Keeping with the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe theme, I’ve put together another small landscape diorama drawing inspiration from the old Filmation cartoon series back in 1983.
This build I wanted to be a simple landscape diorama, I cut a piece of 10 mm foam board to act as the base. Then another piece of 10 mm which will be a broken wall, I’ve added three tabs to the bottom of the all which allow it to be allowed to slotted into the base.
Eternia in the 80’s cartoon, wood land area had a lot of huge, twisty trees of all sizes. To make one of these for the size of this piece, I have taken a cardboard tube and wrapped it up in tin foil with enough excess to twist to a point. I rolled up two more lengths of tin foils and wrapped them around the trunk like twisted branches. This will be positioned behind the wall.
Build upon this basic design, I added a horizontal wall behind the first wall, a couple of tin foil boulders into the foreground.
I was looking at the walls and realised one layer of 10 mm was not enough, I cut another piece the same size as the long wall. Glued them together and then sanded it down, I will do the same with vertical wall this evening.
The vertical wall, I added another 10 mm layer of foam board making it the same width as the horizontal wall. Using the round sander on my rotary tool to weather both walls, lightly touching the wall faces with side of the spinning sander.
I laid a piece of 6 mm foam board on the base in front of the horizontal wall, marking out 2″ x 2″ slabs before setting to them with pottery tools, scoring imperfections into the slabs.
Turning the attention to tree and the boulders, I watered down filler and coated the mixture over the objects. I poured the rest of the filler down the left side of the base and around the back. I inserted the tree into the filler covered the damp filler with sand.
Coating foil covered objects with filler mixed with water, then covering the vacant floor area with it also. I painted the floor area with a yellowish brown and the stump of the tree. I then started to layer the the full tree with darker tones of brown, finishing off with a shade of Agrax Earth shade. The tile floor and walls have been given a base grey coat. When it dried I start layering them.
Sprayed the ground with a light yellow, the paving and walls with a light blue/grey. While they were drying I took a wire brush to the small floor behind the horizontal wall. Going with the grain of the foam and scoring it to look like worn floorboards. Shade with Agrax Earth shade and airbrushed with a water down black acrylic.
All stone work was then dry brushed with Longbeard Grey. When it had dried grass tufts and moss where applied on the tree and in places on the diorama.