Editorial: Beating the Hobby Slump

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Pimpcron gives you some tips on recharging your hobbying batteries like only a robot can.
Well, well, well. If it isn’t my several thousand favorite people. Your Funkadelic Sex Machine, Pimpcron, is back with some tips on beating two things we all fight with from time to time: Hobby Slump and Rust. But being that most of you are squishy man-apes, I’ll focus mostly on the Hobby Slump part. And awaayyy we gooooo!

Hobby Slump: What Is It?

When life or other factors cause you to lose your urge to enjoy hobbying or playing your favorite game. It’s a form of Nerd Depression.

sadbubbleHe’s depressed because he is in a hobby rut. And also, he doesn’t have hands.

So What Can We Do About It?

Here is a list of things we can do to rekindle our romance with our favorite games.

Go Back To Your Roots

Think back to when you first started playing the game and/or hobbying; what ignited your interest? Identify what really got you excited and rediscover that part of the hobby. If it was a rich, sprawling backstory of the game then maybe picking up a novel would suit you. If it was the painting/modding part of the hobby, then start searching the internet for cool models and conversions. It is kind of surprising how quickly Monkey See, Monkey Do takes hold and will inspire you to start hobbying again. If it was a particular piece of artwork or a book that brought you in, then go back to that as a primer.

I have one friend who likes to write 40k fan-fiction about his chapter. When he is in a writing slump he just looks through the codex and reads the fluff and voila! He is inspired to start writing again.

Sometimes It’s Quantity And Not Quality

Honestly I think many players’ eyes are bigger than their . . . paint brush? Anyway, they set their sights too high for the quality of each and every one of their miniatures. They will spend a ton of time on one model, and may not even be done with it. Then life cuts into hobby time and they end up spinning their tires on one model and getting frustrated that their whole army is gray plastic. I have more than one friend like this. I recommend painting regular troops and “uninteresting” models to a nice tabletop standard and reserving your precious hobbying hours for really making your heroes and special characters stand out. In general, when someone looks at a blob-squad of troops they don’t look very closely. It’s the named characters and unique models that people pick up and examine. So why make your fingers bleed over cannon fodder?

Being that painting comes second to playing in my life, I will quickly get frustrated if I pick a paint scheme that is too tedious for an army with lots of troops. It seems that many of my friends get just as frustrated as I do, but just can’t seem to stop themselves from making their boring units look fantastic. That’s great if you are prolific with your painting, but if painting is giving you stress, change your game plan man.

Start Listening To Other Gamers

I listen to several Warhammer podcasts whenever they come out and there are a million Youtube channels out there devoted to gaming and hobbying. Watch a battle report, listen to a podcast or even just go hang out at your local store. I find that just hearing enthusiastic people talk about the hobby really gets me in the mood to roll some dice. If you are looking for podcasts on your subject of choice, BoLS does podcast reviews each week.

baby-cool-happiness-happy-headphones-Favim.com-223230He just heard about Death Star Units.

Then of course there are a bunch of websites and blogs like Bols or even my humble little corner of the net. You can’t walk 3 feet on the internet without tripping over a 40k blog. Go check some of them out. But go to mine first. It’s clearly superior in every visual, audible, and even spiritual way. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, it’ll touch you like your incarcerated uncle.

Make Time For It. MAKE TIME.

One of the main reasons why people get into a Hobby Slump in the first place is because life often gets in the way. Work, family, sleep, jail time, cult meetings, and fighting badgers are often reasons why our hobby time is limited. So MAKE time for your hobby. Even if it means skipping a badger fight once in a while. It should be no surprise to any of you that our hobby is often a type of therapy for us and helps relieve stress. So it almost becomes a matter of necessity for your health in this go-go-go world of ours.
Many of us won’t play if we don’t have time to paint our stuff; and others won’t paint stuff if they don’t have time to play. I definitely fall into the second category.

man-walking-away“I have no idea. He was in the middle of proposing to me, looked at his

watch, said something about ‘Hammer Time’ and walked away.”

Rust Really Sucks

So on to my second topic, don’t you just hate it when you find some corrosion in your . . . oh, you don’t care.

So what do you do to get back in the swing of hobbying?

Want to witness my slow descent into madness first-hand? Check out my blog at www.diceforthedicegod.com

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  • irvinil

    This guy is probably over 40….
    that’s why I like what I writes.

    Congratulations for this vitalizing stuff.

  • Blackfel

    I’d like to second his point about listening to podcasts or battle reports as you assemble or paint miniatures. They are like wargaming Viagra. Hearing a game being played as you work on mindless assembly line projects can really relieve the monotony, and can really motivate you to complete your project. It helps if the battle report features the army you’re working on, as seeing someone else use them can serve as extra motivation.

    • This is why I don’t get why people complain about the videos on BoLS so much. I like them as I don’t have to spend all that time staring at a screen and scrolling, but rather can focus on the more important thing… Conquering the lead mountain.

  • Psytox

    I’m weathering the storm by painting up a full set of necromunda gangs that came with the two box sets that I just purchased on eBay along with outlanders

    • Defenestratus

      Necromunda is the best game that GW ever put out.

      SO much fun.

      • Tied for 2nd best. Tied with BFG. Both loose to Blood Bowl.

        Not an opinion. This is fact. Like Highlander winning the academy award for best movie ever.

        • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

          I thought that was Bladerunner?

        • Ben_S

          I’ve not tried BFG, but I’d find it hard to choose between BB and Necro. (Ok, Necro needs some fixes, but BB is on 7th edition rules.)

    • Those are some cool models. Over the years I have collected a ton of unique Marines that I enjoy painting. I find a lot fo charm in the old models.

  • Also a good idea is just to paint them a base color all of them and then do the rest later of the paintjob later when you have time. This way they don’t look grey anymore and you can already play with them without greying up the table.

    • Me

      Only problem with that is, some people get prissy if you do not have at least three colors.

      Myself, I don’t care if they don’t have a basecoat, as long as the opponent is not a jerk and we both have fun.

      • with base color i mean all of the base colors of each piece of equipement… Not just 1 flat out color over the entire figure.

        • deuce1984

          Depending on the models, you can even get away with a single even vase color and finished base. Marines, crons, and dark eldar, I am looking at you.

          • euansmith

            The Grey Plastic Fists remain the most popular army in the game.

      • Damistar

        3 colors: Black primer, Metal bolter, green base. It’s a pretty low standard.

    • Troy Dean

      I’ve seen this done a few times and it always seems to work well, since the army as a whole looks ‘about right’ and the player generally then wants to finish them off later. On top of that, if you subscribe to the miniatures as gaming pieces idea, just a flat colour isn’t a major killer.

    • Ben_S

      Personally, I’d rather play with unpainted models than half-painted ones. Partly due to not wanting to chip the paint before it’s finished and varnished, but also because if I started doing that I’d probably lose the incentive to finish them. I do agree though that a base coated army will generally look fine on the other side of the table.

  • Nogle

    When I get into a slump I find it’s best to change pace. Even if I’m painting for a tourney, I’ll stop and paint something fun.

    • That’s what I do between run of the mill troops and take a break with a fun character of something.

      • Nogle

        I do that too. I’m talking if I’m painting 40k for a tourney and hit a slump, then I paint an ogre, or a zombicide survivor. Or just a unit not going in the army. Something that isn’t pay of the deadline but just fun.

  • Me

    One other thing I would also point out is that people should not have heart attacks if their opponent’s army is not up to their standard. I have seen people, both on BoLS and in real life, that decide to get offended if the person has not put a lot of effort into painting their army. Not everyone has the time or patience (myself included).

    • euansmith

      I like spray can for army painting.

      • nurglespuss

        Just not army painter… I’ve had no luck with that stuff and defective cans

        • Damistar

          Really? I’ve had good luck with the ones I’ve bought. Although the silver wasn’t great, The red and blue were good.

  • effinger2

    I get into painting slumps from time to time. The best way to combat it for me is to just paint a tiny bit _every_ day, even if it is just boots on 4 models. It really doesn’t take a lot of time even if you are extremely busy or distracted overall. Mindless things done every day mean you are still making some progress regardless that the progress may seem minimal at the time. Just K.I.S.S.

  • deuce1984

    The quantity over quality section rings true for me. I have my spare armies and my single ‘labor of love’ army. The spare armies were built and painted in no time at all and get all the board time. The ‘lol’ army is still unfinished and never gets played anymore.

  • Koszka

    I find doing tournaments are a good way to help get your hobby back on track. I try and go to at least one per month. Giving yourself a deadline per event to get something new painted really helps push an army forward. In case of GT’s, I’ve gotten entire armies painted in about 6 months. Deadlines really help light a fire.

  • Spheal With It

    I love listening to audiobooks when painting, Audible is great for that. When I’m really into the painting mood, I get through more books this way than reading.
    Alternatively, just hang out with a couple of friends and talk nonsense, surprising how much you can get through like that.

  • nurglespuss

    Age of Sigmar did it for me…

    • Commissar Molotov

      Got you out of a slump? Funny, it put me into one. Made me wonder why I seem to care more about these games than the manufacturer does.

      • nurglespuss

        Yes, the Sigmarines grabbed my attention as something really new, in a new setting. Been having great fun painting and converting them. Previous to that I had finished my khorne marine/Daemon army, had a busy time, and hit a slump. Now back in the game 🙂

    • I’ve been enjoying AoS with friends as well.

  • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

    on your second point Mr Pimpcron, the answer is more lube. And always freshen up in the morning with a refreshing spray of WD40.

    • WD-40 By: Axe Body Spray for Robots.

  • Krd Da Levitator

    I like to create something from the bits or just from scratch. My “downers” are solely due to a lack of time of OTHER players from my FLGC. I ALWAYS make time, some people do not, that what´s the most annoying thing in this, you need at least two to tango or throw dice or to have a good fight…;)