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Hobby Shorts

So, we’re well into 2019 now, and with that, a whole new year of gaming has begun. So, since you’re all no doubt busy painting the new minis you got for the holidays, I thought I’d just leave you this week with some hobby musings to think about while you’re hunched over your hobby bench:



  • I recently read through a wargaming rules set that was diceless – in other words, no dice at all are used in determining randomly-generated numbers in battle. Instead, you use playing cards. I’ve played Malifaux before, where you modify dice rolls with a hand of cards, but I’ll be interested to see how a simplified mechanic like this will work out.
  • I never paint the eyes on my minis; I know other people do, but it’s absolutely something I can’t bring myself to do. For me, I just feel like it detracts from the face and makes an otherwise great mini end up looking like one of those poor old Sumerian statuettes which the disproportionately gigantic eyes.
  • Not sure about you all out there, but I find myself relying less and less on an FLGS to supply my wargaming needs. When it comes to my armies, warbands and terrain, I’m getting more and more specialized and I have to lean on smaller, niche wargaming vendors with online stores to satisfy my occult plans.
  • When I’m working on a mini, I tend to get out the paints I’m using on it as I go; I don’t plan out which ones I’ll likely use, partly because I enjoy the jazz-musician improvisational feeling of going “Hey, maybe I’ll go with THIS one right now…”. The problem with that is, eventually I end up with a veritable bunker of paints in front of me and they take over half of my workstation.
  • I have an ancient (read: 20+ years old) magnifier light attached to my hobby table. I’ve had it since I first started painting minis in high school. It works great. And for whatever reason I NEVER use it, and half the time I forget it’s even there.
  • I paint in my basement, alone, at night, and it’s basically a ghost story waiting to happen. The “finished” part of our basement, where I paint, has a door that leads to the storage part of out basement which we keep slightly ajar. I check that door 20 times a painting session just to make sure no ghoul is sneaking up on me. Does that make me… mad?
  • I like creepy miniatures and spooky terrain, and as a result, I’ve been collecting 28mm coffins. I’ve got about 20 now. It’s a disease.
  • I understand, intimately, the pack-rat mentality of us hobbyists but… after a while, that just ends up being a whole lot of boxes.
  • Is it just me, or do brushes lose their points almost immediately? Probably just me.

About the Author;

Peter Kuebeck is a writer, gamer and award-winning mini-painter living in the Midwest. He wages a constant battle against the ever-growing tide of unpainted minis in his basement, and occasionally GMs role-playing game sessions with
friends. Catch his hobby shenanigans on Twitter at @popculturecube


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