Diorama WIP

Jim62

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Getting started on my next diorama and I thought I'd try doing a WIP post. I had a sudden thought pop in my head to do a continuation of the Sniper Dio for some reason so I'm giving it a go. So far I have a partial form of a building and hundreds of little foam bricks to paint. I won't get into description of what the scene is at this point, because it would be too much like telling how a movie ends before you see it. So here we go. Never done this before, so please bear with me.

I decided I'd keep it the same size as the part one since it's a sequel diorama. Here I have a partial structure and an unknown number of little foam bricks to paint. Now it's on to painting and attaching the bricks. Oh the horror...LOL This may take me a while.

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Great start, Jim! Where did you source the bricks? I didn't know there were any made of foam.
 

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Great start, Jim! Where did you source the bricks? I didn't know there were any made of foam.
Thanks and I cut the bricks myself with a hot wire cutter. I gotta say when I got done I was surprised how many I had. It should be more than enough. Always nice to have extras to use later. I'm doing the building as a cutaway minus the front wall and roof since they would only hide the scene inside. It's going to be interesting to see if I can get it to work the way it does in my head.
 

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Thanks and I cut the bricks myself with a hot wire cutter...
Ah, OK! Cool! I wondered if they were commercially produced, like Verlinden's bags of bricks, or from Hansa Systems. Yours look really good and I look forward to seeing them installed and painted.
 

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Ah, OK! Cool! I wondered if they were commercially produced, like Verlinden's bags of bricks, or from Hansa Systems. Yours look really good and I look forward to seeing them installed and painted.
Thanks what really makes a difference is after you cut them, put them in a container with some rocks and shake away and you get a pretty darned good texture. I believe I ended up with around 6 or 7 hundred of them. I counted one pile at 125 and they all are close to the same size piles. I can't bring myself to sit and count them all. The big thing to remember if you ever do this, is to not lay them out in front of you like in my picture. The slightest amount of breath sends them flying everywhere. I dropped my knife and let out an expletive and poof there they went, lesson learned. :oops:
 

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What exactly is that foam from ?
Food packaging , like those trays you get steaks and other meat on that's overwrapped with clear plastic ?
 

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Could you please count the remaining bricks?
I am following very closely.
Most excellent. Brought a chair. I’m in.

Jim, when you use the wire cutter, it changes the surface on the cut side. Does this cause any reaction with paint adhesion? Is it less resistant to the stone and foil texturing?
 

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Could you please count the remaining bricks?
I am following very closely.
Most excellent. Brought a chair. I’m in.

Jim, when you use the wire cutter, it changes the surface on the cut side. Does this cause any reaction with paint adhesion? Is it less resistant to the stone and foil texturing?
Well I’ve started painting them so I’ll give it a count. I’ve painted a few already so I’ll get a pic of a painted one so you can see what the cut side looks like painted. The cut side will be between the rows of bricks so not visible when completed, and no the paint does not adhere to those areas as well because they are more porous.
 

Jim62

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Could you please count the remaining bricks?
I am following very closely.
Most excellent. Brought a chair. I’m in.

Jim, when you use the wire cutter, it changes the surface on the cut side. Does this cause any reaction with paint adhesion? Is it less resistant to the stone and foil texturing?
Well I was a bit curious myself to know how many bricks I got, just too lazy to count them but the number is 727 little tiny bricks. Here's a couple pics I took and I'll put a description below. IMG_1125.JPG
Well now you can see how the paint works on these. the spongy looking sides are where the cuts were made and you can see that doesn't look like a brick at all so of course it will not be visible. The other two sides look like bricks. The darker bricks were primed first with red brown stynylrez and then sprayed with Tamiya flat red. The pinkish ones were not primed. I can't really see it in the pics but the primed ones look better to me so I will continue priming them and repaint the lighter ones and use the paint on them as the primer. I don't really need to paint the whole brick and I could easily attach them unpainted and paint them later with a brush but I know there will be spares to hold onto for debris on another build and I'd rather spray them than brush them later. The next pic is the technique I use to paint them. Stick em with a pin, then hold them and spray them. Tedious but easy. The pin holes will not be visible when I am done. Something I forgot to ensure doing on a previous build. Hope this helps answer your questions. IMG_1129.JPG
 

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Well I’ve started painting them so I’ll give it a count. I’ve painted a few already so I’ll get a pic of a painted one so you can see what the cut side looks like painted. The cut side will be between the rows of bricks so not visible when completed, and no the paint does not adhere to those areas as well because they are more porous.
Nah, Jim I was just playing about the count.
You’ll get to know me. I shouldn’t be left to my own devices and certainly not let alone with open flames.
I do like this though. Keep bringing it.
 

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Well it took a while but I finally got all the bricks painted and or accounted for. It is quite the monumental task. Now it's on to figuring out how I'm gonna turn the building into the picture I have in my head. It will take a while to muddle through it since I've never done this before. IMG_1133.JPG
 

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