Weaving my basket... How one geek deals with his depression
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I've been dealing with major depression for a while now, and I've found the thing that helps me on my really rough days is painting. Not that talented at it, but it makes me feel better. Just making a list with all I've done.

"Weaving my basket" was a phrase I picked up from a depression forum about a decade ago. Something to do to keep your mind and hands active, try to distract you from the depression. At first I'd have a hard time letting myself paint whenever I was having a 1 or a 2 (on a scale of 10) day. As time has gone on, I've started to convince myself that even though I have the self worth of a mountain of dog shit on those days, I can still allow myself to do something to cheer me up or distract me. In a sense it's not a fun activity, but the treatment I need to make myself better.

This geeklist has started a blog I have here on the Geek: Weaving My Basket. I truly appreciate all the support I've received from this, the community here is second to none.
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1. Board Game: Pick a Paint [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:11790]
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I've amassed quite a setup over the past eight months or so, culminating in a painting desk at my new house. I've moved on to making my own washes from inks and matte medium as well.







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2. Board Game: Warhammer [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:1345]
 
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My first foray into painting was a set of goblins from Warhammer. Bought a paint set to dip my toes in the water. I like to think I did a fair job for a beginner on these first few minis.



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3. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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After the goblins came some barbed wire rolls for Memoir 44. I did a very poor job on these in my opinion, I need to go over them again sometime in the future.

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I started playing Warmachine last year, seemed like a natural next step for my board gaming habit. Started with a Cryx battlebox, and my army quickly grew from there.

My first Warmachine mini was part of the battlebox:

Not too terrible, but not great either.

Scrap Thralls were next in my decent attempts.


Followed up by Pirate Queen Skarre


After Skarre I knew I had to go bigger and better. Enter the Bane Thralls (not all finished) and the Officer.



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5. Board Game: Zombicide [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:336] [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked]
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Zombicide was my first chance since Warhammer to paint several figures of the same sculpt in an assembly line process. I've been trying to do a sculpt at a time, doing all the models on days when I'm mentally not capable of working. I've since backed the second season on Kickstarter to get a crapton more zombies to paint.

A fatty was my first zombie painted. This was close to it being finished.


Some of the lovely(?) ladies of Zombicide.


One sculpt of the runners


The fatty octet, the worst boyband in the history of mankind. The bloody one up front is the one that was in progress in the first pic, just now with blood.


And to wrap it all up for now: Thriller.

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I too have/do suffer from depression...
Here's how my wife descries it...I get depressed, so I spend shopping for games. Then I get depressed because I spent money, so what's my solution...I buy more games. (Vicious cycle)
I was out of control for quite a while buying games just because I was bored and depressed that I had no intention of every playing. Sure my FLGS loved me as a customer.
Thankfully I have learned to recognize my symptoms and am attempting to learn to deal with them in a more constructive manner, and not destroy my wallet and my marriage.
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I've made progress on some of my survivors for Zombicide, thought I'd post them as WIPs.

I've gotten my survivors finished.


Wanda


Doug


Amy (not happy with her so far)


Josh (very early)
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I've been making some slow progress on this game.




The crawling ones and hounds of Tindalos are both done in washes only over a white base. I'll get better pics uploaded later after I make some more progress on the game.
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I hate the galleon sculpts. That is all.

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