Thursday, 4 September 2014

Zen, and the art of Time Management

Don't bite off more than you can chew.

Don't spread yourself too thin.

Are these phrases familiar? Stuff your parents told you when you were a kid?

I recently had a situation where all this happened. My wife had a weekend away with the kids - 3 whole days to myself! Apart from the obvious house chores, I had a plan: to crack on with my Golden Demon diorama, and also catch up with a bunch of movies on NowTV and Netflix.

Next step on the diorama is terrain work - lots of airbrushing - and that means working under the extractor in the kitchen. No movies, then. "I'll do that later," I decided.

So I grabbed my classic lead Space Marines box - I'm clearing the house of unwanted playing pieces, by painting them and selling them on as complete sets. Good idea, but doesn't help the GD entry.

Movie, snacks, Blood Raven minis. A Great Time was had.

I then set up the camera and shot some more unboxings, and project progression for the Delorean kit.

Lunch.

2 more movies and Blood Ravens - practising blending on the squad, to make them tabletop+ quality.

Dinner. more movies on TV. 2am.

Pass out on sofa.

That was Friday. Saturday was similar, and then Sunday I realised I had to sort the house out for the family's return!

I also grabbed the diorama to put in the kitchen, set up the airbrush station, and realised I didn't have the quantity of paint needed to spray the terrain, so put it all away again.

3 days. No progress with Golden Demon. Nothing. Nada. Not a sausage.

Achievements: I damaged the Delorean, grinding out plastic parts for lights. I ruined the Space Marine sergeant - the matt varnish altered the paint colours underneath. Touchups will fix, but the blending's not right anymore. Didn't finish the rest of the squad, either.

All in all, I saw a pile of movies I hadn't seen before, and learned some big hobby lessons:

Don't bite off more than you can chew.

Don't spread yourself too thin.

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