Galleries of Finished Work
Figures take different amounts of time depending on their size and complexity and whether there will be conversions of any sort. Conversions consist of something as simple as snipping off an unwanted belt pouch, to switching weapons, repositioning arms or legs, swapping out heads, adding hair or beard or a cloak or wings. See my page “Convert or Die!” for examples of those. Conversion prices depend on the availability of the piece needed to convert (ie: do I have a spare Lucerne hammer hanging around or am I going to have to buy or sculpt one?) to the amount of sculpting or filing I will need to do. Remember with any art form, you are not just paying the artist “by the hour”. You are paying for their skill, their knowledge, the years of experience. I have atlast count over 350 individual bottles of paint and inks. At costs between $2.50 and $4.00 a container that is a considerable investment! Then let’s talk brushes. I own about 100 individual brushes of a range from 2” wide to just several hairs, these run from 3 to 10 dollar each. Then there is glue, putty, special lights, spray on primer and top coatings, three drawers full of basing material like grass, sands and detritus to add in. I have 5 small-part organizing units filled with bits from models and figures. Then there is my whole painting room that I have to pay mortgage on and my wives would rather see as a sewing room, special sunlight correcting lighting, and then surgical grade optical enlargers. That being said, my base price for a 28-32 mm miniature is $5.00. Some may be more or less (for example 20 skeletons take me less time than 20 Empire archers, which take less time by far than 20 Space Marines and a fraction of the time that 10 Bretonian knights would take!) Mounted figures count as 2, and chariots usually 5 (add extra for more than two draft creatures) Then there is building. For example I would happily build those Bretonian knights but it would cost a good bit more for the time involved. Larger miniatures would of course cost more. A Warmachine Warjack usually runs 10 to 30 dollars depending on complexity. Then there can be additional costs. Do I need to hand paint heraldry, or even create custom decals? The only real way to know is to send me a detailed description of the work to be done and I will craft an estimate good for 60 days.
The customer pays shipping both ways WITH insurance! My preferred method of payment is Paypal as checks have been dicey in the past and I am not set up to accept credit cards. I shy away from foreign consignments as the mail systems of other countries do not allow tracking and insurance and therefore things have been lost. Customer pays once I have sent photos of completed models and they have been approved. I do not transfer the money from Paypal to my account until I get notice of delivery.
I have such a backlog of consignments I do not have a lot of time to create the uber cool site I want, but I am working on it!