Three parts perfectionist and two parts procrastinator enveloped by relentless 35°C heat has recently made for a whole lot of nothing on the painting front.
As most wargamers do, I have a number of projects on the go. My latest, 1/3000 WWII naval, was going reasonably well. Unfortunately, after whacking a bunch of Navwar models with a light gray undercoat on Monday, my plan of wash, paint, highlight has stalled because the wash just doesn't want to look the part. Either it won't take to the semi-gloss surface (my special dip wash), it's too brown (Devlan Mud), or it's too dark (Tamiya Smoke).
It wouldn't be such a problem if I was confident about how I wanted things to look at the end, but I'm not. I'm vaguely intending something gray, with something tan or red brown for the decks, but that's about as far as I've got, so that vagueness combined with the wash falling flat has me stalled.
As you can see from the picture below, the IJN ships in the background (plastic, highly detailed, very dark) don't match at all well with the mix of British, German and Dutch (metal, less detailed, very light) in the foreground.
I sense a lot of tedious trial-and-error drybrushing will be needed on the Japanese, and much trawling the internet for ship photos and trial-and-error painting and repainting is going to be required for the others.
With all the research I'm having to do professionally at the moment, the thought of doing it for fun is, well, not much fun.
It might be time to take a break and go do something else for a bit...
...or maybe I just need to harden up and crack on with it!