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Would you pay over standard GW retail price for pro-painted models?
Yes, but only because I want/need that model quickly
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Beast of Nurgle

I wouldn't personally pay for a model or models to be painted by somebody else, half of the enjoyment is constructing and painting the models yourself, I understand that many people believe they have neither the skill or time to paint models therefore they opt to get somebody else to do it but I'm quite happy going at my own pace.

A friend of mine works for a painting studio that specialises in minatures (GW products being 90% of their workload) and it's absolutely nuts the kind of money some people are willing to spend to have their models painted for them.

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Stubborn Eternal Guard

That takes away 1/2 of the hobby, no way!

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Unhealthy Competition With Other Legions

York, North Yorkshire, England


But that is for one simple reason. I'm in the hobby to paint. Painted models do not interest me. However I can see how a market for them would exist.

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Bounding Ultramarine Assault Trooper

minnesota, usa

I really wouldn't, only because I actually like painting my models myself.


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Slippery Scout Biker

Talos 4: Dustball of the Imperium

I wouldn't pay more for a prepainted model, as I like painting and modeling my army myself. If I was someone who wanted an awesome looking army, but felt I didn't have the time/talent/skill for it, but had the spare money, then maybe. But as I take this as the hobby... no. Most prepainted models I get end up being torn apart and repainted anyway.

3000 pts Silverwing (Dark Angels)
3000 pts Fire Drakes (Blood Angels)
3000 pts Moonstar Sept Tau
1000 pts Storm Bringers Eldar
1000 pts 33 Steel Talon Imperial Guard
600 pts Tyranids

"For the Greater Emperor! Wait... That doesn't seem right..."
(Spent too much time as a Tau...) 
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Splattered With Acrylic Paint

Maybe if it was amazing. But what is the fun of using miniatures that you haven't painted yourself.
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Esteemed Veteran Space Marine

the Netherlands

i would... it doesnt state how much extra i should pay though, that will effect my opinion

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Cosmic Joe


I'd rather butcher my models trying to get better.

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Decrepit Dakkanaut

Yes. I hate painting with a passion...I'm a general, not an artist.

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Bloodthirsty Bloodletter


I am surprised to see that many "No" votes.

It said marked up above GW price. Go into any GW vendor and the price is already marked up. Add the price of paint and lack of skill and it is win win to buy painted.

Pro... Well lots say they are pro but pro means business and contest worthy pro.

Price. No more then double, seriously, this is an expensive hobby. I laugh when I see average painters try to sell a squad of their "Pro" paint jobs, or "Pro" conversions for like $50+

The Good: 8,000
Ultramarine, Scouts, Blood Angels, Dark Angels
The Bad: 8,000
Chaos, Daemons, Dark Eldar, Orks
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Powerful Orc Big'Un

Somewhere in the steamy jungles of the south...

I'm not quite sure what this poll is about, as the question in the OP is really vague: is it asking if gamers would be willing to buy prepainted models directly from GW? Is it asking if gamers would pay GW retail price to have a commission done?

And for that matter, what qualifies as "pro-painted", anyways? Because "pro-painted" is a really loose term; I have seen people on eBay who just basecoat/wash models and sell them as pro-paints, and I have seen amazing, award-winning models sold as "pro-painted".

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Been Around the Block

I would but only for models with enough detail to actually be worth the extra money spent to see them pro-painted.
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Spawn of Chaos

Painting is the best part. But, I guess there are a lot of people who don't even paint because of (insert bs excuse here). So they may need to pay wayyyy to much for someone else's ideas and paint job.

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Doc Brown

The Bleak Land of Gehenna (a.k.a Kentucky)

Absolutely not. I love painting, even if I'm not especially great at it. Plus I'm a bit of a cheapskate.

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Abhorrent Grotesque Aberration

First off: no, for the simple reason that I enjoy the painting and modeling aspects of this to the point that I wouldn't play the game if the models were already put together and painted.

And I'll go one further: I would much rather play a game with someone who was color blind and had shaky hands and STILL painted their own army than play against someone that paid to have their army painted.

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"Why not?" - Asdrubael Vect 
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Drop Trooper with Demo Charge

Denmark, Vejen

Pre painted models wouldn't fit in with the ones I have allready painted, and they might make the models I painted look ugly. plus there is a big chance that the pro painted model is painted in another paint style, than the one I use. therefor a big NO. but I guess it would be nice for the gamers that just want to play.

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Agile Revenant Titan

In the Casualty section of a Blood Bowl dugout

No, mostly because what's the point in having a pro-painted model if you're not the one who pro-painted it? I mean, you can hardly brag about your painting skills with it. (It's going to be suspiciously better than your own efforts)

I can see that there'd be a big market for it though, and I actually thought about going into painting up people's units for them. While i can't paint to an awesomely high standard I'm still pretty good and don't mind painting entire units of models to said standard.


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Oozing Spawning Vat

Tama, Iowa

Maybe, I run a tyranid army, so of course I love assembling, converting and painting but maybe for the smaller guys if it was in the same paint scheme.
But I would say hell ya for terrain because I love a great looking board. The more realistic, the better!

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Slippery Scout Biker


Generally, no. I'm proud of the minis I paint. For me, it's like this:

 mwnciboo wrote:
It's all about ownership, I own my Mini's they represent me, they are painted by me, in my colour scheme and represent my skills and conscientiousness.

However, I don't enjoy painting countless models, so if and only if I had LOTS of spare cash, then I might think about it.

Raven Guard 9159 pts (100% painted )
Evil Sunz 2410 PTS (15% painted)
31st Harakoni/211th Mordian 4600 pts (60% painted)
Arach-Qin 1200 pts (50% painted)
Necrons 600 pts (100% Painted)
Cygnar 11 pts
Cryx 14 pts
Legion of Everblight 13 pts 
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Longtime Dakkanaut

West Midlands (UK)

Voted yes, if it's really well painted.

But it never works out.

Those models I would consider paying (a bit) extra - say a custom SC or HQ (example, a Space Marine Librarian who wouldn't need to match the colour of the main Space Marine army except for a shoulder) if they come with really nice paint (and I mean NMM all round, perfect details, scenic base, the full works) are all so ridiculously expensive that it isn't worth it.

The painted models on offer for "a bit" more than the retail price are usually not painted to a standard that I would care to buy them for the paint-job.

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Longtime Dakkanaut

London UK

I voted 'other'
I don't think I'd enjoy playing games with armies painted by someone else but I'd buy undercoated models/basic paint jobs to save time...

I refuse to play with unpainted models.
I also have way too many unpainted armies that never get played with becuase they are unpainted.

I probabily would buy minis if they were undercoated with minimal details picked out.. and only if the paint was thin and tidy so that I can finish the model myself.
I would treat such minis as uncompleted and still feel I have painted the mini myself once I completed the paint job.


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Hellacious Havoc

Siting upon my throne aboard my flagship Carrion's Call.

Well I'm in the same opinion as most every one else I love to convert and paint my own.

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Lieutenant Colonel

I've got to the point in life, where I sometimes buy pre-painted models and then completely re-paint them especially if they are badly done.

A good example is 1/144 Aircraft for Flames of War, you buy 3 x 1/144 Aircraft from say Airfix or Revell for like £3 each, and they all have the same Numbers, Symbols and serial numbers painted on them which is stupid. So I either strip them and repaint, or more usually I spray it with primer and give it a new Paint job..

So, actually I often take Painted mini's and redo them...

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Commanding Orc Boss


No way! Assembling and painting is half the fun!

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Longtime Dakkanaut


For me it's "Yes, but only because I want/need that model quickly".
I love painting my miniatures, but if I need a miniature ASAP that I know I won't be able to complete on time because of work / personal life, I would have to pay the extra buck.

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1st Lieutenant

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Unless it was for a special diorama or something that I NEED it done right (AKA not me screwing up) then no.

Oh, or it's some model like a Primarch that takes up a giant ass Base and it's very scenic that I will butcher...that too...


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Freaky Flayed One

Virginia Beach, VA

For me part of the price is the ability and enjoyment I receive from assembling and painting them myself!

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Mighty Vampire Count


I can't paint very well and don't really enjoy it - plus I am cash rich and time poor so most of my stuff is now bought painted or I pay someone to paint it.

Have over the last year sold alot of my very many unpainted minis and got nicely pianted minis for the same or less money

Also in the past have "ruined" expensive models with my patehtic attempts at painting

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Regular Dakkanaut

Saint Louis Mo

I hate when I'm looking at something on e-bay and the price is way hiked because it's "pro-painted" when I'm just going to strip it down and repaint it.....

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Bonkers Buggy Driver with Rockets

No. I paint my own stuff.

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