Batch Painting [bach - peyn-ting] noun, verb, whatever
1. The process in which a hobbyist takes a number of like-models, and paints them all in stages, so as to finish said models all at once, instead of one at a time.
2. The preferred method of painting an entire wargaming army, to maintain and retain consistency across the entire force.
3. One of the many possible reasons for Hobby Burn-Out, and why Miniature Tim wants to talk about it.
Yes, I know I only have 28 Foot, 3 Walkers and 1 Vehicle to paint for my Grey Knights. I do, in fact, understand that is a far, FAR lower number of models than what most queue up when batch painting for an army. I just wanted to state that up front. Especially to those of you who have an inclination towards playing and painting horde-style armies. I can fully appreciate the speed that this technique achieves with painting that big block(s) of Skaven, or those 4 full Tactical Squads.
With all that said, I still believe that the batch painting process, while an excellent way to paint a full army, is a pain in my creative and motivational arse. I tend to get beyond excited to get my army painted once I've finished the converting/sculpting/build stages, and then when I hit that first unit to paint, I hit the road block.
Instead of not get anything done, I thought I come up with, and share some ways to avoid that motivational road block that I'm stumbling over myself.
A bit obvious and self explanatory, but still worth mentioning. Instead of painting those 20 Skaven or 10 Marines, take it down to blocks of 5. It will definitely help avoid the over abundance of monotony that comes into play when painting the same shade of fur over 20 models all at once.
Break Up the Monotony
Intersperse smaller, more interesting pieces in between each larger batch of troops. For instance, paint a Tactical Sqaud, then paint a Dreadnought. Paint a Tactical Squad, then paint an HQ choice. It helps, trust me. You could even intersperse a completely different project's model into this concept for some real variety.
Be Realistic with Your Deadlines
As in, don't expect to get 120 Skaven done in 2 months, especially with a wife, full time job and kids, or school, sports and a part time job even! Plan out your 'deadlines' accordingly so that you give yourself some breathing room.
In no way do I mean to sell the Batch Painting process short. it really is an excellent way to get your army done in a very efficient and consistent manner, and I do use it myself! Unfortunately for me, it also lends itself to pushing me into Burn-Out at times.
Anyone else experience this? Is Batch Painting your friend, or a necessary evil?