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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian22 Dec 2018 8:33 p.m. PST

Is your miniature painting dictated by your upcoming gaming plans? Do you paint in order to game?

Dn Jackson22 Dec 2018 8:51 p.m. PST

For me its the other way around. When I finish an army I design a game around it so I can get it on the table.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP22 Dec 2018 9:16 p.m. PST

Sometimes I schedule a game to motivate myself to paint up certain units.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian22 Dec 2018 9:48 p.m. PST

Or maybe the better question is – how much of your painting is gaming-driven? 100% 50% 10%?

Winston Smith22 Dec 2018 11:06 p.m. PST

Few of the figures I paint are done on a whim. Some may start that way, but there is always a gaming appearance in mind.
"Fat Gentleman with Tankard" has always been me in my role as overseer of AWI games.
"The Spirit of 76" vignette of course leads Minutemen to action.
Mini-me from Minuteman 3D will be playing next Saturday, as will the laser cut beer wagon.

goragrad23 Dec 2018 12:08 a.m. PST

As I plan eventually to game with every mini I paint – 100%.

However, I paint quite a few of my minis months (and in some cases years) before their army is complete and they are gamed with.

Only occasionally is an army painted to be ready for an upcoming tourney or other specific gaming event.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP23 Dec 2018 1:40 a.m. PST


warwell23 Dec 2018 2:45 a.m. PST

I am first and foremost a gamer. I wouldn't paint anything if I didn't need it for a game.

Timmo uk23 Dec 2018 2:46 a.m. PST

I do paint in order to game but not on a scenario basis. Perhaps in time I'll get to the point of just adding units as needed for particular battles.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP23 Dec 2018 2:58 a.m. PST

I only paint so I can join in or start a period/game, so pretty much 100%

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP23 Dec 2018 3:28 a.m. PST

Mostly but I do paint a lot of minis that never see the gaming table

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP23 Dec 2018 4:14 a.m. PST

Sometimes. Mostly it's because I have an interest in the period or like the miniatures.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP23 Dec 2018 4:32 a.m. PST


Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP23 Dec 2018 5:01 a.m. PST


coopman23 Dec 2018 5:16 a.m. PST

Sometimes. But I would say that it is more likely war-driven.

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP23 Dec 2018 5:59 a.m. PST

Most of my painting has been diorama driven over the past several years. But much of my Miniatures painting life has been game driven. 75% game, 25% diorama driven overall. In 2019, once I complete my Napoleon's Battles 15 mm corps, I plan to start a new diorama project.

KSmyth23 Dec 2018 6:29 a.m. PST


RudyNelson23 Dec 2018 6:46 a.m. PST


21eRegt23 Dec 2018 7:47 a.m. PST

I have collections that I never expect to play with, or at least not more than once. Then I have my toys. So 80 or 90% game-driven painting.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian23 Dec 2018 8:03 a.m. PST


45thdiv Supporting Member of TMP23 Dec 2018 8:08 a.m. PST

While I may paint an odd figure here or there for a period that I am not gaming at the moment, I do paint for eventually gaming with the figure. I guess that makes me 100%.

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP23 Dec 2018 8:47 a.m. PST

Over 90% is game driven.

Legion 423 Dec 2018 10:17 a.m. PST

Yes, even if I have little intention to game currently.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP23 Dec 2018 10:49 a.m. PST

Ultimately, all of my painting is in support of games that I'm going to run and/or play, even if I don't have concrete, near-term plans for a game.

D A THB23 Dec 2018 12:59 p.m. PST

Everything I paint is intended to be played with so 100%. If they actually make an appearance in a game is another matter.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Dec 2018 4:17 p.m. PST

100% for gaming.

Symbiosis. Sometimes what I paint drives what I game. Sometimes what I want to game drives what I paint.

evilgong23 Dec 2018 6:02 p.m. PST


khanscom23 Dec 2018 6:24 p.m. PST

I AM a painting butterfly-- I'll usually try to finish some fresh bits for any upcoming game.

Cyrus the Great23 Dec 2018 8:33 p.m. PST

All of the miniatures I paint will eventually be gamed with.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP23 Dec 2018 10:49 p.m. PST

100%. If I'm painting something, it's only because I intend to game with it. And if I can game with it without painting it, I'll do that, too. (Yeah, yeah, heresy and all that. Get over it.)

Gnu200024 Dec 2018 7:24 a.m. PST

Yes. I'll have a game or scenario in mind and will then paint what I need.
Along the way I might paint "extras" for the same army/armies.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2018 8:59 a.m. PST

Yes. I take no enjoyment painting whatsoever. It's merely a means to an end.

oldnorthstate24 Dec 2018 8:50 p.m. PST

75%…I rotate games/periods just to make sure I start putting a dent into all the unpainted lead…the other 25% is usually the period after the period I'm already working on…I like to get a head start on things…

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP24 Dec 2018 8:59 p.m. PST


Personal logo Gonsalvo Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2018 5:13 a.m. PST

I'd agree with etotheipi, everything I paint I plan to game with; sometimes a planned game drives the painting, and sometimes the stuff I am painting drives a game; often both are at work at the same time!

Fitzovich28 Dec 2018 6:01 a.m. PST

I opt for as many paper models as possible, to avoid painting altogether. That said I do paint to get troops on the table when needed.

von Schwartz30 Dec 2018 3:39 p.m. PST

I find as much, or more, enjoyment in the painting, along with the associated research and study, as the actual gaming.
It is very relaxing to go to my work shop in the evenings and sit down with some good music and just paint figures.

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2018 9:26 a.m. PST

Theoretically, everything I paint is for gaming but as I am becoming less inclined to care about actual gaming, I will be fine if the ladz never see a table.

DOUGKL02 Jan 2019 8:04 a.m. PST

I too paint for the table. I find that my painting production increases if I want to get something done for a game.

Chgowiz02 Jan 2019 8:43 a.m. PST

Yes, I do. I paint for my games. I just wish I had more time for more games! (and local folks who liked wargaming in Mesopotamia…)

dapeters02 Jan 2019 9:44 a.m. PST

I do very little painting, but I look at my project for which I game and want to game and am bored with them. So on a whim I paint something just for the fun of ity.

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