Asset Drop’s Featured Tutorials – January

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!

Painting Leather on Miniatures

Painting leather is a very useful skill to perfect because many miniatures wear leather clothing. It's also a very textured and natural looking material, which can really help to bring miniatures to life. The methods below cover what I see as 'subtle' leather and 'high contrast' leather. The method I went through in the Painting Guide is for more subtle leather, but what you choose will depend on personal tastes.

Painting a Pale Leather Cloak

This video by MiniWarGaming is one of my favourite. The effect produced is amazing and very realistic. It is a great worn look and is perfect for fabric.  

Painting Light Leather

Painting Buddha creates amazingly realistic leather here by using washes instead of paints. I really like this effect and took my inspiration from him for the method I covered in the Painting Guide.

Painting Dark Leather

Another video by Painting Buddha using the same method. This is a great complement to the Light Leather video. Once you've watched both, you'll have a great introduction to his technique.

Painting Distressed Leather

An excellent tutorial by Vince Venturella that also uses undershading and washes to create subtle, realistic leather. This technique is great and will help visually demonstrate what I described in the Painting Guide.

Painting High Contrast Damaged Leather

This method is an unusual one, and creates a very high contrast look. I'm personally not keen, but it's really different to what I did in the Painting Guide and might be more to your tastes, so check it out for comparison.

Painting A Worn Leather Belt

Last Cavalry demonstrates a really good method here for creating dark and worn leather belts. It's produces a really good look and is ideal for straps and bags and other items of clothing like that.

How To Paint Cracked Leather Like a Pro

Kujo Painting demonstrates another fantastic technique here for painting leather straps and finer pieces of clothing. It's a really great and realistic effect to try out.

How To Paint Cracked Leather Like a Pro

This is a brilliant video for creating more technically advanced worn leather. Like all of Sam Lenz's methods, he focuses on the effect of different light and creates a really detailed piece.

Painting Leather and Using Tints

This tutorial by Formular P3 shows how to paint leather without making it worn, so it's good to check out if you aren't interested in damaged leather. They also show you how to use inks to change the tint of the leather.

Painting Wooden Effects

Wood is another fantastic organic material that can be used to add a lot of depth and life into a piece, either scenery or as part of a miniature. Compared to leather, wood is a fairly easy method to recreate, and once you have a quick method for doing it, you'll soon find yourself using it all the time!

Painting Faux Wood Grain

Vince Venturella makes painting fake wood look easy in this video and the effect he gets is fantastic! This is ideal if you want to paint something that isn't wood, like wood, such as a shield or piece of scenery.

Painting More Faux Wood

Kujo Painting also demonstrates a great way to create a wooden effect on a smooth surface. It's another realistic and impressive look that's ideal if you're creating wood where there isn't any texture.

Painting Wooden Barrel Scenery

Paint It Watch It produces an awesome wooden look here on wooden barrels, and is where I got my inspiration from for the zenithally highlighted effect, where you paint the highlights in using different colours from the start.

Painting Natural Wood Tones Using Washes

This method by Vince Venturella using washes instead of paints, as with some of the leather methods, to build up a variety of colour tones. He also uses under-shading for more depth too.

Painting on a Chipped Effect:

An amazing video by SpaceGhostTV showing you a quick and easy method for painting wooden scenery. This is pretty much the method I describe in the Painting Guide so is ideal to watch for a visual demonstration.


Painting The Colour Yellow

Yellow is a problem colour, but the best way to learn how to do it is to see what other painters are doing. In the Painting Guide, I go through painting cloth, but these videos will also show you how to paint yellow armour, which can also be achieve with the Coat d'Arms trio in January's box.

Painting Yellow Cloth

This video is a great example of painting yellow cloth and getting a very realistic look. This is probably one of the best visual examples of how I describe painting yellow in the Painting Guide.  

Painting Yellow Uniforms

Here Loki Greathall paints a yellow uniform in a similar method to the Painting Guide, subtlety shadowing the yellow and highlighting with different yellow shades.  

Painting a Yellow Space Marine

This tutorial by Art of War produces a vibrant yellow, which really pops once the shadows and highlights are added. The finished effect is fantastic and preserves the colour yellow, whereas I find many other tutorials can turn the yellow colour more orange or brown. 

Painting Yellow Creatures

Here Luke's APS shows a great method for painting yellow creatures by demonstrating on a Squig. He uses washes and dry brushing to achieve the yellow effect. It's a darker yellow than the other methods, but you can control this by applying a lighter/yellower wash.  

Painting Yellow Armour

This is another example of yellow armour, but this time much darker and more contrasted than our Space Marine example. Personally, I prefer a less darkened yellow, but this is a great way to make your yellow pop.