One thing I always struggle with when the siren call of Games Workshop’s miniatures draw me back into their hobby filled cave is setting goals for myself. Goals that would get me into the hobby fully and keep me engaged long term.
Let me know if any of the following process is even vaguely familiar to you:
- A big and shiny new Games Workshop product is announced, usually a new edition or revamp of a game you dabbled in as a kid.
- The new streamlined gameplay appeals and the miniatures, my god the miniatures look far to good to be real. Also the price is high but not crazy high, you can actually afford it if you budget yourself for a month or two.
- The shiny new product comes out, you run to the store and buy it with exited glee. No awkward, “I’m just killing some time” conversations with the Warhammer Store staff this week. You’re on a mission and the goal is BUY THE THING! (And maybe some paints, and an accessory, okay two to three accessories, and I guess you need a new S Layer brush and those add-on packs could be useful, and, and, and…)
- You get home then dig out your hobby tools and paints box. Some of the paints are a bit dry but they will be fine.
- You build all of the things in the shiny new product, constantly marvelling at the craft of how everything fits together and the crazy amount of detail. YOU DON’T EVEN NEED TO USE GLUE ANYMORE!!
- You prime the models and leave them to dry dreaming of the tabletop possibilities they are about to unleash on your pitiful mortal life.
- You start painting some of the miniatures. You’re rusty at first but it slowly comes back to you, Warhammer TV is your favourite YouTube channel again and you are already planning on naming your offspring after Duncan.
- As you paint some of the miniatures you read the rules during breaks and get really exited to play.
- You drag your significant other to the table and play a test game with your half painted and unpainted miniatures. It’s fun but a few rules problems popped up that you need to dig into and your S/O enjoyed the game but clearly doesn’t want to play it again. It is just not their thing, fair enough.
- You pack everything away and don’t look at it until step one rears its head again a year or two later.