Friday, January 9, 2015

Mini of the Week 1-9-15

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.

Exalted Vermin Lord by ago on CMoN
What better way to celebrate the release of End Times: Thanquol then to show of some great Skaven miniatures. Today's mini is even more relevant since it is an "older" version of the Vermin Lord. I put that in quotations since it's the Forge World version and still a great sculpt. This model lends itself to some great paint jobs with the warp stone embedded in it's side allowing for some cool glow effects. This hobbyist didn't disappoint either, with the bright green glow contrasted nicely with the desiccated flesh beneath it. 

In fact the skin is my favorite part. They achieved a really great sickly, pale, and tortured look on all of the skin. I just love how raw it gets as it nears the spine. It really conveys a sense of disease and sickness, which is of course a good fit for a giant rat. The plinth used for display is also a nice touch. It's not perfectly smooth and polished, but instead somewhat ravaged and used look, just like the Vermin Lord sitting atop it. I'm almost tempted to say I like this model more then the new Vermin Lords released by GW. It carries more of a sense of real world malice, although the new ones are pretty great too. Regardless, this hobbyist did the model justice and more with their paint job. Any Skaven horde would be honored to have this guy leading them towards the doom of man.

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!

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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