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8 Simple Steps for Painting a Hero Forge Miniature: 3D Printed Painting

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3D printing is now commonplace. If you do a search online, you’ll find a lot of painted 3D printed miniatures. As a miniature hobbyist, you probably already know about the endless possibilities of 3D printing. I’ve fully embraced 3D printing in the miniature and modeling hobby. But, there’s still a lot to learn! If you’re …

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3 Awesome Ways to Make Wargaming Terrain (Cheap, Easy, and Free)

Are you a tabletop miniature gamer? The battlefield you play on might be a dining room table, but it should be more. That’s where terrain pieces come into play. If you’re playing games like Warhammer 40k and looking for terrain ideas, all it takes is an online search. Images of beautiful wargaming terrain are everywhere. …

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5 Simple Ways to Choose a Paint Color Scheme for Warhammer and Other Models

Are you trying to choose a paint color scheme for your miniatures? Looking for a good paint scheme for Warhammer 40k or other tabletop games? Even if you’re familiar with painting techniques, you’ll still need to know what colors to choose for painting miniatures. For those who are in product development, a primary challenge is …

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Best 10 Primers for Plastic and Metal Miniatures (Reviews and Tips)

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What is the best primer for painting plastic or metal miniatures? The best primer for painting miniatures depends on the surface material. Some primers work best on plastic, whereas other primers work best on metals. In principle all primers act as a preparatory coat over unpainted metal, plastic, or resin to prevent the absorption of …

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Recommended Varnishes for Miniatures (Best Practice and Use)

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So, you’ve spent hours painting miniatures. Now, you want to protect your work with a varnish. What is the best varnish for painted miniatures, e.g., Warhammer and military scale models? If you’re a gamer, this is especially important since your models will have to endure a lot of handling. To protect your minis, you need …

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Spilling GW Paints? 5 Easy Steps to Re-Bottle Your Citadel Paints

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Are you looking for a way to rebottle your paints into dropper bottles? It’s no secret that GW paint pots are the worst. The Citadel bottle design is simply bad engineering. The extra tall, narrow pots for washes and technical paints are particularly offensive. In my opinion, it’s either lazy design or a money grab …

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Best Gap Fillers: Guide for Miniatures and Models (Top 12 Reviewed)

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What are the best gap fillers for miniatures and models? Miniature and model assembly is fun. Scratch builders love making things from…well, scratch. Filling gaps is an important step in preparing your models for primer and paint. Gap fillers are useful for whether you are assembling plastic model kits for Warhammer 40k or Age of …

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Tabletop Standard vs. Display Level Painting [Criteria]

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This article is a descriptive overview of the differences between tabletop quality and display level miniature painting standards. What do the terms “tabletop standard”, “display level”, or collector quality” mean in regards to miniature painting? This seems to be a recurring question in the miniature painting community. And, it is an especially relevant topic for …

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40 Miniature Painting Tutorials Online (YouTube Links)

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In this miniature hobby-world, there are three kinds of people: People who want to paint, and even enjoy it, but don’t have the entire skill set to achieve their preconceived goal. People who love to paint, and will do anything to get their hands on a hairs-glued-to-a-wooden-stick that is dipped in emulsified pigment. People who …

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Non-Metallic Metal (NMM) Sword (Blending with the Loaded Brush Technique)

Non-metallic metal (NMM) painting is the technique of using regular paint (without metallic content) to give the illusion of a metallic, reflective surface. In general, NMM requires high contrast painted with smooth transitions from light-to-dark. There are many technique you can use to blend color in the NMM style of painting miniatures. You can wet-blend, …

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Testing Camera Setup for Videography (Miniature Painting): First Run

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I’ve recently wondered how artists make their miniature painting videos for YouTube. What kind of equipment do they use? Where do they place their camera? And, how do they frame their shots? All of these questions…but very little written instruction out there on where to start. In this article, I share my process on how …

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