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  1. slave1pilot is offline slave1pilot
    Oct 20, 2008, 3:12 PM - Painting armour #1

    C3PO armor.
    A guy in my garrison contacted me to paint his C3PO armor for him.
    he doesn't want it gold, but AOTC style
    like this;



    I'm willing to give it a try, but have no idea what to charge.
    i don't like the "hourly" rate, cuz it can get way out of hand on a project this big.
    I like a flat fee - wether it takes 40 hours or 400, the guy pays the same price
    that way we are agreed from the start.

    what dou you guys think I should charge?
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    Oct 20, 2008, 3:46 PM - Re: Painting armour #2

    one...meeelion dollars

    *ba da dum!!*

    Of course, in today's economy that's not a lot of money....
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    Oct 20, 2008, 5:05 PM - Re: Painting armour #3

    Man, that's a toughie.....it's not as complex as say a Boba Fett helmet done all by hand (pre-template days ), but with all the subtleties it still will require some serious time.

    Right off hand I'm thinking of at least $700.
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    Oct 20, 2008, 5:22 PM - Re: Painting armour #4

    I think $700 sounds fair, but I would also take in to consideration if you have to do finishing work on it or if it comes ready to paint. Dose it need a display stand built for it? That kind of thing.
  5. slave1pilot is offline slave1pilot
    Oct 20, 2008, 5:28 PM - Re: Painting armour #5

    He says it's gold already, so it should be ready for paint.
    It will be a trooping costume, not display so no stand
    I'm just painting & weathering
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    Oct 21, 2008, 2:50 AM - Re: Painting armour #6

    wow ... he wants to paint a golden C3PO ... I would love to have a golden one ... looks thousand times better to me .. but thatīs just me ... I fro myself wouldnīt dare to paint a golden one... if it would be an unpainted kit ... ok ... but already golden ...

    you will have to sand it down, wonīt you?

    Because the AOTC Version isnīt golden at all, or?

    cheers,
    Manuel
  7. slave1pilot is offline slave1pilot
    Oct 21, 2008, 7:31 AM - Re: Painting armour #7

    well...
    after speaking to him about pricing (without saying any numbers) he has decided to tackle it himself
    too bad, coulda been a fun project
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    Oct 21, 2008, 8:28 PM - Re: Painting armour #8

    Quote slave1pilot said: View Post
    well...
    after speaking to him about pricing (without saying any numbers) he has decided to tackle it himself
    too bad, coulda been a fun project
    I guess he started to think that it was no small task and would require no small number

    I too would never paint a 3PO that is already gold/plated into an AOTC scheme....but that's just me. I like the ESB post Bespin 3PO's that I have seen.....all apart in the netting in a corner. VERY sheik geek cool prop8) ....did I just say that
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    Oct 22, 2008, 12:53 PM - Re: Painting armour #9

    I painted this 3-PO. Not nearly as difficult as the AOTC version but had about 5 or 6 colors of browns alone for the weathering.

    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/attac...1&d=1214190319
  10. Spideyfett is offline Spideyfett
    Oct 22, 2008, 1:02 PM - Re: Painting armour #10

    Quote slave1pilot said: View Post
    well...
    after speaking to him about pricing (without saying any numbers) he has decided to tackle it himself
    too bad, coulda been a fun project
    happens to me all the time.. ... most get scared off. They don't seem to realize what it takes to pull something like that off, "DONE RIGHT".... Prep alone causes me to Up the price way more....it's allot of work in the end....
  11. slave1pilot is offline slave1pilot
    Oct 22, 2008, 1:45 PM - Re: Painting armour #11

    Quote Spideyfett said: View Post
    happens to me all the time.. ... most get scared off. They don't seem to realize what it takes to pull something like that off, "DONE RIGHT".... Prep alone causes me to Up the price way more....it's allot of work in the end....

    I know
    i try not to do prep work if I can help it
    I tell people to have it ready for paint, that way they are happy with it & so am I.
    However, I usually end up doing some prep work anyway.
    Too many different opinions on what is "ready for paint"
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    Oct 24, 2008, 1:08 PM - Re: Painting armour #12

    Quote Spideyfett said: View Post
    happens to me all the time.. ... most get scared off. They don't seem to realize what it takes to pull something like that off, "DONE RIGHT".... Prep alone causes me to Up the price way more....it's allot of work in the end....
    Yeah but I mean... they' ve seen your work right? what do they expect having to pay after having seen your fett bucket's? they' re like... 1:1 screen accurate, it doesn' t get much better?

    but I agree.
    like this 3PO project, I guess people don' t realise what kind of work it takes to do it.

    Why are people willing to spend hundreds of dollars on a canvas painting where as the task of painting a prop or other 3D object is regarded as less... of a prestation.

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