Sorastro’s Descent Painting Guide Ep.1: Syndrael

Hello, and welcome to Episode 1
of Sorastro’s Descent painting series. In these videos, we’ll be painting miniatures from Fantasy Flight’s Descent:
Journeys In the Dark 2nd Edition, beginning with the base-set hero Syndrael. Aimed at the beginner painter, this video
will explore simple, easy-to-follow steps that should allow anyone to access the hobby and produce results that will look great on the tabletop. For details concerning brushes and paints,
please refer to the video description below. Let’s now look at the steps
we’ll be using to paint our first hero from Descent: Journeys in the Dark. We’ll prepare the miniature by removing any mould lines and priming the figure with a white spray-on primer. We’ll then apply bright, neat base colours along with some simple drybrushing
for the armour and shield. Next, we’ll apply some dark washes
to create some depth We’ll then add some highlights
along with some finishing touches which will include some optional basing ideas. Let’s begin! First, we check for any mould lines and carefully
cut or scrape them away with a craft knife. Next, we need to prepare the surface
for painting with a primer. For my heroes, I’ve chosen a white spray-on primer, and I’m using Citadel’s Corax White –
which is actually an off-white light grey. A couple of light sprays should provide good
coverage without causing any loss of detail. Once the primer is dry,
we’re ready to apply the base colours. We’ll begin by painting all of
the golden areas of the miniature. For that, I’m using Citadel’s Retributor Armour. We nearly always mix in a couple
of drops of water to thin the paint in order to achieve a consistency
that won’t destroy the details on the miniature. We now paint all of the gold-
coloured armour and the shield. Even a single coat of this gives us
a beautifully rich, bright golden colour, but a second thin layer may be needed
to create a truly solid finish. Once that’s dry, we’re going to apply
a drybrush to pick out the highlights. To do this, I’m using Citadel’s Golden Griffon,
which has a thick dry consistency, but this can be done with
any shade of light gold you like. Using a large flat brush, we collect some paint,
then wipe most of it off before lightly brushing the miniature repeatedly
until we have a look we’re happy with. What we’re looking for here, is the brighter tone
being picked up by the raised surfaces and edges, whilst the recesses should remain untouched. The reason we’re adding this drybrush highlight now
rather than in the highlighting stage, is simply because it’s a slightly messy technique, and at this stage we don’t need to worry
about hitting the other areas of the miniature as they’ve yet to be painted. Drybrushed highlights usually
give a slightly rough finish, which may not be ideal for smoother textures like fabric but is OK if you’re looking for a simple
but effective approach to painting armour. With the drybrushing complete, we can
now paint the remaining parts of the figure. For the gloves, I’m using Averland Sunset,
once again thinned with a little water. For all of these base colours, two or three layers
may be needed to produce a strong, even tone. For the areas of green fabric, I’m using Sybarite Green. The leggings have a more blueish look, so I’m creating an equal mix of
Sybarite Green and Sotek Green. I generally work with a size 1 brush,
but might switch to a size 0 for more detailed work. For the skin, I’m using Kislev Flesh,
which is quite a pale skin tone. I’m now using some Screaming Skull for the hair. This may seem a little pale, but the colour will change significantly
when we add the dark wash in the next stage. Finally, I’m using some Runefang Steel for the sword. With all of the base colours neatly applied,
we’re ready to do some shading. We’ll now apply a series of dark washes
to begin creating some contrast. I’m starting with some
Coelia Greenshade for the clothing. All of these washes need a good shake before using, and are simply applied neat
to the areas we want to shade. We’re using this shade for all
of the blue/green areas of fabric. We can see here what a nice job the wash does
of darkening those recesses down. We should try not to load too much wash
onto the brush to avoid flooding the miniature. Next, I’m using some Reikland Fleshshade for the skin. We might want to apply some additional shade
around the eyes, nose and mouth areas, as well as beneath the chin
to gently strengthen the shadows. For the armour and shield, I’m going to create an equal
mix of Agrax Earthshade and Casandora Yellow, using three large brushfuls of each. This should give us the required
level of depth in the shadows, but also help to strengthen the warm,
golden look of the metalwork. We can also shade the gloves with this mix. And the hair as well. This should produce a beautiful golden blonde colour with just enough contrast and depth in the recesses. Additional shade may be added selectively to further darken the shadowed areas
and accentuate the form. Finally, I’m using an equal mix of Nuln Oil
with some Agrax Earthshade for the sword. The addition of the brown is to give the sword
a slightly warmer, tarnished finish. To add some interest here, I’m going
to apply around three layers of this wash, reducing the area I’m covering to create a build up
of shade the closer we get to the cross guard. We let the previous layer dry before adding the next, but it shouldn’t take long to build up a nice
bit of contrast along the edge of the blade. Once the shades are dry,
we’re ready to add some highlights. We’re going to begin by highlighting the green fabric. Since the washes we’ve just added
have darkened the miniature, our first layer of highlight can simply be
a reapplication of the base colour – in this case – Sybarite Green. I’m going to thin the paint slightly more
than I did when I applied it as a base colour, so that it has a semi-translucent quality,
which will allow us to achieve smoother transitions. We’re now highlighting most of
the raised parts of the fabric but leaving the darker recesses untouched. Here on the cloak, I’m building up
the highlight in two or three thin layers. Now we’re going to lighten the colour
with the addition of a little white. This lighter highlight now wants to cover a smaller
area within the highlights we’ve already added, focusing on the most raised peaks in the fabric
and the tops of the shoulders, since these are the places we expect
would catch the most light. Additional white may be added
to boost the highlights further. Giving the brush a small twist
on some paper, or your hand even, can help maintain a nice pointed tip. The lighter the highlight,
the smaller the area we want to hit. Here, I’m using the side of the brush
to add an easy bit of edge highlighting to the cloak. We’re now going to repeat this process for the leggings, starting with a reapplication of
the original Sybarite and Sotek Green mix. And once again, we can simply add
some white to produce a lighter tone for the smaller, most raised parts
of the fabric, as well as the edges. Additional white can be added
to lighten the highlights further. For the skin, we can reapply some thinned Kislev Flesh, taking care to avoid the areas
we want to remain shadowed, such as the eye sockets, the lips,
and the areas under the nose and under the chin. Two thin layers should give us a smooth, solid finish. We can then add a small amount of white
to provide a lighter, gentle highlight, focusing on the forehead,
cheekbones, and the top of the nose. Since the armour and shield
have already received a drybrush, you might not feel the need
to give them any further highlights. If you do, a roughly equal mix of Retributor Armour
with a lighter shade of gold, like Liberator Gold, should give you the right tone
to add a few additional highlights and give a little extra emphasis
to the brightest parts of the armour and shield. We might also like to build a little extra depth with the addition of another layer
or two of our yellow/brown shade, to further darken the shadows and strengthen the form. Here you can see I’ve given
the shield some added dimension by giving additional highlights to the left side,
whilst I’ve shaded down the right side. For the gloves, we can provide
a reapplication of Averland Sunset, followed by a second, smaller highlight,
made with the addition of a little white. It’s worth trying to hit the individual
knuckles and finger tips with this. For the hair, I’ve chosen to add
just one or two very gentle, light highlights with some thinned Screaming Skull. Once we’re happy with the highlights,
we’re ready to add some finishing touches. The first finishing touch I’ve chosen to add,
is a thin yellow glaze. For this, I’m mixing around
six brushfuls of Lahmian Medium with one brushful of Lamenters yellow. I prefer using a medium for very thin mixes like this because the flow and coverage
is better than using water. Now I’ve measured out the medium,
I’m adding my one brushful of the yellow. I’m then going to brush this onto
the green coloured fabric, the hair, and the skin. The purpose of this glaze
is to impart a gentle yellow tint, which helps to unify the miniature
and give a gentle golden glow to the highlights. This only takes a couple of minutes to dry, after which I might add a second selective layer
to boost the yellow further in the highlights. Although this is an easy step to perform, we do need to take care not to
let the glaze pool in the recesses. Next, I’m going to add a little
colour and definition to the lips by simply brushing an on a small amount
of the red shade – Carroburg Crimson. I later on decided to provide a little eye shadow
with some Coelia Greenshade, Now would also be the time to paint the base unless of course you’re planning
to rebase the miniature as I’m doing. To paint the base, a plain grey, such as
Mechanicus Standard Grey, would work fine. Whether you’re rebasing or not, we now need
to protect the figure with a matte varnish, and I’m using Testor’s Dullcote for this. To rebase the miniature,
I’m using bases by Micro Art Studio, and here’s how I’ve chosen to paint them: After spraying with a black primer, I’m using a large flat brush to provide
a rough base coat of Stormvermin Fur. This will need a couple of coats, and it’s OK if we leave some
of the cracks an untouched black. I’m then introducing some subtle variety by painting some of the flagstones
with a slightly lighter tone. This could be achieved by adding
some white to the base colour, but I’ve chosen to use Dawnstone. I’m now going to provide a drybrush
using some Terminatus Stone. If you’re painting a set of bases, it makes
sense to batch paint them as I’m doing here. Next, we’re going to provide a wash using
an equal mix of Agrax Earthshade and Nuln Oil. Once that’s dry, I’m adding a final, lighter drybrush
– once again with the Terminatus Stone – focusing primarily on the most
prominent edges of the base. I’m now going to paint the leaves we can see here. You could of course paint the leaves any colour you like. I’ve chosen a mid-tone green base, followed with some yellow and orange highlights, to achieve a more autumnal look. For the green, I’m using Death World Forest. Take care to ensure you identify
all of the leaves on the base as it’s easy to miss some – as I’ve done here. I’m then applying varying amounts
of thinned Yriel Yellow, drawing the paint up towards the edges of the leaves. I’ve also chosen to add some some
Troll Slayer Orange to some of the edges, or random portions of the leaves,
to show the effect of the leaves turning. We can then finish the base off
by neatening the rim with some black paint before spraying with the matte varnish. Now we need to remove Syndrael
from her existing base with a craft knife and select the new base we’re going to replace it with. For a strong finish, we can use
a hobby drill to drill up into the feet and glue in a section of wire – such as a paper clip. These can then be clipped back
to around half a centimetre. After drilling counterpart holes in the base,
we can superglue the miniature into position. And this completes Syndrael. Thank you so much for watching. If you like the video, please subscribe
or visit the Patreon page where you can sign up to help me
produce even more content. My special thanks go out to all of the current patrons
who are so generously helping to finance this work. Join me again soon as we continue painting
miniatures from Descent: Journeys in the Dark. Happy painting!


  • savethefunk

    Just primed all my descent minis… hint hint 😛

  • MortisDux

    very nice video! your painting is very cool, your explanations very simple and clear! it looks so easy when you do it!! will you do more descent videos? cheers

  • Jason Schwab

    Next tutorial coming soon? I thought I read April. I'm about to try this for the very first time! You do make it look easy!

  • Christoffer Hedlund

    Now I really want to paint my descent characters. Are you doing the rest of them aswell? Really good videos you are making!

  • Simon E.

    Amazing video production, great painting skills and a perfect trainer for me as a ambitious painting-beginner. I love every singe video, thanks!
    Will you ever continue to paint some descent minis? This is the only one i see i a couple of months.

  • Craig John

    Excellent – Looking forward to more in this series! 🙂


    AWESOME, still waiting for more descent 😛

  • Omnislash024

    You missed a leaf. 😉

  • Mark O'Reilly

    Wow, fantastic tutorial. You put the pro into professional 🙂

  • Sebastian Peters

    Thank you very very much for your awesome work! I`m a beginner in painting miniatures and your tutorials are the perfect start to get into this hobby. The results I have achieved based on your Imperial Assault-videos are amazing and the production value of your videos is just awesome. I just became a patron to suppport your work.

    I am very excited that you are doing the Descent series. My Descent (2nd Edition) collection is the reason why I have started painting miniatures, but my lack of experience and my fear of screwing up my beloved miniatures prevented me to begin. So your Descent painting guide is a dream come true.

  • Christopher David Faught

    I learned a lot from watching this video. I have actually never painted a figure.. and this is the only board game I play these days. I would love to paint all my Decent figures half as well as you painted this one. I might just have to go out and get me some gear

  • sheriff

    great video continues to make video on how to paint figures descent please

  • tntkhan1

    Awesome work! I am currently painting my Descent collection and loved seeing your work. Thanks for including the basing information also. it was something I have not yet done but was curious about.

  • Luckmann

    Will there ever be more episodes? D:

  • Βασίλης Ρήγκος

    Could you tell which specific type of base you use cause i tried but couldnt find it.

  • Pikawaku

    Incredible work, thank you so much!

  • Василий Ефремов

    Thanks for great tutorial. You inspired me to try miniature painting.

  • william miller

    Extremely impressive my friend! Where does one get the bases? What is the process to attaching them? I'm sorry if this was already answered.

  • Trondster

    Very nice video, but you might want to revisit the links on the page – most of them are broken, probably from copying from an existing YouTube description, with the URL's shown as cropped. Better to edit you video and copy the description from there, or maintain a "master" description on your own computer, with full links, and copy from there.

  • ciphernemo

    Excellent guide, thank you! Applies to all minis, universal techniques. Loved the detailed video.

  • Ian Flürrance

    Please do more Descent!

  • RangerAimee

    You truly are amazing.

  • Jake Fernandez

    Thanks for this video. You have inspired me to give this a try! 🙂

  • Jeremy Bowers

    This video was fantastic. Thank you very much for showing your techniques!

  • Kurious George

    Oh my god that's like $150 worth of paint colors… 😛 Not sure that's in my budget.

  • Jóhann Marion Jóhannsson

    Hi Sorastro, I watched your video yesterday and it has me completely hooked on beginning to paint. I don't have anything right now, so do you have a general suggestion on what to buy, pencils included. I'd like to go to the store with the shopping list and then I'm all in to do my magic 🙂 you make this look so easy – but it looks at the same time so meditiative… love it

  • Bill Edmunds

    Beautifully done. I've been painting minis since 1982 and still learned some new ideas from watching this video. A couple of questions for you: 1) why do you put the new base on top of another base? 2) Do you ever prime your minis with black?

  • Szabolcs Szasz

    Thank You!!! Very detailed and helpfull!!! Please pain Grisban to, he is my favourite 🙂

  • 09167

    This was very pleasing to watch while also being very informational, thank you

  • Seth Goodnight

    Very nice guide! How did you remove the models from their existing bases? They look like they are molded as one piece, and I don't want to destroy my figures trying to remove them.

  • mehcromancer

    Masterful. Truly excellent work.

  • Arcane Guardian

    Thanks for the videos. Love your tutorials :)Will you be releasing more Descent videos?

  • nerdicusx

    Simply amazing!!

  • pro fam

    I wanted to compliment you on your videos. The way you zoom in to the miniature while painting it so that it takes up the entire frame and still managing to keep it perfectly focused is one of the best on YouTube in regards to this hobby. Thanks and keep up the great work.

  • Szabolcs Szasz

    Hello, I have a question, if I vanish, with a matt vanish spray (Vallejo) at the end, the miniature, what will happens with the golden look, does not change to matt? This question is avaible to all the metalic look: sylver, gold and bronze… Thank you!

  • DisgruntledSideQuestNPC

    This was an amazing video! Unfortunately, I cannot afford to spend $100 in paints (only for Descent, as my D&D minis came pre-painted). I started using Liquitex Basics, because for a while I was interested in doing landscape paintings and it worked great, but for minis, not so much. So I went to the nearest craft store and picked up some "Acrylic Valejo" paints in tiny bottles (not neat pots, like yours) for $2.99 each, got about 10 of them, and started mixing my own colors. So far, it's worked (I've got the armor, dry brush, and the breeches/cloak done), but there definitely seems to be a difference in color. Painting these things is absolute fun, far more than I thought it would be! The only downside is that my brush-holding hand tends to go numb quite a bit, lol.

    Cheers for the video, Sorastro!

  • jb lecaillon

    Hi, sorastro. A little question in holidays : what is the size diference between Descent and IA ? Sorry for this question 😉

  • Karl Hungus

    Thanks for the very inspiring video!
    Would you please let me know, what you use to "stick" the miniature to the spraypaint-cap (or whatever its called that you use to hold the mini)?

  • Zuluver El

    Hi! Can you send me the shop where you bought these paints?
    The video was amazing, thank you, now I just want to paint and paint, thank you very much!! 😀

  • NetherXXX

    You sir are the master.

    Question. What method do you use to clean your brush in between colors? I've seen mixed methods for kolinsky sables.

  • OldMarinerVintage

    for all the little details for highlighting what kind of citadel brushes would you recommend ?

  • OldMarinerVintage

    awesome tutorial ! your going to paint all heroes and monsters tutorial ?

  • Helge E

    thx a lot, for your "teaching lesson"…..

  • Mike G

    Thanks for this video. It inspired me to get back into painting after 20 years. I'm already quite frustrated though. I went out and dropped $300 on a Citadel paint kit but I can't seem to get the gold paint to adhere. I've primed the miniature and thoroughly mixed the gold paint (it was almost milky on the top and all the metalic bits had settled at the bottom) but no matter what I do, it doesn't seem to work. Id doesn't seem to matter if I try to apply the paint neat with no thinning or if I add a lot of water, it always comes out very runny and thin and acts more like a wash than a paint. Any tips? (Also, could you please tell me how to paint a bone horror? I really screwed that one up already. I tried putting a base of a yellowish bone paint down first, then applying a brownish/black wash, and then highlighting with a lighter bone shade but just isn't working. The wash looks very uneven and the white highlights don't cover enough of the bone so that the deeper, yellowish base colour really seems to jump out as the transition isn't smooth and my hands aren't steady enough for fine brush work)

  • gjdakin

    Great Tutorial!

    I just finished painting Syndrael with your tutorial. It was really easy to understand so she turned out quite well even though this was my first paint-job ever! The part I struggled with the most were the highlights as I was often unsure about the parts that I had to highlight.

    Btw. your videos have a crazy good quality. Everything from the camera work to the soundtrack and explanation is top notch!

    I wanted to suggest something that could maybe improve the videos a little bit further. It would be really cool if you could link high resolution pictures from 3 or 4 angles after each step of painting so that we can be sure about the parts we have to paint. It may be too much of trouble though and I completely understand if this would be too much of a bother.

  • M. K.

    Why do you recommend watercolor brushes instead of acrylic brushes?

  • Pubets Artnarong

    Good music and best painting skill. I thing this is the perfect video for tutorial

  • Jord-Aël Eon

    really impressing, I feel so far from this level with my actual painting. Great work, really instructive video

  • K Kampenga

    Where did you get that amazing skull gate background pc?

  • Antonio Xalilis

    hi Sorastro!this is an amazing and in detail work!!!!!! congratulations!!!!!!!!
    can please tell me which is the song that is heard in 6:50(Shading) ..thanks a alot..

  • Josef Solanský

    Very nice job man 🙂

  • Thomas Andersson

    You only show 6 heroes here, why not the 8 that the game comes with? Starting to worry a bit now, invested a load of money into IE and paints, but starting to think this task might be beyond my eyesight when I look at the tiny Descent figures (you make it look so easy 😛 ), how does the Star Wars minis compare in size to these? (Guess I'll have to invest in one of those headsets with magnifier and light).

  • Luiz Sodré

    As always, a marvelous work

  • PirateChest

    This video is charming as f*ck, it actually makes me want to start doing this on my own

  • Wilhelm Johann van den Bergh

    Love it. I am going to try and follow the colours as you do on my second Descent collection. My first I did as I did my Warhammer Fantasy Army: with whatever caught my fancy! 😀

  • Fran LLorente

    Following (as well as I can) your steps here, and I wonder, when shading do you mix the washes with a bit of water? Or use them straight from the bottle?

  • thanos chatz

    Thank you for being an inspiration to get into this hobby. It is hard not to support someone doing something so passionately 🙂 Keep it up!

  • Luis Rubio

    I'd LOVE to see you painting MANSIONS OF MADNESS miniatures… WOULD BE GREAT!!

  • Seppo Sinisalo

    Hell have to get some paint now

  • Navid Shaikh

    Excellent work Sorastro and after watching the majority of your videos, they has been an invaluable source of information to get me started to paint my descent and dungeon saga figures. May I ask why you use Vallejo Ivory as opposed to Citadel white scar for your highlighting? Also..where do you get those great bases from as I am looking to do the same to my descent hero figures to make them stand out. Many thanks and cant wait for more of your videos. Music is top notch too!

  • Marlon Kruis

    Question: After my washes (Citadel, WP or Valejo), I find my miniatures being so blotchy or showing too much of dark patches on the flat parts. (darker recesses is fine off course) Especially with the skins I have this "problem". Is that normal and should I do some retouches after that (or highlighting?) or I am over doing the washes? Love the content sir! Best out there!

  • Łukasz Łazarecki

    I simply came here to say these are probably the best instructional miniature painting videos in the whole wide web. So much more detailed and simply better made even than the ones from Warhammer TV. Keep it up, sir!

  • rickman1945

    What camera are you shooting this on?

  • assassinscreep 88

    Amazing vid keep up the great work!!!😀😀😀😀😀👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

  • Chris Mullins

    Great videos as usual. I haven't played Descent yet but the miniatures look great. Are there character cards included that give you an idea of how they should be painted?

  • Max Schmerz

    Wow, amazing video. Perfect instruction, agreeable voice, nice music… a must subscription. 🙂

    Now i only need colors, brushes, tools and… time.

  • Atari1337

    I have the first three expansions to to Descent Second Edition. Thank you for posting this video and all the others on the board game. I will be making a checklist for myself to make sure I have everything to make my figures as amazing as you did yours. Cheers! 🙂

  • JC Agmanur

    Hello, is it possible to Know where do you find the bases ? Congratulations for your wonderfull work!

  • JC Agmanur

    25 mm is enough ?

  • Chits and Cats

    I am impressed both with your painting and with the fact that you make your own music. Well done, Sir!

  • Marko Senli

    Quick question about those bases, are the microart ones glued to the original ones ?

  • Mark

    Excellent job, just outstanding. I look forward to purchasing your music. I would love to see a series of tutorials like this, but using fewer paints. This series of 7 videos uses 69 Citadel paint colors (if I counted correctly), and a couple Vallejos. That's $300 in paint and we still haven't seen all the monsters get painted. I would love to get all these paints and mirror your results, but at this price it's just not realistic for me. If this was a dozen paints and a couple washes that would be great.

  • Thomas Dimitriadis

    I am addicted. Thank you!

  • TheFoxx82

    Excellent and well explained. Thanks!

  • Colaris

    Nice work but with each model needing about 20 different colours it could work out expensive. :s


    Amazing video. I'd love to see you tackle some minis like Rum and Bones, Massive Darkness, Battlelore, Runewars board game and maybe something which I feel may be more challenging like the little minis from Kemet. However, my question to you is where did you get bases for your minis? I'd like to buy them. Also when you drilled into miniature how did you know where to place it on the base? What method did you use? Little mark on base or something?
    One last thing I use Vallejo paints are there compatible paints from those of citadel? What adhesive did you use to stick mini so you can paint?
    Lots of questions I know but looking at these high quality videos is like being in school maestro.

  • Alex S

    Simply wonderful, I'm now inspired to try to make this my new hobby, altough I realize how this is going to be complex and hard work, but I see what rewarding results could be achieved (I realize that I will be no even close though for years, haha). There is no way back, already paid for the game and I dont want to play it using those boring gray minis, so I paid for all these Citadel paints you used in your first two Descent videos and cant wait to start painting Syndrael 🙂

    Sorastro, can you suggest some good beginners guides for model painting? Perhaps you have something like this on your Patron page? Maybe some good beginner videos or PDF?

    I'm happy to be your supporter on Patron, and I look forward for your next video 🙂

  • E

    really great video.

    you should buy some vinyl gloves to use while you prime.

  • Heldermaior

    Great video. THanks. One question, why do you use the premade washes? Isn't it the same as making your own by diluting the normal paint more?

  • Mathieu Ferradou

    Thank you Sorastro. I just followed your guidelines and painted my first miniature for Descent. The result is not as good as yours (I fumbled with the Coelia shade at the end for the eyes), but it's satisfying enough. Can't wait to see how you will paint the monsters.

  • Strider Soft

    Just finished painting this one..thanks for the advice…i am really happy with my finished product…👍

  • filipetedim

    Hey there. I've just started and I've been following your videos. This is beautiful. On another point, is there anywhere where I can buy your music, or listen to it for free? It's so soothing – I want to code at work while listening to this!

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  • Mr. Robotics Guy

    Greetings Sorastro! I am a beginning miniature painter. I started with the miniatures from Talisman by FFG and am about halfway through painting the Descent 2nd Ed. figures. Your tutorials have been very instructive in helping me learn to paint. I feel I have a handle on the basics: primer, paint, and wash, but I am now trying to learn how to highlight properly and give my minis a nice finished base. I have a couple of questions I was hoping you or any other knowledgeable mini painter might answer: how do you know which parts to highlight? I get that we need to look at the raised sections of the model, but when I’ve attempted to do it, I painted too much and then regretted my decision to highlight. Second, what gauge wire do you use to post the minis on the base? You mentioned paper clips. Is that always your go to for basing the miniatures?

  • trive75

    An Amazing tutorial and very useful … thank to you now I have a wonderfull Syndrael!!! I hope you'll find the time to complete the Descent pack!!!

  • Goonie

    What's the best way to remove the miniatures from their original bases? Is it that easy to cut through the super glue? I'm kinda scared about accidentally cutting off the feet.

  • S L

    One of the most complete painting instructional videos I have seen. Fantastic work.

  • Goonie

    What's your recommendation for fixing bent swords and the like? My Syndrael's sword came in a 45 degree angle, and I was able to fix it reasonably well by submerging it in warm/hot water and then holding it straight while submerging it in cold water for a bit. It's still a little bent though. Is it even possible to make bent plastic 100% straight again?

  • Ottó Farkas

    I asked a friend what should I watch to learn to better pain miniatures (now starting the hobby) he showed me this. I absolutely loved it and will use the tips for sure 🙂

  • Angel Alita

    You forgot to paint the eyes..

  • James Ivan

    Great videos! I was intimated but after watching these I'm going to go for it. Thank you very much for these great videos.

  • Miguel Salgueiro

    The miniature is so small…do you use a magnifying glass to painting? Because this tutorial and the final result is amazing!!!!

  • Adam Mucha

    @sorastro What kind of glue do you use for gluing the painted elements? (you mention super glue what exactly does that mean?)

  • Leandro Ijano Rodrigues

    THIS was the video which made me start miniature painting. Thanks for it!

  • James Little

    Thank you so much for doing these videos!!!! I am descending into the world of table top gaming and knew that I must also try mini painting as well. I really enjoy the step by step breakdown of your process and technique. I am a total beginner but feel confident in tackling this task armed with your amazing reference material. I appreciate the time and effort that you put into your videos, they are quite pleasing to watch.

  • Stomping Freak

    Question, why didn’t you paint the eyes? I’ve watch 99% of your video(love your style, pacing, tone of narration). You normally do the eyes. Are they too small on these miniatures?

  • Mabiony

    Hm. Now i understand why they dont sell them painted. So much work. Good job.

  • Wind Blade

    Hi Sorastro – I came across your videos as a new painter and your step-by-step guide gave me the courage to hopefully not mess up my Descent set by adding color to it. I have been following you now for both Syndrael and Jain and they have come out pretty decently. Thank you for making these videos but I have to say I am in AWE of your ability to do detail. How are you able to see the details you have in the video? Magnifying glass? Also, what size brushes do you normally use because I swear I don't know how you put on EYESHADOW on some of these things. Thanks again – I'll be looking to provide some support to you via Patreon.

  • aaanathema

    I like the end result very much. You sure got some skills and a big talent, mister! 🙂 I hope my own miniatures will come out half as good as yours 😀

  • KatalistProductions-Kozzy-Sasha

    Just picked this up for my Nephew and Nieces, they loved Hero's Quest and we just finished, they did wonderful. Excited to play Descent with them! I was looking at the characters and I thought I wanted to paint them right away, found this video right away thanks!


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