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How Many Unpainted Minis Do You Own?

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18 Jul 2018 10:36 #277817 by ubarose
I have no idea how many minis we have unpainted. We will probably never get them all painted, especially since it seems that as soon as we get a game finished, we get an expansion which adds more minis.

We tend to paint as a family in batches and try to get an entire game done, so I have no idea how long an individual mini takes since there are usually 3 of us working assembly line style. The Spawn started painting with us when she was 8 years old. With her young eyes, and 10+ years of experience, she has now taken over a lot of the detail work.

Cthulhu Wars will remain unpainted. I've played with painted versions, and prefer our unpainted set.

My biggest, and most favorite project is Dreadfleet. Someday that one will be done.
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18 Jul 2018 14:45 - 18 Jul 2018 14:46 #277840 by GorillaGrody
I almost don't know how to answer this, or the sister question, "what systems do you have completely painted"?

For years I built my IA and Descent collections by having folks send me two expansion boxes, painting them both, and sending one back. The detail on FF minis, and their relatively low volume for what you pay, made this a pretty good deal for a painter of my limited talent. Paint by numbers, wash, and go. I got very fast, and got pretty good results.

Then I started taking GW things like Space Hulk, WQ, etc. More work, more detail, but also correspondingly pricey. I didn't mind, and it's what got me hooked on doing my own GW stuff.

About two years ago, without really thinking about it, I said yes to painting two full KS pledges each of Massive Darkness, Rising Sun and Mythic Battles, which all arrived within 6 months of each other. Never again. There's about one and a half good games among them, literally more than a thousand miniatures to paint, no one wants to pay for the losers on a secondary market, and it's going to take me more than a year to do all of this.

Life is now bad. I'm currently traveling, but if I could, I'd take a picture of my halfway-to-the-ceiling pile of cheap Chinese plastic and show it to you.
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18 Jul 2018 14:52 #277843 by Shellhead

ubarose wrote: Cthulhu Wars will remain unpainted. I've played with painted versions, and prefer our unpainted set.


Having looked at painted Cthulhu Wars figures online, it seems like a mistake to paint them from a playability standpoint. Players need to be able to distinguish the factions by color at a glance. But without paint, the detailed sculpts are harder to appreciate aside from sheer size. Maybe you could give your CW figures an inkwash to bring out the details without obscuring the faction colors.

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18 Jul 2018 16:03 #277851 by the_jake_1973
I did a similar thing with my Runebound figs. Painted them gold and gave them a brown wash to bring out the highlights such as they are.

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18 Jul 2018 16:13 #277852 by ubarose

Shellhead wrote:

ubarose wrote: Cthulhu Wars will remain unpainted. I've played with painted versions, and prefer our unpainted set.


Having looked at painted Cthulhu Wars figures online, it seems like a mistake to paint them from a playability standpoint. Players need to be able to distinguish the factions by color at a glance. But without paint, the detailed sculpts are harder to appreciate aside from sheer size. Maybe you could give your CW figures an inkwash to bring out the details without obscuring the faction colors.


I've also played with a washed game. It just made all the minis look dull and dirty.

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18 Jul 2018 19:22 #277868 by birdman37
Twelve more than I owned yesterday.



I need help...
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