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I find it can take me a day or more to do one marine, I never seem happy with the final job...
Well it depends on how long I spend, but when I paint one Imperial Guard, it takes me some sessions of ½-1 hour. This leaves me with a total of 3-4 hours for a mini
When I paint up 8 of them at the same time, it totals up to 4-5 hours... I must be spending way to much time oppening and closing pots! The one and the many look the same i quallity, a damn BAD quallity...
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It pretty much depends, but I don't really keep a track on time. Sometimes I just spend ages, other times I spend like half an hour on something.
I mean; I've spent roughly 10 to 15 hours to do 9 thousand sons marines and I spent 30 minutes on a Ravenwing attack bike.
But it's mostly an on and off thing; got time to paint for hours straight in weekends and like 3 to 4 hours weekdays when I'm at home from work. And even those hours, I like to spend different from time to time (glueing models, being on LO or even something completly not WH related like playing a videogame).
I think when you're painting up a bunch it's more of an assembly line. Painting up on color on all the models. It saves you money and on massive amounts like IG it really saves time. I'm pretty much having the same thing with my Traitor guard. Tend to paint up like 15 at a time.
I personally don't know how long I take to paint my models. It seems to vary alot. Sometimes I go into a kind of painting frenzy and paint up whole broods/squads in a few days. At other times I take over a day to bother finishing a basecoat. With me I think it is more attention span and my attention span varies from day to day.
Assembly line, i did a WHFB army of 150 models in probably 8 hours. That was unbelievably fast, but the quality of the army is still very very good. Assebly line, and basic color choice can yield good results quickly.
The longest I've ever spent on a non-monster model, was 10hours on my Prince Tyrion. Only because every bit of his armor is shaded and highlighted individually with gloss enamels.
Really, it depends- if you are spending so long on gaurdsmen, might I suggest spraying them in their basic color (maybe the green of their uniforms) and then going back and quickly painting flesh and rifles? If you aren't going for golden demon- don't worry about painting your mobs to such a high standard. People really only notice general effect, and characters, large models, and rare units.
Unless its a single mini project, I tend to production line all my minis.
*thinks* So the time tends to vary a lot. Especially now with college on top of work :/ So that tends to get in the way and sometimes increases the time it takes me
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It depends a *lot* on what level of painting I'm going for.
Normally, I will spend around 3-4 hours painting a single Black Dragon Tactical Marine (at least, that's how long it took last time I did one...). However, I normally batch-paint squads, which keeps the individual times down to about half that (on average).
If I'm concentrating soley on one model, I might spend up to 12-15 hours getting it to something that I am happy with (my recent standard bearer took around this long, as did my (also recent) beastlord).
If I've got a dealine, or need to paint something for demonstration and/or tabletop, I will rush. Today, for example, I bashed out a pair of chaos spawn in around 2 hours, and while they aren't works of art, they are fine, shaded, highlighted and (vaguely) detailed.
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"Never before has another man made me want to go out and buy vasaline"~The Paint Monkey
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I assembled and painted a 1500pt tourney army in about 160 hours - about 10 points per hour (I had about 100pts of stuff left over after tweaking the list). Scored 9 out of 10 for painting, but it was clearly short of the best-painted armies on the day. Nonetheless, I'm happy with the result!
I think the trick is to clearly decide your objective in painting a fig and force yourself to be satisfied with it when you've achieved that objective so you don't waste time or blow out your painting schedule. For instance, if you just need to get three colours onto a fig for a quick tourney force, be satisfied with that - at the time. Later on you can go back and neaten up the rough bits, or reset your objective to make it a Golden Demon hopeful and then throw 60+ hours at it...
It takes me ~3-4 hours on a basic marine, but I can spen up to 8 on a tactical marine. My characters are anyway from ~8-~20, depending on my concentration and how much I spend on one thing (such as metals, or skin).