So I guess I'm a guy who paints miniatures now.

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User Info: DontInterruptMe

2 weeks ago#1
Last fall I participated in my friend's Blood Bowl league (Blood Bowl is a tabletop game whose premise is, it's just like Warhammer except instead of war they play a game approximating American Football). I got really into the game, started playing the computer version and watching Twitch streams of it. You can play as a lot of different races/factions in the game and I discovered the one I like the most is Lizardmen, which is not one of the six teams my friend has in his collection. So I decided, why not, and bought some minis with the intention of giving them a basic paint job. My friend offered me use of his painting workshop and to teach me some techniques.

I quickly became more emotionally invested in these little lizard guys than I thought I would be. While they were in transit I was refreshing the delivery tracker every day (which is how I assume expectant fathers behave). I've been nerding out with friend/paint-mentor over painting them and I have a better and better idea of how I want them to look. They're living in his house while I'm painting them because that's where the workshop is but every time I visit, even if I'm not painting, I feel an urge to check up on them.

I always thought of miniatures painting as something for other people to do. Generally hobbies involving slow, patient effort don't really appeal to me. And for all I know this might be the last set of minis I ever paint. But it's been a fun, novel experience so far and I'm glad I'm giving it a shot.

User Info: HeyDude

1 week ago#2
That's fun! And kind of adorable. Are you gonna do some progress pics for us?

User Info: ShadowSpy

1 week ago#3
That's pretty cool! I've always known people who do mini-painting but couldn't really see the appeal of it. It just seemed like a lot of effort. But if I was emotionally invested in what the mini represents, I think I would feel differently!
"I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific."

User Info: willis5225

6 days ago#4
That sounds like a fun game (in the vein of the old Mutant League games?) but like you as of last summer, I'm really skeptical of my ability to stick with any hobby that requires that much fine detail work. Which is to say that your story of overcoming that skepticism and embracing such a hobby really *speaks* to me. I'm *proud* of you, man.
Willis, it seems like every other time you post, I need to look up a word that's in the OED or Urban Dictionary but not both.
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