OK, no pictures for once.
I need to write off some thoughts about the hobby. I will start with this question: "Is it just me?"
On a regular basis I get comments from friends about my short attention span in modeling armies. Over the last month I acquired through trade a unbuilt Chaos Warriors army, a large lot of Empire, another bag full of Ogres, resin models, blisters etc etc. My cabinet is really crammed to the max. And all of this stuff I want really badly.
I have fantasies about the Empire Army I will build or how to paint all the Chaos soldiers. I am excited about the Ogres and bought some beautiful models from Avatars of War. Wonderful stuff. I am slowly fantasizing about my Renegade Guard army and what to do with it. I even started reading Gaunts Ghosts 7-8-9 again to remember Sons of Sek and the Blood Pact. And that while I am painting the SpaceWolf drop pod, modeling and thinking about the crew for my scratchbuilt Chaos Hell Cannon, having to finish up the Vampire Counts and the Bishkek 2nd.............and pondering once in a while it would be cool to model some vikings, civil war soldiers or roman centurions.
I find great comfort in having all these thoughts and projects materialize at the same time. It gives me piece of mind that whenever I get bored with one model, I can jump to something else. I do force myself to create a story for each army that I start, so when I make a jump, I feel I jump right into another storyline. It's wonderful and certainly refreshing. Here's this year's work as you have seen it on the blog:
January: Space Wolves
Feb-Sept: Vampire Counts
Summer: Heroes of Armageddon Orks
May: Bishkek 2nd Storm Troopers
Oct: Chaos Warriors
November: Space Wolves
And now I am pondering options in Renegade Guard. I have scoured Dave Taylor's Blood Pact again and checked out the various Sons of Sek projects, all very interesting. I have toyed with some bitz and colour schemes....and there it start all over again.
The armies that I have finished (or almost), hardly hold any interest any more. I have a 1500 fully painted Ork Army that's boxed up and I am tempted to also box up the Bishkek 2nd. The project is done and it's time to move on. Some days I decide to sell those two and from the money start again with something else. I would let the Orks go but I couldn't let the Guard go...but still, they are in the way now.
All in all I feel good about having figured out what makes me tick, modeling wise. And that's great comfort. I have my entire life to model all the stuff I still want to do, even if no one else gets it. And that makes it so I don't have to rush for anything. One model at a time, always having fun, never trying to make it boring...
I just haven't met anyone who said: "yeah, i have that as well!"