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ferg98108 Apr 2021 1:53 p.m. PST

Evening all,

Just a quick post this evening highlighting some of the fantastic that work a good friend of mine, Kevin has been doing, painting 28mm Napoleonic Figures in order to supplement his income during the pandemic.

There are plenty of fantastic photos on my blog for those who are interested in that sort of thing


Full disclaimer – Kevin does charge for his work, and as a courtesy to him I have included his email address and basic pricing in the post for those of you who may be interested in his services.

I don't want anyone to feel they were lured to my blog under false pretences, and its only fair I inform you of this before you click the link

As always, comments, feedback and suggestions are welcome



d88mm194008 Apr 2021 2:09 p.m. PST

His faces have a lot of character and it appears that no two faces are alike, which is very difficult.
Years ago, I was putting together a Testors kit that came with figures. The painting guide, which was excellent for the time, suggested that the eyes should 'squint', especially in the bright sunlight. Your figures look more 'natural' like this, instead of a wide open eyeball staring off into the distance. Probably a little easier to paint, too!

Brian Smaller08 Apr 2021 2:29 p.m. PST

I know a lot of people who pay others to paint for them. I sometimes wish I could afford to do that. Your mate's painting is top notch but I would need a lotto win to be able to pay. I really am glad though that talents like this can earn some cash with this skill.

Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2021 3:42 p.m. PST

>>I don't want anyone to feel they were lured to my blog under false pretences,

Pretty, lurid figures in compromising situations- nah that'll never catch on…

jabbadabbadan Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2021 4:12 p.m. PST


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2021 5:23 p.m. PST

$16.00 USD per figure, not including basing?? Sorry, that is just a bit crazy.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2021 1:59 a.m. PST

Very nice.

He really should pay that small fee to advertise his services on TMP (or does he already do so?)if he seeks more work and income.

Well worth it if he can take on any more.

Personal logo Cardinal Hawkwood Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2021 4:41 a.m. PST

wow $21.65 AUD…I need to put my prices up..

Legionarius09 Apr 2021 8:52 a.m. PST

Beautiful painting. But thanks, no thanks I paint my figures (to a much lower standard) but they are truly my figures. I find it amazing that some people can still earn some money by painting with all the time and effort involved, and that others are able to pay those prices! I wish Kevin well and many customers. (Probably from the British Royal Family!) Cheers!

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2021 10:18 a.m. PST

I've pretty much retired from commission work, but the most I've ever charged for a single figure was $5.00 USD USD, and that was for personalities. They were painted to a better than average tabletop standard. Price included basing.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2021 12:03 p.m. PST

I am painting 20mm figures for the Waterloo project right now. Prussians as well. I must be mad, but not many will do them. Plus 20mm is not my choice for intricate uniforms!

But I do it for free and I buy the figures. That means I can take as long as I like. If Free French tanks suddenly appeal, I can do them instead. I just did 28mm US Army in VN (101st AB) and it was luxury. They were massive!

I simply could not turn any profit with the time I put into painting and the real snag is the commitment, the obligation. Five bucks is madness mind you. Sixteen bucks US, well if it applied to mounted cavalry maybe. But I want mine, they are unique, in the entire cosmos (OK drop quantum physics, parallel worlds, and infinity also, which means they do exist elsewhere….and how many of them? You know this.)

Long Valley Gamer Supporting Member of TMP09 Apr 2021 3:28 p.m. PST

A top notch painter and gets a top notch price. The nice thing about it is he only needs a few customers feeding him figs to paint. More power to him if he can get his price!

Mike Petro09 Apr 2021 6:29 p.m. PST

24 figure battalion costs over $500 USD to paint. Cool if you got deep pockets.

Personal logo Cardinal Hawkwood Supporting Member of TMP11 Apr 2021 4:10 p.m. PST

those sashes on the Prussian officers are wrong, to start with

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP11 Apr 2021 11:59 p.m. PST

Netherlanders, not Prussians. Hence the Orange sash

Personal logo Cardinal Hawkwood Supporting Member of TMP12 Apr 2021 1:05 a.m. PST

yes I worked that out but too late to delete my comment.

Tassie12 Apr 2021 1:41 a.m. PST

Skilfully painted as these figures undoubtedly are, my I say that I think sometimes wargamers / painters put too much work into the faces? In my opinion, the figures' faces sometimes end up looking somewhat cartoonish in style.

I find that different shades of flesh tone works just as well, and is arguably more realistic, given the scale of the figures and the normal viewing distances.

Personally, I couldn't imagine paying someone else to paint my figures, not only due to the involved costs, but also because I want them to be truly *mine*.

Tassie12 Apr 2021 1:48 a.m. PST

Here's the sort of thing I mean:


and also


The use of tone and highlight alone represents the soldiers' faces ~ very effectively, in my view.

Steamingdave213 Apr 2021 3:09 p.m. PST

Interesting that some people think that the prices are too high. If I could paint a 28 mm figure in an hour I would be very happy, they often take two or three times that. When I was working an hour of my time was charged at several times what Kevin charges for a figure. Some painters will charge £20.00 GBP or £30.00 GBP fir a 28mm figure, that is actually a modest price for what is basically a work of art.

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