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What is CRI in Lighting? A Guide for Artists and Miniature Painters

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A miniature painting lamp is an essential tool for any miniature painter because it provides the perfect light source to enhance the color and details of their work. But what makes a great miniature painting lamp? In this article, I’ll discuss one important feature of lighting: color rendering index (CRI). Then, I’ll discuss the other …

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Oil Painting Tutorial for Infinity Game Miniature (Photo Guide)

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Are you looking for ways to paint Infinity miniatures? Infinity is a tabletop skirmish game set in a sci-fi universe. Infinity, a game by Corvus Belli, pits fictional nations and conglomerates against one another in urban battlefields. It is a brutal game where high-tech weaponry, combined arms mechanized and cyber warfare come together to resolve …

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Tiffany Hastie: A Traditional Miniature Artist Enters the 3D Miniature World

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Have you ever wondered how traditional art could translate to miniature painting 3D sculpts, e.g., tabletop figurines, wargaming miniatures? Traditional artists who paint at miniature scale are also known as “miniaturists”, and may often be confused with those of us who paint miniatures, which are 3D models. In this article, Tiffany Hastie writes about her …

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The Ideal Miniature Painting Room (Philosophy and Designer Tips)

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So you’re upgrading your hobby space. You want it to be more than just a place where you store your miniatures, paints and supplies. You need the perfect atmosphere for productivity and focus. What is the ideal hobby space for painting miniatures, working on scale models, or simply a dedicated area for making and creating …

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Are Ultrasonic Cleaners Worth It?

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Are wondering if an ultrasonic cleaner can help you with your miniature painting hobby? Are they worth the investment, the space, and time to use? Absolutely! Ultrasonic cleaners can save you time and hassle when cleaning your models, tools, and airbrushes. In this article, we’ll explore: In a Hurry? Check Out 7 Recommended Ultrasonic Cleaners …

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How Long to Wait After Primer Before Painting, and Other Important Paint Primer Questions

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Are you wondering about the best practices for using primer on your scale models and miniatures? I’ll tell you from experience that a good paint job requires a primed surface. This is true whether you’re painting plastic, pewter, or resin models. For scratch-built terrain using cardboard, or other porous surface will need you to prime …

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Three Creative Uses for Varnishes in Miniature Painting and Scale Modeling

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A clear coat of varnish is essential to protecting your painted models and miniatures, but did you know that you can use varnishes in other ways too? I’ll show you three unique ways to apply varnishes on your miniatures that you may not have considered, but which will undoubtedly come in handy. Recommended Gloss and …

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D’Artisan Shoppe Miniature Brushes: Synthetic Hobby Brush Review

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If you’re a miniature painter, wargamer, or scale model maker, then you know that having good quality paint brushes is essential. There are a lot of options out there, but in my opinion, D’Artisan Shoppe miniature paint brushes are some of the best value brushes you’ll find. They’re synthetic and come in a variety of …

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13 Miniature Painting Tips for Beginners

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Are you ready for an adventure!? Miniature painting can be a fun and rewarding activity for both beginners and experienced artists alike. Of course, if you’re just starting out with the hobby, then it’s natural to have some questions about the best way to go about it. To help you get started, we’ve put together …

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The 50/50 Rule for Painting Miniatures, Efficiently

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The 50/50 rule is a basic guideline for becoming a more effective and productive miniature painter. It states that you should spend 50% of your time on the miniature itself, doing the job as best as you can. The other 50% of your time you spend should be in enjoying the process, being as creative …

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Color Theory in Miniature Painting (Guide)

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Looking for a great color scheme for your miniatures? There are several ways to find the perfect paint schemes for your growing collection of wargaming models, e.g., Warhammer 40k, Bolt Action. All that gray plastic needs paint, but what colors should you use? What works well together? Many will say to learn color theory. But, …

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