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Painting and modelling 28mm Napoleonic wargaming miniatures

A hypothetical question

Posted by Martin on February 26, 2009

At the start of the year, I mentioned that one of the bright spots of 2008 had been gratifying increase in traffic and comment levels here at BfK. Well, that fact doesn’t seem to have gone unnoticed and I’ve had contact from a couple of figure manufacturers.

The nice thing for me is that I hope this will lead to them sending some review samples. The nice thing for them is that they’ll get some publicity if I choose to post a review here (assuming of course, that the figures are up to the mark). And I’ve been thinking about how I could share some of this “nice thing” with you – the people who actually take the time to visit and comment here. After all, if you didn’t, then this virtuous circle would never have got started.

So, what I’ve decided is that if (and it’s still an if) I get sent some review samples, I’m going to give them away in some sort of competition. I’ve got a clear idea of how I’d like the competition to work, except for one thing: how to divvy up the figures into prizes. So I thought I’d ask you which option you’d prefer by inviting you to vote in the poll below. I’m considering two possibilities:

  1. A single prize of the review sample figures unpainted.
  2. Several prizes consisting of one figure each painted, varnished and based by me.

Of course, the second option also depends on me finding the time to actually paint the figures!

Oh yeah, I’m not making any promises about how many “several” will be other than it’ll be more than one.

5 Responses to “A hypothetical question”

  1. Rob said

    Not that the painted figures wouldn’t be fantastic, but wouldn’t that be a pretty tall order to paint them? After all one of the joys of this blog is following the various painting entries and it seems like adding extra painting might really burn you out (lord knows I have enough problems finishing my own painting).

    I’ll vote for unpainted just for expediency… and then the prize can go out close to the review on the blog.

  2. Martin said

    Thanks for your concern Rob but my plan would be to paint just a few as prizes (maybe only two or three). Hence the caveat of the last line of my post. Plus, I don’t think I would be doing a fair review unless I actually attempted to paint at least one of the figures. After all, I think one of the thing we all tend to want to know about figures is how well and easily they paint up.

  3. I’ve voted in a perfectly selfish manner. I’d love to get my grasping hands on one of your painted figures Martin!!

    I also have to admit to a little bit of a worry about the resources (of the Martin Kelly kind) used in such a generous manner.

    Of course I have to agree that painting up the figures is the best way to get a complete review! 8O)

    von Peter himself

  4. Sparker said


    Whilst I have voted for the unpainted option I think the key thing here for everyone would be to read your reviews, particularly if you could include unpainted but dipped photos, much as you did for the Calpe command set recently. I think, from a selfish point of view, that would be a better use of your time than painting figures. After all we all have different painting techniques, but an unpainted figure can’t lie. BTW, thanks for hooking me up with Von Peter, we had a blast!

    Kind Regards,


  5. Frank Catinella said

    Whilst I too would like to get one of your painted figures, the chances are that it would not tally with my current projects etc. Why not the unpainted figure as a prize with the caveat that painted pictures of same are returned within an agreed time frame. This would show case our work, invite debate and prompt discussion of techniques. just a thought!

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