Asset Drop’s Featured Tutorials – December

Each month, we'll feature supplementary tutorials from various talented painters. These are a collection of videos and articles that will provide extra information on using your paints on top of the techniques covered in our Painting Guide. Some are based on the paint brand itself, and others are technique specific.

Give them a watch to learn more and let us know if there are any other great videos you think we should feature!

Working With WarColours Paints

Wet blending is a brilliant technique to master as it allows you to create seemless gradients of colour on your miniature, which can really take it to the next level. Due to the way WarColours work, you can get some brilliant blends with their paints. These videos go through wet blending, getting smooth gradients of colours and generally just using the WarColours paints.

Hobby Cheating – How To Paint With WarColours:

This is an excellent video by Vince Venturella showing you how to use WarColours paints. He demonstrates great examples of how to use WarColours paints to effectively blend on the miniature, producing lovely colour transition.  

How To Paint With WarColours 2:

This is another brilliant video by Vince Venturella, which demonstrates the use of WarColours paints to wet blend on the miniature when adding highlights. Watching both his videos will give you a great technical overview of how WarColours can work.

Blending Colours By Layering:

This video by Kuro Cleanbrush Minis is an example of using transitionary colours to create a smoother gradient of colour. You can mix a variety of tones from the colours in December's drop and will find WarColours can recreate this technique even better.

Two Brush Blending and Wet Blending Techniques:

This tutorial is by BeastsofWar and goes through two complimentary techniques you can try with WarColours paints: two-brush blending and wet blending. You could try this specific technique using the colours in your December drop, with Marine 4 as the shadow colour and Marine 1 as the highlight.

Layering and Loaded Brush Blending:

Another video from Vince Venturella, this time covering more advanced techniques you can try with WarColours. Loaded brush blending is basically another way to wet blend on your miniature to created smooth colour gradients. Give it a go!

Feathering and Glazing for Smooth Blends:

A final video from one of my favourite painters- Ben Komets aka Painting Buddha. In this video he shows you how to expertly achieve a smooth gradient of colour through glazing and feathering. We don't cover this in our Painting Guide, but it's another advanced technique you can try with WarColours paints.

Creating Worn Effects

You can create worn and chipped paint effects using a Worn Effects fluid, such as the AK Internative fluid included in your December drop. Or you can achieve a similar look by painting the effect on. These videos cover both those effects, which you can combine for an even more detailed result i.e. paint some chips on and also use the worn effects fluid.

A Quick Demonstration Of Using AK Worn Effects:

This video by ScaleWarMachines goes over how to use AK Interactive Effect Fluids, comparing both the heavy and worn varieties. They go through application and chipping with various tools, including subtle effects and heavy weathering.

Using a Heavy Chipping Worn Effects Fluid:

This video is by Skipperted and shows you great brush techniques for chipping the miniature. He also bases with rust so that shows through when chipped, which is an alternative to adding a rust pigment afterwards like we did. He also uses a toothpick which we included in December's drop as our weapon of choice!

Worn Effects on a 40k Space Marine

Here Carsten demonstrates how you can apply the AK Interactive Worn Effects fluid to a Space Marine to create a battle scared armour look. If you paint your top coat on thicker, you can peel up the paint like in this video, so they look like deep gouges in the metal.

A Short Tutorial on Using Worn Effect Fluids:

This video by OrcPainterNerd covers how to achieve a great rusted and chipped look with AK Interactive Worn Effects fluid. He bases the miniature in a rust colour before chipping, which you could also try by mixing your rust pigment into a paint and then applying as the base layer.

Painting on a Chipped Effect:

Corvus Miniatures goes through an excellent method here for painting on your rusted chips, using a paint brush for detailed chips and a sponge for speckled rust. This method can be used in addition to the worn effects fluid.

More Painting on Chips and Scratches:

This video by Warhammer TV is another great example of painting on the chips and scratches instead, and giving them depth by highlighting and shadowing. Painted scratches can be applied after using your worn effects fluid for more varied weathering.

Using Rust Pigments on Your Miniature

Applying a rust effect to your miniature can really bring it to life. Rusting is applicable in many different situations and can be done to a greater or lesser extent. These videos give you a basic idea of how to create some different rust effects. Check out the Painting Hub for previous drops for more pigment related videos.

2 Different Ways To Apply Rust Pigments:

This video by Miniwargamer Jay goes over two different ways to apply rust pigments, to get stronger or more subtle effects. It's a great introduction to the technique of using weathering pigments.  

Applying Multiple Colours of Rust:

Here Inchibanstudio demonstrate an excellent way to create a very rusted vehicle by applying multiple different layers of rust. You only received one colour in your December drop, but can mix with colours from previous drops to get more range. The technique can be followed with just one pigment though.  

Mixing Dry Pigments into a Rust Paint:

The video is by Game Face Nation and it covers a slightly different approach to using dry pigments- mixing them into a paint and painting on the rust. Mixed like this, the 'paint' dries more textured than normal acrylic paint and so it produces a more realistic effect than using rust coloured paint.