The dead travel fast diorama blog

In progress waters

I sometimes realize that my In Progress water shots look like Dark metal records sleeves. Anyway, here's the one for my newt diorama "for the dead travel fast"

in progress water picture



"I am he that buries his friends alive "
Photoetch crosses

Wire tree

Just electric wire and tons of Mr Surfacer. Then some MiniNatür pine tree foilage. I have 3 of those to do.

1/35 tree


Here is some vegetation, work in progress of course, the pine trees were covered and painted.

1/35 pine trees


Vegetation #2

 As a rule, vegetation should always be comprised of at least 4 layers, and when you think you have finished the job, no, you are only halfway.

[Another WIP picture]

vegetation in 1/35


more tombstones

1/35 tombstones, I made a plaster mold from the originals in Photo Etch / Magic Sculpt.

Painted with Mig Acrylics

painted 1/35 tombstones

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Still a bit of matt/ glossy ratio to clear with this one but i call it finished :) Completed pictures on Sunday.

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I am still working with different backgrounds for the best pictures of that one. fast is the view from behind the tree and the crosses uses quite desaturated colors while the "front" and "side" views are quite saturated ("aquarium plants like" said one friend. So well it's not easy to get a full series of picture that will look like they show the very same diorama.

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The dead travel fast diorama

Finally finished! That one took me ages to complete thanks to the crosses and the trees.

Link to gallery

Technical data: the heads of the guys are John McAfee and Stonewall Jackson. Indeed I cast every head I work on so that they may be of use on later projects.

The figures are modified ICM ones (WWI Russian Infantry, #35677).

The idea comes primarily from reading Bram Stoker's short story "Dracula's guest". :

I walked around it and read, over the Doric door, in German -



     On the top of the tomb, seemingly driven through the solid marble - for the structure was composed of a few vast blocks of stone - was a great iron spike or stake. On going to the back I saw, graven in great Russian letters:


"The dead travel fast."


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