Commissions – the new way!

Our team has been doing commissions for quite some time now. But as time passed, our approach and our customers’ expectations evolved. Recently we have come up with a way to handle things in a pretty much new way. We believe you are going to like it!

Commissions Done The Old Way

If you were following us before or have inquired about our painting services in the past, you may know that we have always had a very individual approach to every project. And I mean not only approach to painting and interpretation, but also pricing of our commissions. I mean, there was no standardized price list, but every artist sent their own pricing. While it was good and popular and worked well, it had one downside: It still didn’t use the full potential of what we could offer!

Now that we managed to rework some things, but also when our artists got quite busy with their projects and assignments, we can offer you a totally new approach! We have tested it in a few cases and so far has been even more successful than what we had been doing before. This makes me regret we hadn’t done it earlier…

But what does it mean for you?

Commissions Done The New Way

The change is that we added another option to what we can offer, more standardized pricing. This means that as long as you don’t insist on having a particular artist for your project, we can use our team as a collective. Whoever is available, can do the project, under the guidance of a lead artist. In most cases it’s Ańa, but in certain cases we may discuss somebody else directing the project. This allows us to use our resources better, and this gives you quicker turnaround and better prices.

We have been testing this way of operating and training Ańa in leading artistic direction of our project. It’s what she’s been doing as a master painter and lead artist during our involvement with Mixed Dimensions.

What’s in it for us? We can relieve the painters who are overburdened with commissions and give some more work to these who are available. And what’s in it for you? Quicker turnaround and better prices, often even for the top painters. How? Well, sometimes a painter may have an idle period between projects. Then they may accept a project for less than they usually would. But we cannot guarantee that you’re going to get the painter of your choice (although wee may discuss the direction of your project).

Do you want an example?

Example of a commission handled the new way

Let’s say you want a space marines army painted. Optimally you would like painter A to paint it, but it’s not really a set-in-stone decision. Previously you would only receive prices from our available and interested artists:

Painter A: price XXX, estimated 3 months to complete, can start in 6 months
Painter B: price YYY, estimated 2 months to complete, can start in 1 month
Other painters didn’t provide their offers

Now we can also add the standardized price, for the “team”. Usually it’s lower than individual prices and also usually faster than before. So now you would be getting something like this:

Painter A: price XXX, estimated 3 months to complete, can start in 6 months
Painter B: price YYY, estimated 2 months to complete, can start in 1 month
Our team: price ZZZ, estimated 1 month to complete, can start in 1 week.

So your choice is not limited to one particular painter or a combination of a few, you can also choose the team as a whole. Moreover, you can suggest the artists you would be the most interested in, and maybe we can make it happen. We just cannot guarantee it because the artist may get their own project in the meantime.

When would you choose the team option?

Unless you are going for a showcase quality project, when a particular style is what you really want, the team option may be better for you. You will get your models faster, you will probably get them done cheaper, and still your work will be directed by one of our most experienced painters.

So for armies, warbands, or gaming minis in general, this may be the option for you!

And when would I rather choose a particular painter?

If you want a particular artist to handle your project for any reasons. Because they’ve done a part of it before. Or because you simply like their style and want it for your models. Or maybe they are an artist whose works you want in your collection, then waiting may be a secondary thing and price is something you agree to pay if it is required to get a particular painter to handle your project.

We’re not canceling this option, just adding a new one for those who may wish to use it! And it has proven pretty popular so far! 🙂

Give it a whirl!

Now that we’ve explained this new concept to you all, why don’t you consider it and give it a whirl when you ask for the next project? It may be just the solution you want! And why don’t you let us know what your thoughts on this new concept are. Thanks!

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What a ride it was! (The team is growing)

Despite the global trend of social distancing and isolation, we’re going in the opposite direction – we are socializing and expanding the team!

You may wonder how and why. Well, that’s a story for sure. Let me tell you, briefly.

Three-years-long adventure

For nearly three last years we have been cooperating with Mixed Dimensions, and quite a ride it was! Wow, we have been thrown into the world of international corporations, big businesses, gaming companies and modern technologies. While it was exhausting and kept us busy for most of the time (as you could easily notice by our reduced internet presence), we’ve built a crazy team of artists, and learned a lot.

Production of large-scale statues for Mixed Dimensions

After the project was closed, we were richer in so many ways! We were very experienced about 3d printing. We learned how to cast models – from small miniatures to large statues or terrain pieces. We knew about prototyping, creating master models and master paintjobs for reference for further production. We built efficient processes of painting both individual and unique projects and standardized projects, where one is difficult to tell from another. We had people who could coordinate those tasks, and people who could follow such directions like a charm!

Moving forward

So what do we want to do with the knowledge and skills we acquired? We want to expand the scope of our operations and services we offer.

Prototyping a model for Mixed Dimensions

Soon I will be writing more about these matters, so you can get a glimpse behind the courtains (well, only as much as we can uncover things), but for now let me tell you what it can mean to you.

What’s new?

Previously we were mainly a group of painters, now we have a fully trained teams of modelers and diorama builders.

Example of a diorama designed by Benathai

Previously we had nothing to do with 3d printing or casting models, now we can boast some serious 3d printing and casting expertise.

Previously we mainly focused on individual models, usually display quality ones. Now we can efficiently paint a large coherent project, like an army or collection.

New workflow allows for efficient, coordinated handling of larger and coherent-looking projects

Previously our prices were mainly tailored for high-end collectors, now we can offer much more affordable options, thanks to the optimized workflow.

Finally, previously we dealt mainly with private collectors, but now we have experience in working with companies, business partners and institutions. Prototyping, preparing for production, creating anything from single copies to long production runs is now possible!

Statue from Mixed Dimensions, repainted and customized by Kacpero

The team is expanding!

In addition to this, we can announce that our team has expanded, and we would like to introduce three new artists joining our ranks: Amalryk and Thymos.Theos being mainly painters, and Calamity, whose field of expertise is construction of dioramas, scenic bases, conversions and other modeling works. They will get more of an introduction soon (with their bios and galleries), but for now I just wanted to tell you that the family is growing bigger. 🙂

Calamity at work

All of them are great artists with a lot of individual style and their own preferences, but they have also been trained by Ańa to work as a team, like a well-oiled machine when needed.

There’s more…

And yes, there’s more to tell you about, but I don’t want to make this one too long. Instead I will just share a few more posts with you, detailing the parts you may be interested in, so stay tuned, keep your fingers crossed for us, and if here is any interesting project you would like to work with us on, just contact us and let’s discuss it. Maybe you find our work style suitable for your needs! 🙂

After all, it’s good to be back home! 😀

Fantasy Vikings warband

Sometimes you get a project that is just so cool that you can’t let it go. It was the case with these Vikings. Or not quite Vikings, but their fantasy equivalents.

It was a few months ago that we were asked if we could get an unique warband painted. Had it been a typical run-of-the-mill warband, it could have been just another project for us. But these models and the backstory behind them were so uncommon and so special that we decided we simply had to do them! The owner of the miniatures liked Benathai`s style the most and insisted on having him paint the models, and so we did!

The most unique warband

So what was so special about the models? Well, not all of them existed at the moment the project started. Some were still being designed, as the warband included a few models which were sculpted specifically for this project, so there are only single copies of these models in the world!

So here’s the whole warband, and if you want to see the individual models, look a bit further below.

Fantasy viking warband
Fantasy viking warband – you can see some spears are not attached. It’s intentional with shipping in mind. Sorry we cannot take photos of fully assembled models 🙁

Characters for the viking warband

So here’s the seer. Heavily inspired by the “Vikings” TV show. The representation is pretty accurate, isn’t it?

Now this guy is a bear. A Norse bear though, so he belongs in the warband:

These two, the archer and the spearman, may seem more generic, so why don’t you take a quick look at the freehands which mark them as more individual characters.

This is their warpriest. He wears adamantine armor and is basically shorter than the others, just because that’s the way dwarves are. 😀

Finally the last two models represent the same character, Magnus the Jotunkin brawler, in two different states. One is his usual form while the giant one is what he looks like when he’s going berserk and frenzy transforms him into his giant form.
No, he’s not the Hulk – he’s not green. 😉

Even if you are familar with currently available miniature ranges, you may be unable to recognize the models used for Magnus, because they were made specifically for this warband. Isn’t it great to have such unique pieces to represent your characters?

Have ideas for cool projects?

It’s cool to participate in creation of such personalized projects, which are important to their owners. So if you have any interesting project you would like us to work on, feel free to contact us about it, because we can help you make it happen!

Just a certain Genghis…

Recently we have received quite a few inquiries to paint some Hero Forge miniatures. More than before, which was already pretty surprising.

Honestly speaking we don’t know the reason, was it because of the Hero Forge miniatures Benathai painted before? Or because of the fact he did some for the very company. Regardless of the reasons, here is another one – a certain character inspired by the world of Conan.

The model was painted by Rejven, who he was too shy to post it here. However, we think it would be a shame to let it go unnoticed, so here a few more pictures: