|This picture has nothing to do with the topic. I'm just resurrecting a classic. Jessie and Chester said it best.|
So, when you've been around this hobby long enough you see some junk and some stuff; I wouldn't recommend it!
Hobby Pitfalls - 10 Things Not to Do!
1) Don't leave your paintbrush tip down in the water pot!
Wash it out in the water, re-point the head and then put it back in the little plastic sleeve it came in for next time. You'll thank me for it later.
2) Don't leave bare metal/plastic/resin showing because you were going to paint it grey/metal anyway!
If you want grey, use a grey primer and then paint over it. Trust me the finish is going to be a lot less embarrassing, and you'll be able to effectively add washes and things to get a better tone too. Plus, that sprue-grey isn't fooling anyone.
3) Don't touch someone else's models without asking!
Lets be honest, people's miniatures have a lot of their time and effort put into them, so it makes sense that they value them. Even the crappiest battered and chipped grot might be their favourite, so remember to be respectful.
4) Don't be a bad sport!
Worse than that though, it the guy who cheats, and who everyone knows is cheating, and who then brags about all the games he's won. Well, I've got a news flash for you buddy; everyone knows and they're not impressed, so knock of that junk right now!
5) Don't think that you need a wet pallet and a Windsor and Newton Series 7 to paint!
Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with either item, and I'm painting with a Series 7 detail brush myself. The thing that annoys me is that this isn't beginner stuff. You don't need expensive brushes and techniques to get a good finish. If you're just starting out, you'll probably knacker your first brushes anyway, and you don't need a wet pallet or a Windsor and Newton fancy pants brush to learn how to apply basecoats, washes and maybe have a go at dry-brushing. The rest can come later.
6) Don't think you can't paint out of the pot!
|I did it. Dare to be different.|
7) Don't do freehand without thinking!
Stop right there weekend warrior, that sounds like a bigger mess than Giorgio Tsoukalos' hairdo. You need to plan things out and then draw them out before you approach that model with the paint brush, or you're about to make a big mistake. And if you suck at freehand, then don't do it. It works for me.
8) Don't build large resin models without pinning them!
9) Don't buy more than you can handle! (and don't fall for those new releases!)
That said, sometimes you need a change of pace, or just deserve a present. Just try to be sensible about it!
10) Don't buy competitive units just because they're powerful!
The good thing about a balanced force is that as the power levels of different units wax and wane, the force tends to remain more or less level and perfectly playable in any edition.
11) Don't use exclamation marks on the end of every sentence to try to make an impact!
If you've made it this far, I salute you. You've run off the bottom of actual advice and reached the reflective part of the article where I consider my own writing style..... Not really.
Y'know this week, I was walking to work. I look down the road, and there's a car full of stuff parked up by the pavement. As I approach, I notice a few things on the ground. It looks like makeup or something. A few more steps and my eye follows this trail of so called "breadcrumbs". Then I see it. Right in the middle of the footpath; this big honkin' flesh coloured dildo just flappin' about in the sunshine. It's times like those that inspire me to write Bungo.
Ok, not really but it did happen and it was weird. Well, the flapping part was pure artistic licence, but the rest is true.
Oh, and number 12 would've been - Don't make 40k/Jamie Oliver crossover memes! (No matter how diabolically delicious it may seem at first)