Painting Alai Bust from Galapagos Miniatures: My Ghostly, Spiritual Interpretation

I had the pleasure of painting the beautiful Alai bust from Galapagos Miniatures.

This 1:10 scale resin model caught my eye, and when a customer asked me to paint it, I couldn’t wait to get started.

I knew I wanted my interpretation to be unique. Something that would stand out from other versions of the model. In this blog post, I’ll take you through my creative process and share some insights into how I gave Alai a ghostly, spiritual feel.

Alai, the ghostly one. Converted and painted by Anna Machowska
Alai, the ghostly one

First: Converting Alai for a Unique Look

The first step in my creative process was to modify the model itself. I wanted to give Alai a weapon that would complement her ethereal appearance. I decided to replace the sword with a sickle that dissolves into a wind-blown smoke. This required designing and 3D printing the additional parts, which turned out just as I had imagined.

To further enhance the ghostly feel, I remodeled Alai’s hair to follow the flow of the smoke. This subtle change added a sense of movement and unity between the character and her weapon, creating a more cohesive and captivating appearance.

Alai, the ghostly one. Converted and painted by Anna Machowska
Alai, the ghostly one

Second: Choice of Colors

When it came time to paint the bust, I opted for a limited palette of muted colors to emphasize the greenish parts of the model. I wanted the green to stand out, creating an otherworldly glow that would enhance the spiritual feel of the piece.

For Alai’s skin, I chose a pale, ghostly complexion to reinforce her immaterial presence. This color choice not only adds to the overall ambience but also emphasizes the character’s ethereal nature.

Alai, the ghostly one. Converted and painted by Anna Machowska
Alai, the ghostly one

Third: Unseeing Eyes and a Haunting Presence

To further distinguish my interpretation of Alai, I decided to paint her eyes in a unique, web-eye style. This gives the impression that she is blind or unseeing, as if her mind and soul are wandering somewhere else. The haunting, absent look in her eyes adds an extra layer of depth and intrigue to the bust.

Final Thoughts on painting Alai Bust from Galapagos Miniatures

I am happy with the final result and the character I managed to create with this Alai bust. The ghostly, spiritual feel of the model and the modifications and color choices, make this piece one of my favorites.

You know I love taking on new challenges and bringing unique visions to life. I am open for commissions, so if you’re a collector looking for an experienced painter to bring your favorite busts to life, feel free to reach out to me. I’ll be more than happy to discuss your ideas and create a one-of-a-kind addition for your collection.

Fulgrim the Phoenician from Forge World – painted

Fulgrim the Phoenician, was the primarch of the Emperor’s Children legion of Space Marines. He played an important role during the Horus Heresy and eventually became a daemon prince of Chaos. This model depicts him in his more loyal version.

Some time ago I got a request to paint Fulgrim the Phoenixian. A part of the request was to include two modifications to the ForgeWorld model – change his head and his sword. The idea was that the customer didn’t want him to look like a crazed madman, but more like a confident swordsman. One that is worthy of wielding the Emperor’s sword.

Fulgrim, the Phoenician
Fulgrim, the Phoenician

We looked up some reference images depictumg Fulgrim the Phoenician, and I must say there were many interesting images, but we needed one that would look good in the smaller scale, so we went with this image from

“Roses of Fulgrim” by Nephilim Amriagiath

The face had features which could look good enough even on a small-scale model, here’s a closeup of the face from the artwork:

Fulgrim's face detail from the "Roses of Fulgrim" picture by Nephilim Amriagiath
Fulgrim’s face detail from the “Roses of Fulgrim” picture by Nephilim Amriagiath

We designed and sculpted the custom head sculpted. And after 3d-printing it, we used it for the model, just like the requested sword. The base is removable, which allows to use the model both for gaming and for display purposes.

Working on this model was really enjoyable, especially because we managed to collaborate on it with Kacpero. I hope we get a chance to do something interesting together again! 🙂

I hope you like my version of Fulgrim. 🙂 And if you would like us to paint something for you, just send us a message with your request. 🙂

Salamanders Space Marine bust

Do you remember the Space Marines busts we made? Now it’s time to post another one of them, a Salamanders Space Marine bust.

I loved those busts for how they allow to have fun painting and try different approaches. Not being limited by the restrictions usually applied to commissioned projects.

This time I decided to paint my Salamanders Space Marine bust in a more cartoony style. My inspiration was modern superhero comics with their bright colors, strong contrasts and gradients.

I had a lot of fun, playing with different light sources and testures. I didn’t even try to paint in a realistic way. Not being an expert in Warhammer 40K lore, I learned a bit about Salamanders from the Lexicanum website. It was just enough to give me some inspiration for this model.

If you want to see more photos of my Salamanders Space Marine bust, here they are

And if you would like to have this bust or to commission something cool painted by me or other members of our team, why don’t you simply contact us and tell us about your idea. We will get in touch to discuss the project with you.
In the meantime, I still have some ideas for more Space Marines busts, but it’s not easy to squeeze a hobby project into my schedule.

Kairos Fateweaver, greater daemon of Tzeentch

In the past I painted a few models of followers of Tzeentch, including some sorcerers, champions and knights. Then I had a longish break from painting Warhammer models. But I was asked to paint some Tzeentch models again and rediscovered the fun in painting them.

This was in 2020 and although I showed this Kairos Fateweaver model in several places already, I never added it to my gallery here. And my gallery would be so incomplete without it, so here it goes!

Kairos Fateweaver’s base

This project took much more time than I wanted, mainly because of the base. Initially I had a slightly different idea for it, but eventually we got it 3d-sculpted and 3d-printed.

The idea was that the Kairos Fateweaver daemon is emerging from a magical vortex created in some kind of an opening or magical portal. When viewed from above, the shape of the base forms the symbol of Tzeentch.

The ever-changing Changer of the Ways

The model is full of colors, ideas and details. I know it makes focusing on one focal point difficult. That’s right, because there isn’t any. Or not just one. I had the idea of Tzeentch being the chaos power of constant change and magic, would distort and mutate everything all the time. So things would keep changing, focus would keep shifting and attention wouldn’t remain on just one spot.

I know this probably made the model more difficult to “read” and understand. But I am still happy with how it turned out.

And it also reminded me of the fun that I used to have painting those Warhammer models. So I am painting them again. I have a few next projects planned already, so if you would like me to paint anything for you, please let us know. This will allow us to arrange everything and get you a place in the queue for our miniature painting service. 🙂

Chaos Daemon Prince of Slaanesh

This Chaos Daemon Prince of Slaanesh for Warhammer 40.000 is an older paintjob, which I tweaked a bit in 2020 and called it done. Yet I’ve never found time to post. So without any further delay here it goes.

It was supposed to be a part of a large Slaanesh-themed project, which unfortunately got canceled shortly after it started. Sadly, even gods of Chaos cannot save their followers from some terrible misfortunes.

I took this model to a few events and he earned me some trophies. But after revisiting it in 2020, I found it strangely incomplete. I felt the urge to tweak him a bit, and so I did it.

Now you can see the Chaos Daemon Prince of Slaanesh, still in the original concept but with slightly adjusted interpretation. He remains pretty accurate and faithful to the original version though. Enjoy! 🙂

If you like the model and might find use for it, it’s currently available for sale. And if you aren’t so fond of it, you can always contact us about commissioning something more in line with your style and preferences. 🙂