Tutorials & Guides


Learn to Paint an Awesome Power Sword Step-by-Step (Brush Blending)

Whether you're trying to paint a power sword for Warhammer 40K, or a magical weapon for D&D the approach is really the same. So, I'll show you how to paint a cool, energy/magical looking weapon that will work on any type of blade, be it sword, axe, halberd, etc. This...continue reading

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Painting OSL (Object Source Lighting) for Your Miniatures [Tutorial]

OSL (object source lighting) is the process of painting a light effect on your miniature. The source of that light could be an object your miniature is holding, like a lamp, torch, or even magical flames. It could also be that the source of the light is not on the...continue reading

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How to Paint Lava Effects: Beginner & Advanced Techniques

At one point or another, we all find ourselves wanting/needing to paint lava for our miniatures. It's a great way to add a big visual impact to the basing of your miniatures, or to the miniature itself if it's a molten daemon, IE: Avatar of Khaine. So, today I want to show you how to go about painting your own lava. It's pretty simple to do and only requires a few paints. Painting Lava The basic principle you want to adhere to with lava is that it's brightest in the middle. The lava cools towards the sides where there's less...continue reading

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How to Paint Lava Effects for Miniatures (Beginner & Advanced Tutorials)

At one point or another, we all find ourselves wanting/needing to paint lava for our miniatures. It's a great way to add a big visual impact to the basing of your miniatures, or to the miniature itself if it's a molten daemon, IE: Avatar of Khaine. So, today I want...continue reading

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Learn How to Paint Lightning Bolts on Your Miniatures (Tutorial)

Learning how to paint lighting on your miniatures is honestly a lot easier than you probably think it is. The thing I think people get bogged down with is painting realistic lightning. The fact is that lightning comes in so many different colors, patterns, strengths, etc., that you really can't paint it wrong. Any vision you have for your lightning is perfectly acceptable, I assure you. So, stick around, read on, and see how easy it is to paint lightning patterns on your miniatures. Lightning References As I said, the color variations for lightning are endless. Not to mention patterns....continue reading

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Learning to Paint Freehand on Miniatures is Really Easy (Tutorial)

Painting freehand on miniatures is one of those things that scares painters. People think it's a lot harder to do than it really is. So, today I want to break that stigma and show you just how easily you can learn to paint freehand! I have three levels to take you through: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. You'll learn the basics of using shapes for your freehand, as well as some blending work to create more advanced results. As always, this is meant to guide you and help you learn. I want to give you the confidence you need so you...continue reading

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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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