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Painting guide

Whether it’s dragon heartstring or unicorn hair, grab your bristled wand and cast some painting magic on the goodies of the wizarding world



Photographs by Andy Leighton

We’re off to the wizarding world of Harry Potter this month to explore how to paint a selection of goody miniatures from the Harry Potter Miniatures Adventure Game’s core set and expansions.

These wonderful models come to us from Knight Models; no stranger to a franchise, it has been involved in making miniatures for Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Marvel, and Batman and the rest of the DC universe at one point or another. One thing that’s clear is the stunning sculpting work that goes into creating characters, ensuring they really feel like they’ve been plucked straight from their respective universes.

Harry Potter is no exception to this. The miniatures are stunning, with each and every one instantly recognisable and usually featuring a very thematic or dynamic pose. All of them come in resin, which offers a great level of detail and is fairly easy to work with.

There are some very fiddly bits, though. Some hands or even legs need to be glued in place and the wands are super thin and just begging to snap. My biggest gripe is with the bases. They come with a plastic cobblestone texture – perfect for the universe – but the slotta bases (a tab at the bottom of the model slides into a slot) leave a ghastly gap with a thick tab where more cobblestones should be. It’s something that can only really be fixed with some Green Stuff and sculpting work – something a scenic base should avoid.

This doesn’t detract from the fact the models are a joy to paint, so let’s look at how you can add a touch of magic to your collection…



Each model is split up into four stages, each with a list of colours and the corresponding paint that was used for it. Each stage uses a different technique to achieve a similar effect on each element but with different colours.

Stage 1 is basecoating. Base colours are applied using flat colours. Since the models are primed a lighter colour these initial coats are applied slightly watered-down, around two parts paint to one part water.

Stage 2 is shading. During this stage we apply washes and glazes to the more shadowed areas of the miniatures, particularly the lower edges and undersides.

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