Saturday, April 17, 2010

Heritage Miniatures 1982 Newbie Guide

I've always played with minis, though with minimal involvement, and we never bothered to paint them. Since taking up the hobby again though, I’ve been rebuilding my toxic lead collection and now am interested in personalizing them with some paint. I follow a few excellent miniatures focused blogs, and have bookmarked a few tutorial sites, but the only printed guide I have is the one I only recently acquired after being gifted a Heritage set by a game store near Portland.

I decided to scan and make this available here - Heritage is no longer in business (as far as I know) and this 1982 document is definitely for beginners. If nothing else, maybe it will be of minor historical interest to someone. Due to the odd size of the original, the scan didn’t come out perfectly. It’s a bit squinty on 8 1/2 x 11, and the original is even worse, but you can magnify it pretty well due to the resolution here. Thumbnail above, download here.


Kiltedyaksman said...

I'm actually at the same point that you re relative to gathering my minis and resources to begin painting.

Can I talk you into a post wherein you share your miniature painting links that you mentioned? No doubt I'd learn something.


Anonymous said...

I'm a mediocre painter at best but I have experimented with all three of the methods described in that document, and more. I would strongly suggest you try them out too.

Actually the first method I tried was just to paint each area a base color and then apply a black (or sometimes brown or dark blue) wash to the whole thing. This usually looks great until the wash is dry! Many painters swear by the "Miracle dip" which replaces the black wash with a stain + sealer product, (Minwax Polyshades Tudor is usually recommended). I don't think they actually dip the figure though.

Nowadays I use a technique more like the "Darkpriming" method described, but with some tricks I learned from White Dwarf back when they actually promoted good painting (mainly black lining, which is tracing 'edges' with a heavy black wash). Alternatively I prime white and stainpaint some areas, then blackline, and finally drybrush highlights and do details.

But when I paint 1/72 plastics for wargaming, I just paint block colors and barely highlight or shade anything.

So basically you need to try out lots of techniques and see which work for you. Good luck!

ze bulette said...

@Kilted: I've been meaning to do some kind of post like that, though I'm not sure I'll bring much new to the table that couldn't be found easily through google.

@Mike: thanks for the comment! I tend to think that there's only so much that can be said for beginners like myself - really diving in seems best and then I'll know more about what I don't know.

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