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    average building time

    I have timed myself build a unit of HE spearmen, a unit of Bret men-at-arms, and a unit of Empire state troops. Each of these have taken me less than twenty minutes. I start the clock before I cut the first piece out of the sprue. So far, I havent made a mistake on the models while building them, but i have broken a few afterwards, and Ive nicked myself several times.

    Just out of curiosity, how long does it take you to build a single unit of models? This does not include painting them, but if you want to throw that in as well, your more than welcome to.


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    well, as i assemble as i paint its a tough call..

    but a unit for me takes in total about 2 weeks, for about 3 hours a day.
    maybe 30 hours or so effective time.

    cleaning flash and making sure everything dryfits ok takes more time than i care for.

    a ballpark guess if i'd just clean and assemble: 10 hours or so.



    as you can tell, im not in any kind of rush

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    Nice, The units I named above are just ones I bought to build, they're not going to be used in any games, save friendly.

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    I am a major league zealot for trimming flash and mold lines. I probably take about 4 hours to assemble a 20 man regiment of your typical plastic troops.

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    The longest Ive taken to build a model was a month and a half, and it wasnt even a full unit. It was the magnificent Konrad Von Carstien. This model is going to be used in several games so I had to take the time to make him look good. I somehow got him to look like he does on the front cover of the new VC army book, dont ask how I did it because I dont know myself.

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    Hmm I'd say about 1-2 hours for a unit of 20 skeletons without paint. I don't mess with flash or mold lines though. lol I don't have any files or exacto knives so I just snip and glue and paint lol.

    Painting is a totally different story.. I am such a perfectionist that it stalls my painting almost to a dead stop. I'm good at it but it takes me FOREVER. So it is hard for me to get all my units painted and on the table before I gain interest in another army *shrugs* I'm addicted to GW what can I say?

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    It takes me about an hour or two, because I make sure that the unit is going to rank up as neatly as possible, and I'm a stickler for keeping "same parts" as far away from eachother as I can. I hate when two identical heads are in the same rank, or two of the same weapon-arms are near eachother. Shields can't even be nearby unless they are uniform throughout. It's like an algorithm, and it takes forever to figure out.
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    Yeah, Im the same way when it comes to units im going to use in a game.

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    I like to make a guy, then paint him and base him before i make the next guy. I find it's not as daunting as having 20 grey men threatining you and yearning to be painted. + You tend to take more time on the model and can get a better paint job.

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    I really like to take my time putting my models together. I think each individual model should be as unique as possible, so I take a lot of time posing them and testing how each piece fits where I want it before I glue it down. I also try hard to clean the models up as much as possible before gluing, but I don't get every thin flash line.

    The first eight Fire Warriors I put together took me an entire evening. But tonight I put together three XV8s in about an hour and a half.

    Painting all the models I've got assembled will take me much longer.

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