Sorry, I'd meant to post this up before. This is essentially what I have said elsewhere, but hopefully in a more compact form...so let's get to it. HOW TO PAINT THE DUNGEON DELVER WAY Note: I am no painter of any great skill. However, it's in the hands, the eye and the mind. If you've got the combination, or at least one of those, you can make this work. First, let's talk about tools. You'll obviously need a range of brushes. I buy Reaper brushes out of habit, but if you're just now getting started and you're not sure how far down the rabbit hole you want to go, hit Michael's or Hobby Lobby, or any other "big" craft store that has a toy/model aisle. They WILL have a set of fine brushes to use, for cheap. A wise person in the other painting thread said that a tiny brush does not automatically mean it is good for eyes, etc. Loading the brush with a tiny amount of paint means you have just seconds to dot the eye and sometimes taking the time to do it properly takes longer which means the paint will dry on the brush. So don't worry about 0/20 brushes out of the gate. Next, while you're at the craft or hobby store: paint palettes. these are simple, cost about $.99 each, and if you wash them, are good pretty much indefinitely. Grab a coffee mug, or plastic cup, whatever, something you don't care about. This will be for water. Next, you want a hobby knife: an X-Acto knife, etc. will do the trick. These sonsabitches are SHARP. Like, scalpel sharp. Sharper than sharp. Please be careful. Pick up two kinds of glue: Elmer's glue and Gorilla Glue (their cyanacrylite/"super" glue, not their resins or epoxies) . Elmer's for mounting the mini on an armature for painting, Gorilla "super" glue is for putting together multi-part miniatures. If you have a lot of minis, scavenge every plastic soda bottle lid you can that has a relatively flat top. Or get some wine corks. You'll use these as armatures (explained below). A set of fine detail files (I have a trio of Armory files I bought back before dirt that I love) are essential, particularly if you're going to work with metal miniatures. I know there's a trend to plastic these days but if you want detail and precision casts, go metal. So get files. Likewise, even if you don't have a dremel, pick up a set of 1/32 bits. You can usually find them in quantities of 5 on Amazon. Along with this, a box of small paperclips. These are for pinning those troublesome limbs, heads, arms, legs, etc. You will find that you can remove the blade from an X-Acto knife handle and put the dremel bit there and have a hand-drill for sinking pin-holes in your miniatures bits. Whether plastic or metal, this can be a handy thing (and yes you may have to pin plastic). If you decide you're going to do this a lot, and have lots and lots and lots of metal minis, you might consider picking up the basic Dremel but don't go there until you've got some of the hobby (the painting hobby) under your belt and decide if you wanna go that route. Get a brass brush. You can find these at auto parts stores. Likewise get a toothbrush (either buy a new one or snag an old one). If you're taking an old one, wash it carefully to remove toothpaste residue. The next section is paints and deserves a talk all its own.