I've been painting miniatures for a short while now and was wondering how much people usually pay to have their minis painted.

After researching a bit I've narrowed my options down. I've decided there are two possible ways that I could price the mini paint-jobs. Which do you think would be more practical?

  1. Create a set price for each size of figure, regardless of complexity. (ie. 1 square-sized figure is this price, 2-square sized figure is that price, and so on) The price ranges I've discovered per piece is anywhere from $2.50-$4.00 per 1 square figure.

  2. Base the pricing around the time it takes to paint the piece rather than the size. More like an "hourly wage". This way I could maybe make an average hourly rate and *potential customers could pay for a specific amount of time to be dedicated to each figure, etc.

Any advice is appreciated~

Collection of 3 ![WIP][1]

Earth Golemn ![WIP][1]

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    \$\begingroup\$ Advice: act like a buyer for a while and go find out what people sell for (and where). Then you have your data. We can't replicate that market research for you. And besides which, even if we tried, it will vary enormously based on where you are and over time. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Nov 26 '13 at 22:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ I see, well I will try that then. Thanks ^^ \$\endgroup\$ – user9911 Nov 26 '13 at 22:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ Aside, those are pretty nice paint jobs. I have no idea what the range of pricing tends to be, but you can probably demand something in the upper half of whatever range your research finds. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Nov 27 '13 at 1:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ Haha thanks, I get a little carried away. I edited the question as well now that I've researched a little bit ^^ \$\endgroup\$ – user9911 Nov 27 '13 at 2:00
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    \$\begingroup\$ The current question, whilst valid, is primarily opinion based. We don't field opinion based questions, since they break down in our format. \$\endgroup\$ – doppelgreener Nov 27 '13 at 2:19

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