Did it ever happen to you, after taking a break from one of your painting projects that you couldn’t get a hold of the right painting order? What kind of mixtures did you create to paint that cool metal blade? What kind of inks did you use and in which order? Was it the „late summer green 123“ or „autumngras 345“ flock for the bases?
We’ve all been there. And sometimes we don’t want to look through tons of notes we created months ago. It’s not very effective and not very flexible towards changes.
With PaintMyMinis you can keep track of all these questions and keep it for future projects and expansions. It provides your tabletop army/miniature painting with consistency throughout the whole painting process. Never lose sight again of your painting order, the thereby used colors and bookmark your painting status at every mini in progress. Satisfy your wargaming miniature painting needs, regardless if its your new Warhammer Fantasy army, Warhammer 40k squad, beautyful single Infintiy miniature or any other wargaming miniatures:
Plan, keep, share and “paint my minis”!
- Plan your project color scheme with the integrated colorwheel*
- Keep track of all your painting techniques, paint mixtures and ratios
- Share your materials and techniques with your friends and the world
- Keep track of your colors* and add them to an integrated shopping list
- One app, all your projects, all your minis, custom materials that can be shared by your minis
- Bookmarks and percentile painting process for each mini
- For your convenience the Vallejo (Game Color, Model Color and Model Air)*, current and previous Games Workshop Citadel* paint range, Reaper Master Series Paints*, PrivateerPress Formula P3*, Coat d’armes*, Wargames Foundry – Foundry Paint System*, Scale75*, Badger Minitaire* and The Army Painter* paint ranges are available for download.
“Fantastic iPhone app to keep track of the mixes and color recipes used in your minis.” – Karaikal Painting Studio (Multi Golden Demon Winner)
“The perfect app for recording your color choice.” – Studio Akaranseth (Multi Golden Demon Winner)
” (…) Well, PaintMyMinis is that (note)book, except that it resides on your iPhone, and it becomes your notebook on steroids, with some serious awesomesauce thrown in.”- Bill’s Raving Rant
While PaintMyMinis is designed primarily to keep track of your color mixtures it comes with a collection of nice features to make your painting experience even more fun.
PaintMyMinis lets you organize your materials in a pleasing manner: give them custom categories, file them in appropriate projects, give your miniatures and projects descriptive images from your library or camera and take notes on layers, colors, materials and minis.
Each layer is different on your miniature: give your layers custom categories like “Highlight”, “Drybrush”, “Wash” etc. what ever you like! Is there any special way to apply this layer? Take a note! Furthermore: never forget the order of all layers again. With PaintMyMinis you can just work from top to bottom!
PaintMyMinis assists you with choosing harmonic color schemes for your projects and keeps you focused on your current scheme. It supports different automatic color harmonies (harmonic, complementary, triad, harmonic accented, split complementary) to help you with your choice. Even if you are not (yet) an expert in choosing your colors in a pleasing way, the color wheel can support you!
Keep track of your mixture ratios of a layer and mix up to 4 colors for each layer. It will also automatically calculate the ratio in milliliter or fluid ounces if you like to mix a big pot for your whole army or project.
The application comes with 76 carefully crafted icons to describe your materials. And there are even more to come!
Miniatures and Bookmarks
Even if you are working on different projects/miniatures at the same time or taking a break: you will always know which layer you painted on last time. Just create a bookmark on the last layer from the miniature you just worked on and pick it up at your next painting session!
Connect your mixtures to the real world by printing labels for your pots and get the feeling of what PaintMyMinis is really for: mixing colors and getting your painting projects done! I recommend small (32mm x 24mm, 10ml) lab glassware bottles! Just check eBay for inexpensive ones!
A simple shopping-list system is integrated into your color library to keep track on which colors you need to get the next time you go shopping.
Send your color collection or materials to your friends via eMail. Backup and store these files or share your painting technique on your personal blog or website. Just as easy as it gets: tap the file in Safari, drop the file in your Dropbox or send an eMail to your iOS device and import it into your project!
Build a library of your favorite miniature painting colors and keep a note on the manufacturer, where you bought it or other useful information. Even if a manufacturer decides to rename its colors: renaming them in your library will rename them in all your projects!
Export your materials in the standard CSV fileformat that can be read from your favorite text editing or spreadsheet program independent of the PaintMyMinis application. You can also backup your whole database (which is recommended) on a regular basis.
There are some more features planned for the future – stay tuned!
A quick step-by-step guide to get you started in using PaintMyMinis. This is a general example. Feel free to enter an allready existing project of yours right away!
TIP! For your convenience the Vallejo (Game Color, Model Color and Model Air)*, Games Workshop Citadel*, Reaper Master Series Paints* and PrivateerPress Formula P3* paint ranges are available for download in the “Manual” -> “Build your color library” -> “free color libraries” section.
Tap here to add a new project.
- Tap “New project” and set the project name to “The Dark Army”
- Set the project icon by tapping on the icon and take a picture
- Tap the color bar of your colorscheme
Double tap with 2 fingers on the wheel, two times. Now you have a complementary colorscheme. Tap the biggest dot and move it to a blue color. Now double tap with one finger to randomize the colorscheme.
Tap the materials button and add a new material on the next page. TIP! Tap&Hold on materials or mixtures to get more options!
- Tap the material name “New material” and set the name to “Dark Leather” and the description to “For all mages”
- Tap the category button and
- add a new category
- set the name of the material to “Fabrics”
- select the new category
- tap “Done”
- tap the grey cube and search for a dark leather material icon
- add a new mixture
- tap the mixture category flag
- add a new mixture category and name it “Base”
- select the new category
- Since you need much of this mixture tap here
- enter 12
- tap “Done”
- tap one color slot and add a new color on the next page
- set the name to “Dark Brown”
- tap the color box
- drag the circle to an orange / yellow and slightly to the middle
- move the slider to a dark value
Repeat this step and create a “Black Brown” color. Add as many colors of your favorite brands as you like for further usage.
Go back to the mixview.
- Tap one slot and tap the “Dark Brown” you created
- Tap another slot and select the “Black Brown” you created
- Now increase the stepper one time on the “Dark Brown”. You now have a mixture of 2:1 “Dark Brown” and “Black Brown”.
Create more mixtures for this material if you want to. Keep in mind that it is usefull to order the mixtures in the order of application.
Think of layers: the first layer you apply on the top (eg. a primer) to the last layer (eg. very small white highlights) on the bottom.
Feel free to explore some other features like bookmarking, automatic color harmonies etc.! If you have questions or want to join the PaintMyMinis Community visit the Discord-Channel! Have fun!
- Create a project
- Build your color library
- Miniatures and Bookmarks
- Export and Share
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Create a project
First tap on the + sign in the upper right corner of you projects screen to create a new project. Once you’ve created the new project you are now seeing the “Project Central” which provides an overview of your project. On the top you can see the project name and description. On the left side is the project icon and colorscheme. At the right side you can see the last miniatures you’ve worked on as well as the very recent bookmark you did and the involved layer. Tap one of these to get to the corresponding options and screens.
If you like, tap the big icon to set a photo for your project.TIP! If you take a picture with your camera, you can save a copy to your camera roll: just activate this option on the settings page.
You can choose a custom colorscheme as a reference to your project. Tap the colorscheme bar to bring up the colorscheme picker. By default you can move all color dots as you like to choose your color. Moving the dot in the middle makes the color less saturated. You can change the brightness of the color by taping on the desired dot and moving the slider beneath.If you like you can use one of the automatic color harmonies. To change the harmony mode, just tap with 2 fingers on the color wheel. Douple-tap with one finger to randomize the current color scheme.
Building a color library to work with
All your materials and mixtures consist of mixed paints (or flocks, sand etc.). So you need to build a library of your favorite paints to paint your miniatures.Go to the projects overview and tap “Colors” in the lower right corner. Tap the + sign in the upper right corner to add a new color. Give the color a name, an overlay (to mark special color types, flocks or some kind of sand etc.), the amount of color a bottle has, a brand, a type (metallic, ink, base etc.), a brand ID number, or a note. If you want to add this color to your shoppinglist type the amount you need in the “Buy” field. To change the color itself, tap the grey square besides the color name.You are also able to add a EAN/UPC number to the paint. This enables you to search paints by scanning the barcode on the paint pot in certain areas of the app. Please note that scanning barcodes is only available for iOS7 or higher. Furthermore the success of barcode scanning is dependent on the camera quality of your device.
TIP! You can tap&hold on colors too: you can duplicate a color, quickly add it to the shoppinglist or replace the color by another color. Replacing will permanently replace the color globally in all mixtures where it is/was used.
TIP! If most of your colors have the same amount you can specify a standard amount for your colors in the settings!
TIP! You are not limited to add only colors. It is also useful to keep track of eg. which grass flockings you used. So if you are running low on a specific flocking you know which one you used in this project and get consistent results!
TIP! If your favorit or custom brand of colors is not available for download, get your colors in while you go rather than all at a time.
Free Color libraries
With the release of PaintMyMinis v1.3, the paint libraries are now provided in-app for easier overview and installation of libraries. Go to the app settings and then to the section “Color Libraries” and finally tap “Available” to see all available paint libraries.Tap a library to download and install. Allready installed libraries are greyed out with a checkmark on the right side. All currently not installed ones show a download arrow. For your convenience there are currently the following libraries available:
- Badger Airbrush – Minitaire (84)
- Coat d’arms (150)
- Games Workshop Citadel 2006 (73)
- Games Workshop Citadel 2011 (167)
- Privateer Press – Formula P3 (72)
- Reaper – Master Series Paints (310)
- Scale75 (79)
- The Army Painter (69)
- Vallejo – Game Color (122)
- Vallejo – Model Air (101)
- Vallejo – Model Color (219)
- Wargames Foundry – Foundry Paint System (288)
To get an overview of what libraries are allready installed go back to the settings view and then to “Currently installed”. You are able to delete libraries you dont need/want any more by swiping the entry and delete. Be aware that this will remove all used colors from all mixtures in all your materials!If there is’nt a library available you can allways add the paints you want by yourself.
Go to the colors view and press the “Shop” icon in the middle of the lower toolbar. As long as this button is orange you are in your shoppinglist and pressing it again will leave the shoppinglist. While your shoppinglist is active tap the + sign on the upper right corner to add some colors to your list. On the selection screen, tap one or multiple colors and when you are finished press the “Add” button to add them to your list. If you add them more than once the amount on your shopping list will increase. This value can also be changed in the setting of one color by typing an amount in the “buy” field. If your paints have a EAN or UPC barcode you can add multiple paints by scanning them one after another by pressing the barcode icon on the right side of the search bar (iOS7 or higher only) if they are correctly inserted in your paint library.While in shopping mode, you can mark the bought colors by tapping them in the list and mark them as finished. If you have marked items in your list and want to exit the shoppinglist by tapping the “Shop” button you can now clear all finished items or keep them. Clearing will set their buy amount to 0 again and they will disappear from your shopping list.
First, you should think about your project and what materials you are going to need for your miniature(s). For instance, there should be a “Dark Red Cloak” for the cloaks or a “Old Rusted Metal” for all weapons. TIP! You can tap and hold a material in the list to duplicate the material.Let’s create one material: Tap the materials button on the lower left. Tap the + sign in the upper right corner on the materials page. You are now pushed to the new material and you are able to make some basic settings on it. Tap on the top bar with the standart name. Type your desired name and optionally a description and/or note.TIP! If your keyboard is overlapping the edit view, just tap somewhere inside the edit view to hide it.
On the material edit view you can also give the material a category. This is usefull for keeping your materials grouped together by a common type and makes the material view more organized. Just tap the category button to add, edit or choose a category. Basically the view will let you pick a category and switches back to the material. But you can add a new category with the + sign in the upper right corner or choose “Edit” to switch to edit mode. In edit mode you can now tap a category and edit its name. For your convenience, you can tap the “Done” button on your keyboard to get back when you are finished. One thing to note: you can’t delete the standard category.
To distinguish your materials from each other you can give a material a descriptive icon. Tap the standard grey cube in the upper left corner to bring up all available icons. Tap the icon you would like to use.
Each material consists of a couple of paint layers to achieve the desired effect. Each of these mixtures can be mixed with 4 individual colors in any order or ratio. Tap the + sign in the upper right to add a new mixture. You are automatically pushed to the mix view of the new mix. On this view you can set all colors that make this mixture by tapping one slot besides the long mix bar. You can now choose a color and be pushed back to the mix view. The stepper in this slot can now be adjusted to the ratio you want it to be. The mix bar will show you the ratio in a visual manner. You can change the order of the mixes slots by pressing the “Edit” button in the upper right corner and grab the slot by its reorder control on the right side.In this view you are also able to set a total amount you would like to mix of this layer. When this is not 0 your ratios will be automatically calculated in milliliters or fluid ounces when printed or shown in the mixtures view.TIP! If most of your mixtures have the same amount you can specify a standard amount in the settings! Furthermore you can set the layer type (Drybrush, Ink etc.) by tapping the grey flag in the upper right corner.TIP! You can also set the type of a layer in the mixtures view by tap&hold on the desired mixture and select the type! Make sure beforehand that you already have your mixture types set in the settings which you find in the lower left corner of the projects view!
By tapping in the middle of the top bar you can add a note to this layer. This is useful when you need to apply this layer in a very special manner eg. “Paint with very light strokes” or “Use special brush XY and paint only in the deep gaps” etc.
Once you added a couple of mixtures to your material you can reorder them if you like by pressing the “Edit” button in the lower right corner. While the button is active you can grab a mixture cell by its reorder control on the right side and drag it to the desired location. It is to be recommended that you order the mixtures in the order of application eg. from the first layer (normally primer or base color) at the top to the last layer at the bottom (finishing touches etc.). This way you ensure that you and your friends will always remember the order of painting the material.TIP! By tap&hold on a mixture you can quickly set some common tasks on the mixture layer eg. duplicate, setting a type or adding a bookmark to a miniature on the fly!
Adding miniatures and bookmarks
An additional feature to just storing your mixtures is the ability to keep track of the current painting state of a miniature in your project. The current state is tracked by “bookmarks” which means which layer you painted the last time.
To add a new miniature to your project just tap the miniature button on the lower right corner on the project central view. To add a new miniature tap the + sign on the upper right corner. You will be automatically pushed to the miniature edit view. You can set some basic information of your miniature by tapping on the top bar. Besides the miniature name and description, you can add a picture of your miniature.
By tapping the + sign on the upper right corner you can add a bookmark to a material that is in your list. Just select all materials you wish to paint on that miniature and press “Add”. If you don’t have any materials yet, you are asked to create some first. By default the bookmark is set to the first layer of the material. This is also the basis for the progress calculation of your material and miniature. You can also change the bookmark order by tapping the ‘Edit’ button and drag the bookmarks in the desired order.
When you tap a bookmark in the bookmarks list you will be pushed to the material and the bookmark layer will be highlighted. On the navigationbar you will see the name of your current miniature.TIP! To quickly change a bookmark while you are in the mixtures view just tap&hold on the layer you wish to set the bookmark and press bookmark! If you are currently seeing the material of a miniature you will set the bookmark directly on that miniature. If you are seeing the material as is, you are asked which miniature should get the bookmark. One thing to note: one miniature can only have one bookmark on the same material, so each time you set a new bookmark on the same miniature and material, the old one will be updated to the new one. This is because it would be very confusing to be on different stages on one material on one miniature and is therefore not supported.
Export And Share
You can use PaintMyMinis to share your mixtures and paints with the world or other PaintMyMinis users. Currently you can export your mixtures via PMMFE (the native PaintMyMinis Exchange Format), Text, PDF or a TICET (Tutorial-Image-Creation-Exchange-Tool). Share your exports with a friend in the same room via AirDrop, via eMail or send it to your Dropbox.Some export/share methods allow ‘post on Facebook’. Please ensure that your device is logged into your Facebook account to use this features. You can do this in your iOS device settings. Furthermore it is recommended to have the Facebook App installed on your device.TIP! By tap&hold on a miniature you can quickly send/export all materials used by a miniature!
Share With Other PMM Users
Go to the material- or colors overview and press the “Action” button on the upper right besides the + sign. Now select all materials or colors you would like to send and tap the “Export” button on the lower right corner of the screen. If you want your friends to be able to import the materials/colors into their copy of PaintMyMinis you have to choose “PMMFE” as file type.
Go to your materials overview and press the “Action” button on the upper right corner. Select all your desired materials you wish to print. Tap the “Export” button on the lower right corner. Choose “PDF” as export type. You can now specify if you want to “Ignore single colors”. This is useful when you don’t want to print labels for mixtures that you don’t have to mix. Now tap “Export” on the upper right corner and send the PDF to yourself or a friend via eMail etc.
You also can export a textual representation of you materials. Please choose the ‘Text’-option to do so. This text can be copied to another app, send via eMail or printed via AirPrint.
You can export a Tutorial-Image-Creation-Exchange-Tool or short TICET. This feature allows you to present your materials as an image arranged like a table. The TICET export allows a maximum of 3 columns with optional images of your miniature. By default this image gets saved to your camera roll. Besides, it is also possible to post this image directly on Facebook.
You’ve got some questions regarding the application? Maybe you can get an answer in the FAQ section and even find some tips and tricks in there.
Tap&Hold on mixtures, materials or colors will bring up quick options what you can do with the item: eg. copy, setting the type or adding a bookmark etc.
Yes you can! Go to the materials view and press the “Action” button on the upper right besides the + sign. Now select all the materials you wish to copy and or move and press the “copy and move” or “move” button on the low end of the screen. You are now asked to select the project you wish to move the materials to! Thats it!
Its simple: just tap a pmmfe-file on your device in your Dropbox or in an eMail and choose open with PaintMyMinis.
Go to the materials or colors view and press the “Action” button on the upper right besides the + sign. Now select all materials or colors you would like to send and tap the “Export” button on the lower right corner of the screen. If you want your friends to be able to import the materials/colors into their copy of PaintMyMinis you have to choose pmmfe as file type.
Go to the colors view and press the “Shop” button on the lower left corner. As long as this button is orange you are in your shoppinglist and pressing it again will leave the shoppinglist. While your shoppinglist is active tap the + sign on the upper right corner to add some colors to your list. On the selection screen, tap one or multiple colors and when you are finished press the “Add” button to add them to your list. If you add them more than once the amount on your shopping list will increase. This value can also be changed in the setting of one color by in- or decrementing the “buy stepper”.
While in shopping mode, you can mark the bought colors by tapping them in the list and mark them as finished. If you have marked items in your list and want to exit the shoppinglist by tapping the “Shop” button you can now clear all finished items or keep them. Clearing will set their buy amount to 0 again and they will disappear from your shopping list.
Just go to your materials overview and press the “Action” button on the upper right corner. Select all your desired materials you wish to print. Tap the “Send” button on the lower right corner. Tap the “File type” button and choose “PDF Labels”. You can now specify if you want to “Ignore single colors”. This is useful when you don’t want to print labels for mixtures that you don’t have to mix. Now tap “Export” on the upper right corner and send the PDF to yourself or a friend via eMail.
By default PaintMyMinis will use the metric unit system. To switch to the imperial system, open the settings view, go to “Standards” and change the “Unit” to “fl.oz.”. Since this unit is a lot smaller in value, all calculation will be done and displayed with an accuracy of two digits after the decimal point now.
These are the custom file types PaintMyMinis can handle.The filetype “pmmfe” means: PaintMyMinisFileExchange. It can transfer materials or colors from one device to another.The filetype “pmmDB” means: PaintMyMinisDatabase and holds a complete database. This file is used to make full backups of your PaintMyMinis database. If you include image data, it is recommended to send this file only with a WLAN connection to save bandwidth.
You can delete a project or entry with swiping your finger from right to left over the entry. It is sometimes confusing because Apple changed the “swipe-to-delete” gesture direction with the advent of iOS7.
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