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How do you manage your shelf of shame?

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I try to keep everything that I'm not working on still boxed up now. My problem is I tend to love the building phase then drag my heels on the actual painting so I've got a lot of figures assembled but otherwise untouched. This has becom especially dangerous for larger figures that are part-assembled as a full assembley would make painitng some areas more difficult/impossible, and then a couple of weeks later random bits of them start to appear elsewhere.

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I don't actually remember when I had fewer than 20 unpainted figures lying about :wacko:

 

I use these drawers to store the unboxed figures, but plastics etc. are generally left in their boxes and crammed into a cupboard.

 

You sure be aware, however, of the danger of painting all your figures. :;): Just to be on the safe side, you should buy some more as soon as possible :devil:

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You guys are scaring me, a little. :blink:

 

I'm pretty minimalist. I usually paint 9/10 that I buy. I also paint a lot for my game group, when they bring me lead. The current unpainteds are mostly hordes bought for games that never happened, or haven't happened yet, and a few PCs for said games, and a few random "ooh, want" from the FLGS. I think I get more obsessed with having the perfect paint brush, the perfect work space, the perfect organized shelves, and lots of paint and other random supplies. I put a lot of my hobby ocd into making everything perfect so that I can paint whenever the mood strikes, and in perfect comfort.

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I try to keep everything that I'm not working on still boxed up now. My problem is I tend to love the building phase then drag my heels on the actual painting so I've got a lot of figures assembled but otherwise untouched. This has becom especially dangerous for larger figures that are part-assembled as a full assembley would make painitng some areas more difficult/impossible, and then a couple of weeks later random bits of them start to appear elsewhere.

This.

 

However, when I buy for a project, I generally finish that project pretty quickly. I did 40-some Romans in a matter of a few days because it was new and had caught my imagination. The single figures with all their jewels, pouches, buckles, straps, pooches, etc, take much longer.

 

That and the armies where I do the concept piece in 20 layers and then realize I have 20 more to do JUST LIKE THAT. Aaack. Gag me with a Prussian.

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I could wish that that it was a Reaper Tote full of Reaper Figs, (although after Bones KS that may be the case), but it would include figs from several manufacturers including a couple that have closed their doors.

 

I've been RPG'ing since 1980, and into figs starting then with a several year hiatus (say 10 or 12) so that still leaves about 20 years of buying. I wish I had the time to paint them all. I figure from the day I retire until I am done painting will take me until I'm 75 or so with my childern still have some to paint after I am gone, but that also means I'm not stopping the purchases of figs just because I don't get to paint them when I want.

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And despite the numbers still in their blisters I still paint between 300 and 400 minis a year. Primarily because I play historical miniatures in 15mm. I would guess the total number of minis that I have painted has to number close to 10000. But then I have been painting for like 35 years and there are years I didn't paint at all

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I graduated from a Shelf of Shame to a Cabinet of Shame that mocks me as I sit next to it and paint. I usually keep the box they arrive in and put it in the cabinet after I've pull the figures out of their package and going "ooooh shiney!" Thankfully though I've been transitioning away from 28mm so the whole armies waiting for me to paint them don't take up too much space individually.

 

As far as managing the Cabinet of Shame. I don't, it manages me.

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Well. I'm learning a lot in this thread. Not so much how to manage my (not very much of a) horde...but I'm learning lots.

 

I did unbox half my unpainteds, primed a few. Felt ennui. Came downstairs and ordered more. I'm not sure whether to thank you for the insight, or flip you all the bird.

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I did unbox half my unpainteds, primed a few. Felt ennui. Came downstairs and ordered more. I'm not sure whether to thank you for the insight, or flip you all the bird.

You're welcome. :D

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When I first started buying figures I would take them out of the packaging. Then I'd buy something else and want to paint that more instead, then there was a big sale at a local store... I decided it was better to keep them in the packaging until I was going to use them. It's easier to identify them, and if I decide I no longer want a figure, it's easier to sell or nicer to give away as a gift if it's packaged.

 

The downside of this system is the half a closet of bins that they now take up...

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I keep them in the package too. Those go in big clear Rubbermaid storage boxes. I have about two of those filled with old figures that I painted years ago and unpainted blisters. I have some rare figures from the "Aliens" movie and a few other rares that weren't rare when I bought them. It's good to be an old-timer. I also have a few of those boxes filled with materials for terrain and basing.

 

If they have been taken out of the package, they are at least assembled and primed.

 

Then my hobby OCD kicks in and I get meticulous and spend a lot of time immersed and then realize I have a lot of important "real life" stuff to do and they go back in the boxes.

 

I'm trying to balance my time better and I know myself well enough to see that I have to start my stuff for the Halloween 2012 contest NOW if I want to get them done by October.

 

My advice is to stop collecting and start painting your backstock. The new figures will still be there when you finish the ones you already own. And if they are not, there will be even more new ones you'll want to buy.

 

More "stuff" = visual noise that clutters your mind and diffuses your focus. Check out Feng Shui on wiki and other sites. It's good for you.

 

Eat what's on your plate first.

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A few hundred? It gets that bad? I've only been painting for like two years, maybe. Is this what I have to look forward to?

It really depends on your dedication and what you like to use your time for and what you HAVE to use your time for. I've found I am more a horder than a painter. I've got 1000's of minis I need to work on someday and I'm often buying more. Sure, 80% of that is prepainted plastics and toys I just need to touch up and base, but it is an immense backlog that fills my tables, shelves and numerous boxes strewn across my room and garage. I could keep up with my buying habits, but family, friends, internet addiction, table top gaming, video gaming, shopping & exercise all claim a chunk of my free time.

 

BTW, thanks. Your name reminded me I needed to paint the eyes on a toy spider that has been staring at me from my worktable of shame since I based him on a poker chip last year.

 

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erm. We have ~100 blisters on pegboard (mostly things with planned uses for future things, or special edition minis we don't want to lose track of); shelves of bins full of blisters (each bin is full of ~25 blisters), separated into humans/elves/etc and then fighters/magickers/etc; a set of shelves of boxed sets (Cinder, Marthrangul, an old Slaan Mage Priest, etc); drawers full of ~100 minis each, all primed and ready for paint but with no particular order to them; and then each of us actually has a set of shelves with WiPs (a couple dozen minis each). There's one big cardboard box full of a hundred or so ooooold minis dropped off by a friend who will never use them.

 

The bins of blisters are the most organized backlog of minis. Since we mostly paint for D&D camapigns, we know what PCs or NPCs we can find in what boxes, and what monsters are in other bins.

 

Still, a lot of chaos in the minis. Don't even ask about my Magic:the Gathering collection.

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