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Havoc7926

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The trouble with motivation is that I don't really understand what it is or where it comes from. A quick look on the magical interweb gives me this definition:

"The psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior."

Yeah right, whatever! Doesn't help me in the slightest. I have plenty of goals. I have a huge unpainted pile of plastic/resin/lead, which I have recently added to. I have painting competition deadlines coming up. I have games dates fast approaching where I've not even assembled the force I'm going to use never mind put any paint on them. So you see, I have many reasons to paint. I just don't want to.

I do know from personal experience that if I force myself to paint whilst in this mood then the results will be terrible. I'll not end up with anything that I'm happy with or even anything that could just be used as a gaming piece. So forcing myself to paint isn't the answer.

I'm certainly not going to start another project as I have stuff that I started last Christmas that is nowhere near half done.

I could just wait until I want to paint again but if that doesn't happen soon then I'm going to miss games and competitions that I really want to take part in.

I have multiple places I can buy figures, multiple places I can buy paint, a favourite place that I can buy brushes. Problem is I'm all out of places that stock motivation.
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  1. David's Avatar
    I feel your pain.

    The biggest motivation killer for me is that I suck at painting. Now I know this and it's fine. I've only ever painted a handful of minis in my life so of course I suck. I've taken lots of advice from people here at WaMP so I have every expectation that next time I paint a mini, I'll suck a little less. But I will still suck.

    The irony is that the only thing that will stop me sucking is doing. Catch 22?

    I don't paint therefore I suck. I suck therefore I don't paint.

  2. Havoc7926's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by David
    I feel your pain.

    The biggest motivation killer for me is that I suck at painting. Now I know this and it's fine. I've only ever painted a handful of minis in my life so of course I suck. I've taken lots of advice from people here at WaMP so I have every expectation that next time I paint a mini, I'll suck a little less. But I will still suck.

    The irony is that the only thing that will stop me sucking is doing. Catch 22?

    I don't paint therefore I suck. I suck therefore I don't paint.


    It's a very valid point you have David. And it's got me to thinking. My last two projects have not gone well. A large over-estimate of my ability to convert and a large over-estimate of my ability to paint have left me with two 'failures' which are not helping.

    I don't think, for me, it's just because I suck at painting. I'm more than happy to accept and embrace that. I think what sometimes happens is that I set myself too big a leap from where I am to what I want the next piece to look like. That way lies only dissapointment.
  3. David's Avatar
    That's where my problems come from too.

    It's not just in this hobby but in every creative hobby I approach and is the principal reason why I rotate hobbies so much. As I said in my blog, you have to enjoy the doing.

    Try to set yourself goals but not expectations. By trying a new technique, you will learn and you will improve but imposing an external timetable for how fast you feel you must improve will only ever lead to disappointment.
  4. Iacton's Avatar
    I think that one of the things with this hobby is that it is a hobby, not a world championship. Saying that you "suck" at something just isn't true. Sometimes the time/knowledge/practice/motivation are not there to allow you to move on to the next perceived "level", or sometimes it's a case of trying to run before getting a good enough grip on walking without thinking too hard about it.
    I always subscribe to the idea of trying something new with each piece, but ideally only 1 or 2 new things, not a kitchen sink's worth. Often it's worth working on a set or series of models from one manufacturer where the converting and/or paint jobs sort of naturally become "better" as you progress.
    Also, I tend to get my modjo back by picking a simple sort of model that I can just enjoy painting - Hasslefree and KD do it for me in that regard, but you might like something else - and can complete in 2 or 3 sessions. Once I shake off the rust I'm good for a few weeks or even months.
    Good luck, and if "it" isn't there to paint, try base building. I now find that a bit of time at the beginning of a piece "setting the scene" keeps my enthusiasm levels much higher, and if I paint a good base before I start the model itself, then I obligate myself to do a good job on the model.
  5. Boris's Avatar
    I find motivation especially short at this time of the year. The only thing I can think of is to schedule a painting session one night and try not to let anything put me off, then I have to paint, but I've been working on tabletop stuff - my gladiator is still unprimed on the shelf, but I really need to be in the mood for him. Hopefully that will be tomorrow, but if it's not I'll try not to beat myself up about it.

    Give yourself a break, or maybe paint a gift for someone, but don't let it bother you too much as the 'pressure to perfom' is enough to put you off.
  6. waghorn41's Avatar
    Paint for the fun of it. Pick up a random mini and play with a colour scheme or two then choose and see how it comes out. Try a different tecnique on an area or two, colour gradations, a different wash or ink. But most of all just do it for the hell of picking up a brush. If the result isn't what you expect pick another mini - go wild with something and see where your imagination leads. That will help with the motivation to progress some of your other stuff that's sitting quietly and waiting.