Alley Corner

Alley Corner

For my latest diorama, I’m carrying on with the alleyway theme but this time its scaled for 6 inch figures.


Using floor insulation foam board, I cut a piece 8″ x 12″ for the base, 7″x 12″ for the back wall, 5″ x 8″ for the side wall.  The bricks for the wall for the back wall were carved with each brick being 1″ x 0.5″, a side door was carved into wall, the door frame and door are made from bolsa wood.  The side wall I wanted to make smaller than back wall with the bricks 1″ x 2″.


With base, I carved a manhole cover and then surrounded it with slabs of 2″ x 2″.  The foam board pieces were glued together, then the obligatory wall cracks were scratched into the back wall and floor.

I have been told recently that my diorama’s have been too “clean”, that they need rubbish.  With this in mind using a toliet tube and cutting a inch off the top, rolling out three pieces of putty into long strand that reach round the circumference of the tube.  One for either end of the tube, one for middle, surrounded with  little super glue to keep it in place.  An LED candle light was put into the bottom of the tube and then painted with black gloss.

With the constitution work done, it’s time to start painting this diorama. Mixing up a medium grey to cover all walls and floor. While it’s still wet, I added white to top of the side wall and the pelmet running the length of the back wall. I then dry brushed white over both sides of the small wall and the imperfections on walls and slabs. The door and door frame I’ve given a base coat of white, when it’s dry I’ll weather the door to match the scene.




Leaving this to dry before working on the back wall and man hole cover.

I started painting the man hole cover, mixing up a dark grey then unsung black to go around the detail. I used the dark grey around all the edges of the brick work and inside the cracks in floor and wall.


Burnt Umber was used to first weather door and door frame, then around all stone work, walls and floor. Dark grey was dry brushed over the door to pick out the features in the wood. Another coat of black was applied to the barrel. When this is dry I’ll start weathering it and building the surrounding rubbish to go in this scene.


A coat of black acrylic around the border and behind the back wall was added.


I put together a pallet and a couple of cardboard boxes. Added another coat of gloss paint to the oil drum. This finishes off my latest diorama, while the drum is drying I will do my usual final pictures but here are a few PCA pictures.



 My final pictures of my alley corner diorama, designed to suitable for most action figures between 5 to 7 inches.


Bradford Unleashed 2018

Bradford Unleashed 2018

This February, I exhibited my works again at Bradford Unleashed 18th February 2018.  It’s the second year I will have attended as a trader before, needless to say I am really looking forward to it.  If you are in the Bradford area on that weekend please call by, I’d love to see you.

If you look to attended and want to get tickets, details are below.

Or you can visit their website and purchase your tickets there.

Full gallery of the day events can be found here.



Amok Time

Amok Time

Carrying on my love for Star Trek and the 90’s Playmates figures. For my this project I will be reproducing the fight scene between Kirk and Spock  on Vulcan from the classic episode Amok Time.

I have started with the centre structure in the middle of the arena, this is made with a small 10mm foam board platform and then a smaller 5mm step surrounding the front as a step. Two strips of foam board cut and glued together to act as the plinth to sit the boulder on top. A smaller foam pillar was cut to stand at the front of the platform.

A 5mm foam circle was cut and placed on the platform, which will be coal pit of the platform. The centre of pit had the top card layer removed and parts of the foam dug out to look like coal.

The boulder I made up using scrolled up tin foil which will be coated using either filler or modroc. The surrounding rock wall is done the same way as the central boulder. The 4 pillars rising up from the rock border are made up from 2 pieces of foam board strips glued together and another layer of tin foil laid on top which will be treated as the boulder

I got to work on the scenery by taking a pot of filler I coated the rock that sits on the shrine with filler. Once covered I did the same with the lower wall, making sure to encase the pillars.

Next will be to do same with the tin foil that is sat on top of the pillars and add a second coat to lower section.



This afternoon I set to work on the rock columns. Using modroc plaster of Paris strips to cover the kitchen foil and joining them onto the top of each pillar. The steps were also covered as well to add texture to the stone steps.


Since I finished the lower wall the other day, I was not happy about the height of it. This evening I added another layer of tin foil and then laid a layer of modroc over it, doubling the wall in height. I now feel it is more in proportion with Kirk and Spock.

I glued a layer of black foam board to the foam base, this will strengthen the overall base.

When this is dry I can start working on the arena floor and cutting the base to size. ??

First coat of paint has been applied, wanted to get the arena wall and plinth painted before I added the sand base.



Mixing up a light grey and burnt umber I applied a second coat of paint to the arena wall in order to lighten both sides up, making them match.  The boulder for the plinth was also given its second coat to match the walls. 


While this was drying a lighter grey was applied to fire edges of the fire pit, the coals were given a coat of black.  Dots of red were added in between the to indicate heat and a wash of light grey over the coals as if they were white hot.

The four pillars embedded into the walls I sanded down each of them, removing all excess plaster, in order to make each on as smooth as they were on the show.  All four including the center column was given an initial coat of the the grey and umber mix.  The center platform was given a second coat of a lighter grey than the first and a dry wash of the grey/umber mix, this was to weather the platform.

Researching what the planet Vulcan looked like, which meant watching this episode a few times and also watching a lot of Star Trek. Vulcan is a reddish planet so I needed to redden the arena wall. Mixing up burnt umber with crimson red, I dry brushed all the stone work including centre platform. Then mixed up crimson with burnt umber (crimson being the dominant of the mix) I went back round dry brushing all the stone. Then each of the five pillars had a coat of this latest mix.

I recently purchased a The Next Generation Sarek figure to customise and to my delight he came with the gong and the mallet from this episode. I have base coated them with gun metal grey and left it to dry over night.

The past couple of days I’ve been busy. Mixing a tub of sand with a PVA/water solution (4:1) then adding in both white with a touch of orange paint. The sand was spread around the arena floor and surrounding area behind the arena wall and left to set.

I dry brushed gold over the five pillars to texture them.

The gong and mallet were both dry brushed with black to weather both pieces. The rope of the gong and mallet handle were painted a reddish brown.

Taking a knife I trimmed the base at the back of the diorama, curving the edges so they run parallel with the arena wall. Taking my sander and neatening the surrounding edges. Once completed I took my paint brush with some black acrylic paint and painted a border along the edges of the base.

After gluing a couple of pieces of fishing wire to the gong, the other ends where glued to boulder, making it able to hang freely over the fire pit. The boulder was then glued into place at the top of the central column.


I need to purchase a sheet of orange card before doing my final pictures but in the mean time please enjoy a few PCA pictures.

Final pictures are completed, done in true Classic Star Trek style.



Apartment Room

Apartment Room

Started a new little diorama scaled to 6 inch action figure. Made from foam board I’ve cut to walls and marked brick on both sides, cut a window on the larger wall. The floor is another piece of foam board, with bolsa wood stuck to it. The wood I will mark out floor boards and score the brick work into the walls.

At the moment my Captain Sisko is modelling my new diorama. This is not meant to be a Trek diorama, he was the closest to hand to model for me.

I have scored all brick work on both sides of the wall. Then I scored floorboards into the bolsa wood.

I coated both sides of the walls using white spray paint, while that was drying I used a watered down burnt umber over the bolsa wood floor which was quickly followed up with a watered down black wash.



I made up a blue/grey wash and went over the both sides of the wall. Adding black to wash I went in between the bricks and cracks in the walls to emphasise the imperfections in the brick work.

The walls were glued to base and while this was drying I turned to creating a bookcase, using scrap pieces of foam board.  Painting the bookcase in light brown, the same with two of the books, the other two with a dark grey. When the books dried the pages where painted white.

While this was drying I turned back to the room. I cut a piece of perspex along with 8 thin pieces of bolsa wood. The window was fitted and the thin pieces of bolsa were used for the frame around the window.

After putting it altogether I placed a box with a couple of rubbish bags in the room.  While trying to decide who would suit this diorama I placed ‘66 Batman and Robin to fill the void which works very well, especially when I placed the Joker at the window looking in.

Final pictures are complete


Hope you enjoy the pictures!