Hello everybody!

This is my latest model, recently awarded with a Gold Medal and the “Best of Painting” award at Monte San Savino Show 2019.

It is a rather complex conversion, integrating parts from 7 or 8 different manufacturers. I wanted to create a brand new piece, heavily inspired by the Wagnerian, romantic idea of the Vikings of the XIX century, the idealized image championed by the Götiska Förbundet, a society which promoted the use of Norse mythology as the subject of high art. Other influences came from the Trudvang universe. I envisioned him as an experienced and battle-hardened warrior in a watchful position, spear in hand, as though he was a sentinel protecting the gates of Valhalla.

As regards composition, I decided to add a dwarven totem to the left handside in order to counterbalance the spear, creating a V shape that frames the model well and draws the eye to the face. I painted The Guardian in a similar style to last year’s High King, with acrylics from various brands and only kolinsky brushes, trying to achieve a two-dimensional illustration look. I chose to paint all complements in different shades and hues of purple, violet and amaranth to achieve good chromatic contrast with the very prominent golden parts. I selected teal/turquoise as a harmonizing tertiary colour that would complement the purple well to achieve a colourscheme with a magical aura.

I hope you like it!

Albert
  • Luceq

    Jaw droping. So clean and smooth. Such a great conversion also! Perfect!

  • Ivan Hortal A.PLUS

    Uno de los mejores trabajos del 2019 y uno de los mejores que se pueden ver en p&p. enhorabuena. es increible.

  • Alex ✍PLUS

    Great work ❤️

  • Marc MussatPLUS

    a beauty !
    one of the best work seen in fantasy recently

  • ChengBo

    amazing!

  • Jaime_de_Garnica

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  • TimPLUS

    Just simply a master piece…...gold

  • FRANCK EDET

    absolutely superb, a well deserved award too !

  • NateZhangPLUS

    great job ,gold!

  • BranPLUS

    A gold medal and the prize for “best painting” at the Monte San Savino Show 2019 amply deserved for this fabulous work !! Congrats !!

    • Albert Moreto FontPLUS

      Thanks Bran! At the end of the day efforts do really pay off!

  • Magnus FagerbergPLUS

    Such an awesome project, perfect in every way!

    • Albert Moreto FontPLUS

      Thanks Magnus! It was awesome meeting you. See you soon hopefully!

  • RUSTO art and craft show Fabrizio RussoPLUS

    so beautiful.
    gold and editor choice to me.
    thanks to show us idea, technics and heart.

    • Albert Moreto FontPLUS

      Thanks for the kind words Fabrizio. It was great seeing you!

  • Michał "Mihausz" SzymeczkoPLUS

    My favourite project of 2019! Simply amazing. Gold, gold, gold!

  • Jens Riber PoulsenPLUS

    Hi Alberto. Such an honor to meet and talk to you at Monte and a super joy to see your models irl. So very deserved to get best painted. Always looking forward to see your next project. Cheers.

  • Francesco "Franciuus" FarabiPLUS

    one of the best painted miniature i’ve ever seen in my life. Gold, editor and best of painting

  • Konstantin <SUNchazer> Malyovanko

    Exellent!

  • Josh "Zozimus" Pattison

    This is incredible.  I love the violets inserted into the NMM.  Gives a feeling of mithril, or other fantasy metal.  I wish I had the feeling for colour that you do; I think I might have to take a course.  I don’t have the instinct from birth.  :) 

    • Albert Moreto FontPLUS

      Thank you for the kind words Josh. This is exactly what I was after, and the reason why I added those armoured sleeves in the first place! I thought it’d look great to have some mithril-like shiny lentils! :)

  • Riccardo "RA" AgostiniPLUS

    Gold is not really enough

  • gerryj19

    Absolutely stunning in all respects.  A real masterpiece in painting and composition and a joy to look at.

    Congratulations on the work and on the well deserved awards.
    Gold for sure!

  • Andreu "Morglum.K"

    Com ja et vaig comentar per insta, un gran treball, alta definició aquí ;)

    • Albert Moreto FontPLUS

      Ep! Gràcies, m’alegro q et moli malgrat tenir estils ben diferents :)

  • Jero Carmona

    Una meravella. Tens moltíssim mèrit. Un altre Moretó gravat per recordar eternament. Una passada.

  • Gerry Larkin

    saw this beutifull figure at monte san savino its just superb cant beleive you dont use an airbrush on some application!! for brush painting its ultra smooth also like a lot of painters have your images   gone thru photo shop? just wondering??  and like ive said its superb in real, life ultra smooth

    • Albert Moreto FontPLUS

      Hi! Thanks for your kind words. Yeah, I don’t use an airbrush at all (other than undercoating) because I never really learned how to use it properly. Too scary to mess up! So I paint with a brush instead. :) And no, the pictures have not been photoshopped in any way (as you’ll know if you saw the piece live at Monte). Only very small adjustments were made like pushing up brightness just a bit due to dark pictures. Many thanks!

  • Ju-Won Jung

    Wow~ This is such a beautiful painting!
    It’s so fantastic.

  • Poisonauta

    ¡Menuda maravilla! ¡Bravo!

  • Mariano del Olmo

    Astonishing work Albert! Gold!

  • David_Cardona_DCC

    Es una passada Albert, el detall impresionant i la definició absoluta¡¡

  • Jocelyn Goyette "MetalAsMedium"PLUS

    One of the best project ever!  Congratulation!

  • David Ward

    Wow! Wow! Wow!  Stunning conversion and painting! Gold!

  • Gianluca "Branzu" ButtiglieroPLUS

    I’ve seen It al last MSS… SIMPLY PERFECT!

  • Poliakov_Andrii

    GOLD !!!

  • Enric

    Wow, Es molt bo!!! Felicitats!

  • Marco "BigBlackBear" Orselli

    saw it at monte, great! goooold