Well I finally got my Christmas present in the mail.
I ordered a couple of hundred Adler 6mm Napoleonic French and Prussians to be sent to a painter in the UK to be painted and then sent to me. In the process of sending the finished package, the painter used an old PO Box address from my PayPal account instead of the address written in the email which contained the order and the painting instructions. The result was that the Post Office here probably sent it back to them and eventually the painter confirmed they have received them back. I paid another postage charge and the painter sent them on their way to the corrected address and a little over a week later they arrived. Good stuff!
So why am I upset?
I would not go so far as to say upset. More like disappointed. Not about the shipping thing. More about the painting thing. Here’s why.
I priced up a quick list of painters worldwide for 6mm Adler Napoleonics. I generated this list from previous business and a quick scan through google and TMP. The average price per infantry fig was about 25p to 30p with a couple working at 20p. One painter had 8p and I was keen to see examples of their work. This price was attractive to me because as much as I hate painting myself, I cannot justify spending large amounts on figures and/or especially having them painted. On top of that I my project is for large masses of troops and so will need a lot of painting to be done over the years.
I was satisfied with the rate and guessed I would not be getting a nice paintjob for that price and that I would end up with what I paid for. But that was okay as I will be fielding large numbers of troops on the table and I ultimately said to myself “how bad could they be?”
Boy was I wrong.
While I was prepared for a “not so great paintjob”, I was not prepared for a really bad paintjob. I hate painting and therefore am not that good at it either. But these are way worse then anything I have ever done.
Am I overreacting based on 8p per figure.
When I sent the order through, I asked for no basing to be done, and no pompoms painted as I would do all that myself. So did they really need to pump through them as quickly as they normally do? I don’t think so. I could be misplacing my disappointment but I still think there should be a basic standard before the “you get what you pay for” comes into play.
My French Infantry paintjob.
French Line recently received from painter.
Anyway, I will be touching them up a little and I may get to paint more of my figs myself.
Let me know what you think.