Exclusive Painting And Scenics Design Service
TVAG is now thrilled and privileged to showcase the talents of master
modeler, painter, wargame rules writer, and children's book author, Howard Whitehouse.
Now, in his own words, let us hear from the Artist himself!
"I paint to what I think of as a B+ standard (i.e. there are some great, great painters who spend 3 hours on a figure, with
spectacular results, but I am not one of them). I paint "good" figures in 1/2 an hour! Actually, I paint 20
"good" figures in 10 hrs, which amounts to the same thing.
In most cases the customer sends me his figures and I return them
painted, although I have been known to deliver--when my customers
are in the immediate neighborhood, or coming to the same convention
I am. It never hurts to ask!
Customers buying figures from TVAG (e.g. "B'hoys!" or
subsequent lines) may do so without paying the usual postage. This
will be absorbed by TVAG as these figures are sent to me for
painting. The only time customers pay return postage is when
I've finished and they're on their way to you. How's that for fair?
I build custom scenery of almost any type, and my work has been
featured in Wargames Illustrated, the Courier and Historical
Miniatures Gamer. I specialize in rock formations, with
caves and waterfalls as desired, but I’ll have a go at almost
anything smaller than Blenheim
Palace--actually, I prefer scruffy peasant dwellings to the great
houses of the world, but I’ve built Country Manors and Chinese
Terms, Details... Stuff
"I charge $7.50 per single 28mm figure, $15.00 per horse and
rider, based and varnished any way you like, less for clearly simple
items, a bit more for things that have complex assembly (Artillery,
Vehicles of all kinds, etc) or, say, Elven heroes or Marshal Murat.
Smaller scale prices are: 20mm are $4.00/$8.00 each, 15mm are
$3.00/$6.00, and 10mm $1.50/$3.00. I’d have to think about smaller
figures! I paint soft plastic (a la old Airfix, Revell,
Atlantic, etc) and resin at the same rates.
If you have 54mm figures (metal, plastic, or whatever), let's
talk before I make you a promise!
my custom Terrain work prices on the cost of materials, plus $15 an
hour; This means, effectively, that a painted Arab house may run
$30, a half-timbered Elizabethan $50, though quite a big rock butte
may only be $20-25. Talk to me about other terrain pieces.
Shipping charges are based on actual cost at the mid-grade rate,
with insurance; there's a cheaper rate, but I've had problems with
parcels getting squashed, kicked about, etc, at that rate, and I
don't want that. If you need something faster, you may
certainly pay for that, too!"
Write to Howard and address any questions you have
about painting projects or custom terrain or set pieces via TVAG
(note the E-mail Link on the left!) and he will get back in touch
with you directly. Together you can work out prices and
shipping terms before actually sending anything to him. He believes
in charging only the actual shipping and insurance costs, and will
work with you regarding the oddities posed by, for instance,
Australian customs regulations.
When your deal is made, make payment via personal check or
money order made payable to "Patrick R. Wilson" (I know, but if you
send it to Howard he'll just waste it on food and shelter). The fastest
means of payment, of course, is via PayPal using the TVAG@att.net
account. Please be sure to provide a shipping address and contact
information (at least a daytime phone number or--best of all--an E-mail address)
in case Howard has any questions or news you need to know.
Howard's library of uniform information is the
product of thirty+ years of collecting (since the Waterloo books
he got when he was twelve), but he'll want your input on
uniforms and other colour schemes. You can have your figures
painted as you like!
Howard regards his work as part of a personal
relationship with customers, and will maintain contact by
phone or email regarding progress, questions about uniform
detail, or just to say hello. He will consider any size
project, but because he prefers not to keep
customers waiting more than about three months ahead,
he may ask that large jobs be broken into smaller
"bites." He thinks it's unfair to have
customers wait until their infant children go to
college before they get their figures painted!
Act in the next five minutes, and Howard will throw in an Amazing
Wizzo-Blunt X-acto Blade as your special free gift!