This is from a discussion on the Reaper boards, but I thought it was worth posting here.
5. Create a comfortable workspace
Find or create a space to paint where you can be comfortable. Whether it’s a dedicated area or your kitchen table, if you can work there in peace, then make it work for you. Make sure you have good lighting, that all your needed tools and supplies are on hand, and that you have enough time to immerse yourself in your current project before you get started.
4. Try out different supplies
Start out with a basic set of paints, brushes, etc., but try out different brands, supplies, and tools. Don’t just use what “everyone” says is the best. Different people have different experiences with different products, tools, and formulas, depending on their climate, budget, time, and ability. Find what works for you.
3. Get inspired
Look at others’ work, both online and in person. Don’t be ashamed of copying something you see that you want to learn how to do. We all steal ideas from each other constantly. And don’t just paint minis for utility. Sure, there will be times when you need to paint something for a game, for a competition, for a commission even, that you don’t really like, but to maintain your interest, you need to paint figures that truly inspire your creativity, so make sure you make the time for that or you’ll burn out.
2. Get involved
Seek out and join local painting groups and online communities. Show your work for critique. Ask lots of questions, and when you’ve learned something, share it with others.
1. Do it your way
This is the most important thing to remember as you get into the miniature painting hobby. There are endless tutorials out there on how to do this or that. There are professional painters who create truly masterful work, who share their way of doing things. Try all of them, then keep them or reject them, or mutate them into your own style and your own technique. There is not one right or wrong way to paint. Find your own way – whatever gives you beautiful results, or allows you to best enjoy the hobby. If you don’t, then mini painting will be frustrating and unfun.