IBO Diorama WIP 1: The Base

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I originally  wanted to recreate the final fight between  the Barbatos and Graze Ein from the anime for my first diarama. Didn’t feel like buying the 6th form HG Barbatos but I had the HG Barbatos that came with the Long Distance Booster. Looked into how much model buildings cost (they are expensive) and didn’t want to scratch build them so I went with a forest fight. From there I came up with a concept that had the Graze Ein win the fight by drill kick and thought I would try using a motor to to have it drilling.

Started off with a 16″ x 10″ wood base and used cork board to build up the cliff sides. That was a bad idea since the layers are so thin and cork is not that easy to cut. I’ll definitely go with Styrofoam next time. Added a large sheet of cork to put on the base so i can lift the terrain part and run wires through the base. Forgot to take pics of the final cork cliff layout.

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Used plaster cloth to cover the ground and cliff areas. Once that dried, I added rock plaster castings and hid the edges with more plaster cloth. I used the Outcropping, surface and boulder rock molds from woodland scenics.

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Once that layer dried I added more plaster to the ground to remove some of the flatness. I used the kits to leave inpressions in the plaster to make my life easier later on.

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The Painting

I used woodland scenics leopard spotting technique (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SfP4RpcDYw) to paint the rocks. Used burnt umber, slate and black for the colors.

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Used earth undercoat to paint the rest of the base. This took several layer to get the look I wanted.

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The Plants

I masked off the areas that i wanted to keep as dirt and started adding layers of Woodland scenics  fine and course turf (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQBDf6vQ_v8)

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Removed masking tape and checked the kits to make sure they still fit in the exposed areas.

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Once the base layer of grass was down, I added bushes, vines and trees.

 

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Source: Freddy Was Wrong