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.
|Skink by unknown from Italian Golden Demons 2013|
Wow, just wow! This model is stunning, every part of it. Where do I even start? I think my favorite part about the whole piece is the sense of movement and story that it created. I can't even get over the fact that the spear is in mid throw. It's great and not something I have ever seen before. What really sells it is the pose of the skink itself. This hobbyist has expertly captured the way the body should be moving if he was running through the jungle while throwing the spear. I also have to hand it to him for improving upon the basic skink design. This guy is clearly recognizable as a skink but looks much more realistic in its proportions and anatomy. It may be a little on the bulky side but looks a lot more menacing then the standard GW models.
The base on this is out of control as well. If you look closely you can see that it's still on a 20mm base so it conforms to the Golden Demon guide lines, but he fit a whole tree on it! All of the vegetation looks realistic to me and feels like what you would find in a dense rainforest. The vines are a nice touch and he even has birds and butterflies surrounding the skink in mid flight. This to me is the number one thing that makes it feel like a real jungle. It's alive with constant motion, not just some plants surrounding the main guy. I can practically hear the chirping and other animal noises you associate with the jungle.
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Well now that I have gotten the crazy level of sculpting and modeling out of the way it's time to talk about the paint job. It's just as good as you would expect from a serious Golden Demon entry. The skin tones on the skink are a little more muted and realistic looking and I really like the red tones around the knees and snout. The darker hands are a nice touch as well and reflect what a real world lizard's coloring would be like a bit. He has to be a red crested skink of course, only a devotee of Sotek would be that intimidating looking. The greens in the jungle really pop and help frame the model while the bright colors on the feathers, butterflies, and birds are great spot colors. Everything is blended perfectly and I can't find anything I would change or try and improve. I wish I could see this model is person.
Unfortunately I have no clue who painted this and I was unable to find it on Cool Mini or Not. I saw it on twitter originally thanks to @Pjschard who posts some great random models from around the web. I was able to track it down to this forum though which has a bunch more pictures of it as well as other entries from that Golden Demon.
If anyone knows who made this and where more pictures of it are posted please let me know so I can properly credit the artist.
Until next time,
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 email@example.com 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.