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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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.