Friday, January 31, 2020

Mini of the Week 1-31-20

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.

Amon Sul by Moyarco on Putty and Paint
This is the second diorama I've featured that has both Nazgul and super dynamic and atmospheric lighting! I don't know what it is about the Ringwraiths and awesome dioramas, but apparently there's something. This is, as far as I can tell, only models from the old Attack at Weathertop box. This brings up a bit of nostalgia for me as the Fellowship of the Ring models came out only a few years after I started the hobby and I definitely had this set. The posing of the models works wonderfully, and I don't think there's even any conversions. All of the models were sculpted to work together for this scene, so it's kind of a diorama in a box. We do get the inclusion of the one statue which really helps set it at Weathertop without having to build an elaborate base.

The painting is amazing. You really get the feeling of the Nazgul emerging from the night to strike at them. The lighting from the torch seems near perfect to me. The warms tones of the flame's light couples wonderfully with the colder greys and blues used for the parts of the models facing away from it. I also really like how they've managed to create a scene within a scene. At first your eyes are drawn to Aragorn fending off the Nazgul, with the hobbits behind him. Then you notice off to the side that what you're actually seeing is the moment right before the Witch King stabs Frodo. It really makes your eyes travel across the piece and tells the story of the scene to perfection. I'd really love to see some more of these old LoTR boxsets get the diorama treatment. My favorite with the Ambush at Amon Hen box with poor Boromir stuck full of arrows.

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

Until next time,

Tyler M.

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