What do I recommend to have handy when painting D&D Miniatures?

What do I recommend to have handy when painting D&D Miniatures?

I get these questions all the time: Can I paint these miniatures out of the box? What kind of primer do you recommend? Do you recommend any video tutorials? In this article, I hope to inform painters about what they need to get started painting d&d miniatures so that they can satisfy their painting addiction. After all, it would be terrible to leave all of your miniatures unpainted, right?

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My Style 

Before we get far, I want to explain the goal I have when painting. I aim for “tabletop ready”. This can mean different things for different people. What I mean by it is I want it to be fully coated with paint and have a decent amount of shades and highlights. I won’t claim to be a professional by any means. Sometimes I want to see a miniature in extreme detail, but the reality is in my eyes I am using them to play games, and at the closest I will be at least a few feet away. Pro-level paint jobs are overkill, unless I want to display it. I only paint and play.

Can I paint these miniatures out of the box?

This question is directed at our miniatures, however it’s relevant for all minis. Easy answer. Absolutely!  Our miniatures are printed with bio-degradable PLA and Resin. The plastics paint just like other miniatures. I always recommend priming the miniature and also using an Acrylic Sealer to protect the paint.

What kind of primer do you recommend?

Any regular primer that sticks to plastic will work. For those that want to avoid spray cans and preserve details, I use Vallejo Black Primer Acry-Poly Paint and Vallejo Grey Primer Acrylic Polyurethane. They are both for airbrushes. I recommend air brush priming so that small details will be preserved. For those without an airbrush, I use the Master Airbrush Multi-Purpose Airbrushing System Kit with Portable Mini Air Compressor. You can’t go wrong either way, but as models release with increased details, I believe an airbrush is the way to go. You can also airbrush the primary color on the model after the primer is dried. For instance for a human, you could airbrush the skin color all over, then paint over everything besides skin. This technique saves time.

Do you recommend any video tutorials?

I always direct people to Black Magic Craft. His miniature tutorial “MINIATURE BASICS – HOW TO PAINT MINIATURES THE EASY WAY! FOR BEGINNERS!” is great for beginners. I plan on releasing some tutorials myself soon, so be on the lookout for that!

In Conclusion

I hope this article provides clarity for those looking to get into painting d&d miniatures. It’s a wonderful hobby that I find relaxing. It is also satisfying seeing the models I paint on the game table, it gives the game more dimension and realism. Thanks for reading!

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