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How to Paint Necrons Fast and Easy (Photo Tutorials)

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So, you’re looking to paint your Necron army? Necrons are a science fictional race of aliens that you can play in the tabletop miniatures game in the Games Workshop Warhammer 40,000 Universe. Although mystery shrouds their history, according to lore, Necrons are an ancient race of skeleton-like mechanical beings that have risen from a very, …

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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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How to Glaze Miniatures (Tutorial for Blending Color)

How do you glaze miniatures? Glazing is a powerful technique for blending acrylic paint on miniatures and models. If you’re a painting wargaming models or tabletop miniatures, such as for Games Workshop Warhammer 40k or D&D minis, knowing how to glaze is a great skill to have in your back pocket. Glazing is superficially difficult, …

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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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