User Profile for Sam and Max
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Painting Tutorials

Secret Weapon Washes:

RAFM Miniatures:
Deep Ones and Servitor:

Cthulhu Wars
Desecration Markers:
Doom and Ritual Markers:
Deep Ones:
Star Spawn:
Hunting Horror:

Shadows of Brimstone
Corpse Fields and Swamp Bases:

Base game: Zombie Flesh:
Base game: Basing : Urban debris :
Toxic City Mall: Toxic Zombies:
Toxic City Mall: Basing Tutorial:
Toxic City Mall: Skull Token:
Toxic City Mall: Debris Markers:
Prison Outbreak: Berserker Zombies:
Prison Outbreak: Basing Tutorial:
Rue Morgue: Zombie Flesh:

Red November

Runebound Heroes:
Mad Carthos painting tutorial:
One-Fist painting tutorial:
Bogran the Shadow tutorial:
Mordog tutorial:
Silhouette painting tutorial:
Ronan the Wild painting tutorial:
Jaes the Exilse painting tutorial:

Descent Monsters:
Elemental painting tutorial:
Shadow Dragon (white) tutorial:
Zombie painting tutorial:
Cave Spider painting tutorial:
Ettin painting tutorial:
Merriod painting tutorial:
Barghast painting tutorial:
Goblin painting tutorial:
Flesh Moulder tutorial:


Paint Supplies for New Painters

I suggest Reaper Minatures' Learn to Paint Kit 2: Basic Skin and Cloth, since you're likely to be painting human figures. You can learn LTPK1's drybrushing and washing on your own. Unfortunately, the current LTPKs overlap in paints, and you can wait until Reaper revises them to their Bones kits before deciding to buy another. Reaper should have a "12 Days of Reaper" promotion in December. Buy $35 (or whatever minimum) and get a reissue of a limited edition metal figure. The Skeleton Bone triad and Blonde Hair triad should be good choices because undead are common miniatures to paint, and blonde is a tough hair color to paint. I'm pretty happy with the Dark Elf Skin triad as grey highlights for black miniatures.

For metals, I keep hearing good things about Vallejo Air Model silver. Paint thin layers of other colors to tint it to gold or whatever. Likewise, I hear recommendations for Vallejo hobby paints over others. Hobby Lobby carries Vallejo paints!

Even more important than paints are good high quality brushes. Winsor and Newton, Raphael 8404's, and Da Vinci Maestro, are good to start with, but will cost $15 per brush. Most experienced painters will suggest a Size 1 Round and Size 2, but for n00bs, I suggest Size 1 Round and Size 0. In the United States, Dick Blick is a good source of brushes, but the free shipping threshold is usually $100. Also get Size 0-2, airbrush thinner as a paint thinner, Size 3/0 then possibly matte medium, flow aid, and drying retarder, and clear gesso as well. Get on the DickBlick newsletter mailing list so you can find out their free shipping holiday special.

Get the Army Painter QuickShade Strong (brown) and Dark (black) inks. I use them *way* more than the paints because I wash miniatures for tabletop use. Army Painter has a set of inks, including the Strong and Dark inks, for washes, which can be used just as effectively as paints. A 005 Micron Pen is useful for painting eyes and blacklining, although it can clog. I'm experimenting with a brush tip pen as a replacement, as well as Reaper's Brown Liner.

From craft stores like Hobby Lobby and Michael's, buy craft paints for bases and undercoating: Black, white, grey, dark brown, light brown. For basing, school glue and real playground sand (for variety of sand sizes). Plus cheap brushes. Two rinse jars, with a little soap. Rinse the brush in the first jar, then the second. Master's Brush Soap is also useful. Michael's also has a 40% off coupon and has matte medium, flow aid, and drying retarder, and clear gesso, plus cheap stackable bead boxes which work fine with human-sized Bones figures. Finally, instead of holding a miniature in your hand while painting, stick the miniature onto a paint pot with sticky tack. Myself, I bought a set of cheap craft paints for the pots, so I could have a uniform set of pots for assembly-line painting.


Undercoats are layers of paints that aren't primarily meant to be seen in the final miniature, but "support" and make it easier for the layer above it to be applied. Primer, of course, is the best known undercoat, as it allows the layer of paints on top of it to stick better to the miniature. As an undercoat, zenithal's black primer makes it easier to shade the miniature, and its white primer makes it easier to highlight. Washes on top of zenithal priming have the same effect. For specific colors, flesh paint provides an opaque surface that the commonly transparent red can cover easily. Brown paint provides a shade color on which gold and yellow can be painted on. By using undercoats, you don't make a layer of paint do much work (eg. need to use multiple layers of red on black to color a miniature red) to achieve its effect.

Cthulhu Miniatures

Prime in white and start experimenting. The challenge with Cthulhu miniatures is that, since the viewer has no idea what they're looking at, you need to do this for them. If you paint the head green, the tentacles green, and the wings green, the viewer's gonna need to scrutinize the figure to know what part is what -- even if you washed the figure to pick out all the details.

Washes are an effective way of coloring miniatures with little work. Paint the miniature with the wash and the wash will automagically flow into the recesses, shading them. Multiple layers of washes on different parts of the miniature will tint them differently, helping you distinguish the mythos body parts.

Learn zenithal priming ASAP. This priming technique of spraying in black, then grey, then white in lesser amounts of coverage gives a head start in shading the figure. Existing painters should practice their highlighting and shading to better give depth to the figures.

For the cultists, a conventional paint job should work. See my profile for suggestions for new painters. Reaper Learn to Paint Kit 2: Basic Skin and Cloth will help, but is hard to find.
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User Details for Sam and Max
Registration Date: 2009-07-18
Last Profile Update: 2016-02-06
Last Login: 2016-02-14
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