Friday, January 13, 2012

Strange Days

Hey everyone, good to see you on the other side of the new year. 2012 is going to be a good year for games.

Our gaming club has been closed down due to scheduling disputes, our local game store is closed while it moves to a new location, and everyone's been out of town visiting family, so I haven't played a game in a while, but things should be picking up soon.

In other news, I find myself in an incredibly strange position - that is, I've been offered a painting commission job to paint the figures from the Castle Ravenloft board game. Strange, right? My painting skills are adequate at best, and any time spent on a commission would mean time away from painting my own dudes, which is something I've been doing a fair bit of lately. And yet, I wonder...


  1. Painting for money is a lot of fun, but it gets tiresome. I painted a couple hundred miniatures last year and only 5 were mine. So proceed with caution. You definitely have the skills to do a good job so don't let that slow you down!

  2. I agree with Mr. Donovan. I also think it is something every painter should try at least once, but for the selection/rejection process and the choices you make on behalf of the customer. It forces you to make decisions you may not normally make, so stepping outside your norms alone is worth taking the work.

    If you get some scratch then you are even better off. I suggest avoiding commission painting for product. There is something soulless about painting minis to gain more painting minis... but that's just my opinion from selling myself that way.

    Just know your limits, have an exit strategy and don't be afraid to hit others for solutions (wink, nudge, cough, pop/lock).

    1. Also, I've heard that some plastic minis (maybe not these) need special plastic primer so do some homework with Interwebnets to see what people recommend for these things.

  3. I'm going to do it assuming the client doesn't flake out. It's only about 40 miniatures, and many of them only need a simple drybrush and wash job. I don't really understand why you'd want to pay to have your board game pieces painted, but that's fine by me.