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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.

Second Wave Incoming!!!

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The Las Vegas Open 2023

WE ARE IN LAS VEGAS BABY!!! IF you are around, please come and say hello. We'd love to meet you.

We are really pleased to be attending the Las Vegas Open 2023 (January 26-29th). This is our first trip to the United States as the Academy and we cannot wait to get there and to meet as many of you as possible whether its a seminar we are running or just wandering g around. If you are going to the event, please come over and say hello.

enjoy these sample tutorials

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

Ogroid Theridon

This week we have a new painting tutorial for the Ogroid Theridons, for Warhammer Age of Sigmar by Games Workshop! These mighty monstrous warriors are a great unit for a Slaves to Darkness army, offering a very different set of features to paint from the regular warriors as well as a completely different silhouette, adding variety to the force. Painting them is therefore lots of fun and in this video we show a great way to do it that can be broadly broken down into two phases. The first phase is all about the Ogroid’s skin, and features blending to get the two tones of flesh as well as allowing easy shading by using mixes of paint to create depth and definition. Once this is done we can move onto the second phase which is to paint all the detail on top of this such as the armour, the leather, the horns, and more! The sharpness of this detail makes the models a joy to paint.

Tutorial of the Month!

Daemon Prince

This week we pledge our allegiance to dark powers in the hope of gaining favour (and hopefully not spawndom) with a full painting guide for the brand new Daemon Prince model for Warhammer Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40,000 by Games Workshop! The Daemon Prince is an iconic lord for Chaos armies in all versions of Warhammer as a mortal who has pleased the dark gods enough through terrible deeds to ascend to serve them for all eternity. This new model certainly does this role justice with an imposing stature, and is great fun to build as it provides many, many options to let you customize it to your own desires. It even has options for either plate or power armour so that it can represent ether a Chaos Warrior or Chaos Space Marine as you choose. In this painting video we show a great way to paint it like it is shown on the Age of Sigmar box with a red and off-white colour scheme for it’s daemonic hide, a tricky combo as it is very easy to turn it pink! We tackle this straight away showing how to blend the colours together, and give key information with brush choice whilst bringing it all together. Beyond this we cover how to paint the classic gold and silver Chaos armour with a method that can also be applied to mortal infantry and cavalry, and then move in for the finer details such as glowing eyes, skulls, teeth, the tongue, and more. We also spend time on the wing membranes where we show how to get the subtle purple gradient. Painting monsters like this is one of the most enjoyable parts of collecting a Chaos army – after all, who doesn’t want their legions of doom to be led by a huge and angry daemon looking to earn glory for his patron deity? Plus, even if your general doesn’t start this way, it’s always fun to have such a model on hand just in case he ascends to daemonhood mid battle.

Check out the gallery below for a sample of our 240+ 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.

Duncan Rhodes drpa


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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