P3 CORE TECHNIQUES: Modeling & Painting Vol: 1


EXTRA! :  Model Assembly & Painting Tutorial Index

I have been playing miniature games since 1999 and in that time I’ve become a moderately skilled painter. When I saw that Privateer Press was going to release a DVD on miniature painting, I was very interested to see what they would consider the basics of miniature painting to be and how much information would be presented. As usual, Privateer Press did not disappoint.  The DVD covers the core techniques of miniature assembly and painting. The focus is on players who are just starting off with painting their miniatures, but also covers some more difficult aspects such as painting faces. I was happy that even with my years of experience the DVD still presented a few approaches and tips that I did not know about.

Upon opening the P3 DVD case one will find the DVD, a Privateer Press products guide, and an eight page pamphlet.  The pamphlet provides an index of the DVD content, a check list of supplies, a color swatch guide of the P3 paint range, a model assembly overview, a visual guide with info on their P3 hobby range, info on No Quarter magazine, and a note from Privateer Press Studio Director Ron Kruzie.

The contents of the DVD are broken down into six chapters and include an extra bonus chapter. The sections are as follows:

1. Tools of the trade: Ron discusses the tools and supplies that are used in the assembly and painting of miniatures.

2. Getting it together: Ron goes through the entire process of assembling, priming, and preparing a miniature for painting.

3. Way of the brush:  Ron demonstrates the four techniques fundamental to painting a miniature: base coating, dry brushing, washing and layering.

4. Start to finish: Demonstrates how to paint an Ironclad from start to finish using three of the four painting techniques.

5. Start to finish: Demonstrates how to paint Sorcha from start to finish using all four painting techniques.

6. Start to finish: Demonstrates how to painting a Raek from start to finish using three of the four painting techniques.

EXTRA: Using the wet palette: Ron demonstrates the techniques for using a wet palette.

Right from the beginning I could see that Privateer had covered all the bases. The information they have chosen to cover is geared towards helping novice painters build a set of foundation skills from which they can further develop and learn new abilities. I remember being new to the hobby and being lucky enough to have a few local professional painters to guide me. If it had not been for their help I would have felt very lost. The P3 DVD provides all the same information that these professional taught me, and then some, making it is an amazing asset for anyone starting out.

The quality of narration in the DVD is top notch.  Ron presents a clear and well-paced oration of what each section will be covering.  The instructions for assembly and painting were explicit and well executed, which made the DVD enjoyable to watch and easy to comprehend.

The image quality of both the still images as well as the video was crystal clear.  This was instrumental for showing off each step of the process being taught and ensured that the viewer not only understood the concepts behind each technique, but could also learn visually how the brush is used and how the paint should be applied.  It was great to see how the thinning of paints for layers, washes, and inks was accomplished, as well as what their consistency should look like.  These particulars are much easier to grasp when being taught through visual demonstration.

The video instructions on the start to finish of models are fantastic. From approaches on removing flash from models and assembly, to which parts of a model you should paint first, and ending with how to complete a model with a great looking base, this DVD covered everything. It was all wonderfully executed.

I mentioned earlier that even as an experienced painter, I learned some useful tips from the DVD.  The section that covered painting eyes and lips was fantastic.  Those are areas many long-time painters still struggle with and I can’t wait to try out Privateer’s recommended techniques.  I also learned how to get a consistent red or white color through the application of multiple thinner coats and patience.

I would say this DVD is a wonderful buy for anyone who is just starting off with miniatures paining, or who is wanting some good visual lessons on the approaches and how-to’s that come with the more artistic side of our hobby. With Christmas on its way I would suggest picking this up as a gift for anyone you know who wants to take that next step at improving their painting skills.

Volume I: Core Techniques Teaser

Bellow you will find I have attached a preview of the P3 CORE TECHNIQUES DVD as well as an INDEX of all the hobby related assembly, painting, basing, and terrain articles that Privateer Press has released in their publications.

No Quarter magazine:

1. Assembly & Painting of Karchev & Harbinger

2. Assembly & Painting of the Behemoth & Death Jack

3. Assembly & Painting of the Thunderhead

4. Assembly & Painting of the Titan

Building a scenic stone base

5. Overview of the Hordes faction color schemes

6. Sculpting the Totem Hunter

Taking pictures like a pro

7. Adding character to your character models

8. Assembly & Painting of Cavalry

Build a necropolis

Inside the P3 paint line

9. A closer look at formula P3

A list of color for base coat, shade, highlight, further highlight

10. More info on the P3 line

Painting the Butcher

Assembling the Blitzer

11. P3 inks, washes and glazes

Extra: tips for painting Rhulic warjacks

Building dockside scenery

12. Painting brass

Extra: tips on painting Sea Dogs

P3 color swatch guide

13. Painting Bog Trogs

Assembling the Bronze Back

Making swamp terrain & gatormen huts

14. Painting faction allies

15. Painting the Trollkin Thumper & Crew

Special on Trollkin Faces

Part 1 of making a gaming table

16. Painting stones & gems

Painting the Feral Geist

Part 2 of making a gaming table

17. Painting Epic Nemo

Painting glow effects

Terrain: coal mine

18. Painting High Exemplar Gravus

Speed painting the Nephilim soldier

19. Speed painting the Woldwatcher

20. Painting rotted flesh & bone

Terrain: Cryxian bone extractor

21. Terrain: Kriel stone shrine

22. Painting mechanika

Terrain: Orgoth tower

23. Painting male faces, hair, skin, body hair and tattoos

24. Painting female faces, hair, skin and eyes

Terrain: working mechanika drawbridge

25. Painting nonhuman skin – Nyss, skorne, Trollkin and Iosian

Terrain: quick ships

26. Assembling & Painting the Extreme Juggernaut

Terrain &Scenery: warjack supply convoy

27. Terrain: water effects

Warmachine Prime Remix:

An assembly painting and basing overview

Warmachine Escalation:

Painting cygnaran gold

Painting menoth red

Painting Khadoran bright red

Painting Cryxian necrotite glow

Painting faces- Socha & Kossite Woodsman

Hordes Evolution:

Painting Kriel Warrior tartans

Painting Trollkin tattoos

Painting Pure Blood Warpwolf skin and fur

Reeves of Orboros cloaks

Painting Skorne armor

Painting Skorne banner symbols

Painting Legion leathers

Painting Angelius flesh and chitinous plates

Painting Gatormen

Hordes Metamorphosis:

Painting Whelp skin tones

Painting Trollkin bison fur using wet blending

Painting Circle lacquered bronze

Painting Circle skin tones (a different approach)

Painting Skorne skin tones

Painting Skorne armor

Painting the twelve steps to Everblight

Painting blood splatters

Painting Tatzylwurm body

Painting Farrow flesh

Forces of Warmachine RETRIBUTION:

Painting Iosian flesh

Painting white armor

Painting aqua glow

Painting khaki drab

Painting olive drab

Painting military green

Painting shiny turquoise metal

Painting purple metal

Painting grey leather

Painting hair platinum blonde

Painting hair brown to purple fade

Painting hair electric blue

Painting hair grey to magenta fade


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