“A miniature painter that has never tried to replicate someone else’s style is like a photographer that has never turned their DLSR away from Automatic” - Me
In part 1 of this series I touched on the importance of mastering the tools of the trade. If you haven't read it yet you can find it here. In this post I plan on laying out the styles which have already developed and are well known. In order to explore new land you must have the most up-to-date map; otherwise you're just fooling yourself.
Before diving into the many styles miniature painting I would like to highlight a comment that was left on Part 1 by a mysterious commenter known only as Matthew:
"...part of indulging in your own style is realizing that it won't be to everyone's taste. If you depart from the accepted fads (like Non Metal Metallics or seamless gradients) then there will be a lot of people who don't love what you do. And that's totally fine. The key, [...] is to find your own tangent, revel in it, and gradually make it a better version of itself.
"[...]fine art painting styles have a lot to tell us about miniature painting. Personally, I'm really drawn to Cloisonnism -- a sort of folk-art style used by Gauguin and other late 19th c. painters. I am trying to develop the courage to really let this freak flag fly"
Great comment! I agree on all points. The idea of taking canvas painting styles such as Picaso's Cubism or Gaugin's Cloisonnism and forcing them onto miniatures seems like a great place to start on the road to creating a new style of miniature painting.
Instead of listing out all of the known miniature painting styles I've gone ahead and created an Infographic for all my lovely readers to enjoy. Links to blogs containing some of the pictures used can be found below.
No matter your style, you can always work to improve your skills.
Angel Giraldez Masterclass Volume 2 is a painting tutorial guide that explains new techniques and tips through hundreds of pictures of the painting process. At $42 USD it is a bit pricey, but well worth it. The lengthy tome helps painters to continually improve their miniature painting skills in all areas.
The Masterclass section includes tutorial guides about how to paint all the different infinity armies, in addition to detailing which colours Angel used to paint the official Infinity colour patterns.
For those on a budget I reccomend checking out Javier Gomez's "Painting Wargaming Figures". Javier Gomez, a highly talented figure painter of long experience and excellent reputation, shares the secrets of his success in this accessible 'how-to' guide to painting miniatures. He takes the reader step-by-step through the whole process, from choice of materials (unlike other available guides it is not linked to any specific figure manufacturer) and preparation of the miniatures to basing and even advice on photographing the finished item. Techniques such as dry-brushing, ink-washing, shading and highlighting are all explained clearly with the help of step-by-step photographs and color charts.
While some of the listed styles are more tongue and cheek I feel like I've listed every style I can think of. If more styles come to you while reading this please leave them in the comments, and I will add them to part 3!
In the next installment I will be analyzing some of my own miniatures and showing off my initial attempts at creating a new style.
Thanks for reading!