Paint Your Miniature Now
Bare Essential Supply List
- dish soap
- 2 tubs for water
- paper towels
- Exacto or craft-knife
- palette paper or white plate
- 2 synthetic hair short handle watercolor brush (nylon, taklon, sablette), one 0 size and one 000 size.
- miniature paint (any brand, if needed you can go without the two browns, two silvers etc.)
- bright silver metallic
- dull silver metallic (gunmetal)
- light brown
- dark brown
- light skin color
- dark skin color
- middle blue
- middle red
- middle yellow
- middle green
- black ink
- brown ink
Bare Essential Instructions:
- Soak your new miniatures in a tub of soapy water and sponge them off after a while. This will remove the mold release grease that all new miniatures have.
- Dry your miniatures on a paper towel.
- Cut all the excess casting metal (flash) from the miniature with your knife and carefully bend it into the proper shape.
- Assemble and glue you miniature if necessary. Check the base for a proper fit before the glue goes on.
- Plan out which colors will go where on the mini. Use a scrap paper to check for color combinations if needed.
- Set the two tubs of water down on the table and put a folded paper towel under one of them. One of the tubs is to rinse your brush in, the other is to get fresh water from.
- Paint a base-coat or priming layer on the mini to get it ready to accept the later coats of paint. Use black paint if your mini will be mostly dark colors or white if your mini will be mostly light colors. Red, orange, and yellow parts need to go over a white layer of paint.
- Put a drop of paint on your palette. Put a drop or two of water on your palette next to your paint drop. Mix the paint and water so the combination has the consistency of heavy milk or light cream.
- Get comfortable, pick the miniature up and hold it in your hands. If you need to, brace your wrists against each other or the table edge so they don’t move too much. Try and get used to painting sitting up straight.
- Using just the tip of your brush, apply your chosen colors to the miniature like you were painting a coloring book. Just try to keep it in the lines.
- The paint colors go on in layers. You usually have to make two or three coats of a color to get it opaque on the miniature. Do not glob the paint on to make it opaque. Work thin and in layers. Control is key, opacity builds up over time. Drying time is only a couple minutes.
- Wipe excess paint or water off your brush with the paper towel, you should always have a point on your brush. Rinse the brush in water before starting a new color and don’t rest your brush in the water tub with the tip down.
- Once you have covered the miniature with paint, you are done. Congratulations. You may alternatively keep correcting your paint edges but it’s not necessary.
- Clean up. Rinse your brushes with hand or dish soap in the palm of your hand until no more color comes out. Use soap to make a point on your brushes and have them dry out laying flat. This will keep them pointed as they dry.
More arcane knowledge to follow. Post any question you have in the comments section.