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Four things you need to start painting miniatures

Painting miniatures is one of my favorite things to do. I became hooked years when a friend who played Warhammer introduced me to painting. I eventually moved beyond painting to actually playing, but that’s a different story.

Sea Monster from Blood Rage.

Getting started in miniature painting can be difficult. So, with that said, here are some of the things you need to get started.

  1. Miniature – First, you need a miniature! Seems logical, right? However, with so many miniatures out there how do you choose? The answer to that question is up to you and it will depend on what you play. If you don’t play, then you have plenty to choose from. If you’re a board gamer, perhaps a purchase of a game like Blood Rage or Malifaux is in order? Both provide plenty of miniatures to get started. Or, if you’re a role player, perhaps WizKids new line of unpainted minis is in order. Of course, there is always my favorite, Games Workshop. 
  2. Paints – You’ve selected your new mini and now you need some paints. If you purchased a metal mini, you will need some primer, too. There are a lot of paints to choose from. You can go cheap and head to your local big box store and grab some paint there. I have never used these, but I suspect they work. My preference tends to lean towards Citadel’s line of paints or Vallejo. Both are excellent. The types of paint you use are up to you as it will depend on your preference. My biggest suggestion is to stay away from Testers. I have never seen these paints work well with minis. I could be wrong, but I haven’t seen anything to make me think otherwise.  
  3. Brushes – When it comes to brushes, I prefer sable hair brushes as opposed to synthetic tips. Brushes vary in price depending on the quality and fineness of the tips. You will need a fine tipped brush and at least a basecoat brush. Having those two should get you started well enough – you will add more brushes to your collection as your skills progress.
  4. Finish – There are a lot of companies that make finishes, and all of them, for the most part, are decent. I use citadel matte finish for my models. I have been known to use a gloss finish depending on what I am painting.


Fire Giant from Blood Rage

And with those four things you are ready to paint! Now you just need to put in the time and practice. As your skills improve, you may want to add more to your painting supplies. Things like flocking, textures, and new brushes are all things you may find yourself acquiring. Some painters have even started using air brushes.

Did we miss something? Is there something you think people need to start painting minis? Please, put it in the comments below.

Patrick Cossel is the publisher of the Forge Herald. He can be reached at pcossel@gmail.com


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I am a journalist and gaming enthusiast.

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