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Duncan Rhodes

Some news broke over Christmas; Duncan Rhodes has left Games Workshop. Duncan has become something of a celebrity in this era of the ‘new’ Games Workshop.

As the company entered the internet after a long absence, Duncan’s painting videos became one of the most popular new offerings.

Duncan became synonymous with the phrase “two thin coats” this being the preferred way to lay down painted on your models.

For myself, he definitely improved my painting with his videos. It wasn’t anything complicated, just Duncan showing a way of painting flesh tones on his miniatures using Cadian Fleshtone, Kislev Flesh, and Reikland Fleshshade.

After watching I went out and bought the two paints I didn’t have, watched the video again, painted a figure using the technique, and got the exact same result. It gave me a lot of confidence that my painting could get better.

So thanks Duncan, you changed my hobby for the better. Best of luck in whatever you move on to next.

I’d recommend more vidoes of his, but it’s so diffiult to choose!

22 comments on “Duncan Rhodes

  1. theimperfectmodeller
    January 11, 2020

    Like you Dave I have watched a good many of this guys excellent video’s and learnt much along the way. I hope he is moving on to bigger and better things.

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  2. Wudugast
    January 11, 2020

    I’d been painting miniatures for well over a decade when he first appeared and I still found myself learning new things from pretty much each and every video. Whether that says more about him or me of course I’ll let others decide! I’m going to miss seeing him on the Warhammer TV twitch as well, his enthusiasm for the hobby was really infectious. I’m sure he’ll go on to great things.

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    • Ann
      January 12, 2020

      Yes, I found his enthusiasm infectious as well.

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    • davekay
      January 12, 2020

      I think this is an important point – that it wasn’t just beginning players who benefited from Duncan, anyone still with a learning attitude could get something from them, no matter how long you’ve been painting.

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  3. skinflintgames
    January 11, 2020

    Oh man 😥 I’ll miss him, he taught us both a hell of a lot and there’s something wonderfully soothing about his presentation style! Best of luck in your next chapter Duncan 👍

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  4. Ann
    January 12, 2020

    I also learned a lot from Duncan and enjoy(ed) his style. I hope he is going on to something bigger.

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    • davekay
      January 12, 2020

      I’m sure he is Ann, and hopefully we will hear about it soon!

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      • Ann
        January 13, 2020

        That’ll be keen! 🙂

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  5. spalanz
    January 12, 2020

    I was gutted to hear the news, but at least it looks like his content is staying up in the archives!

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    • davekay
      January 12, 2020

      No doubt it will help hobbyists for years to come

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  6. imperialrebelork
    January 13, 2020

    Aww that’s a shame. Seemed like a pretty cool dude and some of his videos definitely helped me along.

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    • davekay
      January 14, 2020

      Yes, he seemed almost like a fan who won a competition to work for GW, so much enthusiasm.

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  7. Faust
    January 14, 2020

    Sad news, I really enjoyed his videos. He presented techniques in such a way that it was easy to follow along. I also learned quite a bit just by watching the way he paints. Hopefully his videos stay up for a real long time. He’s been my favorite of the GW tutorials.

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    • davekay
      January 14, 2020

      With Duncan gone, I hope their tutorials take a different direction, as I don’t think it would work with a ‘not Duncan’ doing the same thing, but we’ll see I suppose.

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      • Faust
        January 15, 2020

        Yea, they won’t be replace the persona easily. For some reason the production values on Duncan’s videos always seemed better, so hopefully they can up that part at least.

        I was just browsing through the Blood Bowl videos again (mainly what I use), and one of the other interesting things is that Duncan would sometimes do pretty simple, quick videos. Like “How to paint a Blood Bowl Ball” or the Dwarf bases. They might seem obvious, but I was new to the Citadel line at the time, and found those really helpful.

        Here’s to Duncan, the future, and hopefully more great videos!

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  8. mcmattila
    January 15, 2020

    Sad to hear the news, but I’m sure that it was his decision and look forward to seeing what he gets up to (if public/painting-related). It was definitely from Duncan’s videos that I relearned painting when getting back to miniatures a couple of years back. While I don’t watch a lot of the new tutorials anymore (they don’t seem to go beyond “battle ready” often), I think the old videos are an invaluable resource to any painter.

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  9. Azazel
    January 16, 2020

    A shame in a way, but as long as Peachy (and some others) at GWTV picks up the slack, and assuming that Duncan indeed continues to do some similar work for a new employer, we may well end up with an even better YouTube situation in 2020… I hope.

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