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Trull
21-12-2010, 07:23
“We`re devils,
we`re black sheep,
we`re really bad eggs.
Drink up, me hearties, yo ho!
Yo ho, yo ho!
A pirate`s life for me!
But when the wild, raging storm did cease,
Under the billows two hearts found peace,
No more to part, no more of pain,
The bell may now tell its warning in vain.”

Pirates have always fascinated me, and probably motivated by the blockbuster movies in recent times I’ve got the idea to realize the topic not in one but in three dioramas.
2007 – starting shot for the first part of the trilogy, called "Black Pirate Phantom". The idea of this "overture" was to show a pirate ship whose crew already was among the dead, spreading fear and terror by travelling over the seas on their phantom – which is half ship, half fortress.

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Holland/BlackPiratePhantom/GMM08_13-49.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Holland/BlackPiratePhantom/Oben.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Holland/BlackPiratePhantom/Kaptain5.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Holland/BlackPiratePhantom/Galionsfigur1.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Holland/BlackPiratePhantom/Heck1.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Holland/BlackPiratePhantom/Totenkpfe.jpg

Trull
22-12-2010, 12:52
2008 - the project proceeded with this diorama. In this sequel, I wanted to show the counterpart, also pirates, but still among the living. Even if pirates feel most comfortable on sea, they still need a shelter, a secret anchorage to hide their booty, to recharge their batteries. That’s how I’ve got the idea for the construction of the 2nd Part.
Inspired by illustrations in a variety of pen & paper RPGs, such as eg "Five Fingers" (Privateer Press), I wanted to depict a building built on rocks. It should have a defense system and should look as if it had grown over many years, with new parts built every now and then.

The basic concept was clear to me, and without further thought, I started building. First I laid down the basic measures, about 30 x 70 cm (twice as big as my Black Pirate Phantom) and I have built the base from skirting boards to ensure that the size was fixed. To get a feeling for the dimensions of each rock, I first built a rough model from Stryrodur by simply stacking the remains (small Styrodur blocks). On this basis I have set the altitude of the defensive system and the building. Initially, it should get three rocks in different sizes: the defense system, the building and another smaller rock with a gnarled tree on it. But after having finished the smaller rock, I decided to demolish it though, because it didn’t fit into the overall picture.

Then I began to build the defense system. It’s got a “big gun”, assembled from various guns, which is moved by a gear mechanism in a lower floor, a staircase down to the sea and how it should be for a defense system, an observation tower.
All the rocks are made from Styrodur. First I glued individual plates together and then cut a rough rock structure into the Stryrodur by using a knife, then coated it with commercially building plaster. When this is dry you can very easily carve the final rock structure by using a screwdriver for example. The areas of rocks, which are just above sea level, I plastered with coarse sand, which makes it look like sea shells after having painted it.
The observation tower, the platform and the stairs are made of wood slats, all from the hardware store. I have tried to recreate all the wooden structures from real role models and "statically" correct, so the whole scene should become as authentic as possible.
I have installed here, as in the whole diorama, a variety of small items of all kinds of manufacturers. What I found suitable I used.
There’s access to this rock to from two bridges. In the lower bridge, I have designed a simple form from Stryrodur and filled with plaster. After drying, the crude form can be worked by using simple tools, to get it a “used look”. The upper bridge was supposed to look very airy, it is entirely made of wood.

Now to the main cliff. It represents the shelter, the home of pirates. At this stage I didn’t have the slightest idea how the building should look like. Therefore I have made a crude cardboard working model. I started with the main building (with the two chimneys) and out of a sudden it went of its own volition. Where I found adequate I attached more small buildings and equipped them with roofs and dormers. In front it’s got a kind of terrace, where the sailor's bride looks longingly into the distance. After finishing the work model, I copied it almost 1on1 with balsa wood. Thanks to the working model, I could take the measures for the complex roof construction directly from it. All roofs are designed like real roofs. There are rafters, purlins, ridges, roof battens and more than 3000 individually fixed roof shingles. Erecting the model as I did, I was able to set new ideas very spontaneously during the construction progress, for example parts of collapsed roof, to show the elements of construction below.

Six guns, directed to the open sea, protect the building in addition. Access to the building is a double-winged Dragondoor, which can be reached via a small jetty. From the doorway you get through a partially collapsed staircase outside the cliff top, pass the dungeon with its completely sunken tower inside which you can see a chained prisoner.

The entire building wasn’t fixed on the rock before I finished its painting. This way it was easier to reach those many little nooks and crannies with the brush. The whole part is painted with commercially available acrylic colours, not with the usually used and expensive colours. First I primed everything black in at least 6 layers, because you discover again and again small unpainted points in the white plaster, still shining through. It’s best to add some detergent to the colour-water-mixture, so the tension of the water surface is destroyed.
Both rocks and wood are decorated in brown and grey tones, from the rock towards the sea colours become increasingly dark to black. I work with glazes to get a realistic colour scheme. Finally, the areas that are close to the water I gave a green-brown glaze to get it a musty effect, this can be seen by the true model very well. All the rusty bodies are a combination of the "Vallejo" colors "Skin Wash" as the keynote, "Maroon brown” for the shade and "Sepia" for the very dark areas.

So we have now arrived at the design of the water. In this model I used "Vallejo Water Effects Pacific blue" because it is relatively easy to handle. I've toned down the paste with a mixture of dark green and black, and simply put a thick coat on the previously black primed base plate, with a brush. Thereafter press the brush into the paste and quickly pull it up. This way you’ll get an excellent wave. I repeated the whole process about three or four times, but it’s important to let it dry between every application. Finally, I carefully added the whitecaps with "Vallejo Water Effects transparent", mixed with a very small amount of white colour.

Of course, a stronghold also needs an adequate team. The character’s style of “Black Scorpion” I considered the most appropriate , since they have a very realistic look. A total of eight characters can be seen on the fortress. All figures are painted with oil paints.

Overall, it took me approximately 400 hours within 10 months to complete this diorama, my biggest project to date.

The third and final part will have to wait. Currently there are so many other ideas that I want to implement, from pirates life I need a small break.

Hope you like this one... yo ho! Yo ho, yo ho!

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/FrontLogo-1.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/LinksRechts-1.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/Rck-2.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Piraten%20fertige%20Bilder/P1010431.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Piraten%20fertige%20Bilder/P1010383.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Piraten%20fertige%20Bilder/P1010394.jpg

gaarew
23-12-2010, 03:02
Eh...

Wow. That's stunning stuff, I'm really at a loss for what else to say.

Kaos
23-12-2010, 08:03
"Ok so im just gonna build one more incy bitty terrainpiece, just one! "

Man that is one massive thing you have created! Uhmm... What to say? Great job!!

Cheers-Kaos

Harry
23-12-2010, 08:06
OMG :eek:

I have actually become sexually aroused.

Love it. Love it. Love it.

If you took any WIP shots I would love to see these as they developed.

EDIT: I have been looking at the pictures for a 15 mints now. Amazing work.

Shadowmancer
23-12-2010, 08:26
I wish I had half the talent you have,I am in awe of this, would it be too much to ask to see some more photos from different angles?

Seville
23-12-2010, 08:46
WOW. Breathtaking.

ftayl5
23-12-2010, 08:51
That is simply awesome.

mrtn
23-12-2010, 11:55
This is just as cool as your wintry bridge. :)

Trull
23-12-2010, 11:57
thanks for your kind words! I have tons of pictures from both parts. I will post them the next time.

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Piraten%20fertige%20Bilder/P1010441.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Piraten%20fertige%20Bilder/P1010435.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Piraten%20fertige%20Bilder/P1010433.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Piraten%20fertige%20Bilder/P1010427.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Piraten%20fertige%20Bilder/P1010406.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Piraten%20fertige%20Bilder/P1010388.jpg

Trull
23-12-2010, 12:02
and the next one

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Piraten%20fertige%20Bilder/P1010346.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Piraten%20fertige%20Bilder/P1010374.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Piraten%20fertige%20Bilder/P1010366.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Piraten%20fertige%20Bilder/P1010364.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Piraten%20fertige%20Bilder/cage.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Piraten%20fertige%20Bilder/P1010350.jpg

ScytheSwathe
23-12-2010, 12:22
Wow. What more can i say. This is the 3rd of your pieces ive seen so far, and they just keep taking me by surprise. Such attention to detail.

Hadriel Caine
23-12-2010, 12:52
Utterly breathtaking.

Harry
23-12-2010, 12:57
This is just as cool as your wintry bridge. :)
What's all this about a wintry bridge????

No one will mind if you post some pictures of that for those of us who have not come across your work before.

Joeli
23-12-2010, 13:11
my proper respects. especially for the amount of detail, wich usually, isn't present at diorama's. ever considered entering the GD?

ScytheSwathe
23-12-2010, 14:42
What's all this about a wintry bridge????
terrain forum, theres an awesome bridge, and a ruin too. Both are excellent

Trull
23-12-2010, 15:21
my proper respects. especially for the amount of detail, wich usually, isn't present at diorama's. ever considered entering the GD?

Thanks! Yes I´m thinking about the GD. I started with the construction of a watermill (see the picture) but...I guess I'm not good enough in terms of painting the figures and that is what matters.

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/old%20mill/P1040765ll.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/old%20mill/P1050128.jpg

richy376
23-12-2010, 16:52
Amazing work, really jaw-dropping stuff.

Photographer
23-12-2010, 16:54
This is Oscar winning stuff!

Tiu
23-12-2010, 19:05
Dont worry about your painting skills, theyd work just fine. In any case, any judge should be blown away by the awesomeness that is your work!

EmperorNorton
23-12-2010, 19:15
Words fail me... it's just... perfect.

N810
23-12-2010, 19:19
WOW :eek:
Amazing piece.

Blackbard
23-12-2010, 19:23
I repeat the greater sentiment expressed here...WOW! :eek: So many details! I wish I could stare at this in person for hours!

Fallan
23-12-2010, 23:49
It's this kind of work that inspires me to start a few dozens of projects right away, realizing after some time that it doesn't look half as good as the source of inspiration and ends up throwing everything away..

Simply stunning!

Lorenzo
24-12-2010, 00:05
Even though i expected porn, i didn't get disappointed.
Nice done!

lorelorn
24-12-2010, 10:28
Fantastic work! I look forward to more wips of your current project, or the projects you've completed if you have them.

Trull
26-12-2010, 07:34
and now some WIP Pictures of the second part...

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040141.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040145.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040398.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040399.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040400.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040401.jpg

Trull
26-12-2010, 07:36
and the next one...

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040402.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040403.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040405.jpg

http://http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040348.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040465.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040464.jpg

Trull
26-12-2010, 07:38
and go on...

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040459.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040412.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040403-1.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040469.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040487.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040494.jpg

Trull
26-12-2010, 07:40
some more pictures...

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040524.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/A.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040532.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/B.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040534.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/C.jpg

more pictures comming soon (painting, the pirates building etc)

basher
26-12-2010, 09:13
holly **** i am lost for words and that dosn't happen offten

Mega Nutz
26-12-2010, 09:29
Simply stunning!

muse1c
26-12-2010, 16:23
Very authentic and extremely well constructed dioramas- wow!

Torpedo Vegas
26-12-2010, 17:52
Very impressive, have you considered doing commissions?

Geep
26-12-2010, 18:01
I can't really say much except to parrot the other people gawking at your work. Hope to see more of your work around.

Little Joe
27-12-2010, 00:09
:eek::eek::eek: :cool:

This is some great stuff with a good deal of fun detail, you can actually stare at a picture for a time and find new things. Love the WIP pictures. What is the white stuff you use to blend the PUR with the plastics?

Now I want to sell my terrain and start all over again:cries:.

Rabid Monkey
27-12-2010, 02:12
Incredible work.

Dakkapantz
27-12-2010, 03:24
Simply incredible. Planning on doing a pirate army to go with those dioramas?

Trull
27-12-2010, 07:31
@Little Joe
This is quite normal plaster, as used in the construction industry.

@Torpedo Vegas
Yes I thought about it, but unfortunately I have very little time. Also, I've still not received a good offer.

@Dakkapantz
no. Currently I´m planning the third and last part of the pirate theme. It will be a large ship, a battle scene. Then I will realize other issues.

Seville
27-12-2010, 07:51
Seriously, this is on another level entirely. As someone else mentioned, I think you should try entering the GD. I understand your concerns about painting skill, but, I don't know... I think your sheer creativity and attention to detail could win the day. It's worth a try.

andyg2006
27-12-2010, 09:44
+1 vote to golden demon.
This is staggering work. I always wanted to do a big diorama/scene, but don't have the skills, but your work would definitely get a gold statue from me...your attention to detail is mind-blowing and I think your painting skills are very lifelike indeed.

Trull
27-12-2010, 12:55
Thanks again for all your kind comments!

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040538.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040539.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040555.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040554.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040553.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040562.jpg

Trull
27-12-2010, 12:57
and the next pictures....

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040571.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/Arbeitsmodell1.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/Arbeitsmodell2.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/Fassade1.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040609.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040627.jpg

Trull
27-12-2010, 12:58
next one......

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040620.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040617.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040624.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040622.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040615.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040611.jpg

Trull
27-12-2010, 13:00
and the last.....

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040607.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040613.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040606.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040612.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040640.jpg

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q194/trull_album/Pirat2/P1040668.jpg

Griffonclaw
27-12-2010, 19:44
Marry me I beg you!

Trull
27-12-2010, 20:49
hehe....i´m already married...sorry;)

Daniel36
27-12-2010, 20:54
Wow wow wow wow wow!

May I ask, how did you do the stone walls?

Trull
29-12-2010, 15:00
Hi Daniel36,
the stone walls are castings from model railroad. Of course you can carve the walls themselves, but this is much faster ;)

Gonfrask
29-12-2010, 22:22
Really amazing models

IGoblinego
30-12-2010, 07:05
you sir, are awesome.

Don't stop acting like it.

Turtleking
18-01-2011, 21:20
HOW do you get your water like that?

Breath taking@!

N810
18-01-2011, 22:14
looking great :D

mdiscala
19-01-2011, 02:59
This plog is so good I don't even want to comment on it. Oh wait...

rogue_vampire
20-01-2011, 16:16
Holy s**t O.o

Jormi_Boced
20-01-2011, 16:49
This is epic!

Trull
20-01-2011, 17:01
thanks a lot!

@Turtleking
the water effect is from vallejo water, which I dyed black, white for the foam.

precinctomega
20-01-2011, 17:10
As I've posted elsewhere, I'm in the process of launching my own wargame and miniatures range. One thing I've been struggling with is conveying the aesthetic appearance of the world, which has a powerful affinity with the sea and part of which clings in improbable numbers to a dense network of storm-battered islands.

Your dioramas perfectly convey the look I was after (albeit at 28mm), so many thanks: I'll be working up some sketches and illustrations soon for my rulebook and you've really given me a starting point to work from.

Regards,

R.