I did something yesterday, and it’s still eating at me.
I came across a build. Not a good build at all. The paint job was your typical “hairy stick” special. The construction was amateur at best – unpainted vinyl tracks floating way above their return rollers.
Something that was supposed to be snow was applied to the running gear and tracks. Turns out it was “Christmas Village” snow. It looks like the vehicle had rumbled through some scrub brush covered in glitter.
Now…that’s fine. We all have to start somewhere, and god knows several of my early armor builds were equally cringeworthy.
But here’s the thing. This build was getting attaboys. “LOVING THIS!” and “I really love the snow on the running gear – it looks to be in scale…”
I can only conclude this person has never actually seen snow.
Anyway. I came across this build, and I did an asshole thing.
I moved on.
Here’s the thing. I’ve railed about this hobby’s attaboy problem before. The mindless praise doesn’t help anybody – but it actually harms novice builders.
We can’t grow, we can’t improve, without recognizing that there is room for that improvement. And with more novice builders, a lot of times it’s kinda like Rumsfeld’s famous unknown unknowns – they don’t know what they don’t know.
Before the butthurt train leaves the station – I was there once. And you were, too. And I’m not at all advocating shaming people out of the hobby…but it’s possible to encourage and praise effort without blowing sunshine all over shitty results.
And I wanted to, with this particular build. I came very close to doing so.
But this was in one of those “friendly” groups. As a fellow modeler said, “if you’re honest with him, you’re getting lynched.”
So I decided to be an asshole, and move on.