Friday, June 5, 2015

Mini of the Week 6-5-15

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.

Imperial Fist Veteran Sergeant by Thor Intararangson on Putty & Paint
This model is so simple, yet almost perfect for it. The pose is not over the top, and with the options available in the marine kits nowadays most likely has very little sculpting work. The yellow is a perfect muted yellow, but not as mustardy as I have seen sometimes. All of the blending is very smooth and pretty much flawless. All of these things make a great miniature, but what really stands out to me are just a handful of things.

First off, that head is great. I'm not sure if it's from somewhere or if he sculpted it, but either way it's unique for a marine and really fit the pose of the model. He even has eyebrows, which isn't something you see very often on minis. Secondly, the battle damage on the armor is phenomenal. It's so minute that it almost gets lost in the paint job. The smallness and randomness of it though is what makes it so realistic looking. Most damage on a giant suit of armor like that would just be a bunch of tiny scratches and chips. It may not look like much, but I guarantee that took a lot of time to do. The last few details that really stand out to me are the chapter symbol and the base. The Imperial Fist symbol is so neat and precise but still has a little bit of damage on it. The base would almost get overlooked, but that Imperial Eagle on the broken concrete really grabbed my attention once I noticed it. Again, it is very precise, but the damage done to it and the amount of concrete dust that has settled on it is what really elevates it. To me this model really shows that a mini doesn't have to be big and flashy to be noteworthy. Sometimes it's just about getting all of the tiny details just right. 

Seriously, that battle damage is something else.

Be sure to check out more views of it on Putty and Paint 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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