Insider 6-29-2011

I want to thank everyone for such a wonderful Lock & Load. I could not ask for a better group of gamers and hobbyists to hang out with over the weekend.

The studio and I ran many seminars that showcased some of the techniques we use on a daily basis. I know I learned a ton from them, and I hope you did as well. The seminar I hosted was about the techniques, tricks, and philosophy of painting an entire army for gaming. I figured I would take a little time and go over some of the main points of painting armies.

First thing to do is start with a 15-point battlegroup. Get it, put it together, and paint it up. Divide and conquer: don’t try to paint your entire collection in one shot. Also, while you’re at it, put all those unpainted minis out of sight when you paint. When you go to paint up some minis, keep only the minis you want to paint in front of you along with a few inspirational minis for that army. Everything else needs to be put away; all those unpainted minis will stare you down and make you not want to paint.

The other trick here is to paint an hour or so two or three times a week with a good three- or four-hour session on the weekend. Keep this going, and you will get armies painted. Don’t overload yourself; just work on what is in front of you, chip away at it, and you will soon have a painted army. Seriously, an hour a night does not seem like much, but it adds up quickly.

I live by these lessons, and I paint several armies a year. If I can do it, I know you can, too.

Thanks again everyone.