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Never satisfied....

Discussion in 'General Figure Talk' started by Wayneb, Dec 5, 2022.

  1. Wayneb A Fixture

    Ever get to the point where you spend so much time and putty trying to adjust a sculpt so it's just right as far as your taste and standards; and then only to find out you spent so much time in prep that you flat out lost interest?........Sorry to say......"Yes, I have.

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  2. bigtodd PlanetFigure Supporter

    Oooh yes, I have two of them on the table that give me the stink eye when I sit down to start painting something else.
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  3. svt Well-Known Member

    Each figure.
  4. Blind Pew A Fixture

    Yep. You're not alone in this. I've suffered from it, too.

    I've started a project - all fine & dandy then.....suffered a catastrophic drop in enthusiasm. This is fatal in figure painting. To combat the the problem, I look out for the issue and ditch the thing if necessary. The little man will still be there and will wait for me. Often doing so can make a project all the more rewarding when you do finally finish it.

    I think some of this comes from the pressure I can put on myself to create a 'masterpiece'. This is never helpful. I should read my own signature thing...
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  5. Warren SMITH A Fixture

    Your not alone there, I get so caught up, looking for information on the figure and getting it ready. Then one minor distraction and its back in the box.. I have just finished the 200mm Warriors German Para, sculpted by John Rosengrant.. It had been left in undercoat for over 10 years... Took me three trips back to the spares box to find his equipment... :whistle:
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  6. Nap A Fixture


    Hope we see that Para Warren !

    As others I have discreetly removed a piece to the shelf of shame after getting something new through the post !

    Plenty of pieces based up, primed , some basecoated .....often dusted !

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  7. Henk A Fixture

    I have the attention span of a butterfly....

    My cabinet of shame spans almost my entire time in the hobby since I came back after a break, which saw me lose/get rid of all my then stash and gear in the late 90's. I have some armoured vehicle projects that are close to 20 years in the making...
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  8. Wayneb A Fixture

    I think I've procrastinated myself into a period of stagnation, and my thought process needs exercise to stay in shape. I think I need a f...'n guru.

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  9. MalcC A Fixture

    I'm sure this happens to us all.
    This happened to me last year when I was working on quite a big project, well for me it was.
    I wasn't happy with how it was turning out, with the construction and painting. It was a complex piece and it was getting me down.
    So I set it aside and worked on other pieces.
    After several months I felt it was about time I got on with it, and to my surprise it started to come together and ended up with a result better than
    I expected.

    Don't give up, just set it aside until you feel ready to have another.

  10. Blind Pew A Fixture

    Malc's right here. A fresh pair of eyes makes a massive difference. You can be so into a project that you can't see the wood for the trees. A break gives you some much-needed perspective sometimes.
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  11. Oda A Fixture

    Been there (still am) ,done that (still doing).

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  12. Redcap A Fixture

    This happens to everyone in this hobby and I don't know of a single figure painter who doesn't have a "Shelf of Doom" of part finished work, or, has completely abandoned a project at some stage.

  13. Ray Stout Active Member

    You see this so often when judging dioramas, The main figures are well done, but, as you get to the others on the fringes the standard gets worse as interests wane Ray
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  14. brian A Fixture

    I get that malaise with painting figures.Full of good intentions at the start,and drastically drops off soon after,and it's getting worst as i get older.
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  16. Russ Active Member

    I've gotten there at times, too. But frankly, my "shelf of doom" is populated by more models (I do planes and tanks) that I started because I wanted to try something - an assembly technique, a detailing approach, a modification, etc. Once I reached that point, my "Squirrel!" gene kicked in, and I moved to another shiny kit. <sigh>

    The good news with those, however, is that they're partially complete now, and nothing is keeping me stalled except the dark crevices of my own psyche. :wideyed:
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  17. Jeff T A Fixture

    We all do this, but, because of my OCD nature, I have a real hard time with having uncompleted projects laying around, I hate loose ends!...and its why I dont have much of a stash, very few kits,.. I have a big enough problem with the unfinished projects I have now, and that is very few, without having more started and abandoned.

    I started a 75mm Knight Models Green Beret Figure around September, but put it on hold so I could finish a 1/35 AFV Club kit that had been built, ready for paint around ten years ago, well that one's done, now I'm back to the Figure, I'll try to finish it off now....going to try hard and finish off every project before I buy anything new, because it just seems to be an endless cycle.

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  18. Ray Stout Active Member

    You hit the nail on the head Jeff, for most of us IT IS an endless cycle of making painting and showing. It;s then you become "ADDICTED" to this hobby, always trying to improve our performance. Ray
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  19. MalcC A Fixture

    As such I don't have a shelf of doom, but as I've wanted to try my hand at making a tank/aircraft/car, this is where I have a shelf of unfinished bits and bobs,
    as I tend to concentrate on figures. This will now be known as my shelf of doom.
    I started them with the best of intentions, but never seem to find a few minutes to build a bit more.
    Maybe because, painting figures is easier.

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  20. Jeff T A Fixture

    There is a lot of Armour/Aircraft modellers out there that would dispute that statement Mal!..:LOL:

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