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Some of our favourite tutorials from 2023

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

Colonial Marine (Aliens)

Our first video this week takes a look at the Colonial Marines from Aliens: Another Glorious Day in the Corps by Gale Force Nine! The fantastic miniatures in this game are all likenesses for the well-known characters of the Aliens film and after much debate in the studio we eventually settled for one of our favourites to use as our example – the smart-mouthed Private Hudson.

In this video we walk through a great method of painting Colonial Marines from start to finish. Though we use Hudson as our example, the methods and techniques can be applied to any of the marines you may want to paint be they from the core game or one of its expansions sets. In this video we show you:
  • A great way of navigating the complex camoflague of the uniform, including how the fatigues and armour differ.
  • How to highlight camoflague so as to stop it breaking up the silhouette of the model and thus looking good on the tabletop.
  • How to pick out the screen of Hudson’s motion tracker.
These models are great fun to paint and make for a fantastic project in a self-contained game

40K Urban Ruins Base

For our second new video this week we break out the clippers and greenstuff to make a custom urban rubble base themed for Warhammer 40,000 by Games Workshop! Bases like this are loads of fun to create and are great at helping your army, and especially your heroes, stand out.

In this video we show you:
  • How to use leftover pieces from scenery kits to create texture and height.
  • When to add the model to ensure it fits correctly.
  • How to use skulls to get the 40k feel!
  • How to use bits of sprue to make chunks of rubble.
  • How to blend the rubble into the ground using greenstuff.
  • The best way to add texture using grit and sand.
  • A great way to make expended bolt shell casings and fix them securely to the base.
  • How to paint these details to bring it all together.
If you’ve never made a base like this before then you should definitely have a go – it’s loads of fun and easier than you might think!

Tutorial of the Month!

Fulgrim Transfigured!

Our tutorial of the Month is the epic Fulgrim Transfigured, the supremely arrogant Primarch of the Emperor’s Children for The Horus Heresy by Games Workshop! This magnificent miniature features all the creepy yet sublime details you may expect from a Slaanesh Daemon Primarch, and in this video we walk though a great way to paint it from start to finish so as to help you get a fantastic result with your miniature on the tabletop. Fulgrim Transfigured is, without a doubt, one of the most challenging miniatures that we have painted for the Academy. This is because of the sheer amount of detail on the miniature – every surface of the model screams with the influence of Slaanesh, but in this video we break it down into easy to follow steps using reliable techniques throughout. 

In this video we cover:
  • What sub-assemblies we recommend and what colour to prime them.
  • How to navigate the intense shapes of the armour early on, in particular the swirling golden trim.
  • What order in which you should paint various features so as to not make the model more difficult.
  • How to approach the tail, bringing out the texture of the scales with simple techniques but in an order designed not to cause problems for surrounding features.
  • How to generate and apply the various fleshy tones.
  • How to paint Fulgrim’s skin and huge wings, including the membranes, in a manner that is fun, satisfying, and will not take forever!
  • How to finish the model with small features such as eyes and gems.

There are few models that make as epic a centrepiece as Fulgrim Transfigured and if you are looking to challenge yourself then he makes an excellent choice. When completed he looks amazing and will be a model you can be extremely proud of – almost as proud as Fulgrim himself! We hope you enjoy the video, and you can see it on the Academy website now.

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


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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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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.


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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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