Friday, September 7, 2018

Mini of the Week 8-7-18

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.

Duel of Sigismund and Abaddon by Ravenswood on CMoN

There are many classic moments from the Horus Heresy, and this definitely ranks up there near the top. Though we have yet to see this iconic moment from the Siege of Terra, this surely captures what will be an epic fight. I love that they have painted Sigismund in his Black Templar colors. Not only does it make this even more iconic, but it allows us an awesome looking moment of two black clad warriors facing off on opposite sides of the conflict. Though both of their armor is black, the other colors used really capture their personalities. While they both have gold trim, the gold on Sigismund is bright and yellow, while on Abaddon it's darker and more sinister. Even the reds differ, with the color being more vibrant and saturated on Sigismund. I really like the head swap used on the first Emperor's Champion as well. It captures what I think a lot of people envision when they think of him.

The painting is top notch on both of them, with great blending and highlights on the black, which can be a very tricky color to do convincingly. The non-metallic metals are also spot on. The faces are great as well, and the lighting coming from within Abaddon's suit really helps to sell the sinister nature of the Sons of Horus' First Captain. One of my favorite elements though is the base. It's very simple when you think of it, but works perfectly within the scene. The marble is super convincing, and by including the red lights between the steps it let's you know this is still a sci-fi setting, and also adds to the feeling of dread. I think it also really captures a lot of the imagery used by Adrian Smith in some of the most iconic art from the Siege of Terra, including the duel between the Emperor and Horus. In fact, this is kind of a reverse of that, with the loyalist on the top of the steps and the traitor approaching from the bottom. Even the steps are similar. There's really nothing I would change about this, it's pretty much perfect.

Be sure to check out more views of the model on Cool Mini of Not and show the artist some love if you like it.

Until next time,

Tyler M.

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