It's been a while hasn't it? I've been a bit fatigued with the hobby over the past 6 months and haven't really had the drive to do too much in the hobby. But, this is a new year, and a new Necron Codex and a Harlequin release is starting to stoke the fires again.
However, I've recently had a bit of a retrospective look at my progress in the local painting competition and would like to share a few thoughts.
|Kranon and Christmas Lelith|
However, when it comes to competitive painting, you can't stand still, you always have to improve otherwise you are going backwards. You have to take a big bite of that humble pie and try and do better with the next miniature, you have to absorb all of the information from those that paint better than you and work to apply those techniques.
|Archon Conversion and a rat Ogre|
The thing that I found a bit insulting is the snide comments that are overheard during the judging. I don't know if it's jealousy or egotistical, but when the winner has had around 40+ hours work put into it and they think the model they painted in the morning and hadn't finished the base is worthy of taking the top prize it's not the fault of the other guy that you didn't take the win.
In competitions like this, if you want to progress, you have to look at yourself. Is it really a good win if the top painters don't enter? What does that prove? I wish I could talk to these people without coming across as arrogant, because I am in the same boat too, I'm not winning and I would like to, but I understand that I have to improve to take that step, not rely on some outside influence.
In other news, this blog will be evolving too. I have invited two of my friends to write posts to try and help keep the posts regular and give some diversity to the content. Hopefully they will post up soon and you too can enjoy their work.