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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.


Latest Tutorials

Mortarion, Primarch of the Death Guard

This week we have an epic character painting video for you to enjoy from The Horus Heresy by Games Workshop – Mortarion, the Primarch of the Death Guard Legion. Continuing the theme of the Primarch miniatures, he is a large and imposting miniature featuring a scenic base from which he can be removed for gameplay.

Mortarion certainly earns the name ‘The Pale King’ with his predominantly grimy white colour scheme of various shades, all of which are ideal for the Death Guard (be they Heresy or 40k!) as well as many other Nurgle miniatures.

In this video we start by discussing how to break down the complex assemblies of the miniature so as to make the process of painting much easier. This includes using two different colours of undercoat, one of which allows us to get painting the bone white armour quickly.

Mortarion features a fairly limited colour palette but one that offers high contrast between pale armour and fabric against dark metals of silver and bronze. Our method illustrates a very efficient way of laying in and embedding these colours, before picking out some important features – the face where we go for a particularly unhealthy pallid flesh tone, followed by wet blending the off-white robes.From here it is a matter of highlighting the various colours before finally coming to the all-important aspect of the Death Guard, the weathering. Here we have fun with enamel paint showing how easy it is to use it to create rusty streaks on the armour, and on top of this we add some dirt, some verdigris, and of course some filthy grime!

Painting Mortarion is a lot of fun and the perfect centrepiece for any Death Guard army.

Tutorial of the Month!

Harbinger of Decay

For our Tutorial of the Month, we have a guide to painting what we think is one of the finest miniatures released from Games Workshop in quite some time – the Harbinger of Decay, for Warhammer Age of Sigmar. As a figure that oozes atmosphere (pun intended), the Habinger of Decay captures perfectly the ominous inevitability of Chaos and Nurgle – utterly immovable and unavoidable. We absolutely love this miniature and suspect it will inspire many Chaos Warrior armies, Nurgle Daemonic hordes, and award winning competition entries.

In this video we show a fantastic way to paint the Herald with a method that is easy to follow, showing how you can tackle such a complex looking character piece by focusing on using particular techniques at particular times, thereby making the process quicker and easier and leading to a fantastic result on your model. With a lot to cover this video is a long one, and features many tricks and techniques that are useful for any Nurgle or undead miniature, so if you are looking to paint something with a lot of decay or rust then this is the video for you!

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.


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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