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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

Sons of Horus Legionary

The first of the Legions we have covered this week is the Sons of Horus! In this video we tackle the elusive subject of their green armour, as this is a colour that often changes in official depictions of the Legion making it tricky to nail down. Here we show a great way of painting it using Citadel paints without any mixing that is very easy to follow.

Imperial Fists Legionary

Our second Legionary video is for the most popular requested scheme from all the loyalists – the Imperial Fists. Distinctive for their bright yellow armour, they have a reputation for being difficult to paint but in this video we show that the yellow is actually very easy – it’s the other colours that make it tricky! If you want to paint these warriors then this is the video for you!

Space Wolves Legionary

The ever-popular Space Wolves are an intimidating force in the Horus Heresy wearing their slate-grey power armour, and in this video we show a great way to paint them that looks fantastic on the tabletop and can be replicated very quickly. We also give tips on adding variety to your warriors with other colours on their armour for the individual touch to each warrior

Emperor's Children Legionary

The supremely arrogant Emperor’s Children look fantastic with lush purple armour, and in this video we show a great way to paint them along with giving tips on how to look for features on Mk VI power armour where you can add the opulant flair of gold along with a creeping Slaaneshi influence with black. This Legion looks fantastic on the tabletop and are a blast to paint.

Tutorial of the Month!


There is not much more of an imposing figure in the burning, war torn galaxy of the 31st Millennium than Horus Lupercal, or Horus the Warmaster. This 80-minute, in-depth tutorial shows you how to paint this fantastic miniature from Forge World from start to finish. Of course, as usual, all the techniques demonstrated here can be used on any miniature in your collection.

Check out the gallery below for a sample of our 200+ 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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