Honestly I find this a bit thick. My reasoning is as follows
1/. If you are primarily a games player and don't actually LIKE the models/toys then why bother with them in the first place. There are plenty of ways to game without ever setting hands on a model grenadier or a Hoplite- without even knowing what these actually are. Even if you know there is no need to use models/toys/miniatures at all. Some of these games may even be termed wargames,
So why are there a considerable number of chaps who claim to use said miniatures but somehow seem to hate them? Perverse or what? Perhaps even a sniff of fashionable hypocrisy? The bit I really don't get is why you would choose to use models and then not give a s""t about how they look.
2/. Even if you hate painting there are plenty of ways around it. Painting services are legion and some are very good indeed and by no means all require the sale of a kidney to fund a painted army(well not all at once anyway !).
|40mm Napoleonic French Hussars. These cost me the largest per figure price I ever paid for a painting service at £25.00 each|
I still think it was worth it.. The lad who did them has packed it in.
|25mm Old Glry Normans. Painted by me around 20 years ago. They'll never win any prizes but at least they don't look as if they were painted by a man with a bag on his head.|
As an aside one wonders if the current popularity of so called "warband games" has been in part influenced by the cost of some painting services. After all some silly one-off steampunk gang for In Her Majesty's name or whatever can still cost you the thick end of a ton for a decent paint job and with the figures knocking on the door(or even smashing it open) of a couple of quid each you don't end up with an awful lot for your money,. So you do wonder if part of the move to these small limited, narrow, games is driven by economics .....
However back to the plot.
3/.You can buy stuff from Ebay or from Bring and Buys at shows- though this IS hit and miss and does take a little effort and with ebay beware the jargon . "Well painted" may only mean "covered in vaguely the right colours not necessarily in the right order" and photographs do not always tell the whole story. I've had both very good and very bad via ebay so Caveat Emptor !
Of course a lot will depend upon your personal standards of good and bad. for me "BAD" is when I need to repaint the bloody things-even though this is often easier than starting from scratch. "GOOD" is when only a little touching up is needed. "Very Good" is when only rebasing is needed- which it always does as the bases need to match existing forces. Sometimes -not often- but sometimes "VERY GOOD" means "better than I can paint" always with the caveat "and I didn't pay painting service prices either !"
Mind you there are also some truly awful painters out there masquerading as "services" as well as the odd one who is so far up himself that he has disappeared into the requisite orifice- When razzing one painter for his 6 weeks delivery time turning into 6 months I was told- nose in the air "I paint for important people" Needless to say I told him to shove his brushes where the sun does not shine- I near as a toucher did it for him! Back in the 1990s we also had to pursue one painter through small claims court.
Nevertheless there are plenty of good painting services out there. My favourite is Shakespear Studios which offers good quality painting at a pretty reasonable price and most importantly efficient delivery. Jez has painted a fair few 15mm for me and is a dab hand at camo - amongst other things.
|Fireforce Miniature Falklands War Brits. Painted by Jez of Shakespear Studios..|
He really is a dab hand at Camo. I couldn't get even close to this quality.
Now speaking personally its no secret that I have poor eyesight- I can't for instance drive because of that. Over the year many other avenues have been closed to me because of this. The Army being only the most obvious.. Yet I've taught myself to become a competent figure painter. I even enjoy it. For me it is part of being a "Compleat Wargamer" in the same way as studying the history, understanding the period, fiddling with the rules etc etc etc.
|Jez also did these Blu Moon 15mm Austrian Hungarian Grenadiers- so it's not just camo he is a dab hand at.|
|Boney on a camel- 25mm (or28 if you prefer) Old Glory Napoleon in Egypt range painted by me.|
|A bit of pure self indulgeance. A version of this picture appeared on the front cover of Miniature Wargames a few years back. All the figures were painted by me. Not a professional in sight..|
If I can do it .....