Friday, May 15, 2015

Mini of the Week 5-15-15

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.

Tribute to the Fallen by Volomir on CMoN
This model looks like a piece of art from an Army Book brought to life. First off let me say, an Elf riding a lion is just plain cool. The lion chariots have always been one of my favorite models from their range, so I may be a little biased, but this just take it to another level. The lion itself is converted excellently with a very natural and realistic pose. I also really like how he has taken the typical High Elf helmet design and stream lined it a bit. The giant wings on the sides of their helmets can look too cartoony if not done correctly. Here he has taken a more realistic route and made the wings follow the shape of the helmet a bit more.

The painting is fantastic as well and definitely maintains that traditional High Elf vibe. They are all about blues and whites and I really like how he tied the shade of blue into the color of the water. That water has to be one of my favorite part of it too. The wave crashing against the rock is very subtle, yet powerful at the same time. It helps reinforce this very archetypal image and just adds to the regal nature of the whole thing. The technical side of the painting is top notch, so there's not much to talk about there. Smooth blends, crisp lines, check. The blue shading on the ax is a nice touch. All in all this is a great mini diorama and is pretty much a Fantasy painting brought into the world of the three dimensional. Love it.

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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