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PanOceaniac Hacking Specialist Sergeant

Youngstown, Ohio

Just to satisfy my curiosity (and to make me feel less like a slacker), I thought I would poll everyone to see how long it takes fellow gamers to fully paint a 1,000 point army of 40k. Between work and other commitments, it seems like it is taking forever to get mine done. (It also does not help that I am a perfectionist and want to paint like a pro, but my skills are somewhere between middle of the road and above average)

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# of Unpainted/Unassembled > # of Painted models.  
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Fixture of Dakka


Less than a month for 1000 points. When I have a project going, I typically paint about 2000 points/month.

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Lord of the Fleet

1 Day - 30 guys or 3 vehicles
1 Evening - 10 guys or 1 vehicle
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Sybarite Swinging an Agonizer


Day 1, assembly and a flat basecoat of whatever primary color the army is going to be.

Red for mah Nids
Black for mah Necrons
Darkgreen for Ig Armor etc.

Day 2, drybrushing the majority of the unit.
Day 3, Flocking, Setting and then gaming
Day X, when i settle down and actually paint out all the detail on the army, model by model

"There are five possible operations for any army. If you can fight, fight; if you cannot fight, defend; if you cannot defend, flee; if you cannot flee, surrender; if you cannot surrender, die. " Sima Yi
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Long-Range Black Templar Land Speeder Pilot

The Norse Lands

Well, Painting is one of the least apealing things about the hobby to me(Playing, Collecting and Converting are my favorites) so to pain 1000 points would take me a while. Anywhere from 2-6 months depending on how determined i am.


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Jovial Plaguebearer of Nurgle

I think it mostly depends on the army. 1000 pts of GK? a couple of days at most. 1000pts of footslogging orks? Weeks or months of dedicated painting.

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Drop Trooper with Demo Charge

Tongala, Victoria, Australia

Depends on the army. Necrons, in a week no worries.

Guard, it is a 10 year project. lol
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Sneaky Sniper Drone

i paint for every day then i lose my motive then like 1 guy a week lol :(

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Umber Guard

Hm, if I concentrated on just one army and actually sat down and paint when I have the time (instead of watching TV, playing games etc) I guess I could, depending on the amount, detail and size of models, get a 1000 point army done in about a month given my average painting time.

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Pledge 2011:
Bought - 81
Build/Converted - 121/1
Painted - 26 
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Deadly Dire Avenger

As mentioned above its hard to say because some armies are alot easier to paint then others.

If I was really enjoy the army and just as importantly enjoyed working with the colours i could get it done in about 3-5 months. I do paint pretty slow though and my attention can be fickle at times.

These are some of the pictures I enjoy.  
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Heroic Senior Officer

Gone-to-ground in the craters of Coventry

I have said less than a month.
But, that's the SMs I have out now, and I've done around 600 points in the 4 months of this year.

4000 pts - 3500 pts - 3500 pts - Harlies: 1000 pts - 1000 ptsDS:70+S+G++MB+IPw40k86/f+D++A++/cWD64R+T(T)DM+
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Clubs around Coventry, UK 
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Lady of the Lake

Really depends. If I really feel like it I'll have it done in under a month. If I don't it gets put off a bit and takes a fair bit longer, but then when I feel like painting again I'll still have something laying around to paint. Sometimes I just get bored of painting the same thing over and over again so take a break or work on something else for a little before going back to it. Then there's the occasional assignment or exam that I need to do instead.

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Ards - N.Ireland

I can do 1750 ponits painted ot my tabletop standard in about 3 weeks. so assume could do 1k in about 2 weeks odd
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Deadly Dire Avenger

Whats wrong with you people?!?!?

Are you all on some sort of performance enhancing painting drug?

It takes me a solid month to finish a unit.

But seriously, some really devote painters here. I know many gamers who would love your demigod like-painting-powers.

Questions need to be asked on why only see fully painted armies at a ratio of 25:1

Edit: Do you all play Necrons or something? Is that your secret?

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These are some of the pictures I enjoy.  
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Helpful Sophotect

I am a poor and slow painter !

I prefer writing campaigns and background for the armies of my group of players.
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Unshakeable Grey Knight Land Raider Pilot

I am in the process of painting 1000 point kan wall army. I am trying to have it done in a month, however, I can only look at orks for so long.

I am going to paint my kans either like spaghettios cans or cambells tomato soup I simply can not make up my mind.

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Utilizing Careful Highlighting

A post Brexit Wasteland

I`ve never finished a army in its entirity but id say 1000 will take me about 2-3 months to complete.
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Krazed Killa Kan

Newport, S Wales

1000pts? I still haven't got 1000pts of orks (about 4 years serious hobbyage) that I would feel proud to slap on the table at a tournament.

Then again friendly games I couldn't give a crap about the poor & sometimes second-hand (as in the paintjob they had when I ebayed them) paintjobs.

My P&M Log: http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/433120.page
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Phototoxin wrote:Kids go in , they waste tonnes of money on marnus calgar and his landraider, the slaneshi-like GW revel at this lust and short term profit margin pleasure. Meanwhile father time and cunning lord tzeentch whisper 'our games are better AND cheaper' and then players leave for mantic and warmahordes.

daveNYC wrote:The Craftworld guys, who are such stick-in-the-muds that they manage to make the Ultramarines look like an Ibiza nightclub that spiked its Red Bull with LSD.
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Lord of the Fleet

Wise Guy Sam wrote:Whats wrong with you people?!?!?

Edit: Do you all play Necrons or something? Is that your secret?

Here's some examples: 30 guys or 3 vehicles in a day.

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Nurgle Chosen Marine on a Palanquin

Dumbarton, Scotland

I could knock out 1k points in about 2-3 weeks. That's low tabletop standard though. Double if I pay proper attention.

Karyorhexxus' Sons of the Locust: 1000pts 
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Back in the dark

Suffolk, where the Aliens roam.

I sorta paint in bursts. I'll paint a unit in a week, then I'll not paint for three months, then do another bit, might get another unit done.

All over the place really. I did paint a 1000pt army for my eldest in around a month last year, so thats probably the best I could do.

"That's not an Ork, its a girl.." - Last words of High General Daran Ul'tharem, battle of Ursha VII.

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Slippery Ultramarine Scout Biker


4-6 months i put, but thats if i really knuckle down to work. I get bored quite easily, but i can push myself so thats why i put it that way.

Ork Snakebites: 2500pts
Ultramarines: 2000pts
Skaven: 2000pts
Galadhrim Elves: 1500pts
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Contagious Dreadnought of Nurgle

Oxfordshire UK

Let's see, it takes me around a week to paint a single mini. Because I work stupid hour's (12 hr days) then by the time i get home I'm too fething tired to do owt but eat and sleep!!. So on that basis, ummmmm, 3 months for a Tac squad....errrr. Around a year to 18 months for 1k.....gulp.....

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Regular Dakkanaut

Chambly, Quebec, Canada

This is the result of 1 year (give or take a few weeks) of painting for me:

Easy to tell, since I started playing in Feb 2010 and started painting somewhere in March... and that picture was taken in late March/early april 2011.

That's a bit more than 3k worth of space marine (with no upgrades... if I start adding in special weapons, heavy weapons, power fists, other various upgrade, my 2 razorback las cannon turrets... as well as 'redundant' models - I have more heavy weapon and special weapon guys than I can legally put in a list) and 8 HQs... which probably push this up to 4k worth.

Simple math shows I can thus paint roughly 1k every 3 month.

That being said, I'm painting an ork green tide atm, and progess is noticeably slower
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Consigned to the Grim Darkness


An eternity.

Painting is the most distasteful thing about this hobby.

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Storm Trooper with Maglight

Dayton, OH

About a month from sprue to table.

I'm just a simple guy who is trying to make Daemon Princes look like Pokémon. - The Baron

That's my ACTUAL Necron Army list you turd. +27 scarabs. Stop hatin'! -Dash of Pepper 
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Dakka Veteran

Eye of Terra.

I'm self-employed now and while busy I tend to have more spare time than most people. I can crank out an army in a few weeks.

I just bought, built and painted a 1500 point IG 'Death Korps' based army for a friends B-day with Forge World products... and it didin't even look like I used a Q-Tip to do it either.

I own at least 1000 points of every faction, plus numerous individual figures.

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