Duncan Rhodes – Two Thin Coats Paints Revealed

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Duncan Rhodes Painting Academy - Two Thin Coats Paints - Featured

DRPA – No not, (“Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency”, that’s DARPA) We’re talking about Duncan Rhodes Painting Academy, has finally revealed their [his] upcoming series of paints, developed from the ground up with Trans-Atlantis Games

Let’s take a closer look

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Duncan Rhodes – Two Thin Coats Paints – Introduction

Silly subtitle! Duncan needs no introduction, he does the introductions. One of the most well-known faces in the hobby sphere. having been the heart and soul of the Warhammer Community Painting Guides for a number of years he’s gone solo and is killing it by providing his own painting academy. I’d say “follow him on YouTube“, but you already follow him on youtube. There’s no way you’re here reading our rubbish and not already following him already… Right!?

We had a chance to talk to Duncan Recently, so if you want to get to know the man behind the painting. Then check out our interview with him here.

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A few weeks back Duncan announced that his own range of paints is coming and today they finally revealed the range for the first time.

The range breaks down as follows

  • 60 Paints
    • 48 Colours
    • 6 Metallics
    • 6 Washes
Duncan Rhodes Painting Academy - Two Thin Coats Paints - Full Set Samll

We’re excited to see what these things do and especially if they live up to the name of Two Thin Coats, knowing the company working on these “Trans Atlantis Games” and having worked with similar companies from that side of the pond. I have a good feeling about these paints and they may in fact cover in just 2 thin coats.

Trans Atlintis Games is headed up by none other than Bob Watts. If you don’t know who Bob is, his credentials carry some serious weight. In 1990 he was President of Games workshop North America. Then President of Heartbreaker Hobbies (Target), Vice President of Wizards of the Coast (Hasbro), CEO of Sabretooth games. CEO of Privateer Press, President of Cerberus Entertainment

Duncan Rhodes Painting Academy - Two Thin Coats Paints - Trans Atlantis Games

TLDR: he knows his S**t!

Now we are even more excited about these paints

What’s next Duncan, your own range of brushes?

Seriously Duncan? are brushes next?

Just to let you all know that we have been in touch with Trans Atlantis Games and we’ll be getting hands-on with these paints as soon as we can to share their performance with you.

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Duncan Rhodes – Two Thin Coats Paints – Colours List

All of these paints suit Duncan’s popular style to a tea.

  1. Basecoat,
  2. Wash,
  3. Bbase again,
  4. Highlight
  5. Maybe highlight again

The list of paint colours shown in the video (and below) follow suit of the many great brands which have come before these. For the most part, colours are named in such a way that they work well in their respective triads along with a suggestion of their primary use.

e.g. Scorched Earth, Ancient Forest, Wasteland Brown are named with a similar “earthen” theme indicating their partnering in a triad. but also the indication that you want to use them if you are painting scorched earth, an ancient forest or a wasteland. – assuming you want that wasteland to be brown?

Duncan Rhodes – Two Thin Coats Paints – Metallic Paints

The 6 metallic colours are a fair mix, 3 silvers (once again a triad) and 3 golden colours. though one is bronze it will still work as a decent base colour for the golds.

  • Sir Coates Silver
  • Plate Armour
  • Mythryl Blade
  • Spartan Bronze
  • Dragon’s Gold
  • Glistening Gold

I do miss the inclusion of a copper but I’d love to see how rich and shiny these come out.

Duncan Rhodes – Two Thin Coats Paints – Washes

The washes are a fairly generic mix of black and brown through sepia and a couple of greens

  • Oblivion Black Wash
  • Battle Mud Wash
  • Flesh Wash
  • Archaic Sepia Wash
  • Necrosis Green Wash
  • Orc Flesh Wash

We have no vivid colours in here such as blues, purples, not even a deep magenta (though the flesh wash I’d expect will have a hint of red tones.

But this range will likely and hopefully be expanded upon

Duncan Rhodes – Two Thin Coats Paints – Colours

The colours as mentioned above all break down into triads, though arguably there are 6 shades of neutral grey, that’s splitting hairs. There’s a decent run around the colour wheel in these paints, so it’s already looking to be a solid set on the surface.

  • Berserker Red
  • Sangune Scarlet
  • Demon Red
  • Dark Sun Yellow
  • Skulker Yellow
  • Yellow Flame
  • Marine Blue
  • Elysium Blue
  • Celestial Blue
  • Cuirass Leather
  • Boar Hide
  • Fur Cloak
  • Rus Orange
  • Fanatic Orange
  • Orange Flame
  • Wyvern Green
  • Emerald Green
  • Ethereal Green
  • Amethyst Rayne
  • Sorceror’s Cloak
  • Runic Purple
  • Dragon Fang
  • Skeleton Legion
  • Vampire Fang
  • Doom Death Black
  • Death Reaper Shadow
  • Dungeon Stone Grey
  • Wizard Grey
  • Carcharadon Grey
  • White Star (Cheekey!)
  • Barbarian Brawn
  • Dwarven Skin
  • Elven Skin
  • Griffon Claw
  • Ivory Tusk
  • Trooper White
  • Dust Bowl
  • Dwarven Stone
  • Temple Stone
  • Royal Cloak
  • Sword Hilt Burgundy
  • Glistening Gums
  • Old Corpse Bluw
  • Wolf Grey
  • Gravestone Blue
  • Scorched Earth
  • Ancient Forest
  • Wasteland Brown

I love a lot of these names. nothing cryptic or tied into any particular lore. They are typical fantasy-based names. Orks Vampires, Wyverns and the like. My personal favourite is White Star. Of course, stars in the night sky are some of the purest white things you can see with the naked eye. it also helps you know to paint things like stars with this colour. I mean, you wouldn’t, for a random example, paint a Scar white, would you? no, because scars are normally a light flesh tone.

Duncan Rhodes – Two Thin Coats Paints – Final Thoughts

Duncan is certainly a popular guy but does that mean you should buy his paints? well, let’s see when we get hands-on. don’t get me wrong I’m not expecting them to be miraculous, but even a half a decent range of paints is welcome in this hobby. I have loads of questions.

What’s the coverage like? How well do they thin down? Can I airbrush with them? Can I drybrush with them? are they Matte, Satin, Gloss? how consistent are they?

Well, as soon as we hear back from Trans Atlantis about a hands-on date, we’ll start testing all of the above.

Watch this space.

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7 Comments

  1. Great news and great article, as usual!
    Do you know if there will be a Kickstarter campaign or if they will be available “immediately”?

  2. Hardest job when creating a new paint range for miniature painting is getting names that don’t sound exact copies of existing ranges

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