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.
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
Painting cygnaran gold
Painting menoth red
Painting Khadoran bright red
Painting Cryxian necrotite glow
Painting faces- Socha & Kossite Woodsman
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 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