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Plarzoid
14-03-2014, 07:58 PM
You all know how this works.

Let's shoot for $100, and raise the bar once we get there, seeing how far I can go?

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Starting funds: $10
Goal: $100

Velmarius Elazarin: -$6.49(mini) +$25 -$1.03(Paypal) -$2.50(eBay) -$5.80(S&H) = +$9.18

Current Funds: $19.18
Current profit/loss: +$9.18

S_Dalsgaard
14-03-2014, 08:25 PM
What will be your first mini on the auction block?

Plarzoid
14-03-2014, 08:43 PM
What will be your first mini on the auction block?

I'm not sure! I'm going to look through my Reaper minis, and see if I can't make a playable D&D piece from one of those.

I don't have any plinths or wood blocks for a more display oriented piece, so I'm going to aim for the playable crowd to get started. I have loads of extra bases, and I shouldn't have a problem putting something together.

I'll definitely be posting when I pick something out!

S_Dalsgaard
14-03-2014, 08:48 PM
Looking forward to see your progress.

Plarzoid
17-03-2014, 05:27 AM
For my first mini, I'll be doing Velmarius Elazarin, Reaper #60070.
https://www.reapermini.com/graphics/gallery/4/60070_w_1.jpg

Cost: -$6.49
Cash remaining: $3.51

Thus far, he's out of th eblister and mold lines are cleaned up. He had a nasty mold shift along the robes on his right side, and I had to use the egg-shaped diamond bit on my Dremel to get in there and smooth out the ledges in among all the curves of the robe. It was a pain, but should turn out OK. I'll know once I get some paint on him.

Plarzoid
21-03-2014, 03:18 PM
Velmarius is primed and the blue base of his cloak airbrushed on. Still lots to do, but progress is progress.

Darklord
21-03-2014, 04:11 PM
good luck! I have a reaper just gone on ebay and about to start another one when I have written this post

Plarzoid
24-03-2014, 05:47 PM
WIP of Velmarius, just a few tweaks and then he's ready for a base.

http://i.imgur.com/vo3PCAcl.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/jK0NDuQl.jpg?1

Plarzoid
25-03-2014, 07:31 PM
Based and ready for sale! I need to take some better photos for the auction, but I'm glad he's done.

http://i.imgur.com/ZkJJXeEl.jpg?1
http://i.imgur.com/qJFKjwol.jpg?1

Plarzoid
29-03-2014, 11:45 PM
... And my first eBay auction is up!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/231192085002?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Plarzoid
22-04-2014, 10:28 PM
And it sold for $25, for a net profit of $9 or so.

Lessons learned:

Charge for shipping, that hurts
Paint something that has an established character - RPG minis are too personal to try and play the market with (unless they're villains, maybe)

Plarzoid
25-04-2014, 02:24 PM
Next model up is PP's Rhupert Carvolo:

http://privateerpress.com/files/products/41015_RhupertCarvoloPiperofOrd_WEB.jpg

Darklord
25-04-2014, 02:31 PM
not a fan of that model myself. Will be interesting to see how the PP sells compared to GW