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Regular Dakkanaut

I prefer to paint my own, but I just don't have time to do everything I want. If I could get something that matches my own painted models, I'd be OK with paying a little more, but not a lot.

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5th God of Chaos (O'rly?)

Nope. I paint my own so they would go to paint stripper anyway. If the paint gets stripped what's the point of paying for paint job...

Don't fault people who use the service though. But for me over half the hobby is painting so not painting would basically mean no point continuing. 40k isn't good enough to interest me just as a game.

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Longtime Dakkanaut

NE Ohio, USA

Hell yes.
As far as I'm concerned painting is a task best done by someone else.

I can paint. And I do. I just don't really enjoy it & would rather be doing any # of other things (such as weeding the flower bed & cleaning the gutters for ex). I've found that I especially despise painting the 1:100 scale infantry needed in Flames of War. So over the years I've adopted a system of merit. Models have to earn their paint. Preform well/memorably on the table, get painted.
Additionally? Aside from one-offs, models that have earned their paint, or touch ups, I've always found that I do most of my painting when depressed/worried/stressed. The worse I'm feeling, the better my work. So if I'm painting that means something is wrong. If I'm NOT painting =

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Mekboy Hammerin' Somethin'

Dorset, England

Definitely no from me! Building and painting your army is 90% of the hobby, you would effectively be paying to skip participating in most of the enjoyment!
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Ancient Venerable Black Templar Dreadnought


I was a model builder before I got into table-top so having someone finish my model for me removes some of the fun, so the answer would be "No".
I have received used models and stripped them down so I cannot say I have a single model painted by someone else.

I can understand some people are more into it for the game so it is a viable thing.
I have an acquaintance (customer...ish) where he HATES assembling models but likes painting so he hires me to do the assembly... he seems to appreciate my dedication for the eradication of mold lines, washing , sanding, magnetizing and gap-filling everything.
He is an opponent occasionally so I like to give him every reason to field all he can, he does a fantastic job painting... I HATE doing "block" painting, the fussy details are my thing.

I could see one day paying to get the initial colour painted down and I do the rest if there is such a thing.

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A Skull at the Throne of Khorne


I mean, I would pay more than the cost of the model itself, especially if it was a commission painter, hours of time goes into painting models why shouldn't the artist be fairly compensated? Would you buy a painting and only pay the cost of the canvas? No, you wouldn't. Nor would you sell a painting you bought for the cost of the canvas.

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Lead-Footed Trukkboy Driver


 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.
"I've made sure I have a stable of unbeatable army lists, now they need to look the part."
I assume "pro-painted" means at or near Golden Demon. Why on earth would anyone pay for that level of paint job unless they were going to run them in some kind of painting contest?
I'm rambling. GW is over priced as it is, so no.

I love it. "They are not like me in this way; so they must be bad in this unrelated way." Thank goodness that I paint my own models, I would hate to be a WAAC player....

Pro Painted/Commission should cost more than retail. That seems fair to me; and I am not talking about ebay "Pro Painted."

I imagine the players who get their armies commissioned have more money then time and/or dislike painting; which is fine.

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It all depends on what you would describe as pro painted. For me Pro Painted means a much higher standard of painting then I can achieve myself. Something closer to competition standard rather then table top. A little something for the display cabinet. For me to buy one I would have first to see the artist and some of his/her previous work to see if I really feel for it then commission a piece that I really want. I doubt if I could afford such a piece. So I won't go there.

When it comes to a high gaming table standard I can do that myself and would not pay extra. I would probably end up stripping the miniatures or repainting to fit in with every thing else. I can understand people paying to get units painted if they have not got enough time on their hands to get involved with the hobby due to a busy life style . This is fine. But I always prefer to paint myself even if it takes all month just to get one guy finished.

I think the biggest laugh at the moment is the amount of so called Pro Painted miniatures on E-Bay that look like the kids have got hold of the pieces. Bring on the Dettol.

With these points in mind I would not pay more for a pro painted piece.
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Regular Dakkanaut

would really depend how much over I always paint my own stuff but if I needed two knights in 2 days I would pay up too £20 for someone to paint one and only if they are good

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Frozen Wastes of Michigan

I enjoy painting them myself too much. In fact, I prefer to watch my wallet and pick up models used, and I can count on one hand the minis I didnt strip and repaint despite great paintjobs.
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Screaming Shining Spear


I always try to field only painted units when I play. I always have. It lessens the experience when I see Custode bikes with no riders or worse...just the bases and not bikes/riders.
I feel the same way with grey plastic tanks and units. I wont complain or even comment but it does lessen the game experiences.

I HAVE ALWAYS thought that a larger percentage of players don't give a crappo about painting and some detest it. I think the game has in ways been hijacked by the hobbyists who flaunt their artwork. (I don't think a Great general should flaunt his wins and I don't think the funnest person to play agains should toot their popularity. I think a nice balance is best for the game.)

With that line of thought GW should make pre painted starter sets. There could be 2 of the popular factions of each race. ONLY the base 1 or 2 TROOP choice would be painted and perhaps 1 weaker unit like a Scout unit.

There would be no Vehicles or Elites or anything special. Maybe 1 minor and lowly HQ like a Lieutenant or Warlock.

What would this Accomplish?
First it would get new players ready to play units out of the box.
Second it would encourage them to add other units that are better than just the base so they have better odds of gameplay.
Third they would be enticed to improve their hobby skills without it being such a daunting task to start.

exp: a Dude buys 6 5 man Tac squads and 1 Lt. all painted... now he wants to add some different heavy weapons and perhaps a Librarian.

So new player now spends money. ..has to build 2 or 3 models...and paint said models...and his on his way to buying, building, painting and playing with his toys.


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ps: I know so many people say that mass produced paint stuff would look like crap.

OPEN THY EYES mates....even when I do see player painted armies...about half are barely table top ready and another half of those are painted quite horribly.

So even it if is NOT up to your standards....It probably would be better than a quarter of the armies you face if you think about it.

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Near Jupiter.

Yeah definitely painting my own stuff is just as important as owning the models. Even if it is extremely good painting better then any thing i could ever do, id rather have them painted my self.

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Only if it is something that is OOP that I really want
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Sesto San Giovanni, Italy

From my point of view, It's like having someone else play with your army, because he/she has a better chance to win.

But as long as your army is somehow painted, do whatever you want.

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Fixture of Dakka

I do like how many people I know that think painting services should somehow cost less than the materials. It's surprisingly difficult to find an employee willing to pay you for their work.
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Dominating Dominatrix

Here is my take on this,

1) What exactly is pro painted? Is it 3 base colors and basing? The level of detail varies greatly and that level of detail determines price.

2) GWs model kits are over priced. I am not saying they should be insanely cheap, but they shouldn't be what they are. Especially single model kits that cost like 25 dollars.

3) It's less that I don't think someone elses services wouldn't be WORTH more than the retail price and more that I am unwilling to spend more then the retail price.

Some cars cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Great. I will never buy one of those cars. Even if they are worth the price tag for whatever reason that dollar amount for a vehicle that gets me from a to b is not worth the investment to me.

So, would I pay over retail price for "pro painted"?

No. I never would. It's not worth my money. I might pay UP to retail value depending on the painters quality and work. But I don't even really want to pay twice retail let alone more than.

I have never paid someone else to paint my minis.

These are my opinions. This is how I feel. Others may feel differently. This needs to be stated for some reason.
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Crazed Spirit of the Defiler

I paint all my stuff myself, but if I were to commission someone to paint for me, of course I'd pay them, they'd put time and energy into painiting my stuff.
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 Geemoney wrote:

I love it. "They are not like me in this way; so they must be bad in this unrelated way." Thank goodness that I paint my own models, I would hate to be a WAAC player....

He also suggests that the only reason most players don't have the latest net list is that they can't afford it.

Lots of very odd projection there.
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I've considered buying models that are painted, but only because they are the type that aren't all that commonly available, like OOP Warhammer Quest 1995 models.

However, they're usually not "pro-painted" and I'd end up stripping them, so I wouldn't pay over GW price for them.

Would I buy "pro-painted". No. I enjoy painting models myself, cannot afford some of the silly prices people charge for their work, and a lot of the "pro-painted" stuff you see, isn't. Having said that I did buy a pre-painted resin base for my Imperial Knight, simply because the example photo on ebay looked great and I didn't think I could do as good a job of it. However it wasn't advertised as "pro-painted" and at £10 it was hardly going to break the bank.

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I would NEVER and i have NEVER brought model painted by other.

My army maybe be small but it is exactly as i wanted to be

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I go back and forth on this.

I suck as a painter but I'm getting better and I actually enjoy it now. I'm slow and like to come up with my own paint schemes which helps (because there's no way I'm going to end up with the exact thing on the front of the box).

But I stress out when painting center-piece models or vehicles (I run one dread in my list because I don't have time to run an air-brush and am scared of brush marks/pooling on the large flat vehicle pieces).

But I hesitate to commission things as I know a few commission painters and would hate to pay them less than I'd value their time at but then it seems it would become expensive (5-10 hours for a primarch doesn't seem excessive but at a decent hourly rate it can get expensive quickly).

If GW comes out with more loyalist primarchs I'd probably see if someone I know could match my color scheme for a Lion or Russ and paint it up for me. I did Gman and was impressed by what I turned out but that was a stressful couple of days (all that damned gold detail).
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Powerful Phoenix Lord

Dallas area, TX

Why would I pay more for something I can do myself?

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Regular Dakkanaut

Painting them myself is half the fun!

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Longtime Dakkanaut

I enjoy painting, I'm just very slow at it what with all the boring adult bits. What I'd really appreciate is what AT-43 did (and which I ironically did not appreciate back then!)- simple, quick base-paints that I can leave or touch up as I will, provided the actual model quality doesn't suffer. That way I could focus on painting the heroes or unique models and not feel bad that I have 50 models in undercoat white.
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Decrepit Dakkanaut

It's like the poll is asking if I want to pay extra for underwear someone else has worn.
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Nope, ‘cos I enjoy painting them.

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Anything painted to a high enough standard would be too expensive for me to justify buying, and anything below that standard is only worth stripping which of course lowers its value quite a lot.

A good example for me was X-Wing, I enjoyed trying the game but didn't take the plunge partly because they didn't sell unpainted versions of the models and I wasn't impressed with the quality of the paint job. Sure I could have stripped and repainted, but then I'm paying premium prices for a prepainted item just so I can strip and redo them... I just couldn't justify their cost.
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Been Around the Block


I wouldn't pay someone to paint them, cause I'm only in it for the painting, but if I was, I'd probably be willing to pay more, since you have to add something to the price of the mini itself, can't expect a comission painter to pay for nothing.
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The way I see it the price matters the most. I'd rather go for the lower price over quality of paint job. If a painted model is lower than a model with no paint on it I'll choose the painted one. The total price is the most important thing to me besides what it is I'm buying.

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