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Some WIP Shots and Slowing Things Down (for now)

Between the reemergence of the sun, writing books, and chasing after two little boys, I have realized that I need to slow some things down. But part of that slow down is to make sure the articles I publish here are not rushed or forced.

So with that said, let’s check out what is on Joe’s painting table first and get back to the boring blog stuff after.

WIP Blood Bowl

With two Blood Bowl teams completed (Orcs and Dwarves), I had turned to the balls and tokens so that I could get a fully painted game in.

Work In Progress Blood Bowl Tokens

As with many things on my painting table, I got started and then distracted. At this point, both teams (and the human team) are mounted to bases and primed. The ball mark, the one meant to fit in each base, is press-fit into a spare base. All the others are glued down.

I’ve made decent progress on the Dwarf team’s markers with all the base colors and wash completed. I will probably only do basic cleanup on the tokens but have the balls match the players.

Rainbow Warrior Project

One of the distractions that came up in this last week is a spontaneously formed group on Twitter that has decided to paint an army of Rainbow Warriors for charity.ย The whole thing has been a bit chaotic, and very much figure it out on the go. So this should be fun!

Rainbow Warriors Sargent Conversion

I volunteered a tactical squad as I had plenty of bits laying about. As the Rainbow Warriors have had some hints of Aztec/Mayan theme, we decided to roll with it. With a few Lizardmen bits and Dark/Blood Angels added for character, I was able to put together a cool looks sergeant.

Rainbow Warriors Project Tactical Squad WIP

The rest of the squad is fairly standard as we didn’t want to go too over the top. But a little tweaking to some of the poses adds some character. I’ve got them primed, but need to pick up some more paint before getting started on the colors.

Rainbow Warriors Deathwatch WIP

As I was building and painting a squad anyway, I figured I would add one of the Warriors to my small Deathwatch Kill Team. Perhaps the headdress is a bit much, but it is a neat bit, and I had no clue what else to use it for.

I’ll share some more info on The Project as it comes together, but it will be well worth following. It is a great set of painters and hobbyist involved and looking to be a massive army.

Slowing Things Down

Ok, so back to some of the less exciting things.

For the last year, I have been working on posting 2-3 times a week to the blog. The fixed schedule kept me on track and was easy to plan.ย And I think I’ve posted more in the last year than the previous seven combined.

But this last month has been grueling to get posts out that I was proud of.

I was writing 1,000-3,000 words a day on the book, trying to figure out the publishing world, and it’s been crazy at work for both the Mrs and me.

Real Worldโ„ข right?

Anyway, this all comes down to deciding to reduce the schedule of the blog to every four days and see how it goes. I will also reduce my newsletter, The Brush Stroke, to every other week. They aren’t big changes, and you may have not even noticed them, but I always want to work from a level of transparency.

On the flip side, I have barely commented on anyone’s blog in the last month. I know some may shrug at that, not only have I written on the importance of the community, but I miss really checking out what everyone is up to.

The Future

Who knows what is ahead, but I am working towards some short term goals here.

The biggest is getting all three of the full sized books out before the end of the year. I think each will be easier in some ways as I have figured out many of the obstacles. But each will have its own set of challenges. Like what to put into a book on painting miniatures and what to leave out? If I’m not careful, it could become a 500-page beast that will never get out!

While this next season of Broken Paintbrush will be a bit quieter, I still have some great tutorials and posts planned. They will just be a bit further in between!

After the books, I have way too many grand plans to think about, but suffice to say, great things are yet ahead.

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  • I saw mention of the Rainbow Warriors, but I missed how that all began. The modeling looks good, and I really like the characters. Making characters is probably my favorite thing to do.

    I know what you mean on blogging. Learning to take time and create worthwhile content was something I figured out eventually. Back when there was only a few blogs for the hobby, you could put damn near anything out and do well with it. Now, with so much “competition”, it’s certainly a quality over quantity approach. Well, unless you’re one of those big sleazy sites that I despise who only exist today because they got in early.

    I quoted competition because of course I view nobody as competition, but instead a fellow blogger. However, it does convey the point I was making.

    • TBH I’m not sure how the Rainbow Warriors Project got started but Tibbs and the Lonely Havoc got it going. Tibbs is working on getting the details organized. It is fun using bits that I wouldn’t normally use.
      I agree that in this blogging space none of us compete, well at least the bloggers that actually care about the community. But it is more writting to the standard that I want to put out. The last few posts, including this one, were last minute pushes. Sometimes that is helpful if I really want to take this semi seriously, but got to be too much lately.
      I’ll give this new schedule a try for a while and adjust from here.

  • D Power

    With a production rate like yours, I’m sure it’d be too easy to burn out or begin to forget important things. Slowing down once in a while is a Much Needed Thing, but still something that needs balancing in case you grind to a complete halt. We’ll still be here rooting you on!

    • Thanks D. I think I need to get that on a coffee cup: “A Much Needed Thing” ๐Ÿ™‚
      When I was just doing the posts, it was fun to get into the rhythm and have posting as a hobby into itself. But I’ve layered on too many things.
      I actually just went back and re-read your post on the mindset of painting as a great reminder that I don’t need to be the next ‘x’ person, and just enjoy the process.

  • Your rate of slowing down will still beat my regular semi random posting schedule. Glad you are going to take the time and not burn out chief. Let me know if I can ever help in saying that I have an e-mail on its way to you soon.

    The Project looks well boss.

    • Thanks Rory, I think a lot of this comes down to just being a bit hard on myself. It’s thanks to all of you that help remind me it is a hobby blog after all ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Your site and posts show your dedication chief and you bring a level of almost professionalism to the scene. So bravo. Don’t compromise that and just post when you can.

  • Mordian7th

    Nice! I’m digging the Rainbow Warriors idea – Looking forward to seeing them come together! I wouldn’t sweat the posting often thing, sometimes there’s an ebb and flow to it. Always enjoy your posts man – would rather see you post stuff you’re happy with at the pace you’re comfortable with than just churning stuff out because you feel you “have to”!

    • Thanks Joel. The Rainbow Warriors should be an interesting adventure as the group is trying to figure out all of the who/what/where and why, oh and paint an army ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hey Joe.

    Your rate of output is incredible, so I would not worry about putting slightly less regular content out. Plus real life always takes priority, and everyone has points in their lives where finding even just the time to hobby can be difficult. I know I still struggle now, and my blog has suffered for it, but at the end of the day we hobby and blog for enjoyment, and if it becomes a chore where a rigid schedule has to be kept burn out can follow pretty quickly. I went through a stage of posting twice a week, no matter what, and it is just not feasible anymore (especially with a kiddie and busy job). Don’t feel pressured, post when you can, and we will all read and enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ps looking forward to these books of yours ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks NafNaf. The burn out is something I’ve hit before with work and really trying to avoid that here, especially since this is what I do fun fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Turkadactyl

    Enjoy the break. I’m doing the same as well. Inner Circle was a hectic schedule so I’m taking time off from painting and slowing down my posting schedule. This includes visiting other sites too. Breath of fresh air right? I know I’ll appreciate the slower schedule to catch up on life.

    • Thanks Alex. You were on a roll with your Inner Circle! And what better timing to get that breath of fresh air with summer rolling in.

  • I love the Rainbow Warriors idea. I thought about doing something similar just before I got into the Iron Snakes; the Ancient Greek theme only just nudged out the Ancient Mayan theme. I was going to convert some tanks using parts from some of the larger Lizardmen kits (Bastilodon etc), and have raptor riders instead of bikes.

    I am astounded by some of the output you and fellow bloggers manage every week! Enjoy the time with your family; having a really active roll in my own little one’s lives is such a blessing and it makes me appreciate the (few) quiet moments I have at the paint/gaming table even more.

    • I hadn’t looked at them before this project started up, but it is fun to get into the theme. A Bastilodon tank would be an epic conversion!
      It is so much fun playing with the boys and my 3yo has started getting interested in the minis, so I need to think about ways to get him involved ๐Ÿ™‚