MESBG – The Bounder’s Duty Diorama

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  1. Your diorama and the hedge made me think of the hedge that Frodo and company went under into the old forest.

    I haven’t worked with coconut plant liner before, now I’m not so sure I would want to. Your perseverance paid off though, that is a nice looking hedge!

    Nice idea for a diorama and well executed!

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    1. I guess that is appropriate because Buckland is where the biggest hobbit hedges are in LOTRO which is obviously right next door to The Old Forest.

      I think the key with coconut plant liner is trying to find some that isn’t in super glued layers. That was all I could find at the local home improvement places and I think something that isn’t constructed like that should be easier.

      I’m glad you like the diorama as well. It was nice to get another one done. Hopefully there are many more in the future!

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  2. The primary aim of a diorama is to tell a story albeit done in the way of a movie still and that you have certainly achieved. To many people think all you have to do is stick a few figures down and a lump of scenery and the job is done. I’ve seen plenty like that over the years and they simply don’t work. Dioramas don’t have to be big either. Small works, the story is the key. The fun too is exploring and executing new skills and ideas, stretching yourself from a painter to a modeller . All in all I’d say you’ve done a great job and I hope you go on to do more. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I’ve seen dioramas that are huge and don’t tell a clear story so I know exactly what you mean. I’m really glad to hear you like it and think it turned out well. I definitely plan on making more as time and space permits! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I think you’ve done a superb job on the diorama! It tells the story in a simple, concise way: there’s a warg trying to get into the Shire and two hobbits are trying to stop it. The scene has a strong sense of danger given the size of the warg compared to the hobbits and their fairly primitive weapons; what if they don’t stop it? How much carnage will it cause if it gets loose? As TIM says, it’s like a still from a movie that leaves you wondering if they succeeded.

    Leaving the barrels off was a good idea as, like you say, it would have made the scene too cluttered. As it is it draws the eye straight to the gap in the hedge, the warg, and the pair of hobbits, and that’s all that’s needed. Your superb painting and scenery do the rest. Lovely work!

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    1. I’m thrilled to hear the story comes to life for you, Matt! What you described is exactly what I was trying to create. It is hard sometimes to figure out how much detail is enough but I’m glad I stopped at the right time too ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Wonderful finish Jeff, and great realisation of your idea. Adapting and changing things as you go is very important in modelling, it shows your mind is constantly working observing the pieces, and making the right calls for the composition of the piece. Enjoyed your work through of how you did the hedge, and I think you’ve done an excellent job with it.

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    1. I couldn’t agree more with the sentiment you expressed here. Being patience and staying flexible really helped me with this project and its something I will try to do more of in the future with display projects. Thank you for the kind words on it as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Now that is just bang on the money! ๐Ÿ™‚ Agree with Matt and TIM completely, it tells a story perfectly! I think the hedge is exactly how it should look – ideally you’d want to keep the entryway in good order but if the rest got a little overgrown it would just help to deter intruders! Very nicely done, Jeff!

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    1. Thank you very much, John! I’m really glad to hear the story came alive for you and that the hedge looks good in the end. It certainly took some persistence to get this project done but it was worth it in the end ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Lovely scene! Agree with you that having some exposed finer really sells it. Funnily enough I used coconut liner for my Normandy hedgerows, and I thought it worked really nicely for that. Nice to see what is possible using the material for a display piece.

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    1. Thank you, mate! I’ve heard that coconut fiber is used quite a bit with hedges. I’m sure part of that is because its cheap and easy to find. As long as you toughen it up with PVA, I reckon it can work for display or gaming purposes!

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  7. Great job all Around. Looks really good. Hedge looks suitably wild and came out natural looking.

    ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€
    Where is going in the house?

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    1. Thank you, Stew! Actually, I’m storing it at your house until I get a display case ๐Ÿ˜€ Sadly, I’ve made no progress on that front but its certainly on my mind as my collection of display pieces grows. I’m sure I’ll talk more about this in the near future and take pictures whenever I do get a case.

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  8. I don’t know, I’d have to say it looks great to me! We can definitely be the hardest on ourselves at times. I’m guessing most hedges back then were not perfectly manicured, as the working people were busy surviving versus showing off who has the best lawn, haha! I also liked the mention of hedges being a protective wall, having had my share of thicket and brush adventures I can imagine how useful they would be. Especially with some long sharp thorns. So yes, the hedge looks great to me. The figures are nicely painted and I love those cobblestones as well. The basket…is in a good place, but a part of me wants to see it tipped over with veggies spilling out as they quickly react to the warg. Though it’s not necessary, as the pose of the figures is quite dynamic and the face of the beastie is downright menacing. You can almost hear the snarls and barks. I also like how both figures are directing the line of sight straight to the beast. The movement in the piece is really nice. There’s also some interesting contrast there, as the hobbits are running towards the warg, but the warg looks to have halted temporarily as it gets ready to defend or lunge to attack. Tough decision when being flanked! Personally, I’d love to see you do another scene sometimeo. But you have to go with what motivates you best!

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    1. Thank you, Faust! It is great to read your thoughts on the diorama and hearing what worked and what could be better. Your idea of some spilled carrots is a great one. I hadn’t even thought of it though I don’t know if my sculpting abilities are up to the task or not. I’m really glad there is a sense of action and I wanted to show the moment when the hobbits were going to strike to try and illustrate their bravery. They’re pretty outmatched but they manage to succeed somehow (not unlike in The Lord of the Rings I suppose). I will definitely do more display pieces and dioramas. I do gaming stuff for about a month usually and I start yearning for something more ambitious and impressive ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Cheers K! Yea, my suggestion is too late and who knows if it would have even worked, but I find sometimes those comments people leave give me an idea on my next project. Honestly, I think the piece works really well the way it is. I doubt I will be working on any dioramas anytime soon, but it is inspiring!

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    1. That is the highest compliment I can receive. I certainly like to see myself as an artist and have dabbled in other artistic pursuits previous to this hobby as well. I hope that people outside of our hobby recognize the artistry we put into it as well. Either way, thank you for the kind words as always! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. I think this came out great, I can really see the story telling in the work. I’m glad you got the hedge to work it sounds like it was a bit of a nightmare. The basket of veg definitely works and looks very hobbity.
    A lovely piece, I hope your proud of it!

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    1. Thank you, mate! I appreciate your kind words and I’m pretty happy and proud of it. There’s almost always something that could have been improved in any project I’ve done but I can’t complain much about this one ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. I’m glad to hear that all the details were enjoyable to read. You never know when you write something like that what your audience will think about it. Thank you for the kind words as well. I’m glad to hear to hear you like the final results!

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  10. Again you have produced a marvel ! so good Jeff, like you said its so unique,in all my viewing of dio’s I have not seen any thing like this style. The other folk have said so many positive things in regards to this fine piece of art I wont go over it again but just say the hedge is great and the cobbles are grand!.
    Now when I was making hedges for my ECW dio back in 2018 I searched around for material to make hedges and came across a product called Rubberized horse hair that was so good. The other product I found last year that would have saved you a bit of hassle was a coconut fibre pot scourer at the local store, both being so much easier to cut than the garden pot coir.
    Full points for this one mate and I hope to post some little pieces soon that you inspired me to make.

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    1. That is very high praise, Pat! I’m glad to hear I broke some new ground with this one ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve heard that rubberized horse hair is great for hedges but I haven’t seen it in stores here in the States. I’m sure you can get it if you know where to look. I would definitely go for a different coconut fiber if I could have. I watched an Australian model railroader on Youtube for the hedge idea and whatever he was using was much better than what I found at the local home improvement store. Most importantly, I’m glad you’re feeling inspired and I can’t wait to see what you end up making, mate! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. Iโ€™m inspired mate ๐Ÿ˜‰if I didnโ€™t have to mow my he property every few days due to the rain we are getting I would probably have completed the project ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜….
        I tried to buy the horse hair from the UK but our quarantined laws are pretty strict then strangely enough I found a local mob on eBay that sold it , maybe they applied for a license to import it ๐Ÿง. I had tried the garden variety but like yourself I found it to difficult ๐Ÿคจ.

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