July 30, 2010

Statutory Speed Painting

The other day on a forum I frequent the chance came up to buy an old Citadel figure that I don't have, and that would look neat in a unit I've been collecting for a long time. I don't specifically chase down OOP figures, but it is neat to have the occasional unique figure for a bit of variety. It brings a bit of character to the units- especially when they are ~30 strong, and there have only been 4 or 5 different figures widely released in the newer, more available ranges.

So I offered this fellow a few dollars for the figure, knowing that it could fetch more on ebay, but I am not interested in paying premium collector's prices, I had a feeling he was more interested in moving some of his old lead to appreciative new homes than he was trying to make a downpayment on a car. I included in my offer that I would of course pay shipping on top of that.

He responded back with the counter offer of the exact same dollar amount, but that it would include the shipping, on the condition that I paint it as soon as possible upon reciept of the figure. Not only was the price fair, but my amusement of him attaching this rider to the offer was such that I felt I /had/ to accept.

Well I came home after my game last night to a packet on the table. I was momentarily baffled as to what it included, having somehow already forgotten about this transaction. I laughed when I opened it, and then realized I had to reconsider what remained of my evening.

I sat down and began cleaning up the figure- not too much flash or mold lines on this old specimen! I got him cleaned up and based, then went to start dinner. Once I got things in the oven I came back and primed the figure. Food was up, so I ate. After dinner I started in on the painting properly, and I got the boots and gloves done before it was time for bed.

I do plan to document the process, but was too tired last night. I'll take a picture when I get home, before starting on his armor tonight.

It was such a little thing, but it really amused me that he should add such a stipulation to an informal transaction between internet aquaintances. I also really appreciate that acceptance suggests that I really do want it to fill out a little spot in my army, rather than that I'm trying to scam him for low priced rare lead that I can then sit on, or post on ebay and try to make a profit of his generosity.

Cool toys should be played with. ;)

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