Fembruary 2021 Challenge REVEAL

Well… It’s done.

I feel a great sense of achievement but at the same time I feel a little sad or maybe that’s a little dramatic, lets say a bit flat now it’s all done and dusted.

For those of you not sure what this is all about let me explain. Fembruary is a challenge that Alex from Leadballoony https://leadballoony.com/ has put out each year since 2018. It’s basically a celebration of FEMALE MINIATURES!

I’ve taken part each year. 1. Well it’s a great idea. 2. I have three daughters, a wife, a Mother and two sisters so I’ve been surrounded by females all my life haha.

This years submission, I’ve called “The Ark – Treehouse”, is the third and final installment to a Diorama Trilogy that tells, a visual, story of my three girls (Kyralee, Sianne and Willow) in a Zombie Apocalypse world.

In the first diorama I showed the girls battling zombies and holding their ground atop a VW Beetle.

The second diorama was set about ten years after the first and shows my three girls in a wasteland with zombies being held in a prison pit for scientific experiments.

Both were good fun to do and I am quite proud of them but for the final part of the trilogy I wanted to do two things.

1. Go BIGGER!

2. Make the zombie apoc world seem a whole lot more peaceful.

It’s been such an incredible journey, again I know that sounds a little dramatic haha but it really has been a whole lot of fun and it’s also been quite the learning curve. Many of you have been such a big help too which I have really, REALLY appreciated. I may not have gone with every idea but it certainly always gave me food for thought and often lead me to thinking completely different about something to what I’d originally planned.

So for this final installment (set about eight years after diorama number 2) we see my three girls at ease, at peace, in their treehouse. Being a treehouse it says that they’re still playing it safe, just in case, but at the same time they spend a lot of time on the ground too. They even keep animals and have a small workshop. That’s pretty relaxed if you ask me. The big difference with this Dio is that I’ve also included a model/figure to represent me and also one to represent my wife. Rest assured, my wife is much prettier than the model representing her on this diorama haha. She might read this one day haha.

So, lets take a look at “The Ark – Treehouse” but be warned LOTS OF PHOTOS TO BE SEEN HAHAHA

Never used leaves before and I’m really pleased with how they look. They were fun to do as well.
Note the winch on the left. Kind of had to have one. I made it from bazookas hehe.
Meet Kyralee, my eldest. She loves music and prefers to play the ukulele (That’s actually the first thing she said when she saw this mini haha). The Union Jack is freehand but not amazing haha. You get the idea though I guess.
The Peace Symbol is freehand too and I think I did much better with this.
I think this model represents my eldest really well. Shes 17 at the moment and just sort of finding herself. I know that sounds a bit cliché but it’s a very real thing. Took me many, many years to find out what I wanted in life.
Some supplies. The bags are actually green stuff and you can still see my fingerprint hahaha. Whoops. Ah well, looks a bit like hessian. I bloody love the weathered timber look I achieved.
Bit blurry but I just wanted to show off the antennae that I made haha. Can you see it? It was a fiddly bastard and before you ask NO I don’t have a TV in the Treehouse but I just wanted to add an antennae.
Meet Sianne. She’s always been a bit nutty this kid and very much takes after her Dad with that and with her warped sense of humour. I think this model works well for her because it’s a little edgy. It (she) has a bit of attitude or something.
There’s that Winch/Crane again.
This model was originally meant to be riding a Quad bike hence the pose haha but I felt it worked as someone in the lookout tower too.
It was hard to photograph Sianne but I really like this shot.
A legless but happy man by the looks of things.

So that’s the treehouse and top section of the diorama. Lets take a look at the base now.

The wind caught the rope ladder in this shot.
Meet the wife. Please note that the real life wife did laugh when she saw this model haha so I’m not in trouble at all.
I purposely shaped and positioned her arms to be able to hold a bucket and some food. I added the food to the bucket and her hand too.
The last character to meet is my youngest daughter, my button, my bubble, my little Willow.
Willow is up for anything so it made sense that she’d be the mechanic/handy girl hehe.
Note the winch hook in the upper right corner. Also, you can just make out and M-60 machine gun leaning up against the bench in the background haha.

So there you go guys a nice, safe treehouse free from zombies…

OR IS IT???????????????????????????????????????????????

It wouldn’t be an IRO piece without a little something extra haha

I will leave you with some shots of the whole diorama. As you’ll see it’s balanced on the railing of my own decking which is approximately four metres high off the ground. Needless to say my heart was in my throat the whole time I was taking photos BUT it was worth it to capture the best shots I could.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the WIP posts and of course the big reveal.

I am really pleased with the whole thing. Of course, as always, I can see where I could have done things better but learning is part of the fun too.

I’m off to put my feet up and have a few glasses of Spiced Rum and watch a wild west documentary.

My next little project will be a Lego one of all things because I feel I need to cleanse my palette before I get stuck into the CoffinWood Project.

Cheers

IRO

OH and for those of you wondering how I lost the leg??? I played strip poker with some zombies and they took the whole thing a little too literally.

53 thoughts on “Fembruary 2021 Challenge REVEAL”

  1. Awesome mate from start to finish. Nothing not to like, well maybe your wife doesn’t do it for me but that’s a good thing right? Nice to meet the family I must say. Great eye for detail throughout and you’ve set yourself a high bar for anything else you now do. Good to see the trilogy as well. The photographs work a treat and are really atmospheric, at times you wouldn’t think you were looking at a dioram at all. Loved the WIP posts as you went along and the final reveal certainly didn’t disappoint. Difficult to say whose come out best between you and Wudugast but as he is just up the road so to speak and your 12,000 miles away I’ll go for him! Only kidding you’ve done brilliantly mate. Truly love it. 🤗

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    1. Haha thanks pal. Thanks for all your help and advice, especially in the earlier stages. I’m glad you like the big reveal as much as the WIPs. I was starting to wonder if the WIP posts would take away anything from the actual reveal.

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  2. Excellent work throughout Luke, has been great fun to watch develop, chip in ideas and then see the final reveal. There is so much character in the whole piece, and so much for the viewer to find as they study the pictures. The cherry on the cake has to be the zombie crawling out from under the camper

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    1. Thanks Dave and thanks again for all the help and ideas it definitely helped me along the way. The plan was to always have a zombie but he was actually the last thing I added and when I discovered he’d look cool coming from under the van I nearly choked on my tea haha.

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  3. Mate, I’m not trying to freak you out here or anything but do you know there’s a zombie trying to nick one of your hens? Seriously mate I love everything about this, the weathering, the details, everything is just fantastic. Surprised your wife hasn’t given you a skelping though, I’m sure she’s a lot more glamorous in real life. 😉

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  4. Everything TIM wrote I would say. The WIP series was great. The final product is, as I have share with you, worthy of your kids fighting over as an heirloom after the zombies get you. You have shown great persistence in executing a brilliant broad and encompassing panorama! And is the zombie Waz, Keith, Glenn, or the guy from McDonalds? 😀

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  5. This came out really well and I am really impressed by the size of this diorama. Its huge! The amount of details really helps this dio stand out too. The photography throughout this post is excellent and the best work you’ve done since I’ve been following you work. Lots to be proud of and while I’m sure it is going to take a little time to come down off such a big and ambitious project, I figure you’ll be feeling back to normal in the hobby soon enough 🙂

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  6. Fantastic post! It’s been such a treat seeing all the WIP photos over on your Instagram and then getting to see the whole finished project here. You can definitely tell it was a labor of love. I’m blown away by all the awesome little details you managed to squeeze into it. 🙂

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  7. Superb!!! Well worth the wait for the final scene. It’s been brilliant to see it take shape from start to magnificent finish. There’s so much talent, imagination and hard graft that’s gone into it.

    Love the zombie. Trying to work out if he is crushed under a car wheel or asking Willow for a wrench to fix the front axle… 😀

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  8. Holy shit buddy. I deliberately avoided most of the WIP posts as it looked like it would end up as something special and it’s fecking awesome. Fully lived up to the expected hype. Love the detail throughout it. You’ve now set the bar exceptionally high 😂.

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  9. Well bugger me! what an amazing piece of work !! this would have to be one of the best dios I have seen in so long, I’m almost speechless. well no, I have to say the idea is so novel, well done .I was just squeezing in podcast no. fifteen and decided to check out Alex leadballoony you mentioned, great work and the chat about photography and he pointed me to your incredible work! What other little gems have I missed eh!!! big pat on the back for this one mate and I’m really getting into your podcasts, keep them coming!

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