Thankyoukindly. I know what you mean. I'm not taking the steps on a new career here, but I am exploring the possibility of a new source of, while not income, then grocery money. So I approached this a little like a business decision, choosing SMs because they're much easier to paint than, say, Blood Bowl, and sticking to the popular chapters (next is Blood Angels). Also it seems the bottom is falling out of painted regular space marines and the market has moved onto Primaris, which is good in one way as they can sell as much for a group of three to five as a whole squad of ten regular SMs, so the cost is often offset on the number while the amount of time painting is much reduced.
On top of that, I'll be testing out ways that deliver eyecatching effects that require the minimum amount of time in application. So, for example, battle damage adds as much visual impact as edge highlighting but requires much less time to apply, and has the added bonus of hiding some painting mistakes that came before it. Cocky's work has been instructive in adding contract, and while it's not obvious here it's something I'm planning to apply more going on.
I've got a spread sheet where I'm going to be recording how much time I spent on things, how mcuh they sold for and the like.
While these took 9 hours, I think I can get it much lower down with practice and if I can get more dedicated painting time. Having to set up and pack away adds time. And while, as I said I'm not looking at a career move here, I was prompted by the possibility of having reduced hours or a redundancy due to Covid. My wife's work is secure, luckily, and something that does factor in to the maths is if I am made redundant and this is something that will factor into house finances, I don't have to make what I was earning in my day job for it make a real impact. Not having to put my kids in after school care and child care due to working from home means we'd save an significant weekly cost, so making up the shortfall wouldn't be outside of the realms of imagination.
Anyway, just me thinking out loud and giving my thought process.
I ordered some primaris... uh, I can't remember their names, the ones with the plasma guns. They're a hot ticket item right now and they go in squads of five, so that should be easy enough. I have a couple of easy Blood Angels guides to follow for those.