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    Painting services

    I was wondering if any of you had any experiences using any of the different painting services out there.

    I took a look at the the professional miniature painters webRing, alot of the sites dont exactly inspire great confidence in the service, some are cheap others are VERY expensive.

    Most offer different levels for the minis and i dont mind paying for the best work possible but im worried about getting an amazing paint job and ending up breaking or wearing the figs out.

    Anyone got any advice?


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    *edit* Oh wait, you mean you are asking for services that paint models for money?

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    dude the hobby is about play w/ your OWN set of painted figures
    you know ones you did yourself...

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    You'll have to take my post with a grain of salt since I own a painting service. However, I do keep tabs on the competition and do constant market research.

    When looking for a service you should consider
    1) quality
    2) price
    3) turnaround time
    4) reliability
    5) return/satisfaction policies
    6) communication
    7) shipping (packing and carrier)

    When looking at a website, look for Terms of Service. It might not be titled that, but that is the contract-- some list of policies. I call mine the Service Guide. If there is no contract offered, then you're on shaky ground.

    Most painting services are one-man-bands. There are advantages to that. Solo painters often have a short list of clients who they service well. They are generally booked up pretty solid, but you will get that very personal touch, and some love in every model. That's what you pay for.

    When considering a soloist, look at their history. There is a high risk going with an unpublished individual. How long have they been around? Do they have an extensive gallery? Most solo painters (or even small teams) are a good bet.

    If you go with an established studio with multiple painters, you are likely to get a better turnaround time, and a better price. The trick is finding one that will put in the pride and love of their craft as well.

    If you are concerned about durability, look into the service's finishing standard. Do they put on multiple layers of protective coating? What kind of coating do you prefer? Most services will take requests.

    Shawn G.

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    Hi- While I don't really run a painting company I do try to earn my own hobby money by painting for others; it's just not my main source of income is what I'm saying. I know a couple of others who do this too and sadly it's harder for us as we tend not to have snazzy websites, super-duper mini-cameras and all the extra jazz. We tend to end up painting for friends and other local gamers. You might be able to find someone around your local club or gaming group who is in this boat. You should be able to check out their stuff in first person- no photoshop help-outs- and maybe talk to others that they have painted for.
    Where in the world are you- maybe someone else on these boards can point you to a local painter or company?
    I know a lot of the professionals are very expensive but then if you worked out the cost of hiring a talented expert in any field and paying them by the hour, you can see how it works out.
    Beyond that you're really relying a lot on word of mouth, quality of galleries and price.
    Good luck!

    p.s. I specialise in armies and complete units if you're interested... I could use the work- I'm planning a new army!
    No more NG spearmen, thanks! Now I need some pump-wagons!

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