It's a Bob Ross impressionist saying 'practice for 20 years'. On loop. For two hours. True*.
*: may not actually be true.
Edit: Joke aside, it's not rocket science, but it does take practice. There's no shortcut for persistence.
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didnt saxon have an actual space marine biker on the cover of one of their albums? think the music industry nowadays needs more dakka/grimdark...
Yeah, it was an alternate cover art for 'Forever Free'.
Cool! I've always wanted to learn how to paint happy little trees!
I really do not understand folks that think that everyone should always paint their own minis, and that spending the money is never worth it.
Personally, I will never
spend the money that I would need to spend to have Winterdyne do one of his best paint jobs on one of my miniatures.
But, and this is important, I will also never
spend the money to buy a Lamborghini. (Heck, my wife is trying to talk me into buying a used PT Cruiser, and is having a hard time of it.
But then she only taught me to drive last year - owning a car is not high on my list of priorities.)
My own paint jobs are, well, not Fords or Chevies, but maybe Volvos or Cadillacs. :
When people hire me to paint, they are not hiring me to produce a Golden Daemon winner - they are hiring me to paint better or faster than they can.
Looking at the OP
's model... I would say that the biggest problem isn't the money or the quality - it is how long it took. He paid Chevy prices, and got a Chevy paint job.
The painter should have either turned down the job because they did not have the time or made some time to paint.
Or even returned the model with a partial paint job and a refund when it became obvious that they were not going to finish in a timely fashion.
My good lady wife is an artist - and there have been years where I have made more money painting toy soldiers than she has off of actual paintings - because peole look at how much it will cost, and either try to argue her down to lower than minimum wage, or decide that having Aunt Sally take a photo is good enough after all. (Or, worse, she will complete the painting, and then
they will try to argue her down from the agreed upon price - 'cause what is she gonna do. sell it to somebody else?
The answer is 'No, I'll paint over it and use the canvas for something else. Odds are, I can still use the background and put somebody else's face over your
Mind you, she said this to me, not the patron, and only when the ugly mug in question was no longer in the room.
Which is how her grandfather ended up getting a painting last Christmas.
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