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The curse of the merely-decent miniature 1 Year, 1 Month ago  
I speak as a collector, and as someone who collects a lot of stuff outside the "fantasy gaming" genre. (I have a huge collection of SW toys, LOTR toys, superhero toys, plus on top of that a huge model train collection) So one of the chief factors I consider for any purchase is "is this REALLY WORTH finding space for? selling something off to make room for?"

DF is always a no-brainer. But all the little accessories that go with it are a tougher call -- especially miniatures. Damn, those little buggers add up!

The most frustrating decision for me, as a collector of this stuff, is how to handle miniatures that aren't the best in my collection, but also aren't completely terrible (and unsalvageable). The obvious "keepers" and obvious "trash it" pile don't cause problems. It's all those minis in-between.

As a painter, you get better as you progress. That means that you're gonna end up with a lot of minis that were "good enough" for years, but are nowhere near your best work. Still, whatever their flaws, they often have some merit that makes it tough to part with them. Maybe there is a particular neat effect on one portion. Maybe the color combination really pops. Maybe the pose on the figure is just too neat to toss. Sometimes the disease of the collector has me holding on to older figures I've since bought duplicates of to try again, just so I can see my progress as a painter -- compare the earlier version with the later to see how far I've come.

I recently dug up 4 or 5 old Reaper figures that were in my "meh" pile, just bland figures that weren't so awful I had tossed them, but I never wanted to use in my photos because the paint jobs were bad, or the color choices were just uninspired and dull. I took a shot at them, and they're vastly improved -- but still nowhere near my best. So now I have these minis that .. .I don't know. Should I toss them out? Should I keep them?

I suppose if I REALLY wanted to be strict I would just keep the materials I need to strip them completely and start from scratch. But -- again, I kinda like some of the colors and effects and it's like, hmmm... do I really want to lose this forever? Not every figure is going to be in my all-time-favorite, my-best-work pile. I like these guys and want to keep them!

Ugh, decisions decisions..
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#55065
Re:The curse of the merely-decent miniature 1 Year, 1 Month ago  
Personally, I never get rid of minis. Even the crappy ones. It's easy enough to strip them down and try again, or if the base coat is ok, put a wash of minwax or army painter quickshade on them to punch them up a bit. I really like old minis. They touch some weird nostalgic chord for me, even though we didn't use minis back in the day. And finding old minis is hard enough so don't toss them.
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Re:The curse of the merely-decent miniature 1 Year, 1 Month ago  
If you don't want to retry them there is another solution rather than chucking them... trade them to others for stuff you want! They don't have to be primo to be trade fodder. Others will happily repaint them or might find them perfect as is for a particular use in a campaign. I personally enjoy trading and bartering, so anything I don't want I save for trading. Just a thought, hope it is of use.
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#55093
Re:The curse of the merely-decent miniature 1 Year, 1 Month ago  
I think I would side with Dust's opinion the most....I have stuff painted 30 years ago when my favorite paints were enamels and lacquer based awesome quality... stuff from the early years of water based garbage and everything in between up to all the modern paints.... There are different stages of adapting to each periods paints, some not so great... others like you say...Meh.
All those figs can be stripped and repainted or over painted with details to bring them up to acceptable standards. I often put stuff up on ebay and am surprised that the junk to me is a Prize to someone else. Trades are all the better.... no Ebay Fee's.
I find that the stuff I spent years looking for and I paid alot extra for often come up in trades later... I pick up the buggers and add to the piles.

Collecting miniatures is alot like a mixed treasure pile....lots of copper, a bunch of silver, some gold and a few real gems that I covet and protect.

Painting is similar to the above example. Lots if Copper (Or Lead).
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#55095
Re:The curse of the merely-decent miniature 1 Year, 1 Month ago  
A good thing you can do with old miniatures is converting them into statues. Converting in this context means you only have to paint them statue-like. If the next paint layer destroys some details, so be it, the statue might be so old, the details have eroded...
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#55097
Re:The curse of the merely-decent miniature 1 Year, 1 Month ago  
Dwarf wrote:
A good thing you can do with old miniatures is converting them into statues. Converting in this context means you only have to paint them statue-like. If the next paint layer destroys some details, so be it, the statue might be so old, the details have eroded...


Statues? Or victims of Medusa/cockatrice/basilisk?
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#55099
Re:The curse of the merely-decent miniature 1 Year, 1 Month ago  
granpappy77 wrote:
Dwarf wrote:
A good thing you can do with old miniatures is converting them into statues. Converting in this context means you only have to paint them statue-like. If the next paint layer destroys some details, so be it, the statue might be so old, the details have eroded...


Statues? Or victims of Medusa/cockatrice/basilisk?


Or golems. Or elementals.
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