Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I Hate The 3 Foot Rule

Just going to make a quick post here because I haven't posted in a while.  I'm extremely busy trying to get ready for a Tournament.

I recently played a game, with my friend mark.  He was fielding a tank destruction company of mine.  I had 2 older painted 45mm guns, and 2 newer painted ones.

I was very happy with the way these new guns turned out compared to the old ones.  Until I saw them on the battlefield.

There is this painting rule that everyone talks about.  The 3 foot rule.  I guess the rule is that if you can't see it from 3 feet away then don't do it.  I know exactly what this means, but I still tried to put as much detail into things as i'm able to.

But now seeing these guns beside each other in a battle....THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO DIFFERENCE.  They looked exactly the same from 3 feet away.  Even though at close up they are incredible different in quality.  This is very disheartening with all the recent work I've put in.

I'm finding the biggest thing that stands out is the color of the grass on the base.

Oh well.  this won't stop me from trying to improve.  But maybe not in my mind I can speed up and not be as careful.

I am very close to have A LOT of new units painted.  So, I will make several posts soon.  I will also hopefully have some battle reports after my tournament this coming weekend.

On that note I am looking forward to meeting Shawn the Terrain Guy.  I've known him for a long time, as I've bought several things from him.  We have just never met in person.  I hope I actually get to play him.


  1. The 3 foot rule is nothing more than an excuse to paint to the bare minimum and nothing more. Using the 3 foot rule I consistently paint as well as some top painters(aka my stuff and their stuff looks the same at 3ft) but up close its a different story. I will continue to strive for the best paint jobs I can pull off.

  2. I posted a reply on the FOW site. My suggestion is to drink and reflect on your great painting. Even if you are the only one that notices little things, if it makes you smile then keep it up!!

  3. booze good idea...wonder if it would make my hands stop shaking painting stupid rubber on tanks.