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TheSeventhShadow
18-02-2011, 02:37
Hey everyone,
I just wanted to ask: based on experience, how receptive do you think people would be to paying for a full painted army? Like what Blue Table Painting does, only without the official business part... Instead, just a commissioned job completed by myself.

ForgottenLore
18-02-2011, 02:45
Several of the people at my LGS do commission work, including both owners and they all seem to have significant waiting lists and have to turn people away who want to hire them to paint their army, so I would say the demand is there.

TheSeventhShadow
18-02-2011, 03:18
Thanks. I guess I should pay a visit to my LGS... see if anyone's interested

ehlijen
18-02-2011, 04:19
Try to wow them with your painting skills first. I've had people ask me to paint stuff for them simply because they liked things I'd painted for myself.

Chem-Dog
18-02-2011, 05:32
Worth pointing out that if you do start doing comission work and start advertising online you'll have to display other company's models too, not just GW, I know a couple of people who've done this, keeps GW legal off your back ;)

New Cult King
18-02-2011, 06:00
Try to wow them with your painting skills first. I've had people ask me to paint stuff for them simply because they liked things I'd painted for myself.

Ditto but I don't have the dedication to do it full time, and I don't like charging friends money for things I enjoy doing :)

carnegiebear
18-02-2011, 06:04
Try to wow them with your painting skills first. I've had people ask me to paint stuff for them simply because they liked things I'd painted for myself.

i would definitely do this, buy a few different types of models and paint them up to show that you can do various different things (imperial tanks, weird monsters, infantry, etc) at a good standard, if i was to commission someone to paint me an army the first thing i would want to see would be examples of their work.

Challenge Accepted
18-02-2011, 08:40
Try to wow them with your painting skills first. I've had people ask me to paint stuff for them simply because they liked things I'd painted for myself.

This!

I'm constantly being harassed to paint my friends minis now that they've seen how I paint my own.

TheSeventhShadow
18-02-2011, 17:05
Thanks for all the tips! hopefully I can establish some customers.

bossfearless
18-02-2011, 17:42
I do a lot of commission work, but rarely do I get jobs for full armies all at once. Those kind of jobs are a goldmine once you get an assembly line going. My advice is to come up with a *very* reasonable per-model price as a base and then go from there. I do work at a rate of $4 a model for infantry and then I add/multiply as needed to get an appropriate amount for a given model.

As far as demand...well, depends on the place, I guess. At my LGS there's a heavy saturation of painters who will do commission work, so it's slim pickings.

wilsongrahams
18-02-2011, 18:59
The only tip I can offer (I have been asked to do armies but I don't have enough time for my own models!) is to make sure that you are able to do the level of modelling and painting that the customer wants in the time you will have to do it. Often over budgeting on time will be good for safety. People don't mind how long a wait is usually as long as it is on or before when you say it will be done by. That way they will be pleased with the models even if it still took a long time, just being ahead of a deadline is satisfying.

As for doing complete armies - you may find that most people aren't willing to pay for an army upfront until they have some models in their hands first, so advertising as specialising in units with entire armies available at say a discount, will tempt people to test you first, and then come back for more.

Commission painters usually specialise in single figures and have a very high standard and also charge a very high premium for it. Just ensure that you are clear you can do various levels and also try to advertise the expected costs per model. People are embarrassed sometimes after asking for a quote to get a really high price back for a quality that is simply average.

Lord of Divine Slaughter
18-02-2011, 20:15
Also consider that cost of living varies quite a lot through out the world, while artistic talent is not limited by geography, and seeking customers online will put you in direct competition with people who will have less expenses to cover :)

wilsongrahams
19-02-2011, 22:56
Also consider that cost of living varies quite a lot through out the world, while artistic talent is not limited by geography, and seeking customers online will put you in direct competition with people who will have less expenses to cover :)

I know what you are saying here, but then you also get the issue of adding the cost of shipping or even the higher cost of the models in other countries to begin with (if painter is buying and building).

Advertising online would put the painter in competition with a wider group, but it also advertises to a larger group, and personally I'd trust somebody to paint my models more if I could get in a car and sort things out should the person decide to keep my money and ignore any further contact - these scams have occured if you check around, though I know of none personally.

The other advantage is when using the local dialect to describe exactly what you want. For local I mean nationally rather than district. It's not just the language as many people speak say english as their first language, but you try telling an american you want your witch elves' pants painted purple. They will end up with trousers rather than knickers. Bad example but I hope you get my point - most people would prefer a more local painter than somebody halfway across the globe.