The Painted Trinket Miniature Tutorial is posted! This is the first full tutorial I’ve done, now that I’m figuring out how to film while painting. I still need to get the hang of not moving around too much but BEAR (I couldn’t resist! Forgive me!) with me while I learn.
Prepping the Trinket Mini
To begin, always remove any flash lines. Luckily, this miniature doesn’t have too many. I go more in depth about removing layer lines and prepping in general in my article on Percy. As you can see in the picture, he does have one on his neck and arm. You can use an Xacto knife to cut that off, no biggie! Removing these will improve your final painted Trinket miniature because these lines will catch the dry brush and ink washes.
Next, I primed him with black. Primer helps the paint stick a little better, but be sure you wash the mini with a little dish soap before you apply it. This will help get any oils from your fingers off. The primer I use can be used for airbrush, but I love it as a brush on, I’m really happy with it so far. I prefer brush on primers since the spray primers can have texture issues if you live in a humid place like I do. This one is available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2ZvABRH
Brushes I use for detail: https://amzn.to/2OhCfGi. Any smaller brush will do, but I like these because the longer bristles hold more water. The shorter ones tend to cause the paint to dry on the brush while you are still working, which can be frustrating.
Painting Trinket’s Fur
Once your miniature is primed, it’s time to start laying down the brown. I recommend doing the fur before the armor so you can be a bit messy without worrying. Thin down some basic brown paint and apply it in layers until you get a nice, even color. You may need several coats, but the result will be much cleaner than if it’s laid on thick.
Next, dry brush with a light brown or tan color. Be sure to give Trinket’s face a little extra love here to build up the tan muzzle. Using a dry brush here will give it a more natural look than if you use wet paint. It will look almost airbrushed where the color changes.
I like to use a cheap makeup brush for this. I’ve been buying the Elf brand eye-shadow brushes because they are only around a dollar and easy to find. They are also the perfect size for controlled dry brushing.
I have also seen some options at the dollar store, you really don’t need anything fancy for this step. You could also use your normal paintbrushes but I personally won’t go back to dry brushing without makeup brushes. It’s significantly better!
After the dry brushing, I did a very watery ink wash with dark brown mixed with black. This will increase the contrast and I recommend hitting the fur with the dry brush one last time after it dries.
Painting the Bear Armor
Now to paint his adorable armor! First, apply several thinned out layers of gray to the armor. Light colors often need several layers to look even, so just be patient and keep building it up until you are happy with the color. Applying grey before the silver will make the color much more solid.
Don’t forget to hit the buckles on his leather straps while you have the silver out!
Next, I trimmed the armor with bronze. You can skip this step, it looks just as good in all silver! But I wanted a little extra detail so I went with it.
I ink washed the armor after applying the bronze, and then I went back and highlighted the bronze areas with a bright gold plaint, only on the highest spots. I also added it to the emblem on his shoulder to make it pop against the black in the deep spots.
To finish the armor, I highlighted over the dry ink wash with the bright silver to really up this contrast. At this point, you can decide how new or worn you’d like it to appear, but I’d recommend ink washing either way.
Last, I painted his little nails with the tan I used on the face. I also painted his nose and eyes black. Once that was done, I cleaned up any little details and painted the base and he was all done!
I hope this guide helped you with your painted Trinket miniature! I have been creating tutorials for all the Critical Role miniatures as I work through them, so check my posts or YouTube channel for the other tutorials. I have a playlist as well.