Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hobby ADD aka "I wants all the coolness"


Hello there fellow readers out there in Dark Future Gaming land, Drkmorals here spraying some guest post graffiti all over the DFG homepage. With 7th edition the talk of the town, and HH models falling from the sky for us to drool over, all while we convince significant others we can't live without that new Mortarion, there are so many subjects I could touch on for my first Article out the gate. However as the inspiration starts flowing and I get excited about the entire Hobby our GW overlords are throwing in our direction I want to bring up Hobby ADD.



Droool........

Hello My name is Drkmorals
and I am a addict... 

WHOA WHOA not that type of addict, but maybe the plastic crack is just as bad as the real stuff on our wallets?

I know more than a few of you know exactly what I am talking about. That we share a bond in this area that we most likely try not to admit to ourselves or our significant other when they ask... We just change the subject and explain how those boxes are future projects, not distractions, or impulse purchases. Tzeentch has a grand scheme and these are components/pawns in the plan. Add some evil laughter to really sell your point. (I encourage you to randomly add some evil laughter to any convo it really sets the mood)

Yes while I am not as deep in this hobby as so many of my fellow gamer's. Mainly because I just haven't been playing as long, and I walked away at one point selling everything. (Something I am told is a mortal sin and a mistake you always regret.) I too have a surplus of distractions and evil creations on the back burner. Is that just an accepted part of this hobby perhaps? 

I am a competitive player by nature, I love to play the game at events and see where I stacked up after the dust settles among my fellow Warmongers. I don't always bring spammed out, points efficient, calculated, re-rollable 2++ saves per say, but I have been told my lists are always mean and to the point. In the future there is always war and I enjoy the back and forth strategy against a fellow general as we try to steal Victory from our enemies clutches... The problem is I also have started enjoying the hobby side more and more the longer I march plastic men forward making pew sounds. There is also the epic fluffy back story of our tiny forces that can be just as interesting. 

Awesome Knight via my Homie Eye of Error. I want to paint one so bad..

What is my point? How do we deal with too much cool stuff? 

The new rules again offer a much needed meta shift and the ability to field units and army types we couldn't in the past at least not in a competitive sense.. I know that I can easily dust off my GK's and get ready to throw some power dice giving them some much needed play time.. Which means... there are GK units that I can work on to field on the table.. Wait though, there are Demon units I would like to finish as well.... OH did I mention the terrain project idea's I have, or how about the conversion idea's I have? I also just picked up a slew of IG tanks that will be awesome to paint. There is that Knight model that would look great with my INQ forces as well.. I haven't even touched on Warmachine, or models that I would just like to paint for show pieces that have nothing to do with this game or any other... 

I generally try to focus the majority of my attention on things I want to field in events, and Display boards to go with them.. Taking a slight break to paint something fun in between every few units..Its the only way I know not to get over whelmed with all the stuff. 

However I ask you readers how do you choose what project to work on next? With 7th edition what has jumped to the painting table if anything... More importantly how do my fellow gamer's deal with the Hobby ADD? 




15 comments:

  1. I had to read this article when I saw it in my newsfeed as I am too a fellow addict. I spend way way way too much money on the hobby and my stockpile of unfinished projects is getting larger and larger.

    In an effort to stave off my hobby ADD, I focus on 3 main armies and stick to just that. I resist the urge otherwise. If I get bored with one army, I jump over to another one, then another, then back to the first one. Plus when I’m doing commission work, I get a chance to paint mini’s I normally wouldn’t buy for myself.

    Soon I’m going to start selling a fully converted/painted army every 2 months. This will allow me to get out my Hobby ADD by buying armies I would not game with but I always thought were cool. But I’ll be making money back on them so it’s not a super hit to the wallet.

    Thanks for the pic shout out BTW :)

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    1. But what you do with those models is often a thing of sick beauty and decadent wonder so please keep off the wagon. ;)

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    2. Yeah my plan was to also cut back to two main armies...But with allies it ended up being four...Those sneaky rules designers!!! Looking forward to seeing some of your themed stuff for sale though!

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  2. I find a really good way to deal with it is lots of storage boxes. Oh, and introducing your kids to gaming helps too, for those of us with kids.

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    1. My son is already showing an interest in the hobby, so that's encouraging for the future. It would certainly be a great way to spend quality time with him.

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    2. My daughter enjoys the gaming side, haven't really let her play around with the painting part. Perhaps its time? hmmmm.. Man speaking of storage boxes I could prob write up a whole series about how people store and organize our ever growing hobby madness.

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  3. I ask the minis and they tell me o_O waht?! Yours don't talk back? Hmmm....
    I recently sold all my terrain since I left the gaming side of things, sadly that just made more room for more minis...wait, that's not sad at all. I am a mini painter and i can't die until all my minis are painted so... I guess I'll be around a while ;)

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    1. Man if I didn't game it would be even harder for me to figure out what I should be working on next. Not to mention I wouldn't be tied to any systems so I would mostly likely buy more stuff!! O_o I just wish I had more hours in the day!!! Glad you'll be around awhile your work is a inspiration to the community my friend.

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  4. Hi, my name is Dave, and I'm an addict.

    I have an annual 'to do' list, 15-20 tasks to be done by the end of the year. I usually ignore it and paint a lot of other things instead but it's a starting point so that I at least have a plan. If I deviate from it and paint something else that's no bother, it's best to go with the flow afterall, paint what enthuses you but if I can get one of my goals done there's a certain sense of satisfaction in that.

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    1. Hi Dave....

      I never thought about a plan for the year that might have some merit too it.. Goals are never a bad thing right? Perhaps I'll do something like that, so when I am posting random goals to be painted online later for you all to read its totally your fault. =P

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    2. I've been doing it for three years now and although I usually only manage about a third of what I hope to achieve it's definitely handy. Also it's a nice arbitrary measure for the blog another way to celebrate achievements and overview what you've done over a 12 month period. I randomly posted mine on the 28th August so that's my annual review now: http://40kaddict.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/to-do-list-201314.html

      Be cool to see you join the fun.

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  5. About the only way I can address my addiction (and I'm okay with it) is to document it via the Painter's Pledge http://www.spruegrey.com/wargaming-painters-pledge and then sell off stuff on the list because it's NEVER going to get done. And because there are all those new Infinity models to buy. And Warmahordes. And Fantasy Battles. Ooooh, look ... new Orks.

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    1. The first step is admitting you have an addiction.. At least that's what I keep reading haha.. Thanks for stopping by and commenting us ADD guys have to stick together! Also I entered your contest! I encourage anyone else reading this to pop in and take a look at the contest who doesn't like a contest? =)

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    2. Half the problem is admitting you have one. And so on.
      Having said that, being a compulsive hoarder means you have heaps of stuff still untouched for competitions! :)

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