How to Stay Motivated in Miniature Painting and War Gaming

In any hobby, I guess sometimes there’s always a high point and low point. Sometimes you feel so motivated to go ahead with all the power, sometimes at days, everything seems so slow and low morale. Especially when you see there so many more miniatures to paint. But if you think of it on the positive side, it looks so amazing when it is all completed.

There are few ways usually I push and motivate myself in this hobby. The trick to this war gaming and miniature painting hobby is that it revolves around the cycle of modeling, painting and gaming. The cycle goes round and round to stay motivated.

If you have a few games, after that you are all drive to paint more miniatures and explore different army list possibilities. For me, I do have games once a while, all depending on myself and my gaming buddies timing and commitment. Before and after the games, my mind is always thinking about the strategy of the game and how to improve the army list. It also leads to quick thinking is it possible to quickly assemble or paint up this or another new unit, so that it can shine in the coming battle. Sometimes, in games, we always joke that, wa, this unit is not painted, that’s why it lost the fight.

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When I paint, I do revolve around different game themes to paint. Its like, I am in the mood to paint the Vampire Army, once its done or halfway, sometimes you feel bored about it. Then usually I will switch to another army to paint, like Imperial Guards Cadian or any other army you are collecting. It helps to keep the drive on going.

Another motivating way is also to read Black Library novels. Especially after reading those novel, wa, you really feel like painting or have a good game. I still recall reading the Black Library novel “Eisenhorn”, after that the inspiration is so great, that I wanted to paint more and play a game. It also made me love my Inquisition and Demonhunters more. Other reading materials like the monthly White Dwarf also serves as another factor of motivation. But I do think that White Dwarf motivation is more of to lure you to buy more miniatures and collect more.

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There are PC games like Dawn of War I & II and Warhammer Online, wow, watching those games trailers also drives up the motivation level. For me, its not so much of playing the PC games, but watching the game trailer really motivates me a lot. I can clearing picture the Dawn of war I trailer, where the Space Marine Commander shouted, “CHARGE!” and the Orks roaring! So inspired to start painting and have a good game!

Well, this hobby we all love, once started we should be committed to it. At times we do lose our vibes, we must always remind ourselves our commitment to it, so that all the time, effort and money spent is not all wasted.


by Kelvin Damien Lee