Friday, May 1, 2015

Mini of the Week 5-1-15

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.

Dead Silence by Johny Be Good on Cool Mini or Not
Dioramas are always a lot of fun, especially when it sets a mood rather than just being a snap shot of a battle. This one really captures a feeling for me. The use of the cold blue flames for the Liche Priest and the warm orange for the adventurer work really well with each other. It definitely has a horror movie/adventure vibe to it. The conversion work on the models themselves is very subtle and easy to miss, which is nice when you are trying to create a scene and not steal the show. I am most impressed with the scenery. It is very simple, but works great with the diorama as a whole. I particularly like the swarms of scarab beetles surrounding the Empire solider. One aspect of it that is almost too subtle are the effects of the Priests spell on the solider.

I really like how he is slowly aging and rotting away the closer he gets to his enemy. I only wish that it had been more pronounced on the mini as a whole. As it is, it's very easy to miss unless you are looking at it from a specific angle. That's just me nitpicking though. The painting itself is very smooth with a suitably subdued palette, letting the flames acts as the main source of color. I also like how he not only painted the glow from the flames, but he also painted in the shadows. What I mean by this is he painted the areas not affected by the glow darker, implying a lack of light. It's not something you see often. 

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

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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