How to stay motivated in miniature painting and war games

In any hobby, I guess sometimes there is always a high point and a low point. Sometimes you feel so motivated to go ahead with all the power, sometimes every day, everything seems so slow and low morale. Especially when you see that there are so many miniatures to paint. But if you think about it on the bright side, it looks amazing when everything is finished.

There are usually few ways that I push myself and get motivated in this hobby. The trick to this miniature painting and war games hobby is that it revolves around the cycle of modeling, painting, and gaming. The cycle goes round and round to stay motivated.

If you have a few games, after that everyone will be willing to paint more miniatures and explore different army list possibilities. For me, I have games from time to time, all depending on me and my fellow players in time and commitment. Before and after games, my mind is always thinking about the strategy of the game and how to improve the army roster. It also leads to quick thinking about whether this or another new unit can be quickly assembled or painted, so it can shine in the battle ahead. Sometimes in games we always joke that this unit is not painted, which is why they lost the fight.

When I paint, I revolve around different game themes to paint. It’s like, I’m in the mood to paint the Vampire Army, once it’s done or half done, sometimes you get bored. So usually I’ll switch to another army to paint, like Imperial Guards Cadian or whatever other army you are gathering. Help the journey continue.

Another motivating way is also to read novels from the Black Library. Especially after reading those novels, you really feel like painting or playing a good game. I still remember reading the Black Library novel “Eisenhorn”, after that the inspiration is so great, I wanted to paint more and play a game. It also made me love my Inquisition and the Demon Hunters more. Other reading materials like the monthly White Dwarf also serve as another motivator. But I do think that White Dwarf’s motivation is more to entice them to buy more miniatures and collect more.

There are PC games like Dawn of War I & II and Warhammer Online, wow, watching the trailers on those games also increases the level of motivation. For me, it’s not so much about playing PC games, but seeing the game trailer really motivates me a lot. I can clarify the image from the trailer for Dawn of war I, where the Space Marine Commander yelled, “LOAD!” and the Orks roaring! So inspired to start painting and have a good game!

Well, this hobby that we all love, once started we should be committed to it. Sometimes we lose our vibes, we must always remind ourselves of our commitment to it, so that all the time, effort and money spent is not wasted.

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