Friday, June 22, 2018

Mini of the Week 6-22-18

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.

Brothers by Kristian Simonsen

I love when Games Workshop and White Dwarf do a Golden Demon challenge, it produces some amazing work. This diorama is from their most recent, so you may have seen it already in last month's White Dwarf, but it's definitely worth a second look. A Golden Demon challenge is when they gather up a bunch of previous Golden Demon winners, give them a theme and a deadline and let them loose. Here we see two iconic models, a Varanguard and a Stormcast Pallador facing off. I think the models themselves are actually light on conversion, since their stock poses work so well for it, but there is definitely some creative basing and placement to get the scene right. I love how the Varanguard is getting pushed over in surprise from the charging Stormcast. What is normally a pose of dominance has been changed into one of surprise and bewilderment simply by model placement.

The painting on this is outstanding, as you would expect from a Golden Demon winner. The dichotomy of the models is really pushed with the dark and sinister colors on the Varanguard and the bright and hopeful colors of the Stormcast. Even the basing reflect this, with the verdant lands beneath the Stormcast cracking and giving way to the lava fields on the Chaos side. The lava also provides an excellent source of object source lighting, under lighting the Chaos warrior. Everything is smooth and crisp, with some wonderful contrast worked in. The title of the piece, Brothers, also provides some extra emotional punch, as you can imagine these former brothers who went down two very different paths in their lives coming to blows.

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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