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Smart Ambience: Rollin Light Recessed Lighting Review

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Are you looking for the best smart LED recessed lights? As a miniature painter, artist, and photographer, I’m always chasing good light. And, that’s why I’m so impressed with the Rollin Light Smart Ambience recessed lighting system. This clever collection of 6-inch smart LED recessed lights is a fun and functional solution for anyone looking …

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What is “Learned Helplessness”? Insights for Artists

As a miniature painter, have you ever found yourself feeling stuck, unmotivated, or doubting your abilities? These feelings may be the result of learned helplessness, a psychological phenomenon that can impact even the most skilled and experienced artists. In this article, I explore the concept of learned helplessness, its prevalence in miniature painting, and its …

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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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How to Prepare Miniatures for Paint (Quick Start Guide)

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So you want to get started painting your new model kit. People who want to start painting miniatures but don’t know where to start might be wondering how to prepare miniatures for paint. It can seem daunting, but with a few simple steps you can have your miniature ready for priming and painting in no …

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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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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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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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Lastar Hobby Floor Lamp Review (Compact Miniature Painting Light)

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Floor lamps aren’t my first choice for lighting up a hobby space. They are often large, cumbersome to set up, and don’t provide the flexibility to move the light where you need it. But, I have a few floor lamps that I use to add more ambiance to my workspace. Importantly, I’ve discovered ways to …

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