Guides and Tips


A Simple Guide to Miniature Paint Brushes from a Painter

This guide isn't aimed at telling you what the best paint brush is, but to inform you on making decisions regarding miniature paint brushes. The paint brushes you use are very important. The wrong brush can turn an easy technique into something that feels impossible. I've been painting miniatures since 2006 and I've learned a lot in those years. That experience is what I want to share with you today to help you make good choices for miniature paint brushes. Anatomy of a Paint Brush The basic components to a brush are: bristles, ferrule, crimp, and handle. Bristles - Holds...continue reading

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A Simple Guide to Miniature Paint Brushes – Tips & Advice

This guide isn't aimed at telling you what the best paint brush is, but to inform you on making decisions regarding miniature paint brushes. The paint brushes you use are very important. The wrong brush can turn an easy technique into something that feels impossible. I've been painting miniatures since 2006 and I've learned a lot in those years. That experience is what I want to share with you today to help you make good choices for miniature paint brushes. Anatomy of a Paint Brush The basic components to a brush are: bristles, ferrule, crimp, and handle. Bristles - Holds...continue reading

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Painting Battle Damage & Weathering on Miniatures (Tutorial)

There are countless techniques and methods for painting battle damage and weathering on your miniatures. I couldn't begin to cover them all. However, I did want to talk about it, the concepts behind it, and show you how I do it. Learning to do battle damage and weathering is a great way to add some detail and life to your miniatures. So, keep on reading and you'll be doing it in no time. What is Battle Damage & Weathering? First things first, what's the difference between battle damage and weathering? Battle damage is what happens to something in combat, during...continue reading

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Tips & Advice for Painting Shading and Highlighting on Miniatures

Shading and highlighting miniatures will really step up your painting game. Not only does it add more elements of realism to the model, it also lets the model stand out on a tabletop when you're playing games. This is ultimately why we do it, to make the miniature stand out. I'll explain that and how to achieve it. What's the Point? The thing with miniatures is they are small and you are using them at a distance. Being able to pick up the lighting on armor that's 4ft. from your eyes might not be so easy if it's not exaggerated....continue reading

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How to Dry Brush Miniatures – Simple & Effective Highlighting Technique

One of the first painting techniques new painters want to learn is how to dry brush miniatures. There's a good reason too. It's a very simple technique for highlighting a model and it's very easy to learn. So, if you're a new painter and looking to learn how to dry brush miniatures, then you stumbled into the right article. Dry Brushing for Miniatures Dry brushing is a form of highlighting. It's the easiest to learn and also fun to do. Highlighting a miniature shows light and in turn shadows. It's something we do in miniature painting to really push the...continue reading

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A Look at My Unique Miniature Photography Setup (DIY Light Box)

Having struggled for years with a good light box setup for miniature photography, I eventually figured out a good solution that was cheap to setup and works really well. This is the same setup I use today and I thought it was about time I shared it. The Early Light Box Setup When I first started painting miniatures I refused to take pictures of them. Not only was my painting quality lacking, I also had no real way to take pictures of them. At least any way that wasn't a huge pain my butt. Eventually though, I put together a...continue reading

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How to Do Layering for Miniature Painting (Tutorial)

One of the most basic and fundamental things to learn with miniature painting is layering. It really is the foundation of pretty much everything. With a good understanding of layering you can do most any technique out there with some practice. So, today I'm going to walk through the concept of layering and show you how to do it. Layering Painting Technique The concept of layering is simple. It is to add a layer of paint over an existing layer, typically leaving some of the previous layer visible. The reason for leaving some of the previous layer showing is to...continue reading

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Chronicles of Thor #7: Blood Bowl, Painting Tutorials & Organizing

It's been a busy month for me and I feel like I've gotten quite a bit accomplished. Let's see... Undead Team (Cryptkickers) If you missed it, I managed to get my Undead team all painted up for Blood Bowl, who I have named the Cryptkickers. I had a blast working on the team and managed to get them done early for #Squaduary. Next week starts our 4th season of Blood Bowl at my FLGS, hence the rush on the team. Here's the roster I've come up with: Ghoul x 2Wight x 2Mummy x 2SkeletonZombie x 4Re-rolls x 3 That puts...continue reading

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A Beginner’s Guide on How to Start Painting Miniatures

So, you've picked up your first models and it's time to paint your first miniatures, but where do you begin and how do you even paint them? I'm here to help guide beginners through the process of painting miniatures and make it less intimidating. Let's just dive in! How to Start Painting Miniatures There's a lot that can be said about painting miniatures. However, the basics are very simple and that's what I want to discuss to get you painting your first miniature quickly. I'm not going to bog you down in lingo and make it seem an impossible hobby...continue reading

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Edge Highlighting Is Easier to Learn Than You Think (Tutorial)

Learning to do edge highlighting is one of those things that will push your miniature painting from mediocre to good. There's some basic principles you need to follow for painting a miniature well. One of those is shading to create depth, and on the other side of that is highlighting to show light. So, today I'll explain edge highlighting a bit and show you how to do it for your miniatures. It really is easier than you think. Why Edge Highlight? Painting a miniature without shading or highlights will give you a very flat looking model. By shading and highlighting...continue reading

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Really Simple Glazing Tutorial for Painting Miniatures

You've probably heard the term glazing before in reference to miniature painting. Maybe you're wondering what glazing is? While I don't know the proper technical definition an art teacher may tell you, I can explain to the best of my ability. Glazing is applying translucent paint over another layer of paint to alter the color in some way. It may be that a glaze is used to add saturation, or it could be used to completely change the color underneath. Either way, you're altering the appearance of paint by applying a glaze. I'm sure someone has a much better explanation,...continue reading

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Why Do You Suck at Painting? Learning the Hobby

This one popped up on one of the Facebook groups a while ago. New to the game and suck at painting. Any tips for a beginner? Why do you suck at painting? Because you’re beginning. This is a new hobby. You’ve not done it before. I am not specifically targeting the person in the post, it’s just the first one that I could find. I want to use this example to remind us all that we were beginners. And, like anything, being a beginner is hard. Because it’s supposed to be! Because you don’t wake up and decide today you’re...continue reading

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How to Use Washes for Painting Miniatures (Tips & Advice)

Using washes when painting your miniatures can save you a ton of time. They're great at quickly shading a model to give it depth, and it's really easy to do. It's perfect if you've got to batch paint a lot of stuff, or you just want to save some time. Like anything in miniature painting, there's a few tips and tricks that will go a long way to helping you get the result you want. So, I'll show you how to wash your miniatures and share what I've learned over the years. Buying Washes First things first, where do you...continue reading

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4 Different Ways to Paint Skulls & Bones for Miniatures (Tutorial)

I'll be showing you 4 different ways that I use to paint skulls and bones on my miniatures. There's way more than 4 approaches to painting skulls or bones, it's just these are the 4 techniques I always use the most depending on what I need. The techniques I'll show you will range from easy to advanced. Sometimes you just need to get something done, and other times you want that skull to be a focal point. I've got you covered either way. The other difference with my techniques is the color tone of the skulls. Two of the techniques...continue reading

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Glossary of Miniature Painting Terms with Examples

This is something I wish I had when I got into painting miniatures, a glossary of terms. Like any hobby, there's a lot of terminology involved, more than you'd think, so I've put together a list of those terms, what they mean, and examples of them when possible. Not everything in the list is a painting term. Some of the things covered are painting items and tools. I felt I had to cover a few of them as they are referenced in the terms explained. Miniature Painting Terms You'll find the list is in alphabetical order. Also, there's a handy...continue reading

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