Saturday, August 28, 2010

Painting as Stress Relief

While this post is mostly to test out putting images into a post, I think I ought to explain the picture.

I suffer from stress and anxiety. I am a world-class worrier.

A while ago I took some time off work, and during that time, started painting Warhammer 40,000 models. I have no discer
nible artistic ability. Art is the one subject I almost failed when forced to take it in Grade 8. However, using a small brush and needing to paint fine detail certainly focuses the mind and shuts out the rest of the world.

Nothing about this Dreadnought model is original, and to some degree it is a bit like paint-by-numbers at the moment. One day I might try something original. I do have some Space Marines undercoated, and in the next couple weeks, I might start on them.

I've never played the Warhammer tabletop games, although I did play the Dawn of War computer game. When I was much younger, I did play Battletech and my brother and I had a few plastic Battlemechs, but they have mostly disappeared over time. I don't think I will really get into the games, but the local store that carries the models will occasionally get my patronage.


  1. I've often thought it would be fun to paint some of these just to see how I'd go. I guess the first step is to go and buy some good brushes. I think however, that it will be the Lord of the Rings miniatures that I'll enjoy most.

  2. Left off the most important part of why I wanted to post that last comment. Your model looks fantastic!

  3. One of the hardest parts is holding the model steady, and good light is important, too.