1. Alternate the types of figures you're painting.
2. Constant process management and improvement.
Once you're in the groove of painting an army, the colour scheme becomes second nature to you. You won't have to put the same amount of thought into the fifty-fourth Clanrat as the first one. One of my favourite things to consider during painting is how I can streamline my painting process. Between daydreaming sessions, I'm analyzing my colour scheme and trying to figure out how I can make it more efficient. Some ways to streamline you techniques include:
- Identifying and eliminating redundant steps. These are extra steps in painting a model that you don't actually notice when the you've finished your figure. Excess highlighting and drybrushing layers are a frequent example of this.
- Optimizing the order in which you complete steps in your painting process. For example, if you know that you'll be using a Nuln Oil wash on your Guardsman's weapon and on his boots, it would make the most sense to have both the weapon and the boots painted and wash them at the same time. This way you'll only be opening the pot and using the wash once. It seems like a minor time saver, but it adds up especially when painting in batches of five or more miniatures.
- Synchronize the completion of a painting project with the completion of the assembly/priming of your next project. If you know that you're almost done painting one project, it's helpful if you have another one on deck. This way you won't lose your momentum by having to switch gears to focus exclusively on assembly. Doing this will require that you get a feeling for how long it takes you to assemble a miniature and how long it will take you to paint them. Once you get an accurate sense of how long it takes, you'll be able to more effectively implement this process.
3. Find a dedicated hobby space.
This step can be hard for some people, particularly for those living in apartments. If you can find a way to set up your hobby area and keep it set up, you'll get a lot more done. You won't have to take everything out each time you want to paint and it will become more of an impulse activity rather than something you have to plan for. Five or ten minutes a day is better than nothing. One neat idea I came across recently was a hobbyist who had set up their painting desk inside of a closet, complete with desk lamp.
4. Find new inspiration.
Looking a miniatures in magazines and online can be motivating to keep you painting, but after a while it becomes dull if you're looking at the same sources and the same models. Recently, I've started looking for hobby inspiration not just in the miniature wargaming hobby, but also drawing from other scale modelling websites, and even looking at the methods of professional prop/model makers from the movies. Doing so can provide a fresh perspective on tired techniques and give you ideas for new ones. Additionally I've found many scale modellers are making figures much nicer than what is usually seen in miniature wargaming, and I for one could learn a thing or two from their techniques.