Imperial Compound

Imperial Compound

I’ve been asked to build a Star Wars diorama for a friend’s son to display his 3.75″ figures on. So I’m building him an Imperial Compound because nothing is better than the Rebels infiltrating an Imperial compound!

It’s will be 16″ high, two levels plus a rooftop landing platform. Garage and side door entrance and has to be ready in two weeks! I like challenge!



Building the Scene

So far I’ve cut variation of 14″ high lengths, widths of 6″, 4″ & 3″, cutting out doors and windows. Then gluing this all together as one piece.



I’ve cut two 10 mm panels (14″ x 9″) and then two 6 mm panels of the same size, glued the 10 mm & 6 mm together for the walls. The cut out the floor on a pieces of 10 mm then glued it onto a piece of 6 mm. Leaving this to dry over night before carrying on.



I’ve added a platform where a Canon can be mounted and a viewing balcony demonstrated here by Grand Admiral Thrawn.


I have added a layer of 6 mm foam board to the inside of the front wall, not only to strengthen but also a guide for the first floor to sit in between.


I’ve started to add the detail to the front of the compound, while building up the sides so they aren’t flat walls.

I’ve built a central console for the first floor. With the shape made, I can start adding in the detail before adding a small roof to the structure.


I’ve started etching in the panels on the exterior


Started etching the central console.

Began working on the underside of the floor. Once that at done I started working on the etchings of the upper floor.

Finished off etching panel work first floor interior, finished the exterior and then started working on the design of the ground floor.
Just need to finish etching the ground floor interior, then I can start building the roof.

Finished etching panelling into the ground the floor.

I’m going to add a couple of lifts into the rear of the model, which will double up as supports for the first floor and roof.

Snake Eyes Log Cabin

Snake Eyes Log Cabin

I’ve been commissioned to create a log cabin for the new 6″ G.I.JOE Classifieds series based on the classic 80’s comic.



Building the Scene

The specifications I’ve been given are 30″ x 15″ x 15″, it is to be made from foam board and designed to be flat packed. I have been asked to do both exterior and interior.

Unfortunately I do not own a 6″ Snake Eyes, to help model the construction of this set will be Arnold.


With the sheets still drying, I have cut notches into the inside walls for the walls to fit into and for the floor.

When the sheets have dried I will start scoring the foam to make it look like a log cabin.


Still working on the overall structure of this piece before going into detail.

Working on the foundations adding slots into the floor and then drawing on the “logs” on the front at 1″ width.


Today I’ve finished marking out the logs for both the exterior and interior. I’ve cut out four windows and a door. I’ve also started scoring one of the exterior.



I spent time shaping the walls internally and externally, to look like they are made from lengths of wood.

My client asked if I could fit a door in one of longer walls between the windows.

The next steps are to score the floor and porch before starting on the roof.


The wooden floor is now done. I’ve marked out 6″ x 1″ beams running the width, then scored the floor before taking a wire brush running it width ways across the floor.

With this now done, it’s time to work on the roof.


With the floor completed, it was time to bite the bullet and make the root.

Cutting two pieces 23″ x 5.5″ which gives 1.5″ over hang on both sides and two smaller pieces which fitted inside the frame of the cabin. The roof pieces where glued onto them with PVA glue, when the pieces are dry I’ll score the detail onto them.

The last piece to make before making the doors and windows is the stone chimney.


I’ve added a chimney breast using three 10 mm strips glued together, then scoring in bricks. I’ve also marked out 1″ thick slats running the length of the roof. Just need to score these and then it’s off to do the doors and windows.


Using bolsa wood for the doors and door frames,the cabin has two working doors.


Next steps are adding dirt to the floor and I can start painting this.


The last bit to do before I start painting is to make the ground surrounding the cabin. I’ve done this by using ordinary garden soil mixed with PVA glue.

Making the most of the one day of sun this weekend, I’m leaving it to dry outside.


Now I can start painting the cabin.

Painting the Scene

First layer of paint applied to exterior, once dried I’ll use the same paint for the interior.


The base coats of the cabin walls are now finished, I’ve used a dark brown for the interior floor, nut brown for the porch floor and one of the doors.


Next I’ll base coat the other door, the chimney and the roof.

I started by mixing a dark brown wash and painting it between each of the logs both internal and external, the crevasses of the door and roof.


Mixing up a light grey with a touch of light blue for the chimney stack. When that had dried I went in between the bricks with the dark brown wash.


When the wash on the walls had dried, I dry brushed the exterior with a dark brown.


I then added white to the dark brown and dry brushed the interior walls, the floor and roof.


I took this piece outside to do a couple of test shots and show how big the cabin is, my cat thought I built him a new house.


What’s left to do is paint the border of the base with black and add the windows.

I’ve added the windows and window frames. All that’s left to do is paint the edges of the base and stain the window frames and then this piece will be complete.


 The windows frames are stained, the base edges have been painted. Quickly checking with my client if there’s anything else he wants before declaring this piece finished and final pictures can be taken.




Final Pictures



Death Star Corridor

Death Star Corridor

Starting a new commission piece, Death Star corridor for Star Wars Black series 6″.



Building the Scene


Made of foam board, the corridor will consist of four individual panels and a floor.



After marking out each panel, I’ve cut out each smaller panel using card and I’m now in the process gluing each piece to the board. I’m using a 3D printed version as a comparison.



I have cut another set of panels for the first wall section. I’ve added another layer of foam to double the thickness and cut down the floor to the correct size.



Finished the build on the corridor, when the glue has dried I can start painting this.



Painting the Scene

 Last night I undercoated with a black, this morning I have base coated with grey.


A second coat of grey was applied, when dried I’ve used a dark grey wash to the vents and then painted over the top with a layer of Pewter.



Final Pictures



Coruscant Underworld

Coruscant Underworld

After making a few 6″ based module dioramas, I wanted to go back to figures that started my diorama journey.  What started off as a simple set of modular diorama’s, soon escalated into something a little bit more! 


Store 1

Store 2

Stall 1

Store 3

Final Pictures

Landing Platform

Final Pictures

Store 1

Building the Scene


This modular display are for 3.75″ Star Wars figures, made from foam board of 6 & 10 mm thickness. It is a single piece of foam with layers of foam added to it.  It measurements are 6.5″ x 8″ x 6″, all pieces are glued together using PVA glue, therefore waiting time for the glue to dry is about 24 hours.