To The Earths Core – A 28mm Diorama

Every now and then I happen across a figure which is a little bit different and inspires a basing idea for me to get my teeth into.  Such was the case here with this figure by Crooked Dice.  To be fare the figure isn’t that special but it took my fancy and the base is a simple affair too.

The figure conjured up a Jules Verne image in my head which in turn made me think of “Journey To The Centre Of The Earth” which led to a base a long the lines volcanic lava and hot coals.  I decided not to get to carried away and kept it simple using just a few granite chippings from the garden.  Milliput was used to secure the chippings and create the base which once dried was painted with yellow, orange and red blobs and allowed to dry.  Citadel textured paint was then applied reasonably thickly on top and allowed to dry and crack revealing the colour below.

Images of the end result below.



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41 thoughts on “To The Earths Core – A 28mm Diorama

  1. Milou and I actually watched the 1952? A week or so ago, apart for the fact that it had singing bits in, i felt it held some what close to the book. I was however heavily intoxicated at the time… great painting mate.🤘🏻

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  2. I agree with Maeno that the rock work looks really cool and brings the ethereal setting to life. The mini is quite expressive and I think you did a great job with the face which brings horror and intensity to this piece. This mini is made for a black background too. It just makes everything seem a bit more sinister. This is a really cool and inspiring piece! 🙂

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    1. Cheers mate, glad you like this little piece. Crooked Dice make some very nice figures and they are well sculpted which obviously helps when it comes to picking out detail. Sometimes, as was the case here, I find a figure and instantly know what I want to do with it. Unfortunatley that doesn’t happen all the time!

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      1. I’ll have to take a look at Crooked Dice’s offerings and the ability to know exactly what you want to do with something is really a blessing when it comes to diorama/display pieces. I tend to overthink those kinds of things or come up with ideas that I lack the skill to actually realize. Hopefully, that is something I can improve upon in the future!

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      2. Crooked Dice specialize in what they do like most manufacturers but the quality is very good indeed. When it comes to dioramas it is usually a mixed bag. Sometimes I know exactly what I want to do but cannot find the figures, at other times I find figures but don’t always know what to do with them! Given time the figures or an idea usually turns up though. As for what you do I’m sure you will get there to a level of satisfaction you are happy with. You are almost certainly a lot younger than me and time therefore is on your side. Don’t be affraid to try things out, check out YouTube and always talk to people. I’ve never met anyone yet who wasn’t willing to pass on their knowledge.

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      3. Cheers and thanks for the suggestions! I will take that advice to heart. I’ve been thinking a lot about potential diorama ideas over the last couple of days and I intend to get some going in the near future 🙂

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  3. Oh wow!! Theres so much I like about this vingette. Lets list them in NPO. 1. The sculpt is awesome (I think I might need to get one myself). 2. The lava looks great and I especially like the red tinged rock above the lava. 3. Still on the lava, well done on the technique, I’ve seen it done before and its very cool. 4. The paint work on the model is brilliant. I love the hair, eyes and the shading down on his clothes. 5. The book is very well done. 6. One of my favourite things is kind of two things in one. The stance of the figure is cool but how you’ve placed him on the rocks it superb and gives the whole thing a sense of urgency in a way. As though he has been bounding from rock to rock. I hope that makes sense. Great work Sir Dave.

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  4. Hey Dave I do like this one, the strange thing is …I feel that your base made the figure, sounds weird but my eye jumped straight to the lava, so well done and on your new bases what more can I say !

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  5. Very nice, like the others I thought the lava was well done and not overstated. This sculpt reminds me a little of Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes.

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  6. Really nice work here. Although the base is relatively simple, it and the background work subtly to add some very effective atmosphere to the model, creating quite an evocative piece!
    Espcailyl liking the cracked earth lava effects in their subtle form here!

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    1. It’s interesting how simple can often work. Usually I tend to stumble upon such things by accident rather than design but slowly I like to think I am getting an eye for such things. Feedback always helps in that regard so cheers.

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  7. IRO said EXACTLY what I was thinking, and I would love a collaboration in any form as well if you ever want to – maybe a platonic three way (hobby collaboration, social distancing and all!😆).

    Seriously, in a world of TIM, this is one of my favorite individual pieces.

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  8. Great work there. Love the basing, the book, the miniature, and the idea. Well executed. I also really like how highlighted the miniature using the lamp as the light source. Gives a sense of atmosphere to the piece.

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