Friday, January 30, 2015

Mini of the Week 1-30-15

Welcome back to Mini of the Week, where every Friday I will find a miniature from around the web that exemplifies an aspect of our hobby and share it with you.

Warhammer Giant by paintingboy on CMoN

I always love when a model looks natural. When it looks like it could be a snapshot from a real world, of a real, breathing creature or person. That effect was definitely achieved on this Giant. First off all of the painting is very smooth and crisp, with very subtle transitions in color and shade. You have to have this for a natural look. While some color schemes are stark and vibrant and look great, they ultimately have that fantasy look to them because of it. The next thing this painter did was only use subdued and de-saturated colors. Nothing in real life is too bright, plus it helps reinforce the drabness we usually associate with the past. The subtle skin effects are fantastic as well.

Of course the setting it is placed in is one of the greatest factors or lending it an air or realism. I can't get over that brick chimney getting knocked over. It's great! The painter said he made it brick by brick, gluing it all together, and it really shows. It just looks like what I imagine a medieval chimney would. We can't leave out the tree he is holding. I think that is part of the giant kit, but it's been improved upon here. By creating roots at the base of the tree and even having clumps of dirt between them it really looks like a real tree. My favorite part of this whole model though is the dirt smeared all over the giant. It's probably just weathering powder and may have been fairly easy compared to what other parts of this mini took to make, but it really cements this giant as being a real creature. Of course he would be dirty, I highly doubt giants bathe regularly and he just busted up a house. It's something I never would have thought to do but it looks great!

Be sure to check out more views of it on Cool Mini or Not and show the artist some love if you like it.

Don't forget that the Mengel Miniatures Painting Competition is up and running now. For full rules check out this post. The first step to entering is registering on the Forums and creating a post for your entry on the W.I.P. board. We already have a few entries in progress there, and they look pretty awesome! The entry deadline is on Monday the 2nd, so don't delay!

Until next time,

Tyler M.

What do you think of this model? If you have any models or have seen any around the web that you feel deserve to be the Mini of the Week feel free to send them to me at with the title "Mini of the Week" and a brief description of how you painted it or a link to where you found it. There is also a dedicated board on the Mengel Miniatures Forum for Mini of the Week where you can discuss past entries or post of minis you think are deserving of the title.

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