Friday 2 February 2024

Citadel Undead Diorama Remake - Phase One


 Way back in 2016, I spent several months working on what was my largest project to date, a diorama featuring predominantly undead models encountering a small adventuring party. At the time, I was extremely pleased with the result, especially as I'd originally hatched the idea way back in 2001 and had finally taken it from a sketch on a piece of paper to a finished article.

The diorama in its original incarnation 

 In recent times, however, it had been niggling me, it sat in one of my cabinets surround by other models with superior paint jobs. I thought "If it was a smaller, less significant piece, I would have boxed it up by now and given the cabinet space to something more deserving." This played on my mind more and more until late last year I made a brave and potentially foolhardy decision to dismantle it and remake it. 

 I have to admit there was a sense of regret for like a split second as I took a hammer and chisel to each model to painstakingly remove them from the base, thankfully with minimal damage. I decided to repaint the corpse and gallows first, just because it was the easiest part to remove really.

 I felt the first proper phase to take on should be the front central area where the heroic fighter Gladius is prepared to do battle with an armoured zombie warrior, stood over a wounded knight. I had painted Gladius a while back for an adventuring party so decided to give this one an identical colour scheme. Makes sense really. 

 The knight, who is from the old Citadel Rock Dragon set, was painted in a different scheme to before plus the zombie has had a more weathered and rusted look. 

 The base from the original diorama was something that had bothered me greatly in recent times and that played a key role in me deciding to completely redo it. 

  With Phase One complete, the next part will be another foreground area, featuring the Dwarf slayer and several skeletons rising from their graves, which I'm aiming to have finished off sometime next week. 


  1. Wow, that's a bold move! I'll be keeping an eye on this, it's most promising!

    1. Thanks Suber. Yes, it is a bold move but the right one. Phase 2 will be posted in a few days.

  2. We didn't know your diorama, but it still seemed wonderful to us! However, we understand that, as painting skills improve, previous works may appear unsatisfactory. One could ideally say that you didn't destroy the diorama, but turned an ensemble scene into some "zooms" on individual groups. This allowed you to pay more attention to the miniatures and the choice of new colours is convincing - it's nice to see Gladius as you painted him some time ago busy in action! We are also waiting to see your next "zoom" on the dwarf. Good luck!

    1. Yes, I felt it was time to take the plunge and recreate it to a standard I was happy with. Its nice to be working on individual vignettes telling the story as I work my way through.