RVE Class Video Links

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Reaper is hard at working posting the videos from the Reaper Virtual Expo classes over on their YouTube channel. New videos are being added every day, but there is already plenty to enjoy.

Reaper Virtual Expo Class Video Playlist

My two class videos are posted and available to watch, so I thought I would share links and a little bit of information here in case any readers are interested in checking them out.

Members of my Patreon have access to PDF copies of the handouts for both classes. Their generous support allows me to take the time to write blog posts and make videos that are publicly available to all. To thank them, I provide some bonus Patron-only benefits from time to time.

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Painting Scales
I demonstrate two different methods for painting scales. One is classic drybrushing and washing, and I share a lot of tips and tricks related to those techniques. The other is painting streaks to create a striated appearance on larger scales. That is based on a technique I first learned about in a tutorial over at Necromancer Tales Miniatures.

In the Scales video I reference another video I made about problem solving, so I’m including a link here for easy reference.

Additives, Mediums, and Texture Pastes, Oh My!
If you’ve ever wondered what is glaze medium, or should I use flow improver, this is the video for you. I explain what these products are and how they affect paint. I also demonstrate some cool products you can use for prepping miniatures, and in creating textures on bases.


I’m attaching a few photos I took after the class and posted on the RVE Discord. This one is what the acrylic retarder tests looked like by the end of class, so after about 90 minutes. 

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After the class I finished up the base I was working on at the end of the video, so there are also a couple of pictures of that. I added a stick to look like a log, and also sprinkled some gravel in a few places to add another type of texture. Variety of texture is good when you have big spaces like this.

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In this second picture you can see that you can build up the texture in peaks and valleys of varying thicknesses. You can build it higher than this through additional applications.

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These videos were recorded via Zoom. I personally have had some frustration with Zoom video quality watching other miniature and traditional art workshops and classes. It’s a great platform in a lot of ways, but I’d love to see them add an option to have higher video quality for the main presenter.

I have been pondering doing a recorded version of the Additives, Mediums, and Texture Pastes with higher quality video to better allow you to see the product comparisons. If that is something you would be interested to see, let me know.

I expect to have some other video news coming soon… But in the meantime, I’m off to watch all great classes I didn’t get a chance to see during Reaper Virtual Expo!

Miniatures in this Post

The Nagendra Warrior is available in Bones plastic and metal.
The Warg is available in Bones plastic and metal.

RVE Preview Twitch Stream

Recently I placed a Reaper order, and Ron very kindly added preview copies of some of the paints and figures that will be included in the various Reaper Virtual Expo swag boxes. I am going to do a Twitch stream to swatch some of the paint colours, give you a closer look at the figures, answer any questions you might have about the RVE classes I’ll be teaching, and just generally hang out and chat and answer questions.

Twitch stream: Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at 9pm Eastern time

This will be on my personal channel, birdwithabrush, not on Reaper’s channel.

IMG 0498The goodies I have to show you!

If you haven’t already heard about Reaper Virtual Expo, it’s an online convention that includes hobby classes, games, painting challenges, panels, and more! All of the activities are free. Head over to the webpage to sign up for games, check out the vendors, and keep up to date with other info.

Signups for RVE classes are live. Although there is no fee for the classes, you will need to sign up to get the Zoom login information and save your spot. I believe the plan is for Reaper to record all of the classes and make them available on their YouTube Channel at some point after RVE. 

I’m teaching two classes. Painting Scales, on Saturday, and Additives, Mediums, and Texture Pastes – Oh My! on Sunday. If you have any questions about those classes, I’ll be happy to talk about them more on the Tuesday stream as well. 

Snake rust rveThe colour scheme I’ll be painting in my class, though I’ll be using the other figure from this pack in class. The class handout has the list of of paints and the figure, as well as suggestions for alternate sculpts and paints so you can participate with whatever you have on hand.

IMG 0472I would like to introduce you to the weird and wonderful world of acrylic paint additives and mediums!

I hope to see some of you there on Tuesday, and at Reaper Virtual Expo!