Hints & tips for model railway enthusiasts, miniature painters and model makers.

Painting

Whether it’s for buildings on a model railway, wargaming figures and miniatures or scale models, these painting tips and guides will improve your painting work.

Wet pallets: a must have painting accessory

Wet Pallet
If you haven't aren't using a wet pallet you're missing out. [...]

Organising and storing my paints

MRE at the workbench
Life in lock down continues, as does the move to our new house, all of which is putting a damper on my man-cave activities.  Instead, I've been looking at [...]

Protecting your rails while painting track

Most model railway track come with black sleepers. These look nothing like the real thing and many modellers paint them a more authentic colour. Browns for [...]

Making an entrance

Morwellham mine in Devon
Progress update on my temporary mini diorama / model railway layout and how I'm making the timber mine entrance. [...]

How to paint lifelike figure faces

how to paint model figure faces and heads
If there's one element of model making and painting I REALLY struggle with it's face painting. I can never get the results I wanted. This six minute guide [...]

Best humidity to prime miniatures

If you're getting poor results with your mini priming it could be due to the climate, and the humidity in particular. [...]

How to paint eyes

how to paint miniature eyes
Look into my eyes. Not my eyes, those on my models. They're not good. But after following the tips here, I can see them getting a lot better. Enough of the [...]

Black, grey or white: What colour to use for plastic model primer

There's a lot of debate about what colour to use as a primer and undercoating on models and miniatures but for me the answer is simple. [...]

Masters Brush Cleaner, review

If you do a lot of painting you'll undoubtedly go through a lot of brushes. I did. But not any more. [...]

Puzzled by Paints? Model Making Painting Basics 1: Acrylics – what you need to know

model making acrylc paints tutorial
Acrylic paints are one of the most popular types of paint used for model making but what's the difference between the different makes, the varnishes, and [...]

Can acrylic paint go on enamel primer

using enamel primer with acrylic paints
Can you use acrylic paints over an enamel primer undercoat? Yes, you can. Here's what you need to know to do it successfully. [...]

Model Making 101: Making Your Own Washes

black ink wash stock
Indispensable, yes. Expensive? No, now. [...]

Humbrol Clear Gloss – What, How, Why

Humbrol's Gloss Clear is an often overlooked material for model making but it's an incredibly useful and is far more than just a clear finish. [...]

Should you paint a baseboard and what’s the best paint to use

Progress on my shed layout has been abysmal recently. And I can't blame the hot weather. [...]

When Dry Brushes Die

Dry brushing is a great technique for weathering and wall painting but it kills your brushes. What then? [...]

The ABC Guide To Drybrushing – Add Extra Realism To Your Models

Dry Brushing Technqiues
From vehicles and figures to building brick work, dry brushing gives your models an extra dimension and makes the difference between a painted plastic model [...]

Weathering Tips | Five Great Tips To Improve Model Train Realism

rolling stock weathering tips
Want to learn how to weather your trains? Here are six great model railway rolling stock weathering tips from the darkest corners of the web to get you [...]

How To Add A Super Realistic Rust To Your Model Trains

Abandoned rusted rolling stock is a frequent sight on many railways. Learn how to apply a cool rusted effects to old trains for that abandoned, left-behind, [...]

Achieving An Authentic Finish For Model Railway Buildings

Looking to add a stunningly detailed and authentic finishing to your buildings? Get your paint brushes ready... [...]
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