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Testing 14 black miniature paints

I Tested 14 Black Miniature Paints So You Don’t Have To

Black paint is an essential material for all miniature painters. There’s no getting around it: we need it for bases, undercoating, glazing, and washing, and black is a color that gets mixed with a lot of other paints. We go through it faster than any other color. But there’s a problem.  The cycle of buying …

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Make Your Own Black Pudding Miniatures

Make Your Own Black Pudding Miniatures

The black pudding is a mainstay of D&D and no dungeon master should be without one in reserve. Or two. Or six. It depends on how many times the party’s tenacious fighter slices into one before they wise up.  These slimy monsters are easy to build yourself using stuff you already have on your workbench.  …

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Master the Dungeon's Glossary of Miniature Painting Terms, Techniques, & Tools

Master the Dungeon’s Glossary of Miniature Painting Terms, Techniques, & Tools

Miniature painting, like most artistic endeavours, has a language all its own. To get good – really good – fluency is a must. This highly bookmark-able glossary not only grants its user +3 Wisdom; its lists of need-to-know miniature painting terminology will define many of the important techniques, artistic and technical jargon, and tools you’re …

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Guide to understanding miniature paints

A Guide to Understanding Any Miniature Paint

With traditional artists’ acrylics, it’s easy to understand a lot about a paint by looking at the tube or jar – they’re all rated by ASTM International and adhere to strict grading which ensures accurate information about things like lightfastness, opacity, and quality. Thanks to those standards, artists can make informed choices about how to …

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Minature Painting Techniques: Applying Finishing Touches

Miniature Painting Techniques: Applying Finishing Touches

Radiant magical energy. Hot blood dripping from a dagger. Pools of rippling water. These are just a few of the many (many) effects that add those special finishing touches to your miniatures or bases that take them from good to great, even grand. (Sometimes gory.) In this article I’ll explain some common techniques and effects …

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8 Tools That Supercharge Your Miniature Painting Process

Let’s get pedantic for a moment, just so we can say we did: to paint a miniature, you technically really only need five things: a brush, paint, water, a model, and time. For any given painting project, these are the undisputed champions, the real MVP’s, and you can’t work without them. However…    If you want …

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