The Master of Laketown and Diorama are nearly done

24 thoughts on “The Master of Laketown and Diorama are nearly done”

  1. Worth the wait! Wouldn’t worry about the back of the Master’s cloak, think you made the right choice and the way you have the diorama laid out would have been a nice hidden detail but not worth the agony.

    My blood pressure and doom scrolling dropped today πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, Bret and I agree on the freehand. It would have been nice to have but ultimately wasn’t worth it. I wanted to say thank you again for sending me this mini. It really helped me keep up the forward momentum and see this project through to the end!

      I couldn’t agree more with the second sentiment. I hope we can put the recent past behind us and enjoy life more in the future πŸ™‚

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      1. It was mostly a hunch but glad it helped! I’ll give that mini some thought and follow-up with you. I certainly don’t need it but its hard to say no to new toys πŸ™‚ On a related note, I will probably have some more stuff to gather up and send you one of these days though I’ll wait until I have a clearer picture of what I have to get rid of. I’ll send you a message on OR when I’m close to clearing out some more hobby supplies that I don’t need!

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  2. It has been something of an emotional week here hasn’t it? πŸ˜€. Though I am still worried what the shenanigans-in-chief will do in his last days of office…

    But Anyway…that is a fine sculpt and you did a great job in painting it. SO MANY DETAILS! But the colors and stripes and fringe all look fantastic! πŸ˜€
    I use Vallejo varnish as well, and I’m now looking at some figures that I just finished and they do have a slight sheen. I do think it gets more matte as it dries but I can see how if you’re going for high quality pics it could be a pain.
    Only ONE pic of the diorama? You tease! But it looks incredible so far. How do you get the miniatures to stand up without a base?

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    1. I completely agree. Biden winning does not guarantee that all things will be smooth again and things will probably stay rocky until January but at least there is something positive to look forward to finally πŸ™‚

      Thank you for the kind words on the painting as always πŸ˜€ That is good to hear that you’re experiencing similar results with their matte varnish (at least in terms of that I know I’m not crazy!). It is almost like a satin varnish in that it will leave some shine on a mini (especially if the mini was already shiny to begin with which is what I’ve been running into).

      I hadn’t glued the Master onto his base so I actually just balanced him for the picture if you can believe it πŸ˜€ Surprisingly, a very small amount of super glue on the feet of these minis is all that I needed too. I expected it to be harder than that to get them glued but it thankfully came together very easily πŸ™‚ I will be looking forward to getting that varnish and getting the diorama finished so I can take proper pictures of it!

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      1. Well that confirms it if the three of us have similar results! I don’t mind some things being a little satin but it does seem a bit misleading to say it is matte varnish when it clearly isn’t as matte as it could be…

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  3. It looks incredible, outstanding work! Very beautiful. I think your signature painting style was made for this! Love the theme / title as well, very appropriate and comedic. The purple cloak looks excellent, I wouldn’t worry about the freehand. Amazing job!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, Gero! I’m so glad the diorama has turned out well and is being well-received. I was proud of the title too and I think I’ll try and get a plaque for the diorama in the near future as I think that will add a little something to it.

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  4. Nicely done, a fine piece indeed. Can’t say I have seen the figures before but both make for very nice characters and the whole thing has gone together very well indeed. I’m sure you learnt a great deal from the process and glad you are up for doing some more dioramas in the future. Hope you sort the varnish issue out and good luck with the new president. He can’t be worse than the out going one can he?

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    1. I really appreciate it, TIM! I did learn a lot and I might talk a bit about that when I show off the final images if I think it will be of interest to others. I just feel fortunate that this all came together as well as it did. The new president will certainly be better and much more stable. Many in the US are exhausted from Trump who constantly stirred up drama and made horrible decisions but I’m sure you could have guessed some of that πŸ™‚

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  5. I really like the nonmetallic coins, I’m too intimidated by that kind of stuff to try it. I recently decided to start middle Earth sbg, so your blog has been lots of help. I’m still waiting for the models from GW though, the shipping isn’t going very smoothly.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Physalis and I’m glad to hear the blog has been inspirational as well! I have only ordered from GW once during the pandemic and it was a lot slower than I expected here in the US. I hope that you’re able to get what you ordered soon. It really is horrible waiting to get stuff that you really want to paint!

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