Interview with NRM Paint

NRM Paint aka Nikolas Rubens Mortensen is a full-time miniature painter who is running a commission painting service in Denmark . He gave us an interview to ask him some questions for insight into his painting process and key techniques he recommends! 

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Hi! Can you introduce yourself a little bit?

Hey, my name is Nikolas Rubens Mortensen, I am 29 years old & I am from Copenhagen Denmark. I have currently started to paint miniatures on a full-time basis, from the 1st of August under ‘NRM Paint’.

I have been painting miniatures for about 2 years now – I also painted as a child but stopped when I was around 13 years old. I will hopefully be painting for the rest of my life now 😀

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Why did you start with this hobby? How did you discovered it?

I have always loved to be creative – I have been drawing, painting on canvas & stuff like that my whole life. When I was a child, I discovered the hobby at my afterschool center, where we painted it all day long – I loved the idea of creating something very unique & personal, on a totally unpainted miniature (primed miniature). I furthermore love everything about the fantasy & sci-fi universe, so it was easy to fall in love with the Warhammer universe especially 😀

Which artists do you look up to?

Oh, this is a difficult one – because there are so many.. When I first started painting, I loved the work by Richard Gray & Ben Komets – I found especially their NMM breathtaking (I still do ! ), & it was something I wanted to achieve someday too myself. At the moment I admire painters like Albert Moreto Font, J.L. Munoz, Tamer Widerspan & many more. Tamer was also a huge help for me, regarding the startup of my Patreon. They are all very nice guys in general!

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What tips or advice would you give to someone just starting out in the hobby?

The first advice I would give is too just: Enjoy & relax! This is just a hobby, & this means that you should just use it as a « relaxing zone «. Paint whatever you like to, & don’t feel a pressure to paint 20 similar soldiers – if you don’t want to, paint something else. My next advice is to not be afraid of trying something new – like new techniques. If you want to improve as a painter, you have to try out new stuff – so just try it, don’t hold back, & you will learn from your mistakes 😊

What are the most important techniques a miniature painter should know?

I think that there aren’t any most important techniques for this hobby. It is a personal opinion on how you want to paint miniatures, & there can be different preferences from person to person. I would though definitely always recommend painters to thin their paints, as this can ruin the surfaces of the model if you don’t do 😀 

The most important technique for me is glazing & stippling as I use it basically for every miniature I paint – this can be for painting skin, NMM, cloaks, etc. Glazing is basically a technique where you thin down your paints with a lot of water, in order to create smooth transitions between different colors. Stippling is a technique where you paint small dots, instead of the traditional layering – this is great for textures on armors & cloth especially.

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Which miniature are you the most proud of?

 My proudest painted miniature is a Genestealer Patriarch I painted last year for a local competition & the Everchosen competition. I won the local competition & ended up in the top 100 of the ever chosen, which made me very proud as this was my first ever competition entrance. Now I can’t wait to enter my next competition!

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How do you want to develop and progress as a painter!

I want to keep painting miniatures on a full-time basis – & I want to keep improving different painting techniques & create a more personal style of painting. In the near future, I want to do painting classes in larger groups, where I teach other painters in the different techniques & methods I use. 😊

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