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22 Jul 2019 11:16 a.m. PST
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian22 Jul 2019 11:15 a.m. PST

You were asked – TMP link

6mm Gamers Spend Less Time Painting and more time playing. With 6mm figures/models. True or false?

42% said "false"
16% said "true"

Mark 122 Jul 2019 12:37 p.m. PST

Clearly false, at least as applies to this particular 6mm gamer.

That said, I have seen 6mm gamers bring unpainted figures / vehicles onto the table on more than one occasion. And I have seen gamers bring under-painted (only spray base-coated, so basically small monochromatic blobs) onto the table on many more occasions.

But I have made up for all of these transgressions of untold numbers of gamers by the untold hours I have devoted to my own collection.

In fact I was going through my WW2 armies over this past weekend, to get some photos of the few Adler figures I have in my ready forces. I was impressed, duly impressed, by how much stuff I have managed to paint. I mean, you'd think I would know how much I have painted, as I was there most of the time. But wow, I found units that looked pretty darned good that I had forgotten I had! Companies and even battalions of tanks that have never seen a game board (yet).

And still so many still to be painted… and so many more I crave to buy.

(aka: Mk 1)

Legion 422 Jul 2019 3:18 p.m. PST

Very False !

And still so many still to be painted… and so many more I crave to buy.
Very True !

miniMo22 Jul 2019 4:37 p.m. PST

Less time per figure, yesss.

So many more figures…..

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP22 Jul 2019 5:32 p.m. PST

Agree – painting up 72 6mm cavalry for a cavalry brigade is not much faster then doing 24 in 28mm!

von Schwartz22 Jul 2019 6:13 p.m. PST

Can't see as it would make much difference at all, less paint of course but if you are doing WSS, SYW, Napoleonics or similar and are detail oriented, or as I like to say 'anal retentive' you probably spend nearly as much time as you would with 15s or 28s.

With a hell of a lot more eye strain!! (smile)

Whirlwind23 Jul 2019 7:09 a.m. PST

I remember one wise gamer writing that the amount of time one spent painting was roughly proportional to how much one spent on the models in the first place, assuming you were painting them yourself, regardless of what those models actually were.

BigLee23 Jul 2019 8:33 a.m. PST

False…but I'm trying to rectify the imbalance!

Albus Malum13 Jun 2021 6:00 p.m. PST

But its more believable looking at 100 6mm miniatures then looking at 10 28mm miniatures.

williamb14 Jun 2021 8:14 a.m. PST

Less time painting per figure, but so many more to paint. I don't have an accurate count, but have thousands of them covering ancients to science fiction future with some exceptions.

Captain Pete14 Jun 2021 7:13 p.m. PST

Like Mk1, I spend a fair amount of time on my WWII vehicles and figures. Since I don't typically paint in larger scales I cannot say if I spend more time BUT I do a lot of detail work that those working in larger scales do.

In theory it should take less time but the way I paint, I don't think it takes that much less time. I am also painting larger units than most 28mm gamers would. I do paint many of the same details but just at a smaller scale.

Covert Walrus21 Jun 2021 5:23 p.m. PST

You can put just as much effort into 6mm as you can any other scale of course. The results might be less spectacular at first glance, but effort will always show.

le Grande Quartier General Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2021 10:27 p.m. PST

I agree with Captain Pete and Covert. I found with well-cast Napoleonic 6mm figures such as much of the Adler lines, painting can be quicker by far, with great results when a certain technique is used: Black undercoat, then drybrush outer and raised detail with titanium white. Wash on colors, finish with a black ink/water/soap/acrylic floor finish mixture. This brings the detail out even from an arm's length away due to color reflection, and the creation of contrast between the high and low parts of the figure and the detail on them. link

Legion 422 Jun 2021 4:30 p.m. PST

I'm a 6mm detail freak !!!!

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