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Longtime Dakkanaut

I have some models that have go to a point and I’m happy with them so far but I know they need something more but can’t decide what to do.

Does anyone else have this problem and how do you decide how to proceed?
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Esteemed Veteran Space Marine

Northumberland, England

Do something entirely different. You're stuck in what's called 'analysis paralysis' - considering all the options and unable to decide on one. The best way to get around that is to refresh yourself with doing something that is totally unrelated, resetting your brain and letting you come back with a fresh perspective.

I've done this recently. I was unhappy with the outcome of my Salamanders, so I've thrown myself into historical aircraft models. And so far I've learnt how to do pre-shading, oil weathering, chipping and using pigments. Which means when I get back to doing my Salamanders, I'll have a whole range of new techniques to liven things up and do something different.

I can thoroughly encourage you to just go off and try painting something entirely different than your normal fare, shake things up .

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Wise Ethereal with Bodyguard

Yes, all the time. I tend to freak out about what to do next, and whether what I’m planning will look ok. I find just getting started with the plan let’s me get some momentum and it all turns out ok in the end.

Please excuse any spelling errors. I use a tablet frequently and software keyboards are a pain!

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Deathwing Terminator with Assault Cannon

I doubt you are alone. My pile of shame is largely due to the same issue.

After I finish the test model, I then transfer the scheme to rest of the army, except...

Once they're about 70~80% done, you feel like something is missing or not working. So you start pinteresting or googling for reference images for inspiration, then you start rabbit holing, forgetting that you were there to find inspiration, now actively looking for a new scheme.

Then you go back to your model, and you end up not quite liking what you did (because you just came back from the interwebz where every other guy is a professional miniature painter) so you forget about them and look for other things to assemble/paint.

The trick I use is that I remind myself no artwork is ever 100% complete. There will always be room for improvements. Once you get a good amount of models going, the crowd effect can make them look much better than when examining them in detail individually, even if they are all painted to 80~90% completion.

The key is achieving 'acceptable' level of finish, rather than looking to 'complete' the painting.

This message was edited 5 times. Last update was at 2021/04/15 21:19:51

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Purposeful Hammerhead Pilot

United States

I'm currently in a state of paralysis of "I can't pick the next project" because I want to get my airbrush up and running, but my current desk set up isn't conducive to the airbrush, but I can't upgrade that until my roommate moves out so I can change his room into the new hobby room.
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Fresh-Faced New User

I get this problem often... i find editing a picture of the model on your phone or computer can help alot to give you a rough idea of what may or may not be needed to help you get to a point of satisfaction. Good luck!

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Thousand sons / Black Legion.
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Ship's Officer

Dallas, TX

yes, as your painting/modeling skills increase over time/practice, you'll like to add more detail or redo some of your minis.

Tip: you must start from the base, meaning cleaned mold lines, drilled barrels, evenly primed etc; otherwise no matter how good of a paint job it will not hide those mold lines.
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Longtime Dakkanaut

 Clouds wrote:
I get this problem often... i find editing a picture of the model on your phone or computer can help alot to give you a rough idea of what may or may not be needed to help you get to a point of satisfaction. Good luck!

I like this idea
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Slaanesh Havoc with Blastmaster

New Orleans

all the time!

sometimes for years
(that's when all the other projects get worked on)

I like many of the above ideas,
going to try them!
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