Friday 9 January 2015

Painting Little Metal Men

Outside of being a professional curmudgeon, one of my goals for 2015 is to get back into my miniature figure painting.

The timing is good fortune rather than a resolution - so let's ignore the nonsense of assuming good plans need to wait until the 1st January to be followed.

A combination of getting used to the rigours of parenthood with children, work pressures easing and a desire to re-establish a hobby with a tangible output have been the driving factors here. While I love computer gaming and reading, there's a satisfaction to be had from seeing the result of work from your own hands.

Painting sits comfortably inside my sphere of nerdery. It's an on/off hobby of mine for the last 25 years in conjunction with wargaming ... and I'm not totally shit at it - see exhibits A & B.

In addition, painting is a hobby I can enjoy with my kids as a shared pleasure. There's a lot to re-learn, and I won't be any jostling for position among the top tier painters any time soon, but that's just fine.