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Mr Elmo12 Jan 2006 8:12 a.m. PST

One of the things I was going to do as part of my New Years resolution was to send more figures to be "pro-painted" to help reduce the pile of unpainted lead.

So I sent some Conquest Indians to Fernando Enterprises in Sri Lanka. My package arrived and I am very impressed. For $3.50 USD each I got an awesome paint job…at least as good as I could do picture

I've always hesitated to get figures painted because I CAN paint but at these prices it looks like it isn't worth my time to paint any more. I will continue to paint, but because I want to…as for slogging thru 300 French Line or a Flames of War Russian company; methinks those days are over.

fitzchivalry Inactive Member12 Jan 2006 8:17 a.m. PST

Do you mind explaining how one goes about using this service?
What was the time frame involved?

Personal logo Don Perrin Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member12 Jan 2006 8:24 a.m. PST

If the guys in Sri Lanka took your Conquest Indian and made it into what's in the picture, I'd say you've got a complaint on your hands :)

bbuggeln Inactive Member12 Jan 2006 8:32 a.m. PST

Yeah, I'll second fitzchivalry's question – how does one go about getting things 'pro' painted? Do you tell them the colour scheme you want? Suggest paints? Or just send in your minis and hope for a pleasant surprise?

What's the whole process??

Mr Elmo12 Jan 2006 8:33 a.m. PST

Do you mind explaining how one goes about using this service?

You can find out about them here

I sent the order late last year, it was a TRIAL order, not too large in case I got burned. The total time was right around 8 weeks.

I'd say you've got a complaint on your hands

LOL, the picture is of my work. The website given above has plenty of pictures of their work.

Prince Prints Inactive Member12 Jan 2006 9:05 a.m. PST

there is also Phil Greg painting services
based out there

Huscarle12 Jan 2006 9:18 a.m. PST

Hmm, I'm another that has wondered about using pro-painted services, especially about shipping and import duties back to the UK.
Admittedly, my painting time is getting less and less, so I am considering this more frequently and one day I'll take a chance. The prices look very reasonable and it would be a quick solution to the new unpainted WWII figures that I have.

nycjadie Inactive Member12 Jan 2006 9:34 a.m. PST

I think I'll stick to my usual production of 4-5 figures per month. At this rate I'll have an army by the time I retire.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian12 Jan 2006 9:45 a.m. PST

By the way, I should have some articles featuring PhilGreg and Fernando Enterprises in the next few days…

45thdiv12 Jan 2006 9:49 a.m. PST

Looking at their site, I see that they also have a collector quality at $1.50 USD per figure. That looks like a good deal.

Very interesting.


Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian12 Jan 2006 11:45 a.m. PST

Fernando Enterprises article is up: TMP link

Steve12 Jan 2006 12:15 p.m. PST

I'm in the same boat. I kind of like to paint, but not 100s of figures. I first sent off a small batch, then bigger, then almost an entire DBM 25mm army to Fernando. Now I do no figure painting at all, I do vehicles/buildings/terrain that is more interesting to me. I'm very happy with it and I have more figures to play with now than I would have otherwise. I like the fact that they're a real full time business. I had some problems with guys that painted figures as a side job (not being reliable or timely).


Feudal Fighter Inactive Member12 Jan 2006 5:57 p.m. PST

Heh. I'm dying to paint my miniatures, yet I don't have the necessary paints to do so. And here you all are looking to have your figures painted by someone else. Amazing.

Bad Painter12 Jan 2006 9:31 p.m. PST

I prefer to paint my figures, comforted by the myth that I'll never die as long as I have unpainteded lead. Maybe I should change my name to Slow Painter.
Last year while in London for Salute, I had dinner with Sanath Fernando and his son. He is a sincere person and would get my business if I ever admitted that I'll never get all my figures painted. Sanath was also instrumental in raising money from friends and customers to aid in building housing for victims of the Boxing Day 2005 tsunami. He kept all donors informed on the progress of the project with emails and attached mpgs of the construction.
Mr. Fernando and his operation are top notch.

mhauck Inactive Member13 Jan 2006 8:43 a.m. PST

I have nothing but praise for Fernando's group. I was very impressed with the batch of Froundry Napoleonic French I just recieved back from his company. You can't beat the price and with all my current professional projects I don't have time to paint, althought I wish I did. I know quite a few people in the S. F. Bay area send their extra figures to him to paint. His service lets you put that unpainted lead into play quickly with a 8 week turn around. Give it a try!
Hey Bad Painter did you ever finish those AB WW2 figures that I sold you?

Bad Painter13 Jan 2006 11:40 p.m. PST

Mark, as I stated, I'm not really a "bad" painter, just a slow one. I don't have too many unpainted AB figures left, but I have plenty from other manufacturers waiting for a brush. The group I game with is into SYW and Napoleonics in 15mm and gives Fernando a lot of business. My 20mm WW2 don't see much action, maybe 3-4 games per year. Since they have plenty of 15mm in the preferrred gaming periods, thanks to Fernando, my leisurely pace of painting doesn't impact our games.

Squash Inactive Member14 Jan 2006 7:47 a.m. PST

What? There was a tsunami on boxing day 2005?

Daryl G Inactive Member14 Jan 2006 9:30 p.m. PST

"Looking at their site, I see that they also have a collector quality at $1.50 USD USD per figure. That looks like a good deal."

I wonder who the collector is?

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