1. Blood Axe Grot Scout.

    Here’s a quick n’ fun mini that I’ve wanted to do for a long time! Just a simple weapon swap conversion of a Forge World Grot crew-member… check out the pre-paint wip pics here! I really enjoyed painting this a lot, it went pretty quick for one, but it’s also such a clean sculpt that gives the painter a lot of  opportunity to play around with gradients etc… at the same time though the mini is pretty small and it’s always fun to challenge yourself to paint smaller, finer, crisper!

    I’ve had this simple conversion idea for years, ever since I saw the original sculpt I always pictured him holding something other than a kannon shell. I’m really happy to have finally gotten around to do it and I’m pretty happy with how he turned out!

    Check him out on coolminiornot!

    Max

  2. Lately I’ve been really good at starting more and more projects at a rapidly increasing pace to the point where I have so many ongoing projects that I have a hard time choosing what to do next!

    I really want to finish the Tau Battlesuit that I started a while back, especially since he’s almost finished, but then I received a gigantic forgeworld order filled to the brim with all sorts of goodies, including this Grot crew member. Since he’s originally holding a kannon-shell in his left hand I carefully carved away the shell and replaced it with this awesome automatic-ork-weapon from an old gorkamorka weapons sprue that I have a couple of in my bitsbox. I’ve wanted to do this simple conversion and paint this lil’ guy for years, and I can’t believe it’s taken this long to come around to it… but now finally the day has come!

    Max

  3. DWARF LORD

    Voilà! The Dwarf Lord is finished, and so is the dying vermin at his feet.

    This started out as an exercise in painting skin, using Darren Latham’s excellent tutorial. Doing a clean, vivid, caucasian skin tone can come about in a limitless number of ways, but this is probably my new favorite. 
    Darren still uses the old (and in some cases really old) GW paints, but I wanted to try and translate the recipe to the new range.
    My substitute for Bronzed flesh is Bestigor flesh, instead of Elf flesh I used Kislev flesh, and so on. 
    I think it works pretty well, and I 
    recently used the same method on one of the new Tempestus Scions to good effect.

    For the base I wanted something green, but I also really like to use slate, so there you go. I especially love the moss, I’ll be using that a lot more.

    The dead – or dying, as it were – Skaven model is from Mordheim, it’s one of those “casualty” sculpts GW sometimes does, and used to do more of.
    I have two more Skaven, plus a couple of human mercenaries, and then there’s all the old metal Guardsmen casualties, some new plastic ones for The Hobbit, the Space Marines ones…
    Anyway, I absolutely love them and this was a fun way to use one of the Skaven to give a nice narrative to an otherwise very static model. 

    There’s more on our Facebook page and Coolminiornot.
    Hope you like it! 

    Martin

  4. Imperial Knight Pilot

    Here it is finished! The quick “head-swap conversion” I just couldn’t keep myself from doing… It’s a Knight Pilot, standing next to his Knight (or at least the part that fits on the display base) The Pilot is based on one of GW’s Imperial Advisors, with the head from one of the Celestial Hurricanum’s crew members (and a tiny bit of plasticard for the shield pinned to his chest) You can find some WIP pics of him here!

    The Pilot and his Knight are both painted in House Hyperion colors, a Knight House with very little official background information. (at least from what I’ve been able to find)

    I’ve based the paint job off of a picture found on an ‘eavy metal showcase page in the old Titan Legions: Codex Titanicus, and aside from that picture of a black knight with yellow and red details the only other thing I’ve managed to scrounge up is that they are a Mechanicum aligned house. I decided to add the cog-patterned trim on his coat and on the Knight’s heraldry to represent their ties to the Mechancum. That’s also why he’s wearing a lot of red. ;)

    It was really fun to paint this one, in the middle of working on the pilot I got the idea for this display base… and started to cut in to the leg bits of one of my knight kits (the rest of the knight will most likely be used as part of a terrain piece in the future so it’s not toootally crazy, at least that’s what I keep telling myself) In the end The leg turned out alright too and it all came together nicely.

    Not sure if I should have done more freehand work on the other panels of the leg (or more numbers on the base for that matter) but I didn’t want to go overboard…

    Hope you like him and if you’ve got any questions or comments don’t hesitate to post them!

    You can find more pics of him over on coolminiornot here! oh,and don’t forget to like our facebook page: www.facebook.com/stockholmwarpaint

    Max



  5. Knight Pilot - WIP

    Here’s the latest display project I’ve been working on along side my knights (and what seems like a billion other half-finished projects) I just couldn’t keep myself from doing a Knight Pilot, the idea is just too cool! I’m doing House Hyperion for my knights, based on a picture of a Titan Legions Knight mini found on a ‘eavy metal showcase page in the old Titan Legions: Codex Titanicus. They are a Mechanicum aligned house, that’s why I added the cog-patterned trim to his coat and why he’s wearing a lot of red. But I’ll probably go in more on the background later when it’s all finished… ;)


    As far as the painting is concerned, so far so good! Hopefully I’ll be able to finish this soon, there are some bits and pieces left on the pilot but it’s mostly the base left. (yes I butchered a knight for the leg…. but I’m planning on using the rest of the bits for terrain and stuff so it’s not completely crazy) Hopefully I’ll be able to get some pics of this, all finished, this weekend!

    Max

  6. Hey guys, thought I’d share the start of my next project!

    I’ve pretty much finished my armies on parade entry (I’ll try to get some pics up of that soon too) and though it was a lot of fun to build and paint a large landscape and army like that, I’m really looking forward to focusing on a single miniature for a change and see what happens when I don’t have to finish 20 of the same miniature :P

    So far so good, can’t wait to finish this!

    Roger

  7. TECH-PRIEST.

    I’ve wanted to do a Blanche style kit-bash mini for a long time and finally got an excuse to do a Tech-priest for my next army project! The actual conversion was easy and a lot of fun! With the amount of bits available from all the various GW kits out there now it’s basically just a matter of how much imagination you’ve got!

    Other than a tiny bit of greenstuff work on the back it’s all just plastic bits! There are some pics of him before I started painting here. 

    Not the most unique conversion maybe but by combining the Wraith body with the Necromancer’s torso and legs I got a “non floating” version of this otherwise pretty common conversion. Some Skaven, Ork, Dark Eldar and of course Chaos bits later and PRESTO.. instant Tech-priest!

    I had this idea to try to stay within the iconic Blanche sketchbook color palette when painting this. So I chose to stay away from cooler colors and really stick to kind of the red/yellowish-brown scheme that pervades John Blanche’s sketches. It effected my painting more than I thought it would and turned out to be a lot more challenging and different than I expected it to be! I started with the red cloak and then decided to paint the top layer as worn leather for some contrast without having to vary the colors too much. Another fun part was the canister of (gasoline/urin?) attached to his left side. I tried to paint the empty part of the jar to appear transparent like the reddish-browns of the leather and cloak behind it were showing through and reflecting off the surface and I think it turned out pretty alright!

    I built and painted the base in the middle of painting the Tech-priest and it was nice to take a break and focus on something else for a minute letting me come back with fresh eyes to finish him off. I’d had this idea of a cyber-mastiff or something accompanying him on the base so I chose to go for a 40mm base. Here’s a couple pictures of just the base before any minis went on it here. 

     As for his companion… at the end of the day I went with a “spider servo skull” instead of the cyber-mastiff and, still in “kitbash-mode”, I put it together using mostly bits from the Dark Eldar Talos kit! I wanted the servo skull walking off the slab of rubble and thought that getting the legs attached in the right angle might be hard without measuring first.. unfortunately I’m far to impatient for stuff like that and went ahead and just super glued it all together and apparently my perception skills are top notch since it was all angled perfectly! :P

    All in all a super fun and much more challenging project than I thought it would be when I started. I learned a lot and think it turned out pretty ok! Thanks for taking the time to check it out. If you’ve got any comments or questions don’t hesitate to post them!

    You can also find pictures of him over at: 
    CoolMiniOrNot and
    www.facebook.com/stockholmwarpaint

    Max

  8. Just finished a base for the Techpriest I’ve been working on this week.. It’s been a lot of fun painting both the Techpriest and the base. I’ve been careful in my color choices trying to stay within the iconic Blanche sketchbook color palate. I’m Pretty much done with the actual mini now too, so I’m right on track with this fun little project! Which is great since It then gives me enough time to start on my Imperial Knights tomorrow (that just turned up in the mail today!)The plan is to build and paint all 3 knights simultaneously. It might be quite a lot at once, guess we’ll just have to see how it goes! Can’t wait to get started though!Max
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    Just finished a base for the Techpriest I’ve been working on this week.. It’s been a lot of fun painting both the Techpriest and the base. I’ve been careful in my color choices trying to stay within the iconic Blanche sketchbook color palate. I’m Pretty much done with the actual mini now too, so I’m right on track with this fun little project! Which is great since It then gives me enough time to start on my Imperial Knights tomorrow (that just turned up in the mail today!)

    The plan is to build and paint all 3 knights simultaneously. It might be quite a lot at once, guess we’ll just have to see how it goes! Can’t wait to get started though!

    Max

  9. Gandalf The Grey.

    I wasn’t planing on painting another grey wizard so soon after my last project but when I saw this sculpt, and more specifically, the perfect cast of this awesome Gandalf model I bought the blister pack on the spot!

    I wanted to try and paint this in a clean ‘Eavy Metal style and kept going back to the Gandalf ‘Eavy Metal Masterclass article (released a couple months ago) for reference. I also looked at a lot of stills and promo pics from both The Hobbit and LoTR. It was a lot of fun painting something that’s a bit smaller then the stuff I usually paint. I swapped his staff out for the LoTR era staff, not that it needed to be changed but I liked the idea of some sort of small conversion to make it a bit different, I think I might like the LoTR staff with the exposed crystal a bit more too. I painted this little guy in about 7 hours. The base was another fun, quick thing I decided to do after seeing a photo of Gandalf walking around in The Shire from on the Hobbit set and decided to recreate a small Shire style cobbled path. Remember the step by step base I posted a little while ago? There’s a quick WIP post of it here even though it really isn’t anything that special.

    I imagine Gandalf visiting The Shire, leaving Glamdring in his room at the Inn perhaps and taking a stroll through the Shire taking it all in, letting go of his worries for just a minute as he continues along the little road.

    This was a lot of fun and I learned a lot painting this one. Thanks for taking the time to check it out! If you’ve got any comments or questions drop by our facebook page and get in touch! 

    Still haven’t had enough? Then there are more pictures of this guy over on CoolMiniOrNot!

    Max

  10. Dwarf Lord – WIPBooyah! To celebrate 150 likes on Facebook, here’s another WIP pic as promised.It’s the Dwarf Lord I’m working on, featuring more paint action than ever. He’s just about finished, and then I just have to sort out a base for him.
Martin
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    Dwarf Lord – WIP

    Booyah! To celebrate 150 likes on Facebook, here’s another WIP pic as promised.
    It’s the Dwarf Lord I’m working on, featuring more paint action than ever. He’s just about finished, and then I just have to sort out a base for him.

    Martin

  11. That’s right folks… we’re now on facebook! If you visit our blog but don’t follow us because you don’t have a tumblr account, or if you’re already following us on Tumblr but just can’t get enough: like us on facebook and make sure you get your Stockholm Warpaint fix straight in your news feed! 
Hopefully this will open up easier ways to communicate too, as we’ll now be able to receive posts and personal messages directly on facebook! So drop by www.facebook.com/stockholmwarpaint, like our page and get involved!P.S. We’re going to try and post some unique content on facebook as well, so there’s no need to worry that all we’re doing is linking our tumblr to facebook… we know you guys are smarter than that and we got you covered! ;););)
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    That’s right folks… we’re now on facebook! If you visit our blog but don’t follow us because you don’t have a tumblr account, or if you’re already following us on Tumblr but just can’t get enough: like us on facebook and make sure you get your Stockholm Warpaint fix straight in your news feed!

    Hopefully this will open up easier ways to communicate too, as we’ll now be able to receive posts and personal messages directly on facebook! 

    So drop by www.facebook.com/stockholmwarpaint, like our page and get involved!

    P.S. We’re going to try and post some unique content on facebook as well, so there’s no need to worry that all we’re doing is linking our tumblr to facebook… we know you guys are smarter than that and we got you covered! ;););)



  12. So whilst I’m waiting on the Knights I ordered the other day to arrive, I decided to get in the mood by rummaging through my bitzbox and building something that follows the same theme and that I’ll also be able to finish pretty fast (before the knights arrive). Heavily inspired by Blanche artwork and all the awesome Blanchitsu articles in the old WD & Visions I’ve been wanting to try my hand at something like this for a long time!

    It took me about 3 hours to figure out what bits I wanted to use and how to arrange them, all in all I’m really happy with the way this little guy ended up looking. A perfect Techpriest to tend to my Imperial Knights as soon as they get here… 

    Max

  13. Dwarf Lord – face
The almighty Darren Latham recently posted a step-by-step tutorial for painting a Dwarf face on his blog, which you should check out right now.
Since I had the Dwarf model in question, and was itching to put some paint on it, I decided to follow his tutorial and see where it took me. Well, I basically followed it. Although I still have some older GW paints lying around, I used only the new range (and some Brown Ink, I admit. That stuff is gold.) Matching the colours wasn’t too hard, and I’m happy with the progress so far. He looks grumpy.
I’m pretty much schooled in the ‘Eavy Metal masterclass articles that used to feature in White Dwarf, so it was great to try this out.
Martin
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    Dwarf Lord – face

    The almighty Darren Latham recently posted a step-by-step tutorial for painting a Dwarf face on his blog, which you should check out right now.

    Since I had the Dwarf model in question, and was itching to put some paint on it, I decided to follow his tutorial and see where it took me. 
    Well, I basically followed it. Although I still have some older GW paints lying around, I used only the new range (and some Brown Ink, I admit. That stuff is gold.) 
    Matching the colours wasn’t too hard, and I’m happy with the progress so far. He looks grumpy.

    I’m pretty much schooled in the ‘Eavy Metal masterclass articles that used to feature in White Dwarf, so it was great to try this out.

    Martin

  14. Ork Boy - Finished

    So here’s the painted version of my ork boy from GDUK 2009. Probably took me around 3 weeks to finish, check out the conversion work here: WIP Post

    I did my best to stay trye to the artwork by Alex Boyd with the freehand and trying to interprete the greyscales into colour. In the end I had to paint the boots and do the base in a hurry on the last day before leaving for games day. First I wanted to go for a flashy base as most GD-entries, but I descided against it. Mostly to stay true to the artwork but also to stay on the “bold streak” as mentioned in the last post.

    At the end of the day it earned me a finalist place. I showed the model to Alex Boyd that seemed really thrilled about the idea and happily signed my finalist certificate.

    Make sure to check the model out and vote on CMON: http://www.coolminiornot.com/288634

    Filip



  15. XV8-11b Polypheme Crisis Battlesuit - WIP PART 2 - The Base.

    Here’s a series of step by step WIP pics from when I constructed the display base for the Tau Battlesuit I’ve been working on. For a closer look at the first stages of the actual Battlesuit click here.

    The base was a lot of fun and challenging since I haven’t worked that much with resin and casting in the past.  I’m pretty happy with how it’s all coming together, the tiny scarab and a lot of the Necron bits are from the Necron Ghost Arc kit.

    Lily pad stems are just painted copper wire that I pinned to the base after painting to match the actual lily pads I made really quick and easy with a little bit of greenstuff and a knife.

    The tree is just a piece of a branch that’s been dried carefully before painting.

    The Tau Drone was converted from the big drone found in the Tau Pathfinder kit. I basically just left out most of the middle part and added a bottom cap to make a large “Scout Drone” I imagine feeds information directly into the main sensor readings of the battlesuit. Kind of like having an extra set of flying eyes accompanying you into battle. Since I “shrunk” the battlesuit’s “head” I thought it fitting that since part of the primary sensor cluster had been removed, it may have been moved into a separate remote-controlled bit that you can send in ahead of you to scope out a certain area in advance etc.. seemed pretty cool to me anyways.

    The base of the wave was just a quick and gritty sculpt job that later was used to make a silicone mold (a big thank you goes out to Patric for helping me with this bit!) that I could cast a clear, see-through wave that I then attached to the base using more clear resin and an old (clean!) brush. I was kind of counting on it looking better as soon as it was see-through and the actual contours of my shoddy sculpting weren’t as obvious. Also this was only the base of the wave. For the tip of the splashing wave I tried the wave technique Volomir describes in his High Elf Dragon WIP thread. If you haven’t checked out his blog you’ve missed out on some epic hobby.. check it out here!

    All the water up until this point has been mixed with a drop or two of good old Citadel Brown Ink in the mix, but not for this last bit. I wanted the splashy bits to look whiter in comparison, first of because these tiny thin bits probably would look pretty clear anyways (the amount of brown ink used was hardly visible until you were working with pretty thick layers) but also I was thinking maybe that it would look like some air had mixed into the water giving it a frothier appearance?  I think it works pretty well, It still needs a final coat of clear resin brushed over the top of it to smooth out certain parts. But I’ll get to that when I do all my final touch ups in the finishing stages of the project!


    And that’s pretty much it! Stay tuned for more :)

    Max