Hey everyone! Adam, from TFG Radio, here to talk to anyone who will listen to me talk about 40K and 40K content.
In case you didn’t know, I am a 40K content creator. I have this article that I have been writing for almost 3 years now, and a podcast that records it’s episodes on Twitch and we also started making short form battle reports again as we were able to secure a play for a couple of us to play in a safe environment. We are just starting our seventh year with the podcast and I have seen a lot of content creators come and go. Recently there has been a large increase in the amount of battle reports from a slew of new content creators. When I see battle reports advertised on Facebook or Reddit I’ll check out the first few minutes to see how it is. There are a couple of things that I look at when watching a video and will help me decide whether to continue watching or not even bother.
Are the Armies Painted?
I know this is coming from the guy that dislikes the painting aspect of the hobby but if you are going to be representing the hobby and putting out content then both armies in the battle report should be painted. I can’t tell you how many times I stopped watching a video because a unit, or whole army, was not painted to a tournament standard, minimum. It’s not that hard, really. If you were playing in tournaments you should already have one or two fully painted armies. With the various stay at home orders in the last year, there is really no excuse not to have a fully painted army on the video. I know that a majority of these people are doing at their own cost but if you want to be taken seriously, then paint your army. Show at least some professionalism. This brings me to my second point…
Yes, this includes the bases
Basing can be both the easiest and hardest part of the model, depending on how intricate you want to make it. I use a method taught to me that makes a simple dark brown sand base that lasts a long time and looks pretty decent. only takes a couple minutes per model. This last detail will totally take me out of watching a video. You could have the most beautiful models but if they are not based it takes away from the model, in my opinion. Just painting the base a solid color doesn’t count either. That is just lazy and tells me that you probably play the game the same way too so why would I watch? As I mentioned at the start of this paragraph, it is bot that hard to put some type of basing on your models. Games Workshop even has items that will help ease the pain of putting basing on your army. Just take those extra minutes to base the army, you already put in a bunch of time to paint it. Don’t half ass it if you want to be taken seriously.
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