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How much time do you spend painting one basic troop type miniature?
A few minutes 5% [ 304 ]
Half an hour 16% [ 1068 ]
One hour 21% [ 1450 ]
Several hours 42% [ 2852 ]
Several days 10% [ 666 ]
Several weeks 3% [ 223 ]
I dont paint 2% [ 131 ]
Other (write in) 1% [ 51 ]
Total Votes : 6745
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Da Big Mek

London, UK

Poll suggested by MrMerlin
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Strangely Beautiful Daemonette of Slaanesh

I usually spend an hour and a half to two hours (setting up the airbrush, then painting)

For all the slaaneshy's out there

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Raging Rat Ogre


I voted half an hour.
But it really depends of the number of troops I'll be using in an army.
For example; skaven clanrats I can do in less than 15 minutes each, and the basic paint job plus wash/highlight looks good because I'm fielding 200.
For GK paladins, I tend to spend 1 hour for each one, or longer if I don't get the frost-fade how I want it the first time. These need to look better individually because I'm fielding a lot less of them.

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Fresh-Faced New User

The Death Star

An hour for me makes my figures look table tob ready. And also pick up and stare at ready ;D

Dwarfs: 2500pts 
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Neophyte Undergoing Surgeries

Portland - Australia

I think the longest I spent on a Basic troop was 3 days. But I tend to spend a few hours on a every model.

However I spent 3 minutes on my Necron Army


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Fanatic with Madcap Mushrooms

Auburn CA

For my beastmen I got it down to 15 minutes I gor but I paint around 20 gor at a time

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Chaplain with Hate to Spare

About half hour per mini so i don't get discouraged by the tediousness, some i'm painting slowly over a few hours but I always have a 'fast' army on the go that i can crack on with quite quickly, at the moment, Dark eldar are a fast army for me with less than half hour per mini and my Sallies are a slow army taking a couple hours each one.


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Ragin' Ork Dreadnought

Ingelheim am Rhein, Germany

Hey lego, thanks for adding my poll

its several days for me; i really hate having a model in my army that could look better; though my first 30 boys were done in half an hour each..... AAARGH

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Longtime Dakkanaut

St. Louis, Missouri

Takes me about an hour per Fire Warrior...Crisis Suits are about 2.5-3 hours...Man, I'm a slow painter

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Longtime Dakkanaut

Sheffield / Oxford

I paint my squads in batches, using the production line method, and it takes me about 5 hours for a squad of 10. So I said 1/2 an hour for a single troop.

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Roarin' Runtherd


Well , i have 120 miniatures to paint .ORKS FTW!!!! got them in august , Have not painted them , but i guess it takes a long time.


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Angry Chaos Agitator

I takes me over a month to convert and paint one basic CSM sadly, but it's worth it in the end.

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Mighty Chosen Warrior of Chaos


Several hours, but sometimes over the course of days or weeks.

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Longtime Dakkanaut

South New Jersey

I think it depends on scale and format.

For example, a 28mm figure would take me longer to do than a 15mm figure, and even longer than a 6mm figure.

And it depends on the style of the game. I'll put a bit more effort if each model is on it's own desperate base, as opposed to being in rank-and-file during play.

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Lieutenant Colonel

Coloured Primers save an awful lot of time! about an hour per troop (total) using the line painting method.

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Battle-tested Knight Castellan Pilot

Southampton UK

I voted several days, as I tend to take my time no matter what I am painting. Sure I could churn out acceptable table top standard in about half an hour per model but this is my hobby and I take pride in it. I suppose I also model and paint far more than I play.

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Regular Dakkanaut

Well, I've got about 5 veterans sitting on my desk that have been waiting for me to paint them for more than a year...
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Cosmic Joe


A few minutes, in multyple sessions.

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Avatar of the Bloody-Handed God

Inside your mind, corrupting the pathways

For my CSM, it probably takes about an hour each.

For my SM, it will take longer, probably 2 hours each, as I have a lot of airbrushing and masking to do on each one on top of the regular painting.

My IG took about 30 minutes each.

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Lurking Gaunt


Other. reason being is I don't complete them in one sitting. I do a batch of 10-15 a time and it takes me about a week. So I guess the cumulative time for one model would be half hour, hour...ish.

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Ragin' Ork Dreadnought

Ingelheim am Rhein, Germany

vigilante87 wrote: Other. reason being is I don't complete them in one sitting.

well, i guess those who chose "several days" dont do it in a single sitting either.......

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Agile Revenant Titan


Depends on what it is. But about 30 minutes for every Eldar model.

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Fixture of Dakka


Hard to say, as I paint units at a time. I think, though, that dividing the steps by the number of models would yield an answer of over an hour per man.

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Pulsating Possessed Chaos Marine

In Firenze kicking Templar arse.

9.9998382 minutes.


9 minutes for most but beastmen 4 min a gor

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In da middle of da WAAAGH! Australia.

I personally paint all my basic troops in batches, but they take about an hour individually. (ORKS!)

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Krazed Killa Kan

Minnesota, land of 10,000 Lakes and 10,000,000,000 Mosquitos

I also paint in batches (Orks as well), but I'm a fairly quick painter and my standards aren't that high considering it's a horde army. I probably spend about half an hour or less per mini, but it still winds up being about 9 colors for each guy.

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Been Around the Block


It can range from a few hours to a couple of days. Depends really on if i'm doing them in one sitting or not.
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Cold-Blooded Saurus Warrior

The Great White North

Basic troops I aim for 30 mins at the most.

Vehicles about 2- hours.

Elites and HQ I try to go for about 2 hours a model...

I just cant spend an more time on basic infantry guys knowing they just get dragged off the board en masse.

I just spent 3 weeks painting these firewarriors aren't they pretty!

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Lord Commander in a Plush Chair


The more you paint at once the less time they take per head. Makes sense right?

The last units I painted were my Dogs of War and they were several hours a night for a week or more. So it's over an hour per miniature.
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Shrieking Guardian Jetbiker

The Void

As long as it takes.
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