For over a decade, White Metal Game have been creating custom models for wargames, tabletop RPGs, dioramas, and much more! We have always produced video content in some form, but now we are kicking production into high gear!
What makes our video content unique is that we bring over ten years of commission studio experience to the table! While all contributors have value, few content creators have as much practical experience as we do.
Fans of WMG can support us by subscribing to one of the membership plans below. In addition to having access to exclusive video content, you will receive discounts on products and commissions, get to vote on what content we work on next, swag at sign up and with an annual care package, and much more!
Check out all we are offering our donors, below.
Membership Levels and Benefits
Save $20 off the monthly price with an annual membership
Save $50 off the monthly price with an annual membership
Save $100 off the monthly price with an annual membership
Save $150 off the monthly price with an annual membership
Save $200 off the monthly price with an annual membership
WMG is actively producing three to five videos a week! These videos include exclusive content such as tutorials, rules and product reviews, tactics videos, battle reports, and much more!
What Sorts Of Videos You Can Expect?
White Metal Games has plans to create content unique to our service! This includes:
- Tutorials on Painting, magnetization, LEDs, and much more!
- Detailing Kit Bashing and Conversion Videos
- Tabletop Tactics and Battle Reports
Donors get discounts on painted models in our eBay store and webstore. This includes models we paint on Twitch, up to and including full armies and terrain! These models are sold through our website directly. Let us know if you are interested in anything you see us paint. Our donors always have first option to buy before we release these models to the general store for possible purchase.
Donors also receive discounts* on commissions. These discounts are some of the most significant we’ve EVER OFFERED and they are only available to members.
*All other Terms and Conditions regarding discounts apply as normal.
Donors are encouraged to vote through various polls. These polls will be used to determine which studio projects we work on next, including armies that will be featured in our Bat Reps! Many of these models are painted live on Twitch!
Your votes let us know what you are interested in seeing most and could even determine which terrain sets we build! Higher tier donors get more votes per poll.
We are currently working on a system of Rental Vouches to allow subs to get access to our complete catalogue of models for rent. Think of this like a lending library! Stay tuned for details for this evolving program.
Here are some common questions that apply directly to lessons taught in a mentorship capacity, such as through our Video Membership and Patreon programs.
Click on a heading below to view answers to frequently asked questions.
Will the person working with me remain the same month-to-month or will it vary depending on painter availability?
Since WMG has many painters in residence, you can choose to learn under a new painter each month, or stick with the same instructor if that is your preference.
Of course like any business, painters come and go, but our retention rate for most artists is several years, so generally you can study under an artist long periods if that is your desire, building on these lessons each week.
If a painter is unavailable (such as due to illness or vacation) your regular lesson can be rescheduled or if you prefer to stay on schedule a suitable “sub” will stand-in.
Are the lessons intended to be one-off sessions to highlight techniques/styles or is it possible to link them together for an army (like a new unit each week)?
It’s really up to you. If you want to focus on a new unit each week, that could be a fun way to apply practical lessons. If instead you prefer to learn new technique on an entirely new unit, then that would be okay too.
It’s your time. We’d don’t prepare lesson plans in advance, it much more of an organic experience.
Can I commission a unit ahead of time, and then have you teach me how you painted it during our lesson?
But keep in mind many models (particularly characters and larger figures) will take more than a single session to paint.
So we might lay down foundation principles in the lesson, and then you can complete the model on your own time.
Here are some of the more popular requests we get:
- How to use an airbrush
- Advanced airbrushing
- Flesh tones
- Alien skin, eyes, bones/horns/teeth
- OSL (object source lighting)
- NMM (non-metallic metal)
- and many others
While each mentorship should focus on a particular area (such as painting, terrain, etc) we can mix it up a bit. We have many artists in house with many different talents.
In that case, however, you’d need to let us know in advance so we can be sure to have the right supplies on hand as well as for the ideal teacher to be available. Not all artists keep the same schedule, so we may need to work out the logistics in advance.
These are some of the class outlines we are developing for interested mentees. It is by no means a complete list, and you can fully expect more courses to be added soon-
The Grimoire with Preston Bernard
WMG has been developing our own Signature Series of techniques for the past several years.
Taught by award winning painter Preston Bernard, this comprehensive entry tentatively dubbed the “Grimoire” will provide unique insight into the WMG painting method.
Starting with basic techniques such as flesh tones, armor and metals, the series will quickly progress to cover techniques like counter shading, freehand and value sketching, and more.
While originally envisioned as an online PDF, we are still developing the format of this guide. Stay tuned as it develops. Here is a sample page for your consideration:
Building Blocks with Bryan Rees
This foundation series taught by Terrainmeister Bryan Rees explains his unique terrain building technique and theory in an easy to follow, step by step instructional guide that could then be applied to virtually any style or themed terrain. These same techniques are applied to every piece of terrain you see in our studio, like these featured below:
Paint For Money with Caleb Dillon
In less than a decade, White Metal Games has grown from a single person working out of a garage to a staff of a dozen, with billables close to half a million dollars annually. This online seminar will cover how a commission business begins, grows, and maintains operations in the face of an over saturated marketplace.
The class will cover topics like:
- Logistics and scheduling
- Maintaining operations & consistency
- Handling growth
- Using social media to SEO like a pro
- Establishing and harnessing your brand
Students should leave with a practical knowledge base to begin a commission painting service, posed for growth.
Narrative Battle Reports with Edward WinterRose
The format for these Battle Reports is still being considered however here are just some of the reasons why our Battle Reports will stand out:
- Our armies are painted by people that do this professionally
- Terrain built to the same quality as our client display boards, with hundreds of ours going into every table
- Narratively illustrated to create contextual dramatization
- Filmed in stunning 4K under using the same tools used to capture client models
*10% OFF if you sign up for 1 year in advance!!!! (this is the default subscription option)
Content Creators Welcome
White Metal Games is always on the look out for new content creators to help us grow our service! If you are ‘close-ish’ to the Raleigh, North Carolina area and are interested in helping us produce content like Battle Reports, product reviews, op-eds, and much more let us know!
Creators will be compensated with employee level discounts on the products we sell as well as in store credit for every bit of content they participate in! If you are already a creator, looking for a way to get connect with others whom share your passion, contact us here!
Other Ways To Support WMG
There are lots of ways to support WMG, even if a membership isn’t the right fit for you.
Twitch – WMG is very active on Twitch, producing live content every weekday! There are options to subscribe at different levels or just give us some bits! Just by watching you earn WMG Ore, which can be redeemed for prizes each month!
Tips Welcome – Any proceeds go directly to improving our overall service, including better equipment, more giveaways and more . . . well, everything!
Commission Subscription – A new way to support, this commission option includes a standing spot in our project queue each month. So we are always working on something for your personal collection; be it a character, squad, terrain, and more!