Models for Sale

Hi everyone.  It’s good to be back after the holiday season – strewn as it was with family, and work parties, and other social engagements that left my borderline-introvert self a little bit cranky and righteously ignoring people’s New Year’s party invitations.  That’s right, I watched a Bush Tucker Man DVD and went to bed at 9 o’clock, and I liked it.

If you’ve been following this blog recently, you’ll know I’ve been a bit concerned about my life-long hobby of miniature painting and gaming.  I wasn’t sure what I wanted out of it any more.  Well, after some attempts at analysis of community attitudes; a confession that I was secretly a lazy glory-hound; and listening to trip hop and dragooning poor old Marcus Aurelius into it all, I think I have it worked it out.

See, I don’t get much time to play.  And that obviously doesn’t bother me, or I’d be taking more action than I am to remedy the situation.  I also know that I enjoy painting models sometimes (but not too often), and trying new things with it, and trying to get better, whatever that means.  And I have virtually no collector’s instinct: once I’ve painted a model I don’t feel any particular attachment towards it, unless I’ve used it in a few games.  Most importantly, I really enjoy making stuff that makes other people happy.  So what I’ve decided to do is set up shop.

I don’t mean that I’ll be painting by commission – unless someone asks me to, perhaps.  I mean that I’m going to sell all of my best models off, one by one, as though they were unique works of art.  Which of course they are.

And then I’m going to paint more: what I want, when I want, and how I want.  Just as there is always someone out there who’ll be better than me (the bastards), there must be people out there who are impressed by my work, and can’t be bothered practicing to get better, and want a model that looks a bit different.  I’m always going on about the value of alternative styles.  So time to put my er . . . models where my mouth is (and hopefully get some money for more models).

And if no-one buys them, so what?  I’ve painted a model for fun, and I still have a game piece I can theoretically use.  I got an airbriush for christmas and I’m keen to try it out…

So here is the first model for sale, “the most famous gui-jia in the world.”  I figure she’s as good a place to start as any, since I painted her about a year and a half ago and have yet to use her in a game.

Soon I’ll put up some more Infinity models and some warhammer 40,000 models.  I’ll let you know here when I do so.

I’m planning on keeping a skeleton crew to game with if I ever get the chance, but other than that, I’m pretty excited about the idea.  Let’s see how this pans out hey?

All the best,


6 thoughts on “Models for Sale

  1. The Warlock says:

    Loving the IDGAF attitude there, Ronin and that you’ve figured out where you want to be in the hobby. That gui-jia looks awesome- I might bid for it even though I don’t have any yu-jing ^_^

    At the turn of this year I’ve felt motivated to paint up the piles of grey/silver stuff sitting around and get some games with them. However, if you will be doing any commission work, shotgun first customer, I can’t paint my nomads for s**t.

    Hope all is well with you and yours 😀

  2. beat ronin says:

    Ha ha, thanks Warlock. If you won it for a dollar I’d be happy with that 🙂

    I might take on some commission work in the future. I want to get my airbrush working first and also paint Asuka Kisaragi. I think she needs some yakuza tattoos on her cleavage…

  3. The Warlock says:

    If I won it for a dollar I’d have to organise a holiday down to the ACT and thank you for it personally 😛 Then start a yu-jing faction so I can field it ^^; Well, the bid is placed and now we play the waiting game

    • beat ronin says:

      I wouldn’t object to that Warlock. Depending on how this goes, I might have to re-think the “free postage” thing in future 😀

      I don’t mind not making any money, but actually losing money seems a bit silly right?

  4. SinSynn says:

    Whatever floats yer boat, James. This crazy thing we do is supposed to make us happy, after all…

    • beat ronin says:

      Hey Sinsynn, yeah let’s see how it goes hey? One of the worst things about the hobby for me has always been the pressure I put on myself to be a well-rounded hobbyist. It’s a noble ideal, but not everyone loves everything about the hobby, and that’s OK.

      Plus, people change (as you know!) And one of the best things about the hobby is that there’s scope for so many ways to approach it.

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