Lessons & Tips

How to Repaint Toy Dolls: My Little Pony

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Over the years as a commissioned miniature painter, I’ve been asked to repaint and restore old miniatures and models. In some cases, these restoration projects included toys and dolls. At first glance, repainting toys, miniatures, and models may seem daunting. If you’re a beginner looking to repaint toys or other miniatures, then this post is …

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Painting and Shading Yellow Miniatures (Cthulhu Wars)

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How do you paint board game miniatures yellow? Yellow is one of the hardest colors to use well in miniature painting. This is because of three main reasons: First, yellow acrylic paint often doesn’t provide an artist with good surface coverage. Multiple yellow paint layers are required for a smooth base coat. Second, it is …

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How to Take Better Pictures of Miniatures: The Benefits of Good Light

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How do you take better miniature photos? A major aspect to improving your ability to photograph miniatures and models is great lighting. The benefits of good light is invaluable in miniature photography for tabletop games, roleplaying games, DnD, historical military dioramas, gunpla, and other toy hobby products. There are many ways to take better pictures …

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Painting Complexity with Simplicity: A Miniature Painting Philosophy

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Every miniature paint job is way to discover a bit about yourself. In art, the opposition to progress is your resistance to explore outside your comfort zone. This is true for athletes and erudites looking for the next metaphorical hill to climb. Of course, all this soul-searching and boundary pushing leads to a chaotic mess …

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Colorblind? How This Color Blind Artist Paints Comic Style Miniatures

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How do you paint comic style or cel shaded miniatures? In this article, Neil Amswych shares his experience as a colorblind miniature painter, and his whimsical comic book style of painting. Read on to learn tips and insights into painting with a comic book style (e.g., cel shading) that you can use for boardgame miniatures, …

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How to Paint a Tabletop Miniature for RPGs (10 Easy Steps)

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Do you play Dungeons & Dragons or other roleplaying games (RPG)? Many tabletop RPGs use miniatures to represent narrative scenarios, e.g., exploration and combat. Painting RPG miniatures adds a key element of immersion to RPG tabletop games. A fully painted 3D miniature scene with a player’s character takes the entire campaign into a new World. …

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Simple Tips for Fixing Photo “White Balance” (Easy Guide)

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Why do your photos have colors that look wrong or “off”? A major challenge in photography, especially in miniature photography, is the use of camera automatic settings that don’t always do a good job. A part of the problem is the ambient lighting around your subject, which you can fix with a photo lightbox or …

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How to Thin Hobby Paints for Miniatures (10 Useful Ways)

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How do you thin your paint for painting miniatures and models? Whether you’re painting with Citadel paints, The Army Painter, or other hobby paints, you’ll want to thin your acrylic paints for the best results. The main reason why you want to thin your paint for miniatures is to give you more control over paint …

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10 Simple Photography Tips for Miniature Painters and Modelers

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Are you looking for simple tips to improve your miniature photography? Taking better pictures of your models and miniatures can really enhance your enjoyment of the hobby. Whether you’re a tabletop wargamer, a miniature painter, or scale modeler who creates immersive dioramas, you’ll want to capture great photos of your work to share with others. …

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