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Fair commission prices

Postby Juheera » Thursday 10th October, 2013 10:42 am

Hi all,

I was just wondering what sort of prices are considered the norm for commissions these days,

specifically for building and painting a fellblade


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Re: Fair commission prices

Postby IronWithin » Thursday 10th October, 2013 3:22 pm

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Re: Fair commission prices

Postby Talorian » Thursday 10th October, 2013 4:03 pm

It would depend on how well it's going to be painted. Will there be freehand designs, blending, weathering etc or are you just going for a decent tabletop standard.

Rick painted my 2 Lynxes and they were £75 each, they are painted to the same standard as the rest of my Eldar. That should give you a decent point to start from.

If the person is also asking you to construct the Fellblade then you need to charge them at least £200 for that as its a proper b'stard to assemble.
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Re: Fair commission prices

Postby noodle » Thursday 10th October, 2013 4:11 pm

Oi! Don't tell him that! Why do you think I want him to assemble it (!)
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Re: Fair commission prices

Postby Rick » Thursday 10th October, 2013 5:20 pm

Commission painters are basically 1 man shows operating out of their bedrooms, there isn't really such a thing as a "norm" - prices seem to vary wildly between painters depending on their ability and how brave they are. Also, prices for "table top standard" are usually a lot lower than the top quality stuff. The correct answer is both "as much as you think you can get away with" and "not enough". Painting is a very time consuming task, I could never charge enough to make it actually financially worth while and I don't think any commission painters in this country do.

But Ian has a point in that construction can be very time consuming, especially for some forgeworld kits, so factor it in. It helps to have a clear idea of how much time something is actually going to take you when pricing something up.

Best advice I can give is to look around a bit and try and find a few painters of about the correct level and compare prices.
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