“A girl starts walking guys start gawking
Sits down next to you and starts talking
Says she wants to dance ’cause she likes to groove
So come on fatso and just bust a move” –Young MC – Bust A Move
Come on fatso…
I think what we’re trying to say here is, even if you aren’t good at something, you need to get off your ass and try. You’re probably going to fall flat on your face the first few times. Then you’ll gain confidence. You’ll get better. In years, you may even be a master at it. People might hate on your “crappy” conversions. But who cares? Because people are going to hate no matter what.
You didn’t get into this hobby because you are like everyone else! So why should your models look like everyone else’s? Explore the bitz of other companies besides Games Workshop. Find something unique, or at least unique to your group of friends. That’s a great way to start to differentiate yourself from the rest of the pack.
“Good artists borrow, great artists steal” – Pablo Picasso
The hobby side of this game is an artistic endeavor. But every artist needs their own individual style. Maybe you really love the ‘Eavy Metal” style of painting. Personally, I am a fan of it. But I wouldn’t want all of my models to look like that. These are warriors. We need some grime! Picasso says to steal, but did he mean aping, or assimilating? I won’t quote Bruce Lee, because that would be… man, I dont think I could look at myself in a mirror if I did. But if you see where I am going with this, in my mind, it is best to go out and look at everything you like, and then try to do it. If you take your inspirations from me (yeah, right), and Hugo Matte, and the ‘Eavy Metal Team, and maybe Isotope99, I guarantee you that you are going to have a different spin on it than another person will. Because that other person hasn’t lived your life. He hasn’t always loved the color Yellow. He didn’t take that one art appreciation class in college that you did, the one that had that teacher that inspired you, and he just doesn’t have the same grasp of color theory you do. He likes Disney, you like Anime. He says potato, and you get the point.
The point is, be your own damned person. Go out. Make art. Paint shit in crazy colors. Be fearless. And don’t forget your knee pads. Because your ass is going to fall!