Just a freeform post today. I started to respond to a comment and it was getting long, so I’ll throw it out as a post and see what bites.
As I mentioned last time, we had a wondrous vacation.
Some gorgeous weather on the island that day.
The trip to the Museum of Modern Pop in Seattle was a blast. I especially loved the Marvel Comics exhibit, which had on display original movie/tv costumes, original art, etc.
Original Comic Art on display from private collections. I was really surprised to see some of the works of art in person. The Frank Miller Daredevil art was a teenage dream come true.
We also had a blast at the music lab. Different instruments are setup in booths with guided lights and applications to help you learn how to play. They even have a couple sound booths with regular instruments to bang on.
Here’s the little one playing DJ.
Great fun all around.
Though on getting back, I caught a debilitating bug that pretty much had me in bed for two days. Note: when you have a toddler, you can’t really rest in bed all day. Which will make one yearn for the pre-toddler days, briefly. I’m feeling way better than I was, but not at 100% yet.
But there has been this nagging, that I really need to get some painting done. And it hasn’t really been happening. When I brought this up last time, people mentioned just pushing through. Also, taking a break. Yea, it’s much easier for me to just waste away some hours playing Conan Exiles, but…those minis aren’t going to paint themselves.
So the night before last, I decided to at least paint some bits. I’m just a few bits shy of completing the first Van Saar mini, so I really should get that done. His base is done, he’s been highlighted, so all I need is a few damned bits painted, glued on, and he’s DONE. So I started on those, and it wasn’t bad.
Then last night I told myself, flip those bits over and paint the other sides the base purple color. Fair enough. They still need metal parts painted, some wash, and highlight, but hey. Then I take out 3 unpainted minis and I know they need base colors. So we’re going to work on 1 base color. I want to play computer and there is a TV show I’m supposed to be finishing with the wife and I need some sleep to get better, but I’m going to do this first. If I just paint one shoe…that’s one shoe closer to having the mini done. As I mentioned above, the mini isn’t going to paint itself, and I would like to have some minis to play this increasingly expensive Necromunda game.
Of course, once I painted the shoe, I started tackling harder parts of the mini (I do not find painting Van Saar armor layers fun, at all). After awhile I had finished the green base layer. But there was still paint on the palette…so I decided to get cracking on the second mini. If I could get most of that one done, then I’d have 1.5 minis to work on the next night.
After awhile it dawned on me, that this is the same mental game I used to play with myself when I was marathon training. “If I make it just up to that next hill…I can stop an rest” (knowing full well, that I won’t). Or sometimes I would tell myself….just go 1 more mile. I got that from personal trainers that teach fitness classes in our school, so credit where credit is due. But it strikes me as kind of funny, as last time I talked about this, I couldn’t think of how to apply that to miniature painting, but I inadvertently did.
So the goal is to keep pushing to get some painting done every night or day. Even if it’s not much, it’s making progress, and that will add up in the end. Chances are if I push myself to paint, I’m going to get more done than I planned anyways.