Asset Drop’s Featured Tutorials – October

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 for 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 other great ones you think we should feature!

Painting Flesh

Great flesh can make or break a miniature, and can be achieved in many different ways. Check out these tutorials to take your painting to the next level! 

Using a Reaper Triad to Paint Tan Flesh:

In this video, Miniwargamer Jay uses a triad of Reaper flesh colours to layer up a great flesh effect. The method he uses is different to the one we cover in our Painting Guide. Namely, Jay doesn't use a wash. I'm a big fan of washes and always use them for shadowing. But it's good to learn alternative ways of achieving a flesh effect. 

How To Paint Skin With A Pro Painter:

Sam Lenz teaches us how to paint Caucasian skin in this video using another completely different method. He starts with the palest tone and works down to the shadows. He also covers an amazing effect- warm and cold zenithal highlighting - as if the miniature is stood sideways on to a sunset. 

Miniature Painting 101: Caucasian Flesh

This time Miniwargamer Jay uses a flesh painting technique that is almost exactly the same as the one we cover in the guide. It's a method that I think produces the best effect, and it's a great visual demonstration of what we show through photos in the Painting Guide. 

Painting a Female Face on a Large Miniature:

Here, you'll see Ben Komets (aka PaintingBudda) painting the face of a Shield Maiden bust, using many professional techniques to apply light and shadow to the face in a realistic way. Painting flesh on larger models is very different as the blending must be far more subtle. A great video for learning some proper painting terminology too! 

Painting High Contrast Skin Using Glazes:

Colour of the Gods paints skin on his miniature by mixing glazes in with his paints to tint the blending colours. He uses many layer techniques for the highlights and shadows, which creates a much more contrasted and dramatic look than we did in the Painting Guide. It's personal preference how far you go. 

Using Liquid Pigments

Liquid pigments are awesome for producing very natural looking weathering effects, and are easy to use since they come pre-mixed. These videos will show you how to use them for emphasising details and pin washing.

Using Your LifeColor Liquid Pigments

This video is from LifeColor's own youtube channel and shows you exactly how to use the detail emphasising pigment in Octobers drop. There are some great tips in this video and it demonstrates the art of 'pin washing' perfectly. 

Speckling Your Miniature and Removing Errors

This video is from a series created by Wilder and it shows you how to speckle your model with a liquid pigment to mimic dirty rain or splashes from puddles. It also shows you the art of removing spots you don't like. The music is a bit much though ;)!

Using Your Liquid Pigment Pin Wash Panel Lines

A great video by ScaleModelAlberta on how to use a pigment wash to emphasise detail on a model. The video starts by cleaning up the previous weathering, giving you an idea of how to use your Liquid Pigment Remover, and then demonstrates pin washing.

Weathering Your Model

Weathering is a very diverse technique with many different applications. These videos cover effects you can create with your Wilder Old Grease Pigment, from gun barrel soot to a dust wash, and your exclusive Wilder Aqualine sample! 

Creating a Dust Wash to Weather Your Model

This is a video by Genessis Models. It covers how to make a dust wash and then add it to your vehicle to produce a great 'used' effect. The dust wash here is very light in colour, but you could do the same with the darker Old Grease pigment. Or thin down your exclusive Wilder Aqualine sample. 

A Great Mud Effect For Tank Treads

Panzermeister36 has produced an excellent video here talking you through the process of weathering a tank so it looks like it's been rolling through mud! You could create this same effect with your Wilder Aqualine weathering acrylic.  

Soot Effects and Dirt Streaking

A detailed video by Wilder covering a range of effects: soot exhaust effects with a dry pigment, speckling effects, and dirt streaking with a liquid pigment (use the LifeColor one, or mix your own with the Old Grease pigment). Again, crazy music here guys!  

Controlling Your Speckling Effect Using Card

Another final video by Wilder showing you a speckling effect with a sandy coloured liquid pigment. They use a great technique here- controlling the speckling with card. This means you could weather a panel lower down on the vehicle but not higher up, for example.

Dust Washing And Reactivating The Effect

This is a video by Humbrol showing how to use enamel, but it's directly transferable to your Liquid Pigments and your Aqualine sample. Humbrol demonstrate perfectly how being able to reactivate the weathering effect is essential for creating a better result.