Church Ruin

Church Ruin


After spending the past couple of months doing nothing but Doctor Who sets, I thought it was about time to do something different.  This series of dioramas I wanted to a quick, simple but effective models which can be used for any five inch or bigger figures.  


To start this series off I have gone with a room in a ruined church, using the same basic size as my Apartment Room 2 diorama I did last year.  To start I cut a the base piece of foam board 8″ x 15″, then starting with the left wall I cut a piece 8″ x 11.5″.  I wanted this to be a tall medieval window, I marked out three tall long windows and then cut them out.  Taking some black 6 mm foam board I cut a piece out to match the display size of the last the piece, marked out three arches that would go round each of the three windows and glued that onto the first piece.  Two long strips of 10″ x 1″ where then glued to either side of this wall, brick work was then carved into these two pieces.  To give it the ruined look, I marked out where I wanted to cut pieces out, cut into the foam and then ripped out the unwanted pieces.



The middle wall was done but cutting a piece of 10 mm foam foam board to 11″ x 15″, marking out each brick as 1″ x 1″, carving them out then putting in cracks in the bricks, weathering them before taking big chunks out of the top of the wall like I did with the window.



With the floor I marked out slabs of 3″ x 4″ then treated them as I did with the middle wall.  I then stuck a piece of 6 mm black foam board 2.5″ x 8″, glued it down to the far right corner.  This is to be the entrance to the room, I carved out 2″ x 2.5″ slabs on it and then weathered this to match the other.



The right wall I cut out an arched door and like the window opposite, using a piece of black 6 mm foam board I cut out an arch way to go around the door.  I marked out and carved 1″ x 1″ brick work on this wall.  Glued a 1″ x 8″ pelmet over the door, marking out 2 x 0.2″ top and bottom border, taking my rotary tool and sanded out the middle.  This wall like the others I cut out chunks of the wall to give it the ruined effect.



Using the cut away sections from the walls, I have placed them around this diorama to add to the ruined effect.



I cut a couple pieces of bolsa wood to used for the doorway, marking out and scoring in slates of wood.  Using a wooden coffee stirrer, I cut it up and used it to make the door hinges.




First coat of paint has been applied, a light grey/brown acrylic mix has been used to cover the entire of the inside of the scene.  A dark brown for the inside of the door.

Waiting on a delivery of magnetic tape, it was time to start painting this. A base coat of a light grey mixed with a little brown over the entire diorama. Brown for the base coat of the door.

When it dried, a second coat added to exposed first layer of foam board walls. A darker grey was used on the floor, large wall and the side walls 2nd and 3rd foam board layers. Dark brown wash over the floor and areas of the walls for weathering.


The magnets are in place to hold the walls in together. I’ve used magnetic strip for the bottom of the walls and small magnets placed into the corners to keep the walls together.


For the door I have made a door handle, two bolts and rivets for the hinges out of green stuff. When it has cured I’ve given them a coat of black gloss and when dry I will age them.


To add to the scene I have scattered small piles of scenic ballast around floor.



 I went over the black gloss and the ballast with a light grey wash to weather them and match the surroundings.  With all of this done, this diorama is now complete.





Finished piece

Here are a few extra pictures showing that this diorama can be used for multiple action figure genre’s.





Apartment Room 2

Apartment Room 2

Started a new diorama for up to 6 inch figures. I’ve started with the usual three standard wall with door and window.


I cut out strips of bolsa wood and fitted them into the frame of the door and the window. The cutting out a rectangular piece which has now become the door, adding extra strips to build up the design of the door.

I cut notches into both side walls which will enable them to attach to the back wall more securely.

It started with building up the door and window frames.

For my last room diorama I created a bookcase, for this one a couch had to be made and as you can see the Jokers taken to it.


I etched into the floor floorboards and then taking a wire brush to it, has given the floor a wood effect.

Quickly following on by applying the first coat of paint to the door, brick facing walls and floor.

I added a wall outside the room, then painted the top half of the outside wall with white. When this dried I made up a green shade and painted the lower half.

On the floor I dry brushed white and then a black which picked out the imperfections of the wood floor.


I’ve added skirting board to bottom of the walls, painting them red to match the door.

With all the paint dry, I have cut a piece of perspex and fixed it to the window.

Added the final finishing touches to this diorama.


Final Pictures.



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.


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!