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Okay my newest army that I am painting for much needed money is a night lords army. I charge 1 dollar for a marine, 5 for bikes, 7 for rhinos and razorbacks, 8 for land raiders. Is this a fair price for him? With me providing everything except the models.
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Well depends on your painting. If you spend many hours on one marine, then 1 dollar isn't enough. If you just slap paint on with little time and effort, then 1 dollar would be perfect. Think about that.
If you're painting for the money, don't bother. Think about it for a minute; if it takes you two hours to complete a mini, counting assembly, priming, maybe packing and shipping, etc. (that's pretty quick in my book) and you charge a dollar, you could have worked two hours at a part time job and earned $10 or more. Financially it just doesn't make sense. You could do better washing cars and cutting grass.
I sell a LOT of miniatures. Usually 1+ squads per week. I charge $5 for a rank and file troop and always get what I ask, more for special units. I don't come anywhere close to minimum wage. I do it just to buy more miniatures, and cover more paint and brushes, that's about it. I paint for relaxation and fun, not for the money. If I wanted the money I'd just work part time and make ten times the money.
I just saw a single miniature sell for almost $500. It was painted by a superb artist and was definitely Golden Demon+ quality. However, he spend over 35 hours painting it. For highly skilled labor, that works out to nothing. A sign painter gets more per hour.
So if you do it for fun, charge whatever your skill will bring. A few open biddings on ebay will give you a pretty good idea of how much your skill is valued. The more you paint the better you get and the price will go up. If you paint for friends, your prices seem pretty reasonable, but as gundamfan said, it depends on your skill.
If you ever check CoolMiniOrNot, you will see that most figures sell for quite a bit of money. Remember, if you had to buy the box set or whatever, you have to add that to your total. Example, if you buy a box set of Space Marines, which is $30.00 for 10, you will have to charge a bit more just to make a profit. This also includes paint, brushes and man hours spent. in the end a $3.00 plastic figure may end up costing them $5.00 to $6.00 dollars.
I, myself do it for the per pleasure. I have had a few people buy my stuff, but only because they asked. I normaly would not sell my stuff, unless I did not want it.
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