At this years WTC one incredible Khador force stood out amongst the crowd in ways that could not be ignored. The weathering, the Freehand, the blending were all on point and Mikkel Ernst of Denmark walked away with the Best painted army award. When I saw this impressive and inspiring force I knew I wanted to share it with my audience here at LITW. Mikkel agreed and had this to say:
I started painting when I was like 12-13 years old but just a few regiments of WHFB… I then started painting again 7-8 years ago when I became a dad (I’m 32 now) as it’s a really nice relaxation process for me in the evening.
My aim has always been to paint armies rather than single mini’s, but I’ve been considering trying to see what I could do if I spend the time on a single mini instead.
If I should pick an area where I would like to improve and has been wanting to for a long time it would be the metals… I think it got a lot better since I started painting layers of the washes rather than just soaking the area in it… but still…
|For a FIRST ATTEMPT at freehand….I think Vlad turned out alright ;P|
I think we can agree that the results army wise are seriously impressive and I look forward to seeing if Mikkel really does throw down and go all out on a single competition level mini someday!
Something I would like to share though is that you might have noticed the desaturated/washed out colour levels of the photos from the WTC. I wanted specifically to include these next pictures for my readers sot hat you can see the colours with more clarity and really appreciate the finish:
He was also kind enough to include a few WIP pics giving a brief glimpse into his recent explorations and approach to teaching himself NMM!
I included some pictures of my try to do NMM coz I never really learned it and would be awesome with some guidelines as well – and it’s me trying a new different style (for me)
I really like this NMM look – reminds me of the Rackham aesthetic – which is also the style of NMM that I enjoy painting!
What is next for Mikkel?
Apparently a Cryx army though he is still working out ideas in terms of theme and colour scheme. He says:
“I like colors that pop, but would also like a dark and terrifying feel to it…”.
I know that I am definitely looking forward to seeing what he comes up with and wish him all the best with his future work!