Friday, October 2, 2020

Mini of the Week 10-2-20

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.

Saruman by David Arroba on Putty and Paint

The Lord of the Rings range really has some amazing models, and lets painters explore a much more realistic style of painting due to their more realistically scaled models. This Saruman is no exception. Everything about this paint job is stellar. The colors are spot on for a realistic, yet still arresting palette. I think the more vibrant brown of the dirt does a good job of framing the more desaturated colors on Saruman himself. The most impressive part of it though is the paint job itself.

His skin is warm and feels like it has various levels to it. It also really draws your eye to his face. The hair has the perfect amount of definition. Sometimes hair on models can look too simplistic when every strand is picked out. On this we get the effect of the hair more naturally reflecting light. For me the best part are the different textures. The robes have just enough texture in them to convey the sense of it being a woven fabric, while the hair on the horse has directionality to it that further strengthens the reality of the piece. I especially like how the reflections are painted on the horse's coat. The reflections and highlights fall really close to the shadows in the muscles as this is how it would like in real life. All in all just a top notch rendition of the white wizard. Truly a paint job worthy of Saruman.

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

Until next time,

Tyler M.

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