When it comes to the Hobby, I am bored. Bored bored bored. Booooooorrrrrreeeeeedddddd. Bored. I am finding my painting and modelling efforts to be a source of dullness, tedium, ennui, apathy and an unsatisfying frustration of the most boring nature. Oh, the boredom…
And just after I made all those plans for next year! Typical. I’m still very excited about next year but right now, I am bored. I think it’s down to what’s on my table at the moment – a headless Inquisitor and four sprues worth of Stormraven Gunship. Both are quite crucial. Both require a lot of effort on my part in one way or another. They’re both loaded with stressful moments, long hours and the scope for me to screw up and right now, I just don’t have the enthusiasm, will or inclination to do a gosh darn thing about either one of them.
You may have noticed that I’ve not posted up any newly painted miniatures in quite a while now. Indeed, this has been with me for a couple of weeks, so my productivity has been tanking for spell already. Hopefully that means we’re closer to the end of such fatigue but who knows. At the moment, despite trying to invigorate myself with new purchases, plans for the future and reminding myself of my good work so far this year, it hasn’t done anything for me. Temporarily, and for the moment, I’m out.
We’ve been over all of this before and I know that you go through it too. It’s this blog’s 1st birthday next week and in 2014, this problem has only really cropped up twice, so that’s not too bad a record. Here’s hoping that I can snap myself out of it sooner rather than later, but I wanted to let those of you who come here for my painting know that this is why there has been something of a dry spell in these parts of late.
As with the last post on this subject from earlier in the year, if you’ve got any sure-fire tips to stifle this annoying aspect of the Hobby, feel free to chime in with your two cents below. If we can find a cure for this boredom, we will all be far better off. And if you have no answer, at least spare a thought for your fallen comrade who has succumbed to the draining bleakness of that most wicked opponent – Hobby Malaise…
I’m in exactly the same boat but I do think that these periods of bleurrgh are the perfect times to do those tasks that are already bleurrgh! Basing, udnercoating [if you have the weather for it] basecoating and washes. Prepare as many models as you can with all these tedious job and it’ll either kickstart your mojo, in which case you will be enthused at the point in the process which is pleasnant and fun. Or if it doesn’t kickstart your mojo, you will have a load of models ready for when it does return.
But I just noticed I said all this back in February 😉 So I will offer up something new, how about looking at your ‘hobby matrix’? It’s a simple exercise to try and identify what part of your hobby you may yet be interested in, focus on that area and it may prove fruitful as it’s easier to go with the flow than against it. You can read more about my completely unproven theory here: http://40kaddict.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/the-hobby-matrix-or-how-to-beat-your.html
Good ideas – nice article! Cheers for the advice. I think however that I have enough fingers in enough pies at the moment hobby-wise. I don’t think I could cope with a new project just yet as I think I’ve sorted my self out for that. On the other hand, maybe a bit of time perusing the GW webstore this afternoon might kindle something. Cheers!