Fernando Enterprises Pulls Through!

Fernando Enterprises – miniature painting service – Sri Lanka

I have been hearing about Fernando Enterprises for a very long time. At least 2 years ago a friend showed me some figures he had painted by them and he highly recommended them. I had considered it but never really taken the opportunity to really look into it. I had a local painter that does a fantastic job at a reasonable price.

Then the Greater Pacific War Project hit and I ended up with such a mountain of lead that I had few options. I split the task of painting the figures between my local guy and Fernando. I shipped about 300 figures to Sri Lanka with photos of what the uniforms should look like.

Before that occured though I wrote to find out price and time. It turns out they were not able to get my stuff done in time for Nashcon. However, its a global market economy. Often times what can’t be done in the standard way can be done if there is incentive. So, I did what any good capitalist would do. I offered more money. With more money they would be able to pay the workers a higher rate or get another worker. They accepted and the job got done. In fact the figures arrived earlier than agreed upon.

Now, you may have it in your mind that since wargaming doesn’t exist in Sri Lanka by evidence of no gaming companies and a poor economy that they won’t paint the figures to a good standard. You may think that the trade off for the price you pay is average workmanship. I am here to tell you that is not the case. I sent them photos of 60mm sized museum quality miniatures to show them what the uniforms should look like – how the camo pattern looked and how the overall figure should be colored. By God if they didn’t make my 20mm figures look exactly like the 60mm figures. All the way down to the actual colors used in the photograph were used by their artists.

I can’t tell you how amazed I was when I got the package. I should also note that they have the figures each individually bagged for safe transport. There isn’t a broken gun, bent figure or scratched paint chip in the whole lot. We are talking a reinforced company of figures here, not just a squad.

Adding up the shipping and the credit card sur-charge the price I paid was a little more per figure than I can get locally. However, the quality of the job, the speed in which they did it, the fantastic communication they continued with me from start to finish – you can’t put a price on that.

I fully recommend Fernando Enterprises. Watch the Greater Pacific War page for photos of the figures.

Later, I will also talk about the amazing service I’ve gotten from PaintedArmies.com – they did a brilliant job on my Japanese and “Photo” Dave Crenshaw, my local painter who did the other half of the Fernando shipment. Hat tip to both!

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