Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Terminator librarian models and failure

So recently I picked up the terminator librarian model. You know, the awesome one that someone described as "dripping with sweet, sweet detail".

I've been working on it.

So far...


I only thought I was up to the challenge of this model because my last two IC models turned out -- by my standards -- really well.

And it's not that what I'm doing with it is turning out horribly, but that I just can't seem to make it look as good as I want. Part of the problem is all those "sweet, sweet details" it's "dripping" with make actually painting the main parts of the model -- the armor and the toga-thingy -- difficult and tedious (at best).

I was talking with my girlfriend about it and she said, "Just put it aside and work on something else. When you feel up to it again, pick it back up."

I'm thinking that's pretty sound advice, until I can build up my paint-fu more to a place where I can tackle this model with the skill it deserves.

What do y'all think?


  1. Sounds like a good plan to me.

    I find that when I do ICs or any other centerpiece model, it takes quite a while before it starts looking acceptable. I've put models aside because I didn't like the way they were coming up or I just get tired of painting the same guy... Most of the time, I'm rather unhappy with the way one is turning out, but in the end it looks good.

  2. Yeah, I put it aside yesterday and put all my pent-up frustration into painting up a Company Champion (which I'm doing for the fluffiness of the model, he may never actually see the tabletop) and so far, that's worked out.

    I've also learned to love metal models. The crispness of the details on metal really is different. I know this isn't news to anyone with any experience -- but I really noticed it considering the last three models I painted were metal, and the CC is plastic. Granted, the newer plastic has plenty of detail (and I do still love plastic) but for the "stand out" pieces metal still seems to be the best.

    Wow, I never, EVER thought I say something like that.

  3. Sometimes the girlfriend/wife has the best advice... whether we want to admit it or not.

    My wife has provided me with plenty of "Duh, why didn't I think of that before" advice in my painting time. And I'm sure she relishes every opportunity.

    They just look at it differently I guess.