Dio-Bolical Monday No: 34 – “Death & Taxes: The Earls Visit – Part 12”

This week I finally got to start on the Blacksmiths building.

I began with the inner living area and used the same paint scheme I had used on the various sections of the Mill.  Not as intricate as the Mill to do but painting the windows and frames still took a little while to complete.


Satisfied that the inner section looked OK I moved on to the forge area, the section of the building I was most looking forward to doing.  The walls were again painted grey, given a black oil wash and then dry brushed with a variety of mainly grey shades and a little sand and white.  The floor was done in much the same way but when it was dry I brushed on some weathering powders – Vallejo Pigment Desert Dust and Humbrol Earth and Rust.

Painting the various tools proved a little tricky.  They were difficult to access and required me to hold my brush much further up which was uncomfortable and afforded me less control.  Once I stopped wavering it around I managed to get somewhere!

Although not visible from the photo, I broke up a couple of burnt matches and placed them in the fire to add more texture and realism.  I nice touch but one which I suspect will go unnoticed for ever unless I mention it here!


The unpainted section at the rear is where the tool rack I painted a week ago is situated.  The image below shows the rack and other accessories I painted followed by an image with the tool rack and bellows stuck in place.  You can just about make out the fire burning too.



At this point I decided to spend some time on developing the ground work where the Blacksmiths would be positioned.  I figured I would return to painting the outside of the building while the ground work was drying.

I drew around the outside of the building to determine the boundary line and then set about laying down some filler.  The Dark grey you can see in the photo below is carved plaster board which I used to create rock facias to the left and right of some additional steps I carved.  The plaster board was then painted with the dark grey as the foundation colour.


That’s as far as I got this week.  Next week I will move on to painting the outside of the Blacksmiths.


34 thoughts on “Dio-Bolical Monday No: 34 – “Death & Taxes: The Earls Visit – Part 12”

  1. I know I’m essentially just repeating myself from last week (and the week before etc…) but this is coming along nicely. The little details really bring it to life. I suspect that painting details that you know no-one else will ever notice is at the heart of the hobby for a lot of us! That said although the viewer may not consciously be aware of them I think we subconsciously pick up on them and the piece would look empty without them. Either way the fireplace looks cool, especially now you’ve pointed it out to me! 🙂

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    1. I think it’s a hobby requirement that you have some element of OCD about you. With out it none of us would probably have attained the quality of work we produce. Leaving something incomplete, whether it can be seen or not, what drive me nuts forever and a day!

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  2. Its great to see more progress and I think all of these little details and signs of life are really going to look nice when the Blacksmith is done. Mind you, they do sound tricky to paint but the results look great 🙂

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    1. Attention to detail is definitely the key if you want to make something look as good as possible and it starts with the quality of what you buy to paint. If the detail isn’t there on the figure/building then it’s that much harder. The attention that has gone into the quality of making these building is a thing of beauty.

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    1. There’s only three things you need to remember IRO – 1) Detail; 2) Detail; 3) Detail. 🙂 it’s clear from your own work these days that you have grasped this and the quality of your work is better than it has ever been. Oh, and it’s fun too! 🤗

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  3. As others have ably noted, the details are done well. The tools are spot on, and that bellows is really nice. The addition of the fireplace logs/matches got me thinking – when you enter this baby into a competition, add a couple of freshly burned matches to the fireplace – then the judges will get an olfactory surprise!

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  4. Coming on very nicely mate, you are right when you point out the magnificent mode, it not only helps with the painting but also makes you want to do justice to the individual that made theses in the first place. Oh and you already know what I think about detail, I do like the matches idea though ,I might steal that one down the track !!!

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      1. OH Mate they are so good, your right but you know my weakness when I see something grand , I am seeking therapy though, and the smelling salts seem to work though I feel I’m building up an immunity to the ammonia !!

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