The trick to painting small iconography

Painting small icons really is this simple to do.

The whole trick is to break down the image into manageable and paintable shapes. You do NOT try to paint the whole design in one pass, most are just too complex to pull it off.

But if you break any design down into smaller shapes (that can be easily painted) and then you combine them, you'll have exactly what you're looking for in the end.

And once you have your icon down, it's time to add some battle damage.

Ron, From the WarpIf you've got any questions about something in this post, shoot me a comment and I'll be glad to answer. Make sure to share your hobby tips and thoughts in the comments below!


  1. You know, that is simply brilliant, I will definately be trying this one when my Imperial Fist are painted.

    Nice One.


  2. This would work perfectly for Imperial Fists. Trying to draw something like that in one go is near impossible.

  3. I've got to approach doing icons soon. It such a simple method, but one not thought up.

    Cheers ;)

  4. DOH! It's so simple but brilliant!

  5. I don't know about brilliant... just another way to get it done really.

  6. That is a great idea, i'm sure there is still a lot of skill involved but i think it will make it easier. Great post.

  7. Oh wow that is a great idea! One of those "duh" when you read it. However your stuff looks amazing and it appears that to have an artistic bone doesn't hurt :)

  8. Yeah what other people have said... so much simpler that way!


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