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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

Flames of War German King Tiger

Our first tutorial for the week takes us back to the later period Eurpean battlefields of World War Two and we show you how to paint one of the most iconic and feared German tanks of the entire War. The King Tiger! This is a gorgeous miniature for Flames of War by Battlefront Miniatures and best of all is an utter joy to paint. We start off by painting the tri-colour camo scheme as well as show you how to easily feather the colours without the need for an airbrush. We then demonstrate some simple weathering techniques for miniatures of this scale (15mm). Speaking of scale, all the techniques as well as the colour palette shown can be used on a wide variety of miniatures including Bolt Action! It can also be used on a variety of late-war German tanks and armoured vehicles. In fact, you could even use it on an 88mm Gun or an Opel Blitz!

Cadian Roughnecks Two Zero

Without a doubt, one of our favourite films over here in the Academy is Starship Troopers and with such classic quotes as “The only good bug is a dead bug!” or “Who needs a knife in a nuke fight?” the film is loved by all sci-fi fans the world over! In this tutorial, we thought we’d have some fun and create a colour scheme inspired by Rico’s Roughnecks of the Mobile Infantry! “M.I. does the dying. Fleet just does the flying.” 

We start off by showing how to add variety to the greys then by altering the highlights, you can get even more subtle variety to help each individual part stand out. Finally, we also show you how to easily free-hand the squad markings of the Mobile Infantry. “Come on, you apes, you wanna live forever?”


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.

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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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