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How long to paint a miniature?

Goodbertown Minis has put a great new video up, answring the question of ‘how long should you take to paint a miniature?

The answer of course is… it depends. If you’re trying to crank out a horde of goblins, you don’t want to be spending the same time per model as you might when entering an online painting competition.

This question ultimately demands that you know why you are painting in the first place. What are you trying to achieve?

In this example he painted one model per night for 13 nights, to see what the results would be. This is against a usual output of 2-3 models per week. The result was an interesting and varied group of 3d-printed models:

My own painting challenge is to get all of my miniatures painted, but I don’t mind taking some extra time on them here and there. In the past I have tried to speed paint models in an hour with varied results

The models above from my ‘neglected models’ project were painted in a variety of ways. The models pictured above were almost all painted within an hour as part of a challenge. It was a way of getting a models painted and trying to avoid having it lying around for more years.

I wouldn’t use this on everything, but it definitely worked as a way of boosting my output. With other models I focus more on the painting and don’t think about time much at all.

3 comments on “How long to paint a miniature?

  1. theimperfectmodeller
    May 8, 2020

    Thought provoking. As a non gamer I see each figure as a work of art and as such each one deserves my best effort. Even if I sped up I would be slow!

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  2. John@justneedsvarnish
    May 8, 2020

    Interesting! I estimate it would take me about 2 hours to do a single 20mm figure (not that I ever paint a single figure) but that includes cleaning it up, preparing and putting it on a base, priming and painting and then texturing and grassing the base. However, I never do more than a couple of steps in one sitting, so prime one night, basecoat the next, layer the next and base after that.

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    • davekay
      May 9, 2020

      I think I would struggle to do a single figure in that time when you include prep work/assembly and basing in there. I spent a full day assembling terrain and other models for the latest tray and still didn’t get the plagueburst crawler finished and fixed to its base!


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