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So, in the coming couple of months, I hope to be completing my necron army (finally! ) and am looking to adding the final piece to it, a C'tan. The idea is for it to be a centrepiece model, but want it to be far better painted than the rest of my army (and c'mon, 'crons are easy). So I've decided the best course of action is to take none, and hire someone else to do it.
So can anyone recommend a comission company, or perhaps an individual who provides this kind of service? All I know of at the moment is Blue Table Painting, though it is all the way across the Atlantic.
Also, can anyone give me a rough estimate as to how much I could end up spending on this C'tan?
(Also many thanks to Pheonix and Stonehamby for indirectly showing how to actually get this thread posted!)
As someone who both paints and purchases models already painted, I can tell you that there really so much more enjoyment at fielding your own completed models and talking about them with friends, even if your skills aren't up to the same level as some of the commission work out there. However, if time is a problem or other factors, then there are certainly a number of very reputable painters/converters that don't charge an arm and a leg for their services.
I strongly advise you inquire in the various community forums on commission work before committing yourself to any one. Get some feedback first. Any good service will have reports on their work, as will the bad ones.
Oh, and I am also cautioning you on using Blue Table Painting (an extremely strong caution). The guy is not reliable. He accepted a F.W. Titan from a friend in return for various smaller painted models/terrain. The deal went bad over communication problems, but B.T.P. had already committed the titan to another client, and refused to send it back, even when my buddy offered to pay the shipping. At any rate, as compensation B.T.P. offered my friend third-rate terrain which looked like it was painted by a chimp, instead of some of the higher quality pieces they had available on hand. After several months of negotiating, during which time B.T.P. had completed his work on the titan and posted a smattering of images on his web-page, my friend finally got a refund, but only because B.T.P. was losing money from other clients who had since backed out, owing to the tight internet community which surprisingly enough all knew about the business practices B.T.P. employed with my friend. Case of justice served...
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Do you have a GW store near you? Or an independent game shop? Both places are where you can get hints or tips on painting - or outright guidance.
If you bring your model to a GW store and ask for some help in painting it, they will show you each step necessary to do a good job, and as you complete each stage (as you will be painting it there) tell you the tricks necessary to do the next bit.
Also, some of the best painters on this site say that following gw's instructions step for step is a GREAT way to complete a killer paintjob as well as make your painting skils improve. So...
Follow this exactly. Your C'tan will look great!!
Games Workshop Australia - Warhammer 40,000
I'd have to agree with the others. For my Necrons I was thinking of getting someone to paint my Lord/C'tan so it could be a center peice to my army, but figured in the end that I would give it a go myself, and although it doesn't look as good as others could do it, I'm happy that I can field a fairly well painted army that I have done myself.
So I agree, do it yourself, take your time, and ask on here for help if you need it! And also let us see how you get on! Good luck!
I just want to add to my post, if you live in Derbyshire, England or near abouts, I will meet up one day and give you a few tips and pointers on painting the model if you would like.
I will not make you paint any hazard stripes on it, I 'Promise'.