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Valderian23 Aug 2021 2:10 a.m. PST

Do you rework your painted miniatures over time or keep the past paint job and use them together?

I have just painted new miniatures from Plasmablast Games, the Hammerhead Tank and Styx Turret and with this occasion I have also improved the past paint jobs for all the miniatures from this manufacturer. Still, there is a lot to improve.

Some pictures of this phase of painting:


Hammerhead Heavy Tank – Tank Destroyer

Styx Static Defense Turret

Orbital Combine

Nizzlebat Light Tank

Valgaross Super Heavy Tank

Marhaf Legion

Maarghast Heavy Assault Tank Heavy Plasma Guns & Missiles

Typhark Medium Tank Heavy Plasma Gun & Missiles

all minis painted

GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2021 4:06 a.m. PST

Sometimes, although rarely.

JimDuncanUK23 Aug 2021 4:24 a.m. PST

Yes. I'm currently re-organising my not-7YW British and not-7YW Russians into proper units.

This includes some stripping back to bare metal, repainting some facings and jackets, changing colours, adding the odd figure from the bits box and some brand new figures and all being rebased.

45thdiv Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2021 4:33 a.m. PST

I was thinking about this the other day. My ACW armies have been around for 25 years. I just added a few new regiments this past week and the bases look nice, while the older stands look faded. My style of painting has changed as well. But I am not going to freshen them up. Too many other projects and more ACW to paint.

Stryderg23 Aug 2021 5:02 a.m. PST

I don't paint fast enough for that to be feasible.
And I don't play enough for the minis to need a fresh coat of paint. I just live vicariously through you guys' painting.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2021 5:41 a.m. PST

Sometimes – especially when they get old and chipped; just doing that for a 28mm sonita of Cossacks

Legion 423 Aug 2021 8:13 a.m. PST

Looks great !

Col Durnford23 Aug 2021 11:23 a.m. PST

Actually, quite a bit. I am just finishing up some D&D figures that I painted in the 1980's. I usually add in a few figures from the yet to be painted box.

Strangely enough, one of the figures in this group was listed at 10% completed on my painting list from 2010.

Bandolier23 Aug 2021 10:13 p.m. PST

I've painted over figures quite a lot.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Aug 2021 5:40 a.m. PST

I often buy on Ebay and will repaint those some times

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2021 6:18 a.m. PST

Very rarely. Mostly I re-paint to make repairs, as needed.

I chose my level of painting (GEtGW), early in my painting career (myself only, nothing for anyone else), and I have stuck to it, like Super Glue. I paint for the 98% viewing at arm's length. Painting for the 98 percentile, makes me 99 and 44/100 percent happy -- it is rare that I feel any twinge about my painting quality -- very rare, indeed.

In the mid-2000's, I sold off a bunch of my mini's which I had painted to my GEtGW standard. The guy who bought them, re-sold them to a mutual friend, several years ago. Imagine my surprise when this friend proudly showed them to me, last week! This is a person who has whites and pupils painted on his 15mm figure's eyes, figures which are truly so-called, museum quality painting; they look amazing, two inches from your orbit! I kept my mouth shut, never said they had been mine, and that I had painted them, some 15+ years ago. I didn't want to rock his boat, making him uncomfortable.

I did get a twinge, however, seeing some of my old figures -- I really wish I had most of them back in my collection! I even searched the Internet for over an hour, last night, to see if some of them were still available, with the idea of replacing them. Then I thought about having to paint them, again, and the fact that I could just ask him to bring them to my games, as needed… I turned the PC off, and went to bed, empty handed, but satisfied. >;-) Cheers!

Valderian24 Aug 2021 2:39 p.m. PST

@JimDuncanUK – I also remake some of the bases because I do not spend that much time on making them
@45thdiv – too many projects – this is a problem, but I understand the feeling!
@ Legion 4 – thanks!
@Col Durnford – I do the same thing – after a while I buy some new miniatures from a particular range, start painting them and then improving the existing miniatures to match my new style of painting (and mentally preparing for new revisions in the future grin)
@Extra Crispy – do you paint over the previous paint job or do a complete restart?
@Sgt Slag – I enjoyed very much your story! "GEtGW" – what does it mean?

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP24 Aug 2021 4:16 p.m. PST

GEtGW = Good Enough to Game With, at arm's length; aka, Gaming Standard paint job. Cheers!

Valderian25 Aug 2021 8:26 a.m. PST


Covert Walrus21 Sep 2021 7:55 p.m. PST

If the paint chips, I do touch things up.

Though with the advent of Nuln Oil as a wash, I have dirtied a few items down to show detail as well.

Valderian22 Sep 2021 3:18 p.m. PST

Nice! I also improve the paint job when something new in terms of paints or wash or other painting effects appear on the market or I want to try. Engine spill effect, rust effect or ink from Vallejo are such examples.

Legion 424 Sep 2021 10:15 a.m. PST

Yes, I've even repainted some, touched up some with more details, decals, etc.

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