How to Paint Your WarHammer Models

When you are painting warhammer models, you always want to do a good job and make it look professional but that is not always so very easy! Especially if you are like me and do not have a steady hand and can barely paint a straight line. However, do not despair. Fear not my friend! I will lead you on your way to getting over these fears and gain more confidence in painting those minis – cause honestly once you start you are never gonna want to stop!

Hello! I’m here to help you with painting your WarHammer models. Painting miniatures can be a fun and creative process. Here are some steps to get you started:

Prepare your workspace: Find a well-lit and ventilated area where you can work comfortably. Lay down some newspaper or a drop cloth to protect your surface.

Clean your models: Before painting, it’s important to clean your models to remove any dirt, debris, or mold release agents. Use warm soapy water and a soft brush to gently scrub the models. Rinse them thoroughly and let them dry completely.

Prime your models: Priming helps the paint adhere better to the models and provides a smooth surface for painting. There are different types of primers available, such as spray primers or brush-on primers. Choose one that suits your preference and follow the instructions on the product.

Choose your paint scheme: Decide on the color scheme you want for your models. You can either follow the official color scheme or get creative and come up with your own unique design. Look for inspiration in WarHammer rulebooks, online forums, or other painted models.

Base coat: Start by applying a base coat of paint to your models. This is usually the main color that will cover most of the model. Use a brush or an airbrush to apply the paint evenly. Multiple thin coats are better than one thick coat, as it helps prevent details from being obscured.

Add details: Once the base coat is dry, it’s time to add details to your models. Use smaller brushes to paint smaller areas and intricate details. You can use different techniques like dry brushing, washes, or layering to create depth and highlights.

Seal your models: After you finish painting, it’s a good idea to seal your models with a varnish or a clear coat. This protects the paint job from chipping or fading over time. There are matte, satin, and gloss finishes available, so choose the one that suits your preference.

Tips for Painting Your War Hammer Model Figurines

Here’s some tips for painting that I hope will also be helpful for you – I know I wish i knew these things when I first started!

Take your time and be patient. Painting figurines requires attention to detail and precision.

Use thin layers of paint to build up colors and details gradually.

Practice different techniques on scrap materials or spare figurines before painting your main project.

Use a magnifying glass or a good light source to see and paint small details more clearly.

Take breaks if needed to avoid fatigue and ensure steady hands.

Don’t be afraid to experiment and try different color schemes or techniques to make your figurine unique.

Common Questions About Painting Warhammer Figurines?

What materials do I need to paint Warcraft figurines?

To paint Warcraft figurines, you will need a variety of materials. These include paintbrushes of different sizes, acrylic paints in various colors, a palette for mixing the paints, a water container for cleaning the brushes, a primer to prepare the surface of the figurine, and a varnish to protect the finished paint job. Additionally, you may want to have some sandpaper or a file to smooth out any rough edges on the figurine before painting.

How do I prepare the Warcraft figurine for painting?

Before painting, it is important to prepare the Warcraft figurine properly. Start by cleaning the figurine with soap and water to remove any dirt or grease. Then, use sandpaper or a file to smooth out any rough edges or imperfections on the surface. Once the figurine is clean and smooth, apply a primer to create a smooth surface for the paint to adhere to. Allow the primer to dry completely before starting the painting process.

What painting techniques can I use for Warcraft figurines?

There are several painting techniques you can use for Warcraft figurines. Some common techniques include base coating, dry brushing, washes, and highlighting. Base coating involves applying a solid color as the base layer for the figurine. Dry brushing is a technique where you lightly brush a small amount of paint onto raised areas to create texture and highlight details. Washes involve applying a thinned down paint to create shadows and depth. Highlighting is done by adding lighter colors to the raised areas to create contrast and bring out details.

How can I achieve realistic-looking details on Warcraft figurines?

To achieve realistic-looking details on Warcraft figurines, it is important to pay attention to the small details and use proper painting techniques. Start by studying reference images or concept art to understand the colors and textures of the character or creature you are painting. Use thin layers of paint and build up the details gradually, adding highlights and shadows to create depth. Additionally, using techniques like dry brushing and washes can help enhance the details and make the figurine look more realistic.

How do I protect the paint job on my Warcraft figurine?

To protect the paint job on your Warcraft figurine, you can apply a varnish. Varnish creates a protective layer that helps prevent the paint from chipping or fading over time. There are different types of varnishes available, such as matte, satin, and gloss. Choose the type that best suits your preference and apply it according to the instructions on the product. Allow the varnish to dry completely before handling the figurine to ensure the best protection for your paint job.

Can I repaint a Warcraft figurine if I’m not happy with the result?

Yes, you can repaint a Warcraft figurine if you are not happy with the result. If you want to repaint the figurine, start by removing the existing paint. This can be done by soaking the figurine in a paint stripper or using a toothbrush and rubbing alcohol to scrub off the paint. Once the figurine is clean, you can follow the steps mentioned earlier to prepare the surface, apply a primer, and repaint it according to your desired colors and techniques. Remember to take your time and be patient during the repainting process to achieve the best results.

Where can I find inspiration for painting Warcraft figurines?

Well, our website obviously of course! But there are also many many more sources where you can find inspiration for painting Warcraft figurines.

One of the best places to start is the Warcraft universe itself. Look at the official artwork, concept art, and in-game models for inspiration on color schemes, textures, and details.

You can also search online for fan art, forums, and social media groups dedicated to Warcraft figurine painting.

Did you know that there are a;so books and tutorials available that provide step-by-step guides and inspiration? How cool is that!

Remember, practice makes perfect, so don’t be afraid to experiment and try new techniques. Take your time and enjoy the process of bringing your WarHammer models to life!

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And of course I’d love to hear from you in the comments below – let me know if you have any tips you might like us to add to our post or any questions you would like us to answer!

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