FUNDAMENTALS! A Complete Guide to Painting Minis.

27 Th07, 2019
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This is THE Mini Painting Tutorial video that I recommend for newer painters. If I could send one tutorial video to my younger self on the day I bought my first minis, it would be this video!
In this painting guide I use the Age of Sigmar Chaos barbarian models from the Warhammer Underworlds Nightvault crew Godsworn Hunt. I show some of my favorite ways to build, prime, and paint these models for a simple and fun look. This tutorial is designed to be accessible to anyone, and a useful resource for beginners and people interested in the fundamentals of painting warhammer minis.
I covered as many techniques as possible, from clipping and cleaning minis, to gluing and clamping them, sub-assemblies, how to use spraypaint primer, how to zenithal highlight, how to build a wet palette, how to mix paints, how to basecoat, how to wash, how to highlight, and how to paint eyes. Then I varnish the models.

If you think this video would be useful for someone you know, I encourage you to share it! Also, I’ll be making more videos geared for newer painters in the future- let me know what other useful straightforward techniques I should try to show and I’ll see if I can find appropriate minis! And as always, I apologize for any clickbait titles and thumbnails that I may use :-)
Happy painting everyone!

  • Probably the best "start painting minis" video on VIworld now!

    The MiniJunkieThe MiniJunkieNăm trước
    • I agree

      Manolo do CampoManolo do Campo5 ngày trước
    • 900k+ views, Brent! Holy cow!

      The MiniJunkieThe MiniJunkie4 tháng trước
    • Definitely agree!

      Félszipókás ŐsmolyFélszipókás Ősmoly5 tháng trước
    • @Goobertown Hobbies hey Brent two questions. The little stain that runs down into the cracks and crevices what's a good brand for that? and also if I'm painting a translucent piece on a miniature like say a wizard casting a spell is it just ink? Or does watered down paint work as well?

      Nate DillowNate Dillow6 tháng trước
    • Totally agree, I like the way you talk, slow and clear with useful information. I can basically relate to every mistake I made in the beginning in this video.

      Y. HeY. He9 tháng trước
  • Thank you. I feel inspired to get started. Gonna start filling up a cart with supplies and get some cheap minis to practice on! Very inspiring

    notabassplayernotabassplayer7 giờ trước
  • Came back here, to thank you. This video encouraged me to start painting giving me solid basics. So again, thanks a lot!

    R SmuR Smu13 giờ trước
  • How do I stop my fingers to shake all the time? I won't be able to start :(

    Violent CjayViolent CjayNgày trước
  • Skin tone included = white northern European skin color.

    Diana ChungDiana ChungNgày trước
  • You know if you were around 15 years ago when I started I probably would of stuck around longer. Was in a small town and not many people to ask and no hobby shops

    travioli marinarotravioli marinaro2 ngày trước
  • first time painting

    MercurymanMercuryman2 ngày trước
  • Bit of a tip if you've made your own wet palette. In the video, he's used the Tupperware container the right way up - meaning the paint is quite deep in the container. However, if you flip it upside down, you can set up the wet palette on the lid, which is deep enough to hold the absorbent layer and parchment paper, and then use the main part of the container as a lid

    Mark SchultzMark Schultz2 ngày trước
  • Thank you so much for this video. It's not for me, but my wife. She is so talented at painting and is just now stepping into the realm of painting miniatures and scenery for TTRPG's. This is a great video to start with. Liked, Subbed, Subscribed and Shared! :D

    Dogmatically SpeakingDogmatically Speaking3 ngày trước
  • Such a great beginners video! I wondered at some of the techniques I have seen in other videos but your explained them here and others just take it for granted that you know this stuff! I would like to see a few more close up video shots of things like the eye painting, if that is even possible? It is nice to see the effects of a wash as it is applied too. You voice and manner is quite enjoyable and I wish to say thanks! I dislike it when an artist feels the need to be so exuberant and well just so loud that it detracts from the work going on! I do enjoy watching your videos and I feel I am making inroads on your library! I wish I had more experience and deeper knowledge on the videos you have already made so I could recommend a topic for future videos, but in time, I hope to be able to do so. Thanks!

    mjpete27mjpete274 ngày trước
  • Straight after watching, I went out and bought everything I need to paint my first miniatures! Very educational and engaging for an amateur like me! Thank you :)

    JamesJames4 ngày trước
  • Love the commentary. You're funny!

    The Fish SlappeeThe Fish Slappee5 ngày trước
  • Please make ASMR videos or videos for "Calm." Your voice is so soothing

    Jimmy JahnJimmy Jahn6 ngày trước
  • 2021 - The year I learn to paint. Subbed.

    KtanKtanKtanKtanKtanKtan7 ngày trước
  • thanks! very helpful

    Joe WapnerJoe Wapner8 ngày trước
  • This man is like the bob ross for mini painting, he makes it so relaxing and non intimidating to make anyone excited to get into the hobby. Myself Included!

    sithsocietysithsociety8 ngày trước
  • i blame you for me getting into this hobby. your wholesomeness pulled on my heartstrings. lol

    tokkitokki8 ngày trước
  • Thanks for these tips. Totally helpful for me.

    Jill BuehlerJill Buehler8 ngày trước
  • Target audience, myself...

    Mike AmicoMike Amico8 ngày trước
  • thank you, that was really helpful 🙂 (going to start miniature painting as soin as my colors arrive 😉)

    Sarah SiebertSarah Siebert8 ngày trước
  • So glad I found this video!

    dirtnastyishdirtnastyish9 ngày trước
  • I'm trying really hard, but mine just look so ugly. I don't know why... But the colors don't look as good as they do for him. Maybe I'm diluting the paint wrongly... I don't know.... I'm very sad 😭

    The Weeb ChannelThe Weeb Channel9 ngày trước
  • awesome

    Gristle Von RabenGristle Von Raben9 ngày trước
  • This is exactly what I was looking for, thank you!

    Sven EnterleinSven Enterlein11 ngày trước
  • Full watch, must say I've only been painting g a week now and I'm glad I watched this. 😀

    jims garagejims garage11 ngày trước
  • Really great video, thanks for sharing!

    Mark RamseyMark Ramsey11 ngày trước
  • Thank you

    figu-mefigu-me11 ngày trước
  • Great video. You have earned my “sub”.

    Michael FouseMichael Fouse12 ngày trước
  • Thank you Brent very cool

    Gavin KnappGavin Knapp12 ngày trước
  • I ordered that same paint set and the army painter wash set to start the hobby. Seems like I made a good decision.

    SirBaconBusterSirBaconBuster13 ngày trước
  • How would you color translucent material on the minis, to keep that clear effect buy have it colored? Thanks for this amazing video by the way

    Karim JovianKarim Jovian13 ngày trước
  • I need washes asap

    KaNawogirusaKaNawogirusa14 ngày trước
  • So I’m starting paint a mini that I made through heroforge and I’m not sure what paint is good to use and what paint isn’t good. I grew up painting and building model cars and have plenty of that kind of paint and was curious if that paint could be used as well as Acrylic paints or if Acrylic is really the only recommended type to use.

    Ethan PriceEthan Price14 ngày trước
  • I recently got back into painting after pulling out some ancient Battlefleet Gothic models I've been hoarding for a decade, and watched a number of videos to get re-acquainted and avoid re-learning old bad habits, but man, your video is about the best possible "first introduction" I've seen out of all of them - you're like a wargaming Bob Ross :) Really glad I found it! And sending it to a friend who is just gearing up to paint his first models as soon as the LGS gets his order!

    KingBobXIVKingBobXIV15 ngày trước
  • i’ve always always always wanted to paint dinosaur and dragon figurines. never knew where to start. but i ended up in a gaming shop by mistake earlier and they had soooo many dragon models!!! i bought one and i’m so excited to learn how to paint it. ty for this video!!

    akakakaakakaka15 ngày trước
  • Heard from some people that hardware store primer has a tendency to clump. To me it seems like that would only be an issue if you don’t use it lightly. Any legitimacy to that or just an individual preference?

    StephenStephen16 ngày trước
    • I've also seen similar comments, as well as others saying it works fine. I think most of the issues are user error, since rustoleum comes out HEAVY, and requires light, short bursts.

      RedRed11 ngày trước
  • First model that I painted was a Black Templar, it actually turned out alright, mainly because it's like 90% black but still looks good, in my opinion at least.

    Brian PBrian P17 ngày trước
  • It Is a great hobby.

    PupinTheTurd IIIPupinTheTurd III17 ngày trước
  • I was delighted about my brother texting me last night about wanting to get into painting so I could share this video with him and have an excuse to rewatch it myself.

    Fr0g_ManFr0g_Man17 ngày trước
  • Thanks for the great video. I start painting miniatures last week and your tips are extremely useful. 👍🍻

    Alexandros K.Alexandros K.19 ngày trước
  • Noice. Painting some for my nerdy dad! (HUGE d&d fan lol)

    Tara's AdventuresTara's Adventures19 ngày trước
  • What brand of varnish?

    ComicsLegendComicsLegend19 ngày trước
  • Very cool, thanks for sharing your process with us.

    ComicsLegendComicsLegend19 ngày trước
  • great vid, I've been kinda afraid to paint my board game minis cuz i don't want to ruin it - but after this i'm just gonna dive right in and enjoy myself.

    Jace HaswaengJace Haswaeng20 ngày trước
  • Excellent video man! I've been painting miniatures for over 30 years, and I learned a few things from this that I hadn't known about before; I really like the 2 step priming with the white overpass dusting. Can't wait to try that! BTW, I've found that a lighted magnifier like the kind that is used in nail salons really helps out for tiny details like the eyes.

    Richard MRichard M21 ngày trước
  • I watched this with a bowl of chicken soup on a snowy day. I might have a heart attack from wholesome-overload.

    Daniel RajkovicDaniel Rajkovic21 ngày trước
  • On the finish, why is gloss first?

    DeuceGortDeuceGort22 ngày trước
  • Haven’t painted minis for about 20 years but I really enjoyed watching. How long was the process start to finish. Great vid 👍🏻

    Deacon SyxxDeacon Syxx24 ngày trước
  • I've been painting for years and I still find this helpful

    Nobby NobbsNobby Nobbs24 ngày trước
  • Watching this I said to myself "this should be the gold standard for hobby tutorials". Seriously, good job! I just started about a month ago and had great results with monster minis. They're wildly easier to paint than the typical humanoids for PC minis. I am facing a bit of frustration with these sizes/detail levels, but this video encouraged me to remain patient and not shoot for perfection when I have

    McAwesomeDeluxMcAwesomeDelux24 ngày trước
  • when you paint your flesh on there try a smaller brush and a little less loaded brush will help save you some more of the chiseled details

    Woodsy DayzWoodsy Dayz25 ngày trước
  • iv only used dry pallet im 24 iv been painting since i was 10

    Woodsy DayzWoodsy Dayz25 ngày trước
  • I've just started getting into painting minis. I have some acrylic paints I've been using for canvas, and I've been experiencing with gunpla models and even with a primer they just do not go on well. Are model acrylics made especially for plastics and just work better?

    Travis DaigleTravis Daigle25 ngày trước
  • Great guide, got a lot of tips from this, just one question. What type of clay do you use to hold minis like at 5:00?

    Erick ValdesErick Valdes25 ngày trước
  • Thank you for this video man! I've watched a number of "beginner" videos from other channels with my 3 daughters ages 6, 9, and 12. The others have been helpful but only a little. THIS video is amazing, no crazy intense and distracting music and cuts etc. Perfect tempo for actually learning to do something. The right amount of detail and amazing descriptions of each step and background and context. I am so happy to find this video. I am so glad you set a "this is a perfectly legitimate time to call a model done. . ." spot for shorter attention spans like my youngest. Then continued to more details on highlighting and more for my oldest and me.

    theonlyBenReesetheonlyBenReese25 ngày trước
  • What is the name of that type of lamp??

    nightrixenightrixe26 ngày trước
  • This video inspired me roughly a year ago I will paint this kit soon

    Philipp TomićPhilipp Tomić26 ngày trước
  • I was thinking about start painting minis. Now I'm counting the hours til I can go buy materials to do it. Thanks a lot for this video!

    Danniel RodriguesDanniel Rodrigues26 ngày trước
    • Definitely do! It's a great outlet for time during pandemic, lol, and the result is very rewarding!

      KingBobXIVKingBobXIV15 ngày trước
  • And now, deep painting thoughts, by Jack Handey

    Brad D.Brad D.27 ngày trước
  • Great video! Cant wait to start with mine. By the way, whats your mbti?

    synncmastersynncmaster28 ngày trước
  • Did I just find the bob ross of minis?! Awesome and very helpful video!

    Evan GEvan G28 ngày trước
  • Im just starting my local warhammer store gave me a mini for free a couple years ago and today i decided it was time to paint it so i got an army paint starter box some brushes and another model but its a dnd one but there is a highlight paint already on my space marine and i wanna paint over but i dunno if it'll do something bad or what

    Casey BaileyCasey Bailey28 ngày trước
  • Where could I find a lamp/light like that? Would love to purchase one.

    Jake MorleyJake Morley28 ngày trước
  • Hey, man. I'm just starting out, and I've been watching a ton of videos (Squidmar, Duncan Rhodes, Dungeon Dudes, Vince Venturella, etc.), but your videos are by far my favorites. This video in particular is the one I keep coming back to, watching it again and again. So, thanks, man. You are awesome.

    Anson MaddoxAnson Maddox29 ngày trước
  • Does it matter if I get flat white paint + primer? I see in the video you're using just flat white primer but every store in my area is out of flat white primer, they only have flat white paint + primer

    AbridgedspeedAbridgedspeed29 ngày trước
    • it depends on what you're painting! if you're painting light colours, you should use a white primer, but other than that it doesn't really matter. My army (Adeptus mechanicus) has a lot of metalic, I use a silver spray :)

      Adam NixonAdam Nixon29 ngày trước
  • Hey dude. Thanks so much. I watched this the first day that I got my paints and minis. I learned so much. Much love from Vancouver Island

    will sweetinwill sweetinTháng trước
  • You sound like a mix between a robot and burger king foot lettuce guy.

    CyntheticCyntheticTháng trước
  • I've seen a lot of people using airbrushes. How important is that and how much does it affect the end result?

    Gustaf PerssonGustaf PerssonTháng trước
  • Thanks a lot. That motivated me to paint my Cthulhu: Death may die miniatures. Going for the biggest miniatures first, and then we'll see how it goes from there

    Wiecznie GłodniWiecznie GłodniTháng trước
  • This was incredibly useful when I started painting minis about 9 months ago, thank you.

    Brandon HarryBrandon HarryTháng trước
  • What a good tutorial! Thank you!

    DJ1JesusDJ1JesusTháng trước
  • All I can say is...... THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! I came here because I wanted to paint my D&D character mini. She is near and dear to my heart and I want to do a great job on her. Again thanks sooooo much.

    Emmett EnglishEmmett EnglishTháng trước
  • I think I've been hyptonized by the voice... I will paint minis I will paint minis. Nice video.

    freebird1963freebird1963Tháng trước
  • Ahh yes the flesh tone nacho cheese

    ObbliterationObbliterationTháng trước
  • Hey Brent, sorry for the necro comment here, but I just wanted to let you know that this was the first video I watched after buying my first minis and paints almost 7 months ago. Since then I've painted 11 or so minis and I've been seeing steady progress on each one. It's one of the most gratifying and soul-comforting hobbies that I've got into. I just finished rewatching this video on a whim and I realize that so many of my techniques that I've developed over the past half a year are directly influenced by this video, and yet upon watching it a second time I'm still learning things! You are a wonderful teacher and I love how wholesome and optimistic you are. It's really inspiring to me as a new painter. All that to say, if you're reading this in 2021, thank you so much for making content and inspiring me. I'm super excited to go home tonight and paint another mini.

    Jeremy DeLaPorteJeremy DeLaPorteTháng trước
  • You're like the bob ross of mini paintings! Great job! I really enjoyed it!:)

    Jérôme ArnoldJérôme ArnoldTháng trước
  • I don't know if it's just because I'm from a traditional painting background, but it always surprises me how many model/mini painters seem so reluctant to mix paints. When you said the paint set didn't come with a purple, I had a flashback to a friend of mine saying he wanted to use purple as the main colour for one of DnD minis, but couldn't because he didn't have purple paint. I pointed out that he had blue and red and he just looked at me blankly. When I showed him that you can, indeed, mix colours together it totally blew his mind.

    Watermelon HelmetWatermelon HelmetTháng trước
  • Is it better to huff the glue or the spray paint? Or should I do both?

    Hank KingsleyHank KingsleyTháng trước
  • I liked the vid I paint before putting them together. I personally find it easier before glueing

    Jay Flynn-youellJay Flynn-youellTháng trước
  • my dad got e into painting minatures since he wa into D&D. I was 14 at the time. I am now 29 and jus spent 4 hours on research and over 350 bucks. This video is the final step and damn its a good one cause i forgot about all this shit. thanks

    ed Crockered CrockerTháng trước
  • Brilliant! Thanks for sharing

    HippyHippyTháng trước
  • Thank you so much for this video. As someone who is trying to get into painting minis this was all I needed. And your voice is really relaxing to listen to!

    Andrés MaquedaAndrés MaquedaTháng trước
  • Just starting out. Your video tutorial has helped me out immensely. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. 🙂🙃👍

    flips300021flips300021Tháng trước
  • They looked so awesome! until you painted the googly eyes :(

    G1FTfromtheG0DSG1FTfromtheG0DSTháng trước
  • I'm not a new painter, but there were two useful pieces of information in this video: zenithal priming and washing not being very effective for open areas.

    Anthony PezzottiAnthony PezzottiTháng trước
  • Whoa... was that a Letterkenny reference? Jacked? Yoked? Lol

    juztchillingjuztchillingTháng trước
  • A great video. I loved the Bruce Lee/Vin Diesel comment. LOL

    Rinhammer 2015Rinhammer 2015Tháng trước
  • My name is also Brent, and I greatly appreciate this video. Well done Brent!

    Brent IBrent ITháng trước
  • Good video.

    Bart AmickBart AmickTháng trước
  • "Simple paint job" *me: 🥲

    Hector MHector MTháng trước
  • I just want to let you know that this video in particular really helped me get back into painting minis and integrate this artform back into my life in a profound way. The calm, easy going attitude and basic breakdown really helped me get over the anxiety and just go for it!

    Tony TaylorTony TaylorTháng trước
  • What do you use to print the minis?

    Raidenlee_GamerRaidenlee_GamerTháng trước
  • "melty"

    Toby FrithToby FrithTháng trước
  • Lol target audience is for beginners... I keep watching this video even after starting.

    Bobba GanoochBobba GanoochTháng trước
  • This is so epic, I just got temple of elemental evil and want to get into painting minis!

    Will LWill LTháng trước
    • LIterally just arrived while I was watching this video.... now I need to buy some paints!

      Will LWill LTháng trước
  • Thank you, new to this and it made it a lot more easier to take on as a new hobbie

    Erick WilsonErick WilsonTháng trước
  • I just got my very first mini in the mail today, im so nervous to start, but this gave me hope that I can do this. You did an awesome job of explaining and not making it difficult to understand. :)

    Rac CoonRac CoonTháng trước
  • Super nice and helpful vid ❤️

    jugger818jugger818Tháng trước
  • All very useful techniques, thank you very much

    Gage MGage MTháng trước
  • Adhesion promoter is much better for priming plastic than metal/wood primer. Krylon fusion has it mixed in, or you can get it straight up from most car parts stores like autozone ect. Prob not a big deal, just some information I've learned from painting cars (bumpers, trim ect), and making custom console controllers. The finish is much more durable, I haven't had one lift for 6 years now. Just some info for those interested. Anyways great video my friend, thank you for sharing your knowledge with all of us!

    Jer LehJer LehTháng trước