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AICUSV08 Feb 2019 12:10 p.m. PST

Do paint so you have figures to game with or do you game because you have the figures. In other words do consider yourself and figure painter or a gamer first.
Myself, I started out as a figure painter (actually third generation) and fond gaming. I now use my gaming as a reason to paint large numbers of figures.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2019 12:14 p.m. PST

I am a gamer, and paint so I can get trashed on the tabletop!

Vigilant08 Feb 2019 12:47 p.m. PST

Both. Sometimes I will see figures I want to paint and then find a game for them, other times I want to play a period and paint figures for it.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian08 Feb 2019 12:50 p.m. PST

Mostly Paint to game

Tacitus08 Feb 2019 12:57 p.m. PST

90/10 painting.

KSmyth08 Feb 2019 1:00 p.m. PST

Paint to game.

Oppiedog08 Feb 2019 1:07 p.m. PST

Can't count the number of figures of painted that never ended on the "field of battle". End up selling them … and painting them all over again a few years later.

jefritrout08 Feb 2019 1:10 p.m. PST

The plan is always paint to game, however many times painting ends up as the ends unto itself.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2019 1:32 p.m. PST

I am mostly a painter and although I love to game there are lots of figs I have painted that have never seen a gaming table

Maybe when I retire – - -

14Bore08 Feb 2019 1:38 p.m. PST

I think I play to paint, but also think when I am no longer working, and painting is harder it will just be play time.

Calico Bill08 Feb 2019 1:43 p.m. PST

I hate painting. I'm slow and the results are poor. Definitely paint to game.

Rich Bliss08 Feb 2019 2:06 p.m. PST

The games the thing…

Painting is a required step

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2019 2:19 p.m. PST

Paint to game…but rarely game anymore.

D A THB08 Feb 2019 2:29 p.m. PST

Paint to store usually.

Winston Smith Inactive Member08 Feb 2019 3:03 p.m. PST

I will be placing an order with Foundry this weekend for "Aaron Burr", and some Mountain Men and Scalphunters to represent some disreputable elements in a game that "epturner" and I are planning.
I will be painting some Seminole figures I bought a while back, but forget why.
They are pushing aside about 90 Queens Rangers that are based and primed. Different game.

I like to paint. I will need those figures for a distinct future game. But once I have them, they will see service in many games
Just like the Over Mountain Men I got from Kings Mountain and gave Scotch bonnets too. I "needed" them for Moore's Creek, and now they have been used as Loyalist militia, and are in place for King's Mountain battle.

The answer to the OP is "YES". grin
If I didn't "need" these figures to game with, I would have no need to paint them. But I like to paint, so I also "need" to come up with a reason to use figures I've already painted.

I bought some Foundry Mountain Men years ago. For some reason, I didn't sell them off when I had to sell my Old West project. They had been drafted into the General Militia. Now, they will fight again as originally intended.

I like to paint odd stuff. I suppose if I did Napoleonics, my attitude might be slightly different. I would not get excited over painting yet another identical Regiment with a different number. It would then be a chore, rather than a pleasure.

Winston Smith Inactive Member08 Feb 2019 3:05 p.m. PST

I seem to have made a distinction between "paint" and "buy" above.
It is a real distinction. grin

Oberlindes Sol LIC08 Feb 2019 3:53 p.m. PST

Didn't we just have this discussion a week or three ago?

I started out making models and painting, and later discovered gaming. Now I expect that everything I paint will, sooner or later, appear in a game. Sometimes I paint for specific games, but not always.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2019 3:54 p.m. PST

Paint to game. Period.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2019 4:12 p.m. PST

Paint to game.

Rottcodd08 Feb 2019 4:18 p.m. PST

Paint to game. One period, albeit a large one, and once I am finished with current armies, I don't foresee much painting in my future!

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2019 4:47 p.m. PST

Paint to Paint

skipper John Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2019 4:48 p.m. PST


goragrad08 Feb 2019 5:05 p.m. PST

Paint to game…

Perris070708 Feb 2019 5:38 p.m. PST

Paint a LOT. Game a little.

Hlaven Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2019 5:51 p.m. PST

I am a painter/terrain guy 1st. But I do game with my best friend
a couple times a year. And I love both.

Gear Pilot08 Feb 2019 6:10 p.m. PST

I paint, and then wish I could play with them.

I buy, and then wish I could paint faster, so that I could get to them.

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2019 6:52 p.m. PST

For me it's a feedback loop. I wouldn't do either very much without the other.

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2019 7:47 p.m. PST

both..but always painting ,even conflicts I know ,only I will paint.

Syrinx008 Feb 2019 8:05 p.m. PST

Yes. There are times I do more of one than the other but both are fun and support each other.

vdal181209 Feb 2019 5:43 a.m. PST

Paint to game. I wouldn't paint any miniatures if I wasn't going to game with them.

Striker09 Feb 2019 5:58 a.m. PST

Paint to game for the most part. I'd probably still paint some if not gaming but I'd spend most of my time on models.

coopman09 Feb 2019 8:20 a.m. PST

Well if I didn't intend to use the figures for gaming, they would have never been purchased or painted.

Personal logo The Nigerian Lead Minister Supporting Member of TMP09 Feb 2019 8:47 a.m. PST

I paint all the time, but I only seem to finish things when I need them for a game.

Giles the Zog09 Feb 2019 9:49 a.m. PST

Paint to game.

Didn't used to but now make every effort to deploy painted miniatures often rushed for a new game tho. Seems a shame to use unpainted miniatures when someone has laid out a gaming table with scenery etc.

To my intense embarrassment my last game I had only part painted figures.

Personal logo rampantlion Supporting Member of TMP09 Feb 2019 11:29 a.m. PST

I really love to game, but considering the amount of time I spend painting and building a project vs. the amount time that I paint, I guess I am a painter.

CeruLucifus09 Feb 2019 3:00 p.m. PST


I like painting miniatures but only if I can play games with them.

And when I don't have a game coming up, I lose motivation to paint.

The Tyn Man Supporting Member of TMP09 Feb 2019 7:09 p.m. PST

I just seem to paint these days. Haven't gamed with them for some time now.

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