Friday, October 20, 2017

Mini of the Week 10-20-17

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.

Commissar Yarrick by Magobaku

Yarrick is a classic model, so it's always nice to see a new take on the model. The conversion on this is pretty basic, with the inclusion of a banner and a power sword instead of his storm bolter. Out of the two I really like the sword instead of the gun. It helps balance out the gigantic power claw and gives him a bit more of a noble feel with the fancy hilt. The color scheme on this is also pretty unique, going for a light tan over the classic commissar black we would normally see. It definitely lightens up the model and helps draw the eye to the darker parts of him, like his claw, chest, face, and banner. It's all painted to a really high standard as well, with smooth blends and crisp highlights. There's a good use of pretty desaturated colors as well, giving the model a more realistic feel.

The focus, of course, is on the freehand. There are some basic Imperial Eagles on his coat, which add some nice points of interest on the otherwise flat areas. The main draw though is the banner. I like how he went for a skull with Yarrick's classic hat and bionic eye for the front. It's a fun little inclusion and is offset by the more traditional eagle and skulls on the back. The base is pretty basic, but still interesting to look at. It frames the model well and doesn't compete for attention, so it's job is done. I do think the way the power claw is "holding" the banner pole looks a bit awkward, and the giant weight on the bottom of the pole, while it's logical for it to be there, is a bit distracting. Overall though I think this is a great fresh take on an older model.

Be sure to check out more views of the model on Putty and Paint and show the artist some love if you like it.

Until next time,

Tyler M.

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