Its a bit of common sense really. If you have 100 models where you only need to paint the weapon silver… thats kind of cheesy… if you have 100 models where you only painted the swords silver, why shouldnt they count.
For example i painted 20 something giant rats… took me 1 hr or so, including handlers and bases. I counted those as 5 minis. I also painted 29 saurus cold one riders where the cold ones had 3 base colors done and the sauri had 1 base color done. They took a loooot longer so i counted them
Being new to this and all, bear with me here… I currently have my score at +11 for Jan 2023:
Ironhead Squat Prospectors Gang (Necromunda)
Arkanaut Ironclad airship (AoS)
Grundstok Thunderers (AoS)
There’s 5 Thunderer models, 1 airship, and I miscounted the Ironhead gang, I assumed it was 5 but there’s 8…. I should be +14, however, I never intended to assemble or paint any of the Thunderers. I only bought them for conversions and have already cut apart most of the bodies and carved up the helmets to turn into suits of armour to go on display in a Dwarf armoury diorama.
So… I’m at +9 for sure then from the other models. Maybe just make it an even +10, as I’m intending to paint up the suits of armour for something that’s going to collectively count as -1 overall when it’s complete?
Basically if you intend use them count them, if your not sure bundle them like I had say 20 blunderbusses 80% done I touched up and finished the all but only counted them as 5 as they were full paint jobs
Something I think is worth considering: An award for just painting more than a certain amount. Perhaps someone still bought more than they painted, but made a good effort to paint a decent number of models.
Perhaps painting 100 models could get you a BATG honourary award if you don’t manage a negative score?
Yes, the point keeping is somewhat flawed, as someone who painted just three miniatures last year (me) should not have a comparable ranking to someone who ended up positive but was overall really productive. But then again, I would not take BATG too serious. In the end, it’s just a reminder for us to think about all the unpainted miniatures in our collection before pressing that buy button.