Miniatures Painting and Gaming Discussion and Picture thread! (Image Intensive)

The only miniatures game I ever got into before was Heroscape, which came with pre-painted figures. This year I paid into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures Kickstarter so I’m getting like 150 unpainted figures at the end of the year and I realized I should probably get some practice in before then! So here’s my first completed figure! The finish I used made it glossier than I expected but otherwise I’m happy with it!

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Oh, I forgot about this thread! Last month I finished up these; 16 Dryads, a Branchwraith and a set of trees for my Age of Sigmar collection. These are my first models since, like… 2007ish? So I’m pretty happy with the results. I managed to pick up the silly limited Looncurse boxset, so I have most of an army waiting for paint, but now I’m thinking about those new Citadel Contrast paints…

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Man, there are some good paint jobs here. Y’all are talented.

Hey all,

I’ve just learned that there’s a Games Workshop store near me.

Been reading through the black library recently, so I thought I’d pop in and look around for a beginner’s set.

Not sure if I wanna spring for the game book yet, but I wouldn’t mind picking up some Eisenhorn figures, or some Cadian troops, with some beginner paints.

Any recommendations?

So GW gives you a lot of starting points now at different price points, which is pretty cool. You could go for a Start Collecting box, which are all $85 and have like a decent starter army in them. There’s also these like “first strike” or similar boxes which are like mini-starter sets if you just want to see like, hey, am I getting into the paining and the game and stuff? They range between like, $30 to $60 and maybe more.

Paintwise I would just make sure you’ve got a primer, and grab some basic paints for whatever you’re painting, like the base paints and a shade. There aren’t really great paint sets, imo - they have a few but they’re generally for painting specific models. Like there’ll be a basic space marine painting set - if you want to paint Cadian troops, that blue isn’t gonna do you much good.

I hope that’s helpful!

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GW weirdly doesn’t do too many starter sets (unless you like Space Marines), but I totally echo Forrest’s post. Pick up a Start Collecting box, especially since the Astra Militarum set has a wide variety of miniatures to choose from.

At least when it comes to paints, I would maybe consider sourcing them from non-GW manufacturers? This might be harder with only a GW in town, but I do really perfect Vallejo or Army Painter because they have dropper bottles rather than the pot style of container. I think you can find them on amazon? But, I’ll be honest in saying it’s way easier to buy them at GW and you’ll be up sold them for sure.

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I had two weeks off and since I couldn’t travel anywhere I decided to get back into Warhammer 40k. I live in Nottingham, not too far from Warhammer World and Games Workshop HQ and got the starter set which included my beloved necrons (haven’t collected seriously since 2003). I then fell into a painting hole. It was a real nice way to spend my time off, you just focus on the process, stick a movie or podcast on. Didn’t check my phone or social media for three days. I was in heaven.

Here are some pictures. Feel free to roast or provide pointers. I’ve been watching a lot of GW painting tutorials, but wouldn’t you know it, it feels like a big mission to buy more paints for tiny specific details. Had most fun painting the necrons, but I like knuckling down on some of the more ‘statement’ models.

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Had most fun painting the necrons, because I think they’re easier to paint and make look cool. I do prefer knuckling down on some of the more ‘statement’ models as well.

Here’s a bonus Commander Shadowsun as the Tau are dope. Only the Necrons and Tau can save us from the space marines.


Again… not as shiny as I would have liked. I think my problem is that I’m undercoating black on something that is predominantly white. I always used to undercoat in white back in the day.

Feels good to be back in. I was talking to one of the members of staff at Warhammer World about all the changes. Hadn’t realised plastic had taken over completely from white metal. Or that there was an apocalypse that destroyed all of old Warhammer (even though I did play Vermintide) prior to the Age of Sigmar rebrand. They also seemed alot less pushy. When I was a kid, I remember one of the store assistants laughed at me because I had turned up to the store on the day they released the Land Raider and didn’t buy a Land Raider for £40.

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Looks good! I have one of the older resin shadowsuns and the new one is a lot cleaner looking. I actually replaced the resin fusion blasters with some hard plastic spares I had because they were kind of bendy which is not a great look.

My most recent stuff has been for Marvel Crisis Protocol. I’ve not managed to play yet but almost done painting up the core set.

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Over the winter break I’ve been celebrating the passing of 2020 by painting up the death guard. After painting a bunch of space marines in the same way, I found that I’m having much more fun with the death guard and consequently buying up every model I can find. Each model is different and has some gross detail to it. The nurgle demon prince is my biggest miniature yet.

These are work in progress.

Got another tactical squad I need to assemble but I may start playing a few games now.

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I really love watching all the different kinds of minis y’all are painting. There are so many brands that I had no idea existed. It’s all really cool stuff.

I just recently got back into miniature painting after quitting when I started high school (something like 11 years ago) and I’m enjoying myself immensely.

This is probably the mini I’m most proud of out of the ones I’ve painted so far. The light from the lantern looks more like a stain than anything else, but in my defense I didn’t have the magnifying lamp when I painted it.

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Another weekend of lockdown here in the UK. Painting more minis, I managed to obtain all the models in the latest Space Marine Hero range. I really love them, as the models are each really detailed and come with cool bases and usually a nurgling.

Do feel as if my painting is getting better. This weekend I tried painting with a wet palette, which I found really good, because the GW paints dry out so fast on my plastic palette. I’ve also been experimenting more and mixing colours some more. I only have one bone colour paint (ushanti bone), so I mixed it and created variants with additional green, yellow and brown. There are a lot of skulls on these minis, and I was getting bored of just the one bone tone.

Starting to watch a load of painting youtube channels. Midwinter Minis, Goobertown Hobbies, Miniac and Duncan Rhoades Academy, are all really great!

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all of those nurgle fellows look absolutely phenomenal. great work. makes me want to get back into the game! :joy:

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This is some good painting. I love the color palette. That green and bronze go really well together. My main bit of feedback is I think most of these could benefit from a using a brown-black (warm shadows to go with your generally warm palette) toned wash. It you ware using a wash, it doesn’t appear to be sticking as well as it could. From experience, that’s a matter of experimentation with dilution on your paints. If you are as type A as I was when painting, using a thicker wash and a thin brush to put it where it belongs can help get those good outlines and blended feel.

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Thanks for the feedback! I primed with a dark green and applied a brown shade which is still there in some of the recesses, but I added a layer of brighter green on to the flatter parts of the armour, and kind of kept going when the colour brightened up. Haven’t applied any edge highlights, but I was going to add a light green brown to some of the raised parts. Some of the trim had brown wash applied to them, which brought out the gold.

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Beautiful work all around!

I wanted to ask about some equipment y’all are using to paint. Any recommendations for lighting/lamps as well as like vice grips? Anything to hold small pieces still for fine details and applying decals.

I’m mostly working on Gundam kits right now, but I have some Battlemechs I’d like to paint in the future. Any advice is greatly appreciated!

Blending up from green primer is a cool idea! I never played around with that, I always stuck to white or black primer, depending on what I was trying to do. Turned out great!

I’ve found ikea has loads of great lamps for painting, adjustable ones and ones you can clamp to a desk edge. As for painting small pieces for sub assemblies, I just use blue tac and cocktail sticks. I think you can get some miniature holders with adjustable arms for pieces that haven’t been glued on yet.

When I was last collecting as a teenager, it seemed you either primed in white or black. But now they recommend doing the base coat. I think it helps for those models that do have a base colour. You can sometimes get a more even finish with a spray.

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Thanks for the suggestions! Also thanks for giving me an excuse to head back to the hobby shop :smiling_imp:

Another weekend of lockdown painting. I managed to bag Lord of Contagion on Ebay for about a £10. He was from the last 40k boxed set. Have a feeling GW will release him as a standalone model with the new Deathwatch codex. Still a couple of finishing touches to be made but I’m happy with how he’s looking.

Tried a green contrast paint on one of the nurglings on the base. Not sure if I’m into it. I have some poxwalkers on the way, which I may try the contrast paints out more seriously. I think it would help to have a better undercoat. Going to try basecoating black with a grey/white zenithal. Maybe some white drybrush to pickup some of the raised areas.

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Also got a Blight Hauler, first vehicle I’ve really painted. I don’t know what it is exactly some kind of gross plague ridden bug made into a tricycle…Tried to do a blend of my base green shade and the lighter layer shade. Gives the green a more sickly finish that I’m really into.

It gross. But I love him.

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