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    Default Painted Miniatures do not make good gifts

    A few years ago I got back into painting miniatures after being out of the hobby for quite some time. A buddy of mine heard that I was painting. He was an old time D&D player who had fallen out of the hobby. He gave me a bunch of his old, unpainged 1980s Ral Partha miniatures.

    This past Christmas, my buddy was given a copy of Castle Ravenloft for Christmas. It's basically a D&D "light" party game. You have a predefined party of fighter, ranger, rogue, magic user and cleric. The board game comes with a bunch of plastic miniatures to represent the characters. He really got into the game and we played it at a few get togethers.

    Since he enjoyed it so much, I took five of the Ral Partha miniatures he had given me and painted up a nice fighter, ranger, rogue, magic user and cleric. (http://www.coolminiornot.com/299286?browseid=1276506, http://www.coolminiornot.com/294554?browseid=1276506, and http://www.coolminiornot.com/294555?browseid=1276506) He was very thankful for the gift.

    This past weekend, we threw a party and my buddy brought over the Castle Ravenloft game. There, tossed in the box with all of the other cards, counters, and other pieces, were the five painted miniatures. The sword of the ranger was bent and missing all paint. The raised points of all miniatures had chips of missing paint, chipped noses, etc. Pretty much the type of damage you would expect if you tossed your painted miniatures in a box with a bunch of stuff and shook it all up.

    I discussed this story with another painting enthusiast that I know. He dug into a box that he had and pulled a similarly abused D&D miniature that he had given as a gift to a buddy a few years prior.

    Lesson learned: Non-Painters just don't understand the work that goes into the miniatures.

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    I hope you chopped his fingers off in response?
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v433/freak-in-a-cage/freakinacage-1.jpg

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    Perhaps the gift should have included a cut foam box to store them in between games (and an few extra layers of varnish)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tercha View Post
    Perhaps the gift should have included a cut foam box to store them in between games (and an few extra layers of varnish)
    Actually, the gift did include this. Three layers of varnish and a gift box.

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    The gift was for him and if he liked it and used it and is still happy then your gift is not wasted at all and is still a lovely gift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommie Soule View Post
    The gift was for him and if he liked it and used it and is still happy then your gift is not wasted at all and is still a lovely gift.
    This! ^ Don't feel bad, he must love playing with them!

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    It's just battle damage

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    I did this for a now ex i painted up gandalf on shadowfax for her nothing majorly amazing my talents aren't that great but i was skint her birthday was coming up she was a huge lord of the rings fan and she said get me something personal jobs a good 'un i was even careful to pack it properly and warn her about the arm not being the most secure thing i should have pinned it but you know how things are in a rush

    well the relationship didn't work out (go figure) and when returning some of my stuff she asked if i could fix it my response was prob not what she was looking for knowing how uncaring she was for her or anyone else's belongings...she returned my italian suit balled up in a box... So i just told herif you can't glue it shove it in a drawer i want to see it about as much as i want to see you right now

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    I've run into that as well. My brother is a HUGE Star Wars fan. With encouragement from his girlfriend, I bought and painted the Darth Vader and Luke and Yoda 80mm kits from Knight Models. I was so proud of the work I put into it. Six months later, I ran into the models ( I live with him and his gf currently) in a closet, still in the box and gift bag I wrapped them in. I was a bit disappointed but he did eventually dig them out and display them. Upon conversation, I believe that he just forgot about them in his busy life and will perhaps paint more for him at some point. But the point still stands that those who don't paint... can't really appreciate the time, patience, and heart that goes into these models.

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    As people have said... the gift is now the recipient's, and they can do what they like with it. Of course, it's pretty disrespectful to treat a handmade gift poorly, but ignorance of how much work went into it is sometimes an excuse. It never hurts to gently hint at that, just in case...

    Any minis I've painted as gifts have been generally well-received, GW's LOTR line made great gifts especially for a while after the films came out. The only known mutilation was one figure that was passed around at the birthday party and dropped on its head, but even that was fix-able. Doh!

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    OP--I wouldn't say all non-painters don't get it. My best friend who is a non-painter and my parents love it when I give them painted minis. They proudly display them in curio cabinets or in glass bells on their desks at work. You just have to know your audience. With minis that are meant to be played with, possibly explain to friends to keep them protected in a small box with some foam or bubble wrap. That way they stay nice for play for a long time.

    It's discouraging to hear these kinds of stories. Amy Brehm had one this week as well about a "friend" who didn't appreciate the time that had gone into painting. It's frustrating . . . very frustrating.

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    I agree with OP, I was given some miniatures on the condition that I painted up an old Great Eagle model, I greenstuffed the wings back on and resculpted some feathers, did a really nice paintjob and a custom base and gave it to the guy. Later on I found the miniature lying in the break room at work all broken. I rescued it and took it home, poor eagle

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    I bought some miniatures into work a couple of days ago as my boss was interested in what it was i spent all my time doing! So i bought in a landraider (50+ hours painting) a unit of paladins (50+ hours) a keeper of secrets (30 hours), demon prince (20 hours) and a unit of 3 screamers that i sculpted from scratch and am immensely proud of and took maybe 20 hours sculpting and painting each. They could appreciate the work that went into them but they didint understand that they are plain plastic or metal kits and every colour on them had to be created and layered and blended etc and when asked what do i do with them i explained a little about the game (40k) to which my boss replied "so, do you like throw them at each other or throw things at them?" I spat my coffee all over my computer! Did they not just hear me say "yes this one took me OVER 50 HOURS to paint!!!"

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    I was in a D&D game that had a miniature by Haley, a couple of Foersters, and two of my paint jobs bringing the table down. After a battle, the guy who owned the Haley reached out, swept all of the minis into his hand, and lifted them off the mat. We of course did the Reaching-Out-In-Slow-Motion-While-Yelling-"Noooooo!" bit, and nearly lost it when he said, "What? They all have Dull Cote on them, right?"

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