While working out the prices for a new customer in a 10mm order it hit me that it IS ok to charge per mini in that scale and that most people would prefer i do so.
I intend to change the current 6/10mm prices to 40p per inf (no change) and 80p per cav (slight rise just to level it out at a even number). I will likely implement this at the end of the month so that current prospective customers can still save those few extra pennies on their cav models!
This way i can give more specific and correct quotes for people in this scale.
Just thought i would drop in and note that since some people get confused by the £2 for 5 inf or 3 cav thing...myself included.
Peace and love everyone.
Running last months deal was very fun! I wish i could afford to run such a discount for more than a month but i sadly cannot...however...I have concocted a cunning plan!
For the month of June I am running 10% off all orders (Opened after the advert has been released) and FREE return postage to anywhere in the world!
So as long as you get your order opened (deposit paid) by the end of the month, you're in for a heck of a saving!
Any order, Any size, Any time period or scale!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details!
100 miniatures for £250! Are you insane!
Yes, i guess i am! for the month of may starting on the 15th ezpainter will be painting 100 models of your collection for just £250 (that's £2.50 a miniatures, indefinitely less than any other painter in the world right now!)
Make sure you take advantage of this short and one time army deal discount! check out some more of our widely varied work below and send an email to email@example.com for more details and a quote!
The catch? There is none, simply send 100 miniatures to the studio, they can be any brand or type and we will get them done for you asap and back on the table in a perfect gaming quality (you can send a mix match too! They don't have to be the same army).
This deal cannot be used in conjunction with other deals or discounts (except returning customer loyalty points) .
(if you have 15mm miniatures we may be willing to do 200 for £250!)
In the latest commission came these wonderful "classic monsters". I was instructed by my client to paint them as they where in the original movies.
With this guidance i began to dig out files and articles i have saved over the years for this exact moment. Without further ado here is some of the findings i have realized whilst tackling this new and exciting practice.
I used only one pot of black from army painter and one pot of white from some unknown producer (label-less bottle from a con). I also used one rough standard brush, one fine standard brush, a fine brush and a fine drybrush for their hair. I used a white undercoat for all of them. Black would have been a nightmare for the whites so white was the way to go.
BLACK IS NOT BLACK - BUT BLACK IS BLACK
First of all, black, in black and white movies was rarely ever true black. In old movies they often used bright and gawdy colors so that the hue of an extravagant costume or makeup would appear on screen in a more vivid fashion. To this end i made sure not to use any true black. There is an argument to say that you could just spray them black, block plaint the skin white and everything else bits of grey. Truly this would create a stark and striking affect but it would of course lack the subtlety of the highlights and drapes of cloth etc.
Any black i did on the models was painted in layers over the white undercoat (three thin layers) and then highlighted very slowly in about five shades of grey. As you can see in the picture below, IGOR, a character famous for his form and costume (all black with shiny black gloves and belt) had to be approached carefully. I began by painting everything but the face black, then adding tiny dabs of white i highlighted everything slowly, leaving parts darker than others and bring the gloves up to an almost muted grey so that they where slightly distinguished from the rest.
WHITE HAS TO BE WHITE
On the test model i did the baron in a bright grey. Noting that pictures of him had him with a darker skin (than white) and then darker trousers again that is how i pursued his paint job.
Upon finishing him, and albeit very proud, i found the white just wasn't white enough. The reason this seemed important is that a white lab coat looked exactly that in the films, white as clouds. On other models with white i went brighter bringing the tone up right to a flat and bright white, this added to the contrast of the models and also made the white really pop. This is especially notable on the invisible man where i attempted a quick and snappy check pattern which looks wonderful on the tabletop. in retrospect i am glad that the baron has a darker labcoat as it helps to set him apart from the other scientist model . (Gene wilder)
FACIAL DEFINITION IS SO MUCH EASIER IN BLACK AND WHITE
I've been painting for years and my preferred method and tone of skin to paint is pretty set by now. For generically white looking skin i go for a red flesh tone and build up, for a predominantly dark tone i use a dark sienna base and build up from there. Typically it's easier to get a good definition and skin "sharpness" with dark skin tones due to the way they "catch the light". I found that painting skin in a grey tone is a fantastic way to get a lot of edges, sharpness and lines that give the face a little definition. It also makes the eyes "POP" which is always a great thing with such small models.
ALL IN ALL
Painting in black and white is both fun and "worth it". It doesn't matter that they barely fit with the rest of your collection because...well...it really doesn't matter. If you like the paint job, and it brings you joy to look at then go for it! Also these guys just wouldn't look right in color now!
As of the 1st of March 2017 The prices of the bulk commission army deal will be dropping to a crazy £300 (That's £3 a gaming ready miniature!!).
The main reasoning for this is simple, i originally increased the deal prices to reflect the individual prices and the subsequent savings where then "correct" mathematically. I was also undercutting my services and talents by charging so little when i work so fast in the interest of the client.
I make most of the money for the business off of the army deals and since i increased the price i get less orders. Simply put, as it stands, people would like work done but just don't want to or can't afford to pay for it. Which is understandable at £350 for 100 models. But when you really break that down it's an astounding price.
In order to both make rent every month, and also keep the business alive and open (for the sake of my regulars and fans) i will have to drop the army deals back down. This will also apply to the level two army deal which will drop to £500.
I wish i didn't have to jump prices around so much but i must find a way to make rent in this creatively turbulent time and i hope this en devour helps.
Individual prices will remain the same for the foreseeable future.
this new change will take affect on the 1st of March and will not affect current orders. So gather your miniatures, count em up and get a big old bulk of them done for a bargain price.
http://www.originallaserdesigns.com/contact - sling Paul an email to grab one!
Original Laser Designs is a unique company ran by a driven and focussed individual whom I can only speak highly of. I met paul in 2016 at a sort of mini con and despite my admiration for the fellah himself I will try my best to keep this review objective.
The O.L.D painting stand is a great piece of original design. I picked one up at crusade this year and I couldn’t wait to get something on it to use it properly. Now the irony of someone like myself using a piece of equipment like this is that I tend to speed paint in all jobs to a certain degree meaning that I generally do not mount my miniatures or put them on any sort of painting base. With this in mind I decided to dip into my ever growing box of “personal” miniatures rather than using a commission piece and find a miniature suitable for pouring some time into. This turned out to the best decision and also led me to find of the nicest quirks about the device.
The painting stand is a simple system. The main part is a handle with has a small base on top to put your miniature, connected to that is a lovely looking and also conveniently “cleanable” acrylic palette. The second part of the system is the stand for said hand held device, which like its counterpart has more than one use.
I painted a roleplaying adventurer and found that through using the device I laboured more time and love into this miniature than is usual for my personal collection.
The palette allowed me to mix paints at a very close eye range without having to stoop to my desk or move the palate into better light to match previously dried mixes. It was also conveniently flip able so that I could do metallic on one side and cloth and skin on the other, which is a massive bonus!
The stand for the miniatures comes with three “holders” – A basic 25mm base holder, a cavalry base holder and a large monster base one. Even with these three at your disposal you could very easily simply use the ingenious elastic band “holding” system to hold any type of miniature roughly in place. I imagine it is also extremely easy for O.L.D to make more holders so there really is no downside to that element of the device.
The stand itself is a great place to put your brushes (through the holes in the stand) which are then ready at hand, especially if you are like me with blending and you prefer to have three brushes on the go with different shades “no more brush holding in your mouth”.
As well as this neat little brush holder capability the stand has a lot of space on the three “non handle mounting” sides which means you can stack colours there as you sue them, therefor moving them out of your way and negating the everlasting worry of “paint pot knock over”. Although this is definitely not an intended function of the stand, I love this part the best and I often knock paints over and being able to stack the two or three colours I am using at that moment “out of the way” is a great help to me.
Painting with the actual handle piece gave me an immense feeling of calm, almost meditative. For me being a speed painter it was nice to have one single miniature pinned down and “taking up my attention”. I definitely highly recommend this to people painting miniatures that mean a lot to them.
So definite pros and potential cons –
- Easy to use, simple design but highly efficient.
- you can clean the palate or simply flip it in the holder.
- comes with three holders for different troop types.
- Adds an element of care to your work that you might otherwise neglect if you are speeding through.
- Adds a lot of great balance to your painting.
- can hide your current paints underneath the stand or behind it, either way it completely negates the dreaded “ink knock over” situation. (here’s looking at you games workshop wash users!)
- No assembly required
- Easy to store current brushes and bits on and around the stand.
- Small and isn’t cumbersome at all.
- Not a speed painting machine necessarily.
- No current mod for a wet pad on the palate.
- Some base types won’t fit the provided holders/ but I am sure this can and will be remedied, perhaps with an add on pack.
- you don’t get to meet paul in person and vibe off his good aura. :P
So all in all a fantastic piece of equipment. I would highly recommend this design and I would give it a solid 9/10.
following an interesting weekend at crusade convention in wales I have decided to modify my prices on 15.10 and 6mm models in the level 1 painting rate.
Many people noted that individual prices for these scales made little sense. Of course 15mm can still be charged individually as they are usually small scale skirmish but they are also very small. So in accordance with this feedback i have changed the prices. Check out the new prices below and get digging to see if you have any small scale work that needs tackling!
OLD 15mm = £2.00 each
OLD 10 and 6mm = £1.50 per mini/strip
NEW 15mm = £1.00 each
NEW 10 and 6mm = £2.00 per base
As you can see the 15mm is a lot cheaper now and it's possible to get a whole unit painted for very affordably to a great gaming standard.
The 10 and 6mm appears to have gone up but i used to charge per mini/strip which made it confusing for clients and even myself at times. Now i am charging per base (much more value for money).
So a base of 4-5 minis will be £2.00 altogether. Of course miniature count will change sometimes as with 6mm and ranks of units, but i will still aim to only charge a lower and collected rate rather than each miniature or strip individually.
It's been a busy few weeks. I am a bit stuck down at the moment with cretacea work and painting jobs so am not finding a lot of time to get on the blog, but i am updating the Facebook page regularly.
I wish to announce some special deals coming up for the holiday season!
As with all deals there is some fine print (see below image) however this is a perfect time to get some work done leading up to christmas.
So have a rummage and see what you have and need painted and get it done for some of the best prices in the world right now!
To place an order and use these deals first have a quick skim of the fine print below and then email - firstname.lastname@example.org
T&C of holiday deals 2016
- To qualify for the deals in this post you MUST APPLY FOR A QUOTE and PAY FIRST HALF OF COMMISSION between 11/11/16 and 25/12/16.
- If you have placed an order / had a quote / paid 1/2 of a current commission (pre 11/11/16) , then you may be eligible for deal prices but if you do not ask you will not be considered.
- 100 miniatures deal is stack-able up to as many units of 100 as you wish.
- Free return postage is economy for worldwide and 2nd class unsigned for uk. You may still choose to pay the extra few dollars/pounds etc to get signed for or tracked.
- All deal prices apply ONLY to 25-30mm miniatures. Anything larger or smaller is subject to usual prices.
- Holiday deals may not be used in conjunction with other deals on the site.
Great day today, sending out these finished jacobites, which coincidentally are the most fun (challenge wise for sure) i have had painting a commission for a good while! I love cammo, uniform and tartan level of complications! And this one really "brang it" with 20 different tartans. I devised a cunning plan, i went with alternating base and top layers, so where one guy got a base of red another got a base of green, then they swapped colors for the top layers. Not sure on the historical accuracy but my instruction was that they "didn't really have a cohesive uniform" so i just ran with it.
enjoy the pics below and if you have something that needs painting but seems a little complicated then please contact EZPainter as this is EXACTLY that i am here for :) - Helping gamers to actually game since 2010.
So work continues even with the current Kickstarter going on for our new game.
(check that out here)
I have some of the awesome (and most incredibly detailed) spectre minis on the table and i have been looking forward to this commission ever since the client linked me to their awe inspiring website!
keep your eyes peeled on the facebook for running updates on this one!