Dio-Bolical Monday No: 53 – “Death & Taxes: The Earls Visit – Part 31”

Motivated by the idea that I would allow myself to get more work done on the Barn if I got one more mounted knight done I set about achieving that aim.

I wasn’t feeling the love for this figure which to some extent is reflected in the end result.  I got lazy with the heraldry and chose to go for simple lines.  I suspect I might do the same on a couple of the others.  In some ways it is more realistic anyway, not every knight or his entourage had detailed and flamboyant coats or arms.  Still, I’ll leave you to decide if you like him or not.  For my part he will fit in just fine and although he is predominantly white he will add appropriate contrast once the base mounting starts.


Well, if you haven’t guessed already then the aim for next week is to get the Barn as near as possible completed.  Looking at where I’ve got to with it then I’m only left with the two sections which make the roof.  There are all other bits to do as well though, the doors which come seperate being a good example, but these can be done further down the line.  If all goes well you’ll have a more or less completed Barn to look at next week which, if nothing else, will make a change from looking at a mounted knight.


22 thoughts on “Dio-Bolical Monday No: 53 – “Death & Taxes: The Earls Visit – Part 31”

  1. Well I’m way behind the times on reading and commenting, it looks like I’ve managed to miss the last few weeks so I’ll have to catch up. Great looking knight here, the heraldry may be simple but it works very well. 🙂

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    1. Thank you. I have a rough idea where I intend to position each knight once I reach that stage and figured I’d put a little more effort into the heraldry of those who will be the most visible. Well that’s my excuse for being lazy and I’m sticking to it! 😉

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  2. I probably said this before, but an artist I follow once said some of his best work was that he didn’t really enjoy. Some of his commission pieces that were just work to him, were super popular. So it doesn’t seem to always be a measure of how well people will like something. And indeed, I do like this piece. The horse turned out great, as did the knight. Simple can be quite effective too! 😀

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  3. I think he fits right in and the horse might be the highlight here as it looks very realistic to my eyes. One of the nice things about this historical setting is that the knights don’t really need to look too uniform so I’d say having one that is less ornate should help keep the group balanced on the whole, if you know what I mean. I’m excited to see more of the barn when you get around to it! 🙂

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    1. Detail and pose every time I’d say. If I feel the love for the figure then I’m far more inclined to take my time and give it all I’ve got. That’s pretty easy if I’m painting a single figure because that’s why I bought it in the first place generally but in a diorama I have to sometimes paint figures because they are the best I can find for telling the story. There’s also a tiredness which comes with painting similar figures time after time for me so good luck with your zulus sunshine! 😉🙂

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      1. Ah yes that makes perfect sense. Haha yeahhh my motivation is still there at the moment. The batch painting approach is working for me plus I’ve had a little help too as you’ll soon see in a post I’m about to publish.

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  4. Like the Lord said!! How do you call that simple! and its that simplicity that makes him stand out.
    Flow aid! the best trick i have learnt for some time ,so thanks mate, I have just introduced it to Fi yesterday, I let you know how she gets on with it!

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