Friday, August 11, 2017

Mini of the Week 8-11-17

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.

Biel-tan Wraithlord by vardek on Cool Mini or Not

Biel-tan has always been my favorite of the Eldar Craftworlds. The color scheme and the idea of the army, the swordwind, has always appealed to me. It also doesn't hurt that when I started in the hobby during 40k 3rd edition, Biel-tan was the poster child of the Eldar. I remember looking at some older sculpts back then, like the Guardians that had a chainmail under suit, and loving them in the Biel-tan color scheme as well as the current minis that were out at the time. This Wraithlord captures a lot of what I like about the Craftworld. All of the painting on it is smooth and crisp, and I really like whatever shade of green they chose. It's not as vibrant as what the studio uses, but is till very saturated. I also like that they went with a slightly off white with the head and a warmer cream for the tabard. Overall the model has a very warm color scheme, with even the black guns having more of a softer grey tone to them.

The freehand on the tabard as well as the vines pattern on the shoulder (classic Biel-tan) are done flawlessly and are subtle enough to not overpower the model as a whole. Lastly the vibrant purple of the sword is a great complementing color to the green and the warm browns of the base frame it very well while still reinforcing that warm feel to the model. The conversion work on it is subtle as well, but very effective, giving the Wraithlord a cool two-handed pose with his sword, making him feel a bit more like a "living" (well, dead actually) being, instead of just a soulless automaton. This is just a fantastic mini all around.

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,

Tyler M.

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