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Is there an actual defined standard for tabletop quality, or is just general opinion?
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What I understand it as is that it is an opinion. It is a mini that looks good veiwed from the other side of a gaming table yet no more. So no advanced painting techniques like blacklining/layering/blending would be used and there would only one or two highlight layers.
Hope this clarifies it suitably.
The general concensus that I have seen as to table top quality - Is a figure that is fully painted and has either a painted base or flocking. The general idea being that 3 feet away on a gaming table it would look pretty good. Usually on a "tabletop quality" figure you won't be finding a lot of details painted on, shading and highlighting will be rudimentary if even there. Basically it is your no frills figure.
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Tabletop quality basically means that you quickly finished the mini to be able to finish a whole army in a reasonable amount of time. Very little, if any highlighting, not too much detailing, etc. If you entered something like that to a painting contest, you would be shot by the judges. :p It's good enough for gaming, though.
Actually, Shadow-Dragon, I think that your example is a little better than "Tabletop quality".
I take it to mean that the mini is painted and maybe drybrushed a bit, no detail work or careful highlighting. And it is based. That's all.
Yes, that gaunt is way better than tabletop quality. Great highlighting, clean detailing, advanced pose, special basing, all that stuff. Definetly higher than tabletop quality.
Definition to enter GW tournament of tabletop quality is:
At least 3 colors on the fig.
Proper Base flocking
Details must be clear, (eg eyes, seals, etc)
And at least a minimum of convertions. (not every single model, but this can affect your point rating)