Dio-Bolical Monday No: 13 – “The Wizard’s Tower” – Part 4

Progress this week was slower than anticipated.  Looking back I can’t really account for why that was.  I didn’t lack for enthusiasm but a few bits and pieces domestically and a few model bits arriving in the post provided a degree of distraction.  Still, I’m not working to any sort of deadline so I don’t intend to beat myself up about it.  Looking back at the previous post my aim for this week was to start on the base section and the base itself.  As I managed both I guess my objective for the week was achieved.

The first image shows the base as it was last week with the stone work largely done but with the rocks still to be painted.  In the second photo the rocks have been painted, a little weathering has been done on the tower stone work and I have cut some rough pieces of plaster board to elevate the tower further.  You can also see the wooden base the tower will be fixed to as well.

I’m still going for an overall dark look but at the same time needed some contrast between the dark grey stone colour of the tower and the rocks so I settled on various shades of brown.


The reason for elevating the tower further is because I want to have it set on a wider rock base with the sea lapping up against the rocks.  Well that’s the theory at least although I’m still not entirely sure how I am going to do the sea but I am more than happy with pressing on with the rock outcrop.  As usual I looked to the slate and granite chippings I have on my front garden path as the go to material to use.  I needed a few and although I can’t explain my selection process I some how instinctively know what shape and texture I’m looking for.  Washed and dried I then set bout trying to put them into position whilst ensuring they blend in with the rocks on the model itself.  Far easier said than done and far more time consuming than you might think.

The first image below shows another angle of the base sitting on the roughly cut plaster board pieces which have been stuck together and fixed to the main base using PVA.  The second and third photos show the plaster board having been carved out and shaped with the granite and slate chippings being positioned and held in place, again using PVA.  The last picture was a brief inspection one of how the base of the model and the base being built will line up.

img_0942img_0946img_0945img_0944 There are more stones and chippings to be added but for now these need to dry otherwise everything will slip and slide all over the place.  From a personal point of view I am happy with how this is coming along.  To others, a bit like my Fools Gold diorama, this stage looks like a complete mess but trust me it’s going to look OK in the end! 🤞

Where do we go from here?

Finish adding the stones and chippings and then I need to add filler of some sort to the base while I think about how I am going to do the waves.  That’s going to need a lot of thought and there will be some drying time needed as well but if I can get my head around the waves I will be pleased.  It might also be a good time to make a start on one of the figures too.


33 thoughts on “Dio-Bolical Monday No: 13 – “The Wizard’s Tower” – Part 4

    1. By a remarkable coincidence Roger that is something I have been looking at and the route I currently favour. Not sure if it was the same YouTube vid but the one I saw was by Luke of Lukes Apps/Geek Gaming. Combined with another technique I think this is the way I will probably go.

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  1. Excellent work TIM, the stonework is really good with all the different tones in it. As for the waves, one method is to pour resin over a plastic former, like a empty drinks bottle, and build it up in layers, then add details with water effects.

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  2. Can’t wait to see how you tackle the ocean and waves. I’ve never done any water effects before but it is something I’m curious about. It’s coming along really well. I love how realistic it’s looking already. Keep it up sunshine 👍🏼👍🏼

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    1. I’ve dabbled a little with water effects but waves are new to me. Have got a few ideas now, all a little bit different but will have to make a decision soon and then see how it turns out. Whatever I end up doing I’ll put in a post and then if you like what you see then you can either have a go at some point or try another method. It is nice trying something new though. 🙂

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  3. Wow, I hadn’t imagined it coming up out of the sea like that – brilliant idea. Water effects are a whole uncharted world for me so I’ll leave wiser minds to chip in their advice – can’t wait to see how you handle it in the end though. 🙂

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  4. I think your attitude about progress feeling slow is spot on. I’ve actually been feeling the same way this week on my project. Just gotta keep making progress and it will get finished in due time, I figure. Everything is coming together nicely and I really like the idea of adding waves to the base. This is a really ambitious project which is commendable. I hope you find the inspiration you need on Youtube, that was going to be my recommendation. Water effects are not easy so definitely test out what you’re going to do on a practice piece to ensure you’re ready to do the real thing on the diorama.

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    1. Thank you. It is getting there for sure and I am very much enjoying it. I just wish I could switch off these lockdown blues from time to time. Still, thank goodness for the hobby, heaven only knows how I’d cope without that to lean on these days. 🙂

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      1. I know what you mean. Here where I live it has been really cold and it snowed a bunch so I’ve felt trapped inside. Being able to paint has kept me somewhat sane and staved off cabin fever for now anyway.

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  5. Hot damn this thing looks good. I find myself in need of a big woodland tower type thing, but lacking any storage space for Big Terrain I shall have to live vicariously through your efforts for the time being.

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