Tuesday, 3 February 2015
A New Perspective!
Much to Alun's chagrin I'm the resident hardline Imperial :) I collect Dark Angels (my hobby love), Carcharodons, Imperial Knights and Inquisition, although I'm branching out as you'll see below.
Before i launch headlong into talking about my current projects i'd just like to get something off my chest, which Alun touched on in his last post.
I was going to use my first opportunity here to showcase my Tyranids (there may only be two but they still deserve plural!), however I can't find pictures of one of them and the light is too poor to take new ones :)
What I can show though is my first Tyranid, a Winged Hive Tyrant, and the winner of the latest local GW painting comp. Sorry Alun!
Which brings me to my point; I'm not good at taking compliments. Even if my paint job is better than the other guys, I don't actually believe it. All I can ever see is the mistakes I've made. A mold line here, a wonky highlight there, primer showing through the base layer and all that kinda stuff. No-one is more critical of my work than I am and I like to think that's good thing. It stops me from being arrogant. It keeps me mindful of others feelings about their own work and more importantly it keeps me striving to make my next model better.
With that as the case what I really can't understand is anyone unfairly criticising anyone else or their efforts. These are two comments that passed my ears when the judging was ongoing/announced on Saturday that have really stuck with me;
What a surprise
What's the point in entering?
In my head I think its best to just leave those asinine comments at the door as we walk out, content that its only jealousy, but my heart says hell no, speak up.
I would never, ever, deny anyone their moment. Even if that moment is at my continued loss I can still swallow my pride at a peer's accomplishment. When I've lost out to Alun in previous competitions I've gladly shook his hand and offered congratulations, not just because it's polite, but because the effort and time put into the entry is more evident than mine.
I can learn from that, take something away from it to help me next time. I can humble myself, admit I need to learn how to be better at something in order to get the edge in the future. I spend about 10 hours a week watching how-to's (especially Duncan Rhodes when he does them) just to extend my skill set. I can't sit back and think "i'm better than them, heck, i'm untouchable", not only is that wildly untrue but it's only to my own detriment.
You see, being a painting comp winner, even once, makes you a target. You're the one everyone is trying to beat. You are the one everyone is going to be looking at, the one they will be commenting on, and the one to receive the mocking jibes should you lose out. You've got nothing to gain, and everything to lose.
I win more than my share of comps. I'm primarily about the modelling/painting so for me that's far more important than winning a game of dice, but I won't gauge my ability in how many times I've received a laurel, but in the quality of the competition I ran against.
So why should you enter? To force you to humble yourself, admit your skills aren't as good as you think. To force yourself to slow down and take an hour and learn a new technique. Give yourself the full month to work on that one model. If you have to, why not practice on all those spare never-gonna-finish models? The onus isn't on the previous winner to fail, but for you to succeed. Why throw together an entry two days before the deadline that you may or may not even have finished just in order to enter when you have a whole month to get something done?
I'm genuinely looking forward to this next competition. I chose the theme of 'Transport' and seeing as that covers everything from Horses to Thunderhawk's the competition should be fierce and interesting. I offer good luck to everyone that enters and just ask for a little humility if you don't succeed.
Until next time, Good Hunting!