Miniature Painting Resources

by Mike Shea on 29 April 2013

Note: This article has been updated from the original published in April 2013.

With the recent shipping of the incredible Reaper Bones 2 miniature Kickstarter rewards, its time to freshen up our miniature painting skills. In this article, we're going to offer a list of valuable resources to learn what materials to pick up and how to paint these oodles of minis we might have picked up.

If you know of good resources not on this page, please email them to mike@mikeshea.net or tweet them to @slyflourish.

Reaper Miniatures

Mike McVey has a series of articles on the Wizards of the Coast website posted over a decade ago called the Paint Like a Pro series. This eight-article series goes into all of the steps and details needed to paint minis. The links to the whole series are on the left side of the page.

Dr. Faust's Painting Clinic has a series of excellent how to articles and videos to give you tons of tips and examples on how to paint miniatures better.

The Reaper Bones Unofficial FAQ answers a lot of questions about the Reaper Bones themselves.

All About Bones is one man's chronicle about painting all of the miniatures in the original Reaper Bones Kickstarter.

Youtube also has some great miniature painting videos. Check out those by Miniwargamer Jay and Engineer Jeff.

Some Of My Own Thoughts

I'm still new to painting but I've painted over a hundred of the original Reaper Bones Kickstarter minis and picked up a few thoughts of my own. My experiences are still very limited so take that into consideration.

The sites above should give you a ton of instruction but the best way to get better at painting miniatures is to get started painting! If you have other excellent resources to share, please email me the links and let me know what you love about them.

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