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.
|Eldar Avatar by Jaume on CMoN|
What a characterful model! The pose is great, but the best part for me is the paint job. I love the bright reds and oranges, they pop so much against the dark reds of his armor plates. We often see Avatars with more "realistic" color schemes, where their skin is dark and blackened with the fire peeking through the cracks. These all look great too, but every now and then it's nice to see something bright and colorful. It very much reminds me of the lats 90s, early 2000s color schemes we saw from GW. The blending on it is perfect, and that cool honeycomb effect on the "cooler" parts of the armor really drive home the effect.
If you thought the model looked familiar it might be because it's based off of this classic piece of GW art. Although not 100% exactly the same, it certainly captures the essence of the illustration. This also explain the 90s feel from the color scheme since this is an older pieces of artwork. I think my favorite part of the model is the bright, fiery hair. It just catches the eye so well. The use of the light blue tabard helps contrast with the deep red of the rest of the mini. Last, but not least, the overcooked marine on his base is a perfect final touch, and again helps connect it to the source illustrations. A big thumbs up on this from me for an amazing mini on its own, but also for the great nostalgia attached to it.
Be sure to check out more views of the model on Cool Mini or Not, and show the artist some love if you like it.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.