5 Tips for Hiring a Miniatures Painter – Wargaming Recon #164

Reasons Why You’d Hire a Minis Painter.

  • Are you unhappy with the way you paint or think you’re a bad painter?
  • Don’t have the time to paint your models?
  • Want to focus on other aspects of the hobby?
  • You could be helping a friend out with their new venture.
  • Maybe you have lots of spare money.

5 Tips for Hiring a Miniatures Painter

1) Have a clear vision of your project
2) Word of Mouth can be the best way to find a painter to hire
3) Communicate your needs, desires, and wants to the painter
4) Have a written agreement with the painter.
5) Understand what you’re getting into and how the painter works

Screen Shot 2014-12-07 at 6.48.24 PM

1) Have a clear vision of your project Know what you want done.

Don’t think “I want some of these guys and maybe some of those” painted. Without knowing exactly what you want to happen you may be doomed to suffer disappointment.

2) Word of Mouth can be the best way to find a painter to hire

You may not personally know any miniatures painters but perhaps your friends do. Converse with your friends and with people you trust online to discern who they used. Ask them to share their experiences with you including the bad ones. Discover what they liked and disliked about a given miniatures painter. Learn what the person painted. You may be successful hiring a painter out of the blue without any foreknowledge of them but don’t bet on it.

3) Communicate your needs, desires, and wants to the painter

Be up front with the entire scope of the project including your expected timetable. Saying “I’m in no hurry” tells the painter they can put your project on the back burner whenever they want, be truthful with your expectations but also realistic.  It takes longer and costs more to paint Napoleonic soldiers than it does a bunch of unclothed Zulu warriors.

4) Have a written agreement with the painter.

Be sure it protects BOTH of you.  It should state the scope of the project, terms of payment, and deadlines. Don’t expect the project to go sour.  But, sometimes things come up and sometimes people are dishonest. The contract or agreement can offer recourse to you if the painter fails to achieve the project. It also gives the painter options if you fail to follow through.

5) Understand what you’re getting into and how the painter works

If the painter has never painted an entire army of 100+ models before maybe you shouldn’t be their first. If you want someone to paint WW2 models, then it might not be a good idea to hire someone who predominantly paints Napoleonics. In other words know the painter’s style. Also realize that the project may cost slightly more than your quote. Making a lot of modifications or requiring more work to be done after the project begins can increase cost, It can be very expensive to hire someone to paint your models. Don’t spend more than you can afford.  Even if you have buckets of money only spend what you can.

Future Episodes

I’ll look at this topic down the road from the point of view of minis painters and that of customers.  You can be sure that I’ll have more tips to share with you in those episodes.

Listener Mail


Via our Facebook page:

  1. Listener Richard said of Ep 162 Wargaming Against Depression with Joshua Shoobridge  “If he played as badly as me it wouldn’t help. I find my hobby is a way to relax and separate myself from work and life – you need something to occupy your mind, stops you dwelling on things ;)”

Do you have questions, comments, or constructive feedback? Then please share it with us on FacebookTwitter, or via e-mail at jonathan@wargamingrecon.com.

Wargaming Recon is dedicated to the memory of long time listener Andrew who helped to give the show its name.  I ask all listeners to join me in a moment of silence in Andrew’s honor.

Do You Like Wargaming Recon, then Review the show

If you like what you hear please consider reviewing us on iTunes & Stitcher Radio.

iTunes and Stitcher Radio are some of the most popular ways for listeners to find podcasts. Why not help a potential new listener find our show and help grow the hobby?

Recent Reviews



Screen Shot 2014-12-07 at 6.48.24 PM
Patreon backers get the newest episodes FIRST

Don’t want to wait?  Support Wargaming Recon through Patreon. It costs as little as $1 per per month. That is less than a cup of coffee.
Thank you to:

  1. Dave & the Wargames @ BattleShades Facebook group
  2. Patrick
  3. Chris Parker of Day of Battle Games


Great Wargaming Survey 2016

WSS will be sharing a video of me asking you to take the 2016 Great Wargaming Survey.
Hope you’ll enjoy the video and also take the survey.

Facebook Giveaway

FREE Matthew Ebel digital album to the 1,500th person to “Like” our Facebook page.  To enter simply Like our Facebook page.  If you are the 1,500th person, we will contact you for an e-mail address to send the digital album.  Right now we are 4 Likes away from reaching 1,500!


New Kickstarter for you to look at.  I’ll do a show devoted to it. Worldographer: Hexographer 2.

Wargaming Recon LIVE Page

Jonathan is recording Wargaming Recon LIVE for your viewing pleasure. You can watch the live streaming episodes through our brand new LIVE page.
It shows the live streaming recording, a calendar of upcoming live recordings, and it features a chatroom for you to chat with other listeners and with Jonathan!

Please visit our LIVE page to be an active part of the community.

Screen Shot 2015-07-03 at 8.22.22 PM
Wargaming Recon is Proudly Sponsored by:

The Maine Historical Wargamers Association (they’re the people behind HUZZAH “Historical Wargaming for New England”) are a new sponsor for the show. So grateful for their support. Please be sure to go to Huzzah May 19-21, 2017 at the Doubletree Inn in South Portland, Maine. I’ll be there doing a LIVE podcast recording.

Screen Shot 2015-07-18 at 4.02.23 PM

Screen Shot 2015-07-18 at 4.05.10 PM


Many thanks to Jeremy Kostiew, Troll ITC’s logo designer, for our amazing logo. Check out his portfolio at MightyNightGaunt.com

Penny for Your Thoughts

We hope you enjoy this episode of Wargaming Recon and welcome your feedback. Send it all to:

Our Theme Song

Downtown” by Matthew Ebel is our theme song. Please give his other music a listen at www.matthewebel.com.


This recording is licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.