My top 10 packed Youtube channels for miniature painting and modelling tips.
Youtube is an awesome resource but it can be hard to find the best material amongst the millions and millions and millions of videos uploaded. Here’s my take on the best miniature painting channels which have helped me the most.
- Like Towan
- Black Magic Craft
- Tabletop Minions
- Doctor Faust’s Painting Clinic
- Darren Latham
- Vince Venturella
- Kujo Painting
- Dave’s Model Workshop
- Trovarion Miniatures
I watch this channel for both figure and model railway construction tips and ideas. Just watch, enjoy and learn. His scenery tips in particular will take your bases to the next level.
Black Magic Craft
This channel is focused on D&D style gaming rather than just miniature modelling but there’s a wealth of good stuff here that will give you ideas and tips.
For raw painting tips, this is a channel to browse and learn from for miniature painters. Scott’s channel is particularly good for beginners to moderate skill enthusiasts with guides on wet blending, highlighting, shading and laying but there’s a good stuff for more experienced modellers too.
I like Adam’s style, he shares a similar approach to me in many respect, but he’s a MUCH better mini painter 🙁 What I also like is that his videos don’t just touch on actual painting techniques but related matters, such as how to use a colour wheel and brush physics. Have a browse and see what you think.
Doctor Faust’s Painting Clinic
One of the longer established channels with 9 years of uploads, Doctor Faust’s Painting Clinic’s covers not just miniatures but model making and modelling in general and it’s a gold mine of excellent guides and tutorials not to mention inspiring showcases.
Sadly, this channel by a Games Workshop designer is no longer being updated but all the videos are still there and definitely worth watching. What I really like about this channel is that rather than focusing on painting techniques, Darren shows you how to paint aspects of figures, such as power swords, battle damage on armour or textured cloth.
Loads of videos but it’s Vince’s Hobby Cheating play list that I find myself whiling away the hours watching. Apparently there’s almost 241 videos in this playlist but I always find myself clicking pause and trying the techniques out so I’ve never got through them all.
Grab your preferred beverage, plugin in your head phones and watch. I learn so much from this guy.
Not aimed at miniature or figure painting specifically but rather scale modelling however a lot of Dave’s tips will be very useful for those making vehicles for Warhammer 40k in particular.
I learnt so much from Christoph and his channel. What I like is that he shows how to achieve particular effects rather than covering overall techniques. He’s been around for a long time, in a good way, and his experience shows in the tips.
I love finding new channels to learn from, what Youtube channels do you follow?
> A final, personal, note: I spend a huge amount of time testing, photographing, writing and researching techniques for these articles and pay for all the running costs of MRE out of my own pocket. If you found this article useful you can support me by making a donation on my fund-raising page. Thanks and happy modelling, Andy.
Andy is a lifelong modeler, writer, and founder of modelrailwayengineer.com. He has been building model railways, dioramas, and miniatures for over 20 years. His passion for model making and railways began when he was a child, building his first layout at the age of seven.
Andy’s particular passion is making scenery and structures in 4mm scale, which he sells commercially. He is particularly interested in modelling the railways of South West England during the late Victorian/early Edwardian era, although he also enjoys making sci-fi and fantasy figures and dioramas. His website has won several awards, and he is a member of MERG (Model Railway Electronics Group) and the 009 Society.
When not making models, Andy lives in Surrey with his wife and teenage son. Other interests include history, science fiction, photography, and programming. Read more about Andy.