“Oni”
Kijin from Sergio Calvo Miniatures/Hirelings of Asura

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This piece requires a little bit of explanation, especially being showcased over the net. The entire piece is meant to essentially be the personal journal of an unnamed explorer contracted to explore the depths of Japan’s infamous Aokigahara forest, or the “Sea of Trees”, in search of a hidden knowledge within (represented in the form a shinto shrine, marked by the Torii arch in the background). Legends surrounding the forest and tales of it being haunted by spirits and demons have abounded for centuries so I wanted to expand on that. Each slip of parchment on the base corresponds to a “recovered” page out of his log book, with each excerpt detailing a key point along his expedition. The final journal entry is the scene with the Oni itself, the unfortunate author’s final vision before meeting his untimely demise.

The intention here was not only to create a narrative and a story to this work, but also to provide a layer of interactivity between the viewer and the miniature not commonly seen in this art. The journal excerpts are intentionally slightly out of order, so it is up to the reader to piece together the story chronologically for themselves, as well as actually lift up some of the parchments to read the one beneath it.

With that context given, I hope you guys enjoy it. Please let me know what you think. I put my all into this one, but I think it is my best work to date- hope you do too!
  • Ingvar_L3xPLUS

    Very Nice Miniature!
    Looks Great! The Figurine and Pedestal…
    Definitely Gold.
    Cheers!

  • Matt_CarnevalePLUS

    Masterpiece! Very well done Will I absolutely love it!! GOLD

  • Daniel GütlPLUS

    knowing how much work you put in and all the details and thoughts about this project it can only be Gold!

  • BranPLUS

    A masterpiece, really !!

  • Rhett “Saint Toad” Jenkins

    Outstanding. A testament to your talent & dedication.

  • Dexter0015

    Absolutely stunning. GOLD!

  • Natalia OraczPLUS

    Great concept and execution. I think that it’s one of my fav pieces of this year. I like the composition of the base and the inreactivity feature. Colors works very well. The scene is full of detail but the viewer’s gaze slides easily trough each element, making everything easy to read and not chaotic at all. Big props both for technical skill and creativity!

    • Will “Sik Willy” HahnPLUS

      Thank you so much Natalia, once again your kind words are so very appreciated and mean a lot. And thank you for such thoughtful feedback as well!

  • Dani "fleshdozoder"

    Outstanding work my friend, It is a masterpiece impossible to beat, impeccable in execution, beautiful colors and one that you can spend hours looking at without losing interest in all the details.  You are so big. GOLD

    • Will “Sik Willy” HahnPLUS

      Once again my friend, thank you so much for your kind works and thoughtful feedback! Im so glad you enjoy it, cheers buddy!

  • Kyle MaitlandPLUS

    Nice little project, very well done Will.

  • Atila KawautiPLUS

    Amazing piece!!

  • Ivan del bene Thirty_Five_OldBrush

    gold bro…stunning work

  • Andreu "Morglum.K"PLUS

    Mindblowing work! Fantastic ambientation, background and the green metals are pure magic! Congrats

  • Steve GarciaPLUS

    Love this piece.. The overgrown, hidden aspect is done so well. The sun rays coming through the canopy puts it over the top. Gold for sure.

  • pstockleyPLUS

    Fantastic piece. Both the miniature and base are very well executed and complement each other.

  • Chris / g0rb

    Will, this is fantastic! These photos show this piece of so much better than IG, and the details are awesome. Love the story and the concept, plus the figure, the setting and the paintjob is superb. Gold gold gold!

  • Krzysztof "REDAV" Kobalczyk

    I like it a lot mate. Very cool atmosphere on this one. Congrats.

  • David Ward

    Not much doubt here as to whom our intrepid explorer’s demise can be attributed to.  Amazing in every way.  Gold.

  • Dirk Risser

    Excellent paintjob and a wonderful vignette !

  • Herman aka Glitterwolf

    Awesome!

  • Oleg "hellogre" Evsyukov

    Oh my Gosh, I can literally feel Aokigahara spirit! Very well done! A lot of textures and materials here.
    And could you please clarify one technical detail: theres wrinkles on Oni’s shoulders it looks a bit unusual. I mean direction of muscle fibres should be along the hand and not cross it in my opinion. On the other hand, fibres on his belly and brest looks OK. What is background of this decision?

    • Will “Sik Willy” HahnPLUS

      Glad you like it Oleg. The wrinkles are meant to be exactly that- skin texture not muscle striations. striations would look very different, and would be less fine, also more proportionate to the size of each muscle group. It is meant to be a highly fantasized version of “monster skin” if you will. Think more along the lines of a Rhinoceros or Elephant, but with emphasis on the illustrative side and not realism.

  • Jocelyn Goyette "MetalAsMedium"PLUS

    Amazing! Gold from me!

  • "SCV Park" Yeong Min

    Fantastic~ I like your painting~! Gold~!