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Harald Hardrada Bust by RP Models

Today’s post looks at the final bust and miniature that I photographed at the Sword and Brush 2019 painting competition. This time, we look at a Bust of Harald Hardrada by RP Models. I talked to Kyle Maitland, the painter, about his entry into the contest.

About Harald Hardrada

Before getting into the interview, I let’s talk about Harald Hardrada. Harald Hardrada was known as the last of the Viking Kings. There is some discrepancy as to when he may have actually been born, but he died in 1066 AD.  It is believed that he could have been born between 1015 and 1025 AD. He was the King of Norway from 1046 to 1066 AD. He is a true historical figure. If you want more information on him, please check out Wikipedia.

Now, let’s get into that interview with the model’s painter, Kyle Maitland.

The Last Viking - Miniature Bust well painted
Kyle did a great job painting this model!

While my own picture of Harald Hardrada appears above, Kyle also sent me some nice images that I will use in this post down below.

The Interview…

How long did It take to paint Harald Hardrada?

Not sure what you need. About 2 weeks? If you want hours something more akin to 20-30 hrs I’m not terribly diligent in tracking. I’d call that one relatively quick for my typical slow pace.

The Last viking bust
A side view of the model. Image from Kyle Maitland.

What made you choose to paint this model?

I like the pose, the expression, the kind of whimsical feel to the whole thing. RPmodels is unique in their provide a dreamy fantastical type look to historical figures, and I find their sculpts generally quite nice.

What do you like best about this model?

That he was holding a small bird. I’m an avid birdwatcher so I am always drawn to birds in models. My Achilles heel.
Harald Hardrada by Kyle Maitland. 
A slight turn to the model. Image from Kyle Maitland.

Did you use any special techniques that you want to share with us?

Not really sure here, I don’t generally do anything I’d consider special, and I definitely don’t have rigorous systematic workflows. Anything specific you want to know about?

Harald Hardrada by Kyle Maitland. 
Check out the work on that shield. Nice! Image from Kyle Maitland.

Can you talk about the shading you did on the armour?

Sure, the armor is a bit of a hybrid process, and is TMM (True Metallic Metal). I used Vallejo metal colours, and Kimera Kolors for it. I started with base metals, and then I used some dark reds and blues with the air brush to add some filtering and shadows to the armor. From there, I want back to metal colours and restored it to gleaming, keeping some shadows in place. Then I glazed some oranges and yellows, and others in slight reflections back in. Restored some higher metal highlights as the paints used are very matte. A bit of back and forth in some parts to get it the way I wanted.

That was how I did all the metal bits on that guy, generally. No airbrush on the smaller elements though. Aside from the initial lay downs and filters, all brush work.


Harald Har by Kyle Maitland and RP Models - bust 
A look at the full model and the stand. Image from Kyle Maitland.

Wrapping it up…

Overall, this is a very impressive piece of work. Before this post, I did not know of Harald Hardrada or the history behind him. Isn’t it interesting how the pursuit of one hobby can teach you so many different things.

What do you think of Kyle Maitland’s work?

If you like this showcase, be sure to check out my Wrap Up Article gathering together every single Sword and Brush 2019 article that I wrote.

Until next time, Happy Gaming Everyone!!!

Miniature Bust of a Viking King.
A close up of his face. Image from Kyle Maitland.

As a note, I was blown away by the quality of work at Sword and Brush 2019. The competition saw a large number of entries painted up to an amazing standard. If you live in Ontario (or near-by New York State), you might want to consider coming to this event if you like quality painted miniatures. For those interested in the model, RP Models sells this figure in a bust version and a full-figure 75mm version.