We used the Army Painter range of paints for this tutorial. They have great surface coverage and a wide range of colors. Make sure to shake the paint pot before you apply to your palette to make sure it’s properly mixed. Once you’ve applied the paint to your palette you will need to thin your paints down with a small amount of water. About a 1:1 ratio will work for most paints.
Due to the size of this miniature, you are going to want to use a smaller size brush with a fine point. The majority of this miniature was painted with a Size 0 brush, going down to a Size 00 or even 000 for the ultra-fine details.
If this is your first time painting a miniature, then this probably seems a bit intimidating. No worries! You can stick to Step 1,2, and 3 and then base the miniature. Practice makes perfect and you’ll be up and running in no time.
The most important thing to remember when painting miniatures is HAVE FUN!
Step 1 - First Layer: Apply your Base Colors
Armour – Stone Golem, Matt White
Cloak – Deep Blue
Flesh – Tanned Flesh
Mace and Talisman – Gun Metal
Hair – Corpse Pale
Leather – Werewolf Fur
We start by blocking out all of the different areas of the miniature with a dark basecoat. These colors act as the shadows for the final colors, and make them a bit easier to apply. We want to apply a couple of thin coats of paint instead of one thick one so we don’t obscure any of the details.
The first color applied is Stone Golem as it covers the majority of the miniature. Since this is a light color, we want to apply a couple of thin coats of paint instead of one thick one so we don’t obscure any of the details.
After that then you can work around the miniature blocking in each remaining color, concentrating on the neatness and getting a solid coverage.
For this miniature we want the majority of the armour to be white so before we move on we’ll need to go back over the Stone Golem with Matt White. The white will also take a couple of thin coats of paint to give a nice solid coverage so don’t worry if the first layer doesn’t look quite right.
When painting on the white try to leave a very small amount of the Stone Golem showing through in the areas where two armour panels meet. This will help enhance the details and show each armour panel more clearly on the finished piece. This will require a bit of patience and a steady hand so if you don’t feel up to it yet then don’t worry, you can concentrate on getting a good solid covering of white over the Stone Golem areas.
Step 2 - Second Layer: Brighten up your Base Coat
Armour – Matt White
Cloak – Griffon Blue
Flesh – Barbarian Flesh
Mace and Talisman – Plate Metal
Hair – Arid Earth
Leather – Banshee Brown
Gold Trim – Greedy Gold
Now that we have our different areas all blocked out, we will start to add depth to the colors by brightening them up. Concentrating on the raised areas and sections that would be exposed to more light, we start to apply the brighter versions of our base colors. This is generally on the tops of an area, the ridge of a fold of cloth, and on the more pronounced details of a face like the eyebrows, nose, cheeks and lips.
When applying these we want to be careful to leave a small amount of our basecoat in the folds and recesses of the area we are working on to act as a shadow.
Now that the white armour is a solid color, we can add the gold trim to the edges of some of the panels. Take your time and use the thinner Size 00 brush to do this.
Steadying your hands and having your miniature on a holder will help greatly with brush control, allowing you to be more accurate with your brush strokes. At this stage we don’t need to be applying as much paint to the miniature as when we did the basecoats, so be careful not to overload your brush.
You don’t want to have any paint beyond the middle of your bristles and the brush needs to have a pointed end still. If you think you have too much paint on the brush then gently roll the side of the brush onto some kitchen towel to remove the excess.
Step 3 - Third Layer: Applying Some Washes
Armour – N/A
Cloak – Blue Tone Ink
Flesh – Soft Tone Ink
Mace and Talisman – Dark Tone Ink
Hair – Soft Tone Ink
Leather – Strong Tone Ink
These washes will help to add shade to the miniature and increase the definition on highly detailed areas. Mix them well, but don’t water them down too much or they can dry leaving a very chalky finish.
Due to the nature of a wash they are much thinner than the paint we have been using and can be harder to control. Don’t overload your brush or allow the wash to pool in the creases as it can run into other areas of the miniature.
As the majority of the miniature is white it is easy to get the washes onto the armour by mistake. If you do this, don’t worry -- remove the excess as above and once the wash is fully dry you can go back with the Matt White and touch up any little slips.
Step 4 - Final Layer: Edge Highlights and Touch Ups
Armour – Matt White
Cloak – Crystal Blue
Flesh – Elven Flesh
Mace and Talisman – Shining Silver
Hair – Matt White
Leather – Banshee Brown
Gold Trim – Bright Gold
After we have applied the washes to add depth and enhance the details of the areas, we can do a layer of color to brighten it up again.
Just like before, we want to concentrate these colors on the raised areas/details of the miniature such as the tip of the nose and cheekbones for the face, the top ridges of the blue cloth, and the mace.
It’s best to use the smaller Size 00 or 000 for this stage as you need to be very careful. Take your time and remember it’s easy to go back and cover up any slips and mistakes if you do make any.
Congratulations, you’ve painted Pike Trickfoot!
Step 5 - Optional Finishing Touches
This is an extra stage where you can choose to add another layer of highlights or go back to the miniature and pick out small details, paint in eyes/mouth, or enhance the details by taking the Size 000 brush with Matt Black to carefully paint in the lines between each different area. This technique is known as “black lining” or “lining in”. This will really add to the contrast for the black areas.
With your miniature painted, you can choose how you would like it to be based. It’s perfectly fine to leave the base black, but just make sure to clean up the edge and give the base a nice even coat of black paint to really help the miniature look finished. Alternately, you can use sand and glue or pumice gel to give the base some earthy texture and then paint it to match whichever setting you like. You can then add some static grass or grass tufts to bring the base to life.
If you plan to use this miniature for gaming, it is a good idea to seal it with either a spray-on sealer such as Testor Dullcote or Army Painter Anti-Shine. There are brush-on options available if the idea of using a spray can on your freshly painted miniature is something you’re wary of. In either case, be sure to follow the application instructions provided. Always test your sealer before applying it to your miniature to make sure it cures correctly.
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