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Personal logo DWilliams Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member01 Jan 2018 11:24 a.m. PST

Have you ever bought miniature figures from a professional painting service?

(a) Yes, and I will continue to do so.
(b) Yes, but never again (explain why)
(c) No, but I have considered it.
(d) No, I am content to paint my own miniatures.

RedLion281 Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 11:37 a.m. PST

a. I've used a couple, including one that advertises here.

GatorDave Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 11:39 a.m. PST


jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 11:47 a.m. PST

a. I paint most of mine..but on occasion..

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 11:54 a.m. PST

A. yes, have used a number and generally satisfied except one, I gave him 2 Fire & Fury Corps of Confederates, paid 50%…..then never heard from him, phoned and harassed him a few times (you know, being a thief and a liar), to no avail. That was years ago now….I keep track of him….

The overseas service I've used a few times is PhilGreg and they are terrific.

Kevin C Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 11:59 a.m. PST

That's cheating.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 12:01 p.m. PST


Phillius Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 12:01 p.m. PST


but I agree with Kevin C's response. It feels like cheating, but I have done it, and will do it, lots. They are great when circumstances don't let you do your own.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian01 Jan 2018 12:25 p.m. PST

A: mostly to to get a significant project done.

rmaker01 Jan 2018 12:27 p.m. PST


Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 12:28 p.m. PST


I always kind of thought of it as cheating, but I admit I would use a service to help bulk out an army. I jsut never have.

I have purchased minis painted before, but the fact that they were painted was largely incidental.

skipper John Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 12:30 p.m. PST

A. But it is not nearly as satisfying, nor do they fight as well…

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 1:00 p.m. PST

C I have toyed with idea several times but never pulled the trigger.

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 1:12 p.m. PST

First time a crook from Wales…
Second time French ok at beginning then erratic.
Then now same one since 2000+ most years several times a year.

Vigilant01 Jan 2018 1:28 p.m. PST

D. Can't afford to pay someone to paint my figures and I enjoy painting them myself anyway.

mad monkey 101 Jan 2018 1:45 p.m. PST


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 2:08 p.m. PST

A – in my case, Reinforcements by Post; while I love to paint I don't love to paint 6mm Napoleonics so much I won't pay someone to paint them for me

Personal logo brass1 Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 2:39 p.m. PST

A – my one and only experience with having someone else painting my miniatures was with a local guy whose prices were low but whose talents were on a par with his prices. I am not opposed to dealing with a more professional service and will probably try it at some point but at present I don't really need it.


Cyrus the Great01 Jan 2018 2:46 p.m. PST


Jim Selzer01 Jan 2018 2:46 p.m. PST


personally I have paid to have figures painted but only on a local level. That said 2 of my gaming friends have used a certain Sri Lankan service and have been 90-95% satisfied with results and most assuredly the work they have had done was finished 4-5X faster than they could have done themselves maybe even faster

Personal logo T Callahan Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 2:56 p.m. PST


Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 3:14 p.m. PST


PzGeneral01 Jan 2018 3:52 p.m. PST


DJD did my Napoleonics

Reinforcements by Post sold me 15mm prepainted WW II

Pictors Studios have done many projects for me

huron72501 Jan 2018 4:01 p.m. PST


As I get older and other interests are taking more of my time I am painting a lot less. So yes I am considering a painting service for my lesser interests era's.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 5:01 p.m. PST

E. I enjoy converting and painting my own miniatures. Content sounds like I am settling.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 6:11 p.m. PST

A – to finish up some aggressively sized projects in the works for years that would otherwise never see the light of day.

Legion 401 Jan 2018 6:24 p.m. PST

D … I like to paint my own models …

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 7:22 p.m. PST


Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 7:56 p.m. PST


Gildas Facit has done all my 6mm Napoleonics

DJD has done some of my Horse & Musket Imagi-nation stuff

Both extremely good and I'd still be throwing money at Tony if he hadn't gone and semi retired… the bounder!

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2018 8:04 p.m. PST

A, I suppose. I had Howard Whitehouse paint one 28mm figure for me. He does stripes on clothing much better than I do. That said, I really don't have the money to have lots of figures painted, so it will probably never happen again.


Green Tiger02 Jan 2018 2:58 a.m. PST

D !

GurKhan02 Jan 2018 6:04 a.m. PST

D. The painting's half the fun.

Gone Fishing02 Jan 2018 6:07 a.m. PST


I've always found painting very therapeutic. It's probably what I enjoy most about the hobby these days.

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2018 10:30 a.m. PST

Not yet but the way my hands are going perhaps soon


zoneofcontrol02 Jan 2018 12:58 p.m. PST


Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2018 1:34 p.m. PST


Oberlindes Sol LIC05 Jan 2018 9:28 a.m. PST

didn't we just have this discussion?

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