Ask the Pros: Bohun

Hey there ladies and gentlemen, dear painters!

Welcome to the second Episode of "Ask the Pros"! This time we have the well known artist "Bohun" with us to answer some questions for us.. So let´s hop right into the interview:

Hi Bohun! Let´s start with some information about yourself. Tell us a bit.

Hello! My name is Bogusz Stupnicki and I live in Poland. I've been a serious painter since 2005, before that time I had some experience with Warhammer FB and 40k but mostly as a gamer. Apart from the miniature world I have various interests, including art in general, music, sports, animals, travelling and many more. Also I am a vegan. Last but not least I have a wonderful wife who kept supporting and believing in me the entire time!  

Are you a professional Painter or do you paint for fun and Hobby?

Yes, I am a professional painter. I work mostly for private collectors on specific commissions. I try to maintain a balance between treating my job as a hobby and as a way to pay my expenses. It is very important in this kind of work to make it as enjoyable as possible IMO, otherwise it quickly becomes a burden and it is difficult to maintain any inspiration at all!  

How did you get into miniature painting? How did you learn all the techniques?

I got into miniature painting totally by chance! I was studying History and IT back then but as the time passed I became more and more frustrated and burned out. I was totally at a loss at what to do after the studies and I had no motivation to continue. During a break between classes I've been browsing the internet and I found the Coolminiornot website. After 15 min of browsing the galleries I was totally sure that I found what I was looking for! I decided that I will learn how to paint miniatures and will sell my paintjobs on ebay.

As to how I learned all the techniques, the anwser is with practice! Haha! I am serious, it is the only way to learn them! I've also sent tons of emails and pms to my favorite painters and asked them about all kinds of technical issues. I imagine they must have been really pissed off with me, haha!

Your works show incredible color-nuances and absolutely stunnig tiny tiny freehand works. How do you achieve these effects?

Thanks! Colors, the different shades and hues have always been very important to me. It was what inspired me in works of art and in everyday life. I loved the way that both cold and warm nuances can exist in a single surface and I tried to emulate that effect on miniatures. Because the models I paint are usually very small I try to make the color contrast strong as well to make every surface stand out. To achieve that I glaze the nuances into previously shaded surface, usually applying paint between light/base or base/shadows.

The freehands are applied with my most precise brush: 000 size. I just try to be as precise as possible. During this process I try to slow my breathing and make myself as calm as possible. I paint the tiniest of the tiny freehands while holding my breath.

Did you build up your specific painting style or evolved it by itself?

As most of the painters at first I tried to emulate different techniques from the artists that inspired me the most at that time. There have been some paintjobs that I've been almost obsessed about! I tried over and over to copy the effects that I liked so much with a mix of frustration and satisfaction. Of course I never managed to do it to my liking! Somewhere along the way I started to create my own style which took a lot from others' but also introduced some new aspects which haven't been seen before. At least I hope I did!


Tell us something about brushes and paints you like and/or use most.

I use Winsor&Newton Series 7 Miniature brushes from size 000 to 2. They are very high quality brushes definitely recommended to every painter! However, in the nearest future I plan to find a synthetic brush replacements, as I feel bad about using sable brushes. It is a personal thing, since I am a vegan I don't want to use any product that requires an animal to die in the process of making! Even if the synthetics are not as good I am not buying any more of the Series 7!

As for the paints I use a variety of acrylic paints. My favorite are Citadel and Reaper Master Series. I also use some Andrea paint sets and a smaller selection of P3 and Vallejo. For metallics I use MrHobby Super Metallic paints, especially Plate Silver, which has an increadibly strong shine and is great for spot highlights.


 Are there other painters inspiring you? And why? ;)

There are many painters who are an isnpiration to me. My favorite are those who inspired me during the first years of my painting, the hard learning process.: Allan Carrasco, Cyril Abati, Thomas Barse, Nano, Banshee, Mercenary Ogryn, Albert Moreto Font and many more! I also love the newer painters that I discovered later on, it's just that my sentiment lies with the artists who got me started!


Could you give an advice or words of motivation to other painters out there (including myself)?

Believe in yourself, never doubt that you can learn anything you want. Be prepared for many dissapointments and a lot of hard work, but don't give up! Endure and you will learn. I believe that it's the hard work and practice, not talent, that makes a great painter! I never considered myself very talented, I am just an avarage guy. It is my hard work, getting up at 4 am and painting for 10-12 hours a day, during the first years, that made me one of the recognizable painters today. Also, don't be affraid to ask your favorite painters questions about techniques, they are all very nice guys and will reply to you if they only find a little free time. There are no secret techniques, it's a question of experience. Lastly, watch the dvd tutorials of your favorite painters. It is a great way of learning! I only regret there haven't been any for me to learn from.

And one last question: You like Forgeworld Dreadnoughts right? XD

How did you guess? Haha! Idneed, I like Forgeworld dreadnoughts and Forgeworld miniatures in general, they are usually very high quality sculpts with lots of sharp details to paint! 

Thank you very much for the interview!

Be sure to visit Bohuns Website and don´t hesitate to cantact him for an awesome comission work! You can contact him by mailing to

One Response to Ask the Pros: Bohun

  1. Anonym says:

    Very inspiring.

    Super schön zu lesen, meinen Dank an eure Mühen.

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