OK so I'm conflicted. My early thoughts on the subject of painting and scoring are being derailed by my new mindset and I just don't know what to do.
Today I'm going to talk a bit about painting, judging and commission painting. Lets get to it!
I know I paint because I just love doing it. I need things in my life to take up my time and I am addicted to the good vibes I have when I get done with a force or even a single fig. I also have the time in my every day life to dedicate to painting and a woman who understands my addiction.
Life gets in the way, lets face it. Some just don't like to paint, some don't like what they do get done and get disappointed.
In the beginning I didn't understand these kind of things and really was a bit of a paint snob.
Enter true story to prove how bad I got and how it changed my mind.
I have had a little experience in being a TO and as a lover of the game it wasn't long before a local store ask me to run some end of the month games. No big deal right?
Everything was good for a few until I had a judging "mishap" that opened my eyes.
I came from a background of gamers that all painted their own figs and were judged on a check list at every local event. This to me was the norm and as such I took it with me when I moved away. Now to the event at hand. I was going around scoring the paint, when I ask a guy about his work he says "I don't know, ask Tom he painted it. I cant paint for crap!". This was a total curve ball for me and I remarked to him that I didn't know how to score some one who didn't paint their own stuff.
At the end of the day I gave the paint award to a sub-par army because of my own belief that people should do their own painting. This caused a big blow up on the net after and really made me rethink my ways.
Add to this the fact that I now paint for others and have some great friends who do commission work as well.
Now I'm in the group that likes to see painted armies on the table so much I don't care how you get it done. DIY, commish or even Ebay it all works to the same end.
But how do we score it?
Is there something wrong with buying an army that is painted to a standard that is above your own talents? is it like buying an award? Should there be two categories in painting, one for DIY and one for just BUY? I don't know, its a tall fence and a part of me is on each side.
The last thing I want to do is end up playing at my FLGS and have a duel for top paint score be mine and mine that my friend has. (wait that would be kinda cool!) But is it fair?
So I ask is there a problem with the way we do things in the paint scoring/judging department?