Friday, March 11, 2016

Mini of the Week 3-11-16

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.

Dark Elf Witch King by Lan Studio on Cool Mini or Not

What's not to like about this amazing Dark Elf model? It's been converted up to represent Malekith, the Witch King, and I think it suits the role pretty well. The helmet obviously fits the bill with the curling horns, but I guess I'm too used to seeing Malekith and the slim armor and the chainmail skirt on this guy just pulls me out of the illusion a bit. I think he definitely works as a really cool looking Dark Elf model though. 

All of the painting on this is pretty much flawless, with smooth blends and crisp highlights. It embodies my favorite style of painting, the 'Eavy Metal style. In fact, I don't think this mini would look out of place within the ranks of the studio army or within the Warhammer World display cases. The non-metallic metal work is particularly impressive since they were able to maintain that dark armor look we associate with Dark Elfs, but still managed to make it look reflective and realistic. I particularly like the gold. The hand full of glowing blue runes on him are a nice touch as well, with the OSL (object source lighting) handled very well and they tie in nicely to his eyes. The base is also very well done and looks like it belongs in either Naggaroth or Ulthuan, which goes well with the severed High Elf head he's holding. The blood is the last perfect tough, adding a splash of vibrant color that ties in with the top knot and sash, and looks completely realistic as well.

Be sure to check out more views of the model on Cool Mini or Notand 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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