The Singapore Toy, Game and Comics Convention (STGCC) and the Good Games Experience (GGXP) has always been an exciting staple in the convention goer’s annual calendar due to the myriad of exciting international artistes from both East and West that are brought to the sunny shores of Singapore.
Yet the GGXP has also been a chance for local gamers of all stripes- digital or analog- to gather. Here Be Geeks spent a weekend painting up a storm. Well, teaching people to paint up a storm.
I love miniature painting. And I love getting people excited about miniature painting. Especially kids, people who don’t think they could do it, think it’s too difficult, or never even thought about it as a hobby. Oh, and trying to relight the flame in people who might have been into the hobby decades ago, and thought that they had to put it away now that they’re parents.
But that’s where they’re wrong. Sure, your first minis aren’t great (my box of shame can attest to that), but it’s a skill just like anything else. You don’t jump into a pool and expect to be Joseph Schooling right at the beginning. You don’t learn how to ride a bike and expect not to fall once or twice (or more). And you definitely don’t start off drawing like a master. Why would painting miniatures be any different?
And so, getting people to walk y, randomly try out painting, and being happy with what they did is a great feeling.
Even better is letting kids and their parents find out that it’s fun doing things together. And honestly, while yes grades and academics are important (or at least we say it is), all the little things that really matter. Knowing that it’s okay to make a mistake and that you can always fix it. Focus and patience. Working hard at something to get better. Learning that while you can follow the recommended steps, charting your own course and making a mini truly your own is an even better experience.
All things that are important, and that you can’t find in an exam question.
After that? Well, you throw dice of course! Meet up with friends, show off your models. Win or lose, it’s fun to hang out with people who share your interests. Maybe they’re hello kitty fans too.
If you’re still not sure if you’d be into painting, or if you missed STGCC, well fear not! There’s another chance for you to try it out. GameStart 2018 is just around the corner (October 13 and 14, in Suntec Convention Centre), and even if you can’t make it then, just show up at one of the Gamersaurus Rex or Games Workshop stores, ask for a game or a chance to try out painting, and I’m sure they’ll get you sorted.
Hope to see you guys painting soon!