This month, for the first time ever, I've hit a milestone that I never thought I'd hit. As of April I have painted more models than I have bought or assembled, for the year.
It says a lot about our hobby that some people will find this remarkable, because it took so long. Others will find it remarkable because it actually happened. The variety of personalities and priorities that fit within the "wargaming hobby" is one of the things that I love about it.
I like to game, first and foremost. I'm a gamer. All other things are secondary to that. I also like to assemble models, minus the cleaning part. I've assembled many armies for my friends over the years as well as the commission work I do for the local painting service from time to time.
The painting has always been my least favorite part. I've thrown some paint at my Warhammer empire from time to time. I have a few units painted. I've got two painted armies for Lord of the Rings. That's where I really started to paint.
Over the last couple of years I've come to appreciate my responsibility for the look of the game. I've always liked painted models, but was ok with the game if they weren't. Partly, this blog has changed my viewpoint. When I post pictures of unpainted models I can see just how poorly they show. It hurts my pride and makes me want to do better.
The same goes for terrain. I have a lot of terrain, most of it unpainted. It's another thing that has bothered me more the last year or two and that I'm working to change.
The point of all of this is that I'm not just thinking about changing my style, I'm actually doing it. Gaming is still my priority but the painting is catching up. I'm pretty happy about that.