What competes for your hobby time?


Some things just can't compete.

We all have it. That one thing you'll stop everything else for.
I'm not talking about family stuff here, I'm talking about other games, hobbies, things you do that compete with your miniature wargaming time.

For example, you find yourself with an hour or so free time and you decide to do some painting/modeling/gaming etc... and then all of a sudden you find out you could (insert other hobby here) and you drop your original plans like a bad habit.

For me, it's watching Top Gear and playing LEGO Star Wars.

I'm not talking about the American copycat version of Top Gear, but the original BBC version that I very rarely ever get to watch. Even my Wife knows the attraction and will find it on t.v. and then lure me into watching it so we can spend some time together relaxing.

And my Daughter knows that she can set up the game system and call me downstairs anytime of the day to play a few chapters of LEGO Star Wars or even Indiana Jones. I prefer Star Wars because I love to see the Stormtroopers explode into a handful of pieces when you kill them.

So what is it for you?
We all have something, but right now I need to get back to painting.

Make sure to check out these posts as they might help:
My Wife's Perspective: balancing hobby and home


Ron, From the WarpIf you've got any questions about something in this post, shoot me a comment and I'll be glad to answer. Make sure to share your hobby tips and thoughts in the comments below!

40 comments:

  1. PS3 games are my problem. A few games of FIFA seem to win over doing some painting.

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  2. Reading all these awesome blogs!

    no, seriously.. my painting and computer desks are 1 and the same, and I will often head to the office to "do some painting" only to find 2 hours later all I've done is read through my blogroll!

    I'm trying to get into more podcasts as I can multitask these while I paint..

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  3. PS3. Assassin's Creed Brotherhood. Damn you Assassin's Creed!

    I work hellish shifts so when I get in at stupid o'clock at night I tend to veg out either reading bad SF or listening to Progressive Rock (which can also be bad SF...)

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  4. The internet and generally being drained at the end of the day do in my hobby ambitions quite often.

    Until recently I had a responsibility helping run a wargaming forum, which pretty much drained all my free time the last couple of months. Slowly but surely stepping away from that at the moment, so more free time is cropping up and I've actually found I'm picking up my hubbyknife and brushes more.

    Still a ton of other temptations and distractions out there though ;-)

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  5. currently, World of bitching Tanks. seriously, don't download it, your life will not thank you.

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  6. I'm with Atreides here. WoT is really time consuming right now. Once the latest premium expires I think I'm gonna have to take a little break to get some models painted.

    Oh. And Vassal takes a good amount of time too. 40k and Warmahordes.

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  7. Blogging; both writing for my Blog and reading the many excellent blogs I follow. I read a lot at work (during lunch of course) but I still find myself easily distracted of an evening when I should be painting.

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  8. Interesting, it seems like it's lots of computer related things that take away hobby time... including blogging itself.

    I would have thought it might have been more stuff outside of the gaming world.

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  9. Until the heat set in for the last week or so here in the mid-south, for me it was running. I had been going out after work in the evenings a few days a week and was loving it. In honesty, I didn't miss the modeling / painting time at all. I set aside Thursday evenings for my 40K gaming, so I get a few hours a week to play.

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  10. Cycling... Especially when a big ride is coming up and you have to keep on a consistent training schedule. I try to give my mini's at least 15 min's a night but working all day then jumping on the road for 40 miles makes me a little tired once I get home.

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  11. For me its go-kart racing, restoring my old truck, bicycling, and drawing. The part of the hobby that suffers the most is actual game play, just don't have to time for it very often.

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  12. I try to make it a point to only have one hobby, Warhammer 40,000. However this 'Hobby' has so many facets that it actually gets in the way of itself. What I mean is modeling/painting time can become Black Library reading time or Dawn of War time. It's all the same Hobby, but different aspects of the Hobby. If I don't have the motivation to model/paint, I'll grab a BL book and read.

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  13. I spend a bit of time on video games.

    I also like to waste inordinate amounts of time "planning" something hobby related. Researching ideas and techniques on the internet. Finding the materials. Staring at the materials... then thinking, "that gives me a great idea"... and the cycle starts again.

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  14. I am a man of many hobbies. So many that I have several incomplete projects laying around the house that I swear I'll get to someday.

    But what distracts me from the Warhammer hobby? Video games (Kill Team, inFamous and Minecraft right now), a large painting project with my girlfriend, and re-doing the lights in my basement. At least there are fewer sparks this time...

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  15. Blogging, playing Final Fantasy 12, and in the old days Diablo 2 (though I've kicked that habit, again).

    I think my worst waste of time actually happens while painting or modeling, and that is watching tv shows and movies on the computer as I work. It can be incredibly distracting, though I don't think I'd get as much enjoyment out of it if I didn't do other things at the same time.

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  16. work, heh...

    But really it'd be quality time w/ TheWife or Saints Row 2 on PC... and blogging of course... so much time lost to blogging. Been spending some extra time at the hobby shop lately too.

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  17. sleep mostly - my painting time is odd evenings in the week when the kids are in the bed and the missus doesn't need attention (or more likely, the missus doesn't want me playing World of Warcraft with her!) and i need a certain level of concentration. so i tend to go through short of bursts of creativty followed by a lot of low-key stuff like mass base-coating!

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  18. Now here's a thought... some of us use the different aspects of the hobby to fufill our wants depending on how we feel, the time we have, etc.

    So it might not be that you don't have an alternative hobby or pastime, but that you do something else within the hobby like reading, looking at other armies, studying painting tips, etc. instead of "working on your models."

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  19. World Of Warcraft is one of the mayor other stuff that keeps me from the hobby. Girlfriend is the top one! Movies and music I try to do while I'm painting and modeling. Reading other people there blog happens when I'm having a weak moment on work

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  20. World of Warcraft, League of Legends, Mass Effect 2, All of the Song of Fire and Ice series of books.

    The combination of these things have killed my motivation to want to paint anything right now.

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  21. I don't find that having a film (or whatever) on distracts me from painting *in a bad way*. It does stave off boredom, letting me finish the umpteenth road-wheel of the eleventeenth tank - or what-have-you!

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  22. I'm with Dave, my work and commute suck the most time away from hobby time as well as everything else going on my life.

    However, a new episode of Good Eats beats out painting mini's every time.

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  23. Haha I am currently reading and commenting on your blog instead of working on my models. =P

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  24. @Drkmorals Seconded! But I'm heading to the den now to be productive...

    Usually my guitar will pull me away from the hobby table.

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  25. That's a good point, Ron. Sometimes I'm painting when I really should be building vehicles from scratch or making army lists.

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  26. Well, study takes up most of my time as it is, so the very little free time I have is generally spent reading books or sleeping.
    Trying to get into medicine is a damn pain, considering I have to be in the 98th percentile of Western Australia to even have a remote chance of being considered, so needless to say my hobby time very rarely goes above an hour an month these days...

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  27. For me it's mostly reading or bicycles. I have an old Haro mountain bike that is being reassigned to city riding and light off road use and I've just finished building a trail bike which needs to be ridden, tested, adjusted, crashed (not necessarilly in that order). I also pretend I'm a bicycle mechanic at times which eats aways at my free time even more.

    Other than that there's also lazyness, the paralyzing summer heat, the once a week trip to the seaside, Discovery channel documentaries, beer, wine, the works...

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  28. either watching Games of Thrones, which it has become my fav tv series after two and a half man got canceled, or playing soccer. I play for my university team, so practicing for that seems to always get in the way.

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  29. It's amazing to see the "other" hobbies everyone has. I think it's great and probably pretty healthy too I suspect to have other things that are outside of gaming completely. It may even provide some insight into the hobby when you can look at it from a completely different perspective.

    Sort of provides a balance to the demands of real life and real work.

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  30. The one thing that eats up more of my miniature painting/building/playing time than anything else is looking at other peoples blogs about miniature painting/building/playing.

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  31. I tend to lose whole days to running around playing airsoft, and if I'm not doing that its burning food on a bbq or chilling in the local park looking at the fine and not so fine ladies!

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  32. Fishing, snorkeling, reading, and every once in a while a good few hours of one of the total war games or Starcraft...

    Although I find that the outdoor activities make me feel better about myself than sitting at the computer.

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  33. For me it's:

    Work
    Girl Friend
    Xbox
    Pen & Paper Roleplay

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  34. Have spent the last week in Indianapolis for Gen Con, which has eaten into my painting time. I've bought plenty of miniatures and new paints, which should keep me busy over the coming months.

    World of Warcraft can be a major timesink, usually after new content is released. Then I've got my dogs to look after and a large garden to maintain.

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  35. I think in the end, we all consider our hobby time to be "important" as it fulfills a certain aspect in our life, but we all seem to have no problem dropping it for the more important things in life.

    And that's quite comforting to know. The hobby is fun, but it's not absolutely everything, it fits into our lives as a part of the overall puzzle.

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  36. Currently for me it's my wife, World of Warcraft, World of Tanks, Minecraft, and lets be honest, work.

    I find that setting aside time to spend with friends that also hobby or paint really does make up for missing a little time in the week. That way you can compare work, bounce ideas off each other and maybe squeeze in a quick game!

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  37. During this time of year, for me... it's absolutely football! Any team, any level, any day. I will stop what I'm doing and watch any game of football. I'm very passionate about the sport and love to watch it any time. We used to put our gaming on hold during football season because all of us were so into it...

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  38. For me its my motorbike....171bhp of pure nastiness!!...Its the warp Gods they made me do it!!

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  39. Video Games, my passive alcoholism, pen and paper roleplaying games and friends that seem to invite themselves to my house almost daily...if i had none of those things i mentioned before ill probably have my entire black templar crusade, converted and painted by now and would have finished the cities of death terrain i started building 5 months ago...

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