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langobard Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2019 3:13 a.m. PST

I paint my own, I have no idea at all what the going rate for painted figures would be…

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2019 3:30 a.m. PST

Rank and file wargames standard should average out to $2 USD a model.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2019 7:07 a.m. PST

As with langobard, I paint my own, but if I did send out figures for painting, I would not want to pay more than $2 USD to 3 per basic foot figure.


Asterix Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2019 7:27 a.m. PST

I paint my own, but would willingly accept $10 USD/figure!

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2019 8:18 a.m. PST

I've tuned my techniques for this quality level such that I average 10-minutes per figure, including The Dip application. In order for this to be worth my time and effort, I would need to make $25 USD/hour…

I would need to get around $4 USD-$5 per figure, or I would not waste my time.

I paid $3 USD-$4/figure, for this level of painting, back in the mid-90's. I got tired of spending so much money on painting service, so I bought some paint, a few brushes, and I've never looked back, since. YMMV.

What I found most interesting, is that my friend who had been painting my figures, was surprised that I was able to achieve similar quality with only 10 minutes of painting time, per figure. At that time, he had painted 10,000+ miniatures, both personally, and professionally, for others. I achieved this level of quality, and speed, within weeks of starting.

I do assembly line, simple block painting, followed by The Dip, so my system is highly optimized, and thoroughly boring, and redundant… But it works, and it works very efficiently. Good enough, at arm's length, on the tabletop. My miniatures are not works of art, and I am fine with that. LOL! Cheers!

kodiakblair15 Apr 2019 11:58 a.m. PST

Never met anyone who paid for figure painting so have no idea.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP15 Apr 2019 3:44 p.m. PST

I got a real feeling of déjà vu when reading these comments. Have we done this poll before?

Syrinx016 Apr 2019 3:59 p.m. PST

I needed some painted for a convention game and there was no way I would finish thanks to work. I paid $8 USD a figure but the painter assembled the plastic figures and painted them in a timely manner. It was worth it to me.

Vigilant17 Apr 2019 5:35 a.m. PST

Wouldn't pay someone else to paint my figures. Painting, for me, is part of the fun.

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