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Over the years I’ve garnered a reputation on the mini-painter newsgroup and at my local painting club for being, well… a tad anal about how fire is painted ;^) Frankly, I’ve been pushing the technique for painting fire the “right” way for as long as I can remember.

It's just always bothered me when painters depicted fire the way it doesn’t naturally occur…Fire does not start out red on the bottom and become yellow at the top!

So, following the success of my 40K Demon Prince at 2003’s Chicago Gamesday I decided to write up my observations and techniques on painting fire. This article is split two ways – the Theory side will give you a firm understanding of *why* fire should be painted a certain way, while the Practice side will demonstrate how to achieve the effect.

Whichever path you choose, I hope it helps you better understand fire and how to represent it on a miniature scale.

THEORY

PRACTICE

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All images and text Copyright 2004 Laszlo Jakusovszky