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Would you pay over standard GW retail price for pro-painted models?
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Regular Dakkanaut

I would but I can't justify the cost. Why else would I started an easy to paint army in KDK !
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Junior Officer with Laspistol


I used to say no, but I don't have time to paint these days, so I'd certainly buy a painted army at around retail. Not necesarily pro-painted, but decent enough for me to field without shame.
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Dark Angels Librarian with Book of Secrets


What would you consider pro painted? this?
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Ambassador for Gork...or is it Mork?

On a surly Warboar, leading the Waaagh!

Yes I would and yes I have. Only so much time in the day.
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Hardened Veteran Guardsman


I don't want to buy toys, I want to buy models that I can convert and kitbash and totally butcher on my own.

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Bloodthirsty Vampire Thrall


Just spent £200+ on two huge, well painted and magnatised fleets for ACTA:B5 (Space ship combat) and Uncharted Seas (Fantasy navy)

very happy

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Furious Fire Dragon

I would, but only on certain models. I'm by no means a bad painter, but I'm not great either so I would probably be willing to pay for a pro painted character or other centrepiece model. For example I would pay for a pro painted Gabriel Seth to lead my flesh tearers or a pro painted corvus corax for my 30k raven guard, especially as thats such a pretty model that I would not want to risk ruining.

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Deadshot Weapon Moderati

I suck at painting, but I don't want to buy models assembled and painted by someone else. It's like buying a paint-by-numbers to have someone else paint it. Why bother?

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Blood Angel Neophyte Undergoing Surgeries


I said yes but only in the case of if they are well painted then it'd be worth it... for someone who doesn't/can't paint. I can paint and quite well so I would have no need of such a service

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Longtime Dakkanaut

I personally assemble and prepare miniatures quite well and do a better job with the airbrush than many professionals out there.

However I have 35.000 points of Eldar and most of that is unpainted, which is sad.

I have more than one job and definitely not the time or the motivation to go through all that painting at my very high standards, so the possibility to pay someone for this is very interesting.

However, so far I haven't found anything with a fair price and real customer service.

At this point, it's between cheap and dirty or people who ask for prices worthy of Golden Demon entries without the quality to match (i.e. supposedly 40+ hours on a miniature when the GD painters I know take 20h tops for much better results).

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Confessor Of Sins

I voted other, and I will explain.

I would not buy pro-painted models at all, regardless of the price.

1- My preference in paint jobs means I'm unlikely to find what I want on eBay.
2- If you are a professional model painter, as the term "pro" would imply, you should be doing custom paint jobs to the client's request given the nature of paint jobs. The fact you are not tells me you aren't much of a professional and I shouldn't expect much from you.
3- I enjoy building my own models and converting them, and doing so with a model that comes already painted will destroy the paint job, rendering a pre-painted model a useless feature over a brand-new one I built myself from the kit.
4- Unless I buy my entire collection for this army from you, these pre-painted models are unlikely to match anything that I add to it in the future.
5- There is a legitimate possibility that the term "pro-painted" started as a typo of "pre-painted" that sounded too enticing to ignore, given the variance of quality of stuff calling itself "pro-painted".
6- Your models are likely not converted into furries. If they are, I can likely create better on my own since I have been told my furry WH40k model conversions are some of the best out there. Kinda sad, really.
7- I'd rather buy my stuff from the local GW than you, since they're a local business where I will be playing if my social anxiety problems are solved, and they're one of the GW stores that gives the company a good reputation, so I think it's worth giving them my money for full retail kits direct from GW instead of some stranger on the Internet who will provide models that, according to this list, I see no value in having whatsoever.

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Longtime Dakkanaut

I don't think it has to be crap from ebay, it could easily be commission work.

Also furry 40k... I don't think I'd like playing against that. Not a big fan of anything that feths up / makes a joke of the general 40k context.
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Drifting Cronos Hungry for Souls


I would pay the GW retail price if I can get models painted with the same level you see in the GW site and codexes.

Otherwise I would only buy boxes with at least a 25% price cut, which is what I always do.

I've never bought a single box at the full GW price.

Paying even more is not an option for me.

Lots on conversion would also become impossible to make and I love conversions, I wouldn't even start collecting an army that lacks the possibility to customize its models.

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Drukhari 4700 
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Longtime Dakkanaut

This poll asks the wrong question to the wrong people.

Not everyone agrees what "pro-painted" means, but I think KS would be a suitable arbitrary definition. After all, these models are painted not for personal reasons but to sell product, and are painted under deadlines as well. That's about as "professional" as I would get. I read that these paint jobs cost about $200.

For actual gamers, we have pre-painted miniatures, such as HeroClix. That HC has been on the market so long shows there's *some* sort of demand for painted miniatures, at the price of the product. Obviously, these aren't professionally painted, but they aren't professional prices, either. Since these are used on the tabletop, I'd use pre-painted miniatures as a standard for tabletop quality.

I'm saying this because, on BGG, there *are* gamers who are paying others to paint for them. Many paint jobs are better than HeroClix, so these could be called "advanced tabletop". They're not professional paint jobs by the KS definition.

Myself, I'm cheap so don't pay others to paint my miniatures. I'm okay with HeroClix paint jobs, but paint to advanced tabletop, because I feel that a good sculpt should have a good paint job. I don't have the ability to paint to display level (that arbitrary standard means miniatures submitted to contests, and typically have no deadlines otherwise), nor time for it.

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Bounding Dark Angels Assault Marine

I put no because, as lazy as I am when it comes to painting, painting is part of the fun for me. I don't think I could ever be satisfied with a model painted by someone else unless they somehow painted it just the way I would have do, but even then I'd rather have my own effort and the (undeserved) sense of accomplishment at having done it myself.

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Longtime Dakkanaut

 Sharkvictim wrote:
There's nothing wrong with wanting your models painted.
That being said I would imagine that the only people that pay for their minis to get pro-painted are the win at all cost type gamers. If they have the excess money to blow on "pro-painting", then they also have every steamroller and leaf blower list at their disposal.

"WAAC gamers" doesn't correlate with "gamers with the spare cash to pay for a painted army". It's perhaps more common in traditional gaming groups where having a painted army is expected; if you don't have the time or inclination, no problem; commission a painting service to do it for you.

I wouldn't pay more for a painted model on Ebay - in fact it decreases the amount I'm willing to pay because now I need to disassemble and strip it. I would consider getting an entire army painted, but I don't have the money to do it.
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Regular Dakkanaut

If the models were painted to a basic standard I would pay a small extra but I don't need them perfectly painted
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Sneaky Kommando

I'd pay to have my boys done to save time but it would have to.mirror my style so it would be dirt cheap

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Stubborn White Lion

West Lafayette, IN

Even if I wound up finding models specifically painted to match one of my factions, SOMETHING would have to be changed, which means I'd be painting over the top of "professional" paint standard, so why would I sink extra bank in for that?


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Novice Knight Errant Pilot

I'm actually surprised by the 'want it quickly option.' based on griping from the few people I've encountered that would use painting services, quickly generally isn't an option.

For, me, buying paint jobs (pro-painted just makes me laugh as concept) just makes me wonder what happened to avalon hill counter-based games. It seems some of the audience/consumer base has gotten lost and confused.

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Sybarite Swinging an Agonizer

Leaning somewhere between "no" and "only if it's painted well".

If there was a gorgeous, absolutely phenomenally painted model that I absolutely loved, would fit into my army, and I was happy to leave as is, maybe. But it would have to be a masterpiece.

For the most part, I laugh when I see people posting their "pro-painted" models (many of which aren't any level of skill above my own, and often actually quite amateurish), expecting to make money off them, because one of the first things I learned in the hobby was "painting you models drops your resale value". For me, painting is a massive part of the hobby, and when I buy already painted models, now I'm going to have to spend the time stripping them in order to be able to repaint them (when I was already probably going to have to spend time remodelling as needed, swapping wargear, etc)

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Space Marine Scout with Sniper Rifle

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Longtime Dakkanaut

 Formosa wrote:
What would you consider pro painted? this?

I would consider that pro painted, but I wouldnt pay any price for it as I despise "scenic" bases with a passion, even in my trades, cork on the base or inserts is a deal breaker for me.
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