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Painting a Zombie RPG Miniature with Oil Paints (Tips and Impressions)

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Have you ever wanted to try something new with your miniature painting? I love experimenting with new art mediums when painting miniatures, if only to learn something different in my approach. For most miniature painters, the most outlandish thing you can do with your miniatures is to use oil paints instead of conventional acrylic model …

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Oil Painting “Ashtooh”, a Fun 54mm Scale Miniature (Overview)

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Oil paints work great on miniatures. Sure, oil painting miniatures is a challenge. But, the rewards and the refreshing change of pace in how you apply color to models is worth the learning curve. Oil paints are a slow drying medium that allow you to easily blend color directly on your miniature’s surface. You can …

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Oil Painting “Barnascus” (Judgement Miniature): How to Paint Tips

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The vast majority of tabletop gaming miniatures are in the 28-35mm scale. This includes games like Warhammer 40k, Infinity the Game, Bolt Action, and many more. Of course, for a truly fun miniature painting experience, larger scales allow you to experiment more easily with other techniques. Painting techniques like airbrushing and wet-blending are easier to …

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How to Paint Marble Effects on Miniatures (3 Easy Steps)

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How do you paint marble effects on your miniatures? You can use the marbleizing technique to paint miniature bases, stylize stone effects, and even create elaborate terrain pieces. Using marble effects can add significant interest to a model. Of course, there are a few key elements you need to know for creating compelling, realistic looking …

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Simple Brush Cleaning Tips and Instructions for Every Miniature Painter

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Every painter needs a solid brush cleaning and care protocol. For miniature painters, this is especially important because brushes are often small, fragile, and expensive! If you’re a miniature painter and hobbyist who loves work on scale models, tabletop gaming minis, and similar small figures, your brushes are your most important tool. Acrylic paints dry …

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7 Reasons Your Paint Brushes Fail (and How to Avoid It)

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Don’t you hate it when your paint brushes fail you? Painting miniatures often requires precision and reliable brush control. A paint brush with stray hairs, splayed filaments, and twisted bristles is useless for painting details. There are many reasons why a paint brush will start to fail and fall apart. Poor maintenance, bad habits, and …

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5 Must-Know Paintbrush Features for Painting Tabletop Miniatures and Models

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A paint brush is a weapon. You wield a brush to slay “your subject”, and perhaps, often yourself (figuratively). Did you know that the act of creation is often a means of destruction, too. “To light a candle is to cast a shadow,” wrote Ursula K. Le Guin, famed fictional author and creator of the …

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5 Tips to Improve Your Ability to Paint Miniature Details

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Miniature painting requires fine motor skill, good eyesight, and your ability to use a brush. If you’re looking to improve your miniature painting skill, the easiest thing you can do is paint more. The more time you use your brush to paint minis, the greater your motor skill will adapt to the required precise movements. …

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Layering and Glazing for Non-Metallic Metal (NMM) Blending

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Are you looking for a way to smooth out your paint layers on miniatures? Miniature painting often requires that a painter blend multiple colors together to create transitions on a model’s surface. Although there are many color blending techniques, a tried and true approach is to combine paint “layering” with “glazing” to create smooth blends …

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