I have always painted my own figures. Over the years I have painted figures for others, friends and sometimes for eBay. I never thought I would pay someone else to paint them for me because painting and modelling are as important to me as actually gaming it is part of the holy trinity of the hobby. I was excited when I took the plunge starting Flames of War after more than a decade of GW games my enthusiasm was rekindled as I discovered a new seam of hobby gold.
What I wasn't ready for was my impatience; I no longer have the free time I once did and I had given myself double the trouble by purchasing both axis and allies armies so that I could encourage one of my pals to play with zero investment.
While I was painting my Panzergrenadiers and all the problems of moving from 28mm to 15mm started to reveal themselves, I started to look round for someone to help me out with the painting.
There are plenty of choices on the Internet and the prices vary a fair amount; after a lot consideration I went cheap and had my British Airborne Paratroopers painted by an online commission painter. What I got in return was ok but definitely gaming standard. I wasn't unhappy but it wasn't as good as I hoped. So I persevered with my own work and I improved by the time I was finishing my Panzergrenadiers. Infantry are definitely more of a chore than a pleasure and some of this is because I didn't know what I am painting, or what colour it should be.
So now we get to the Fallschirmjäger in question. I bought the company box set because they were nearly 50% off, did I need them? No. Had I planned to build a Fallschirmjäger company? No, in standard gamer mode I bought them because they were cool and cheap. Pretty much at the same time a Fallschirmjäger company was selling on eBay, I contacted the seller, Matt @ Tarnowski's Table, and discussed commissions, timescales prices (double what I had previously paid) and committed myself to paying once again. To fund this project I cleared some of my lead mountain and very quickly covered the costs
The results are excellent and this is an area where you truly get what you pay for.
If you have the money or can fund it out of the surplus of never to be started/finished projects you should give it some thought.