Need a good miniatures-painting reference…

…It’s funny, really: I never did the whole miniatures-painting thing when I was younger (my wife did, though*).ย  But as it turns out that I have a bunch of unpainted OGRE minis, and since I’m going to have Fifteen Pounds of OGRE later in the year, it behooves me to start painting this stuff up now.

So, what’s a good online resource for that sort of thing?

Moe Lane

*She kept all of her equipment, too.ย  Fortunately.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚


  • HeartbreakRidge says:

    You have a most awesome wife!

  • Jbsaff says:

    Further evidence you married well.

  • Rob Crawford says:

    Cool-mini-or-not has some decent tutorials.
    Most important things to learn are washing and dry-brushing. You may also want to find the formula for “Magic Wash” and pick up some “Payne’s Gray” artist’s pigment. I’ve had a tube of Payne’s Gray for… 15 years? … and it’s still 90% there. That color is a very dark blue-gray, and is perfect for shading light-colors. Mixed with “Magic Wash”, it’s a magical solution to not being able to stay inside the lines while painting.

  • JeffV says:

    Why do you need on online resource? Just start painting and cover your mistakes with additional paint.

  • Catseye says:

    Jeff there was an old joke about how someone started painting a Dwarf and ended up with a really good ogre.

  • JeffV says:

    Well sure, I always got good results with a head mounted magnifier and a selection of toothpicks. That and little learned tricks like wiping the paint while it was still tacky to get cool effects on chain mail. Friends are pretty forgiving on paint quality though, they’ll even overlook that half the figures on the board are actually just pieces from STRATEGO.

  • qixlqatl says:

    LOL STRATEGO!! Played many games of that as a youth ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sigh………

  • Rob Crawford says:

    “What’s New With Phil and Dixie”:
    “What’s the secret behind your winning entry “Rabid Ogre”?”
    “Yes, it started as a halfling.”
    (From memory. Yes, I’m a geek.)

  • Darkcloud says:

    I always prime with white. The colors turn out brighter that way. Use some decent acrylic paints, Vallejo, Jo Sonja (they make a killer Paynes Grey), Army painter brands. Practice, practice and don’t every get upset that your minis don’t look as good as the pics on coolminiornot, sure way to give up. I’ve won four Golden Deamons and have always painted for the fun of it…that’s the secret. Would be willing to paint some up for you…

  • DanB says:

    I don’t know about step by step instructions, but Larry Correia is pretty darn good at ’em.

    And since he just had an omnibus book come out for his Monster Hunter series, as well as the advanced reader e-copy for his next one (available at, you, as a powerful an influential member of the Blogosphere, should totally see if you can get an interview with him. It would be awesome, and you could throw a few mini-painting questions in as well!

  • HeartbreakRidge says:

    Moe, bet you’d enjoy this thread about photos of Ogre minis:

  • Catseye says:

    Moe, I saw similar cartoons in the ’80’s and ’90’s. I also ran across one where the paint job was for a tank that started out as a jeep. It is a very old joke. It’s probably been around as long as toy soldiers have. Morale of the story is “keep it simple”.

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