Roll up, roll up. Come and feast your eyes on the spectacle that is the contender for the most boring picture I've contributed to this blog. It's some drybrushed pipes. But after the jump I want to talk about something far more interesting - 'a quick win'.
The other day I was chatting to a couple of hobby friends in our What's App group and I noticed I used the phrase 'a quick win'. Instantly, I parked that term somewhere in my head to be revisited because I thought it was philosophy that needed to be explored.
What is a quick win?
A quick win isn't about trying to beat your opponent as quickly as possible. It is actually a painting term. I don't remember anyone else saying it, so potentially I may have coined the phrase in the heat of conversation. A quick win is all about grabbing a project that is simple and quick to finish. In this instance it's my Promethium Pipes. I had these painted and finished in a couple of hours giving me that buzz of completing a project, it was my quick win.
Why are you telling us about a quick win?
The reason I think this is important is we are all looking for way to finish all of our projects. There are so many painting techniques and philosophies all aimed at motivating a painter to complete their projects. Some of the most well known are the 'treat model' technique. This is where you bribe yourself into painting 30 pox walkers by telling yourself you can buy and paint Mortarion as a treat. Another well known is 'batch painting' where you paint all the same details on a large group of similar models before moving onto the next detail.
I never hear anyone propose 'the quick win'. The quick win can be a great motivator to kick start a project or get you through a slump. If you're staring at 120 unpainted Goblins, grab that single Squig and just paint it and finish him in an hour. Get the buzz from a quick win and then grab those Gobbos with a new found enthusiasm.
Look at your painting desks and tell me in the comments if you have anything you could paint for your quick win.