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Zagloba24 Sep 2011 10:27 a.m. PST

I'm all for painters charging what they're worth, but $50/hr seems a little much.

Beowulf Fezian24 Sep 2011 10:59 a.m. PST

Good to see Showcase coming back.

Caesar24 Sep 2011 6:41 p.m. PST

That's just really poor. Base color and dry brush is something you could have done yourself.

BrotherSevej24 Sep 2011 7:32 p.m. PST

Actually it's the photo that's pretty poor. They may or may not be better in person…

Joep12325 Sep 2011 6:25 p.m. PST

I like the fact that you put some thought in how a Relthoza fleet should look, taking into account who/what they are.

Sky Captain28 Sep 2011 7:55 a.m. PST

I would tend to say that is the theme for Spartan Games… great models and not so great paint schemes. A number of manufacturers though suffer from box covers that are not what they could be. Either due to photography or painting.

Other than the fact the models are about twice the size in comparison to most other miniature ranges, they are worth the purchase.

Dr Mathias Fezian02 Oct 2011 9:44 p.m. PST

I've been looking for ships that have a Hydrissian (28mm aliens by Mega Minis, previously Alpha Forge) look to them… these might do for that.

Caesar07 Oct 2011 7:37 a.m. PST

So what do they look like "in the flesh"?

Chef Lackey Rich Fezian09 Oct 2011 6:00 a.m. PST

Those are Relthoza escorts in the photos, not frigates, and unless you've got another battleship or carrier kicking around, there's no way to use all six of them at once.

I'm guessing there are six frigates around somewhere as well, and that the commission was actually for a starter box and a blister of escorts, bought by the painter, assembled and painted. That would make $155 USD pretty reasonable $80 USD base retail cost, roughly doubled for a basic paint scheme and cleanup/assembly of the models. The free shipping is even a bit of a bargain, and Bill seems happy with the paint jobs.

You sticking with the clear bases?

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian10 Oct 2011 7:48 a.m. PST

I'm guessing there are six frigates around somewhere as well, and that the commission was actually for a starter box and a blister of escorts, bought by the painter, assembled and painted.

No, I sent them a starter box (and nothing else). Looks like I got someone else's models, in my paint scheme… frown

You sticking with the clear bases?

Probably not wish they hadn't painted the bottoms.

Chef Lackey Rich Fezian10 Oct 2011 11:18 a.m. PST

They may not be painted – all the ones I bought came with sticker paper on one side, and they may simply not have removed it. Peels off easy enough.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian10 Oct 2011 11:27 a.m. PST

So you're right! (There was a black-speckles-on-white color scheme going on I thought it was deliberate, but it was just accidental!)

Mardaddy25 Oct 2011 9:22 p.m. PST

I know BTP can do some pretty high end work. I've admired much of their efforts on their website over the years.

I'm sorry, but $155 for that work; unless the pics REALLY belie the quality of the job, I'd be embarrassed to charge that much.

I have a general rule to refrain from being critical of ANY painters work, because we all start somewhere, and I was just as bad as any new brush out there, but I know I am always learning and striving to get better, but Blue Table is a business (damn successful one too) and, "big boys," and their best quality work far outstrips my best quality, so I don't feel too bad bending my own rule there I just hope I am wrong and that the pics really just do not do the figures justice, I've long admired BTP's work and don't want my impression of them damaged!! I *want* to eat my words!!

MORE PICS so we can better see!!

OswaldSmiggins24 Nov 2011 6:10 p.m. PST

Well the models this company puts out are pretty nice, not like the new resin garbage from GW (and I think I'm being kind) but the painting price seems too high to me too.

Scott Kursk13 Jan 2012 3:50 a.m. PST

I agree with Mardaddy. I am a fan of BTP but their work on your armada leaves a good bit to be desired. Still, every painter has his weakness, these may be his. His stuff is usually dead spot on.

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