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BZG Model: Megiddo by sadwonderland BZG Model: Megiddo by sadwonderland
This is a model I made last weekend for book 5 of Bizenghast. It's about three feet long and two feet high and is one of my largest models.

It took about three days total to make, and was one of the more complicated models I've made. I had an idea for a treehouse temple, so I first got a large piece of thick styrofoam for the base, then hunted around outdoors for the perfect small branches to make the trees. After securing them in the foam, I put down a layer of undergrowth, using some craft reindeer moss that reminded me of bonzai trees. I then constructed cardboard platforms for the little houses and covered them in balsa wood planks. Most of the rest of the structures are made of various balsa pieces...I ended up using over 100 separate pieces of balsa, cut up with an exacto and model-glued together. The red lanterns are made of translucent red paper on small stick frames, and I used small chandelier bulbs and copper wiring to wire the whole model so that all the lanterns light up! I love wiring things to light up cuz it's cool.

The other red sections are a kind of fabric that is red on the outside and gold on the inside, stretched over tiny wooden frames and secured upright to made dividers and awnings.

The roof of the main building is made of paper and balsa, covered in sequins to represent roof tiles and painted with a metal-based paint that I then brushed a chemical paint over. The chemical layer reacts with the metal paint to create a patina, which is that greenish-rust that metal gets when it's outside for a long time. I then used model craft snow, powdered over the whole model to simulate a frost on the ground and roof.

The little rock garden on the left is made of rocks I gathered from behind my house in the parking lot, and covered in craft snow.

This model took a long time, especially gluing the sequin-tiles onto the roof one by one (over 800), but it was totally worth it and was a lot of fun to make!

This is one of three major models I'm using for reference while I work on book 5. Models save me a lot of time because they help me think of the scenery and sets in three dimensions, and help me set up more dynamic shots!
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fawad87 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student
MewZakuro123 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Shame upon all the people who say that you don't try hard at "Bizenghast," because it's obvious you do. :D
FOOLS12IFY Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Student General Artist
FakerFakerLuvPower Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Student General Artist
MochiBoy Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
I'm very fond of the detail of the roof
Bally-Lally Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
I in shock. Very,very realistic
Resident-chicklol Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
i want one Dx
decomposerdoll Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
just wondering, where did you get the metal-based paint and chemical-based paint from? and what kind of materials can you use the paint on?
xXsexiZexiXx Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
oh i just love the on demand tv remote in the back ground. why didn't that show up in volume five? lol jk jk
Tenshi112 Featured By Owner May 20, 2010
w, woah. I don't really know what to say. You just rule.

now I wanna paint something like it >_<
sadwonderland Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
thanks so much!
haxxy Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Aura-BleedingHeart Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow... it's amazing to see the pictures in your books come to life like this!! :D The amount of work and detail you put into everything is astounding, I have seen very, very few other artsts who put so much dedication into their works. :D Fantastic job~!
Jessisaurus Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
this is so pretty. very nice work.
xXxranixXx Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
it's so pretty that I wish i was little enough to live in it. lol
blackbloodlakes Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
this is awesome! its would be awesome to have a model like that in my home. COOL!
*gives a cookie*
Kitsune-of-art Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
Wow, you really put effort into everything you make.I must say, your really a great artist at everything you do!
ladygodiva Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2009
Oddly I think I'm most impressed by the roof, and that little platform garden to left. They make me hungry!
godofthenewworld Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
ha LOL reminds me of my dinah doll i made, but i sold her so WHO KNOWS WHERE SHE IS.

no i did not make the doll body myself i used a body from HOBBEH LOBBEH
Spiderjuice Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, it's beautiful! And Megiddo has got to be one of my favorite episodes of Bizenghast. I love this!
SailorSlytherin Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Wait... so you make these as reference for your drawings? by far the most ingenious idea ever. o_O

You have inspired me to make something... what, I don't know....
sadwonderland Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008
Modelmaking for reference is AAAAAWEEEESOME!! And fun!
xXAngelicSuicideXx Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008
How does Mother Megiddo fit in that thing?

hohoho xDD

sorry, my attempts at humor are deathly. Anyway, this amazing masterpiece has inspired me to make some sort of model that I will most likely put off and take me 4 years to complete!

This is gonna be AWESOME! :D
Chocochip2000 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008
After reading the book and seeing the picture of the model, I nearly passed out.

FROM THE SHEER AWESOMENESS! 8D You should sell on eBay when Bizenghast becomes a classic and it'll sell for millions! 8D
spagghetipenelly Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008
so sweet:) hope there's a place like those somewhere...
mymilkiaen Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008   General Artist
Aah.This looks adorable C:
Lienola Featured By Owner May 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
It's beautiful!
Oigres-Undead Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
very impressive!
Hafren Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
i really like this model,
but the lantern looks a little out of proportion, a smaller one might look better
NoriGrey Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
GreenWhimsy Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
Wow, such a gorgeous model! I can't believe you did all of that in only three days! Where ever did you learn how to wire things to light up? I'd be so afraid of electrocution >_<.
Maffeoel Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
This set is beautiful. I don't know if it was the feel you were going for, but it's very reminiscent of a pagoda, somehow. I think it must be the geometric floors and the angles on the roof. The fact that you have the patience to actually wire it with lights (especially after hand-gluing what looks like a craft store's worth of sequins) is awesome! I'm looking forward to seeing who - or what - 'lives' in there.
Amritsar Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007
That is just completely, ridiculously awesome. The amount of time and effort involved, and all the tiny details you put into it are an example to us all. I cannot wait to see this in BZG!
princessofwars Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007
I can't help but wonder how much of your living space is filled with these models. xD
sadwonderland Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007
ha, I has big BIG closets :)
Vashtastic Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007   Digital Artist
do you have/make models of all the major buildings used in bizenghast?
FantomeDeMasque Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is absolutely GORGEOUS!
I love it!
rchelsea2005 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
That is soooo awesome
ifeeldancey Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007
this is adorable! it looks like it took a very long time to make, there's so much detail. i love the roof - it looks like fish scales.
nightmare1912 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2007
You did a great job on this and just woww. Can't wait to see this in the 5th book.

And tiles are hard D;
I had to put probably around the same amount on a doll house. :T
nexaXmyXlunacy Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
Oh so beautiful that is! In it I want to live.
I'm not very good at models... It's weird; I have an easier drawing buildings with a model than without, but non-manga people I NEED pictures of or they come out weird.
Artwaste Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
Wow! This is awesome. I think a few of the interior design students at my school could learn a few things on craftsmanship from you. :D
IdunnoWhoUpplR Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
you must have had the coolest barbie houses as a kid. and on that note...
Do you ever play with the models, with the lollybits or something?
CutePinkFluff Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2007
that is so frikken awesome!!! i wanna see it lit up!
puffgirl117 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007
OMG that is absolutely stunning!!!
Windaria Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
YEAH it looks all perfect now, and then this weekend we get drunk and TP the whole thing and make fun of its mother.
sadwonderland Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007
I bet it's mother's face wears some sort of boots.
JeebusOfTheSwatKats Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007  Professional General Artist
this is sooooo amazing!
cutepiku Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've always wanted to creat a model of a town from my favourite game, ever.

This is so beautiful, it makes me want to even more. :D
xMeimi Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Turn off the lights and show us when it's lit up! <3 I'd love to see that.
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