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Depends on the era, 20th century subjects one sprue is enough , the earlier the era the more likely to paint the lot.
Hi Paul I do a similar thing to you only I always have two sets on the go a Napoleonic set & a ww2 set.
I try to concentrate on the nappy set The ww2 set is for when I have had enough & need a break.
I always paint the the whole box & fix them on bases, I also keep a record of how many I paint and how many I have to paint & I try to paint 1,000 a year at least.
A friend once told me, "You think too much!" He called my affliction, "Analysis Paralysis." :sweat_smile: I find I just like to look at my figures and take a short "Decompression Session" out of the daily stress of life periodically and unplanned when the feeling hits me.
So I have a few of my favorite figures, loose, just sitting on my shelf above my night stand - A few FFL and Knights - just to look at and "day dream." I keep a small clear box with a few new, current or favorite sprews ready to be cleaned in it and ready to head to the sink and wash them - Ready to go and de-sprew - just a quick 10 minutes any time during the day.
I also keep a small spiral note pad and pen close at hand and just jot down any new ideas that pop up into my head, like how to design a FFL Fort or Frontier Fort, and either write them down or sketch them.
This way with everything just waiting for some quiet time to focus I can jump into it, make a little progress, and then just put it away ready for another go at it later.
So in summary, having just a few of my favorite figures or sprews "in plain sight", ready to have a quick go at it any time, allows me to benefit from a short "decompression session" and I don't suffer from "analysis paralysis" stressing from all those daily chores and commitments and I'm constantly making progress in everything. This allows me to focus on family in big blocks of time and they don't even notice my "mental time outs."
I hope this makes sense because it works for me. It can be very difficult to find that personal time to just be a kid again for myself because of life's demands. :palm_tree: :cactus: :wink:
Hi Chaps (I'll make an assumption at this point based on names )
Thank you for your replies. It would appear rather as I suspected that whilst the majority cherry pick subjects to paint, at least two of the six, paint everything in the box. At the outset I assumed I would speed up as I became more experienced. This however is not the case and I feel that I have in fact got slower possibly becoming more self critical. You only have to look at some of the contributions to realise how much room for improvement there really is. So like Steve I am about the 1000 to 1200 a year mark. Covid has probably increased this a bit but you can do too much and it become a chore.
I would say that I like to visit and even voice something on this website and feel that the vast majority are supportive to one another in let's face,is a minority pastime.
So thank you
So now it's back to the Saxons
I almost never paint my troops. My intention is to play wargames with them but due to moving I have not done any wargames in a few years. My hope is later this year or maybe next year I will be set up to play wargames again.
Do what makes you feel good, they are toys, after all.
Mike Bunkermeister Creek
Bunker Talk blog
I expect to paint and use every figure in every box, and I resent it when that isn't possible. I like the idea of 4 identical sprues in a box, as I usually put four figures on a base, and I like to use the same or similar poses.