I used tutofig.com for years and years. I first discovered it when trying to find some painting tutorials. It was invaluable to me.
As time went on, I started a blog focused on Warhammer 40K and miniature painting. I began creating my own tutorials and I would then submit them to Tutofig for others to discover. People began finding my tutorials and slowly I began building up a loyal readership.
While I can’t be sure, I feel safe in saying that they were the largest directory of tutorials for miniature painters and hobbyists. I can’t even guess how many tutorials were on that site – thousands anyway.
Sadly, that’s all in the past because they’ve shut down the site.
Yep, on November 13th, 2018, they said this on Facebook:
due to lack of time, and also a bit lack of interest from the community, I have decided to stop hosting Tutofig.com. The hosting cost + domain cost is representing a significant amount of money, and I have now other priorities. So thanks to all for following us, I will concentrate on our Blog Chestnut ink now.
If I’m being honest, I had the feeling it was coming. I had submitted some tutorials to them and they never got added, so I figured something was up.
That’s why in September 2018 I had created this site. I was a bit frustrated with Tutofig.com at the time (5 months and my tutorials weren’t listed?), and I felt I could do a better job of creating a hobby tutorial directory site.
Still, it’s always sad to see a pillar of the community vanish like that. Tutofig was synonymous with the hobby. It was where I would send any new painter who was looking to get better and learn new things.
While I may have created this site as a competitor, I never wished any ill, and do not, for similar sites. The more amazing resources there are out there, the more the community as a whole thrives.
Now, whether or not Miniature Hobby Tutorials is, or becomes, a better site to Tutofig remains to be seen, however, this site is active, responsive, and always looking for new tutorials to be added to our directory.