Wargaming Tradecraft




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Welcome to Wargaming Tradecraft


This website is dedicated to helping new gamers learn the miniature hobby as well as introduce unique techniques and supplies to advanced artists.

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My primary project is a Warcraft inspired Hordebloods army.

You can view my Gallery on DeviantArt  to see all my creations, miniature related and otherwise. I do have Twitter and Instagram as well.

If you feel you've gained something from Wargaming Tradecraft, please consider a donation to offset fees associated with the website and the quality tutorials you're used to. If not, why not leave a comment on something that inspires you?

The Art of Wargaming Tradecraft


2019 will be the 9th year Wargaming Tradecraft has existed. For some reason, it seems longer than that. My painting journey certainly has been going on for much longer. I want to inspire others, that's a goal of this website - and with that I'm going to take some time today to highlight some of my previous art, personal milestones and attempts to approach this hobby with an unique eye. I'm also going to share some of my personal struggles while traveling this path in hopes to help other creators who might be struggling with their own art.

If there's one thing I seem to have a pattern of, it's painting for myself. Exaggeration is a common style for me, using brighter colours and stronger contrasts.  I haven't always been totally OK with feedback I've received in the past, but much of those struggles was when I was younger and before I'd accepted that my style is going to be something I had to become comfortable with. It's always difficult to have people disagree with something you've spent a lot of effort on and put a lot of love in to. Try to see the useful advice, while still being true to yourself.

Take from this article what you can.
  • At minimum, there's a bunch of great photos of some of my projects over the years
  • Links to the projects and tutorials if you want to see them in detail.
  • There's some insight into my process and history.
  • I've also shared some of my thoughts and feelings as I can recall them at that point in time.
If you'd like to see more of what I've done, read through my Projects page and DeviantArt.

If you feel you've gotten something from reading my site for the first time or as a returning reader, all I can ask of you is please leave a comment here or on Facebook if something moves you or consider making a donation through PayPal.

Using Colour Shift Paints


This post is designed to be both a tutorial and review on some of the colour shift paints available today. Many of you are familiar with Green Stuff World's line, but there's also paints available from Turbo Dork which have been creating some interest in the community lately.

What are colour shift paints? Essentially they're paints that are a different colour depending on the angle you're looking at them or the way the light is hitting them. Typically you have one colour in the light and another in the shadow. You may have seen these kinds of things on sports cars or in nature like on beetles and pearls.

You can see an example below, in how the colour shifts between green highlights and purple shadows with the Martian Green paint from Green Stuff World:


Then how it shifts between blue and purple with TurboDork's 3D-Glasses paint:


This post is two parts:

First, I'm going to cover how you're supposed to apply colour shift paints to your miniatures.

Then, I'm going to discuss some alternate Do's and Don'ts when painting with them and include unique techniques that you can use.

Finally, I'm going to summarize my feelings on the differences between the products offered by TurboDork and Green Stuff World.

Full Disclosure, TurboDork sent me a few free samples for review purposes.

Painting X-Wing in Black and White (and Re-Posing a Protectorate Starfighter)


A while back I posted a full article on my X-Wing Miniatures fleet - Core Couriers. I offered some tips at the beginning of that article on how to paint the ships, but wanted to put together a tutorial covering the process in a little more visual detail. In addition to that, you can read how I've modified this starfighter's wings to be in a rotational position. (More on that at the end of the article.)

As a reminder, my primary project are the Hordebloods, so the repainting of this fleet is just a quick tabletop quality process. Definitely comes together well though and I'm a big fan of the contrast between the dark greys and bright greens.