'Close Contact' Diorama (WIP)

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I have come a long way with this diorama and had not think to post it here but thought it might be helpful to some others. So here goes:

Hello everyone. Here I go again . It's been a while and a new year. :) Thought you might like to see what I have been up to during the last week. I wanted to put something together from scratch. I wanted to show a WIP so you can see how I do/did things. . I will try my best . I may not explain in every single detail as to what I did or used, as it takes time, and time is what I do not have most of the time. I have a family that demands my attention almost all the time. And I mean, my kids. So building has gone slow for me.

I am planning to take this dio to IPMS Open 08 in April in Sweden, so I am in a little bit of a hurry . So hope you can keep up with in the meantime and hope the pics I put will tell the story even clearer.

This time I am working on a 1/35 diorama which I am going to call; 'Close Contact' . Focus is going to be on figures( not that good. Still a beginner) and a pickup truck on the street in Iraq. As you may see, I have already started and well underway but there is much left to do. So join me for those who are interested in military subject matters .

I decided to use pink form for the entire building facade . This is my first time working with pink form materials to build up a scene and I must say that I am pretty impressed with myself. I think it looks good but you can decide for yourselves.

I used a xto knife and a ruler and made careful incisions into the foam to give an effect of the real thing. I used the same method to make the bricks which I am quite satisfied with the results.

Pictures say a thousand words. You be the judge :

The pictures are as it is. So forgive me for the quality:





















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Here I have painted the pink form with a concrete color that I had mixed at a department store. I must say that the colors did much to the outlook of the facade. It made the foam look like concrete. After the concrete paint was dried I went over the form with a black wash which amazingly brought out the details and made the concrete even more believable.






















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This is an interesting technique which seems to be easy to master. I've done a little more work. More wash and painting done on the walls. Added the tarmac roads, represented by using fine sand grain sand paper. Made holes for the drainage covers and Manholes. These are from Miniart. I then proceeded to paint the holes using a black color to give it depth. Then it was just a matter of fitting the covers over the holes. Making the holes were easy as the base is white form. Made cracks and small potholes which were easy. The cheap one. Added graffiti on the wall. Then I added real dust, real dirt, and earth pigments( from MIG) and mixed everything to blend it all in. on the roads.
















 

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More pics Added a door at the side of the facade and painted it yellow. also added a park bench and posters. :





































 

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Looks awesome so far ... will be watching this "borrowing" ideas.
 

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Very nice work
Great lessons
I'll be saving this one ;D
 

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Coming on really nicely, this is definitely one to watch
 
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Nice looking build Charles, good to see you at it again.
 

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Appreciate the time you all took to view this.
 

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Rally great and I love the brick work :)
Could you tell us how you did the shutters?
Cheers
 

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Biskup said:
Rally great and I love the brick work :)
Could you tell us how you did the shutters?
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These are what I used to make the roll doors or shutters. These are styrene pieces I had on hands. Simple and effective. The idea here is the overall look. That's what I am trying to achieve here.

Currogated and I-Beam styrene.



 

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Did some work on the roof. I glued sand paper to the sides and the top of the form to represent Stucco. At the top edges I used wall paste and then used the tip of paint brush to stipple the paste which in returned produced the Stucco effect. At on of the roof corners I chipped out pieces to represent broken concrete, maybe during a mortar attack or just simply worn out concrete. Either way, it looked the part. Then I painted everything with a concrete paint. Then, I used a sponged to dap a yellow paint. Then I went over everything with black wash to give it a worn aged look. Again, sorry for the bad pics:















 

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This is looking real good, I like the sculpting you did on the foam, looks realistic.
 

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Cave_Dweller said:
This is looking real good, I like the sculpting you did on the foam, looks realistic.
Thank you. Glad you like the results.
 

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I like the process, looks like a doosey of a dio. Gonna be watchin this one for sure. Ruck On Tiking!

Cheers, Ski.
 

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I already started on the figures. Took about 2 hours just trying to file up on all seams and get everything perfect on these two figures. These will be the insurgents. I have about four more of the US soldiers to do. - at least try to. Please keep in mind that figure painting is my weakest point. So if you have any tips please feel free to dash them out to me. :):











 

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Did my first try at scratch building a satellite Dish. Nothing fancy or over complicated. I decided that I want the roof to be removable. So I added tooth-picks at the top of the lower wall. Then I will be able to push the roof directly on top of the lower piece, thus holding it in place without the need for gluing. Scratch built bracket supports for signs and what-nots, signs, air-conditioner...Detailed the broken tile on the sidewalk. Iraqi sign.Some weathering done to the inside cab of the driver side of the pickup. Added some wiring to give the impression that the air-conditioner is functional, so to speak.



















Overall look so far:

 

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Anyways, here are some more pics of the building with completed roof as well as surroundings. The pole will be removed. I think the amount of garbage should be ok. also, I think I am satisfied with the insurgents. Not the best but I am still a novice at this figure painting venture. 2 down 4 more figures to go.













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Insurgent Figures:



 

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