Video: Painting Miniatures!

September 18, 2013 ♥ Posted in: Journal, Nerd Topics, YouTube videos by Kristina Horner

Sometimes, right when I think it’s not possible for me to get any more nerdy… I develop a new hobby like painting miniatures. I don’t even totally remember how it happened. I think the first time I painted a mini was a few years ago at a con, and I had no idea what I was doing. I distinctly remember making my fighter much, much too orange. Then some friends of mine bought the giant Reaper Bones kickstarter mega pack and invited a few of us over to help them paint, which was the first time I learned anything at all about technique.

Liz, Joe and I spent a fair amount of time in the Reaper painting room at PAX this year as well, and through that, I could feel the bug catching. That’s why when I saw an opportunity to cultivate my own collection of painting supplies and making a fun video about the process in a Fiesta Mission this month, I jumped on it.


I am very much still learning (there’s so much crazy technique involved in this hobby, it’s nuts) but I am having a ton of fun along the way. And as I start to fill my new display case with finished pieces, there’s one thought that really strikes me… I need to play more D&D.

Have you ever painted minis before? Did you even know it was a thing you could do? I’ve always been really interested in dollhouses and miniature sets and basically the concept of “really small versions of larger things” so this was totally right up my alley. I hope you enjoy the video, and maybe I will make more as I continue to learn and get better.



Stefan Hayden says:

I think the nerdier your videos get the better they are! Probably because they always just feel more real/honest and that is just works best on youtube.

I appreciate that a lot. <3

Cassidy says:

I agree with Stefan. The nerdier the better! But I also really like Let’s chat videos. Those are lots of fun 🙂

Patrick says:

I went through a brief model train phase as a kid and in the HO scale world, the figures are about the third of the size as the ones you’re working with, but there was a whole fanbase into painting such tiny people, along with detailing train cars. They also made trees, foliage, buildings, houses, mountains with tunnels for track to go through… all on that scale.

It was a really fun hobby where you could build a little world on a table… and then have the added fun of having a working train move around in it, on as elaborate a track as you could devise.

I totally understand this obsession of yours, and I really enjoyed the two videos on the subject. You’re making me think about giving it a try myself sometime soon.


P.S. Also enjoy this blog. 🙂

That sounds so amazing. I have always just loved looking at little worlds and I know I could definitely fall very deep into this hobby. I have to watch myself!

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