Friday, 19 October 2012

Some new rules : "Rules to live your (painting) life by "

I came across this article: earlier on in the week and I really liked it as Ive found myself in a similar conundrum in recent months. My ever-growing model collection is now getting to a point where Im starting to have issues remembering where I am up to with certain models/units and also where to store them. I would also like to keep a better rein on how much Im spending each month and where it is all going to be stored. My wife and I have a baby on the way in March so these are two very crucial things that I need to get under control.

So, inspired by this article (thanks very much to "The Responsible One" :-) ) I have now decided to try and implement some of these rules myself:
  • No miniatures without a storage solution
This was something I was already trying hard to work towards anyway and so far pretty much all of my Necrons, and definitely all of the Ultramarines army that I started last year and never really finished, are able to be stored away in a stack of KR Multicase foam. I have bought a few of the new Chaos Space Marine models in recent weeks though so Im going to have to purchase some more foam very soon for those.
Also, at some point in the near future Im expecting the arrival of the first wave of Sedition Wars so these will also need some trays purchasing.
Hopefully sticking to this rule will help to stop the wife getting annoyed by the ever growing sprawl of miniatures that are currently spread across two different rooms in the house.
  • Don't finish the month with more work than you started it
This isnt a rule Ive ever worked to before but its definitely something Im going to aim for from now on. At the moment I still have a bit of a backlog of stuff that still isn't even built (although I have been trying to rectify that this week) and absolutely loads of things to paint.
This is how The Responsible One (TRO) explains this rule on his blog:
"So, now I have a reserve project list. Each single model, unit or thing counts as a project. I can add projects at the start of a month, but it must be replacing an existing closed project."

I may add some additional rules to this as time goes on but the first thing I need to do is create a spreadsheet to keep track of what Im currently working on and what stage of progress it is at. Hopefully I will be able to stick to updating this on a regular basis and to abiding by these rules.


  1. I'm pleased to see the article was useful!

  2. I was also a big fan of your post quite a few months ago about the "wife" label as my own wife has described my blog in quite a similar words :-)