Switch Theme:

What do you do on the side, whilst painting?  [RSS] Share on facebook Share on Twitter Submit to Reddit
Author Message

Forum adverts like this one are shown to any user who is not logged in. Join us by filling out a tiny 3 field form and you will get your own, free, dakka user account which gives a good range of benefits to you:
  • No adverts like this in the forums anymore.
  • Times and dates in your local timezone.
  • Full tracking of what you have read so you can skip to your first unread post, easily see what has changed since you last logged in, and easily see what is new at a glance.
  • Email notifications for threads you want to watch closely.
  • Being a part of the oldest wargaming community on the net.
If you are already a member then feel free to login now.

Made in gb
Storm Trooper with Maglight

Bath uk

As the title of the thread suggests, i'd like to know what you all do aswell as painting.

For me personally i like to listen to 40k lore videos on youtube, (arch warhammer and Onemind syndicate have good 40k lore/content)

Let me know Dakka!

RIP Colour Sgt Kell. Forever in our hearts.
Click below for plenty guardsmen

Cadian 404th "The Lost Boys" P&M blog

Tutorial:How to make IG packs
Made in gb
Stealthy Dark Angels Scout with Shotgun

East Midlands UK

I listen to Radio 4 Extra, usually the classic comedy hour. Tonight I was highlighting my dreadnought while listening to The Men From The Ministry, pure unalloyed joy!
Made in gb
Regular Dakkanaut


I listen to podcasts on my mobile phone. Mostly history related, I add new shows when I run out of things to listen to. So far I listen to History of China, History of Byzantium, History of Egypt, Hardcore History, In our Time, Rex Factor, Saga Thing, Revolutions, D6G, Samurai Archives and have a few more waiting for me to run out of episodes.

This message was edited 1 time. Last update was at 2017/09/12 21:51:00

Made in ca
Ancient Venerable Black Templar Dreadnought


All dark and angry music (with a hint of humor) of mine on shuffle.
Goth, Death Metal, Darkwave, Doom Metal, Industrial (preference given to martial beats), anything dark... seems appropriate.
Accompanied by the sound of laundry running up stairs, water flowing through pipes and the two cats circling me trying to get MOAR hair on my painted models.
Would you believe I am the owner of said house?
Summoning method of the "basement troll" is to stomp on the floor above his head (due to the loud music).
A selection of music:


I have newer stuff but has language frowned on by our MODS (5 Finger Death Punch: Jeckyl and Hyde)... so there you go.

This message was edited 2 times. Last update was at 2017/09/12 22:46:47

A revolution is an idea which has found its bayonets.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Made in pt
Longtime Dakkanaut


"Let's play" of a few youtubers I follow for years and I'm content just to listen to their wacky comments

Documentaries concerning a wide variety of topics.

Once in a while, an audiobook / audiodrama

"Fear is freedom! Subjugation is liberation! Contradiction is truth! These are the truths of this world! Surrender to these truths, you pigs in human clothing!" - Satsuki Kiryuin, Kill la Kill 
Made in us
Courageous Questing Knight

drinking tea in the snow

I just listen to music on my headphones. whatever comes up is usually fine. I can't listen to anything with people talking though, that just throws me off.

Sun ra has actually some of my favorite painting music, but sun ra also has a lot of my favorite everything.

realism is a lie
Made in gb
Longtime Dakkanaut

 durecellrabbit wrote:
I listen to podcasts on my mobile phone. Mostly history related, I add new shows when I run out of things to listen to. So far I listen to ... In our Time...

Me too, although I find myself having to rewind because I wasn't paying attention.

HJistory of the World in 100 Objects is worth a listen if that's not already on your list, too.
Made in us
Dark Angels Librarian with Book of Secrets

A Protoss colony world

Believe it or not, I often play Runescape at the same time as I paint. I let my character grind a skill that doesn't require much clicking, and paint while my character works (obviously, not any kind of combat!). Otherwise, I just watch stuff on Netflix (mostly Star Trek TNG currently) or listen to music on Youtube (Two Steps from Hell is my go to here). Occasionally I'll put on a 40k battle report or watch some of Duncan Rhodes' many painting videos. I pick up a trick or two that way.

My armies (re-counted and updated on 6/7/18, including modeled wargear options):
Dark Angels: ~11200 | Space Marines (Blood Ravens and others): ~1100 | Space Wolves: ~2000
Inquisition: ~300 | Officio Assassinorum: ~500 | Talons of the Emperor: ~500
Tau Empire: ~6300 | Chaos Space Marines (various legions): ~8400 | Death Guard: ~2700 | Chaos Daemons (all types): ~2400
Check out my P&M Blogs: ZergSmasher's P&M Blog | Stormsurge blog | Imperial Knights blog | Total models painted in 2017: 65 | Total models painted in 2018: 80 | Current main painting project: Dark Angels Scouts
 Mr_Rose wrote:
Who doesn’t love crazy mutant squawk-puppies? Eh? Nobody, that’s who.
Made in us
Unhealthy Competition With Other Legions


I watch Netflix while painting and sometimes listen to music. More often than not though I just paint in silence.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts."

Current work
50 PP-1500 points

Playable painted armies
40k 1250 points (awaiting point update for 8th) 
Made in us
Walking Dead Wraithlord

Watch movies (normally ones I've seen enough that I don't get distracted and end up actually watching them...). So I suppose it's more like listening to movies.

Made in au
Mimetic Bagh-Mari

Sydney, Australia

I listen to podcasts or watch movies usually. Funnily enough I don't actually listen to any wargaming podcasts, although there are vast amounts of them, but when I watch movies they'll usually be at least tangentially related. Less frequently I'll put on a movie soundtrack to paint to, which will have a big tie to whatever I paint (for example when I paint Batman models I'll be listening to a combination of the soundtracks from Batman v Superman, The Dark Knight Rises and The Dark Knight because Hans Zimmer is a genius)


Malifaux Outcasts
Batman Miniatures Game- The Brave and the Bold, Suicide Squad and the Rogues
DC Universe Miniatures Game- Justice League and Suicide Squad 
Made in ca
Secretive Dark Angels Veteran


I paint is silence... Dead, cold silence...


"Some times you feel like a diick, some times you don't.
Slaneesh army's have dicks, Sisters of battle don't,
Because sometimes you want to play the dick,
Sometimes you don't " 
Made in us
Thermo-Optical Tuareg

Nashville, TN

Juggle chainsaws.

"Holy Sh*&, you've opened my eyes and changed my mind about this topic, thanks Dakka OT!"

-Nobody Ever

Proverbs 18:2

"CHEESE!" is the battlecry of the ill-prepared.

 warboss wrote:

GW didn't mean to hit your wallet and I know they love you, baby. I'm sure they won't do it again so it's ok to purchase and make up.

Albatross wrote:I think SlaveToDorkness just became my new hero.

EmilCrane wrote:Finecast is the new Matt Ward.

Don't mess with the Blade and Bolter! 
Made in us
Fixture of Dakka

I just play some music while putting together my models. Anything from CCR to Dying Fetus to SLAYER!!! works for me.

CaptainStabby wrote:
If Tyberos falls and needs to catch himself it's because the ground needed killing.

 jy2 wrote:
BTW, I can't wait to run Double-D-thirsters! Man, just thinking about it gets me Khorney.

 vipoid wrote:
Indeed - what sort of bastard would want to use their codex?

 MarsNZ wrote:
ITT: SoB players upset that they're receiving the same condescending treatment that they've doled out in every CSM thread ever.
Made in nz
Been Around the Block

Usually music or I watch TwitchTV which is usually PlayerUnknown players
Made in kr
Veteran Inquisitorial Tyranid Xenokiller

your mind

Luke's APS on YouTube lately is my goto.
Scorpion 82.
What really happened.com
Occasionally mini wargaming, the mountain is cool.
That or the sound of the airbrush compressor.

Made in jp
Utilizing Careful Highlighting


I paint from 4:30 to 5:30 AM while the rest of the family is sleeping, so the only sound I make is sipping coffee.

My latest entry in A Tale of Several Gamers. Check our progress!
Now showing Japanese peasants from Perry!

Painting total as of 6/15/2018: 99 plus three sets of Osgiliath ruins and Great Cthulhu and a Japanese peasant farmhouse.
Painting total for 2017: 267 plus two SF buildings and two specimen tanks and two Treemen and two chariots and lots of Frostgrave ruins and an evil tree, six mythos monsters, two GF9 swamps and thirteen pieces of scatter terrain.

Made in us
Heroic Senior Officer

Murray, Kentucky

Movies, TV, or music (usually just pick a station on Pandora)

One thing I learned is that any comedy is a bad idea to listening to while painting. Had a good laugh during an Archer episode tragically cut short when I realized my hand had slipped and horribly botched a free handed Lamenters pauldron I was working on.

'I've played Guard for years, and the best piece of advice is to always utilize the Guard's best special rule: "we roll more dice than you" ' - stormleader

"Sector Imperialis: 25mm and 40mm Round Bases (40+20) 26€ (Including 32 skulls for basing) " GW design philosophy in a nutshell  
Made in gb
Screaming Shining Spear

Music mostly, some times nerd slanted podcasts but my aging brain can struggle to paint and take info in

Made in us
Brainy Zoanthrope

West Bend WI.

Watch movies (normally ones I've seen enough that I don't get distracted and end up actually watching them...). So I suppose it's more like listening to movies.

Exactly this.

on the way. 
Made in us
Ultramarine Chaplain with Hate to Spare

Upstate, New York

Turn based games, Live Civ VI. Or MMOs that I can AFK and craft.

Getting up and switching between my painting and computer desks helps me do both longer. If I just sat in one spot, I’d end of a ball of pain after not that long.

Sometimes I’ll put a layer of paint down, watch an episode of something on netflix in the recliner, and then put another coat on. Slow, but relaxing.

Ultramarines, 3rd Co. and friends, 12.5K+ Slowly growing 2Kish
Nevelon's Workbench: Ultramarines, Saim-Hann and other assorted oddities
Made in us
Longtime Dakkanaut

Either listen to CD's or watch Netflix/Hulu.

My job here is done. 
Made in us
Mindless Spore Mine

Stream radio or listen to podcasts.

Made in us
Leader of the Sept

Netflix or podcasts.

Bullockist wrote:I think a mini of hotsauceman1 rending the overly serious posters of dakka in twain with a flexing of humourous intent would be a winning mini.

4000pts 2000 1500
Made in au
Cutting stuff up and bunging it back together in new and interesting ways.

Under the couch

I used to just play music. These days, it's either a movie that I know well enough to not need to watch, brainless TV that I don't need to pay too much attention to, or audio books.

Made in au
Owns Whole Set of Skullz Techpriests

Versteckt in den Schatten deines Geistes.


Made in ca
Longtime Dakkanaut

I often try to have a movie playing in the background. One I have seen before, but that only happens if Mrs Captain Brown is watching YouTube in the bedroom and Ms Captain Brown is asleep.



Please Check out my Painting Logs - More than 1000 individual photos of completed models shown.
11 successful trades in the Dakka Swap Shop.

Forge World Elysian Army | Tau Sept Cadre | Ork Waaagh | Alaitoc Eldar

Order of Our Martyred Lady - Sisters of Battle | Necromundian Imperial Guard Regiment

Made in us
Been Around the Block


I put on 40k theories/remleiz, or Alfabusa/TTS and friends.
Made in gb
Arch Magos w/ 4 Meg of RAM

If I am on my own I just enjoy the silence. We also have my wife's piano set up next to my painting desk so I am often listening to classical piano music too.

Bye bye Dakkadakka, happy hobbying! I really enjoyed my time on here. Opinions were always my own :-) 
Made in us
Boom! Leman Russ Commander

Delaware, USA

Generally music of a relaxing variety; Lofi mixes on YouTube, various jazz artists, some more upbeat big band stuff sometimes. I also put on movies that I've seen before, that way I don't really need to watch them; Interstellar is great for this, such a long movie.

Now with a newborn I generally keep to lighter music though, she's a Lofi fan

Balthoran 22nd Mechanized (5000 points)
7th Company (3000 points)
5th Brotherhood (2500 points) 
Forum Index » Dakka Discussions
Go to: