Thursday, August 26, 2010

Autumn Diorama part 1 of 2

Hello everyone! As promised, here are the photos of my latest creation. It is a small diorama for taking photos of mechs and other 1/300 scale miniatures. I chose autumn scenery because I thought it would be challenging and unique. Take a look and let me know what you think. Tomorrow I will show case my first lance, the 1st Kathil Uhlans, to be photographed on the diorama.

I first gathered a discard foam board from work and cut it to the same size as my previous diorama (approximately 15" X 19"). I then cut and glued multiple smaller pieces on one side of the board to make a mound or ridge (this photo does not show that well). I then slathered a copious amount of plaster all over the board and especially the ridge to give it a more natural shape. Once that dried for two days, I panted various shades of brown and gray to give the terrain a rugged look. (click on the photos to enlarge them)

I then sprayed the entire diorama with watered down craft glue (you know the white stuff/Elmer’s) keeping most of the glue from the gray areas so it could be exposed rock when the diorama was complete. Once it was drenched, I sprinkled woodland scenes turf all over it and let it dry. Once the turf dried, I shook off the excess.


In order to make the terrain look as varied and rugged as possible, I applied a thicker layer of craft glue in various areas and sprinkled two different types of Gale Force 9 grass and let those areas dry. And again, shook the grass off.

Finally, I poked holes in the plaster with a very skinny awl and then placed various trees I bought on eBay into the holes and glued them into place with some thick supper glue. I then placed five different colored types of bushes all over the board. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out and I can't wait to show you the diorama with its back ground sky. I'll post that tomorrow.

Have you made a diorama or terrain before?

Do you have any suggestions?


  1. On some of the foam Bushes, you might take a similar colored paint that is lighter or darker, or both, and dab it on or dry brush it to reduce the stark glare of yellow and orange base color, give it more of the autum look. Dull light brown colored bushes for dead bush, otherwise autum grass colors are usually dry brown, depending on the local I guess, which on your board looks good. Looks like its for 15mm?

  2. Thanks for the suggestion Alfrik. I'll give that a try. I had not thought to modify the bushes.

    The intended use of the board is for photographing my Battletech mechs which are 1/300th scale or 6mm but, one could easily use the board for 15mm figures and vehicles.

    Thanks again for the comments.