Finally I have came to a point where I needed to continue this blog.
I have not much time recently, my work is draining all my energy, but I have found time to paint. I have, few months ago, participated to what I call an informal painting competition. Some people around a forum are starting a discussion "let's start painting the same mini, we have 2 months to complete while posting progress and asking questions". I have participated to one, and it was one of the most enjoyable experience I had in miniature painting recently.
First of all, most of the people which participated where easy going and not taking this too seriously which is really enjoyable. I have painted my version of it and enjoyed everything. I have also learned a lot while posting progress. It is also motivating knowing that other people are painting the same miniature.
I would advise any person lacking motivation to start or follow some of this competition, there are no prizes, there is no competition, there are just a bunch of friendly people painting a miniature and helping each other. What do you need else??
Here the thread I have participated:
And here some final and work in progress, mine is the second one on top started from left:
Here better pictures of mine:
And here one more (I didn't participated because I didn't have the model) which is going on right now on coolminiornot forum, I believe there are other on similar forums
So if you have the occasion, I strongly advise to participate to such "informal" competition.