The Master’s Favorite Holiday – Tax Day Diorama

18 thoughts on “The Master’s Favorite Holiday – Tax Day Diorama”

  1. Nice to see the diorama finished, Jeff – it really is very nice! πŸ™‚ I’m still impressed with the rug!
    I like the progression with the mutant hounds and the newest one is “crisper” than the other two, but I’d have no qualms about using all of them in a game! Shame you’re having trouble with the barrels, but getting rid of mould lines and the like can be a real pain at times. May be easier to paint those with hazardous material in them with a warning stripe or something!

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    1. Thanks, John and that rug seems to be aging like wine as I like it more and more as time goes on too.

      I think the old mutant hound doesn’t quite match the newer one (which is strange to say since I mostly used the same colors) and the crispness level is certainly noticeable too. Whether I use it or not, I will almost definitely use the oldest one as a last resort and will always prioritize the first two over that one when playing.

      That is a good idea on the barrels! I’m still stewing on them and figuring out what to do but I think I’ll get this situation sorted out soon which is probably good for my own sanity πŸ™‚

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  2. Well done on the diorama. The primary objective is to tell a story from a frozen moment in time and you have ticked that box very well indeed. I hope you are inspired to do more. Don’t forget barrels have dents, scratches and get covered in grime. Perhaps you can whether them to get them to work to your satisfaction? πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, TIM! I certainly will be doing more dios in 2021 as I pick up the miniatures and supplies I need for them.

      I haven’t tried covering up the roughness with things like that but I’ll give it a go, especially on the one I showed in this post which I think looks bad. That would be awesome if it can be covered up in that way!

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      1. I’m thinking that is likely the direction I go in for the near future anyway. It will save me a lot of grief having to get the those mold lines as cleaned up as I can hopefully.

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  3. Congratulations on your first diorama! It looks beautiful and you did a great job! I hope you are displaying it somewhere prominent so all who come over can see it. β€œOh that thing? Just a little something that made and painted” you can say. πŸ˜€

    Don’t be over fussy with the barrels. They’re barrels and just going to be shot full of holes anyway. Or explode. Barrels always seem to explode in video games.

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    1. Thank you, Stew! I hope to have a space to display it when I move but we’ll see. Space is always a premium in the city!

      Fussy may very well be my middle name πŸ˜‰ I don’t know why I get so worked up when things don’t look as perfect as I think they should but I certainly do. I think I’ve got an idea to get some use out of these barrels in the short term so we’ll see how I get on with that in the near future.

      I hope you have an excellent holiday this week and get some time off work to hobby as well πŸ™‚

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  4. Congrats on finishing the diorama and doing such a great job on it! The effort you put into it really shows with the final result! Definitely deserves a place of honor on your shelf.
    If the seam line is too bad on one side of a barrel, lay it on its side in some Stirling Mud or something similar or take something hot to it and make it look like its dented.
    Looking forward to a battle report!

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    1. Thank you, Bret! I am really look forward to getting a display case or something like that to show it off. I think your solution is exactly what I’m going to do. I’ll just set these barrels on their sides and use them that way since the mold/seam lines are too noticeable any other way. Definitely disappointing but at least this way I’ll get some use out of them and it will save me the effort of having to try and “fix” the bad seams too.

      Glad to hear you’re looking forward to the report as well. I’m excited for it as well πŸ™‚

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  5. Brilliant work on the diorama. It has all come together nicely to convey the moment.

    On the Super Mutant Hounds, whilst your newest one may be better in an artistically technical sense, and you prefer it, my wife and I actually like the softer look on your first one. When it comes to art folks have different tastes and that may be why my painting may seem soft to your eye.

    As for the barrels, lot of good advice in the comments already. Do not be too hard on yourself mate!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words as always! πŸ™‚

      That is interesting that you like the older Super Mutant Hound. It definitely has a softer look and I probably am gravitating more and more towards high contrast paint jobs because that is traditionally what is accepted as the best/highest-level paint job. I probably exaggerated the colors just a bit to get that contrast so its very possible that that helps explain why you prefer the softer, more muted version too. It could look more realistic to your eyes and match the game art a bit better. Its certainly interesting to think about!

      In regards to the barrels, there is a saying that perfection is the enemy. Sometimes it is my friend and sometimes not so much πŸ˜€

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  6. Ooh, that diorama has come out looking really good mate, the Master looks even better in situ (and Alfrid as ever looks like a weaselly little git – so you’ve captured him perfectly as well!). Nice work on those supermutant hounds too.

    As for the barrel I think TIM has already covered the suggestion I was going to make, which was paint on the radiation symbol (and never mind if it looks a bit rough) and then sponge weather rust all over it. That’ll cover up any imperfections and tie it in nicely to the Fallout/post-apocalyptic setting.

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    1. Thanks, mate! I’m really glad to hear that about Alfrid. That is exactly what I was hoping for with him!

      TIM and your suggestion sound like a good approach and I will likely give it a try! Thanks for chipping in with your thoughts and for all the support as well πŸ™‚

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    1. I really appreciate the kind words, Toad! You’ve seen a lot of my work over the last couple of years, including some of my earliest models so it means a lot to hear it from you.


  7. Beautiful work on the diorama! Sounds like something you are quite proud on (rightly so). Really well done!

    Good job on the new Super Mutant Hound. It’s painted very well. I wouldn’t get rid of your old one though, unless you’re absolutely sure you aren’t going to need it. I think the old one still looks pretty good, although the model itself is not as detailed as the newer ones.

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    1. Cheers, Gero! Thanks as always for your kind words and support. I have kept the mutant hound for now and will decide what to do with it down the road. You’re right that you never know when you might need it so I will hang onto it for now.


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