100 Things a Miniature Painter Needs or Wants

100 essential items for miniature painters

Do you paint miniatures? If so, you’ve probably realized how much stuff you’re going to need or want. The miniature painting hobby if given enough time and pressure will create a veritable mountain of doo-dads and widgets galore.

Well, I’m not here to stop you on your slippery slide to financial ruin and despair. Minimalism is great for the utilitarian, but is the complete antithesis of the hobbyist. 

I don’t like the sound of all the lists he’s making.

Ben Stein, speech writer, actor, author, TV personality and more

Here’s a list of things you may need or want to get for your journey as a miniature hobbyist.

100 Things You May Need or Want for Painting Miniatures

(Arranged alphabetically)

3D printer (PLA/SLA)

Air compressor

Airbrush

Alligator clips

Basing flock

Battery-operated micro engraver

Blue/white sticky tack

Brass rod

Brush Restorer/Cleaner

Brush soap

Brush-on or aerosol primers

Brushes

Caliper

Camera

Chairs and stools

Clippers

Compact vacuum

Cork boards and toppers

Cotton-tipped buds

Decal solution

Dip pens

Drills and burrs

Dry palette

Enamel varnish/Dullcote

Epoxy putty

Epoxy resins

Eye droppers

Files, all types

Flow improver

Forceps

Gaffer’s tape

Glass and plastic containers/all sizes

Glaze Medium

Gloss varnish

Gloves

Glue/all-kinds

Gravel fine/medium/coarse

Hair dryer

Hobby knife/utility knives/extra blades

Hobby saw/coping saw

Hot-glue gun

Lamps and other lights

Lightbox for photography

Low tack tape

Machine oil/lubricants

Magnets

Magnifying lamp

Masking fluid

Matte varnish

Micro-pens

Mineral spirits

Modeling compound

Music player/speakers

Notebook

Paint

Painting holder/clamps/handles

Paint organizer

Paint shaker

Paint thinners

Palette knife

Paper clips

Parafilm

Parchment paper

Pastel sticks

Pencils

Pens

Photography backdrop

Pin vise

Plastic card

Plastic putty/gap-filler

Powdered pigment

Reamer

Reference photos/image album

Respirator masks

Rubbing alcohol

Ruler

Sand

Sand paper

Satin varnish

Scissor

Scrappers/mold-line removal tool

Sculpting tools

Self-sealing cutting board or mat

Sharp etching scribe

Sonic cleaner

Sponge

Spray bottle

Tables/desks

Talcum powder

Thin gauge wire

Tongue depressors

Toothbrush

Toothpicks

Tripod

Turn-table

Tweezers

Water rinsing container or pot

Wearable magnifying system

Wet palette

Wire cutters

List version updated: 10-12-18

100 items that miniature painters want or need
I’ve kept a lot of lists in my time as a commissioned miniature painter and hobbyist. I use them to track my supplies, material consumption, and simply to keep a record of project tasks that are updated. 

Help me improve our list by providing suggestions for what to add, revise, and update. If you have a blog or website you’d like me to link that is directly related to this list, please let me know. You can contact me here (send a message).


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