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I've plugged it before and I'll plug it again - Reaper's Learn to Paint kit is probably the most budget-friendly way to dive into mini painting. It comes with a set of paints, some brushes, three minis to practice on, and a handbook that introduces you to painting techniques that get progressively more complex on each mini. Plus, it's easy to add paints to the kit's storage case if you end up enjoying the hobby.
If you go that route, I also recommend adding a bottle of red paint and a few better brushes, because the kit doesn't come with any shades of red and the two included brushes are just average. Otherwise, it's got everything you need to get started and the practice minis are a godsend (I didn't want to touch my Gloomhaven minis until I had a couple less important ones under my belt).
Edit: Just saw that the kit is a little pricier on Amazon CA. If you can find the kit on another site or at a local game store for under $45 USD or so I would still recommend it, otherwise it's worth hitting up the minipainting sub and seeing what other options they recommend for beginners.
I have been playing D&D with a group of friends for two years now. They've all got painted minis, so my lone unpainted mini has been looking a little out of place this whole time! To rectify that I ordered this Reaper Learn to Paint Kit off Amazon a few weeks back. I finally had some time today to sit down and give it a whirl. It's far from perfect but I was so happy with my first attempt at painting minis that I just had to share!
I have plenty of other minis to keep practicing on (and more colors to buy!) but I'm slowly gaining experience and confidence with the process. I think I'm ready to order and paint a custom Minotaur Paladin off Hero Forge for my current character =)
What's your experience with painting minis? Are you a seasoned vet or a newbie like me? Share your handiwork!
Not a Board Game, but you can buy the reaper kit on amazon that comes with everything you need including a few minis to practice on.
Reaper Miniatures 08906 Learn To Paint Bones Kit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NTMC49G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_Bc9CybJAZXE9K
I highly recommend starting with a Reaper Learn to Paint Kit:
It has some good instructions to help you start, a couple miniatures to practice on, and a good start to a paint set (The big thing missing is red). The paint alone is worth around $30, so it is a pretty good deal.
You can start with one of the learn to paint kits.
They include instructions, paints, brushes, even a few miniatures to practice on. I linked the Core Skills set, there are a couple of other kits on Amazon as well for learning more advanced techniques.
Meh, if you screw it up there's always another mini. You can always use a paint stripper like Simple Green and try again.
If you're looking for somewhere to get started but don't just want to randomly pick up paints, Reaper makes a nice starter set that gives you a bunch of base colors and walks you through a lot of the basic techniques.
Good luck! Follow up with me when you paint your first mini! I'd love to see it!
I mostly have citadel paints right now, but they can run fairly pricey. Reaper has good options and are usually a bit cheaper. I've had luck with Vallejo as well.
You could always start with something like this, which will include what you need to get started as well as decent guidance on how to do the painting itself.
If you have a local game shop that sells Warhammer, they likely have a paint section, and I'd bet a worker could help guide you.
For this guy, I did a base of dark green, dry brushed a couple other green shades, then did an ink wash to help the shadows. I then went back over to edge and highlight with lighter colors to help everything pop, and then did the details.
I will say, I use Blood for the Blood God on so many minis. It's a citadel "technical" paint that makes blood effects really easy, but it also works for anything deep red that you want to look wet. So I did tongue and eye tendrils with that, and then diluted it a bit and did a wash over the eyes. That let them keep their yellow, but also gave a bit of a bloodshot look, and helps transition to the tendrils.
Also, there are about a million youtubers putting out great tutorials, from beginner techniques all the way to pro shit.
I'm not aware of any miniature paint sets under $20. Reaper Learn to Paint is $29 with 2 brushes.
Craft paint acrylics could be found in the price range and wouldn't be my recommendation for someone serious about learning to paint at a higher level, but could be more than sufficient for a 7-8 year old.
I had zero experience and got a lot out of the Reaper Learn to Paint kit Amazon link. It comes with very good printed instructions.
It doesn't have red or ~~yellow~~ a fleshtone though. Just a thing to keep in mind.
e: derp fix
Not OP, and certainly not an expert painter, but I’m just starting to learn. I’ve never painted before and was very apprehensive about it, but I picked up the Reaper Learn to Paint kit and it was a great resource! Very clear guides that lay out step by step how to make a great looking mini, and it comes with 12 paints and 3 minis, with specific color mixing guidelines and everything! I have done 2 of the minis so far and I’m very excited to do the third!
Hope this helps!
I'd go with Reaper if it's readily available to you. The paints just feel right in a way that I can't explain. They are almost basecoat-ready straight from the bottle. Tons of crazy colors, and helpful things for when you get into advanced stuff like flesh tone triads.
Vallejo is also quite good, as is P3. Army Painter is fine, but if you're looking to paint for the display case rather than the game table, you might find more expensive paints worth the extra money due to fewer quirks. I despise Citadel's pots and will rarely even consider them ever again. A never-opened paint purchased a year ago should not be dried out when I open it.
If you want a good starting point, the Reaper Learn to Paint kit comes with paints, two brushes, and minis for a reasonable price.
Keep it simple. Your collection will grow as you need more thinks and your skills upgrade.
I had a GREAT time with the Reaper Minis starter set. Couple brushes, some paints, 3 minis to paint and STEP BY STEP DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO DO IT. This gives you some basic techniques to get started and they can be applied in a lot of situations.
On top of that, I find the reaper paints to be a bit thinner than most other brands, which is GREAT starting out… as you’ll learn.
reaper core skills
It's something like this. I was just going to buy one of the clear figures that you can make when buying the whole set of figures off ebay or something to paint since they tend to go for much cheaper than the painted figures, and I don't have access to a 3D printer to make my own.
Reaper Miniatures 08906 Learn to Paint Kit Core Skills, Master Series Paint Box Set https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NTMC49G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_YTCMP4ADXESJEXX23A96
This. It’s has everything you need to start, including a guide that teaches you basic techniques. If you decide the continue the hobby, they have some advanced skills kits as well.
I bought this learn to paint kit. Has everything you need to learn the basics. I've since bought a few more colors (red, purple), spray primer and sealer, and a few cheap brushes ($15 more total, maybe) but this will get you 90% there.
NEVER thought Id be a mini-painting nerd but here we are. With this game I think/hope it will boost the immersion a little bit & its pretty relaxing! Put on a podcast and chill out. My only challenge when to say "OK, that is good enough"
If they have games that have minis or have expressed any interest in starting mini painting, you can grab them The Reaper Learn to Paint kit. Its a great way to try out the hobby.
It’s a kit from Reaper. It comes with 3 models, 11 paints, and an instructional booklet explaining how to do the archer and then just tells you what paints to use for the other two included models. It was listed in the FAQ as “try out this hobby”
Reaper Learn to Paint
I bought these reaper mini learn to paint kit years ago. I was amazed how easily it actually is, and i have no artistic talent (my 7yo draws better).
Theres a couple of tricks, forgetting what they're called, but like 'under shadowing'.
after priming, draw black lines on any grooves like in a cape, or clothing...
then when you paint over it, adds a lot of depth and subtle detail.
dry brushing for texture, big fat brush you blot on a dry paper towel first.
and 'washing', take (often black) paint and dilute a lot... then wash over something like silver chainmail... the watered down paint pools in the crannies and then dries, leaving a little black in all the nooks and looks amazing.
this seems to be the equivalent today, comes w/ a couple minis, paint, brushes and guide to paint them. Except mine were metal.
really enjoy it, find it soothing and takes a couple hours.
also recommend a spray paint clear coat in either matte or gloss depending. (i use gloss for barbarian, shiny skin, etc)
otherwise they'll chip.
the guide in this kit should have details i learned 10 years ago... after painting the minis in the kit, you'll need a few more colors, looks like this kit doesn't have any red for gloomhaven
check your local or preferred store before buying from amazon.
you could try some paint
Learn to paint kits are generally a good value as far as getting you a starting set of paint for cheaper than buying individually, plus a couple brushes, a couple minis, and some instructions.
Reaper's are very good (they have a couple, this is the first one that covers the basics)
You can also look up your game + "mini painting" on youtube and see if anyone has any guides. I started by following Sorastro's Imperial Assault series - his videos are really, really good.
I'll make this much simpler. Your first minis are likely to be bad, and that's okay. This hobby is a journey of steady improvement.
Start with this:
Reaper Miniatures 08906 Learn to Paint Kit Core Skills, Master Series Paint Box Set https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NTMC49G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_DzM2FbE9XC6G5
Totally understand that, for minis Warhammer is a tad expensive but they are good quality, there are lots of different models to paint from fantasy to futuristic and then fantasy football (blood bowl), for military you have Bolt action and konflict 47 which is WWII Era minis, guild ball is another fantasy sport game, all of which are on Amazon.
An inexpensive option is Reaper minis, they are inexpensive and are a great start for a beginner and are on Amazon to peruse as well to get your feet wet. They also have a paint start set here
But as another person mentioned see if there are any local stores around you and meet with the workers there and they can help step you in the right direction for paints and minis or games as well.
I’m late to this but I had never painted before and had really good results with this reaper kit plus some random acrylics I had around (set doesn’t come with red). Followed Sorastro for the starter JiME after I painted the dudes that came with the kit as practice, v happy with the results and now am midway through shadowed paths!!
100% this, I started off with a Reaper starting kit. It's got what you need (paint, brush, mini) and instructions. I had to take a hairdryer and heat up my mini a bit and shape the blades, but then cool under cold water and BAM, all good.
reaper starter kit.
If you buy from reaper (more than on amazon) then for every $40 spent free shipping and a free mini (changes monthly)
Reaper has a Learn to Paint kit which may interest you. For brushes I just use cheap $2 brushes from my local hobby store, theyre imitation sable (which means fake hair, so not expensive) in sizes from 2 down to 000.
I would also strongly recommend looking into wet palettes if you get started- you can home make one insanely easy using some wet tissue and baking paper to keep paints from drying out.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Learn-To-Paint-Bones-Kit/dp/B00NTMC49G/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=reaper+learn+to+paint&qid=1562378384&s=gateway&sr=8-1 is the single best place to start now,
It's paints + brush + THREE MINIS, in a 30 pound set. The best value starter set that has everything you'll need. If you find you like the hobby after those, get ureself a cheap pot of varnish from vallejo and protect ure paint jobs.
In terms of paints I recommend the reaper starter set, you get a series of decent miniature-specific (this is actually important) paints AND 2 brushes AND a guide on painting the 3 minis it comes with, for 30 dollars, you can't do better. https://www.amazon.com/Reaper-Miniatures-08906-Learn-Paint/dp/B00NTMC49G/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=reaper+learn+to+paint&qid=1553487481&s=home-garden&sr=8-1
you also get to test reaper bones and see if the quality is for you.
please for the love of god thin your paints it costs nothing to do so. Mixing in tap water makes ure painting 50x better than slapping on thick goop.
If you can find a sculpt that fits with your character's description somewhat, that would be a good place to start. Hero Forge is kind of expensive to make mistakes on a first-time paint job (upwards of $20 USD). You can pick up a Reaperbones or Wizkids Nolzur's Unpainted packet for a couple of bucks (~$3-$4 USD) and those are much more affordable to make mistakes on.
As some other people have said, there are real, significant differences between craft acrylic paint and acrylic paint that's been specifically designed for painting miniatures. Higher pigment density, smaller particle size, etc. Reaper makes a nice learn to paint kit that has everything you'd need to get started, including a few of their Bones series minis. Might be worth checking it out. I've heard some of the colors don't always match what the description states though
Unfortunately I can't attest to how much it would cost for delivery outside of the US so that might suck
I've also never painted before, can you recommend a good...starting place? Beginning kit, tutorial you found helpful? I've looked into kits like this one.
I've also considered getting into painting, and this might help me with that as well.
If you are brand new, I'd start with something like the reaper learn to paint kit.
GW also makes some for marines and I think death guard that should be available at stores, or maybe on ebay.
There's places, but they tend to be expensive.
If you really have no option, go for it. However, you certainly won't get better that way! If you think you want to try painting minis, I'd recommend getting a good starter kit of paints and some brushes, and maybe a few cheap minis (like Reaper's Bones) to try. My bare essentials would be:
The paint list differs by project: I would pack a different set if painting mecha vs. painting D&D monsters vs. PC types.
This looks like a good starter kit (no spray primer or sealer, though... I prefer Army Painter's):
Anyway: The thing to keep in mind is you won't improve by avoiding it. I'm not an amazing painter and probably never will be, but I feel like I improve when I actually sit down and do it vs. letting projects sit for months. I really miss a 'workflow' I had where I'd paint in the evenings while watching TV.
Just saw someone else mention the Reaper Mini Learn To Paint Kit, just bought it to try it myself :D
For painting, if your unsure, go with the reaper mini learn to paint kit. Or, might be better, go to your FLGS and ask them if they do classes (if there is a wargaming scene) and they often will run something, or give pointers, or even have someone there who is painting and can help out.
You may have to buy a couple pots of paint, I personally use the P3 line from privateer press, and they give good results (therefore making you happier with your new hobby). The walmart/hobby lobby paints just don't take to the minis as well, and will frustrate you much easier.
I have used citadel paints, and yes, they are nice but I'm not good enough to notice any difference between them and the P3 for the price.
I bought one of the Reaper learn to paint sets (link below). I never painted the minis that came with it, but know people who have. The colors work well for beginners. Thee is a decent mix and a full spectrum. Supplement that with a few other reaper bottles and you have a good start collection of paints for like $50.
From there, I kept on buying one or two bottles at a time and now own a bunch of paints. I stopped for a whole but starting painting again just last night! It's fun and relaxing. My Saturday shift at my local game store is coming to a close in the next month, so with more time I hope to paint some more coming up!
I was interested in just painting up a few of my plastic miniatures for fun, and to make them a bit more interesting.
Got this as a starter kit, even comes with a few minis to paint so you can practice before you get started on the ones you care about: https://www.amazon.com/Reaper-Miniatures-08906-Learn-Paint/dp/B00NTMC49G
I immediately bought a couple of extra colours, but it seemed like a pretty cost effective way to get started, and it comes with some instructions around technique, using the included miniatures as examples.
I used this in combination with youtube videos when i started up. It was very helpful to follow the guide and use the exact paints on the exact miniatures so i could SEE the difference it was making.
I like to recommend this kit to people who ask because it comes with a few brushes, a couple miniatures to have a go at, and Reaper paints are pretty good (some people swear by them). The price is fair for what you get, there's a decent selection of actually necessary basic paints (unlike other starter paint sets that give you like a giant pot of yellow that you'd never finish in your lifetime etc.) and it also comes with some basic instructions to teach you some basic steps and techniques.
Pick up a reaper bones starter kit. They come with instructions and explain the starter techniques well. It also won't cost you a ton and you won't be super invested if the hobby turns out to not be for you. I got the kit yesterday and I haven't been able to put my brush down. Link for the kit: https://www.amazon.com/Reaper-Miniatures-08906-Learn-Paint/dp/B00NTMC49G
For 35 bucks you get everything he will need in his very own kit.
You might be able to go cheaper at like 25 bucks buying Apple barrel and some cheapo brushes and a few cheap models but might as well spend the extra 10 and get paint that is intended for the hobby and a nice little carry case.
I don't have any experience with this myself, but have seen a lot of newcomers use the Bones Learn to Paint Kit, and they have said good things about it.
>should I just buy starter sets or pre-finished mini's?
If you think you'd enjoy painting, definitely give it a try! It's such a fun hobby. As an alternative there are probably plenty people here who'd be willing to take a commission... including myself. :)
Buy this. It will change your life.
Minature Market is the default answer to this, but sometimes you can find good prices on Amazon as well. I would stick with Reaper or Wizkids brand miniatures. They're plastic resin, and they're very durable and easy to paint if he wants to.
Reaper also sells beginner painting kits (Don't necessarily buy it here at this price, this is just the kit I'm talking about) which I found very helpful when I started. Reaper's BONES line of miniatures don't even need priming, so he can crack this kit open and go right to work, and the guide that's included is fantastic and thorough.
You might also look into getting him some "Gaming Paper" which is just a roll of paper with the gridlines on it. He can draw maps on it, and then he has them ready to go for sessions. It can be especially useful for maps you'll re-use. For example, I made a map on that paper of a Ship. Now if we ever need to be on a ship, I have that map at the ready. It's not terribly expensive if you hunt for it. A 30"x12' roll shouldn't be more than $6 or so (My local game store has them for $4.50)
Just make sure you get 25mm scale miniatures, as those fit nicely in a 1" square, which is what D&D generally uses. Also make sure the gaming paper is 1" square (Though it usually is, and has 1" Hexes on the back, which some games use)
If you live anywhere near a REMOTELY urban area, there's a very good chance you have a decent quality gaming store with knowledgeable people in it. The culture and business model of game stores has changed a lot in the last 10+ years, and they're usually not dingy, messy, dimly-lit places with one middle-aged guy in a sweaty t-shirt behind a glass case anymore. The business has expanded and gotten more competitive, so a lot of these stores are nice places to shop and have really helpful staff who absolutely know that a lot of their customers are looking for gifts and don't know a lot about the pastimes.
If you have such a store, that will be your lifeline for getting D&D-related gifts for your son.
There are a lot of drawing tools, and Roll20 is one of the better ones, but the people who do map drawing usually just use things like Photoshop.
You might consider getting him one of the smaller Wacom Intuos drawing tablets. These let him draw on the computer. Even if he's just using Paint3D or whatever Apple's basic image software is, he can make decent maps. These things work beautifully and they even can sense pressure. If you think he's artistic and likes drawing, this is the best way for him to do it.
And thank you for being a parent that encourages and fosters this hobby in your child. Very VERY few of us get to grow up with that, and a lot of people have parents who actively oppose the hobby.
While this is generally considered good advice given here for a true "no experience" beginner you can get away with cheaper brushes.
IMO these brushes work great and are an excellent value at 4 bucks. And you will get a variety of useful sizes. (If you look for them in store they now have black handles, not blue)
(And yes I know this isn't an amazon purchase like OP wanted but its a great value)
Its probably better to pick up primer and sealer locally too. You could probably get both at Walmart.. I use Krylon COVERMAXX Acrylic Crystal Clear Flat sealer. But I like to use Duplicolor Sandable Primer so I get that at the automotive store.
IMO I would not buy a palette either. It's really easy to make a wet palette out of things from the dollar store or from around the house that will serve you better then an artists palette.
Reapers MSP and Citadel paints are not well represented on Amazon.. but Vallejo and Army Painter paints are..
Reaper does have their Learn to Paint kit on Amazon:
If your not sure that mini painting is going to be your thing you may just want to start with (diluted) craft paint anyways... but purpose made miniature paint really does have its advantages.
Sorry I know I haven't been much help on what to buy on Amazon but hopefully this will give you an idea on what to avoid
The Reaper learn to paint kits are a great place to start! Most of the paints I used came from the core set, with some additional army painter washes.
I still have non... except painting minis for some reason.
people have confused my drawings with my 3 year olds. (he asks me to draw a horse in his coloring book and then later someone says 'thats not bad for a 3 year old')
Reaper sells a painting tutorial kit, different levels that include minis, instructions, paints and brushes and i got good at it, so look into them if you had fun! (amazon link, much different than the ones i got years ago)
p.s. Is your enchanter named Tim?
I bought a reapers learner's kit on Amazon to learn and then some extra reapers paint after once I got the hang of it for my gloomhaven minis.
So far, so good as a casual painter. I don't have to prime it seems though I don't do anything fancy. Here is where I'm at with the original 6 (currently working on the rest). https://imgur.com/WPmC0wb.jpg
I'd recommend this set from Reaper and they have another called Layers I believe.
Those will get you making some damn good mints and teach you some good skills.
Then pick up some shade.
And this paint set later on when you feel comfortable in your skills.
With the above resources you'll be able the paint the starters with ease as you'll have 6 minis to learn with and with the two starter sets you'll have some brushes and paints. Then expand your paints the final paint set.ane get the shade when you want to start washes and watch a few videos on that and dry brushing.and you'll be amazed at what you'll produce in a short amount of time.
Repear learn to paint core set. Comes with good instructions. Models specific to the instructions, models don't require priming, but I'd recommend it for learning and it comes with all the colors you need to follow the directions. Also includes a brush, minis are whole and require no glue. It's a great starter kit if you're truly starting as other than water and a palette you need nothing else, it's all in the box. It isn't the best brush, not the best paints, but it is a cheap starting point to dip your toe in. Just remember to wash the minis with dish soap and dry properly before painting with repear minis. When it comes to primer I know you said no cans, but paint on primer is a pain in the was, it recommend Vallejo for brush or airbrush either way. For rattle can army painter had a rather affordable can, relative to rattle can sprays.
I also highly recommend flow aid or airbrush thinner, both work very similarly. Flow aid is cheaper at a Michael's if you have one nearby, but I'll include an Amazon link. Airbrush thinner tends to work a bit better but is also nearly double the price.
I started with this
Reaper Learn to Paint Core Skills
Followed by this
Reaper Learn to Paint Layer Up
And then went to the stuff other people are mentioning. The kit gives you really clear step by step instructions, recipes for mixes etc and is just generally awesome. I had more success with the Core Skills set than the Layer Up because the second has more advanced techniques and are just more difficult to pull off.
I recommend these to people that ask me about starting all the time and so far everyone I know that uses them has had success and is continuing to paint today.
Hope that helps. Happy painting!
Reaper Learn to paint kit is a popular choice. Some other options and a list of what else you will need can be found in this guide.
If you are in the US, the Rune Wars core game set is a great deal for 48 miniatures of all different types and sizes for $35.
Once you get your supplies and miniatures, this video is a good overview of how to paint for beginners, and you can find a bunch more resources here.
"Learn-To-Paint kits" like this one? amazon.com/Reaper-Miniatures-08906-Learn-Paint/dp/B00NTMC49G/
"AIT Art Select" these? amazon.com/AIT-Handmade-Crafting-Exquisite-Watercolors/dp/B010KM5KPM/
It's nice that the kit gives extra holes to fill in colors that I like but don't have the skill to mix-to-get. Thanks for the help. :)
If you want to start painting minis, check out r/minipainting for some resources and inspiration.
I started by watching youtube videos to see how the techniques were used and I picked up the Learn to Paint kits from Reaper Miniatures. #1 and #2 are currently available on Amazon for about $30 each. They come with 11 paints each, a couple brushes, and 3 minis each to get you started, plus a guide to paint the included minis.
Once you've practiced on a couple minis, I'd also recommend picking up a "flesh wash" if you'll be painting light-skinned characters. It makes the shading on light skin much easier. You might also want to get a black and brown wash for shading just because those are the most commonly used ones and it'll make your life easier. (A "wash" is a thin, watery paint that's used to make the crevices of the mini darker, like they're in shadow.)
Total startup cost if you get both paint kits and a bottle each of flesh, black, and brown washes: about $70. Additional bottles of paint will run you $3-4 each, and more Reaper Bones minis (the most economical but still well-detailed minis I've found) are around $2-4 for medium sized minis.
Of course! Here it is: Link
I got the Reaper Learn to Paint set, which also includes a couple of brushes and 3 minis.
Here is the desktop version of your link
If you've not done any painting before (and I assume not) I liked the "Reaper Bones" kit from Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/Reaper-Miniatures-08906-Learn-Paint/dp/B00NTMC49G/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2AZRGZO74KT7R&keywords=Reaper+bones+paint+set&qid=1666755535&qu=eyJxc2MiOiIzLjgyIiwicXNhIjoiMy4yMyIsInFzcCI6IjIuODcifQ%3D%3D&sprefix=reaper+bones+paint+se%2Caps%2C153&sr=8-2) the paints seem pretty good (to me) it has 3 trial minis to practice on (useful for just learning some stuff) and a pretty couple of brushes, and a case (assuming you continue with paints that are in dropper bottles).. The only thing the kit is missing (IMHO) is a shade paint, shade paints (IMHO) are a huge game changer, you see minis painted without shade, and the same mini after shade has been applied (just basic shade, nothing fancy) and it's night and day difference.
I don't LOVE Army Painter paints, but I have a bunch because they are easy to get hold of, and my local game store stocks them so I can almost always get the color I want.
CItadel paints I really like, but I DESPISE the pots, and I don't have the time, energy or patience to repot them into dropper bottles, the caveat here is that I think the Citadel shades and technical paints are worthwhile and good.
For the middle part (the most used paints) my personal advice is figure out your source of paints, if that's the internet you have somewhat free reign, if it's a local store (assuming you want to play, figuring that out is good) then it's worth figuring out what paints they stock frequently, and which you like/work for you.
After spending about $4k getting into mini painting, I'm actually going to recommend against getting the Army Painter set. I got the mega set and was very underwhelmed; I only use maybe 4 paints out of the entire box anymore. They ship their paints with too much medium, so you have to remove the medium from the paint bottles. I also hate their medium, it's way too gloopy for me.
I would highly recommend the Reaper learn to paint kits:
They come with a pretty good variety of paints that are easier to use than Army Painter. They also have some miniatures to learn on, with decent tutorials for each.
I'd also pick up a few brushes:
And you should use this for primer:
I would buy the primer at a local store, it'll be cheaper. Black is good, but I usually go with the espresso brown of the same brand. I've used everything from Citadel rattle cans to airbrush vallejo primer, but this stuff is the best bang for your buck IMO.
Paints work on any material that miniatures are made of.
I'd recommend starting with this if you're going to order online anyway: https://www.amazon.com/Reaper-Miniatures-08906-Learn-Paint/dp/B00NTMC49G
The mini came with this set
Reaper - Learn to Paint Kit
Start with this. It provides the paint, brushes, and guides on the basic techniques.
I had really great results learning how to paint minis with the Reaper Learn to Paint kits. They do not go over metal non-metal techniques. The first kit is fundamentals (base, wash, drybrush); the second kit is more advanced (shading, highlighting, layering). They both give detailed instructions for each technique and phase in a small book that comes with the kits and come with minis provided to practice on.
You may not need these kits if you are already familiar with these concepts.
I started with this kit too .
Reaper Miniatures 08906 Learn to Paint Kit Core Skills, Master Series Paint Box Set https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NTMC49G/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_V7J96FRW6B4JMCJNJMPG?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
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I learned with these two kits.
Here’s what I did with them:
Also, I don’t use primer. It depends what type of paint you use whether you need primer or not, and the bones paints stick really well without primer. You will need a bottle of citadel Nuln Oil for finishing contrast, but put it on lightly with a
dedicated brush in the crevices - don’t dip it.
It will be easier if you get a cheap artist palette made out of plastic. Get a $10 brush set at a hobby store with a collection of smaller brushes. They will not last more than a few projects but you don’t want to learn on expensive brushes. With the two sets I linked, you should have plenty of colors and they will mix well to create other colors as well.
The small guys are pieces from StarCraft: Risk and I encased them halfway in resin. I use those as corpse tokens.
If you want a third set with some more colors, there is a dungeons and dragons starter paint set that is decent, but you need to water those paints down a bit because they are too thick.
I cannot recommend this product enough. It comes with 11 pots of paint that cover the basic colors and two brushes, and the price is fairly reasonable for that alone ignoring the fact that it also comes with three minis, and instructions to paint them. The instructions for the first mini are probably four pages long, because it provides pictures of the model after every step for what it should look like. The other two minis have less detailed instructions, but they are still helpful to reinforce techniques. Plus they are chosen so the first one is very easy to paint, with a gradual difficulty curve to the next two.
Starting with those minis is great because you aren't worried about messing up your cool mech, so it takes a lot of the pressure off. The only difference between the instructions and when you paint Battlemechs is that you will need to prime your mechs.
I would also suggest starting with Reaper brand of paint. I love Vallejo Model Color as well, but I struggled with it when I was first starting, because you do need to thin their paints. Most Reaper paints are at least close enough out of the bottle that it makes it one fewer thing to have to worry about at the beginning. Once you get more comfortable with what consistency you are aiming for, then you can start trying the other paint brands as well. Of course, my local FLGS only sells Vallejo, so you may be slightly limited on your options. (You can buy from Miniature Market as well, but I like to see the color in person)
As for brushes, I would buy a cheap set of whatever your local FLGS sells. Try to take care of your brushes, but if you make any mistakes, then you aren't worried about ruining a good brush.
My advice would be to only focus on the main three techniques at the beginning. Base Coat, Wash, Drybrush. Once you feel confident with that, pick one new thing to try each for each new mech you paint. Maybe you want to try and lens your laser barrels. Maybe you want to try and add weathering. Maybe edge highlighting looks cool to you. Pick whatever you want, and watch a video on that, and then try it next time. By doing only one new thing at a time, it prevents the analysis paralysis from setting in, as well as allows you to judge each technique on their own.
CamoSpecsOnline has a youtube channel that is hands down the best for Battletech specific tips. The only downside is that most of his videos are specific to a certain technique. That is great once you know the basics, but they aren't great for your first couple. I personally like Goobertown Hobbies, but there are a ton of great Warhammer 40k channels that have good tips.
Reaper has a good starter kit here
I completely understand. Like I said I'm rather new myself. I've been painting for just over a year and not very consistently during that time.
A lot of the info you find is about how to airbrush or how to do this one specific technique. I was often looking for "How do I just get started?" or "How do I just improve generally?"
Dr. Faust is one I still go to for inspiration. More so than others.
Another thing worth considering is picking the Reaper Learn to Paint Kits from you LGS or Amazon. I'm not super fond of Reaper paints but it did help me learn some of the basics.
Miniature Painting is fun. Can get a kit online or even cheap army men, animals, etc. can be fun to practice on.
Pick up clay from the local art store (ex. Micheals) and try your hand at making stuff. Just like the good ol Playdoh days except once it dries out you can paint it.
Draw a Box is a free course on drawing. r/ArtFundamentals is the local subreddit on it. If I remember right it was made by a character artist for video games. Just need some art supplies.
Lot's of educational resources online to learn through. Maybe start college work early. Look into CLEP/DANTE/DSST testing to get ahead on general studies. EdX has some interesting and fun courses. They have a set of courses on Microsoft Office that will teach some good basics. Also CS50 is a good way to start thinking about programming (Other resources including my Code Combat in other comments).
Udemy has fun courses usually on sale for under $35.
Go to your local book store and pick up something that interests you. Or start an Audible Subscription/ just buy a book. If books are over $13 just buy the credits. I've gotten $50 books essentially for $12 ish by using the credits.
Discover Podcasts for free. Like radio shows but you can listen on your own time and about your own interests.
Go to a local hardware store (HD/Lowes) and get a rounded wooden stick. Practice sword/staff forms using videos from Youtube.
Minecraft Java Edition. Can do alot of stuff with vanilla but you want Java Edition for mods, can learn Java to make your own mods+learn Programming. Plus go to servers/have fun with friends.
Download Blender and learn to 3D model. Blender Guru on YT has a good starting Donut scene tutorial.
If you can get ahold of a guitar maybe learn it on Rocksmith 2014
Harmonicas, Recorders, Ocarinas, etc. pick up a cheap instrument and learn off of Youtube.
Pick up a course or book on IT studies. Even learning and passing CompTIA A+ helps with things like learning to build a gaming rig and understanding how computers, networks, security, etc. works. If it's too tough try CompTIA ITF.
Look into Bujo/Bullet journals. Mind map your schedule, things you're interested in, etc.
Pick up a Raspberry Pi and for programming and other computer learning.
Learn speed typing free online with sites like Rat-a-type. General but useful skill.
Try writing a book. Could be a help book for a subject you already know about. Could just ask a question and do the research to write a book long essay like they have you do in school.
Lot's of neat stuff out there and alot of resources you can look up. Difference is if you're just bored and following the spark of serotonin or self motivating. Go list out the things you like, what you want to do, future goals, etc. Figure out if you just want to have fun or go accomplish something.
I see. Is this an ok starter? Or is it wrong kind of paint? https://www.amazon.com/Reaper-Miniatures-08906-Learn-Paint/dp/B00NTMC49G/ref=mp_s_a_1_8?dchild=1&keywords=model+painting+kit&qid=1609180988&sr=8-8
Okay I'm looking at the reaper painting kit here:
And one of the reviews says it only comes with enough paint to cover the miniatures? But then the box lists it comes with 11 paints (doesn't say the size of them but...)?
And another review says it doesn't come with any Red or Flesh colored paints. Unmatched has a lot of human characters that need some flesh shade so I was wondering your thoughts on that.
For $15 more I can get a lot more paints with the vallejo set which looks to have a lot more variety, although like you said is going way overboard with the amount.
And for washes, these are 2 minis I'm going to be painting for Unmatched: https://youtu.be/E-_urLc90aM?t=9042
Would Nuln Oil work well over these do you think? Most characters are humans or beasts like the two listed here. The painter in the video uses 3-4 different washes but if Nuln Oil will look fine and save me money, I'll go for that. Thanks!
Link to the kit on amazon:
Reaper Miniatures 08906 Learn To... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NTMC49G?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
This is how I started https://www.amazon.ca/Learn-To-Paint-Bones-Kit/dp/B00NTMC49G/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Reaper&qid=1566844721&s=toys&sr=1-1
I know its not D&D branded but it teaches some good fundamentals. also, https://www.reddit.com/r/minipainting/comments/39ui1s/rminipaintings_official_what_should_i_buy_guide/
Reaper starter set. Includes 3 minis so you don't wreck your Gloomhaven ones.
https://www.amazon.com/Reaper-Miniatures-08906-Learn-Paint/dp/B00NTMC49G/ref=sr_1_1?crid=229HNDINOEE21&keywords=reaper+learn+to+paint+kit&qid=1561248652&s=gateway&sprefix=learn+to+paint+ki%2Caps%2C160&sr=8-1 This is a great starter.
or this one
Reading the reviews and descriptions makes me think the second one contains all the instructions from the first one, plus more. So it seems that the second one would be the one to get. Thoughts?
I'd go with the Reaper Bones Learn-to-Paint kit. It comes with brushes, 3 Bones miniatures, and paints as well as an instruction book to start teaching you the basics of of getting your paint on the figure, washing, and highlighting. If you like that kit they have a second kit that will teach you to layer.
Are you following any tutorials? I'm new to mini painting myself and may i suggest something? Reaper Miniatures Learn To Paint Bones Kit is what i bought and what i'm learning from. I think it might be worth trying out.
Here's my first mini, i'm working on the second one from the kit now : The Orc.
Im pretty much in your boat. A long time ago I bought into (way into) a Reaper kickstarter and have a pile of unpainted minis. A friend of mine painted some but I just havent had the time to try or learn because I am the perma-DM for our game.
Okay that's way more than you need to know.
I gave it a shot about a month ago because I had the time. I am fortunate in that I could invest a little in getting started.
Minimal start (my first session):
Add to that:
and you are off to the races. A pill bottle or dowel and some poster putty will help for mounting the mini and keeping your fleshy digits out of the way. Spend an afternoon following the instructions in the included book and see what you think.
What I did to give myself a boost based on my friend's advice (second Session):
In addition to that kit, I got the layer up kit:https://www.amazon.com/Reaper-Layer-Bones-Miniatures-Learn/dp/B01N458GBK
A couple packs of cheap brushes (because I knew I would make a hash of them) looking for fine points like 0 and 000. Others would be included generally and they could be used for utility things like mixing (local craft store. Michaels I believe)
A good led lamp: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0197ZOAKE/
black Gesso: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006IJZC0 (after doing the first kit, I used this as a primer. I dont see it mentioned here at all. But it works for me. use a brush you dont care for and slap that stuff on. It dries flat and "shrinks" to the mini. First coat will leave holes, but it isnt bad. fill in on a second coat and bingo) I might get some white gesso for those minis that I dont want having a dark primer
plastic mixing tray: https://www.amazon.com/Paint-Palettes-Plastic-Professional-Painting/dp/B074W56CQ4 (the link is for like a dozen of them them... I picked mine up at the local Fred Meyer for about 3 bucks)
Between the two kits you will have five minis and all the primary colors you'd need to paint most things - especially if you take a look at a color wheel and play with mixing.
So you can start a minimally as you like (30 ish bucks and some stuff raided from the kitchen. ) and then ramp up from there as suits your tastes.
Ive found that spending a day with everything set up on a folding table and letting Law and Order run in the background while priming and painting is quite peaceful.
So there you go. That got me off the ground
These two products are where I started.
Thanks friend, I'll give this a shot.
This the one? https://www.amazon.com/Reaper-Miniatures-08906-Learn-Paint/dp/B00NTMC49G
Highly recommend getting this to get started: Reaper Bones Learn to Paint Kit
Also, if you want to make your life a little easier, consider making or buying a wet palette, a nice Sable brush, and definitely some Master's Brush Cleaner.
If you're just painting the one mini, you can get Reaper paints and use their online tool to decide which colors to get.
They look 10 times better than most of mine.. that are still on the sprue and in a box.
Also as far as paint goes. Find a local game shop if you can and see if they have a beginner set. I know Reaper has one that comes with a few minatures. GW also had something at one point. Also Army Painter had one that went with Zombicide.
Reaper Miniatures 08906 Learn To Paint Bones Kit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NTMC49G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_jQQJzbKXD9NDN
Games Workshop. Some of them have minis and some do not. If you do choose one without they have some great start collecting boxes.
Army painter Zombicide sets
I would highly recommend trying out the Reaper Bones Learn to Paint Kit to learn some core painting techniques. I'm almost done with the first one (the second one is a Layering Kit) and it's improved my painting skills a lot.
This comes with a couple of minis, a guide, and like 10 paints: https://www.amazon.com/Reaper-Miniatures-08906-Learn-Paint/dp/B00NTMC49G
Hey Time-killing, thank you for the advice. I have one more question if you don't mind. I think I'm going to get started by going with the basic Reaper Learn to paint Bones kit to get my feet wet and see how that feels.
You recommended some Space Marines earlier to practice on and while I think that's a cool idea, I'm more into fantasy stuff. Can you recommend anything like that but more on the fantasy side?
Edit: Maybe something like this? Black Ark Corsairs? These minis have armor, weapons and different material types. Is that what you were going for with your original example?
Bonus question from someone who can't stop sweating the details: Do you think the Reaper paints would be "wasted" on those GW minis? Should I try to acquire some Vallejo and Citadel paints to make the most out of painting GW minis?
And I hope you're having a happy new year as well. :D
Thank you for VibrantLantern and thank you for your advice. I think I'll go with that Space Marine scout pack to practice painting. I was planning on getting the Reaper Learn to Paint Bones Kit to start practicing. It's got good reviews, but I worry it might not be great quality. Would something like the Citadel Essentials Set be a better buy?
Do you have any other recommendations for a new painter?
Same here. Zero experience and no artistic ability to this point, but I was interested in fixing up Scythe and Mansions of Madness specifically. I saw this one referenced on /r/minipainting and gave it a try. I also picked up some duplicate minis from Amazon and had a "mini painting bootcamp" one Saturday with me and my three kids. Instructions were spelled out step by step, easy to follow and they actually turned out pretty well. We'll be doing a follow-up or two before diving into my actual games, but I thought it was a great way to test the waters before diving in.
I was in exactly the same position as you. This set really helped me: https://www.amazon.com/Reaper-Miniatures-08906-Learn-Paint/dp/B00NTMC49G
Follow the steps, paint the skeleton and maybe the knight, and you should feel comfortable from there trying an X-wing.