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Article updated: 2016.07.29

I've gathered some definitions that are useful to know when you paint miniatures.

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Article updated: 2016.12.01

There are several ways you can base your miniatures, and there are several philosophies regarding basing.

Basing philosophies

Basing for gaming: The main purpose of the base is that the figure would stand on the table. It doesn't really matter what kind of base you use.

Scenic basing: Miniature modellers prefer to use scenic basing, mostly grassy bases. This might come from Games Workshop guidelines.

 

For further information on miniature base types, read our Gaming Nexus article:

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Article updated: 2017.02.05

There are several different ideas of how to do miniatures "properly", and it's often a source of heated debates on the internet forums. The source of these dabates is that these people believe in separate philosophies.

I'm listing here the broad categories, if you'd like to know further details, read their own articles.

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Article updated: 2017.05.15

A varnish is a kind of medium that contains no pigment. When applied, it gives a transparent layer after drying.

Varnish can change the look of the colours under it based on how transparent it will become, and can also change the reflectivity. If you add several layers of varnish, it increases the chance of changing the colours and it will also become more and more opaque. Some varnish can get "old", and after a few years or decades it can change in transparency or reflectivity (become yellow), and can crack.

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Miniature games often require special minis that you can't buy out of the shop. This is when you need to do your own miniature modelling to get exactly what you imagined.

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Article updated: 2017.05.15

Liquid cyanoacrylate glue is a useful addition to a lots of gaming related activities. Normal, gel-like Cyanoacrylate glue (CA glue) is known and used by every modeller as a superglue to attach different materials. However, during conversations I realized there are several people who don't know the benefits of brush-on liquid cyanoacrylate glues, so I collected some of my ideas.

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This a collection of tips for working with miniatures.

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Brushes

Repairing brushes

If you find off hairs in your brush, that create mistakes during painting, don't just cut the ends of them off, but try to grab them with tweeters, and break them right above the handle. That way they won't ruin the point of the brush.

Don't pluck the root of the hairs from the brush because it can ruin it as it can disturb the whole brush, and you can dislodge multiple hairs.

Repairing brushes - Sources & tutorials

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Stripping paint

Read our article about Stripping paint from miniatures

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Do you know further sources or tutorials about working with miniatures? Tell us in the comments!

 

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Article updated: 2016.08.02

Sometimes you wish to change the paint scheme of the miniature or just get rid of the previous layers of paint. There are several ways to strip paint from your miniatures.

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When someone creates a miniature, they have the copyright to the mini, that is, the right to create copies of it. Creating copies without the permission of the copyright holder is illegal.

If sculptor wants to copy the designs of an existing intellectual property (IP), they need the IP holder's permission to do that. Copying the original designs without the licence is illegal. The law protects every design for a number of years. After it has passed, you can use the design but you still can't make physical copies of the originals.

I've seen several opinions and question on the internet about the legalities of copying miniatures, so I've collected some of them.

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