How do I paint at Warhammer?

A short update for now. I still suck at painting. I’ve had to re-coat my Chaos Space Marine Chosen and start painting over again after a failed color scheme. After a bit of research, I found a painted version of the miniature I am working on and I’m copying the color scheme as best I can. While I learn anyway.

Here’s my current work in progress.


In a moment of foolish confidence, I made the mistake of humble-bragging about how I thought I was doing. As punishment, I am now involved in a contest against my better half, Samantha.

We will each paint a figure from our army and pictures will be posted to see who you think did better. Please note – my humble-brag was a huge reach for confidence. On the flip side, for those of you unaware, Samantha is a freelance artist, the owner of Samantha Jean Illustrations, and a skilled painter in any medium I’ve ever seen her use. She is also the talented digital artist who did the website’s logo.

As one friend gently hinted – I’m probably going to get my ass handed to me, but I’ll cheat if I have to. I’ll hide every paint brush in the house!

Samantha will be painting the Dark Angels’ Librarian Turmiel. Wish me luck!


7 thoughts on “How do I paint at Warhammer?

  1. Good luck!…you’re gonna need it.
    Yeah, my painting skills leave me so unwilling to share what I do that they’d probably boost your confidence. I think I’ll try one tomorrow, see how it looks, and share it.

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  2. I won’t pretend to be an expert on the matter. But for starters, I think you have ‘way’ too much paint on your brush. If you’re using citadel paints, they’re super high pigment count and with VERY LITTLE you can do quite a bit. Don’t worry though, you’ll get the hang of it, and the neat thing about paint is, you can just paint over it as you go along. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes as you learn.

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    1. I won’t argue that. It’s been over a decade since I’ve painted. The first day or two I wasn’t watering down the acrylic paint. It’s definitely been a learning experience, but I’m enjoying it nonetheless. Unfortunately, using as much paint as I did with the first miniature means I will be buying new paint sooner rather than later.


  3. My partner is also a highly talented freelance illustrator, so naturally I feel a considerably degree of sympathy and brotherhood towards you and want to see you win! I’d recommend thining those paints down and using more layers of thin paints. Your brush control looks pretty good, you’re not a sloppy painter so you’ve already got one of the most important things covered. Maybe try using washes, they’ve come a long way in recent years and can really work in your favour to emphasis details. A miniature with something on its base (even if it’s just a little fine sand) will always look better than one without. Put in extra time on the model’s face – it’s the part of the model people will tend to look at first and most. A multitude of sins can be covered for by painting the face well. Good luck!

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