Friday, May 3, 2019

Mini of the Week 5-3-19

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.

Abaddon the Despoiler vs Lt. Calsius by Jesús Gómez on Putty & Paint

I mean, wow?! What else can I really say about this piece. Thank you for joining me on today's Mini of the Week! See you next week...

Okay, well lets try and form some of my awestruck-ness into words, typey typey style. Everything about this is amazing. The Abaddon model is already a fantastic sculpt, and that Lieutenant is probably the best Lieutenant models out there (in my opinion at least). The composition is a fairly simple one, but it works great, and I really like how Abaddon has been elevated. It gives him even more of a sense of threat and power. Like he needed the help. 

The color choices are wonderfully muted and dark, letting the few areas of light really pop. The eerie blue glow coming from Abby's sword and claw really help draw your eye in, and right between them is the sinister red glow around his head. That sword. It's just so good. What I really love on this is the painting style. It's very expressive, with a lot of the brushstrokes visible, but in an entirely deliberate fashion. It's a very stylized version of painting and I love it. It almost looks like it's fast and loose, but when you take a closer look at it you can see how carefully placed everything is, and how smooth a lot of the blends are. The non-metallic metals are great. They remind me of a comic book style. It's all very graphic.

Even though Abaddon definitely steals the show, the lone Ultramarine lives up to the high standards of the piece. He's just as lovingly painted, and the green glow of his power sword is a nice counter to Abaddon's. The base is detailed yet simple. The casualties scattered around it tie in perfectly to the Marine Abaddon is sculpted to be stepping on, and help's reinforce just how doomed the Lieutenant is. It tells a story, has lots of visual interest, but never upstages the two central figures. I particularly like how the glow from the torch is painted onto Abaddon's cloak. You can see the glow from the individual embers that would surely be floating around it. This is just a masterclass in everything. From painting, to color choice, and composition. Amazing.

Be sure to check out more views of it on Putty and Paint!

Until next time,

Tyler M.

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