Insider 11/9/2010

Week two has arrived, and I’m close to hitting the 50-point mark! So far, the painted force looks like this:

Of course, getting into a regular painting routine hasn’t been easy, as I’ve had to adjust pretty much all of my old habits. Time was I painted in the living room so I could watch the TV. This gave me something to listen to, and more importantly, caused me to break my focus from the model at certain intervals to see what was going on on-screen. Those breaks are important to keep you from going into “tunnel vision” when working with such small details. Even a short minute or two of focusing elsewhere can do wonders for your overall perception of the model. And that says nothing of the benefits it provides in avoiding eyestrain.

Those days ended however when my son learned how to stand up on his own. For whatever reason, my painting table is like Ali Baba’s cave of wonders. He can be intently playing on the other side of the house, but the second I sit down and begin mixing paints, he’s there. With a crazed gleam in his eye, his tiny hand slowly reaches for the open paint pot, water jar, or delicate model.

So I was left with two options. Paint only after he goes to bed for the night or find a new, child safe zone to paint. The former really doesn’t work for me, as I find my ideal painting time is between when I get home from work to about 7:30. After 7:30, I find it pretty hard to focus and only trust myself to do the most basic of tasks, like base coating and potentially drybrushing or washing.—all the things that don’t require much attention to detail.

However, since there is plenty of detail work that needs to be done, I have moved myself into a different room that can be secured from toddler attacks. Slick-talking salesmen will tell you it requires at least $20,000 in state-of-the-art child security home solutions to keep your child from playing Godzilla with Daddy’s toys. I find that your average composite house door does just fine. Of course, once I solved the child issue I found myself confronted with a new, even larger issue—finding a comfortable painting position.

When it was just me, the couch, and the TV, I had it all figured out. It was comfortable. I knew what to expect from them, and they knew what I needed in return. Now I find myself in a hard chair, painting over a tall desk rather than my comfortable lap table on a soft sofa. My posture is completely different, and as such, the way in which I interact with the miniatures is completely different. It’s a frustrating process relearning things, but it’s still better than trying to ward off a determined eleven-month old.

With any luck by the next blog I will be showing off 75 points of painted Retribution shininess!

Til Next Time!