1. Sha’un – Ram Tribe Warrior

    Eyyo! here’s one of my latest pieces, Sha’un the Ram Tribe Warrior from Forged Monkey I’ve always really liked Bestmen in general and knew I had to get one of these as soon as I saw it! I’ve been painting a couple busts lately, more than I have in the past and I’m really enjoying the level of detail it allows you to paint the model in.

    Before getting out my paints and stuff I started off by going through the Liber Chaotica books from Games Workshop and let all the awesome sketches and artwork (mostly by Adrian Smith I do believe) really set the mood before I started painting.

    I figure that a ram would probably bash into his opponents during a fight using his head as a weapon alongside whatever blunt axe or mace or whatever he could get his hands on. (or maybe even block attacks with his horns!?) Either way I added more scratches and minor wounds to his face for that reason, mostly to the left side of his face where there’s already a sculpted wound over his mouth.

    I also decided to make him blind in one eye, the left side of his face looks more slack than the right and I pictured him being wounded by some magical weapon or spell, maybe ambushing a lonely wanderer traveling along an old overgrown forest path only to realize (after the left side of his face was engulfed in blue flames) it was indeed a powerful wizard out foraging for mystical herbs or something… I don’t know!? Either way I worked in a bit of purple on the left side of his face, by adding several thin glazes of Druchii Violet mixed with a bit of Khorne Red. I did this both to be able to add an extra color to make it a bit more interesting but also to hint that the past altercation that left him blind was no normal wound. The other eye is still working fine though and by the snarl plastered over that side of his face he doesn’t like what he’s seeing (whatever that is) :P

    I converted part of the necklace, swapping out the original pendant for a crude jagged rock that I painted to look like a piece of wyrdstone (for all you Mordheim fans out there) or just a pretty jewell (if you’re not in to Warhammer :P) The main reason behind this was that I, first of all, knew that I wanted to paint whatever was going to be hanging from the necklace in a saturated complementary color that would add that little something extra to the mini and break up what is otherwise a pretty monochrome color-scheme. I wanted something a little larger hanging from the necklace too so the spot-color really got a chance to do it’s job properly ;)

    It was really fun to paint, going in to detail working on the different leather textures, I found a lot of great reference photos of rams too and made sure the eye, horns and skin/fur looked right.

    The armor plates were also a lot of fun, I played around with the new Scale 75 metal colors a little bit (mostly for the final highlights) but it’s 95% Citadel metallics here, Leadbeclher, Mithril Silver and old Black and Brown Citadel Ink. I really tried to work on the metal, with these large surfaces it’s important to get some more contrast in there to make sure it doesn’t just look like big flat slabs of grey. Using nmm theory I shaded and highlighted every plate and then started weathering and adding rust with watered down Mournfang Brown and similar orangy-red browns.

    Super fun, and pretty quick to paint, I finished this just a couple days before Stresa and the World Model Expo. I think it turned out pretty ok, and since it was part of my display that won a Silver in Fantasy Master Painting I guess everyone else thinks so too! :P

    Fore more pics check it out on coolminiornot, or visit us on facebook!

    Thanks for taking the time to check this out, if you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to post them! :)

    Max

  2. Jungle Base WIP - Part 1

    Hi! It was quite some time since I posted anything here, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been painting! I started this project a while ago, because I wanted something to show people at the GDUK Winner’s Day earlier this year. 

    I wanted to make a jungle base for this project, something I haven’t tried before. The brass leaves are from the WFB basing kit from Games Workshop and the stones are pieces of resin carved with a modeling knife.

    Check back soon to see more WIP pics and finally the finished piece! 

    Sten

  3. World Model Expo 2014 Stresa - Part 7

    Sunday saw the end of the 2014 World Model Expo and it has been truly awesome seeing all these amazingly inspiring miniatures, meeting up with old friends from around the world and making new ones!
    After a late Saturday night, Sunday started off slow. It was great to have a chance to go back and re-visit some favorite entries again for a second look, or pick up some last minute miniatures from the sales stands. Or just hide out somewhere dark and quiet and try to fight off your hangover. :P

    This year there were more entries than ever before, we heard that there were nearly 5 000 pieces entered into the competition by almost a 1 000 modelers!

    Needless to say, Sunday ended in a big prize ceremony for all of the winning modelers.
    The competition was extremely tough. With most of the world’s top miniature painters present, a lot of truly exquisite miniatures didn’t even make the first cut, let alone win a medal! There were so many fantastic pieces that would have easily won ‘best of show’ at a regional miniature expo, but weren’t even mentioned in the closing ceremony at Stresa!

    When the time came for the ceremony to begin you could almost feel the excitement in the air as people waited in nervous anticipation for the results…

    This time it was Max who brought home another trophy to add to the Stockholm Warpaint family treasure chest – a silver medal for his miniatures in the Fantasy Master Painting Category!

    To bring home a silver was the perfect cherry on top of a completely awesome weekend filled with friends and amazing miniatures. Congratulations to all the winners and we hope to see you all again next time! :)

    Stockholm Warpaint

  4. World Model Expo 2014 Stresa - Part 6

    Sunday morning and there are still loads of awesome minis to look at! A couple hours before the award ceremony and there’s still time to take another pass at some of our favorite displays and check out some hobby masters in action! In the sales area there were loads of activity with a bunch of different hobby demos and stuff!

    Stockholm Warpaint

  5. World Model Expo 2014 Stresa - Part 5

    After a long awesome day filled with literally thousands of amazing miniatures, the sun set and with it came a night to remember…. it might be best to just let the pictures speak for themselves here, but we think it’s safe to say that it seems like everyone is enjoying the expo! :P

    Stockholm Warpaint

  6. World Model Expo 2014 Stresa - Part 4

    More pieces from the World Model Expo in Stresa! So many awesome miniatures, so many great people… here you have another handful of models. The sheer amount of figures at the show was baffling. We wouldn’t have been able to take photos of every single entry even if we wanted to.

    Stockholm Warpaint

  7. World Model Expo 2014 Stresa - Part 3

    The Stresa Expo has been insane! So many awesome miniatures, so many great people… here are just a couple of the hundreds, if not thousands, of amazing figures on display!

    Stockholm Warpaint

  8. World Model Expo 2014 Stresa - Part 2

    The show in Stresa today has been amazing, so many awesome miniatures, so many great people! We’ll let the pictures speak for themselves…

    Stockholm Warpaint

  9. World Model Expo 2014 Stresa - Part 1

    Today Max and Martin set off early for Italy and the World Model Expo in Stresa. The first day of the actual show is tomorrow, so today has mostly been about traveling, some hectic last minute painting at the hotel, filling out registration forms and setting up displays for tomorrow. It’s still been a great day, but everyone is super excited for tomorrow!

    Make sure you check back in tomorrow for more pics of both Martin’s and Max’s display but also more pics of the entire expo in full effect!

    If you’ll be attending yourself, don’t hesitate to come around and say hi!
    Oh, and don’t forget to have a QR reader ready on your phone to unlock some cool WIP content by scanning the QR-code next to a specific entry you want to see more of.

    Stockholm Warpaint



  10. Sha’un – Ram Tribe Warrior - WIP 

    Here are a couple quick WIP pics of a bust I’m working on atm… I usually don’t paint a lot of busts (tend to stick to GW stuff mostly) but I’ve always really liked Beastmen and I knew I had to get one of these when I saw it.

    I started off by going through the Liber Chaotica books and let all the awesome sketches and artwork (mostly by Adrian Smith I do believe) really set the mood before I started painting. 

    I figure that this badass would probably ram into his opponents during a fight using his head as a weapon alongside whatever blunt axe or mace or whatever he could get his hands on (or maybe even block attacks with his horns!?) either way I added more scratches and minor wounds to his face for that reason, mostly to the left side of his face where there’s already a sculpted wound over his mouth. I decided to make him blind in one eye too, the left side of his face looks more slack than the right and I pictured him being wounded by some magical weapon or spell, maybe ambushing a lonely wanderer traveling along an old overgrown forest path only to realize (after the left side of his face was engulfed in blue flames) it was indeed a powerful wizard out foraging for mystical herbs or something… I don’t know!? Either way I worked in a bit of purple on the left side of his face, by adding several thin glazes of Druchii Violet mixed with a bit of Khorne Red. I did this both to be able to add an extra color to make it a bit more interesting but also to hint that the past altercation that left him blind was no normal wound. The other eye is still working fine though and by the snarl plastered over that side of his face he doesn’t like what he’s seeing (whatever that is) :P

    I’ve put about 8 hours into this one so far and kind of thought I’d be done by now but there’s not a lot left now… hopefully I’ll be done in the next day or so!

    A couple of us are actually all booked and ready to go to the 
    World Model Expo in Stresa this weekend! The plan is to get this bust and a couple other things finished before we leave Friday morning, hopefully I’ll be able to get it all done in time… 

    Max

  11. REMORA STEALTH DRONE - WIP - Part 2Work on the Remora Stealth Drone continues… here’s a quick “step by step pic” I put together of the sept markings that I finished yesterday. If you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to post them! Oh, and stay tuned for more!Max
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    REMORA STEALTH DRONE - WIP - Part 2

    Work on the Remora Stealth Drone continues… here’s a quick “step by step pic” I put together of the sept markings that I finished yesterday. If you have any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to post them! Oh, and stay tuned for more!

    Max

  12. Just started painting this lil’ guy, first couple steps were done with an airbrush… Step 1 was a 50/50 base-coat of Jokaero Orange & Averlan Sunset, followed by pure Averland, then Yriel Yellow, line-shaded with Doombull Brown and highlighted with Screaming Skull and White Scar before finished off with a thin glaze of watered down Casandora Yellow! So far, so good…

    Patric



  13. REMORA STEALTH DRONE - WIP

    So I’ve started working on another tau piece, same color-scheme as the last one but this time it’s just one slightly larger drone and no swamp base… 

    Day 1 of painting and it’s already shaping up nicely! Next session I’m thinking sept markings and some weathering before starting on the guns and stuff!

    Max

  14. Nurgle Plaguebearer Musician.

    I converted and painted this Plaguebearer as an extra mini for last year’s GDUK just days before we left for Games Day!

    A couple simple hand-swaps and I suddenly had this cool Nurgle Musician to paint so I thought why not?! In the end it got me to the finals, for which I’m very happy!

    I cut out the base and glued plasticard to the bottom, adding some greenstuff before painting it to look like a shallow swamp that later was filled with water effect, some tufts of grass and an extra nurgling.
    And that’s all folks, just a quick and fun little project!

    For more pics check it out over on coolminiornot!

    Sten

  15. Imperial Fists Captain

    This is a model I’ve worked on for a while, and I finally got it finished for our new-ish Nordic painting championship The Fang. It won the 40k Single category – not bad!

    As much as I’m always in the mood to paint Space Marines, I’ve wanted to do something like this for a long time.
    A big, mean, proper lordly commander with a cape, a banner and massive weapons. There’s just something utterly 40k about that.
    And what chapter to better embody that staunch, bone-hard nobility than the Imperial Fists? (Well, Space Wolves obviously, but work with me here.)

    The bits were scavenged from a bunch of different kits. Legs, an arm, a cape and a halberd from the Deathwing kit, the head from the plastic Captain, a banner from the Commander, a power fist from the Devastator kit, some regular Terminator parts and a few Fist details from Forgeworld… and some other stuff.

    The painting was very straightforward. The yellow is just a base of Averland Sunset with Doombull brown mixed in for shading and Screaming skull used for highlights, finished with a very thing glaze of Casandora yellow. The glaze really helps to make the yellow pop and bring all the colours together. 

    I started adding red as a spot colour, and figured he should probably be a 3rd company captain, so I added a “3” on his knee and put the name Eshara on the banner. Eshara is a 3rd company captain mentioned in the book Storm of Iron, where he gets killed by an Iron Warriors Warsmith.

    All in all, really fun to do. Hope you like it!
    Either way, cast a vote on Coolminiornot, and like us on Facebook!

    Martin