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Here are something like 100+ pics of the Dark Angels Fourth Company. We'll have done two versions of this company through June and July, as well as some from the Third Company.
Fourth has always been my favorite because of the company markings.
See everything here (but you'll need to sort through other galleries):
A couple of Drop Pods
Third Company Squad
A pair of Dreadnought Drop Pods by Forge World (Deathwing Colors)
A Deathwing Army with a fair amount of conversion work:
Check here later for the Ravenwing.
These were all painted by Andy Harward of Blue Table Painting. During June and July he will have painted well over 6000 points of Dark Angels.
Last edited by bluetablepainting; July 12th, 2006 at 06:41.
Not bad work, are these commisions?
Everything you have been told is a lie!
Erk, didnt spot that one, got to agree with Gareth there, sure you can get a lot done quickly but the finished product is not very nice
Everything you have been told is a lie!
Are the standard green DA marines black with a dry brush green? or a green with a black wash?
Or am I intruding on company secrets? :ninja:
definitely a good job, especially on the deathwing army.
I think it looks better when you ink anything rather then drybrush it, like metal parts for example, drybrushing almost never looks like it would be real metal, but i you just paint the matallic color on there and then ink and then highlight, i think it looks much better.
Last edited by blank generation; June 29th, 2006 at 02:12.
Yes, these are part of a very large commission: Deathwing, Fourth Company (the whole 100 infantry plus support), and Ravenwing.Originally Posted by Cheredanine
As the owner of this large commission I can honestly say that the camera work does not do the miniatures justice! Any 'pooling' on the models fits right in with the brief that was given.
Thanks all, for the insightful comments so far.
Directly or obliquely, you've brought up a key consideration: money.
When a hobbyist is doing his own figures he is at liberty to spend as much time as he wants on each one. Most of the high-ranking figures on coolmini probably have 10-50 hours in them. Golden Daemon entries will often have 50-200 hours invested. That's why it takes some wargamers a long time, sometimes more than a year, to finish their army.
Once someone decides to hire the work out, or another person decides to take it, then money and time are very much a consideration.
Here's a link to an album that contains (let's say for the sake of argument) a display quality Deathwing Terminator:
Did you take a look? How long do you think that took to paint? Eight hours. If that same artist worked more efficiently and on a group of them, he could probably get it down to six hours per model. So, the optimum time is six hours for the painting. How much should he charge for his time? A professional artist is paid between $20-30 an hour. That means that this models should be charged at about $150.
Indeed, if you take a good look around you'll find that established miniatures artists are charging in the $50-150 range for display quality infantry. Bulkier figures (like Terminators) can command more than that. This is a fair price. Golden Daemon winners typically won't even look at a project for less than $100 per figure.
That puts whole armies out of reach for the average workaday Joe. A Deathwing army is one of the low-model count armies, but would cost well in excess of $3000 to have it done at that rate.
Now let's take another look at those Gothic Deathwing Terminators that are the topic of discussion:
Those Terminators were completed in a mind-blowing 40-45 minutes each and were charged at $15 each. That whole project was completed in three weeks: Day One was the email from the client with the list of what he wanted done and Day Twenty was when he had the models in his hot little hand. And the client lives in Europe! In the interim we ordered, assembled, converted, and painted a full army.
So, really it's up to the consumer to pick what they want-- a good paint job at a reasonable price with a quick turnaround, or a display quality paint job at a high price (but reasonable for what you get) and a longer turnaround.
My objective is simple: put well-painted armies in reach of the common man. The formula is simple: $500 of models takes $250 to assemble and $750 to paint. Anyone who can afford the game can afford to have their models painted.