While I was swimming today–something I haven’t done in a while–I was daydreaming about something else I haven’t done in a while: painting Warhammer miniatures.
Years ago and three duty stations back, when I first got back in Warhammer (thanks to my friend Josh and my finally earning an adult paycheck), I used to think about painting strategies while I swam laps. This kept my mind occupied. If I thought too much about swimming, I’d get bored with it, or convince myself I was tired or out of breath. The one time-space coordinate that is still stuck in my mind is swimming the very narrow pool at a particular gym in Carlsbad, CA, thinking about how I should paint my Eldar fire dragons.
And nine years later, I still haven’t painted those bastards!
Actually, I’ve made new dragons out of Dark Eldar warriors. And I haven’t painted those bastards, either.
But I was thinking today, that if (when!) I ever get time to mess with them again, I want to keep them extremely simple. My Eldar scheme would basically be to pick a body color and a head color, and keep the other details to a minimum. Some washes, some dry brushing for highlights, and not much more. Mostly in an effort to get some damn models painted! In about 30 years of off-and-on obsession with the game and hobby, I really haven’t gotten jack squat done. Not for having had 30 years to do it!
These Dire Avengers I painted about the same time I was swimming those laps (2008-2011).
(I know the labeling on the pic was totally unnecessary, but it made me feel good, okay?)
I was going for a Darth Vader badass feel, and I want to stick with that. But future models, and future aspects, may be even more simplified. For example, I might do those fire dragons orange with red helmets. Banshees red with white helms, or bone-white with red helms (even better). My scorpions I won’t mess with; they’re already on that scheme, basically.
I know I’ll never be satisfied with any paint job I do, and that my talents have atrophied since about 5th grade on (I was really good then!), but I have to convince myself that many painted models is better than a handful of overly-stressed-over ones. And someday I’ll get back there! I even have some high-quality, hobby-grade spray colors that I inherited from someone else who couldn’t pack them when he moved. And once the weather warms up, I need to use them up! I left most of my shamefully large collection of models back in the States, but I do have lots of Eldar, Space Wolves, and Chaos stuff here still. And throwing at least a base color on them will at least be a small step in the right direction.
(I know this blog post didn’t accomplish much, but it made me feel like I was doing something 40K related, ya know?)