Product Review: ‘How to Paint a Better Miniature,’ Disc 3


hotlead2Painter Laszlo Jakusovszky, best known for his Hot Lead miniature painting Web site, recently released a three-DVD set of miniature painting tutorials titled, “How to Paint a Better Miniature.” This posting is a review of the third DVD, labeled “Advanced, Volume 3.” The RPG Athenaeum’s review of the first DVD can be found here, and a review of the second is here.

The third volume in the series builds upon the advanced painting techniques presented in the second, primarily describing the use of blending and layering when painting “non-metallic metal” (NMM) and painting translucent-looking effects on opaque models, such as gemstones. The DVD concludes with a very brief segment on advanced basing, related to how basing methods can compliment a well-done paint job. Continue reading

Product Review: ‘How to Paint a Better Miniature,’ Disc 2


hot_lead_dvdsPainter Laszlo Jakusovszky, best known for his Hot Lead miniature painting Web site, recently released a three-DVD set of miniature painting tutorials titled, “How to Paint a Better Miniature.” This posting is a review of the second DVD, labeled “Advanced, Volume 2.” The RPG Athenaeum’s review of the first DVD can be found here, and a review of the third disc is here.

One reason for the delay in the posting of this second review is the amount of information supplied in the DVD. Like the first, this second volume contained so much information that I could only watch about a quarter hour at a single sitting; otherwise, I’d be hard-pressed to remember all of what I had seen.

In this DVD, Jakusovszky builds on the basic techniques demonstrated in the first volume, primarily focusing on painting smooth transitions between colors. He shared his techniques for wet blending, wet layering and dry layering as ways to accomplish that effect. Continue reading

Product Review: Hot Lead’s ‘How to Paint a Better Miniature,’ Disc 1


hotlead3I recently purchased “How to Paint a Better Miniature,” the three-DVD set of miniature painting instructional videos from Hot Lead, and I must say that on the whole, it is the most important investment I’ve made in my role-playing game miniature painting hobby, apart from buying the miniatures themselves. The DVDs feature instruction from Laszlo Jakusovszky, award-winning miniature painter and creative genius behind the Hot Lead Web site.

This post is a brief review of the first of the three DVDs, appropriately titled, “Basic – Volume I.” A review of the second disc can be found here, and a review of the third can be located by clicking here.

The “basic” label on the first disc is a bit misleading; Jakusovszky’s definition of “basic” included more information than I’ve learned in three years of painting. There is so much information presented, in fact, that I could only watch about 20 minutes at a sitting in order to absorb it all. Continue reading