Dio-Bolical Monday No: 17 – “The Wizard’s Tower” – Part 8

The plan for this last week was to get the waves done and that is what I managed to do.

There are plenty of techniques out there, several of which some of you were kind enough to bring to my attention.  In the end I went for a combination.  The sea painting that I done last week was almost entirely based on this video.  This video then goes on to use the wave technique and materials suggested by Luke over at Luke’ APS.

Here is the link to the Luke’s APS video.

Last week I ended the sea painting at the point of the first image below. The rest of the images show the build up of the waves.

I haven’t gone into to much detail on the technique as it is is explained much better in the video but will add a few comments of my own.  Firstly, the waves were done over a few days.  Although the Clear Fix and Isoproponal Alcohol 99.9% mix does dry pretty quickly I decided to leave it for an extended period between each layering stage.  I saw no need to rush things and having come this far had no desire to cock things up due to impatience. Secondly, I added no ink or colouring to the mix until the very final layer was applied.  Here I added some white ink and added the mixture sparingly over the top of the waves until I felt it looked OK.

Personally I’m pleased with how it turned out and a little bit of wadding from She Who Must Be Obeyed’s sewing stuff provided a little sea mist.  I’ll let you judge for yourselves how it looks.  What I would also add is it is a very clean process which for someone who works in the mess I do at times was a little bonus.


There you have it, the waves are finally done and overall the base it looking pretty good.  A little more work to be done in terms of weathering but almost there for sure.

Next week I will start on the second figure and think about how to resolve a little problem I have created for myself.


36 thoughts on “Dio-Bolical Monday No: 17 – “The Wizard’s Tower” – Part 8

  1. I’m certainly not bored of following this project but I am running out of ways to praise it. The spray on the rocks is particularly impressive. Consider my mind blown once again and roll on the final reveal. 🙂

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  2. For my money, the waves are arguably the most important factor in this diorama so for them to come out nicely with a good sense of movement and adding some wow factor (in addition the gigantic tower, of course!), I’d say you made fantastic progress this week. I would think you don’t have too far to go now on this project. I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next 🙂

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    1. Thank you. The problem with this diorama is trying to maintain the same standard of work throughout. I’m fearful that any bit that doesn’t work well will stick out like a saw thumb so in that sense I’m pleased the waves came out looking OK. Obviously the tower and the base work were both very big parts of the diroama but the story has yet to unfold. It will in the next couple of weeks all being well. 🙂

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      1. I know exactly what you mean about the pressure to maintain and deliver an excellent standard. It is hard but try to enjoy the process as much as you can along the way 🙂

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  3. Oh Mate ! So good ! my small attempt at the ocean pales into insignificant’s with your spec job! IT’s luck I busy trying to unpack otherwise I would have done that unmanly thing again and swooned!!!

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      1. No Dave I was happy with my result mate, but its great to see others having a go at the ocean and using different methods , what will work one day my not be the same one you will wont to use the next day ! oh mate we are so fortunate to have all these great products available to us now!

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