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The Grimm Forest Paint-Along: Part II

Hello and welcome back!  Today, thanks to our local friend, Josh Roe, we continue our adventure into the world of miniature painting. If you read our Part I guide, you're familiar with the process of preparing our miniatures for the brush. If you missed Part 1, you can check it out here!

Without further ado, we present to you Part II!

Step 14:

Brushes do not have to be expensive. I use brushes from Hobby Lobby. Try to get brushes that are made from some kind of animal hair. I also used a Round 2 for the majority of painting this model.

Brushes do not have to be expensive. I use brushes from Hobby Lobby. Try to get brushes that are made from some kind of animal hair. I also used a Round 2 for the majority of painting this model.

Step 15:

You can use any container for water. I suggest staying away from anything that you may drink out of. There are many horror stories of painters drinking dirty water from coffee mugs.

You can use any container for water. I suggest staying away from anything that you may drink out of. There are many horror stories of painters drinking dirty water from coffee mugs.

Step 16:

Bob is showing off the different type of paints that I use. I really like the P3 paints. However, you can get acrylic craft paints from many department stores. Find something that you like that fits your budget. I used something from each brand pictured. Feel free to use whatever paints and colors that you want. It’s important to keep your paints thin. All of the base colors should take 2-3 coats. Keeping the paint thin eliminates brush strokes on your model. We want smooth surfaces.

Bob is showing off the different type of paints that I use. I really like the P3 paints. However, you can get acrylic craft paints from many department stores. Find something that you like that fits your budget. I used something from each brand pictured. Feel free to use whatever paints and colors that you want. It’s important to keep your paints thin. All of the base colors should take 2-3 coats. Keeping the paint thin eliminates brush strokes on your model. We want smooth surfaces.

Step 17: 

I use a palette pad. I can spread out various paints. I also write down any paints that I mixed directly on the pad. Paper plates are great for beginners.

I use a palette pad. I can spread out various paints. I also write down any paints that I mixed directly on the pad. Paper plates are great for beginners.

Step 18:

I try to paint minis on some type of handle. This is a small wooden spool that I obtained from a craft store. Prescription bottles are also great handled. By putting our figures on a handle, it keeps our oily hands from smudging paint.

I try to paint minis on some type of handle. This is a small wooden spool that I obtained from a craft store. Prescription bottles are also great handled. By putting our figures on a handle, it keeps our oily hands from smudging paint.

Step 19:

The first color is pink, used for the skin. I used a 6:1 mixture of Carnal Pink by P3 and Mephiston Red by Citadel. That is 6 drops to 1 drop of paint.

The first color is pink, used for the skin. I used a 6:1 mixture of Carnal Pink by P3 and Mephiston Red by Citadel. That is 6 drops to 1 drop of paint.

Step 20:

Don’t forget the hands and feet. It’s okay to get the pink on other areas. The stray paint will be covered up later. No mistakes here, friends.

Don’t forget the hands and feet. It’s okay to get the pink on other areas. The stray paint will be covered up later. No mistakes here, friends.

Step 21:

The blue was obtained by mixing dark blue by Vallejo and Abaddon Black by Citadel at a 5:1 ratio.

The blue was obtained by mixing dark blue by Vallejo and Abaddon Black by Citadel at a 5:1 ratio.

Step 22:

The shirt was painted with Celestra Grey by Citadel. This is a great undercoat for white.

The shirt was painted with Celestra Grey by Citadel. This is a great undercoat for white.

Step 23:

The ends of the logs were painted with Hammerfall Khaki by P3.

The ends of the logs were painted with Hammerfall Khaki by P3.

Step 24:

The final step was painting his hat and base green. Use any green you like. The button was painted with Averland Sunset by Citadel.

The final step was painting his hat and base green. Use any green you like. The button was painted with Averland Sunset by Citadel.

Step 25:

Your figure is completely base coated. If you want, you could call your figure done. There is no substitute for a good, clean base coat. Just be sure to protect your model wish a matte varnish. For those looking to go a little further, keep following along.

Your figure is completely base coated. If you want, you could call your figure done. There is no substitute for a good, clean base coat. Just be sure to protect your model wish a matte varnish. For those looking to go a little further, keep following along.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is the step-by-step process of how to paint a miniature! With this new information, we hope that you can overcome your anxiety of painting and unlock your inner Bob Ross!

Be on the look-out for Part III, where we will detail a recommended technique called “wash.” Washes are a specific paint that is designed to settle in the detailed areas of the model. They will make your miniature come to life!

“Talent is a pursued interest. Anything that you're willing to practice, you can do.” - Bob Ross