The eight diorama’s are my standard size of 15″ x 14″ x 10″. I have cut the boards make five dioramas.
I’ve used PVA glue to glue the layers together, using heavy comic book novels to apply equal pressure to each model. Once these are dry, I can start molding them into scene’s.
Building a Loft Apartment
For the first diorama of the eight I am building an apartment room. The walls are held together using magnetic tape. The work done so far has been to cut a door frame into the first layer of foam. The door is made from bolsa wood.
I have pencilled into all three walls the brick work which I will score out. 0.5″x1″ brick. The floor I have also pencilled in 1″x5″ floor board’s, also ready to be scored.
The right wall I have cut out a window, where I will insert a piece of perspex and build around it a window frame.
For the floor I have used a wire brush to give it the wood effect. I then scored around the bricks before creating the door frame.
While contemplating what do next before adding the window, I decided to start making some accessories. To start with I have created an armchair, modelled here by Harley Quinn
The next of accessories made for this piece is side board/workbench and a wall mounted TV.
The table is made using 6mm foam board and bolsa wood for the doors and draw. The flat screen is made from a piece of 10mm board.
I was able to cut the window for the first diorama. Using strips of bolsa wood to create the frame for the window.
Painting the Loft Apartment
I’ve undercoated the Loft Apartment diorama
Painted the walls of the Loft Apartment, gave the walls a base coat of light grey. When it had dried I added burnt umber to the grey mixture, then given the walls a second coat. The door I have painted a light blue.
Next step is to start painting the accessories I have made for this.
A little more work done on the Apartment room. The floor has been dry brushed with a light brown, which was then used to base paint the cupboard. Light blue painted on the door and over the chair (which was undercoated with black), not that you can tell!
I made a light brown and using a sponge to day it over the bricks, I then edged the workbench using it.
The Loft diorama, I repainted the door, cut out two images and stuck them onto thin pieces of bolsa wood and glued them on to the walls.
One of the things on the brief with the eight commissions, they have to be wipe able. I have bought Deco Art DuraClear Matte Varnish, and have applied a layer on each of the four pieces.
All that is left for me to do now is paint the outside of this piece with black.
Building a Castle Room
I started the second piece. This piece is being based on a medieval castle.
Taking one of the pre-cut bases, I’ve added the magnetic tape. I have then cut two domed doorways into the top layer of foam of the back and right walls. The right wall door is 10 cm higher because it will have a couple of steps.
With the doorways cut, I pencilled in the brickwork on the floor and the walls. I created steps for the second door.
To finish off this evenings work, I have cut a pair off door using bolsa wood. Which when finished will be glued into place.
Border adding anything else to this build, I scored out the brick work using pottery tools.
I have started to make the bolsa wood look like heavy oak doors. I have also added three load bearing columns onto the walls. This has almost concluded the overall build.
I added some details on to three columns. The next step is to use Green Stuff to create door handles and rivets.
Using Green Stuff I’ve made the door handles and bolts for doors. The build is now complete so I can concentrate on the build of the third piece.
Painting the Castle
I’ve undercoated the Castle diorama
Painted the walls of the Castle Room, gave the walls a base coat of light grey. When it had dried I added blue to the grey mixture, then given the walls a second coat.
The two doors where undercoated with Burnt Umber, base coated with Games Workshops Dryad Bark, shaded with Agrax Earthshade and then layered with Gorthor Brown. The metal of the door was painted Balthasar Gold, shaded with Agrax and then layered with Sycorax bronze.
I made a dark grey mix and using a sponge, gently dabbed the sponge across the walls and floor of this diorama.
Once dried I added white to the grey mix to work into the cracks of the stone.
After gluing the doors into place I have dry brushed Games Workshops Longbeard Grey over areas of the surfaces.
The Castle Room is now complete, the walls and floor have been varnished and the exterior has been painted black.
Building a Loading Bay
I have started the groundwork for the third diorama, I added magnetic strips to the third diorama.
I have started working on brick work.
Finished marking up the bricks in the third wall and taking one of the round ended pottery tools, I have scored out the bricks. I have also cut the top layer of board out on the third wall to make another door for this piece.
I’ve cut two doors out of bolsa wood. Built the frame for the garage door and I’m using corrugated card for that.
Painting the Loading Bay
The loading bay I’ve undercoated with black, once dry dabbed over the bricks with Burnt Umber.
I have marked out the bay lines, white lines around steps.
I added GW Agrax Earthshade to both doors, created handles to them and glued them into places.
The Bay door has been shaded with Agrax Earthshade. Painted the door with a light grey and then dry brushed with Games Workshop Necron Compound.
With the left wall using paint pens added a little graffiti, added decals to walls. The walls and floor have been varnished to make the wipe able.
Building the Scenes a Station Alcove
I was walking through my local train station the other day when I suddenly took notice of an unused space which I walk past every day. I’ve decided to use this as inspiration on my fourth piece.
The side walls I’ve cut in two doorways, which will be given doors. The brick work has also been drawn on and ready to be scored.
Taking a round headed pottery tool, I have scored and marked out the brick work.
I have used bolsa wood to create the doors and door frames on both walls. A couple of long strip of foam board was used to make the guttering, along with a single strip to create a step for the door.
Painting the Loft Apartment
After doing a black undercoat, I have base coated with a light burnt umber. The idea is to them layer with a couple of different tones of brown before weathering.
Mixing up a brown and using a sponge to dab the brown over all of the walls. I added to white to the brown and using the sponge to dry dab the the light brown over all of the surfaces.
I’ve added a couple of cables, then made a dirty brown and dry brushed areas of the diorama.
The double has been painted red, highlighted with GW Wild Rider Red and then weathered with the dark brown.
Just a couple of little things to do before this piece is completed.
Building Mos Eisley
For the fifth piece, I wanted to do something different. So far I’ve done a loft apartment, a room in a castle, a loading bay, a building alcove. This piece I wanted to do a science fiction diorama, but what to do? In the end I have decided to base this diorama on a space port found on a planet located in outer rim of galaxy far, far away!
It is the same size build as the previous four. I have cut a seven inch porch, three wall braces and cut a doorway into the right wall.