“In his writings, a wise Italian says that the best is the enemy of the good.”
I think that for many of us, in the pursuit of excellence in our hobby, have a destructive tendency to lock ourselves into a vicious cycle of perfectionism, constantly bashing ourselves over the head with a high self-imposed standard for our work. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told something to the effect of “Well, I bought Dark Vengeance back in 2014, but keep putting off on painting my models for fear that I won’t be able to make them look good.” To make a model look table-top ready isn’t necessarily the same thing as making it look perfect; in fact, such perfectionism is often anathema to improving as a painter and finishing your army.
For instance, here, again is the first of my own painted models. (Consider this an update on the status of my army) Though far from Golden Daemon material, I think I’m not being too presumptuous in saying that once it’s based properly, it will look fantastic on the table. How much prodigious talent do results such as this require? The answer may surprise you.
I’m a rather ambitious painter, and so I watch a bunch of videos about each individual project I plan on undertaking (wet palettes are amazing, incidentally), but my overall experience and natural talent are both very low. In fact, I’m almost certain that the first 1000 points of my Space Wolves army are going to look almost comically worse than the first 1000. This is perfectly fine; if it really bothers me, I can always strip my first few minis and repaint them to my satisfaction. As an example, compare my first Space Wolf pictured above with a Wolf Guard Pack Leader I finished last night.
So, in summation, try not to stress yourself out too much when painting models for the tabletop. There’s no mistake that a vat of Simple Green can’t fix, and even a model with a middling-quality paint job will look just fine on the tabletop.
I apologize for the short article after a near two week hiatus, but the past couple weeks have been absurdly busy with my family and girlfriend, not to mention my university midterms being difficult and taking up almost all of my free time. I’ll be back next week with (what I believe is) an interesting article of considerable length.
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