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My painting is terrible, would anyone know a service preferible a website who would paint my army for a fair fee?
hmm your age says your 16, do you have a job? If you dont pro painted stuff is going to be well out of your price range Im afraid It still is for me. However, eBay has some propainted stuff for good prices as long as your willing to wait for what you want to show up
It dose take a while to get good at painting. Baring a few exceptional individuals who's first model came out master class quality, everyone’s first models look pretty bad in comparison with what they're capable of now (I’m no exception). The best advice I can give you is to practice. Now that you've got a couple of minis painted, you can see how the paint flows, and you've probably got a pretty good grasp of how to do it, but are having a bit of trouble with the detail work (that comes in time). Be sure to hang on to these first few minis’ they'll make for a good chuckle when you win a GD.
If you want to get good in a hurry, pick yourself up a couple of single piece metal models, and a few brushes, and a can of something to take the paint off when your done ( I like easy off, works like a charm).
Now prime and experiment with the paint. Do some dry brushing, shading, inks, blending, go and pick out all the details you can, whatever you feel like experimenting with at the time. Take yourself a picture of the finished work for posterity, if you have a camera. Then strip the paint and start over. I can almost guarantee that you'll see a huge improvement after just a few times through this. The trick is to not worry about screwing up, as you can just strip it, and start over.
With time you'll start to develop your own particular style, and have a nicely personalized army. Hey, that’s half the fun of this hobby.
Originally Posted by Andusciassus
I wouldn't give up just yet mate. The only way you are ever going to get better is by doing the painting yourself. Instead of comparing your models to others and thinking, 'Strike, I am c--p at this', be inspired to try again. I have learnt a fair bit from websites like this and sitting in a GW doing some painting and getting advice from the staff.Originally Posted by Felicitouslime
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I'd actually try and paint something before I said I was crap. Atleast, that's how I did it.
If that fails though, PM or E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
We'll work some details out and I'll PM you some pictures as soon as I take them.
Painting isn't for everyone. However if you are interested in painting - as others have suggested I would jump right in and paint. There are tons of sites out there including this one where you can garnish the "secrets" of painting and the more you paint the more you will improve - to some extent.
If painting isn't for you and you know your skills aren't up to the kind of army you want then there is nothing wrong with commissioning someone to paint for you. The real question here is what price range do you consider fair? Usually you will find "pro painters" who don't charge very much but you will get a very mediocre to poor quality paintjob. The old addage that you get what you pay for is generally true. It takes a lot of time to clean, assemble, and paint a miniature to a good level. So when calculating your "fair" price keep these things in mind.
I myself do commissions (seems like more for others than myself these days!) and I am a member of a webring for professional painters (click on my signature below and you should get all of the information you need) which should get you a list of several painters to peruse. Some things I would consider to be things to look for when looking to hire someone to paint:
1. Make sure they have a lot of pictures showcasing their work. This should give you a general idea on the quality of work. If you see a bunch of bad pictures, blurry, shoddy painting, etc. you can probably guess that they really aren't 100% committed to painting for others.
2. I would also look to someone who communicates well with you. Someone who provides the information you ask in a timely fashion. Someone who goes a little extra and provides ideas and suggestions above and beyond what you may have thought of.
3. Make sure you find someone who shares the same philosophies and ideas to you. You don't want someone to paint your army that detests what you want to do. If they don't like what they are painting chances are it isn't going to be at their best. If someone specializes in the type of army that you want chances are they will put a little extra effort into them as they find them enjoyable.
4. Browse through several websites and compare their pricing. You will find that in general pricing will be right around the same for similar quality. I would avoid those that charge an excessive amount above and beyond what others are charging for similar work.
Hope this helps you out a little bit. Just remember that while prices might seem high you really need to factor in time. Most painted figures will end up going for less than $10 an hour after the time taken to model them. That is really not much more than minimum wage.
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And that is a sad story after all, given the quality work that these people do...Originally Posted by slorak
My advice is not to give up so quickly.. We have some amazing painters on this forum, but I'm willing to bet their first models were usually as bad as yours or mine, they just practiced, took advice from others and spent time trying out new things.
Getting people to paint stuff for you is an extra price tag on an already expensive hobby. Seriously, you don't need to have Golden Daemon standard models to play and have fun..
Of course, if you really want them, and you're okay with the prices, don't let me stop you.
Last edited by The_Giant_Mantis; February 22nd, 2006 at 14:40.
TGM is absolutely correct. Most peoples first models were terrible. In fact, mine are so embarassing that I eventually stripped the paint off of them all so that no one would laugh.
Now that I've been painting for many many years I can say that my quality of painting (IF I try hard) is pretty good. I've won several painting contests at my local gaming clubs, but I will never ever be good enough to enter a model into a something like a Golden Daemon category.