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Subject: In appreciation of the painting rss

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Andrew Poulter
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When I got my collector's edition I was very pleased with the painting. As I haven't tried any painting for some time I thought why not paint all the extras required for the expansion games and then use the CE ones with the bare minimum required. This looks like about 40 miniatures to do, which seems achievable.

So I have started and tried to match the same models where required (more rohan riders etc) with the CE version. Wow, is it tough! I have so much more respect for the quality of the painting. For me to get close (and probably still be worse) to their standard I will be spending at least an hour per model. Admittedly I am no expert, but the standard is very high considering how many were needed.

As a side note can anyone recommend something to hold and protect them when finished?
 
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Bartow Riggs
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I've always been of the camp that even some paint is better than no paint since the plain blobs of plastic look so hideous.

Doing as good a job as you can will be rewarding of course - and it only has to be done once - but even if you can take the time to do a just a fair to good job it will look sooooo _much_ better.
 
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Nick Case
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Unless you painted one figure at a time, there is no way it would take you an hour per figure. In order to avoid constantly brush cleaning, you paint one set of figures at a time, the orcs, the elephants the nazgul etc. You blitz one colour for all and then move onto the next. By adopting this mass production approach you can do a detaled figure in 20 minutes. The Ents that just need a base coat some ink wash and a light dry brush take no time at all.
 
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No I'm not painting one figure at a time and the one hour per figure is just an estimate as all I've done so far is just a few colours on about 10 models. However, that took some time to do well and I think once I am trying to do the last more detailed finishes then I will be going even slower.

Yes, the Ents probably don't need much painting, but there is only 1 Ent to do Treebeard.

I am not a very fast painter but I would like to know how much time people spend per figure approximately.
 
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I painted the base game figures in 80 hours, c 20 mins per figure.
 
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Miikka Sohlman
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I'm the slowest painter in the world. Even if I make them in batches I've so far spent many WEEKS painting 8 little Vipers for Battlestar Galactica. Don't ask how it's possible, I have no idea.

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At least they will look good when finished.
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