Lead Belt Studio’s resident painter is James Griffiths. James has been working on miniatures and armies for decades, after getting a copy of Heroquest, swiftly followed by his first White Dwarf magazine (number 129). Since then he has developed the painting skills and mindset required to produce high-tabletop miniatures on a regular basis.
James uses varied techniques on each new painting project, rather than following a prescribed approach, and he teaches in the same way. There is no fixed syllabus, no step-by-step advice, and no student will get the same advice as another. Each lesson will be tailored to the student, to find the painting techniques that best suit them and the projects they are working on.
Possible teaching areas
Developing new painting approaches:
airbrush techniques, from zenithal priming to detail and stencils
washes, including airbrush application, colour nuances and oils
use of unconventional materials and non-Games Workshop paints
Finishing and refining a model you are struggling to complete
The planning and early painting decisions that ensure a new army, or complex miniature, is as easy as possible to complete and looks great
Planning for batch painting, and how to stay motivated while doing it
Speeding up your painting process - often known as the “the ‘Eavy Metal approach is not the only way” lessons!
Adding an extra level of polish and detail to previously completed pieces
A discussion and exploration of ways to push past painters block
Examining theory and the works of other painters to improve your results
Developing your basing, from building, through to the painting and detailing.
James will work with the student to find what helps them specifically, and makes their painting more productive and enjoyable. The tuition can be practical, theoretical, or a combination. James is happy to work alongside students on a model of his own, apply paint to the student’s miniature, or observe and advise.
Whatever direction the tuition takes, the primary goal is that each student leaves more confident in their painting capabilities, and with a new motivation for new projects, with many new tricks in their painting arsenal!
Private tuition can be purchased online. James teaches on weekdays during the day and evenings, with the exception of Monday evenings (as our Miniature Monday event runs on that night!).
If you’re able to attend between 11:00 and 18:00 on weekdays, you’ll get an extra 50% tuition time for the same price, as this helps James keep his evenings to himself! If weekends are the only time open to you, contact us, we will try and sort something out!
After purchasing the time, and filling in a form as you order, you will be contacted to discuss final details. This contact can be through email, phone, or Skype.
The ‘Eavy Metal approach is not the only way!
While tuition can be tuned to whatever area of army or miniature painting the student wishes to explore, it is worth noting that James’ own painting approach is not particularly similar to the ‘Eavy Metal, Games Workshop, step-by-step painting approach.
As can be seen in these images of his work, James has developed his own style, and although it fits into the look of Games Workshop’s models and worlds, it is also quite different to the method that their guides suggest.
It was through discovering new and different approaches, rather than following the stages and colour suggestions in Games Workshop’s useful guides, that James overcame his own painting struggles.
But, if you’re looking to refine your edge highlights and boost your ‘Eavy Metal style skills, James may not be the teacher for you!