Hobbyist’s Rut

So… this post is going to be a little different to my usual ones. I like to have posts with progress shots and finished models. Something that someone may benefit from some how or if they already know more that I can show them, just some decent models at the end. This… is kind of the opposite. I’ve been in a bit of a rut.

Since I started writing on a blog, posting on twitter and Bolter and Chainsword I have done more hobbying than I have done in years, and its been awesome. Thanks to all the visitors, fellow hobbyists and bloggers I’ve been more motivated than ever before. But in August 2018 something terrible happened…

I started to renovate my bathroom.

Its not something I expected to affect my motivation, in fact it took me by surprise. I took a week off and work on it with my dad. In that week we made so much progress, not as much as I’d have liked but a lot more than I hoped.

Then I had to go back to work though and it wasn’t finished. I found it difficult to find time between work and family to do anything and with that, work all but stopped. It weighs on my mind and I feel like I should be doing that instead of anything else when I have free time… but there never seems a good time to work on it. I think I kind of got a little depressed about it… I stopped really doing anything for fun. I couldn’t even find the motivation to approach my hobby table. I would still check WordPress for articles from those of you that I follow but I couldn’t summon up the will to do anything more than ‘Like’ them. The evenings became sitting on the sofa watching TV with my wife… which we don’t often do unless there is something specific we want to see rather than just watching the pictures on the TV change. This has been going on since the end of August and I’m pretty sick of it. So its time to do something about it.

My first step a couple of days ago was to fetch some models out of my hobby station and try to do something. It wasn’t much but I based a few models.

I started interacting with people on twitter again and also… started writing this post. I obviously don’t have any new finished stuff to showcase, but as my co-writers keep reminding me, WIP posts are also ok. So this will be a look at the top of my hobby station to see whats there, what needs doing and how I can make a start, with input from you all very much appreciated.

So… first up is my failed Neglected Model September entry for Azazel’s challenge, three Tyranid Hive Guard. I am pretty disappointed about this one as there’s no fancy conversion work, its just painting some models that are 18 months old, no conversion, no frills. Unfortunately their neglect continues and this is the first challenge I’ve missed since discovering them. bummer. Still, these are the models I based in order to pave the road to Hobby Motivation again…

… more on that large oval base later. : )

Next up is an odd one… 3 AoS Storm Caste Eternals. I dont collect these. My wife however in her infinite wisdom thought it would be fun to pick these up at the local GW to bring home and paint. In her defence they were free!… the catch? Our store manager was handing out one per person (in this case she picked them up on behalf of myself, her and my brother), so that he could get all 300 Storm Caste Eternals back in store for a display… at the end of AUGUST. This was a bad idea when she picked them up and that was before I’d even started the bathroom. Needless to say, I feel guilty that I didn’t do these in time… despite the fact I wasn’t meant to be painting 2 of them, and didn’t actually ask for them in the first place.


Here we have a bunch of random Ad Mech that are mostly complete, but not actually complete. I actually have no idea how complete they are because I havent finished any yet…

Here is a fun one, I was on a roll with these for a while before starting on my friends Christmas present, so I’ll definitely pick these up again sometime soon. 5 Warp Talons, complete with warp entry action.


Here is Ahriman on a disc, ready for undercoating. He was a Christmas present last year from our very own blogger Krakendoomcool.


Lastly while im mentioning neglected, Christmas presents I’ve recieved… an undercoated Toxicrene, ready for painting.


So I guess that’s it, another post done… hopefully the start of more to come with completed models. I may be a little slow working on postable material though as the recipient of my Christmas gift follows the blog… so that project will likely be posted on Christmas day. A sneak peak of it though is right at the beginning of the post with the Hive Guard.

I’ll appreciate any feedback on this, I really want to get motivated again. What about you guys, what do you do if you get in a bit of a rut, does it happen very often and what got you out of it? Thanks for reading guys and I’ll hopefully hear from you soon and have some more updates before too long.

~ Pandora’s Bitz Box ~