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Marike Reimer: How I Painted a Crystal Brush Award Winning Miniature

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What is the process for painting miniatures competitively? Or, how do professional miniature painters, well, paint? As with any artistic endeavor, every individual has a unique approach and style. The miniature painting hobby is awesome because it has an amazing community of artists, gamers, and teachers. Whether you’re a tabletop gamer, e.g., wargames or board …

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5 Destressor Tips for a Miniature Painter’s “Day Off”

You’ve been painting your new Warhammer 40k army for weeks in preparation for an upcoming convention or a new rules edition. Thankfully, you’re now at the point where you can stop and feel accomplished. But, what do you do to avoid thinking about your project, or burning out from delving too deep into the hobby? …

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10 Best Oil Paints for Painting Miniatures (Guide and Review)

What are the best oil paints for painting miniatures? For most miniature painters, acrylic model paints have been the standard media. The reason oil paints are less common among mini painters is due to their longer dry/cure time, requirement for a proper solvent or thinner, potential toxicity, and longer clean up. Brush work and blending …

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Painting Miniatures with Oil Paints: Guide and Tips!

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Acrylic paint is the favored medium for painting miniatures and models. But, did you know you can paint your models with oil paints, too? Oil wash filters and weathering with oil paints create amazing effects that can add realism to your miniatures. If you’re painting wargaming models, e.g., Warhammer 40k or Age of Sigmar, then …

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100 Popular Miniature Painting Mistakes (of Casuals and Professionals)

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We all make mistakes. Some are worse than others. As miniature painters, we are no exception to overlooking good practice and making mistakes with our work. I’ve painted miniatures for years and have made a TON of errors in how I approach a project. Popular miniature painting mistakes continue to haunt me when I work …

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Best Alternative to Winsor & Newton Series 7 Brushes for Painting Miniatures?

Are you looking for a cheap alternative to Winsor & Newton Series 7 brushes for painting miniatures and models? For the mini painter, the Winsor & Newton Series 7 line of paint brushes are the gold standard. However, the Series 7 line of kolinsky sable paint brushes are expensive, often more than $20-30, per brush. …

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11 Awesome Airbrush Stencils for Miniatures (Tips, Tricks)

Awesome airbrush stencils for painting miniatures and tabletop wargame models - airbrush RC cars, warhammer 40k vehicles, tanks and historical models - freehand logos and add custom decals with an airbrush easy - Check out some of the mini stencils! - stencil banner airbrush

What other things are airbrushes good for when painting miniatures? We already know that airbrushes are great for applying primer and speeding up base coat painting. But, airbrushes are so much more useful than that! You can use your airbrushes to apply freehand textures and design using stencils on your miniatures and models. Looking for …

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