Dio-Bolical Monday No: 57 – “Death & Taxes: The Earls Visit – Part 35”

The last of the four knights whose mounts had Comparisons.  Although it is much slower to paint these figures I much prefer them to the plainer horses.  They feel more unique, which I guess they are, and as such the end result is more rewarding and personal.

I decided I’d go for red and black as a colour scheme and chose a large diamond pattern to paint.  Compared to the much smaller check pattern on a previous knight this was much more straight forward.



Dio-Bolical Monday No: 56 – “Death & Taxes: The Earls Visit – Part 34”

Another simple paint job this week and a return to the colour green.  More importantly though another knight down!

I confess it has been tempting at times to simply go with less knights in the diorama but then I started feeling guilty about being lazy and decided I had to finish what I started. It isn’t painting knights which is the problem, in fact once this project is complete I will almost certainly be painting some others, it’s more a case of wanting to see the project come to an end.  This one has been running for months and months now and I’m growing impatient to see it completed.  That said I’m equally conscious that the last 10% is where most mistakes happen so I need to remain focused.

Only a couple to go now and then I can have more fun doing base work.  Meanwhile images below.



Dio-Bolical Monday No: 55 – “Death & Taxes: The Earls Visit – Part 33”

This week sees a return to my outstanding mounted knights.  The good news, for me at least, is I am on the downward slope and in a few weeks time they will all be done and work will begin on the final phase of this diorama.  Until then though it’s one knight at a time.

To be honest I can’t think of much to say about this one and will probably have even less to say as I paint and subsequently post details of the others.  Essentially it’s now just a case of picking a colour scheme, preferably something I haven’t done before, and then getting the job done.  On this occasion I went for two shades of blue.

Photo’s of my latest offering below.



Dio-Bolical Monday No: 54 – “Death & Taxes: The Earls Visit – Part 32”

I thought I’d start with a recap of where I had got to with the Barn.  Basically the lean-to and its roof had been completed as had the bottom of the Barn, both on the inside and the outside.  The images of the state of play are below.

I should also point out that the foot knights which you will see in the background of some of the photo’s don’t relate to this diorama.



The next step was to start painting the roof.  The roof comes in two parts and the images below are the of the lower section which is where I started.  The “construction” of the Barn roof is essentially all wood – planks, beams and tiles.  As paint jobs go it was pretty straight forward.  Plenty of browns and dry brushing with some inks thrown in along with some oil washes.

I added the wheel as an accessory for good measure and applied some moss texture to break up the colour repetition.


The second section of the roof is essentially constructed in the same way so the colour scheme was essentially the same.  A feature of the upper section is a pully wheel which I decided to drill through so I could l add a rope and there was also a sign to be fixed into place and painted as well.

As you can see from the photo’s below the top section sits on top of the lower one and the fit, as is the case with all these Table Top World buildings, is perfect.


Surprisingly this was a relatively quick paint job given the size of the areas involved.  I added a couple of lanterns which were also part of the kit but as yet the doors and various other bits have still to be done.  Put together the Barn is, in my opinion, a great looking building and I enjoyed painting it very much.  The images below show the Barn both with and without the lean-to.


In due course the Barn will be fixed into place on the main base but that can’t be done until all the knights have been properly positioned first.  Eventually there will be plenty of accessories and scatter stuff added to the Barn but that too will have to wait for now.

The next priority is to get the remaining knights done.


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.


Dio-Bolical Monday No: 52 – “Death & Taxes: The Earls Visit – Part 30”

As pleased as I was last week at having completed another mounted knight I came down to earth when I realised it was only the fifth one and I still had seven more to do.  I’m more than happy painting them but with hindsight I should have mixed things up more along the way.  That would have provided greater variety for me as well as for you dear reader.  Still we live and learn and I am where I am as far as this project goes.  The bottom line is these knights have to be finished before I can do more base work or I’ll box myself in and give myself all sorts of problems.

On the positive side of things I told myself that two more mounted knights painted would see over half of them done which would be motivational so this week I dug in and got another one completed.  I also made the decision that no more work would be done on the Barn until I was over half way with the mounted knights.

This weeks offering is a simple affair.  As you may recall from previous posts only four of the mounted knights have Comparisons to paint and as I have now done three of those it should be quicker for me to do most of the rest.  You never know I might even get two done if I have a good week.  Alas this wasn’t a good week so you’ve only got one to look at!


Nothing particulalry special about this one but he should fit in nicely with the others.  The good news is I’m now half way!


Dio-Bolical Monday No: 51 – “Death & Taxes: The Earls Visit – Part 29”

As tempted as I was to do more work on the Barn I decided to knuckle down and get another mounted knight done.  I was in the right mood for something a little more detailed and fancied something a bit brighter on the colour scale too.  I settled on a green and white combination.  Not the brightest but far more vibrant than the colour pallette I have been using of late.  I also decided to go for a check pattern.  It seemed like a good idea at the time but proved to be very time consuming.  Having said that I was more than a little chuffed with the end result.

Some photo’s below starting with some work in progress shots.


Getting this little chap completed left me feeling motivated to get some of the others done.  I think I will try to take advantage of my mood and look to get another mounted figure done in the coming week.


Dio-Bolical Monday No: 50 – “Death & Taxes: The Earls Visit – Part 28”

I decided I would work on the  base level of the Barn.  The main reason for this was wanting at some point to place it on the main base to visualise more accurately how things were coming along (or not as the case might be).  I should also add that I wasn’t really in the mood for doing more intricate painting.

Before I knew it I was fully absorbed in the task ahead, so much so that a) I forgot to take any work in progress pictures (they would have been dull anyway) and b) I suddenly realised that I hadn’t put together a blog post for publishing.  So, here I am at 21:30 hours on a Sunday night writing this post for publication tomorrow morning.

Now normally I am well organised but these days, and it’s been that way for a while, my mind is all over the place.  Why?  Age has almost certainly got something to do with it but I think I have identified a bigger problem.  Put simply I have, for now at least, lost interest in just about everything I once considered important to me.  I can think of lots of reasons why this might be but I’m digressing and I have a post to complete.

My laziness and lack of planning meant that once again my photos were taken quickly using my phone so apologise once again for the poor quality, I promise to do better in the future.

There isn’t much I can say about the Barn.  The painting style and paints used have been documented in past posts so I see little point repeating them again here (so lazy!).  The only thing that I did which wasn’t a smart move was using sawdust as the material for making the muck texture on the floor of the Barn.  Nothing wrong with the look of it but the sawdust mixed with watered down PVA simply took an absolute age to dry.  It tested my patience as far too many things seem to do these days but it was a  good lesson learnt and one I’ve put down to experience.

Images of the latest state of play on the Barn below.


As far as the Barn goes the roof is the next section to be painted.  After that I have the doors and a few other bits and bobs to do but they can come later and after the ground work has been done once the base of the Barn has been stuck down.  That won’t be yet a while as the mounted figures have to be completed first and fixed into position.

Next week I might do more work on the Barn but I really ought to get another mounted figure done.


Dio-Bolical Monday No: 49 – “Death & Taxes: The Earls Visit – Part 27”

This week saw me on a bit of a role.  Make the most of it, I can’t promise to keep this up.  I’m not sure quite how I managed it, probably something to do with planet alignment, that or because I couldn’t be asked to do jobs in the garden.

First up we have another peasant.  I need to check but I think this is the last one I had to do.  The original figure didn’t come with an axe but with a hoe.  I didn’t think such a hard looking guy suited a hoe so I swaped it over.  It also means I can claim it as another conversion!  Images below.


To my surprise I got this one painted and finished early in the week which left me time to start on something else.  I was tempted to do more work on the Barn but then I saw how many mounted knights I still had to do and decided I ought to crack on with another one.


All in all a good weeks progress and although there is still much to do for the first time  I can see the light at the end of this particular tunnel.  Next week, work on the Barn or another mounted knight? 🤔


Dio-Bolical Monday No: 48 – “Death & Taxes: The Earls Visit – Part 26”

This week saw more progress than I was expecting.  That’s not to say what I did was exciting but progress is progress right? The long Bank Holiday helped, not because I didn’t have to work (I’m retired after all) but because two of the days it rained and that got me out of doing anything in the garden.

So what did I get up to?  Well firstly I managed to get another figure done.  Nothing much to say about her but I think she will fit right in with the diorama and the village and peasant vibe I’m trying to create.  Some images below.  Not great photos but hopefully you get the idea.



With time to spare I decided to take a break from figure painting and make a start on the third and final building, the Barn.

There are several parts to the Barn but essentially it breaks down to three main sections – the lower base level, the upper level and a lean to which fits at the back of the lower base level.  I decided to paint the lean to mainly because it’s the smaller section and I had a chance of getting it finished.  The end result can be seen in the images below.  I will resist listing painting details as these have all been covered before in the two previous builds.  That said, if there was a challenge here at all it was remembering just how I did paint the other two buildings!  I think I got there in the end and that should make life easier for the main Barn lower base section.


That’s all for this week.  Plans for next week are variable.  It’s all well and good that it rained for two days this weekend which allowed me to get more modelling done but if the weather turns out better this week then I’ll be back out in the garden and painting will take a back seat.   Maybe you’ll see another figure, a mounted knight or more of the Barn.  I bet you can’t wait but please try to contain your excitement.  None of us are getting younger and the heart can only take so much excitement and anticipation!