Ours can be a taxing hobby and between painting, modelling, gaming and raging over the latest releases, it is easy to get slightly burned out. 

Especially when facing the sometimes daunting task of getting an army  ready for battle, the sheer amount of work can seem overwhelming. 

In this short article, I’ll list a few, hopefully, helpful tips, to combat the burnout and keep painting till your nails drop off or perhaps just continue painting…


Minimize the backlog

Try to minimize the amount of unpainted stuff, sitting in the drawers and cupboards. 

Nothing is more demoralizing, than taking a peek at the mountain of grey plastic waiting to claim your precious time.


Don't buy too much

Sometimes we don't get around to painting, because we are lazy and take too little pride in putting a nicely painted army on the table. 

The added pressure of seeing that must-have model and not being able to buy it, before the previous must-have model is painted, can be a great motivator.


KISS or "Keep It Simple Stupid"

In that case, take shortcuts! 

Dip your minis, pay someone to paint them, find a local painting nut and supply him with paints and miniatures and let him go nuts(a friend of mine did just that.

Or just keep the paintjobs very simple. Many hours can be saved, by going with a simple but effective paint scheme, which in no way diminish the joy of putting a fully painted army on the table.


Make an assembly line

Making a simple assembly line is the way to paint large armies or even smaller armies fast. 

Simply put, you work on at least five figures at a time, applying one color to all five, before moving on to the next color.


It is a fast system but somewhat dull, so prepare the show or podcast to keep you occupied.


Take a break (and paint some more)

Painting an army can be great fun but has a tendency to make you hate some models. 

Not because they are bad models, but because you have painted what seems like a million of the same variation.

This is why you should always have a radically different model handy, for some quality painting.

It's really important to remember that not everybody has fun the same way, and there is no 'right way' to enjoy this hobby.

Some people will try to tell you that you're doing it wrong if you play a certain way, take certain models, etc. 

The thing is, they're wrong. 

Your responsibility is to have fun with your hobby and spend your time on it however you see fit.

Anything beyond that is personal preference and you should make the game your own and make it the way you like it. 

Some people like creamy peanut butter, others like it as thick as trail mix. Neither is better, they're just different, and how you motivate yourself to paint or start up a game, is up to you.

                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                           -Peter Lyberth
 
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