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How to Paint Fantasy Miniatures

How to Paint Fantasy Miniatures

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A guide to painting fantasy miniatures for collecting, wargaming or diorama making. Six steps explained with pictures and a Spartan Warrior is the subject.
A guide to painting fantasy miniatures for collecting, wargaming or diorama making. Six steps explained with pictures and a Spartan Warrior is the subject.

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How to Paint Fantasy Miniatures
 This tutorial will show you techniques for painting miniatures. I paint a Spartanwarrior (shown below) and it is for the 300 Diorama. The miniature is part of atwelve pack of miniatures from a company called Crocodile Games; It is in theWargods of Olympus series and the particular pack is called Spartan Hoplite Unitand the artist is Todd Harris. The detail work on these miniatures is great and thetwelve figures in the pack aren't identical - there are several variations of miniatures. I have this tutorial in a video if you want to check that out - How to PaintMiniatures Video Tutorial
Step One: Materials and Workspace
- I have taken a picture of my workspace togive you ideas and to show you some of the tools I recommend for paintingminiatures.
 
Some Notes about the Workspace: Give yourself plenty of room and lay down sometype of material to protect the surface you are working on. I use posterboard, itworks well, is durable and paint won't leech through to the desktop. You should alsothink about lighting. The workspace should be very well lit, because you are workingwith miniatures! I work in a well lit room but I still place a table lamp on the desknear my workspace to get the area really bright.
Tools & Materials
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I recommend quite a few different tools and I say you can never have enough tools.Most of my tools are used in the preparatory phase before I actually start painting. Irecommend a small vise so you can clamp your miniature securely down, I alsorecommend a magnifying glass, x-acto knife, emory boards (for sanding downburrs), microfiles, an awl, and tweezers. A pin vise or three pronged parts grabberwould be great if you have one.Paints: If you are just learning how to paint miniatures I have a webpage with kitsthat teach you, sets of paints and books. If you are looking for a starter pack of paints Games Workshop Paint Set is a good place to start.About Painting: I use a wide selection of paints and when you are buying paints youcan be assured that the little jugs will last a very very long time. I have jugs that Ihave been using for many years. You just don't need much paint to do a miniature.So to keep them in good shape always wipe them off and seal them up when done. Ialways use a primer when painting miniatures so I recommend you do this too.
Miniature Painting Steps:
Step 1:
Inspect your miniatures looking for burrs or pieces of unwanted metal.Remove any of this excess with a knife, file or small pair of snippers. Look for anyproblems with your miniature and correct as needed. Take note of any parts thatlook like they will be difficult to paint and formulate a plan for how you are going topaint it.

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