Hello, Dear Readers, I know it’s been a minute since I’ve given an update.
So here’s the deal: I have skunk living under my house. The place where I do my painting smells like skunk and is 100°. If we turn on our air conditioning, the skunk smell comes back worse andin force. It is beyond not pleasant.
To make matters worse, it’s costing me and I’m in a leg to get rid of it. It has been a lot to deal with. As you can imagine.
That said, while it was cool in the morning, I was able to get a little bit of painting done. Mostly on the airship.
I was able to finish the primary wings and back wings and got to work on the front wings a little bit. The hope is that I get to finish up with the prow and the front wings by the end of the week next week. By then the skunk should be gone.
In other news, I have plans to buy the Platinum Edition of the new Spelljammer campaign setting from Beadle and Grimm. Once I actually get it, I plan on doing an unboxing for it. It doesn’t release until the 17th of August, so that’s still a bit away.
Additionally, in other news, I am having surgery in late July. This means that I likely won’t be providing any kind of updates for a little while. Most likely, if I am up to it, I’ll be providing updates in the form of DM stories, updates on the Ingrates, Kids on Bicycles, and maybe some DM tips or World Building. You know, stuff. I was planning on updating this last week. I still plan on doing those kind of updates, but the skunk thing is really doing a lot to interfere with life in general, let alone The Blog.
Lastly, you may have noticed I have stopped posting updates for you premium subscribers out there. The problem is that my editor has a broken laptop. Still. It’s not looking to get repaired until the end of July. That’s when the part is estimated to come in. So in the meantime, I’m going to start releasing old episodes of the Ingrates. For those of you who have not been in the know, this is our weekly podcast that I have been revealing sneak peeks to for the premium subscribers. You guys finally get to get caught up on the actual podcast itself. I’m very excited about it.
Well, that’s all I have time for today. Keep tuned in for when I finally get rid of the skunk and I’m able to do regular updates!
Dear Readers, I know it’s been quite awhile since my last update, but as we play this once a month, I don’t have anything to update you on but that frequently. That said, our GM for Kids on Bicycles game has had some family health issues lately that caused some delays in our playing. To catch up, I’m going to detail out episodes 5 and 6.
When last we left off with the Arkham Arcanes, they had just gotten the Titan’s Blood and their powers began to manifest.
For Kelly-Ann, she gained a further affinity with animals. For goblin, she gained great strength, for Zane, the ability to throw bolts of fire. For Jessica, the power of telekinesis. And lastly, Anton was given an affinity with casting spells under the tutelage of Mr. Lyons.
The last day of school presented itself, with a note left by Mr. Lyons for our band of plucky kids:
I will keep this short: your progress these past two days has been quite extraordinary. Your grasp of the arcane arts surely and greatly accelerated by your consumption of the Titans blood of Eclipse Lake. But now, I hate to say, we will have to continue your studies at a later date as I have to leave for a time. Some circumstances in Germania require Ms. Grey’s and I’s attention. Stay safe and do me a favor – keep a lookout for my niece and nephew. They are coming to Arkham Falls for the summer and will be arriving late tonight overseas from Britannia.
I believe you are having your school’s track and field on morrow. I have instructed them to meet you there. Please be kind… They will be out of sorts and will need friends. They are of a… Unique nature… Albino to be exact, so they should not be hard spot. Their names are Finn and Eliza O’Brien (No relation to Father O’Brien) and are your age. I told them to meet you at the gymnasium. Keep an eye on Eliza especially – she has had some difficulties in life thus far.
Also, I have looked into some of the details you provided me concerning you and your friends’ exploits in “The Woods.” I have discovered that James Madison Ford, owner of the burnt down Ford Manor, had a grandfather who owned another house located on Copps Hill in Old Arkham. Interestingly enough, ‘Ford’ was not their true surnames, but rather their true family name was ‘Corbbit.’ I am intrigued, as this family obviously holds the key to this ‘Nine Gates’ mystery. I suggest visiting the Arkham Globe or the public library for further information. Oh, and Anton, I left a little gift for you… Best of luck to you!
Be ever vigilant,
The surprise left behind was the Arkham Grimoire, with information about all sorts of things related to the town of Arkham Falls.
The group headed for Track and Field day, with much enthusiasm, realizing that, with all of the adults and crowds around, they had little to worry about from “the darkness” that has plagued them thus far. The day went well for the Arcanes, with many of them placing in the top, if not 1st Place for their events, such as running races, doing hurdles, javelin throwing, and other such events. Our group did very well, even as a team, for the relay races.
Afterwards, the group easily found the albino twins hanging out near the gymnasium and introduced themselves. Apparently, the twins had special abilities similar to that of the Arcanes, with Finn, a boxer, having extraordinary fighting ability, and Eliza having effects on time.
Soon afterwards, the Arcanes were approached by Mr. Hodges, a beloved history teacher, with a request to follow him into the school. Wary from their last encounter with teachers (albeit with black eyes), the party geared up with what they could reasonably carry inconspicuously (Kelly-Ann being conspicuous enough to grab a softball bat), and headed inside, where they first were in Mr. Hodges’ office. In there, they found a curious sight: a sigil that they’d only seen in The Lodge. Questioning him about it, he tried brushing it off, but when pressed, said that Mr. Lyons had requested that he keep an eye on us during Mr. Lyon’s absence.
Leading us to a classroom, with the Arcanes still on edge and ready for a fight, the teacher opened the door to a classroom, only to reveal that he was wanting to start a Dungeons and Dragons club, and wanted the group to help found it. Relieved, the Arcanes sighed a sigh of relief, only to have the lights go out, emergency lights come on, and the windows pulse with blackness. Telling us to be wary, went into the hallway, with the Arcanes in tow. Telling us that this was a dimensional rift of some kind, he began telling us how to end it when the janitor, in a crazed haze, attacked him, knocking him unconscious! It was then that several huge creatures came bursting out of a door to one side, blocking the kids from escape from that direction. Dealing with the janitor and the creatures were Finn and Goblin, holding the line. Backing up towards the other exit, towards the cafeteria, Anton began looking through the Grimoire for an answer to how to end this…rift, when he found that there would be a large set of sigils somewhere that needed to be disrupted. Turning the corner towards the cafeteria, Anton spied Ms. Iris, the biology teacher they had a run in with at the theater, coming down the hallway, chanting. Yelling for the group to be on the lookout for a group of sigils that enables this
Jessica was, in the meantime, searching Mr. Hodges’ person, looking for something that would help the Arcanes, when she found a length of stick, which she determined looked like a…wand?
Telling the group what she found, Anton called for her to give it to him, as he had some knowledge and understanding of the arcane arts. While the more heavy hitters of the group battled the two creatures, Anton took the wand and used it against Ms. Iris, unleashing a bolt of lightning that struck her in the chest, knocking her to the ground! Surprised at this, Kelly-Ann and Jessica pressed forward only to find Ms. Iris was not down for the count, as previously thought! Bringing her down, the three went into the cafeteria where tables had been pushed apart. Anton deduced that the sigils were in the middle of that area, and told those present to break the circle of sigils. Deciding to push the cafeteria tables across the sigils, Kelly-Ann and Jessica pushed the tables with all of their might, eventually breaking the sigils, which began to pulsate. Realizing that this was probably not a good thing, Anton yelled for the group to run, which they promptly did. An explosion happened, barely missing the group! When the dust settled, withe the exception of Ms. Iris and the janitor laying on the ground, everything was back to normal. Waking up Mr. Hodges, who expressed pride at the group’s prowess in this situation, told the Arcanes that he would take care of Ms. Iris and the janitor, and urged the kids to leave, giving them each an item, some sort of token, that when placed in their homes, would protect them and their families from “the darkness” and its ability to get access to them at home.
The group went each to their own homes and found places to put the tokens in place, while deciding to meet somewhere for yet another “sleepover.” This time, it was in the ballroom of Anton’s parents’ hotel, where Anton’s dad had been prepping for the summer tourist season.
The group during this time, had gone to the Public Library and, knowing the librarian, Anton asked for any information on the family name Corbbit, and the Webber house on Copps Hill. They were rewarded with several microfiche, some from the mid to late 1800’s, and two from the early 1900’s!
Armed with this information, our group had a couple of options and paths to pursue. Deciding to pursue the path of the old Webber place, the group set out early in the morning to go there.
Standing out in the park in the center of Old Arkham, the group saw an elderly man, whose house was next door. Deciding to be brave, the group sent Anton with another member (Jessica) to knock on his door under the auspices of a summer group project, to ask about the old Webber estate. While this was going on, Kelly-Ann, through the eyes of her dog Rufus, looked into the backyard only to find a strange statue of a pyramid and a hedge maze.
After speaking to the old man, who may or may not have bought the Arcanes’ story, who also told us to stay away from that place, they headed back to the park to deliberate on what to do next.
What will the heroes find at the old Webber House? Do they know anybody else in Old Arkham who can tell them about the Webber House? What will they find in the Webber House, particularly in one of the upstairs bedrooms?
Dear Readers, I am taking a break from the Spelljammer ship. It’s been really painstaking, and instead of being a calming activity, painting the ship has become a chore and a stressor.
Therefore, I’m working on another project: a friend’s dragonborn ranger.
Here she is, post priming:
I chose a white primer, as opposed to a grey (my usual neutral primer), on the recommendation of a friend that has used speedpaints, particularly the Holy White. He said, without a white primer, it greys out pretty bad. It greyed out a little, but not terribly. See for yourself. I’m not even sure you can really tell:
I painted the face, legs, hands, and wings with that particular speedpaint.
Next, I decided to work on the bow. I wasn’t sure what direction to go in, so I picked Angelic Green for the handle. It worked out well.
Lastly, I worked on the bow itself. I thought about standard brown colors, but rejected it in favor of True Copper. I think it will end up being better overall for the miniature.
After the miniature is completed, I intend on giving the skin portions a once-over with Fairy Dust, an effects paint that gives a “sparkle” effect to the painted areas. I think that this is likely the best course of action to make the gem dragonborn more…gemmy.
I think I am going to go about using standard browns for the armor (rangers and their leather armors), and sticking mainly with more traditional ranger coloring for that and her accoutrements.
What do you think? Let me know in the comment section below!
Dear Readers, I am so sorry for the exorbitantly large number of painting updates, but things have been hectic and myself care needs have increased, so what do I do? I paint! That’s my activity that I use to relax and calm down.
So recently, one of my players for my monthly campaign asked me to do a commission for her. I gladly accepted. This is a commission. I’m very excited to do. Her ranger is a crystal dragonborn ranger. She doesn’t have a miniature for her. She does not have a miniature for her drake, but when she gets one, I will likely paint that as well. If you can’t tell, she is a drakewarden. The party just hit level seven, so now her drake is medium size and she is able to ride it. Of course it can’t fly with her writing it at this time, but that time is not too far away.
Speaking of that player, the monthly game is going very well. The party is currently in search of a dracolich blue dragon, who lives in the northern deserts. It is rumored that he may have one of the sigils that the party is currently hunting after. When we left off last night, they were facing down a spirit Naga that was hampering their ability to travel through the mountains. It was a pretty creepy scene leading up to it.
How that session started, however, it’s a whole other ball game. Which should be impossible, the party faced off against a Balor that they mistakenly released from a tree too early. Like, much too early. I had it down as a plot point for later in the campaign, but the party wanted to screw around with the tree it was trapped in and mistakenly broke the tree. Unleashing the monstrosity.
Do you want to know what saved them? A wand of wonder. I ruled that I was going to roll the wands effects on a 1d100, and then roll the save, if any, for the Balor.
I rolled a 100. What are the odds? Well, I know the odds are one in 100, but it is extremely rare to roll a 100. Okay, this causes the target to become restrained and begin turning to stone if they don’t make a constitution saving throw. I roll the 1D20. I roll a natural one.
A natural freaking one.
It’s restrained and has crashed to the ground as it was flying back towards the party. The party started unleashing hell upon it. Then it had to roll its second save to keep from being petrified.
I rolled another Nat one.
Now, the odds of doing that is one in 400. So, yes, the party, at level seven, defeated a Balor.
In any case, the painting projects are moving forward, ever on, to completion.
Dear Readers, I know how behind I am with these posts, so here is an attempt to quickly catch everyone up, so here it goes…And sorry for the wall of text that this will result in…
When last we left the Ingrates, they were being watched by an invisible figure that ran away after he was discovered.
Later that night, Winter, the party’s tabaxi bard, was contacted by someone from her past, her former lieutenant from when she ran a bandit troupe. He told her to meet him and to come alone. The party had issue with this, but, without their knowledge, she left.
After following his directions, she found a teleportation circle that deposited her into a cage in the bandit camp, firmly controlled by her former lieutenant and a mysteriously hooded figure.
After some watching and searching, the party located her, and Dacyria sent her familiar in the form of a rat to be with Winter, with a note that says “In case of trouble, kill me.”
The party got as close as they dared to the encampment with Dacyria casting Leomund’s Tiny Hut to house everyone in concealment for the night. During watch, the party happened to see a bat, out in the prairie, a strange sight, circling where they believed the bandit camp to be.
The next day, Winter overheard the bandits talking about another raid on the locals, and killed the familiar. Not knowing the situation, the party charged ahead, engaging in battle. The battle was a close call for several of the Ingrates, but they prevailed, with Winter’s former lieutenant and the mysterious robed figure getting away.
Having dealt with the bandits, and now having proof that the wandering tabaxi tribe (and Winter’s family) was not at fault for the raids, the town of Mopyl (MO-pull) let them free.
Finally free to continue on their journey, the party did so, deciding to head west to Statin (sta-TEEN), where along the way, they were beset by a young green dragon dracolich! The battle was won, and Aramil tracked down the beast’s lair, a hollowed out trunk of what was likely a massive tree (several times the diameter of a giant redwood tree). Inside was a considerable horde, as well as a shrine to Death. Seeing this affront to her goddess, Avery struck the altar withher hammer, Angelus, cracking, not the altar, but the hammer, which promptly ceased to work as anything other than a normal warhammer. Realizing that only The Priest could possibly fix the hammer, she vowed to find him to restore Angelus.
A little demoralized, the party continued on to Statin, where the city residents were lined up in front of the local lord’s, a Lord Tibor, estate, where families were being rationed out food. Dacyria, throwing her weight behind her noble status, bullied the man in charge of the distribution process into giving out more information than he was authorized to do in front of the masses, by way of a charm person spell, likely making an enemy of him in the process. In any case, the party was able to meet with Lord Tibor, to find out the situation: before the arrival of the Ingrates, the city had only enough to barely feed the populace for a few more days.
During this debacle, Avery noticed someone in the crowd…the “witch,” this time with a child that was months old, of Borest, whose house was burned down. Avery confronted her, first in disguise, where she got the full story: a merchant lord had passed through Borest, and had seduced her, leaving her with child, and refusing to take responsibility for the child, leaving her pregnant and without a way to support both herself and a child. In her desperation, she attempted to blackmail Borest’s mayor into paying her money so that she could support her child. Seeing the rest of the party, particularly Arkon, she fled, fearful of what Arkon would do to her after he burned down her home. After getting the full story, Avery let her leave in peace.
After this, during the handing out of food, someone made an attempt on Lord Tibor’s life, with a poisoned crossbow bolt. Lord Tibor survived the attack, but the party lost the tracks of the assailant.
With Lord Tibor safe, and deciding to do some shopping in town, the party was surprised to find a shop that was selling magic items, some powerful, for extremely cheap prices. Buying what they could afford, the party left happily, unsure as to the reason, but wary of all the strange crystals inside the shop’s ceiling.
That night, during watch, Aramil was charmed by a vampire lord, taking him away to be fed on. The party, after realizing that Aramil was gone, began to get ready to find him when they were accosted by a group of vampire spawn. The party, with the help of Oliver, tracked the vampire lord and Aramil to a crypt, where they confronted him and more vampire spawn, saving Aramil and looting the vampire’s treasure.
The next day, the party went to go find the magic item shop again, only to find that the building was vacated!
Needing diamonds for their revivify spells, Avery went alone to the gem shop, where she was attacked by a man in brown studded leather armor with a brown cloak, carrying a dagger and a rapier. Moving faster than she could imagine possible, the stranger stabbed her repeatedly, poison coursing through her veins, leaving her for dead, and stealing all of the diamonds she had purchased. The party found her, laying in a pool of her own blood, and healed her.
The party had a larger diamond that they then wanted to have cut down into smaller pieces so as to be able to use them for the revivify spells, the gem dealer directed him to his gem cutter. The elderly man looked very non-descript, and agreed to do the job, but once his hands were on the diamonds, he reached into his shirt, smiled, slapped his chest, and disappeared. Searching the building, the party found the actual gem cutter, dead, shoved into a closet.
Tracking the assailant this time, the party was able to see that he headed south, past the “offsite location” of the late Baron Mogumir, and towards where they had found that the pirate slaver’s base of operations was located.
The party suspected a trap, but decided to head south regardless.
What will they find? Will they discover who this assassin is? Tune in next week to find out!
Dear Readers, this is all I had time to write today, as I am prepping for the Ingrates tonight.
As you can see, the work on the bottom, the fins and exception, are done. I did the filigree on the bottom as well as the metal studs which I decided to, at last minute, make copper like the rest of the studs. All that said, I am considering doing all of the studs in copper. I don’t know. I’ll see what it looks like when I get to it. Originally I had visions of things. Gunmetal but the studs on the bottom are copper and the metal bands that hold the ship together on the bottom are gunmetal. I think I’ve well established that the studs should be copper. And because copper is a nice earthy toned metal, I think it fits well with the motif of the ship overall. Also, I repainted the bottom of the wings to try to make the brushstrokes disappear as best as possible. That….. Is going difficultly. To say the least. The challenge with painting larger miniatures is that it is very easy to have your brush strokes show through when you are painting large areas. It’s one of the reasons I have been avoiding painting some of my larger miniatures, because of this exact fear. This is easily the largest project I have ever undertaken from a miniature painting perspective. I’m really hoping that this one turns out very well. So far, it seems to be promising.
Well, that’s all I have for you folks today! Join me tomorrow for an installment of “A DMs Perspective” where I do my best to catch you all up on the shenanigans of the Ingrates. I’ll be trying to put together an edition on “A Player’s Perspective” to go over the antics of the Arkham Arcanes!
Deer Readers, so sorry I’ve been incommunicado for the last several days. My mental health sucks sometimes.
In any case, I’m feeling a lot healthier and I’m back! You all know how it is and I appreciate your patience with me.
Now, with no further ado:
As you can see, I’ve made some really serious headway! I’ve finished the bottom, and have started working on the wings. Do you remember when I did the back tail fin? Yeah, well when I did that, I wanted to test out one of my new Speedpaint paints. The color ended up much too bright for what I was going for. Therefore, I painted over it with Angelic Green by Army Painter. This created an…unusual shade of green that ended up working well. When I realized that it was not going to be straight Angelic Green, I realized that the sections I was planning on painting similar to the tail fin would have to be done the exact same way.
So I busted out my Orc Skin Speedpaint and got to work.
Although I can tell I’ve made a lot of progress, when I look at all the rest that I have to do, it doesn’t feel that way. And that frustrates me to no end. Oh well.
In other news, my youngest daughter finally painted her own mini! I did give guidance and helped in some detail work, but she did a good job. See for yourself!
She did end up using speedpaints for the horse hair and mane/tail as well as the posts for the tie, but the rest is all her.
She used Wet Mud for the basing on the horse, and Skeleton Bone for the hooves.
On the tie, she used Gun Metal for the shiny bits, Dungeon Grey for the rocks, with Nuln Oil for the shading. For the highlights, she went with something interesting: Matt White (it is actually a D&D paint by Army Painter called Lawful White, but this was a paint that corresponded with an Army Painter color), with Mouldy Clothes for a mossy-type effect on the bottom of the tie as well as the rocks. This was one of the paints she bought herself. Not my preference, but it was her mini.
And I couldn’t be more proud of her paint job.
We went over painting techniques, to include shading and dry brushing (totally new concepts to her), so she is still learning, but hot dang she did a good job!
In any case, I plan to highlight, not just my own, but others’ paint jobs as well in the future.
In fact, here’s a picture of my 4-year old’s first miniature:
Miniature Paints for D&D, Warhammer, and Wargames Models: 23 of the Best
Dear Readers, this article has been reprinted from https://www.paintingmini.com with permission. It was too good of an article not to mention. This guy goes the extra mile when he does his research by polling various websites’ authors to also get their opinions, myself included. Enjoy!
Do you want to paint miniatures? Great! You’ve arrived to the right location.
I’m here to assist you in determining which miniature paints are ideal for your projects. A variety of criteria influence the best model paints, including brand, viscosity, color, opacity, and drying time.
This article covers all you need to know about the best acrylic paint for miniatures.
The best miniature paints are well-known among miniature painters, and they dry quickly, have smooth coverage and brilliant opaque colors, and don’t flake off plastic models. Citadel by Games Workshop, Vallejo, Army Painters, Reaper Miniatures, Badger Miniatures, Warcolours, and many more miniature paint brands that I’ll review are among the best miniature paint brands.
Do minis require special paint?
Can I paint miniatures using ordinary acrylic paint?
How to Choose the Best Miniature Paint
Miniature paints of the highest quality
Care instructions for miniature paints
FAQ on the Best Miniature Paints
Do minis require special paint?
Paint thickness varies depending on the painting technique. Some paints are either too thin or too thick for a particular project. Miniatures, on the other hand, don’t require special paint. Acrylic paint, as well as hobby paint from Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Walmart, or Amazon, would suffice.
However, knowing the top-recommended paints that model painters actually use for minis is fantastic, right?
The best tiny paints are often acrylic paints with a greater pigment-to-medium ratio, which means they’ll be more opaque and keep their volume when dropped on a high-gloss surface, but they’re not thick and flow well.
They must also adhere to metal or plastic better than conventional acrylic or craft paint, as regular acrylics have a tendency to rip off plastic and other non-porous, unprimed surfaces.
A good set of best paint for miniatures should include six or more hues that closely mirror the natural light in your workstation.
Can I paint miniatures using ordinary acrylic paint?
Yes, if you enjoy painting with acrylics, you can easily and quickly paint miniatures with acrylic paint. Acrylic paint is suitable for miniatures, D&D and Warhammer models, as well as painting on a variety of surfaces.
Acrylic paints can be applied with airbrushes or sprayers, and there are also acrylic paint markers that make painting miniatures easier, and because acrylics are one of the most common and inexpensive painting mediums, normal acrylic paint is ideal for miniatures!
Choose acrylic paint that isn’t too runny or transparent, and test colors before painting models because certain colors are more translucent than others and will need to be opaqued.
How to Choose the Best Miniature Paints
I’m here to assist you in determining which miniature paints are ideal for your projects. Brand, opacity, flow, and drying time are all elements that go into determining the best miniature paints.
Acrylic paint is one of the best forms of paint to use. Acrylic paint is also one of the easiest to clean up, and it comes in a wide range of colors.
The ideal miniature paint for a hobbyist should be not only high-quality and long-lasting, but also simple to purchase and replenish! Some paints are fantastic, but refilling them becomes a challenge, therefore we may eventually convert to a different option.
Opacity vs. Transparency
Transparency is an important factor to consider while selecting paint. Transparent paints allow the surface beneath them to be seen, whereas opaque paints hide the underside.
Transparent paints are preferable for painting skin tones or other skin-like hues since they have a higher level of detail and realism. Opaquepaints are good for painting solid things.
The more opaque pigments you choose, the better coverage you’ll get. Some colors are naturally more transparent or opaque; you can see the opacity of all pigments here.
Miniature Paint Drying Time
Another crucial factor to consider is drying time. Varied paints have different drying durations, affecting how you plan your project and deal with other colors or mediums that may be wet at the same time.
Consider this while selecting an acrylic tiny paint for your project. Some acrylic miniature paints are more susceptible to water than others.
Acrylics dry about 5-20 minutes on average. You won’t be able to reactivate them with water once they’ve dried.
Golden Open Acrylics, which stay workable and wet for up to 60 minutes, and Chroma Atelier Interactive, which can be revived with water and Chrome specific recipe media, are the only two exceptions.
Privateer Press P3 is a tiny paint that has a longer working time and dries slower than other model paints.
Brands of Miniature Paint
There are also a variety of miniature paint companies to pick from:
Reaper Master Series Paint Set, Citadel Paint range by Games Workshop (and Army Painter), and Vallejo Model Color Paint set are among the most popular options.
There are many colors and styles to pick from in all three of these categories. Games Workshop, for example, has paint kits designed for painting Warhammer miniatures, whilst Reaper has paint sets for mastering various model painting techniques.
In other words, viscosity refers to how thick your miniature paint is. We commonly use thick paints when painting on canvases or wood, but they take longer to cure and can peel off if there are any problems.
Low viscosity paint — more fluid and thin paint – should be used for models and miniatures to ensure that it adheres to the model, covers it well, and dries rapidly.
Customer evaluations can be helpful when looking for tiny paints because they typically offer first-hand knowledge with how the miniature paint performs in real life.
For example, certain acrylic paint brands dry rapidly even with a thin coat, while others take hours to dry depending on thickness, which might effect how you plan your project and work around other wet colors or mediums such as inks or glazes that are applied at the same time.
Money is always an issue: how much are you prepared to spend? Is this a pastime for you, or do you plan to sell your painted models? Is this your first time, or have you already tried some inexpensive miniature paints and wish to upgrade your collection?
Prices for miniature paints range from $3 to $10 every 1/2 tot 2 oz bottle, and from $12 to $25 for triads and tiny paint kits. Master paint sets with more than 60 colors will set you back much more than $100.
Many experienced model painters think about how many ml of paint you get for your money when deciding whether or not to buy a paint.
By considering all of these variables, you’ll be able to select the best acrylic paint for miniatures that will help you to complete your project quickly and easily.
Wizards of the Coast’s Dungeons and Dragons, Games Workshop’s Warhammer, Paizo’s Pathfinder Miniatures, and WizKids’ Heroclix are among the most popular miniatures to paint.
Trees, castles, dragons, battlemodels, and historicmonuments are among the most popular models to paint.
Acrylic paints are the most popular for miniatures. They’re simple to use and clean, dry quickly, completely cover the surface, and have a high viscosity at a reasonable price.
Acrylic paints are suitable for use on a variety of surfaces, including metal, plastic, leather, and wood.
Very fine brushes, such as specific miniature brushes, filbert or round pointed brushes, are ideal for painting miniatures. Beforepainting your miniatures, always test paints and brushes.
1. Vallejo Miniature Paint – The best paint for battle models with effects.
Vallejo is one of the top miniature paint brands. Since 1965, this brand has been producing paint in the United States. Vallejo offers a wide choice of colors and paint bottles that are simple to use.
Both metal and plastic models will be covered by the paint. To eliminate runs and drips in the detail sections of your model, always paint in thin layers and in a light hue while painting miniatures with Vallejo.
This is an undisputed leader for battle models since the variety is so diverse and distinctive.
Are Vallejo paints worth buying?
Vallejo paints are excellent for painting miniatures and models, and they are one of the most widely used and recommended paints for plastic models. Vallejo miniature paint is flexible, opaque, pigment-rich, and lightfast.
However, they are sometimes labeled as “expensive,” which is why some miniature painters choose to use other brands.
2. Citadel Games Workshop Paint – Best Warhammer 40k paint
Citadel paints are the greatest not just because they produce a smooth finish with excellent opacity, but also because Games Workshop is regarded for producing the best miniature painting supplies. Games Workshop’s Army Painters and Citadel are two of the most popular and high-quality miniature paints.
If you’re shopping on Amazon, the Hobby Model Choose-Your-Own Paint Set is the easy way to go: you can pick the colors you want, and each color will cost roughly $5. This paint is great for layering on your minis.
Both would make fantastic Warhammer40,000gifts! No surprise, since Games Workshop designed Warhammer and knows best what will work for the models.
What is the quality of Citadel paints?
Citadel paints are the most popular for Warhammer miniatures because they include paints for every stage of the painting process. Including solid base colors, shades, and fantastic texture paints. You can always purchase a single color or a complete paint package.
The sets are primarily available on the official website, however all colors are also available on Amazon.
Citadel miniature paints are an excellent choice for both beginners and pros, providing excellent model painting quality.
3. Army Painters – The best miniature paint for D&D.
Army Painters acrylic paint is the best acrylic paint for D&D miniatures since they have special Dungeons and Dragons painting packages and master miniature paints and have been in the wargaming industry for over ten years.
This paint is made by true fans and hobbyists who understand what a good miniature paint should look like.
To eliminate runs and drips in the finer sections of your model while painting miniatures with Reaper, always paint in thin layers with a light color.
For first-timers and beginners, Reaper Miniature paints are ideal.
The Reaper Learn to Paint Kit Core Skills is an all-in-one kit for a novice to learn how to paint miniatures and models. It includes 11 paints, 3 miniatures, 2 miniature paint brushes, and a detailed tutorial on how to paint miniatures, as well as a storage case that can hold 25 more paint bottles.
Bundles, colors, and a variety of miniatures to paint are available from Reaper Miniatures. The brand is both affordable (about $30) and beginner-friendly. They attempted to create a small paint set to teach you model painting:
Paints, brushes, miniatures to practice on, a storage box, and a detailed guide by a professional painter, such as Rhonda Bender, are included in each of them.
5. Acrylic or Enamel Paint Testors
Testors manufactures enamel and acrylic paints for a variety of surfaces, including miniatures and war models. Theywork well on plastic, paper, and wood, and provide good coverage with vibrant colors.
On Amazon, you can purchase a basic color set, a metallic color set, or individual colors. The traditional Testors Enamel paint kit includes a thinner, a brush, a tray, and nine colors, including two metallics — gold and silver.
This paint is not non-toxic; Testors enamel paints include petroleum distillates and other chemicals, and are therefore not suitable for children.
The Testors Acrylic Paint Kit is similar to the original enamel set, but it includes 9 acrylic colors. Be cautious because this paint is still dangerous.
Paint, brushes, water, thinners, and any usual painting mistakes may all be avoided with the Molotow Acrylic Markers Set. These colorful 2 or 4mm UV and water-resistant acrylic markers are perfect for painting miniatures and minis, as well as most surfaces!
The basic compact set has ten high-pigment, high-covering colors with a 2 or 4 mm round tip (this will affect the price). They’re tough and long-lasting, and they’re occasionally used as a substitute for Posca markers.
If you’re not used to painting with markers, there are a few things to remember:
Blending can be difficult and time-consuming compared to acrylic paint
the tip is 2 or 4 mm and can be stiff or dry at times, affecting the outcome
and top quality markers are more expensive than comparable miniature paints.
The 2mm set will cost roughly $45, while the 4mm set will cost around $50.
7. Mig Jimenez’s ammunition
Ammo of Mig Jimenez offers a wide range of paints, effects, and washes for models and Mechas in particular.
Wow! There are numerous mini-sets and individual colors available for any desired effect or weapon, as well as clothing, vehicles, and military equipment.
Ammo paints aren’t particularly popular on Amazon, and getting them shipped is difficult, but you may always visit their own website, which has a wealth of valuable information and items.
Experienced war, civil, or space model painters who know exactly what they need would benefit from AK Interactive paints.
They also sell brushes, tools, and any other model painting equipment you would require.
For a beginner, the sets or individual paint bottles might be fairly costly — $13-$20 per bottle or a mini-set with a specific purpose.
9. Badger Minitaire – Best airbrush paint for models
Badger is a well-known American airbrush and airbrushing supply company that also produces miniature paints. If you’re dealing with airbrushes, the Badget Minitaire series for model painting and wargaming is a must-try.
The Badger Minitare Paint Set contains 12 non-toxic, organic, and quick-drying colors. The Minitare set includes an 80-color color chart that can be purchased separately later.
This paint is ideal for airbrushing models since it provides easy and evencoverage. Of course, you may use conventional brushes to apply this paint; the consistency is fine and it adheres well to models.
For twelve 30ml bottles, the pricing is fairly low — roughly $38 for the full set ($3 each bottle).
10. Warcolours – The most environmentally friendly miniature paints
Warcolours produces some of the finest hand-crafted acrylic paint for wargaming and miniature painting in the world. Their acrylic paints are handcrafted, pigment-rich, brush and airbrush compatible, and promise a smooth, stroke-free finish.
The brand is environmentally safe and sustainable, with non-toxic paints and recyclable packaging.
There are 240 colors in the ultimate Warcolours set (amazing!! ), but there is a Warcolours starter kit with 10 matte colors, 15 ml each, and 2 brushes. Of course, you can purchase each hue separately.
All of the colors are lightfast, highlypigmented, made entirely of acrylic emulsion with no additives, UV and weather resistant, and dry quickly.
However, I would argue that this paint is not budget-friendly for a novice, as the most basic kit costs roughly 35 EUR (around $42) plus delivery (flat shipping to the US is 8.95€).
The easiest way to get Warcolours paints is to get them directly from their website. Apart from model paint and paint kits, Warcolours also manufactures brushes, primers, mediums, additives, varnishes, model painting tools, glue pens and markers, airbrushing supplies, and a variety of other items to help you enjoy your pastime.
I strongly advise you to investigate their offerings.
11. Paints for Secret Weapon Miniatures
Mech acrylics sets, weathering sets, and washes are all available singly or in sets from Secret Weapon. Even though it is an American brand, it is not available on Amazon in the United States, but you can always get it directly from their website.
Secret Weapon miniature paints are high-quality pigmented paints with the appropriate consistency and coverage for both paintbrushes and airbrushing. Individual 1/2 oz. dropper bottles cost roughly $5, and normal weathering sets are around $12, making them incredibly cost effective.
To compete with market leaders, the company must deliver the highest quality standards, which is why the weathering pigments they use are pure art and cosmetic grade pigments that are free of any additives. All of the paints are non-toxic, made with natural pigments, and come in a rainbow of colors.
12. Coat of Arms – Black Hat Miniatures
Mike Lewis, a veteran wargame, Sci-Fi and fantasy writer and large wargaming enthusiast, founded Black Hat miniatures paints in the UK in 2004. They produced miniatures as well as high-quality paint and paint sets for model painting throughout their history.
Coat d’Arms paints now have a wide choice of products to choose from, including fantasy and military ranges, World War II ranges, shaders, inks, washes, British, German, or American coloring sets, Ancient sets, colors triads, and other miniature painting supplies. A 901 beginning package is advised for first-timers – for $30, you’ll get 10 paint bottles (18 ml each) to get you started.
Only available through the official website, not on Amazon in the US or the UK.
Liquid pigments that have been weathered provide results that are remarkably similar to powder pigments. Acrylic paints are ideal for wargame models, vehicles, miniatures, and dioramas since they are pigment-rich, non-toxic, and have a homogeneous smooth consistency and coverage.
Set of Winter Camo Acrylic Paints
For a newbie, I always recommend purchasing a paint set and then purchasing any more colors afterwards. Paint sets for wargaming models are distinct in that they are designed around the purpose rather than the number of colors.
If you need rust, dust, or to paintwintertanks or anything else, you’ll need a highly particular paint set.
For war models, the best all-in-one weathering package is:
If you’re looking for a weathering set, you’ll see that each brand sells each one separately for $12-$20, however Tamiya offers the greatest deal: TAMIYA Weathering Master 6-Sets includes all weathering effects in one set: mud, rust, snow, sand, stain, and more!
For about $60, you may get 18 different semi-wet pigments. They’re also incredibly simple to use and come with an applicator.
It would cost more than $100 to buy them all separately from other manufacturers, thus I believe this is the greatest option for a novice!
On Amazon, you can get a whole weathering set and some individual paints and sprays from Tamiya, but their official website (which looks extremely old-school, don’t be intimidated) and the US and UK reseller – The Hobby Company – have a lot more options. To be honest, both are quite difficult to navigate and do not offer the same product categories.
15. Scalecolor Paint, Scale 75
Scalecolor offers a wide range of acrylic paints and paint sets for painting models and miniatures, including wargaming, fantasy, mediums, and individual artist quality paints. If you want to paint metal hues, skin tones, eyes, soil washes, or anything else, they’ve got you covered.
63 colors in the Scalecolor Collection
Paint Set for Beginners
The Ultimate Scalecolor Collection comes with 63 colors in a rich matt finish, as well as a wooden storage tray. Each bottle contains 17 milliliters.
The price is reasonable — roughly 165 EUR (taxes not included) for 63 bottles, which works out to less than 3 euros each bottle.
The essential basic color set, which includes 8 colors and a step-by-step instruction, will make an excellent gift for a modeler-beginner. Without taxes and shipping, the basic paint package will set you back roughly 20 EUR.
Scale75 has a huge selection of scale models from all periods of history, as well as scale games, paint kits, brushes, airbrushing equipment, and mediums.
They are not available on Amazon in the United States, however select things are accessible on Amazon in the United Kingdom and, of course, on the official website. Without taxes, shipping costs roughly 6,25 EUR.
16. Formula P3 – Privateer Press Paint
Privateer Press is recognized for their Warmachine and Hordesminiatures, as well as a liquid pigment paint line called Formula P3. All of the paints are smooth, opaque (to the extent that the pigment allows), and provide excellent coverage even with only one application.
Formula P3 has a longer workable time than other miniature paints since it dries more slowly.
You can buy each color alone or as part of a paint package for a certain miniature, such as the Mercenary colors set. There are a total of 12 paint sets and a wide choice of colors in individual bottles.
Individual 1/2 ounce bottles are nearly $10 on Amazon, but the usual market price is roughly $5.
17. Foundry Paint System for Wargames
Animals, ancient minis, Dark Age models, including vikings, Medievalmodels, war and civil models – all centuries and key cultures or events are included, as well as Science Fiction and Fantasy, of course! To retain such variety, they developed their own Paint System, which includes three tones for each color, giving your miniatures depth and richness.
The main color, shade, and highlight are all packaged together in a triad of three 20 ml bottles. The color chart for the Wargames Foundry Paint System has 350 colors in total. If you need a refill, you can purchase each one separately.
Special sets organized by historical periods will also assist you in selecting the best one for you. If this is your first time painting models, start with a Starter Paint Kit, which is the perfect starter package. It comes with 36 colors, 6 brushes, and a Kevin the Painter practice model.
The set costs £99.00 (about $130). Amazon does not have it.
18. The Grinning Gargoyle Paint Starter Set
The Gargoyle Paint Set, available in Started, Advanced, Core, and Extra variants, is one of the Grinning Gargoyle’s best-selling wargaming paints and materials.
The Grinning Gargoyle Starter Paint Set is an excellent present for a beginner: All you need to start model painting is 16 acrylic paints, 2 metallic paints, 2 shading washes, and a paintbrush.
This set is suitable for any modeler because of its excellent consistency and coverage, as well as the Army Painters color range and easy-to-squeeze dropper vials.
However, keep in mind that because this paint contains benzisothiazolone, it is not suitable for persons who are allergic to it.
I haven’t seen them on Amazon US, but they’re roughly $50 on Amazon UK.
Acrylic paint for miniatures that works best:
I’ve included a list of acrylics that aren’t created expressly for miniatures and models, but are still popular choices for model painting and, more importantly, are quite economical! I should clarify that these are intended for novices, and for someone who is serious about wargaming, I would prefer Citadel, Army Painters, Warcolours, or Vallejo miniature paints.
19. Apple Barrel is the best inexpensive miniature acrylic paint for beginners.
Apple Barrel is a versatile, inexpensive acrylic art paint that may be used for a variety of creative projects. Although it wasn’t made expressly for painting miniatures, practically all acrylic or craft paints, especially those that are so popular, can work perfectly for models and miniatures.
For novices, the best cheap tiny paint is:
The Paint Set of 18 Colors with Matt Finish from Apple Barrel is an incredible must-have — it just costs roughly $20 and includes all of the colors you could ever need! Perfect for a beginner, especially if you’re painting more than just models. Each bottle has 59 milliliters (2oz).
I’m repeating it again: great for beginners: easy to use and clean, brilliant basic colors, non-toxic, and can be used on any surface! Keep in mind that you may require multiple coats at times.
20. Folk Art
Plaid is the same global brand that owns both Folk Art and Apple Barrel. Both craft paints are quite inexpensive and of good quality, which is why they are so popular among beginners and even seasoned hobbyists.
Folk Art is not a miniature paint, but it is a multi-surface acrylic paint that, with correct priming, will attach to models and miniatures.
The Multi-Surface Satin Finish Folk Art Paint Set comes with 12 bottles of non-toxic acrylic paint in a variety of vibrant colors that are easy to apply and dry quickly. Each bottle is 2 oz (59 ml), and the entire set will only set you back $20.
Other sets are available on Amazon, including ones with a matt finish, different colors, and so on. Choose the one that is right for you; you will not be disappointed – it is a good craft paint for the price. Yes, it isn’t as excellent as wargaming paints, but it is a reasonable and less expensive alternative, especially for a beginner!
The Castle Art Supplies Paint Set of 48 is an excellent present for a beginner model painter. It comes with more colors than you’ll need in 22ml tubes, making it easy for you if you don’t like mixing or blending.
A short painting guide is also included in the kit. The paint provides good coverage; in some cases, just one coat is sufficient.
The entire 48-piece kit will set you back less than $40, which is a great price for basic acrylic paint.
22. Caliart Acrylic Paint Set
Caliart is the cheapest acrylic paint set for craft projects and even model painting, with 52 colors for $20. Caliart acrylic paint is a craft paint for small projects; it doesn’t offer professional artist-grade paints, but it will suffice for some DIY and first-time painting – excellent value.
Caliart paint is simple to mix and apply, clean, and thin with water, non-toxic, and ensures a high-quality painting. Otherwise, they are willing to give you a complete refund.
Liquitex is a giant in the acrylic paint industry. Since 1955, it has been the ideal choice for a beginner (Basic series) or a skilled artist, although it is not always the most cost-effective.
When you buy Liquitex, you can be certain in the quality: all paints are rich in premium pigments, have varying grades and viscosities depending on your painting skills, provide excellent coverage, and last a long time. As a result, it is a favorite choice among professional artists who sell their works all over the world.
Models and miniatures are painted. You can vote for a professional miniature paint, however Liquitex is a great option in the field of acrylic paints. Liquitex Basics, for example, a basic kit of 48 colors, is the best acrylic paint for miniatures.
The following are some of the advantages of the Liquitex Basics Set:
a large color palette (48 colors).
pigments of excellent durability
It’s simple to blend, mix, and layer, and it dries quickly.
Care Instructions for Miniature Paints
To get the best miniature paints, not only should you read the labels carefully, but you should also take good care of them once you start using them; otherwise, the paint may not last as long as you like, and the results may disappoint you.
Before using miniature paint, give it a good shake.Paint mixing balls can be placed in each bottle to ensure that the paint is homogeneous and well mixed before use.
Apply acrylic paint in thin layers, allowing each to dry completely between applications.
Before painting, always wash your miniature with warm water.
If you’re airbrushing your miniatures, thin the paint appropriately (not to the point of dripping) or use miniature paint labeled for brushes and airbrushes.
FAQ on the Best Miniature Paints
What are the best miniature painting paints? Citadel paint for Warhammer 40K models, Reaper Miniatures for mastering the skill, Vallejo paint for multipurpose projects and experienced modelers, and Tamiya Weathering sets for adding effects and stains to battle models are some of the best paints for painting miniatures.
The best miniature paint for D&D models is Army Painters, and Warcolours is one of the most environmentally friendly brands.
What is the best Warhammer paint? Citadel paint from Games Workshop is the best paint for Warhammer since Games Workshop designed the game and knows exactly how to paint it and what paint to use. For Warhammer models, Citadel paint provides the greatest base coats, colors, and layer paint.
Is it possible to paint D&D miniatures with acrylic paint? Acrylic paint can be used to paint D&D miniatures, and the Army Painters acrylic paint set for Dungeons and Dragons miniatures is the finest option. They provide a variety of bundles designed exclusively for D&D fans with the greatest color charts.
Are Vallejo’s paints superior to Citadel’s? Paints from Vallejo and Citadel are of the greatest quality for miniature and wargaming painting. Citadel is the greatest choice for painting Warhammer miniatures and is one of Games Workshop’s most popular products. Citadel is a well-known brand for base coats, shading, and technical aspects in Warhammer.
Vallejo, on the other hand, has an enormous selection of kits, stains, effects, and paints for each type of model and miniature you can imagine. They are, without a doubt, the most versatile brand. However, it is also one of the most expensive.
What kind of miniature paint do you use? You can use standard acrylic paint, miniature or model paint, craft paint from Amazon, or hobby store paint. Acrylic paint is the greatest option since it has vibrant colors, is rich in pigments, is simple to apply, and dries quickly. It’s also long-lasting and water-resistant.
Is acrylic paint suitable for miniatures? Yes, without a doubt! Acrylic paint is ideal for painting miniatures since it is economical, accessible, and simple to use. It’s also a multi-purpose paint that’s simple to clean, thin, and apply. It dries quickly and provides excellent coverage.
Is it necessary to prime my miniatures before to painting? In general, every miniature or model should be primed before painting or airbrushing. It works in the same way as priming a canvas before painting does: the paint adheres better and uniformly, the surface is smoother, and the color is heightened. Vallejo surface primers are the best primer and come in a variety of colors.
Dear Readers, I know some of you do, while others do not, live in the Huntsville, Alabama area. This is for my Huntsville readers, or those wanting to travel for the event!
RPGCON is scheduled for this weekend and boy am I excited! I’ll be running a table Friday, and two tables (one after the other) on Sunday.
I’ll be running the Friday and first Sunday slots running parts of an adventure series written by one of the owners of the con, the CEO of Direbear Adventuring Company, Mr. Heath Halbrooks. Great guy and outstanding writer.
The second Sunday slot I will be running my infamous Treasure Hunt adventure conversion (from 1st Edition AD&D to 5e). I love running that adventure, and it usually gets really good feedback.
For those unaware, it’s the same adventure as the one I ran to begin the Ingrates.
In any case, my post for the days of the Con will be some thoughts about the Con and pictures of the various goings-on. Should be an awesome time. There will be food, music, and of course, tons of RPGs being run.
I’ve been working as hard as ever on the ship, wanting to get it done by August (when the Spelljammer campaign setting comes out)!
Here’s how it looks so far!
As you can see, I’ve been working on the main body of the ship.
Fun! Fact: I got my speed paint Mega Set but not the Mega Set. Let me explain:
My store came out with all of the individual droppers of paint, which is great. That the Mega Paint Set price is more expensive than if I was to buy each paint individually. There’s really no comparison. So I bought all the individual paints that I didn’t get in my Basic Set. That said, they were out of one color, the white. So I’m missing that one. I have it on order.
Taking that into account, the metal bands around the bottom are gunmetal. I’m planning on painting the rivets a different color. Not sure what yet. Then, just as I painted the deck oak brown, I started painting the underside wood the same color. That has been more than a little time consuming. Mostly because I’m not trying to make mistakes around the metal bands.
Lastly, as you can see, I went back over the crystal engine things with a darker brown. This is actually the darker brown from the speed paints. I wanted to see how it looked on top of brown primer. Personally, I think it looks great. This is the current overall effect:
In particular, I love the contrast and think it looks more like a living tree growing out of the deck of the ship.
I dunno. What do you think? Let me know in the comment section below!
I know I would normally have some kind of painting update or otherwise, but my schedule has been absolutely nuts lately. As it is right now, I’m trying to get ready for Adventurers League.
Needless to say, I don’t have a post for you all today. I’ll be back to my regular schedule posting tomorrow. In fact, I should have for you a nice albeit short a player’s perspective from our Kids on Bikes game.
So I have been painting and painting and painting on my new ship! It’s coming along very nicely. I’m so excited to eventually showcase it to my players once it is complete. I’m equally hoping that, when the campaign progresses to that point, the Spelljammer stuff has officially premiered. I may just have to wing it.
If you haven’t guessed, I’m referring to the Ingrates campaign. It’s going to be an epic trip through Wildspace.
In any case, here are some pictures of the progress I’ve made:
It’s not even close to being done, so don’t worry about all of that brown. It’ll be epic.
Right now I am working on that stupid filagree. I’ve gotten one side done, as you can see, but I have to finish the other. Blech.
After all of that, I have to do the shader, which I have absolutely NO idea of how I am going to do that on something so large. So much more work to do.
And to make matters worse, with the exception of priming, I haven’t even begun to work on the tree/dock. See what I mean?
That, too, will be epic. Once I’m done. The tree is going to be a different brown than the rest and I have zero clue as to how I will be painting it, other than with a big brush. Why didn’t you all warn me that terrain would be so much work?! 😉
I kid, I kid.
In any case, this is my life until it’s done. I only have the summer to finish both.
Also, I know I haven’t posted any “A DMs Perspective” in awhile. I’ve been so busy it slipped my mind. I’ll get back on that hopefully next week, getting you all caught up on what’s going on with the Ingrates. Keep in mind that with a $5 per month subscription, you get full access to our Premium Content, including a sneak peek at what the Ingrates are up to.
Let me know what you all think in the comment section below!