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Is Miniature Painting a Fat Trap or Healthy Hobby? (Editorial)

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Painting miniatures is a sedentary hobby where you don’t exert a lot of physical energy. I’ve wondered whether the activity that we spend hours doing is unhealthy. Miniature painting is not exercise. Sure it’s great fun but the key question is whether our mini painting hobby is contributing to unhealthy habits with food and our …

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What is Grimdark? Miniature Painting Dark Fantasy and Reality

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What does Grimdark mean to you? Is it a genre of art, visual style, or something else entirely? Players and painters tossed around the term a lot in the miniature painting community. What does Grimdark describe in regards to miniatures painted for Warhammer 40k or other tabletop games, like Dungeons and Dragons? What are some …

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“Chalkola Dot Markers” for Creative Little Kids (Review)

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Do you want to teach your little kids about color, but don’t want the mess of paint, the hassle of broken crayons and dried-out markers? Dot markers are the perfect way to keep kids engaged and entertained. Chalkola Dot Markers will help your little one’s fingers, hands, and mind stay busy for hours on end. …

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Abteilung 502 Oil Paints for Miniatures (Review): Quick Drying and Great Coverage

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Oil paints are a popular medium for miniature painters, because they offer more control and give smoother coverage than acrylics. With oils, it’s also easy to go back and change colors if you make an error in the painting process. The downside to oil paints is that they take longer to dry, so you’ll have …

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135 Unique Hobby Gift Ideas for Miniature Painters and Tabletop Gamers!

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Are you looking for a unique hobby gift, or have no idea what to get that special tabletop gamer? Are you in a rush? No worries! Whether it’s for a special occasion, like the Christmas holiday season, an anniversary, a birthday, or a gift just to say “thank you for being an amazing person”, check …

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The Benefits of Clear Coating Your Painted Miniatures

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Are you wondering if you need to apply a clear coat to your miniatures? At first glance you may think that paint should be enough to endure gentle handling, even during gameplay. But, a layer of acrylic paint is thin and vulnerable to all sorts of environmental insults, e.g., sunlight, moisture, bumps, and movement during …

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Plydolex Modular Paint Rack: Looks, Smells, and More (Review)

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Are you looking for a modular hobby paint rack for storing and organizing your miniature paints? If you’re like me and have collected a lot of model hobby paints over the years, then you’ll know the struggle. Organizing your paint collection and hobby tools is essential for a productive time at your desk. It also …

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Do You Paint Miniatures at Night or Day? What’s Better?

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I’ve found that I’m more creative when painting miniatures at night because I can go into a trance-like state. Painting miniatures in the daytime is draining and it seems like my brain is too busy to focus on any one thing, but it’s amazingly captivating at night. It’s quiet and the light is soft, but …

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Why Paint Miniatures? 45 Great Answers from Artists Around the World!

I’ve always enjoyed trying to see from many different points of view from people. It helps me write this blog, and learn more about myself. Of course, I don’t agree with everything I hear, but I think it’s important to have a blank page for new ideas and build bridges. You never know what you’ll …

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