.
Do you like to have background noise going while hobbying?
Do you listen to music, watch movies, TV…?
Does it have to be something familiar? Do you have a favorite?
Is there anything you find to be too distracting while painting? The words “HONEYYYYYY!” and “DADDYYYY!” spring to mind for me. 😉