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,