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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

World Eaters Khorne Berzerker

For our first new painting tutorial video this week we focus on painting the new Khorne Berzerkers for Warhammer 40,000 by Games Workshop! These rage-fueled madmen are an iconic part of the grim dark far future and these new miniatures do a fantastic job of updating them to be in line with the other modern Chaos Space Marine miniatures.
A key part of painting Chaos Marines, and indeed many other Chaos miniatures, is how to efficiently paint the elaborate trim that covers their armour. In this video we show a great way of doing this that is both quick and easy, so if you are a follower of the Dark Gods then this is a video to check out no matter what Legion you are collecting! Long time Academy Members may remember that we converted and painted a Berzerker a few years ago – for this video we take a different approach to painting the model with a much brighter scheme (just as they appear on the box), along with the use of more modern paints and equipment, so we certainly encourage you to check out both if the World Eaters are your army of choice!
We love these new miniatures and had a blast making the tutorial.

Barak-nar Skywarden

For second video this week we take to the skies for a tutorial on one of our favourite factions for Warhammer Age of Sigmar: the Kharadron Overlords! These sky-sailing dwarves enjoy a fantastic range of miniatures and in this video we show a great method of painting the elite Skywardens in the colours of Barak-Nar. All Kharadron feature a large amount of metal details on them but the Skywardens certainly feature more than most with a whole host of different metallics. In this video we show how to get a great result with them, and this knowledge can be applied to many other models in the faction. We also cover the signature burgundy and cream colour scheme of this Skyport, making this an ideal video for anyone looking to collect this army!
We love the Kharadron because they have so much style and character, and we hope you do too!

Tutorial of the Month!

Angron, Daemon Primarch of Khorne!

The Tutorial of the Month is the  latest daemonic beast from Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 – Angron, Daemon Primarch of Khorne! This enormous model is an iconic character from the grim dark far future, the corrupted form of a once noble Primarch and one of the Emperor’s sons, but now amongst the most deadly and corrupted entities in the galaxy. Games Workshop has done a stelar job in bringing this monster to the tabletop with a huge model packed with detail. Many of these are echoes of his pre-daemonic form from the days of the Horus Heresy, with various decorations upon his armour matching his original appearance and the Butcher’s Nails present like dreadlocks emerging from his head. His pose is even reflective of the model from the Horus Heresy range which we think is a really nice touch! Such a model is however an intimidating prospect at first glance, as there is a lot to cover and it can be tough to know where to begin. We tackle this straight away by first showing our recommended sub-assemblies (with an explanation as to why we chose them), followed by an unexpected first step which will seem strange – but there is method behind the madness here designed to make the project quicker and easier, as you shall see! We follow this by covering the various tones on the flesh and wings, then the claws, fur and fabric scattered around his body. This allows us to then complete the armour, and from here on it is a matter of picking out the smaller details – pipes, silver, eyes, and more – until we reach his daemonic sword. Finally we have a great method of painting verdigris for the green tints to the World Eater heraldry, bringing the model to completion.

This video turned out to be very detailed and we really hope you enjoy it!

Check out the gallery below for a sample of our 280+ 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.

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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