Orlygg’s recent post of the Leadly Sins of figure collecting sent me down the path of reflection. Thanks Orlygg! It was a brilliant post as well as unsettling since I was guilty of many. As a good Catholic boy, I feel compelled to confess, forgive me Father Orlygg for I have sinned! Let the beatings begin!
1. Sharing “Look what I have got” bragging posts
Yes, guilty as charged! But I confess to only a misdemeanor not pre-mediated bragging. I’ve had several posts, mainly my “Used Bookstore Goodness” where I have stumbled upon some hidden gem or lost treasure from my youth. I haven’t intended to brag so much but more to say “hey look what I have found and oh by the way you can do it too!” I have also posted the eBay win or two that were reasonable in price to point out that there are actually reasonable people who aren’t totally deluded when it comes to pricing mins. What’s reasonable penance, a couple of “Hail Jes Goodwin’s?”
2. Photographing masses of unpainted lead
Yes he says shamefully lowering his head, refusing to make eye contact. So I have done this a couple of times, mainly with the arrival of a new Kickstarter pledge or eBay win. Why you ask, simple. I just haven’t built up a rhythm to my painting so I don’t have any painted results. I go a couple of days mad at it then weeks pass before I pick up the brush again. Further complicating matters is that my paint inventory is woefully old and out of date. To be honest I need to invest in a large quantity of paints and inks. It is all too convenient an excuse to say “oh I’d like to paint that Titillating Pink, oops that pots all dried up guess I’ll have to wait until I get a new one...” and set the figure aside and it languishes for months before I get around to buying new paint. This sin is totally on me and with this confession hopefully I can get back into a steady paint schedule.
3. Being too absorbed in my own collecting
I think I can plead innocent to this one. Now I don’t know that this is a conscious effort or a result of my totally ADD approach to collecting. To many times I have been in the middle of a project, saw something shinny and new to me and jumped into it. This is another contributor to sin #2 since I jump from project to project without completing one. Often times just looking at someone else’s collection inspires me to either copy it or attempt something similar. Great, dodged a few acts of contrition there!
4. Buying up hordes of figures and then storing them away
Damn, must admit to another one! Yes, again due to my lack of painting I have a few boxes of lead that have been shoved away for that magical time of someday as in “Oh I’ll get to that project someday in the future.” I mentioned to Orlygg earlier that I visited England in 89 and purchased a load of lead, and I admit without pride that some of it is still unpainted to this day! I hit 50 this year and have decided to get serious about take one of two approaches; either paint it or be rid of it since someday may never arrive!
5. Obsessing over the acquisition of certain models
Another misdemeanor confession on this one. I’m very much the tight ass when it comes to money which counter acts the obsessing over too many figures. I may obsess over wanting a figure but I won’t part with the cash to acquire it! I do however snap them up when they are a reasonable deal. My only real obsession has been trying to collect all the ROC Champions of Khorne from the 89 catalogue page and the C23 Ogres by Jes Goodwin. I only need two miniatures to complete the ROC Khorne Champions, one of which is readily available at reasonable prices and the other at outrageous prices that I simply won’t pay. Does that make me guilty of the obsessing sin?
Yep, don’t have the population base in my small town to have enough people to get together and it’s a college town so what base I would be able to organize probably presents too much of a generational gap to bridge. Not sure I have the energy to deal with it anyways. So I guess that is another one for the Please Forgive Me list. I do hope to someday make it to BOYL over in England. We shall see.
Nope, not taking the hit on this one! Joking aside, I hope that I have been encouraging to others. I try to take the opportunity, even if it is just a +1 on Google+ or quick comment when I’m impressed with someone’s work. Orlygg is an orator extraordinaire, Matthew and Whisky Priest are paint slinging artists, Steve Casey is the historian par none, and Chico exemplifies seeing projects through to completion. Pillars of the Oldhammer community that if I haven’t mentioned before, I truly appreciate their contributions.
So not too guilty but enough that I do feel the burden of contrition. With that said I will try for the next month to only post painted or WIP photos of mins, no piles of unpainted lead.