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Everything you Need to Start Painting Models for Roleplaying & Wargaming

Learn about the products we recommend to get started (or continue) painting miniatures for roleplaying and wargaming tabletop games, Warhammer and more.
Start Painting Models for Roleplaying & Tabletop

Painting Warhammer minis is not easy – however, it’s never too late to learn a new skill. In this article, you will be able to learn about the products we recommend to get started (or get better at) painting miniatures and models for roleplaying and tabletop games, Warhammer, and more. We have included paints and paint racks, brushes, airbrush kits, tools, and everything you need to feed this amazing hobby.

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Paint and Paint Accessories

Paint is an essential component when it comes to painting Warhammer miniatures and minis from other games. For one, you use color to add visual details, bringing them to life and making them more visually appealing. Paint also helps define the different elements of your miniatures, such as armor, weapons, clothing, and facial features. By using different colors and techniques, you can highlight and accentuate the intricate details sculpted into the models, making them more visually striking and realistic.

Below you will find the basics of painting minis. I’ve included, for example, paint racks (to organize and hold your paints), airbrush kits, different types of paint and colors, brushes, spray booths, and wet palette kits.

This Vallejo set of paints includes 8 different highly pigmented acrylic colors, each in 17ml plastic ‘eye dropper’ bottle. Includes instructions and color chart.

Colors are more vibrant, thick and creamy. It glides smoothly, easily blends and dries quickly. Conforms to ASTM D4236 and EN71, safe and non-toxic for you and the environment.

The high volume dual fans extract overspray and reduce the fumes from airbrush and spray gun materials. This booth is ideal for spraying models, small parts, etc.

Model color has been formulated with permanent pigments for fine arts; all colors are completely lightfast and opaque. The consistency allows for an extremely smooth and uniform paint film.

These paint agitator balls are able to turn each dropper bottle of The Army Painter into a mini paint shaker saving you time for shaking.

Make it much easier to hold your miniatures securely while painting them, this handle allows you to find the perfect angle to access the fiddly bits while avoiding the inevitable hand cramps.

This palette is designed to keep your paints preserved perfectly smooth and creamy. The kit includes 2 hydro foams and 50 hydro sheets.

This Surface Primer can be used directly or mixed with other Auxiliary products like Varnishes, Mediums, etc.


When it comes to painting miniatures, using the right brushes is crucial for achieving precise and detailed results. Recommended brushes for miniature painting typically have a combination of specific characteristics.

Firstly, they should have a fine and pointed tip, allowing for precise control over brushstrokes and intricate details. A brush with a good belly or reservoir capacity can hold an adequate amount of paint, reducing the need for frequent reloading. High-quality synthetic bristles or natural sable hair are commonly preferred, as they provide a smooth and consistent flow of paint. Brushes with a comfortable handle, designed for long periods of use, ensure a steady grip and reduce hand fatigue.

This detail brush set includes 5 different paint brushes in sizes 10/ 0, 5/ 0, 3/ 0, 0, 2. Each brush is made of nylon hair with a wooden handle.

Handmade with premium materials and top-class crafting, these brushes never fall off the handle and are extra sturdy. The different sizes are perfect for all kinds of techniques.

This paint brushes set contains 10 sizes: 5/8 8 6 4 5 3 2 2 1 2/0, which give you the right detail brush for painting jobs, and with a variety of shapes.

This set of 15 detailing artist paint brushes various shapes and sizes ensure that you always have just the right paint brush for the job.

More Mini Painting Accessories and Tools

There are a few products that can greatly assist you in enhancing your miniature painting experience and achieving better results.

One such product is a magnifying lamp, which combines magnification and illumination to help you see intricate details more clearly. A magnifying lamp provides hands-free operation, allowing you to work with both hands while enjoying increased visibility.

Additionally, glasses with built-in lights can be beneficial, especially for painters who prefer not to use a lamp. These glasses feature built-in LED lights that illuminate your work area, providing focused lighting and reducing shadows. Such products are designed to improve precision and accuracy during painting sessions, making them valuable tools for miniature enthusiasts.

The Brightech LightView Pro Flex 2 in 1 has a 13.5″ adjustable, flexible gooseneck, so you can point the glass and light where you want and free both your hands. 

The TMANGO LED head magnifying visor is a fully adjustable magnifying glasses with ultra-clear optical quality lenses. Perfect headset magnifier for jewelers, sewing, crafts and painting. 

This magnifier station is perfect for miniature manipulation and painting. It includes stretchable lens with a choice of different magnifications, and three types of stretchable gears.

The magnifier is fitted with high quality optical glass lenses designed to reduce eye strain and boost the wearer’s vision. The unit also has an adjustable headband with a padded leather strap.

Other Interesting and Useful Hobby Products

Aside from the essential painting supplies, there are several other interesting and useful hobby products that can enhance your miniature painting experience.

For example, tools like miniature holders or painting handles provide a comfortable grip, making it easier to maneuver and paint your models. Carious texture paints, basing materials, and flocking can also add realism and create stunning bases for your miniatures. These additional hobby products can further enhance your creativity, efficiency, and overall enjoyment of the miniature painting process.

Cutting out parts from metal and plastic spruce trees usually takes up half the build time for a model kit builder. Reduce the time and effort with these cutters. 

This selection of artificial grass is ideal for decorating mini bases.  Good colors, consistent filaments, great for blending, and works well with a negative ion generator. 

This professional knife is ideal for precision tasks. Set includes Straight blade (x3), Curved blade (x2), and Chisel blade (x2). The body features an elastomer grip and a metal chuck to secure the blade. 

These high-precision tweezers are great for modelling and other fine crafts. They are made of stainless steel and have a sharp silvery tip. They are also non-magnetic and resistant to corrosive agents.

This cutting mat is 5 layers-high and of excellent quality, ideal for model cutting and for protecting your desk!

Keep brushes like new with this lemon-scented cleaner and Preserver. Even old, hardened, oil paint brushes may be restored to their original snap and luster. 

This book created by legendary paint makers Vallejo discusses how to build fantasy scenes. It includes color charts and has 112 pages.

Javier Gomez, a highly talented figure painter of long experience and excellent reputation, shares the secrets of his success in this accessible ‘how-to’ guide to painting miniatures. 

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