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

Focus Stack for Better Miniatures Photos - Improve your miniature photography with focus stacking

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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Best Brush for Painting Miniatures and Models (Complete Guide)

Best Brush for Painting Miniatures - Recommended Brushes for Miniature and Model Painting

What’s the best brush for painting miniatures? Paint brushes are an essential tool for miniature painting. The most popular and useful brushes for miniature painters are a pointed round kolinsky sable size #1 or #2 brushes. These paint brushes have a bristle length of about 8-12mm and a belly diameter of 1.5-2mm. A pointed round …

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How to Paint an Imperial Knight (8 Easy Steps)

Painting Showcase - Imperial Knight: Dullcote Your Models

Painting a large model like a Warhammer 40k Imperial Knight has a number of unique challenges. Unlike the smaller tabletop miniatures of the 40k Universe, like Space Marines, Imperial Knights have much more surface area and details. In this article, I highlight several techniques I used to paint this Imperial Knight. For the sake of …

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Painting Showcase Ilkhan the Bloody by Reaper Miniatures: Do I Sell?

I have a tabletop roleplaying group that I adventure with about once per month. We’ve met for more than two years and have a wonderful time.  I won’t get into the nitty-gritty in this post about the campaigns or anything. But, I’ll say that we’ve been using the Pathfinder ruleset, which is similar to Dungeon …

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Popularity Contest? Warmachine MK3 versus 40k 8th Edition

A recurrent topic that I hear locally and through the social media grapevine, is the inverted success and struggle between these two game systems: Privateer Press’ Warmachine (3rd edition, aka MK3 or Mark 3) and Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 8th edition (aka 40k 8th edition).  I enjoy looking at data and finding trends or patterns …

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Black and White Photography: The Waterfront in San Diego, California

Black and white photography is a great approach in bright sunlight. Hard light and shadows make textures pop and create all forms of structural interest. I’ve been slowly learning how to create better black and white images. It does take patience. I was here for work at the Convention center and had a chance to …

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Grymkin: Skin & Moans Warbeast (How to Paint)

I never expected to pick up the Grymkin faction (Warmachine/Hordes tabletop game). But, when I saw the models and the night-marish style….Taking control of monsters of bad-dreams couldn’t be boring, right? I now own a large collection of Grymkin models. They are fun to paint! In this article, I quickly detail how I painted the Skin …

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10 Ways to Improve Your Miniature Painting

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I’ve gotten many questions over the years from new hobbyists about what they can do to improve their miniature painting. It’s a common question: “how to paint miniatures better?” or “how to improve miniature painting skills?”. You can watch painting miniature tutorials. Many of these tutorials focus on how to start painting miniatures. But, in …

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What Kind of Camera Should I Use to Photograph my Models? Try your Smartphone (overview)

I get this photography question a lot. You want to photograph your miniatures in the best light possible. The first instinct for many is to grab the closest object that has a camera attached to it; this is usually a smartphone, e.g., iphone. And, this is actually the perfect response. …but, the pictures are grainy. …

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