Does anyone else find it difficult to stay motivated and actually finish your projects? This could be finishing your army or terrain, or even starting it. And what can you do when there are no tournaments to keep you motivated with a deadline?
Fortunately we've also got a blog about how to speed paint your minis. It's a really handy guide and I learnt a lot from the author Tom.
These Delta One Zero guys are some of the last miniatures I have painted - months ago!
- Making sure your workstation is clean and comfortable (clean up after your session so that it's easier to get started next time) will reduce friction and make painting as easy as possible. Having the right paint ready to go, having primer rattle cans and your project in an obvious location waiting for you will help.
- Make it visible. Leaving some supplies in an obvious place and not hidden out of sight is a good cue to remind yourself to paint. It's not always possible because I'm sure everyone has been told off for leaving their hobby supplies everywhere, but try to leave your current project in an obvious location.
- Identity is a strong factor. Think of the hobby in terms of identity - eg "I am a painter/wargamer that regularly paints."
- Specifically stating the time and location for your habits - and slot it into your existing routine- eg "I will paint at the kitchen table before I have a shower at 9pm every night" will make it much easier to achieve.
- The amount of times you paint, not the duration of your painting sessions will be the main factor in cementing new regular hobby habits.
- Do something that you enjoy a lot before doing you paint - and treat yourself afterward to a reward.
- Culture- make a chat group to motivate yourself and your friends for painting - especially effective if your friends paint regularly.
A recent WIP testing out some Dulux rust effects paint on our Eternity Labs Kits - One example of the strategy of removing friction, as this was incredibly easy to achieve and quite fun as a technique.
I have managed to successfully implement the tips above - I've just about finished some Warlord Games Judge Dredd miniatures. If I missed one nights painting, I made sure to not miss the next day - As mentioned it's critical to keep on top of it, even if you just paint for two minutes! It makes it easier to make a even a little bit of progress that way. That's certainly better than nothing.
Expect to see these Dredd minis in a photoshoot soon ;)
Please comment below if you have any good tips to motivate people to up their hobby game! I'm very curious to see if you have other good tips for hobby motivation. I'll do a follow up post in the future and showcase some finished miniatures or progress in the future.
PS - If you're interested in the book here's Atomic Habits (Not affiliated, I just think it's a useful read)
Good luck and may you find this helpful,