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The Duncan Rhodes Painting Academy

Welcome to the Duncan Rhodes Painting Academy, the place to learn how to paint your favourite miniatures with regular, in-depth and highly detailed tutorials, painting challenges, courses, give-aways and best of all, a thriving community of amazing Academy Members!


This Week's Tutorials

Castellan Crowe of the Grey Knights

The first full and in-depth tutorial of the week pays homage to the iconic Castellan Crowe, incorruptible warrior of the Imperium and Champion of the Order of Purifiers. This is one miniature we have been really keen to get to painting and the new miniature released by Games Workshop did not disappoint. In this video, we show you how to paint Castellan Crowe along with every detail of his armour and equipment. This miniature can be a challenge because of the iconic silver-steel armour of the Grey Knights, which has to be clean and tidy so care needs to be taken when approaching it. In this video, we show you how to rise to the challenge and guide you through the process. In this video, we show you how to paint Castellan Crowe in the iconic silver-steel armour of the Grey Knights by focussing on the following:

  • A great way of undercoating the miniature in two different colours via sub-assemblies to get you off to a great start. 
  • How to paint the silver-steel armour including a great way to get the subtle blue tint. 
  • How to pick out the small details of the clean and crisp white. 
  • How to paint an extraordinary amount of purity seals and parchments. 
  • How to paint the black Daemon blade of Antwyr including the eery smoke coming from the blade. 
This miniature is so iconic and a real centre-piece for any Grey Knight army! The techniques for painting the silver-steel armour can be replicated across all the Grey Knight miniatures in your collection.

Badger Warrioress

The first tutorial this week explores the dark anthropomorphic world of Burrows & Badgers where different species of creatures band together in the name of their political alignment! They could be those that remain loyal to the absent monarchy, or maybe they are wild beasts that roam the wilds scratching a living as mercenaries for hire or even free beasts that want to break free from the yoke of the kingdoms. This miniature is awesome and something that has been requested many times over the last few years. These miniatures are packed full of character and are a joy to paint, and present a great challenge because of the amount of fur and markings which can be tough to paint accurately and make them appear natural. 

In this video, we show you how to paint the Badger Warrioress with the natural markings of a traditional European Badger by focussing on the following:
  • How to approach painting a model with lots of fur and how to pick out the details in an order so as to not trip yourself up.  
  • How to paint fur, including the natural white markings 
  • How to paint dark metal.
  • A great method to paint textured padded armour. 
These miniatures are awesome and many of the techniques shown in this video are easy to replicate across other miniatures in your collection with fur and dark armour.

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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.

Tutorial of the Month!

Verminlord Warbringer

The awesome tutorial this week is steeped in ancient Warhammer lore from as far back as we can remember and sits at the head of the council of Thirteen. The Verminlord miniature that was released as part of Warhammer: End Times is a truly awesome sight to behold and with its multiple assembly options, it is truly one of the best kits Games Workshop has ever released.

This miniature is a pleasure to paint with multiple different textures across the miniature from fur to cracked and muscular skin, horns, war-damaged armour, and shards of warpstone. There is so much to admire about this miniature.

In this video, we show you how to get a great start on the miniature by tackling key features, it can be quite intimidating to look at the amount of flesh on the model but we break down those larger areas and show you how to tackle them.

In this video, we show you how to make great progress painting the various parts and textures of the Verminlord by focussing on the following:
  • A great way to paint the fur to get that done straight away to allow focus on the flesh. 
  • How to create smooth highlights and shadows with a really simple technique that is both fun and simple to replicate.
  • A close look at how to paint the tail to create a variation of tones across its length. 
  • How to paint in all the other major details such as the armour, gold, and other small details. 
  • How to paint the chunks of warpstone embedded across the miniature. 
This miniature is a real pleasure to paint and all of the techniques shown throughout the video can be easily replicated across any Skaven miniature in your collection

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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.

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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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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.


The latest addition to the Academy is Courses! Here we host full, in-depth courses that will, over time, cover various, large subjects starting with a full course for beginners - The Fundamentals of Miniature Painting.


Every month we have a give away for a lucky Academy Member. Prizes in the past have ranged from an amazing core sets like Leviathan to an Airbrush from Harder and Steenbeck.

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