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I brought a friend into gamesworkshop today because it is something that he would like to play, so I figured why not introduce him to the game. I was explaining the game, and when he found out that he had to paint the pieces he flipped. I was just wondering if anyone has friends like this, or if they have ideas on how to calm someones mind about painting. I think he mainly didnt want to give up videogame time to paint, but they may just be part of it. So, if anyone has ever dealt with someone like this before I would like to hear how you dealt with it. I am not trying to force him to play, just trying to maybe ease his mind about the painting part, because I know he will enjoy the actual game.
that could be a problem, because i find that is probalby 75% of the hobby for me. I know im not like most people, but the painting is a integral part of it. I would either find someone who enjoys the building process and ask them to do it, or pay them to do it. If you cant find someone to do it, then just try assembling and painting some models with him. It might just be the intimidating factor of him not having many skills when it comes to painting or building thats setting him off. Or you could always resort to the "dip" process (dip guy in paint and say done...) but personally i find it tragic if someone does that to such expensive models, and does not care about it. If hes into video games, just play multiplayer dawn of war, or mark of chaos when it comes out with him, and meet in both worlds
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Thanks for the advice guys.
I can understand where your friend is coming from. I resisted starting this hobby for about 15 YEARS because I did not want to paint (or spend the money on high priced models). Last year something just changed for me. I bought a Battle for Macragge box thinking I would do a minimal paint job and get on with it. I found out I LOVE PAINTING!! I now have a bout 5000 pt of ultramarines, 3000 pts of chaos, and 2500 pts of IG which I am just getting rolling, plus I got an Imperial City box (the big set) which I built and I am painting it! PLUS I get awesome comments on how impressive the paint on my UM is...be patient. He may pick up the hobby someday, or he may just stick with video games, but once I tried 40K I was hooked!!
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Your only hope is to try to offer a way for painting to be enjoyable for him. The best way to do this is to facilitate some way where you and him can try out painting with no cost to him. This could be something as simple as playing the Battle for Macragge beginner games and then trying to paint. He may realize that it can be just as enjoyable or moreso, or he may not. Either way he gets to try it out without being forced to pay for paint/tools/etc. There are other solutions like offering to paint his miniatures at cost of supplies, but I think if your friend is 'flipping out' over painting, you can only show how painting can be fun. For those suggesting for him to pay a painter; keep in mind that this a teenager and most likely isn't going to be able to swing that kind of cost (or want to for that matter).
Yeah, our gaming group has a bad habit of not painting stuff. I think only like two people have fully painted armies, and one had to pay a guy for it. I would paint more often, but I don't have a lot of time and I don't think I'm that good. My friend is like an awesome painter, golden daemon material, but he loses focus alot and only paints a few things. I might just buckle down and paint my Dark Elves and CD's, maybe finish my Orks for 40k (If I start playing again)...maybe Necrons....gah!
my friend has been playing workshop for years and as yet has not painted any army.
In a 3000 point battle between my elves and his orcs he had one partially painted figure a shaman undercoated black green and bright orange headress and that was it. His 40k Ork army the same. As is his wood elves.
I guess some people prefer playing to painting. It doesnt really matter to me
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The same goes for our gaming group (except for me then :rolleyes. You actually get surprised when someone has something painted up .. which only happens when they start a new army.
I think this is sad and find games with painted armies and good terrain the most entertaining ones to play.
I think I might be the only one who does this, but here goes....
Out of my club, I paint most everyone's minis. I can't stand the sight of an unpainted army, so I highjack their units when they're not looking and paint them before the next game. This became so common in my club that people began to actually buy stuff and leave it at my shop in the hopes of it being painted. This usually isn't so bad, as I really like to paint, but it's begun to get out of hand recently.
You could, could I say, find out what unit he likes and buy him a small set and paint it for his birthday or Christmas (I recommend designing a kill team that way he can use it in games). He'll eventually want to upgrade the unit and will attempt it by himself, as his b-day won't be for another year. I do this for all my club members, and it has actually resulted in people beginning to appreciate painting their own stuff.
That, and it appears that any army I paint becomes cursed in battle to never successfully beat me.
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