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today I'm gonna show you how I paint

miniatures in a really simple

straightforward basic way to make them

tabletop ready for your tabletop

role-playing games hey guys welcome back

to another episode of black magic crafts

I'm going to continue here on my

miniatures basics series we've been

through all of the prep work the priming

all of that stuff and now it's time to

put some paint on your minis this video

is for beginners I'm gonna break this

process down to its very basic simplest

form so that any rookie painter can

spend a few hours throw some paint on a

mini and it's gonna look awesome

on the table no mumbo-jumbo no

complicated techniques just the simplest

way to paint a mini so that it's good

enough for you to use for your game ah

there's so much more you should be doing

or better it doesn't matter this is

gonna be simple I am going to be using

the paints that I personally use which

happens to be mostly Reaper paints and

some GW Citadel washes that's what I use

you can use any miniature paints you

guys would like they're all gonna work

just fine

some people be wondering do I have to

use expensive miniature paints or can I

use craft paints the answer is yes

absolutely you can paint your miniatures

with cheap acrylic craft paint it'll

work it's just gonna be a lot harder and

your results are probably not going to

be as good the issue with cheap acrylic

craft paint for miniatures is that the

pigments are very big in those paints

and you can't thin them down enough to

do small detail easily like you can with

miniature paints those are a lot higher

density smaller particulate I believe

pigments and they just work a lot better

so you can paint minis with cheap craft

paint it's just they're gonna often end

up looking a little bit chalky err it's

gonna be harder to thin your paint and

if you're a new

it's gonna be even harder that's the

tricky thing is that a veteran painter

can use crappier paints and getting

really good job someone starting out

they're gonna be fighting against the

paint so this is a case where I actually

think it is worth it to pick up some

good quality miniature paints I'm gonna

put links in the video description to

every exact color that I use to paint

this demonstration mini so that you know

exactly what I'm using you will notice

that these links take you to these

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you can do that where do we start let's

demystify mini painting for a minute

there are tons of complicated techniques

and tricks and ways to make miniatures

look amazing but if you just want to

make something tabletop ready it does

not have to be that complicated

essentially it's just a few simple steps

to take an unpainted mini to tabletop

ready and in order to get painting

you're gonna want to have some kind of

handle this is something I forgot to

mention in the previous prep videos and

some rookies have been asking how do you

do this well basically it is just a

torque you can use a pill bottle you can

use a paint bottle whatever stick that

miniature to the top of it with some

sticky tack or some poster tack and then

you have a nice handle that allows you

to rotate and hold this thing while

you're working on it it will stop hand


and it will also stop you from smudging

the paint as you work so get your mini

on some kind of holder and go to town

the first thing you want to do is block

out all of your colors just like a

coloring book here paint all of the

different sections of the miniature in

their basic color and you're gonna want

to use shades of these colors that are

brighter and more vibrant than what you

want for the final result because the

washes are going to tone it down

basically go in pick the largest section

of the miniature the thing that has the

most of the same color be it like the

flesh tone or the armor or a robe or

whatever and paint all that out get

sloppy get it all over all the other

sides don't be careful just get in there

be fast paint the whole thing because as

you add the other colors you can start

cleaning up those lines but there's no

point trying to be meticulous on the

first coat when I say first coat that's

the next important thing to keep in mind

is that you should be doing these colors

in a few passes of thin paint you're

likely gonna need to do two to three

coats of every color and that is normal

and that is good the thinner your paint

is the better it's going to look because

it's not gonna gum up and get in all the

little crevices and make it chalky and

crappy use thin paint the wet palette

that I mentioned in a previous video is

going to help you out with that quite a

bit once you have all of the colors kind

of blocked out you can go in and go back

and forth between the colors to kind of

define the lines a little bit and clean

up where you over brush the nice thing

about using the wet palette is that all

your paints are gonna be ready to go as

you need them they're not gonna be dried

out on a piece of paper when you're

doing things like armor and weapons the

easiest way to do this is just by using

metallic paints there are methods that

you can paint out metal without metallic

paints nonmetallic metals but honestly

that's a lot of work and that is some

next-level stuff that I don't even

bother with just buy some metallic

paints paint out your armor with those

keep it simple don't try to do 12

different shade

of iron and copper and whatever just

maybe make all your plate steel one kind

of color and then some bronze or brass

in some other spots but you don't need

to do twelve different shades of metal

you don't need to do twelve different

shades of anything just keep it simple

once all of your colors are blocked out

and you've touched up the spots where

you made mistakes you can go in with a

smaller brush and start picking out some

of those small details like the straps

and belts and buckles and whatnot

on cheap minis it can be sometimes hard

to tell what these little details are

because sometimes they come out like

potato quality so a good trick is that

if you have a mini and he's got some

weird thing on I mean you don't know

what it is or what you're supposed to

paint it is that a finger or is that

part of the sword I don't know google

image search the mini you are trying to

paint if it's a Reaper bones mini just

Google search the code and you will come

up with images of finished models that

other people have painted and looking at

a few of these you will then easily be

able to see what this dang little detail

is that you couldn't figure out also it

will show you that there is a vast

variety of ways that you can paint these

minis and there's no right way or wrong

way now it's time for the magic the

instant talent in a pot the wash really

good meaning painters will not use this

they don't need to do it they will do

just varying shades of highlights and

undertones and all that but you're new

or you're in a rush use washes they

instantly will make your miniature look

way better it will define all of the

little details it'll get in the little

crevices it'll sharpen up the

transitions between two colors by adding

a little dark spot it's great for this

do not use the homemade wash that I use

on terrain it is not good enough for

this purpose you absolutely want to use


professional mini Grail I shouldn't say

professional but like some real mini

grade washes made by real companies they

are far superior than a homemade wash

for miniatures I personally use the

Citadel washes I don't actually use the

reaper washes I find they don't work

quite as well but the Citadel ones are

just amazing they work so well if you

want to be really cheap and you only

want to buy one or two washes then get

yourself some melon oil it's the black

one it will do 90% of everything it

looks good at almost everything the only

thing is how great on is flesh tones

Ferrer flesh tones so for that there is

a flesh shade that I like to use if you

are painting out skin tone that is of

the Caucasian fairer variety you want to

use this flesh thick you want to use

this flesh shade wash that's hard to say

flesh shade wash Wow

put that on first then do everything

else in your black wash if you want to

get creative and start using different

shades of brown and whatever you can but

some black over everything is gonna make

this piece look so much better when

doing this don't go too crazy don't like

overdo it with a ton of the stuff you

know be light go on be somewhat careful

and then after everything's covered use

a damp brush to kind of wick away any

spots where it's really created a heavy

pool of this wash if there's a little

low crevice all that wash will collect

there and it will be too much so just

use a damp brush put it in that wet wash

and it will wick away and wipe it off

and you'll be good to go

an important note too is that when

you're applying the wash don't use the

brush that you've been recently using

for a lot of other painting that might

still have some pigments in it because

the wash is so liquidy it will release

this and make a murky kind of not good

result use a clean dry brush when

applying your wash once this wash has

completely dried and it's important that

it's completely dried you can move on to

the highlight step if you want

realistically you could now take this

mini and throw it on your table

use it and be done and it'd be fine the

problem with leaving it like this is

that the wash looks great in all the

crevices but it kind of muddies up a lot

of the high points that really shouldn't

be dark so if you want to take it up one

step further and kind of really make

this mini look finished off what you

want to do is start putting on some

highlights basically just take the color

that you applied to block out the colors

and reapply it on the highest ridges of

the miniature don't cover up the

crevices where the washes just hit those

highlights basically where light would

hit it but the easiest way is just to

follow the highest points this will

start redefining the shapes on the

miniature and you will be amazed at how

much this really cleans things up the

one spot on painting mini is everyone

will struggle with is the eyes and there

are tons of videos out there about just

how to do eyes and there's a lot of

different techniques this is my advice

if you have a really hard time doing it

and you don't like doing it then just

don't don't paint eyes on your

miniatures just let the wash go into the

crevices it's a small piece who cares it

doesn't need eyes but if you want eyes

the way that I do it is just by taking a

very very small brush the smallest brush

that I could find I will paint out the

whites of the eyes and I will over paint

this so that it's bigger than the actual

eyeball then for the iris or the pupil I

will use a very very small brush again a

tiny tiny bit of black paint and I will

just paint on two little stripes the

important thing here is to try to keep

these stripes looking in the same

direction if your miniature is looking

one way focused on something put those

stripes in a way that would make sense

so you don't have googly eyeballs

pointing in different directions that's

really what makes eyes look terrible is

when the eyes are looking in different

directions so two stripes focused in the

same way then you'll have these

crazy-looking anime sort of eyes what

you want to do is go back in with your

flesh shade that you've used your color

that you used to paint out the skin tone

and start painting

and defining those eyes tell there's

just a very tiny little bit of that

eyeball showing you may notice that this

creates a bit of a problem if you've

painted a fair skin tone and done like a

red ish wash on it if you go in and

brush in and define those spots again it

can be too bright because it's not toned

down with that wash so don't be afraid

to go in with a little bit more wash and

get those crevasses around the eye

sockets you will find in general that

when you're doing this highlight step it

works really easily on things like cloth

and robes and leather and doing it on

certain things like fair lighter shades

of skin tone even some darker skin tones

that it can be hard to make it look

natural you just got to play with it

practice with it and eventually you you

will get the hang of it and it will

start looking pretty decent for basic

tabletop ready minis all you need to do

is one highlight if you want to put in a

little bit more effort and take your

Minter painting up a step further you

can add more highlight layers where you

just lighten that shade a little bit by

mixing white into it and bringing it a

little bit bit a bit bit higher and

painting a little bit a little bit

smaller of highlights and start paying

attention to where light would be coming

from and practice with that play with

that you will find that it will enhance

the look of your minis quite a bit and

it actually for me is kind of a really

fun park it's actually quite easy to do

but one base coat of color a wash and

then a highlight is all you really need

for tabletop ready done especially if

you're painting a whole bunch of minis

at once if you have a horde of goblins

just paint them the simple way when the

mini is totally painted out and you're

happy with it then you can go ahead and

paint the base and obviously this is

gonna be dependent on what you use to

base it if you did like a green stuff

textured cobblestone or some dirt and

sand or whatever painted the appropriate

styles you would need if it's just like

kind of an earthy like sand

to the base I usually just painted out a

dark-brown do a wash with either a black

wash or an egg wax earth shades and then

once that's dry I'll sometimes do a dry

brushing of a very light kind of grayish

tan to kind of pick out some a little

bit to look like stones but that's

really it you can decorate the base with

some flocking some grass Tufts whatever

you want but the important thing is that

you paint out the ring of the base the

thing that really finishes the piece off

is to redefine that nice edge of your

miniature base I personally like to

paint mine out black because I like that

really sharp framed border you can opt

to paint it a more toned-down color to

match the base if you have a grassy base

you can paint that ring green if it's a

sandy one you can paint it it kind of

sad tone do whatever you want but just

do something to clean it up and define

that edge and really finish things off

at this point your mini is done it's

tabletop ready you may want to put a

protective coating on it for a couple

reasons one is because these miniatures

will be handled quite a bit so a

protective coating will help seal in the

paint but also the washes that you use

will sometimes leave a mini looking

really shiny which you may not want so a

clear coat of a matte finish will help

dull that down you all know that when I

do my terrain I seal the pieces with

Minwax polyurethane I don't use that on

miniatures and I the reason I don't use

it is because polyurethane overtime has

a tendency to yellow and when doing

terrain if you're doing rocks and

castles and wood huts and whatever a

slight bit of yellowing is barely gonna

be noticeable

I mean to the point where I've looked at

pieces I made two years later to try to

see if they'd be yellowed and I think

this looks a little bit yellow did it

yellow or is that how I painted it I

don't know because it it blends in and

works but if you spend a lot of time

painting a beautiful miniature you don't

want that to yellow that could look

weird especially on certain colors so I

recommend using something different

myself I use this Kryolan clear coat

it's like an

an artist 1 I think it's actually meant

for varnishing paintings maybe I don't

know I use it because it doesn't seem

too yellow at all and there's other

brands that you can use that are fine

too this is just what I happen to use

one note though is that I have a gloss

and I have a matte and the reason for

that is I want my final coat to be a

matte I used to like my minions looking

a little bit glossy now I've finally

come over to what everyone else thinks

and prefer a bit of a matte look

the thing about matte clear coats is

they're not as durable and not as strong

as gloss coats so it is common practice

in miniature spraying just like in

furniture or any kind of carpentry if

you're gonna finish with a matte coat

start with coats of gloss build up the

stronger more protective layers of gloss

first and then do a final coat in matte

to dull the sheen that's just the way

clear coats work glosses are stronger so

you can do that another clear coat that

people swear by is the testers dull coat

I think that would be the industry kind

of standard for clear coats so you

definitely can't go wrong with that I've

never used it but so many people swear

by it that I'm sure it is amazing

obviously you can spend your entire life

learning crazy techniques to paint minis

this is just the tip of the iceberg this

is just enough to get you going and

honestly is more than enough to play a

game of D&D so don't be intimidated by

it just try it out get some mini paints

paint up some minis using these simple

steps and just go nuts if you need to

pick up any paints or miniatures to try

this out for yourself I suggest you try

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