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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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Painting a HeroForge 3D Printed Miniature: A Gun Mage (Review)

Simply amazing! 3D printing has come a long way. The technology has invaded the hobby space, bolstering independent designers and makers, and has even raised ethical controversy in gaming communities (see here). 3D printing has changed how we perceive and craft unique pieces of work. Quite simply, 3D printing has begun to change the fundamental …

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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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Best Alternatives to Citadel Texture Paint

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The two best alternatives to Citadel Texture Paint are sanded tile grout or crackle paste medium. Compared to Citadel Texture Paint, these products serve as great replacement mediums. They are much less expensive, just as easy to use, and look great! Read below to see my thoughts on the best replacement alternatives for Citadel Texture …

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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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Magnifying Visors for Painting Miniatures (Tips and Recommendation)

Magnifying Visors for Painting Miniatures (Tips and Recommendation)

What magnifying systems do you need for painting detail? To paint details on miniatures, you need good fine-motor skill and eye sight. Magnification aids in particular, e.g., visors, headsets, or reading glasses, can improve detailed painting. Fine scale modelers and other hobbyists can always tools to help make tasks easier and more comfortable. Have you …

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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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How To “Focus-Stack”: Improve Your Miniature Photos

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For miniature painters who want to share their work, or gamers that want to record their battle reports, capturing sharp and clear images is pretty important. The best way to take miniature photos is to keep your entire model sharp. You can also use a technique called “Focus-Stacking” to help you post-process your images to …

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