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May 13, 2021

Hitting the Painting Wall

As I mentioned in a previous post I’ve started getting distracted from what I should be doing (my War of 1812 Campaign book for Sharp Practice) and looking to do something else with my time.

Now please be aware that this doesn’t mean I’m giving up on the 1812 book as that is going really well and is currently on target for a summer release (not saying which summer though) but mainly it’s the painting that I’m having problems with.

I’ll be honest here, whilst I like painting I really hate painting large armies, I’m much happier painting small groups or skirmish forces and that’s the main reason I use ADC painting. Gareth from ADC has been painting my figures for over 4 years now and he’s never let me down, so it means I can paint the figures I want to do and he can sort out the rest of my armies (it’s win-win)

Because of the amount of units, I need for the War of 1812 project I decided to do some of the smaller units myself and let Garth sort out the larger formations and so I’ve spent the last 4 months looking at Napoleonic figures and slowly working my way through them. On the whole I’ve enjoyed this break from the norm and at first I ploughed through them at a rate of knots, until this week when I hit the brick wall.

For the last 2 weeks I’ve had a unit of Canadian Militia sat on my desk and I’m only 50% of the way through them, BTW when I say unit I mean 11 figures and 2 of them were test figures and are completed so that leaves 9 figures…..


So I decided I needed a break and thought if I paint something different that would sort me out and I would return to the unit with fresh eyes and a healthy attitude.

So I painted up a couple of Ogres I picked up from Bad Squiddo Games and that hasn’t really helped either.


Then I painted up 8 Great northern war infantry for a future SP2 project I’m considering and that hasn’t really helped (although I do fancy painting up a few more of them)

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There is only one thing for it, I need to get the big brushes out and do some terrain and see if that breaks the malaise I’m currently in

Luckily this week some nice resin terrain bit arrived from Grand Manner I’m sure once I’ve done them I’ll be sorted out


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3 Responses “Hitting the Painting Wall”

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    May 8, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    I hate it when I hit that wall so I do hope you find a way round/over/through it. I find that I need to be quite careful what other subjects I read about otherwise that can quite easily cause me to run in to a painting wall.


    • MikeH
      May 8, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      Oddly since posting this I’ve had a very productive day and have made some sabot bases and undercoated a pile of stuff

      still haven’t painted the Militia though..

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        May 8, 2016 at 8:20 pm

        Always good to make some progress even if it’s not what you intended to do. Perhaps you need to organise a game where you need to use the militia, then that gives you an incentive to do them? Sometimes that works for me, though it doesn’t always make for enjoyable painting sessions.

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