Today i finished and varnish this wonderful Army Deal order for bolt action. I enjoyed doing the different tones of beieg on this one, i didn't think that the three different troop types would be so obviously distinguishable once inked but in fact i think they worked very well.
Below we have US Parras, US infantry, two germans and some italians in brown.
I had an awful lot of fun on this big deathwatch commission. I went the extra mile to add a few more details to every mini and i think it really paid off. apologies for the slight lighting differences in the images, taken on different days. But i am very glad to be able to present what i think is one of games workshops best kits in a while!
Why are there going to be price changes?
Last year when the business went "full time" the passion that drove my work ethic was unparalleled. I love doing what i do, it is like living a dream wherein i get to help people with their miniatures, as i have always wanted to.
Clients of the time will remember that there was slight changes to the prices of individual models and also basing charges and material charges introduced.
At the time this was because i was undercutting myself a lot. To be able to live this dream i was working 12 hour days for £4 an hour.
There is one thing i didn't do however... and that is modify the prices of the Army deals to match the new rates.
For a long time now i have been working at a slightly better pay rate for genuine quality and professionalism you get from my service. I always go the extra mile and i almost always give a slight discount or some sort of extra favor to help people get exactly what they want.
Through doing this the general quality of the paint jobs has increased and are now at a place i am extremely happy with. This is not to say i ever let a mini "off the table" that i wasn't happy with, only that i recognize the progression through time.
Being that i didn't modify the prices of the Army deals (BY GENUINE ACCIDENT!) i have theoretically been losing a LOT of money, through my unconscious and pure generosity of heart.
Now i must increase those prices, my army deals are my most popular sales pieces and i simply must raise those prices. I am barely earning a living despite the fact i work full time and always have an order. I pay rent and have food money but all i do is work. And it occurred to me purely by random chance the other month that the Deals where way under priced.
So what will change?
The original "savings" on the Army deals back in the day where £50 and £100 respectively, but after the price changes last year they should have been modified to retain that discount but also reflect the new costs.
I did not do this.
Therefore i must raise the prices. The original discounts will remain, although the general cost will increase. This simply must be done.
I give too great a quality compared to some other "budget" services to be able to work for those old rates. Simply put people are getting MUCH MORE for their buck than in theory they should be as per man hour/ cost ratio.
What are the new prices and when will this happen?
The new prices are thus and they will come into practice on September the 1st of 2016.
Old lv1 price: £250 (originally saving £50)
New lv1 price: £350 (still saving you £50)
Old lv2 price: £500 (originally saving you £100)
New lv2 price: £700 (still saving you £100)
Why are the current "savings" different to what you mention above right now
Simply put i noticed these changes a LONG time ago, around Christmas. I could not bring myself to make even an announcement until now as i realise the fragile nature of business and client preference...especially over cost.
I treat my clients very well, with direct and fluid communication and i work to their exact instructions, i don't make mistakes and if i do ever i am direct and i fix it. I do my very best to never leave a client feeling dissatisfied. The reason i didn't make a change before is that i simply respect my clients too much.
I do realise the positive implications from a public point of view of a price rise, that being it goes a ways to represent my confidence in my work and also the value of it subsequently.
So what does this all mean?
In a nutshell? You have two months to get work done to an awesome quality for some of the most affordable and crazy prices on the net. Literally speaking these deals are cheaper than buying a 100 bags of chips. This is a bargain that is insane to pass up and now is your chance to fully utilize it.
So grab your bags of lead, withdraw your bags of gold and make an order. Now is your time to take advantage of these insane deals before i am forced to increase the price. Albeit only by a little, but it must be done.
A lot of people get quotes from EZPainter for 40k and then tend to cancel their order due to the generally historical nature of the website. As much as i see how this seems to make sense to prospective clients a painter is a painter and once in a while someone does send them, to those people i am very grateful. Recently i landed a 40K Deathwatch commission that i am enjoying thoroughly!
Check out my test mini below and keep your eyes peeled for more progress as i go along!