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Geek & Sundry Painters Guild Season 3 Lesson Guide (Minis, Paints & Materials)
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Geek & Sundry Painters Guild Season 3 Lesson Guide (Minis, Paints & Materials)

Geek & Sundry Painters Guild is hosted by Will Friedle as he explores the wonderful world of the miniature hobby! From painting minis for board games, miniature wargames, and RPGs to scratch building showpieces and creating terrain, you can learn alongside him from master teachers every episode.

Below are the minis and paints used in each episode. Each episode walks you through the technique, so if you want to hobby along with Will but aren’t aren’t yet a subscriber to Alpha, you can get a free 60-day trial by going to and using the code MINI. 

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Lesson 1 – Advanced Weathering


In episodes 1 and 2, painting master Bryan Merlonghi shows Will some advanced weathering techniques using the following mini and paints:

Model: Games Workshop – Plagueburst Crawler

Paints: Formula P3 Umbral Umber, Formula P3 Khador Red Highlight, Formula P3 Bloodstone, Formula P3 Jack Bone, Formula P3 Sickly Skin, Citadel’s Texture Stirland Mud, Citadel’s Technical Nihilakh Oxide

Shades: Citadel’s Reikland Fleshshade & Citadel’s Agrax Earthshade

Primer: Zenithal Primed (Citadel White and Black Primer)

The miniature was base coated with Badger Styrinez Olive Green, with the metallic silver and gold details painted with Army Painter’s Gun Metal and Vallejo’s Brass before the start of the episode.

PG Bryan

Bryan was kind enough to offer us some painting wisdom, particularly to those new to the hobby. Here’s what he had to say to encourage new and developing hobbyists, as well as the one product he considers indispensable:

“True fact: My first hundred miniatures were terrible, my next hundred looked worse, but my mom kept telling me to keep it up, that she saw the improvement. So I never stopped. Sometimes it takes even pros hundreds of times to get it right. Never give up. Also, the number one hobby product you should invest in is a good, crack-finding brown wash.”

Lesson 2: Color Theory

In episodes 3 and 4, Aaron Lovejoy joins Will to talk about color theory, and how to apply it when painting miniatures. It’s definitely a worthwhile lesson.

PG Color Theory


Model: D-Verse Publishing – The Zealot – from their game Nexus

Primer: Zenithal primed with Citadel black and white primer

Will’s Paints: P3 Bloodstone, P3 Khardic Flesh, P3 Ordic Olive, P3 Necrotite Green, P3 Murderous Magenta, P3 Losan Green

Aaron’s Paints: Paints: P3 Sanguine Base, Coal Black, P3 Eldrich, P3 Khador Red Base, P3 Cygnus Yellow

PG Aaron

When asking Aaron about some tips for new and developing hobbyists, he provided these fantastic insights:
“I think that finding some friends with similar interests in miniature painting was a big factor in me getting to where I am today.  Whether it’s a Friday night paint night or hanging out at the local game store, I think that having that “painters fellowship” really is key to getting the most out of your painting experience. Don’t be afraid to fail, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.  And whatever you do, practice, practice, practice!”
(Editor’s note: if you’re having a hard time getting a painting group together physically, check out our feature on the Hobby Hangout, where painters from all over get together online to paint together.)

Lesson 3: Faces, Eyes & Armor

Michele Olsen joins Will for this lesson and gives him the basic pointers for the most challenging details on a lot of minis: facial details, including eyes.

PG Faces Eyes Armor

Model: Cool Mini or Not – St. Mary from Dark Age

Primer: Zenithal primed with Citadel black and white primer

Paints: P3 Bloodstone, P3 Sanguine Base, P3 Khardic Flesh, P3 Midlund Flesh, P3 Ryn Flesh, P3 Menoth White Highlight,  P3 Thamar Black

Shades: Citadel Reikland Fleshshade

PG Michelle

We asked Michele what sorts of words of encouragement and advice she has for new hobbyists, and a recommendation for more experienced hobbyists who are looking to up their game.

“Keep at it! Each mini you paint will be better than the last. Your brush control will improve and your skills will grow with each mini. A nice Kolinski Sable brush with a fine point will help so much – my personal favorite is a Raphaël Series 8408 Size 0.”

Lesson 4: Airbrushing

Will Friedle is breaking free of the studio and learns airbrushing from Fon Davis at Fonco Studio.

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Model:  A custom made 1/32nd scale intergalactic space fighter model

Brushes: Paasche “H” style airbrush with a #3 tip, with  “H”bottles and “H”cups run at 20 to 30 PSI on a compressor
Paints: Model Master 2061 RAF P.R.U. Blue (Flat)
Model Master 2035 2035 Air Mobility Command Gray FS36173 (Flat)
Model Master 4887 F414137 Grimy Black 1/2 Oz Flat
Testors Silver Metallic 1146TT
Testors Enamel Airbrush Thinner
We asked Fon Davis what the best advice he could give to someone developing their skills in the hobby. “Be bold, don’t be afraid to make mistakes, practice and learn to appreciate happy accidents. Happy accidents are not as common in other areas of art and fabrication. Don’t get hung up on a single layer of paint that won’t be seen in the final paint job, focus on what is visible. It is the combination of many layers and techniques that give a paint job life.”

You can catch all the episodes of Geek & Sundry Painters Guild (including those from Season 1 and 2) exclusively on Alpha! If you’re not already a member, you can get a free 60-day trial by going to and using the code MINI. 

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