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What is the Duncan Rhodes Painting Academy?

The Duncan Rhodes Painting Academy, or DRPA for short, is a Membership site where you can come and learn to paint your favourite miniatures. Whether you are a beginner or even an experienced miniature painter, the Duncan Rhodes Painting Academy will teach you all the techniques you need to know to paint any model you desire.

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This is just a small taster of the video tutorials we have on the site. We will be adding new, exclusive content every week that can only be found right here for our members. We will be covering all manner of miniatures, techniques and advice, everything to help you improve your painting skills. Check out the full list of videos and a gallery of the tutorials on the site by clicking the link below.


This Week's Tutorials

Brotherhood of Steel Outcasts

For our first new painting tutorial video this week we take a look at a miniature from the fantastic new T-45 Power Armour kit, for Fallout Wasteland Warfare by Modiphius Entertainment! This hard plastic set is a lot of fun, being multi-part and posable with lots of weapon options, and as warriors wearing this armour form a core part of the new Capital expansion we decided to paint one in the colours of the Brotherhood Outcasts – a unique faction from the Capital Wasteland in Fallout 3.

The Brotherhood Outcasts view themselves as the ‘true’ Brotherhood on the East Cost, sticking fiercely to their original objective of gathering and protecting technology. Their armour is a dark metal and red, a very striking scheme, and in this video we show a great way to paint the miniatures like this from start to finish with a method that is both easy and fun to do! We also include some weathering to make the amour look the part (it wouldn’t be Fallout without some weathering!)

Fun with Colour & Avoiding Burnout.

Sometimes it’s fun just to paint a miniature just because you like it! Not associated with any particular army or collection that you are working on, a model like this is an opportunity to try out some different colours and methods that you don’t normally use to freshen things up – and this video is all about one such miniature.

Our friends at Miniwargaming sent us this model from their upcoming Ravaged Star range and we like it so much that we decided to paint it, and in this video we discuss how ideas and inspiration can come together to guide you through selecting your colours and then how to piece it all together.

This video is a bit different from what we normally do, but it allows us to shed some light on an issue we often get asked about – hobby burnout, and how to deal with it. We had a great time making this video and we really hope you enjoy it.

Tutorial of the Month!

Lion El'Jonson

The Tutorial of the Month is one of our most epic (and requested!) painting tutorials yet, a full guide to painting Lion El’Jonson, the Primarch of the Dark Angels, for Warhammer 40,000 by Games Workshop. This miniature is a fantastic rendition of the legendary character, striding forth to do battle with the enemies of the Emperor in the 42nd millennium, and he makes a magnificent centrepiece for any Dark Angel army. Like most of you, we actually missed out on the opportunity to get this model when it was first released as it sold out so quickly! But in stepped Academy Member the_gilded_magos who, seeing our plight, offered us his so that we could make this video. We want to give a huge thank you to him, for without his generosity this video would not have been possible! The Lion is a magnificent miniature, blending all the designs you would expect of a Dark Angel together with a style of armour that is both archaic and knightly, whilst simultaneously being right at home with the modern Space Marine aesthetic. He makes for a complex model to paint however – this model features a lot of intricate details, many of which are difficult to paint unless approached in a particular order. We therefore we set out straight away by discussing this, tackling the main features with a few specific tips and tricks to help you get to all of those awkward features. This takes us through the robes (featuring lots of wet blending) and armour, covering a large part of the mass of the model. This brings us onto the smaller details of which there are a lot – seriously, this will surprise you! But we work through them in a logical order with full detail throughout so you know just what to look out for as you go. The video is topped off with a full guide to painting his face complete with subtle tints of colour to bring him to life, along with a crystalline energy effect for his huge sword Fealty. It is just then a matter of gluing together the various sub-assemblies and he is complete! We hope you enjoy this guide and find it useful.

Check out the gallery below for a sample of our 300+ Tutorials


Paint Sister of battle


Whether you want to paint a single figure, a vehicle, a monster or even a piece of scenery and not to mention new techniques, you will find an in-depth tutorial here just for you.

Lannisters Swordsmen


Every week we will be adding brand new content for Members only. Whether it's video painting tutorials, blog posts and online painting guides, you can be sure you'll always have something to both help and inspire you.

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With over 10 years experience, running painting seminars all around the world and hundreds of video tutorials under his belt, there is no one better to both teach and give you the confidence to achieve the results you've always dreamed of.


That's about the same price as a really nice cup of coffee. Not too bad for expertly produced painting tutorials and tons of inspiration.


Every month we host a fun painting challenge on our Forum where Academy Members can show off their amazing work and get both inspired and motivated by an amazing community of hobbyists. The winners get an exclusive DRPA Pin badge and an hour online hang out with Duncan where they can ask any questions they want or just simply hang out and paint.

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