This past weekend I had a lot of time to do some hobby work. After The Standoff I’ve taken a break from painting. I spent months preparing for that event and fully painting up a 1,500 army. Though I was glad to get that painting accomplished, it also left me burnt out. So, I had all this time to get some work on my army accomplished and I spent most of it doing a hobby task I dislike.
For me the task I’m talking about is making foam trays for my army. Though I’d love to buy some nice Battle Foam I just can’t afford it. I have too many armies to drop that kind of cash every time I need a new tray, and that’s pretty damn often. So, I go the budget route and make my own. I save money for sure, running me around $4 a tray (cost has gone up since that original linked article I did), but I have to set aside time to measure, cut and glue foam; which is not exactly my idea of fun. I generally put it off as long as I can and then churn through a bunch of them at once, such was the case this past weekend.
I need to get painting again and to do that I need safe transport for the models once completed. Once I have the tray done for a unit I can then put paint to primer. So, as much as I hate working on these trays it was my way of forcing myself back into the painting mindset after the hiatus. It’s so easy to slip with painting. Take a long enough break and you just lose all motivation, even with things you enjoy doing. In fact, I started on a model last night with the intent of just base coating it and I went from bast coat to wash to starting to highlight it. So, I’d say my mental break is over and it’s back to painting again.
Despite not enjoying the process of making the trays, I did have a great sense of accomplishment when I was done. I made six trays over the weekend, enough to put the rest of my army into a tray that didn’t have one. It’s one of those things that seems insignificant at a glance but really pulls things together. So, while there were other things I’d rather have done, I’m glad I got this accomplished.
So, what is it you hate doing in the hobby? I know everyone has that one thing they just dread doing.