The Bajau spearfisher - by Stepan Nikolaev

From Nordlys Miniatures.

Naturally, this project was a challenge, but it was quite a wonderful project to do.

I have a weird thing where I keep doing water miniatures for Nordlys - but stay well clear of clear resin. All projects I have done have failed with clear resin.

With this project I was not trying to do something so colourful, but getting the colours right was so tricky. I studied a lot of photos - but, alas, didn’t work out how I wanted. I really wanted the drop off reef effect to work, and get the speared fish to float. Also, the depth of the coral reef. And the kayak to feel natural. It all worked a bit, but not quite enough. Seemed like a mathematical formula I couldn’t quite brain.

I actually really want to do a new version. One with flat top, kayak seen from above. I know one can do an effect where the depth is faked - but that is just me afraid of the clear resin - I should try. Sandy bottom with rocks and seaweed, and diver. And kayak.
How hard can it be, right?

Mostly painted in oils.
  • Melnikov Ivan "Nakatan"

    You open a new dimension of miniature painting

    • Jakob VPLUS

      If so, it is a primitive one :) Kidding aside - I appreciate the comment :)

  • OrigalumPLUS

    Very interesting and uncommon job! it really looks different in different projections

    • Jakob VPLUS

      Thanks so much! I guess so, I have looked at it so much I can’t really tell anymore :)

  • Eduardo Garcia Lope

    Excellent perspective and space work.

    • Jakob VPLUS

      Thanks so much - happy you like the perspective.

  • Tommy Gunn

    I see it but I can’t work out how you did it.

    Excellent job!

    • Jakob VPLUS

      Thanks Tommy. Just a bit of paint and small blobs of putty :)

  • Eamon Connerty

    Amazing work! It reads really well, you’ve pulled off the illusion brilliantly! Gold!

    • Jakob VPLUS

      Ah thanks so much. If illusion works then that is all one can hope for :)

  • Vitaly Lapshin


  • girlpainter57

    great idea

  • Patrice-VincentPLUS

    A true wonder. More than Gold according to me

  • Steph.DPLUS

    Très belle scène, je vote Or pour toi .

  • Jesus Perez "MrRipper"

    Great Job !!

  • Theodoros Giannakopoulos

    More than fabulous !
    Gold of course.