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Games Day Italy 2008 Gold: Leonardo DiMiragliano - The Great Wyrdstone Collector... Part I of IV...
Manufacturer: Games Workshop
Category: Steampunk

by Matt Cexwish




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Games Day Italy 2008 Gold: Leonardo DiMiragliano - The Great Wyrdstone Collector... Part I of IV...

Games Day Italy 2008 Gold: Leonardo DiMiragliano - The Great Wyrdstone Collector... Part I of IV...

Hi Di Ho!

Finally, I managed to take pictures of my GD Diorama... ^_^...

Leonardo DiMiragliano: The Great Wyrdstone Collector... Part I of V...

This Diorama has been on my mind since 2006... Ben and me were on our flight back home from the English GD and we were developing an idea about the continuation of my Leonardo DiMiragliano Series, which is the initial reason why I started painting in the first place...

As time passed by, more and more elements completed the narrative Density of this first part of a huge project... Part I of V is just the beginning... I chose to have each Diorama representing one of the Elements... Earth, Air, Water, Fire will follow, the last one might be a bit more misterious... Love, Chaos or maybe Space... Each one gives insight on the life and times of Leonardo Di Miragliano / Steampunk DaVinci... I found out, that the most ingenious inventor of all time had 4 pupils, so I - VI will show their work while the last, final diorama will depict the great master himself...

The Great Wyrdstone Collector is inspired by the historical student of Leonardo, Marco d´Oggiono... Further elements were taken from Jules Vernes... this one is the Earth Aspect...

The speciality of the whole entry is a 3 step Surprise...^-^...

First Surprise: A very strange looking, unfocused Scenery, technically good, but the Spectator may (and should...^_^...) be confused... On first glance we see a wide, open plough land, some punpkins, cabbage, cauliflower, salad, climb, herbs... a huge Mole hill... An extremely confused looking farmer... The peasant symbolizes the Spectator, both disturbed and totally flabbergasted by the unexplainable hole in the Ground... The Confusion is amplified by the section straight through the ground... a strange scene of un-categorizable confusion is created...

Second Surprise: After the first few seconds the spectator notices some kind of contraption on the Diorama... Metal parts, a hinge and a hook... It´s clear, that the Diorama has got some kind of FUNCTION to it... he realizes, that it can be opened... The Inner part reveals the sense of this freak hole in the ground, more precisely it shows the cause: A subterrain - steampowered gigantic explorational Drill... a new Layer is shown, that cannot be seen before... some kind of Xray sight, a glimpse behind the curtains...

Third Surprise: This one stands on the very end of this project...... Each of the Dioramas may have a similar function to open up and ALL TOGETHER, combined, they create a new, huge and -hopefully- absolutely fantastic Megadiorama, that again transports a whole story... Reference from Elements of the other Dioramas can be found, it all gets clear and understandable in the end...

I am really, really happy about going back to the original Topic, that made me start to paint... Steampunk, the Empire, Leonardo DiMiragliano, Contraptions, Narratives, Fantasy in the very Core... Perfect...

In addition, I am very happy to show this in Italy... all the time the Project was dedicated to your wonderful Country, the place where the Great Maestro comes from... I hope you appreciate, it´s for Italia...

The Procedure: In the Beginning I started developing the concept... building the Diorama alone took 10 - max. 14 days, as usual, but in the end it is 14 days PLUS 2 years of time working, developing, gathering ideas... and so on...

As for the Creation, I took a 25 cm x 18 cm x 15 cm wooden MDF Box... this I filled with construction foam out of a can... it expanded in a monstrous way, causing my Box to explode...^-^... But hej, another try... The end texture of the soil is merely an accident, I experimented with the Foam and after some problems I didn´t stopped until it looked as it looks now...

After it was completely dried out I cut it in half with a bladesaw... Then I modelled the Details with a Glue - Sand Mixture...

The vegetables can be found in a Shop for train accesory... NOCH or Busch, I am not sure, but they have the Pumpkins, the Cabbage, Sunflowers and even Reddish and freaky Tomatoes...

The Miniatures... I did scetches for all of them, plus some Characters I did not used in the final version due to time problems (hehe, like always...)... The only part straight out of the blister is the Torso of the Technicus... all other parts have been sculpted...

The farmer / peasant should look as confused, dirty and stupid as possible... he fights the moles for years, that´s why his simple mind cannot understand what is going on... In the end, a 500 pound Mother Mole can kick your ass while chewing on your income, spoiling the day...

Details: Please mind the small U shaped magnets on the boys feet... he uses them to allow walking on the metal crate inside the drill... The Technicus has his Gyro Chair, that stabilizes his position more intelligently... plus the Tea...^-^... there is a small yellow canary bird on his shoulder to warn him about toxic gases in the ground... if the bird falls it´s bad... hold breath until you reach the surface again... have a cookie for your tea...^_^...

There is a mouse mother in the ground, breast feeding it´s babies... Looking back, they are dedicated to Matteo Murelli... He knows why... He´s a sucker......

There is one Mole, a second mouse, Cave Shrooms and some other vermins hidden in the scene... maybe you can find them all... maybe not... push the button, receive bacon...

The Machine: The mechanism is turned upside down... A bicycle device uses it´s upper movement, to shovel Coal into a furnance, this causes the drill to rotate... the drilling motion causes crushed soil to fall inside the drill... with the downside movement the ground is transferred through the whole drill on some kind of conveyor belt ... the Machine room is completely made out of metal, while the room of the Technicus is a bit more comfortable (see the padded door... lovely...^_^...)... there is a small cover, that allows access to the transported soil... the boy is ment to watch it for the rare Wyrdstone Shards under the sharp supervision of the Master... He has long thongs that can be used to pick quickly and pass it over...

Here you see 3 Scetches of the Characters...

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Okay, that´s quite it...... I hope I did not forget anything... Please feel free to ask anything and as much as you want, I will be happy to answer... in addition, all Votes and Comments will be absurdly appreciated...

Special Thanks to Ben and Kevin (TIN), Matteo Murelli, Fabrizio "Rusto" Russo, Renata, all people I have met at the Italian GD (you guys have heart... really...), Stefan and Christian... And everything whohelped me making this Diorama......

Cheers!

"Matt Cexwish"

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Viewer comments:
#274740 Rating: 10 7 Nov 2008
First I was skeptic like "they gave a gold demon to a farm scenery, how comes?" and then... WOW. As others have mentioned, the effect of surprise is flawlessly obtained and the whole scene is so deeply narrative that one's inmediately inmersed into it. You sir have reached some EPIC level there.
#274686 Rating: 10 7 Nov 2008
It had just the effect you described - I was as confused as the farmer at first, scrolling through the first pictures (good thing they're big enough for one not to see what's coming furter down). Confusion was replaced by shock and amazement as I saw the full picture. Good job sir, one of the most dedicated pieces I have seen, you have created a world beyond just the miniatures.
#274662 Rating: 10 7 Nov 2008
Good to see it get the recognition it deserves Matt, it looked great at GDUK, and now it looks fantastic, the grass is especially well done.

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#274651 Rating: 10 7 Nov 2008
hahaha! i love the generals way to drink tea, funny tuch with his little finger cant wait to see the rest of it!
#274492 Rating: 10 5 Nov 2008
Minipainting meets art - great!
#274438 Rating: 10 5 Nov 2008
my god... 0_o inspiring, creative, awesome, amazing, great, great idea, greatest Diorama !!!
#274425 4 Nov 2008
Ah, yes, of course emptyv had influence...... I forgot to mention him in the initial post, gnaa... I had the Idea before i did the diorama (in 2006...), but his Pumpkin Diorama is surely an influence...
#274406 Rating: 10 4 Nov 2008
A masterpiece with a big surprise-effect. Great idea and sooooo creativ an inovativ. Ich erinnere mich an die Menschentraube vor der Vitrine... was mag den bloß in diesem Loch hausen... ;0) Grüße, Stephan
#274388 Rating: 10 4 Nov 2008
Matt, you know how much I like this piece, we already had a conversation about it in Modena. It's mindblowing really and one of the best dioramas EVER seen, so full of amazing details! I only know a couple of guys who can build such perfect dioramas with original ideas behind them and whonever fail in amazing us (and winning prizes!): EmptyV and HighlanderPG, both from Italy. It is not very wrong then if I stated that this marvellous piece of yours is, as you said, dedicated to Leonardo, to his Italian lands, and to these 2 great Italian artists? By the way, we surely DID appreciate the fact you've constructed and painted it for our GD. I hope to see the next one on our next GD And thanks for the exhaustive explanation, great reading there!
#274319 Rating: 10 3 Nov 2008
great work brother!! 10!! bye, rapaz


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