There can feel like a lot of pressure in the hobby sometimes. To showcase your next project. To do something different. Particularly if, like me, you fell hard for the Inq28 community (and all it’s beautiful children) it’s so easy to find your social media crammed with other people’s amazing, awe inspiring projects. And whilst it’s truly wonderful to see such things, and to take part in the community events that drive many of them, one can be left with the feeling that your hobby always needs to be like this.
Simply buying a kit and assembling it as intended starts to feel like a sign of weakness. It feels like showing a lack of creativity, which is anathema to the artistic soul (mine, anyway).
The thing is though, there are a lot of good kits out there. And I’m not even talking about behemoths like the Void Dragon (easily my favourite in my collection, both aesthetically and for what he does on the tabletop).
The Drukhari Incubi are wonderful sculpts.
Genestealer hybrids offer some amazing build choices from the box.
And Flesh Eater Court Crypt Ghouls remain one of my favourite models ever to put together (they’re just so grizzly cute!).
Building something as Games Workshop intended, using only the (often considerable) alternative options available can make for some brilliant miniatures. Miniatures you can then paint however you wish. Again, there is no weakness in choosing an established scheme (#heart my Dark Angels so much). Or you can go for something you’ve cooked up yourself.
Blue glitter ghouls?
The possibilities are (practically) endless!
The important thing with the hobby is just that: it is a hobby.
It’s supposed to be fun.
You should enjoy it.
Participation should not wreck your mental health.
If it is, it’s time to take a step back. To ask yourself: what do I want from this?