Tips and Tricks for Painting Your Own Miniatures

June 10, 2017

You’ve never considered yourself an artist. Much less a painter. But now a beautiful aspect of the tabletop gaming world, miniatures, stands before you. You start off getting the pre-painted figures, thinking they would suffice.

But now you know how much they mean to the game. I mean, look at those Warhammer 40K Space Marines. If a tabletop game you enjoy has miniatures, chances are, you’ll toy with the idea of digging deep into an never-before-discovered artistic talent and paint your own miniatures.

Find miniatures, accessories, Citadel paint and much more at Game Goblins in central Arkansas. Here are a few tips.

Don’t bite off more than you can chew.

Especially if you are new at painting miniatures. Give yourself time to develop skill. Start with simple easy-to-paint miniatures. Prepare for mistakes by having backups of the same miniature. Do some research online to decide what kind of paint, paintbrushes and primer is right for you.

Don’t start comparing your miniature painting skills to the pros just yet.

Create a workspace.

What makes a good workspace? Good lighting, comfortable temperature and seating and—of course—plenty of space to work.

At Game Goblins, we understand how much a friendly, well-lit play space can improve a round of Catan, or just about any tabletop game. If you’ve been to our location on Bowman Road, you’ve seen that we’ve dedicated 6,000 square feet of our space as a playspace.

Perfect for tabletop games and related hobbies.

Practice makes perfect.

Brush control is everything in the miniature painting hobby. If you’ve got a good handle on your brush, you’re unstoppable. Good brush control doesn’t come naturally. You need to learn to control a brush covered in thick paint and a brush covered in diluted paint. That’s why it’s a good idea to do some research and experiment with different paintbrushes and miniature-specific paints.

Give yourself time to get used to gripping the paint brush. Identify which parts of the miniature will be most difficult to paint and paint them first.

Your brush will be gliding gracefully along the figure in no time.

Know the hacks.

You’ll likely discover some pretty handy hacks as you learn. Do some blog surfing and see if other miniature painters have helpful, unconventional tips.

We’ll start you off with one of our favorites: Dry Brushing. Ok, so it’s a well-known “hack”. It’s still pretty cool. Take a paint brush and put a very small amount of paint on it. The paint should be a much lighter color than the miniature. Paint gently along the grain of the miniature. With only a small amount of paint on your brush, only the elevated surfaces will get painted with this light color.

Now the higher, more visible points of your miniature are easier to paint. This method, if done right, also helps gives your miniature figure a more realistic look. The light color now mimics how natural light would affect your figure.