The 3 Norns - 2024
Work: Painting
Scale 1:12, Spira Mirabilis

"At the foot of Yggdrasil, the tree of the world, the three norns, Urðr, Verðandi and Skuld spin the threads of fate. Each thread is a life with knots of importance of joy and grief until that life dies and becomes a dark shadow. At the foot of Yggdrasil is where your fate lies too."

I had the urge to paint them "nordic-viking-grimdark". Hope you like them!

Want to learn more about the Norns?

Attached you can see photos on grey background, plus size comparision to a bottle of paint, plus a photo in the cabinet beside other figures to provide a true sense of how the bust looks. You can find a lot of Work in Progress and explanation material on this bust via my Patreon. Link below!

Keep on happy painting!

You can follow my work here!
  • Filgja

    I love this mythology, great busts!

    • Roman LappatPLUS

      Thank you! Really glad you like it! I am also a big fan of this mythology!

  • Castle_Of_Paint

    Amazing work. Such a good take on the sculpt and making yours look very original.

    • Roman LappatPLUS

      Thanks a lot! Happy you like my interpretation.

  • David KuehnPLUS

    Wonderful interpretation of this triple-bust. Dark, mysterious, moody. Loving it, Roman!

    • Roman LappatPLUS

      Thank you very much, David. Glad you like these ladies!

  • Jakob VPLUS

    Love this one so much. So much to look at. Brilliant. Editor’s from my end.

    • Roman LappatPLUS

      Thank you, Jakob. I am happy that you like my version of these ladies.

  • Ladislav MajerPLUS

    wow, I couldn’t imagine those 3 dear grandmas in dark view - now I can :) Very nice idea. Gold from my side :)

    • Roman LappatPLUS

      Muchas Gracias, Ladislav. Sometimes it is like that: I see a sculpt and have a completly different vision for it than as what it is supposed to be. This was really strong with this one! Happy you like it!

  • Mateu_RebPLUS

    Muy buen trabajo!

  • David Powell

    I love your interpretation of this. Another fantastic piece!

    • Roman LappatPLUS

      Thanks a lot, David. Always happy when you like my work! Big fan of yours!

  • Štěpán Tichý

    This is the first painted version of this awesome bust I think I`ve seen and it is stunning. Like, it is so clearly your style, but at the same time new and different. It fits perfectly next to your last piece from Hellblade.

    What struck me as an immediate eye-catcher is the loom? or the thing in the hand above - it has green inside, which is then present in the whole piece, mainly in the shadows. And it creates this natural and dark ambience. And the bit of red on the string gives the whole piece a fantastic detail. It really is an impressive piece, making me look at it and decipher how you made the tattoo look tribal, flowy and yet haunting. This is why I love miniature art. Perfect, Roman.

    • Roman LappatPLUS

      Many, many thanks, Štěpán. Yes, I did not see another painted version yet myself. I can not wait to see more as they are really great joy to paint. I am happy you enjoy my interpretation. You are right, it is somewhat connected to my last piece.

      Thank you for eagle-eyeing the piece and analysing my color play. I am glad you enjoy it that much. Really appreciated.

  • Oscar San MiguelPLUS

    Brutal Maestro!!!! Oro!!!!

  • Jared Clifford "jc_painting101"PLUS

    lovely work Roman!

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  • Nate CooperPLUS

    So great Roman!  I just love this original interpretation - definitely not kindly grandmothers ;-)

    • Roman LappatPLUS

      Definitely not the kind type, yes :D ... glad you like them, Nate!

  • Trent "BigDeno" Denison

    Unbelievable, Roman!

    • Roman LappatPLUS

      Thanks a lot, Trent. Glad you like them. Best Wishes to Down Under!

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  • Christoph KPLUS

    I just love this :-)

  • Randall__Flagg

    What a breathtaking work Roman, I was looking foward to your version and it exceeded my expectations! The nordic theme suits them very well.

    • Roman LappatPLUS

      Thanks a lot! I really do not like to feel expectations on my shoulders :D ... the more glad I am that the work pays off and it can live up to the expectations. Thanks a lot!

  • LupkovicsLaci

    Stuning! I can feel the atmosphere in my heart.

    • Roman LappatPLUS

      Wow! So our hearts connect then as I put in some of mine to create the atmosphere. No love letter intented. Thank you for such a beautiful compliment!

  • Frédéric BISSEUX (MINOS)

    Très original, et il y a eu tellement de bonnes versions que ça devient dur de se démarquer… Là je crois bien tu tu y es parvenu !

    • Roman LappatPLUS

      Merci pour les mots gentils. Je n’ai pas encore vu beaucoup de versions, mais j’ai hâte de voir celle-ci.

  • Marc MussatPLUS

    Such originality in your work !
    Love this painting !

    • Roman LappatPLUS

      Thanks a lot, Marc! Yes, it seems they are very unique. I am really overwhelmed how much love my interpretation gets from everywhere. Thank you for your compliment!

  • Josh_Underhill

    What a great theme and interpretation of this sculpt!

  • Chris "D.Vader" SuhrePLUS

    fantastic piece maestro.  I’m very interested in Norse mythology too and love the idea of fate and the norns.  Really like the portrayal you have of them with the Norse symbology and that little touch of bright warmth right where the norns are suppose to cut the thread of life.  I’m very much looking forward to tackling this bust myself.

    • Roman LappatPLUS

      Thanks so much, Chris. I am happy that you like my interpretation of these ladies. Can’t wait to see your version!

  • Joan_McGregor

    Love it, stunning as always. Happy painting works.

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  • spillbobaggins

    A spectacular piece and an unexpected but fully fitting direction. Another masterpiece!

  • Evgeny Karandashov

    Superb work! Gold of course !

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  • schiragaPLUS

    Kompliment Roman einfach deine alle beste Arbeit sehr schön, wieder einmal BÄÄÄMMMM

  • Might be Monsters

    this is so mesmerizing to look at - the more i look the more i find, subtle little spots of colour. Incredible work, Roman!!!

    • Roman LappatPLUS

      Thanks to you! Glad you like it that much! Best Wishes to you both!

  • Janna ‘Moo’

    Such an original take! Love the Nordic facial paint. It’s inspiring to see your work and shows how important a ( creative) story is when working on a piece. Something I’m still very much working on! :)

    • Roman LappatPLUS

      Thank you, Janna. Thanks for your kind words!

  • Mrfoxx01

    Fantastic interpretation and idea. You are a mentor for many of us and again you show why it is like it is :)

  • Clive Jackson

    Superb! Gold!

  • Ocarina

    Such a nice work. I love how they turned out. I’m happy that I can see them in February in real life.

    • Roman LappatPLUS

      Yes, they will be there! See you soon and thank you very much for your kind comment!

  • MartinSporka

    Just perfection.

  • Denis Izotov

    I think this is one of the best versions of this bust, and certainly the most original. I love it when the usually cute Spira mirabilis miniatures are given a dark twist!

    • Roman LappatPLUS

      Thanks a lot for your kind comment, Denis.

  • Eric Alterini

    Une interprétation et une réalisation toujours percutantes , un véritable artiste toujours plein de surprise . Merci pour les yeux et le plaisir de peindre.

  • Roman Kuznetsov

    Darker than other variants of this mini. Great idea!

  • Cristiano

    Amazing, gold