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Title: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on March 22, 2017, 03:12:14 AM
Today I finally started a new project. This year I am going try my hands at other genre's other than Star Wars, which I focused very heavily on. With this project I am going to base this around the 6" DC figures, taking influence from Arkham City. I am gong to create a derelict shop (either a complete enclosed building or front face with two rooms inside-Not sure yet). Today I started with the front of the building, taking a piece of foamboard and cutting it in half.

I sketched the second floor windows, front door and bottom windows. I cut out the door, above the door will be a sign, either side of that will be brick work. To accomplish this, I cut around the areas, stripping off the top layer of board and using a 1 by 2 piece of Lego. I pressed it into the board to give the impression of bricks.

I think it worked rather well.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Tamer on March 23, 2017, 01:56:26 AM
I have been wondering what you have been up too!

Good to see you started on a new project.
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Post by: Panther on March 23, 2017, 02:00:37 AM
Sorry I disappeared.  I started a new job in January and then next thing I know, its the end of March! 
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Post by: Tamer on March 23, 2017, 02:17:34 AM
Thats how life is sometimes. It is just good to see you back around.
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Post by: Panther on March 23, 2017, 02:42:30 AM
Thanks Tamer
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Post by: hemble on March 23, 2017, 03:24:03 PM
I'm liking what I see so far mate and look forward to seeing more WIP pics.

Ron
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Post by: Panther on March 23, 2017, 03:28:42 PM
Thanks Ron, I will not disappoint you  ;D
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Panther on March 26, 2017, 05:36:27 AM
Update!

I cut the 1st floor windows out, I also carefully removed the top lay of card from the board from around the windows.  Using my 2x1 piece of lego, I started to press the Lego into the card to simulate brick work.

It's not much of an update but believe me that it was a couple of hours work.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Tamer on March 27, 2017, 02:13:40 AM
Looks good to me. Off to share.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Panther on April 02, 2017, 10:13:45 AM
Update!

Last night, I had the evening to myself and was able to crack on.  Using my special piece of Lego, I imprinted more bricks.  Up by the windows I have given the impression there is still a layer of concrete covering the bricks, to give it the impression that it is a building in disrepair. 

The windows have been cut out and the top layer card has been removed from underneath windows.  Using a wire brush, I ran the brush straight down the foam under one of the windows.  I'm trying to give the impression of a wood, not too sure that it will work or I might turn it to concrete but it's still early days.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Panther on April 02, 2017, 11:14:51 AM
To show the scale of this so far, here is my 6" Flash stood in the doorway.
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Post by: hemble on April 02, 2017, 02:40:23 PM
Damn impressive mate and I love the look of the brick work.

Ron
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Post by: Panther on April 03, 2017, 12:53:09 AM
Thanks Ron, I've got at least two more walls to build with bricks and if I feel stupid enough, the inside to do as well but still undecided on that right now.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Tamer on April 03, 2017, 02:25:19 AM
Very  nice. Off to share the update.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Panther on April 12, 2017, 04:40:30 AM

Update!
I finally found some time to work on my building. With the front wall, I cut out the door frame, then cut out lengths of foam board to make the door frame, window ledge and frame. I used PVA glue to stick them in place.

For the inner wall, I cut another piece of foam board because we all know how easily foam board bends. Having cut the other piece to match the reverse of the front wall, I stripped the entire inner wall of its top layer of card as I have previously done with outer wall. Taking out my Lego tool, I have started to carve into the foam board the brick work needed. As you can tell from the pictures, it is going to be the entire wall.

More to follow!
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Panther on April 12, 2017, 04:42:35 AM
I finally finished creating the brick work on the inside wall, my clamps have turned up so I have PVA glued the two sides together. 2-3 more wall to do like this.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Tamer on April 13, 2017, 04:55:31 AM
Nice off to share.
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Post by: Panther on April 16, 2017, 03:26:31 AM
Update!

Last night I started work on the 2nd wall, I have decided to make the building angular making this walk the corner wall.

Like the main wall, I have stripped off the top layer of card. Getting out my Lego tool I started carving my brick work. This morning I have glued both sides together and cut out the third wall.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Tamer on April 16, 2017, 05:02:58 AM
Looking good. Off to share the update.
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Post by: hemble on April 16, 2017, 05:34:23 PM
Coming great buddy and that vid you did was excellent.

Ron
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Panther on April 17, 2017, 01:42:15 AM
Hi all

People have been asking me how I have been doing the brick work on my Facebook page, this spurred me to do a quick tutorial to which I wanted to share with the Yard.

I start by pulling the top layer of paper off the foam board. Picking off the excess that doesn't want to come off. 

Then taking my Lego tool (a single piece of 1x2) and wearing protective gloves (believe me these help).

I slowly work my way across the board, line by line until I reach the end.

It's a slow and tedious process but I think we can all agree it does the trick.

I hope this proves useful to everyone.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Tamer on April 17, 2017, 11:33:24 AM
Looks pretty good to me. Off to share.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Panther on April 17, 2017, 11:02:21 PM
Update!

With the 3rd wall half completed, I wanted to see how it looks so far. I still need to do the inside of the 3rd wall before doing both ground and first floors.

In the mean time Batman is taking on Harley, the Joker and Killer Croc, just to check out the scale of this dio (honest!)

This is the first time I've ever made anything for 6 inch figures, I hope I have somewhere big enough to show this off.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Tamer on April 18, 2017, 02:21:34 AM
Looks great to me so far. Off to share.
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Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on April 19, 2017, 01:30:37 PM
That's a real good bit of info thanks for sharing that ! May come in handy one day ! Great work
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: hemble on April 19, 2017, 09:04:55 PM
Looking great buddy.

Ron
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Post by: Panther on April 27, 2017, 01:36:17 AM
Update!

Last night, I trimmed the all the walls so they all stood flush with one another.  I have marked out the corner stones, which I will carve out over the next couple of days before applying a coat of paint to building before starting on the floors.

I have done my usual of sticking the sides together with masking tape to feel for the size.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Tamer on April 27, 2017, 02:29:31 AM
It is looking good!
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Post by: hemble on April 27, 2017, 02:48:17 AM
Buddy your killing it, this is going to be awesome.

Ron
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Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on April 27, 2017, 02:31:15 PM
You are totally killing it ! Stunning work Love the attention to the detail
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Panther on April 28, 2017, 05:36:24 AM
Thanks guys!  I've just purchased a can of limestone spray paint as a base coat for this, if anyone has any ideas on colour then please let know.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Panther on April 28, 2017, 02:48:37 PM
Worked on the corner stones of both the side walls this evening. Using my rotary tool to carve in between each stone, then sanded them with corse sandpaper which removed the top layer of card. Just need to do the same with the facing wall before I can fix the pieces together.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: hemble on April 29, 2017, 05:25:40 PM
Outstanding work mate, this is going to be awesome once completed.

Ron
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Tamer on April 30, 2017, 06:32:11 AM
Looks great. Off to share the latest in all the right places.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Panther on May 01, 2017, 06:52:35 AM
Major update!

Today I managed to get a lot of work done on the building.  I started by carving out the corner stones for the front of the building, using the same technique as the other two walls but making sure that they lined up with the adjacent walls.

After completing this task, I sanded them down, curving the edges and removing the top layer of card from the foam.  Taking my glue gun, I glued both sides on, making sure ther blocks where alignred with each other.  Then sanded down each side, blending in both side, trying to blend in the join.

Once the sides had been glued on I then cut out a piece of card and started working on the floor.  Taking the strips of bolsa wood, I glued them onto the board to act as floor boards. This will probably be the same the next floor.  Once it has dried, I am thinking of coffee staining the floor, to darken it.

While this was drying, I sprayed the building with a limestone spray, this has come up a little lighter than I had imagined but a couple of grey washes should do the trick.

Time to let it all dry, I hope you like the progress!
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Panther on May 01, 2017, 06:54:31 AM
Picture's of the floor
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Post by: Panther on May 01, 2017, 12:31:58 PM
First coat of paint applied
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Post by: Tamer on May 02, 2017, 02:43:03 AM
Now that is sweet. Looking great and off to share.
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Post by: Panther on May 05, 2017, 01:10:13 AM
Update!

Last night I coffee stained the floor which I think turned out rather well. Before I could fit the floor to the walls, I had to apply another coat of paint to darken out the walls. I created an acrylic wash made up from white, black and a little burnt umber and went over all the brick work. Not sure whether to do a second wash before i start work on the first floor? I will be going over the corner stones with a grey to match the brick work.
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Post by: Panther on May 05, 2017, 01:14:12 AM
More pictures.
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Post by: Tamer on May 05, 2017, 02:38:24 AM
This is really coming along now! Great update.
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Post by: Panther on May 05, 2017, 02:51:29 AM
Thanks Tamer
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Post by: Tamer on May 06, 2017, 09:38:17 AM
Time to get this on the front pages.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Panther on May 06, 2017, 12:08:37 PM
Been busy today, what started as fixing the ground floor to the walls ended up being by fitting in the second floor as well.  After fitting the floor, I cut 6 supports and glued them to the corners and either side of the door.  I cut a piece of foam core and slid it into grooves I cut into the walls, then glued it into place.  This pulled the walls back in, squaring of the middle.  Using strips of bolsa, I covered both sides of the foamboard floor before coffee staining all the wood I had applied today.  I cut a strip of foam board, sprayed painted and glued it to the bottom of the door as a step.

Now I have completed these floors, I still have to:

1) The windows and door.

2) The roof.

2) The base (sidewalk/pavement & road).

3) Another wall to create an alley down the side of the building.

4) All internal accessories.

Still a long way to go before I can say this is completed.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Panther on May 06, 2017, 12:09:28 PM
A couple more pictures.
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Post by: Panther on May 14, 2017, 09:57:58 PM
Update!

Started working on the roof last night. I cut the base and then five strips to act as a boarder. As usual, it’s held together with masking tape while I’m working and developing the roof. Once I’ve finished developing this, I will be using a piece of black foam board for top of the roof
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Tamer on May 15, 2017, 02:42:54 AM
Wow, this is really coming a long since I last viewed it. Off to share!
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Post by: Panther on May 15, 2017, 02:43:40 AM
Thanks Tamer
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Post by: hemble on May 16, 2017, 06:25:18 PM
Looking awesome mate, I love Batman & Robin on the roof it gives a good scale to the building.

Ron
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Post by: Panther on May 17, 2017, 12:39:25 AM
Thanks Ron.  Its a little on the large size and have no idea where I am going to put it lol.
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Post by: Panther on May 17, 2017, 04:00:12 PM
This evening I carried on working on the roof, I thought I had finished with doing brick work but my design had other ideas for me lol.

As you can see, the construction on the roof is now completed. All that is needed to do it sand it, paint it, glue the black foam board into place and then glue the roof into place. Then I can start with the roof accessories.

Just so you get an idea if the size of this, I put my 1999 Rancor in front of it. As you can see he doesn't even reach the top windows.

Over the weekend I will start adding the windows before attaching the roof into the place.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Tamer on May 18, 2017, 02:30:34 AM
Wow, this is really coming along nicely. Off to share the latest.
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Post by: Panther on May 18, 2017, 02:35:30 AM
Thanks Tamer, really appreciate it.
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Post by: Panther on May 21, 2017, 12:40:07 PM
Update!

Before I carry on working on the roof, I thought it was about time I turned my hand to making the windows.

I cut out 6 pieces from the plastic sheet, then using bolsa wood I made front and back window frames.  Once completed I stuck them into place with hot glue.

Next job is to do the bottom two windows and putting the second coat of paint on the roof.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Tamer on May 22, 2017, 02:19:43 AM
Looks good. Off to share.
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Post by: Panther on May 22, 2017, 06:07:36 AM
Update!

First coat of paint has been applied to the roof, need to mix up the darker colour for the brick work before glueing the black foam board into place.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Panther on May 22, 2017, 03:26:06 PM
Tonight, I got a bit carried away!

What started as only wanting to apply a base coat of limestone to the underneath of the roof (which I did). Ended up by adding beams to the ceiling, to straighten out the bending board and then having the bright idea of gluing the roof to the base!  The black board has been placed back in but not glued in place yet. But I am now at a conundrum as to
1) Do I paint the top brick work as I have the others
Or
2) Leave the roof as is and stick the black core in place before I add the extra rooftop garnish?

Thoughts please.

I also still need to add the base, first floor windows/door and accessories for inside before saying this is completed.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Tamer on May 23, 2017, 02:31:15 AM
Wow, looking good. Off to share. Lets see if we can get you some answers to your question. I kinda like the way it looks now.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Panther on May 23, 2017, 02:36:07 AM
Thanks Tamer, I was kinda thinking the same but was also wondering if I should paint the corner stones a grey colour because the limestone seems a bit to bright for Gotham.  ???
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Post by: Tamer on May 23, 2017, 02:43:38 AM
I think that would look good too. I really like what you are doing though. Perfect Gotham building or any city scape for that matter.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Panther on May 23, 2017, 02:47:33 AM
Wow, thank you Tamer.
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Post by: JDeck on May 23, 2017, 05:41:21 AM
Wow, this building is looking really fantastic. I'm sure whatever decision you make will be great. Personally I like a dark art deco Gotham,  like in the '89 Batman, and Returns.
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Post by: Panther on May 23, 2017, 06:00:13 AM
Thanks JD, I'm thinking I should go that way with it, it still looks too clean lol!
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Post by: hemble on May 23, 2017, 06:33:23 PM
This is looking better and better with each update buddy, it's going to look amazing.

Ron
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Post by: Panther on May 23, 2017, 11:12:37 PM
Thanks Ron.
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Post by: Panther on May 27, 2017, 10:07:51 AM
 Today I managed to get time to apply another coat of paint, as you can see I applied a darker coat on to the external brick work and then a grey coat to the corner stones. Once its dry, I'll glue the black foam board down. You probably have noticed that I have removed top layer of card ftom the black foam board, the texture I think works better without the top layer on. Need to build a roof shed and air con units for the roof and also add the downstairs windows and doors.

I think its starting to look more like a building in Gotham!
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Tamer on May 28, 2017, 04:32:41 AM
Oh yeah, looks good. Off  to share the update.
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Post by: JDeck on May 28, 2017, 06:53:27 PM
Looking good! The dark brickwork definitely gives it a dark Gotham look.
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Post by: hemble on May 29, 2017, 12:14:05 AM
This is looking awesome and yep that black brick work is perfect.

Ron
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Post by: Panther on May 29, 2017, 11:44:38 AM
Today I got back to work on the building, I decided to work on the doorway to roof and an air condition unit. Both units are made with foam board, the first attempt of the doorway to the roof I thought was a little too large for the building. I ended up by taking an inch from the height and the width, at the moment I have placed a make shift door with a piece of black foam board. The air con unit again made from white foam board, the air vents are rectangles cut into the board and then using a flat piece of metal to push tops of the vents in and pull the underneath's out.

I have decided to fill the inside space with some furniture and will make up a few boxes and palettes. To start off with, I now have the beginnings of an L shaped desk.
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Post by: Panther on May 29, 2017, 11:46:54 AM
A shot of the door and air con unit in place and shots of the L shaped desk.
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Post by: Tamer on May 30, 2017, 03:21:33 AM
Very nice. Off to share in all the right places.
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Post by: Panther on May 31, 2017, 10:31:41 AM
Today I have done a little more work on the building. I started by going over the brick work with a black was. Then painting the rooftop doorway grey, then a black wash. For the door a coat of bergandy with both a black and a white wash, I have ordered a 1:12 door handle for it. The air con unit, I gave it a white coat, then a black wash, finished off with a gentle white wash to smooth out the black, then glued both onto the roof.

The desk I have added a front and sides to it, sanded it down and a waiting to be stained.

I decided to add the personnal touch to this building and added my logo to it, the building is now the Gotham branch of Richard's Creative Workshop.

I have started to measure up for the groundfloor windows and door, once they are fitted, then on to the street and side.

It's slowly starting to come together!
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Post by: Panther on May 31, 2017, 10:37:48 AM
Some shots of the rooftop door.
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Post by: Panther on May 31, 2017, 10:39:24 AM
Final shots.
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Post by: Tamer on June 01, 2017, 05:34:33 AM
Nice, time to share.
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Post by: Panther on June 01, 2017, 12:52:32 PM
This afternoon I got one of the windows fitted and framed. I also cut a piece for the door, then using a piece of acrylic sheeting I cut a whole into the door and placed the glass into it. What I will be doing next will be to sculpt the door, adding a little more detail into it and then adding the other window.

The bottom piece of foam board will be the pavement around the building.
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Post by: Tamer on June 04, 2017, 05:29:23 AM
This is really looking great.
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Post by: Panther on June 04, 2017, 02:29:59 PM
Thanks Shawn.

Today I finally fitted the last window into place and put its frame on.  After recently purchasing a mouse sander, I went over the floors making them even. I also sanded the counter, this just needs to be either stained or painted.

Tonight I started working on the surrounding area to the building. Cutting a single piece of foam board I have carved the surrounding area with 1"X1" squares for paving stones. Next job with this is to sand down the top layer before spraying.  I might cut out the flagged area to the right side and replace it with a single piece of board for the alleyway. It was pointed out to me after cutting the squares, that alleyways aren't flagged. Oh well!

Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Tamer on June 05, 2017, 04:27:12 AM
More great work. Off to share.
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Post by: Panther on June 07, 2017, 01:16:21 AM
Last night I got work on the base for my diorama.  I started by cutting two pieces of black foam board and gluing them together.  Once dried, I used my steam cleaner with the window scrapper attachment  and removed the top layer of card from both sides of the soon to be wall.  Once the foam had been revealed I took my Lego tool and carved bricks into both sides of the wall.

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Post by: Panther on June 07, 2017, 01:23:10 AM
The pavement\sidewalk, I sanded down the top shinny layer of card off to leave the roof imperfections of underneath.  Taking another sheet of board, it was glued to the underneath of the pavement to create a second, stronger layer.

The aim of tonight was to test out magnetic strip for a commission I've been asked to.  Once the pavement had dried and I had finished the sanding, I glued a strip of magnetic tape to the underside of the wall and then another strip to the pavement and ta-da I have a removable freestanding wall to act as an alleyway or remove it for close up action shots like Batman scaling the wall.
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Post by: Panther on June 07, 2017, 01:27:31 AM
Next job, is to paint the sidewalk and then add a bit of road to it.

In the meantime please enjoy some action shots!
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Post by: Tamer on June 07, 2017, 06:11:13 AM
Looks great. Off to the latest.
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Post by: Panther on June 11, 2017, 01:31:36 AM
Today, I cracked on with getting the pavement spray painted. While that was drying I got a couple of wooden kabab spikes and painted the aluminium, then gave them a chrome coating.

While they are drying, I sanded the door, gave the window a fresh foam board frame, then applied a coat of white acrylic.

I have coffee stained the table.

I cut a piece of corrugated card and painted it silver, this is to be used as a security barrier for the front door.

 Once the pavement had dried, I have applied a grey wash and then a black dry wash. Then using the grey and a thin brush, I have gone over every pavement slab.

When the spikes have dried, I will tie them on to mesh and make a fence for the back of the alley.

Almost there!
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Post by: Panther on June 11, 2017, 01:34:19 AM
This morning I woke up and fixed my mesh fencing to the top of the wall and at the end of the alleyway.

Not too shabby!
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Post by: hemble on June 11, 2017, 04:27:32 PM
That is looking awesome mate and I'm loving the details you are putting into it.

Ron
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Post by: Panther on June 12, 2017, 12:36:40 AM
Thanks Ron
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Post by: Tamer on June 12, 2017, 06:02:21 AM
Very nice update. Man you really have a nice city scape here. So many uses besides DC, but right on! Off to share.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Panther on June 12, 2017, 06:26:04 AM
Thanks Shawn, what started as a simple front and top has just exploded into an all rounder dio. My daughter is eager to play with this!
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Post by: Panther on June 12, 2017, 06:29:00 AM
To morn the passing of Adam West over the weekend, I had to put my diorama to use in its unfinished state.

I hope you like pictures.
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Post by: Tamer on June 13, 2017, 05:23:48 AM
Pretty cool tribute. You need a helicopter hanging over with some shark repellent. I so remember that episode for some reason. Off to share.
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Post by: Panther on June 13, 2017, 05:34:20 AM
Ha ha ha, that was the Batman movie (not Lego) opening scene.  What a film! 8)
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Post by: Panther on June 13, 2017, 05:41:51 AM
Oh forgot to mention this. I put together a couple of boxes and bin bags to sit in the alleyway as random clutter.

The removable wall work great for side on shots of the alley.
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Post by: Tamer on June 13, 2017, 06:38:19 AM
Oh yeah, you had to have some trash. Looks ultra realistic. Hard to believe at such a smaller scale.
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Post by: Panther on June 13, 2017, 06:51:14 AM
Thanks bro, got a couple of little things I want to do with this before having to put it to one side for a bit.  I've been commissioned to do The Pit from Mortal Kombat for 3.75" figures and if I don't start it soon ......
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Post by: Panther on June 13, 2017, 09:41:47 PM
This evening was all about sticking decals over the exterior of this building in Gotham, taking reference from different Batman genres.

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Post by: Panther on June 13, 2017, 09:44:14 PM
Along with a few action shots from DCEU Batman vs Deadshot.
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Post by: Tamer on June 14, 2017, 06:02:12 AM
Looks pretty nice to me. Off to share.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: hemble on June 18, 2017, 05:51:00 PM
Excellent work mate.

Ron
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Post by: Panther on June 18, 2017, 09:42:48 PM
Thanks Ron.

Finally got around to painting the door and adding the door handles on the other day, even gave the corner desk a coat of paint too.

Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Tamer on June 21, 2017, 05:38:57 AM
You are really covering all your bases with this one.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Panther on June 22, 2017, 01:34:58 AM
I am having to do a time out with this for a moment, I have been commissioned to do create The Pit from Mortal Kombat 3.75" figures.  I will be carrying doing the last finishing details with my diorama but for now, here it is housing my Batman Animated collection.  I'll do the finishing pictures later on this weekend.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Panther on June 22, 2017, 01:39:25 AM
Here are the beginnings of the my commissioned piece The Pit from Mortal Kombat scaled for 3.75" figures.  Excuse the The Flash and Weather Wizard, I don't own any MK figure's lol.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Tamer on June 22, 2017, 03:51:28 AM
Pretty cool, time to share.
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Post by: FialaFernbrugg on June 25, 2017, 12:41:40 AM
The Gotham dio looks very good.
I really like the bin bags in the alleyway.

Excellent work!
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Post by: Panther on June 25, 2017, 07:34:32 AM
Thank you FialaFernbrugg.
This morning I cracked on with bridge towers, while still in the development phase they are held together with masking tape.  The bridge will fit securely into each tower and rest onto of the three pillars. 

I am considering changing the three pillars from cardboard tubes and replacing them with three pillars of foam.

Once the development phase is complete, the next phase will be to strip the top layer of card off all the foam and carve stone slabs into them.
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Post by: Tamer on June 26, 2017, 04:34:02 AM
Looking good. This is really gonna be awesome when complete. I am sure the person you are building it for is pretty happy!

I really think your DC Dio is gonna be hard to beat for any city-scape. It has myriad uses. About the only new city dio I would make if I were you is a bombed out version after all the combat has happened.
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Post by: Panther on June 26, 2017, 02:12:47 PM
Thanks Tamer.

I had considered doing a bombed out building but I remember how disappointed you where when I did that with Max's castle and just couldn't do it to you again  ;D  I might do that a bombed out version but animated style to house my Batman Animated figures

If I hadn't have covered it in in Gotham style decals it really would be multi genre.  But for now I'll let The Batman make his mark on it.
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Post by: Panther on June 26, 2017, 03:55:22 PM
Thanks Tamer.

I had considered doing a bombed out building but I remember how disappointed you where when I did that with Max's castle and just couldn't do it to you again  ;D  I might do that a bombed out version but animated style to house my Batman Animated figures

If I hadn't have covered it in in Gotham style decals it really would be multi genre.  But for now I'll let The Batman make his mark on it.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Tamer on June 27, 2017, 05:27:55 AM
Works for me. All you need now is the bat signal light on top of that building.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
Post by: Panther on July 02, 2017, 02:01:39 PM
Ha ha, funnily enough I'm currently looking for a Bat signal for my next piece.

The Pit is coming along nicely. Today was a succesful day, I stripped off the top layer of card from towers, bridge andf floor.  Once removed, I've started adding in the detail.  Removing the top layer, makes the foam board bow, to stop this, I have added a second layer of board to the bridge. 

The next part is turning the foam into stone pillars, to do this I have added a layer of modroc over each piece of foam and the wooden scure place through the middle of each to keep them straight.  Just need these parts to dry before adding details to the tops of the towers and a back wall.
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Post by: Tamer on July 03, 2017, 03:17:03 AM
Looks good to me. Off to share.
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Post by: hemble on July 03, 2017, 03:33:34 AM
Coming together great and keep posting those WIP pics mate.

Ron
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Post by: Panther on July 03, 2017, 03:40:10 AM
Thanks Tamer and Ron.

Don't worry Ron, I'll keep WIP's coming. ;D
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: MK The Pit
Post by: Panther on July 11, 2017, 01:42:15 AM
Update!

It's been a busy couple of weeks with work, grabbing time to work on this project has been difficult recently but when I have, my problems with work have melted away.
As you can see, I have made three grooves into the Pits floor for the pillars to sit into. For the top of each tower, a wall which each side of the bridge will now slot comfortably into.
All that is needed before painting this is to finish off the pillars and a back wall with a skyline.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: MK The Pit
Post by: Tamer on July 11, 2017, 05:27:16 AM
Using customizing to relieve stress. I like it and your update. Off to share.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: MK The Pit
Post by: Panther on July 11, 2017, 05:40:37 AM
Thanks Tamer.  You're right, its a great way to forget about the world.
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Post by: Tamer on July 12, 2017, 05:16:47 AM
Thanks Tamer.  You're right, its a great way to forget about the world.

Thats the way I view this site as sometimes. It is so therapeutic to just get in here and see great artwork and imagination and the cares of the world just go away; if only for a little while.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: MK The Pit
Post by: Panther on July 14, 2017, 03:23:01 AM
Update to the Pit

This evening I waded a layer of modroc on the bridge, which will not only strengthen it but give it some wonderful definition of concrete. Then cutting strips of modroc and applying them to each pillar.

Once they are dry, I will sand down the bridge to fine within the enclave at the top of each tower, then workout a way to fit the pillars in place. But also making it shippable to the US.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: MK The Pit
Post by: Tamer on July 14, 2017, 05:33:16 AM
Looks pretty good.
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Post by: Panther on July 15, 2017, 01:57:03 AM
Hi, not much of an update but ...

With the modroc still a little damp I have been able to trim off a little of the excess to fit into the a
alcoves of the towers. Unfortunately I have created a half a centimetre gap between the bridge and the top of the pillars.  I think three foam board disks and a little modroc might be in order!
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: MK The Pit
Post by: Tamer on July 15, 2017, 05:28:21 AM
Its looking great. I can't wait to see it with some paint on it!
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: MK The Pit
Post by: hemble on July 16, 2017, 02:01:46 AM
Damn this is looking amazing buddy and yeah customizing is the best way to distress and forget about real life for a while.

Ron
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: MK The Pit
Post by: Panther on July 17, 2017, 12:37:40 AM
Thanks Ron and Tamer
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Post by: FialaFernbrugg on July 18, 2017, 01:04:56 AM
The Pit looks fantastic.
I can't wait to see some paint on it.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: MK The Pit
Post by: Panther on July 18, 2017, 01:06:44 AM
Just got some final touches to do before paint goes on but its not that far away.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: MK The Pit
Post by: Panther on July 20, 2017, 09:54:58 AM
Update!

Over the past couple of days I have slowly tweaking my build. The alcoves have been glued to the top of the towers, then magnetic strips added to keep the bridge in place. The bridge has been sanded to fit into the alcoves with magnetic strips added to meet the strips in the towers.
I cut three foam disks, stuck them on top of each pillar and then covered them with modroc.
Cutting into the base, where the towers stand and removing a layer of foam for the towers to sit embedded. I have also added magnetic strips to help keep them in place.
Finally I have started to add a little paint to this, with the bridge and pillars dry I have coated them with a coat of stone grey spray paint.
The paint work has started!
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: MK The Pit
Post by: Panther on July 20, 2017, 10:31:54 AM
After the pillars and bridge first coat added
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: MK The Pit
Post by: Tamer on July 21, 2017, 05:42:37 AM
Looks good. Off to share.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: MK The Pit
Post by: Panther on July 21, 2017, 10:29:04 AM
Update.

I've been looking at the towers and the way they are joined together and have not been particularly happy about it, so today I crafted some edging to cover the join.

I have applied the first coat of paint to base, both towers and also to pillars to give them two tones.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: MK The Pit
Post by: Panther on July 21, 2017, 10:31:20 AM

I have placed nails (loosely) into the base and once paint work is complete on the pillars, it will start to look more like the Pit.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: MK The Pit
Post by: Panther on July 22, 2017, 03:23:23 AM
This morning I woke up at 6:30 and cracked on with paint work. Emphasised the brick work on both towers and then went over them with a black wash.

The bridge I used a black and a white wash and applied a second coat to the pillars before going over them with a black wash.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: MK The Pit
Post by: Tamer on July 22, 2017, 05:10:05 AM
Wow, you are really bringing this one home. I am liking it. Off to share.

I saw that wal mart was selling a mortal kombat flawless victory tank top and I thought of your work.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: MK The Pit
Post by: JDeck on July 22, 2017, 09:50:19 AM
Very cool! I like the stonework. Looks good.
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Post by: hemble on July 22, 2017, 06:36:35 PM
Awesome work mate especially on the stone work.

Ron
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Post by: Panther on July 22, 2017, 10:42:44 PM
Thanks guys, time to crack on with floor, will post pictures in bit.
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Post by: Panther on July 23, 2017, 02:31:35 AM
This morning was another 6:30 start but with great results. Mixing up a grey with a hint of blue, went around each flag stone, washed over the imperfections in the foam board, then went over the entire base with a black wash.

From what I remember of Mortal Kombat, it's a very bloody game, so this set would not be complete without stains of blood covering the floor. Mixing up a combination of deep red and burnt umber, I went over floor, paying attention to the areas where the spikes are on the floor and on the pillars. Even staining the bridge with a little blood.

For its transportation to the States, the nails will not be going with it but I had to place nails into the pillars, just to know where to place the blood. Not just to see how it all looks 😉.

I have gone over the base with a black acrylic to try and keep the base from bowing. I just need to check with the client if he still wants the back wall creating or if he's happy with it being open plan.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: MK The Pit
Post by: Panther on July 23, 2017, 02:33:55 AM
Some more pictures before being told by my client whether he wants a back wall or not.
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Post by: Tamer on July 23, 2017, 06:37:16 AM
very nice. Look for the update on the front page soon.
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Post by: Panther on July 24, 2017, 03:20:23 AM
Final shots of my commissioned piece.

I hope you like them.
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Post by: Tamer on July 24, 2017, 05:34:10 AM
Now that is one awesome looking dio. I am sure your customer is very happy. Off to share in all the right places.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Blown Building
Post by: Panther on July 31, 2017, 12:53:21 AM
Hi
With my eldest daughter visiting me for 3 weeks I thought I would take a little time off, or so I thought. My daughter asked if she could help me construct a diorama or two while she is here and this is what we did.
Taking black foam board and cutting it into three wall, we marked out the brick on three of the pieces and the carved into board. The other three pieces were used as a second layer to strengthen the boards. We then cut in between some of the bricks and then pulled then apart to destroy parts of the walls and use them as rubble for the floor.
I used two pieces of balsa wood for the floor, scoring the wood gently to make it look like floor boards.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Blown Building
Post by: Panther on July 31, 2017, 12:55:06 AM
Over the next couple of days, I will be teaching my daughter to coffee stain, spray paint the walls, put a Perspex window with window frame.

This is a wonderful surprising father and daughter project. Can't wait to see what we come up with next!
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Post by: JDeck on July 31, 2017, 04:45:14 AM
  Looks awesome! Sounds like great quality time.
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Post by: Panther on July 31, 2017, 05:11:53 AM
It was JD, she is with me for another 2 weeks and would like to do a couple more before she goes home.  It's been a long time since we did anything like this.
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Post by: Tamer on July 31, 2017, 08:58:34 AM
Now that is pretty cool. Awesome to see other family members, especially kids get involved with customizing. Off to share.
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Post by: Panther on July 31, 2017, 09:02:43 AM
Thanks Tamer, I had the biggest smile on my face watching her working with one of the walls.
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Post by: Starchaser on August 01, 2017, 11:16:38 PM
Great dio work. I really think the Mortal Kombat space looks fantastic. I also really think the wok you did with your daughter looks great - way to go getting her involved!
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Blown Building
Post by: Panther on August 01, 2017, 11:34:24 PM
Thanks Starchaser.

I did a little solo work last night on this wall, scored out the brick work, added a couple of bullet holes.  Two more walls to do before adding paint to it.

I received my new Steve Trevor for the latest DC Multiverse range and couldn't resist seeing how he fitted into it. Worked rather well!
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Blown Building
Post by: JDeck on August 02, 2017, 02:53:21 AM
Looking good, looking real good. The brick damage is awesome!
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Post by: Panther on August 02, 2017, 03:36:13 AM
Thanks JD
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Post by: Tamer on August 03, 2017, 04:54:13 AM
Looks good.
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Post by: Panther on August 04, 2017, 01:39:56 AM
This morning I woke up at 5am and decided to make use of this time. I glued the sides together, made a grey wash and applied a second darker coat.

Mixing up a darker grey, I am now in the process of highlighting the cracks, broken brick and bullet holes.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Blown Building
Post by: Tamer on August 04, 2017, 07:20:47 AM
Looks very nice to me. Off to share.
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Post by: hemble on August 05, 2017, 05:20:43 PM
Looking good mate.

Ron
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Post by: Panther on August 06, 2017, 01:16:05 PM
Finally finished my first father & daughter piece. Very proud of this one! Thank you my daughter, it's great fun working with you.

Final washes completed, rubble stuck to the floor and while it is still trying it is being modelled for you by Wolverine, followed by New 52 Batman.

Once it's completely dry I'll do the final photos.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Blown Building
Post by: Panther on August 06, 2017, 03:17:21 PM
While watching Wonder Woman, this seemed the more appropriate scene to do.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Blown Building
Post by: Tamer on August 07, 2017, 05:42:03 AM
pretty nice dio. Off to share it.
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Post by: Panther on August 08, 2017, 11:11:55 AM
Final pictures done.
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Post by: Tamer on August 09, 2017, 07:38:23 AM
Very nice and you got your daughter involved. My wife really enjoyed WW and enjoyed this dio too. It would go good with any line though. Off to share.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Blown Building
Post by: JDeck on August 09, 2017, 06:35:48 PM
Wow! That's really awesome. The brick work and coloring ate fantastic.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Blown Building
Post by: Panther on August 10, 2017, 03:26:57 AM
Thanks JD, I'll be using the brick work for my next diorama.

Inspired by my daughter who has sketched out the front door for me. It was decided that my next diorama would be GCPD HQ, taken inspiration from the Batman Animated series. What was going to be just front of the building is now taking on a life of its own!
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: GCPD HQ
Post by: Tamer on August 10, 2017, 06:54:11 AM
I can already see the potential in this one. Off to share.
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Post by: Panther on August 11, 2017, 09:25:25 AM
Thanks Tamer

It's been a brick sort of a day! Marking up the brick work on either side of  decided to add in a garage door, using corrugated card for the door. I have also cut out two windows and carved the brick work.  Undecided on what to do for the final wall though.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: GCPD HQ
Post by: JDeck on August 11, 2017, 07:21:25 PM
It's coming along VERY nicely. Well done.
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Post by: Panther on August 13, 2017, 03:05:20 AM
This morning, I finished off the carving out the brick work and the door frame. I've cut holes out to add windows to the door and the top of the door frame. For the steps I cut a half centimetre indent around the front to give them a defined look.

With base, I couldn't resist but to add a manhole cover and glue the sides around the door together.

It's starting to come together, hopefully today I'll add the first layers of paint to it.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: GCPD HQ
Post by: Panther on August 13, 2017, 03:08:47 AM
More pictures.
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Post by: Panther on August 13, 2017, 02:16:13 PM
I've had a productive day with this diorama, first coat of paint applied to the base, then a mix of burnt umber and deep red for bricks. I was going to use a base coat of limestone spray but I ran out after doing one wall.

Fellow builders as you probably know I'm red/green colour blind and would value your option of the first coat before I wipe up another batch and carry on.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: GCPD HQ
Post by: Tamer on August 14, 2017, 03:30:11 AM
Wow, tons of progress. Looks good on the front pages.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: GCPD HQ
Post by: Panther on August 14, 2017, 06:32:00 AM
Thanks Tamer, was at a loose end yesterday and one thing led to another.

I've also launched my website today https://richardscreativeworkshop.co.uk/.  It is a portfolio of my my diorama and custom figure works over the past couple of years and I'd love it if fellow Yarders would have a look and let me know your thoughts..

Many thanks

Richard
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: GCPD HQ
Post by: Panther on August 17, 2017, 11:47:13 PM
Last night I mixed up another burnt umber and deep red mix and painted the last two walls but as you can see it is a little darker than the original.  While the paint was drying, I added black to it and using a fine brush I went in between all bricks and cracks.

I mixed up a little grey to go over the front door frame, then a black wash over the steps.

My next step is to make up another umber/red mix and go over the bricks around the front door and round each brick.
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Post by: Tamer on August 18, 2017, 02:28:55 AM
Looks really nice to me. Off to share the latest.
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Post by: Panther on August 18, 2017, 09:10:13 AM
Thank you Tamer

I've had an advent full time with my diorama, I made up a darker burnt umber/red mix and applied a second coat to the door section of brick work. Then using a fine brush I went in between every brick, blending in any excess.

I used a grey around the windows, painted silver onto wooden BBQ squires which were then used as bars for them.
A watered down grey wash was applied to the base and a metal silver wash was used over the manhole cover.

The door and doorframe had second coats applied to them and the front steps glued to the front. The sign above the door was painted in a sand stone colour and using a fine brush, I filled in the lettering.

A black wash has also been applied to the back as well.
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Post by: Panther on August 18, 2017, 09:12:47 AM
I have a few more finishing touches to do before declaring this project finished.
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Post by: hemble on August 18, 2017, 09:59:31 PM
This is looking awesome mate.

Ron
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Post by: Panther on August 19, 2017, 12:25:11 AM
Thanks Ron.
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Post by: Panther on August 19, 2017, 04:44:21 AM
I spent this morning cutting out windows and gluing them to my diorama.
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Post by: Tamer on August 19, 2017, 05:35:01 AM
Very nice, ran out of internet time this morning, but will definitely be sporting this on the front page soon. Awesome work on this.
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Post by: JDeck on August 20, 2017, 04:24:35 AM
Wow! That looks great. The brick work is very realistic. Great job.
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Post by: Panther on August 20, 2017, 05:04:33 AM
Thanks JD

Yesterday I had the idea to put two lights at the bottom of the steps leading into the station. These are made using polystyrene balls, with a base coat of white and then a yellow wash once dry.
Light blue tissue paper has been used and glued over the backs of the windows and another coat of black paint has been added to the rears of each wall.
Finally each peace has been glued to the base, all I have to do are the final little touches to this before declaring it finished.
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Post by: Tamer on August 20, 2017, 06:29:49 AM
What can I say. It looks great. I made time to put this at the top of the page this morning. I really like the lights. Off to share.
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Post by: Panther on August 22, 2017, 01:40:46 PM
The final touches added and final shots are in! 
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Post by: Panther on August 22, 2017, 01:43:31 PM
Some more.
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Post by: Panther on August 22, 2017, 01:47:14 PM
A few more
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Post by: Panther on August 22, 2017, 01:52:45 PM
And finally, in true Batman style!
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Post by: Tamer on August 23, 2017, 02:47:44 AM
Pretty sweet if you ask me. It turned out great. Let me go share this in all the right places.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Gi Joe Arashikage dojo
Post by: Panther on August 24, 2017, 01:43:46 AM
As sun sets on Gotham's GCPD Precinct, the sun rises on the Arashikage dojo. Scaled for Gi Joes 3.75" figures.

So far I cut out my centre piece (if someone can give me the correct name I would very grateful!) Using Snake Eyes to model for me this evening, it's perfect size for meditation. Now my thoughts are do I have this positioned central or to size. I bought some cheap bamboo place mats to use as flooring but seeing these, I'm not sure whether to use them for some type of wall covering?
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Post by: Tamer on August 24, 2017, 03:15:07 AM
Wow, already at work on a new one. Looking good already. Off to share.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Gi Joe Arashikage dojo
Post by: JDeck on August 27, 2017, 09:28:46 AM
LOVE IT! the Torii gate you made looks really good. I like the bamboo mat idea. Can't wait to see more.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Gi Joe Arashikage dojo
Post by: hemble on August 27, 2017, 10:23:14 PM
Gotham Police Station turned out brilliant mate and I can't wait to see what you do with the new dio.

Ron
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Gi Joe Arashikage dojo
Post by: Panther on August 29, 2017, 12:45:36 AM
Thank you Ron, JD and Tamer.

I got a little sidetracked this weekend!  I recently acquired a G.I Joes 1986 Cobra Stun, the vehicle is in good condition but in need of clean.   The hatches had been supplied but they had been broken into pieces and it had one wheel trim.   It is missing two trims, both flags and the rear swivel gun.  After looking through sites eBay and forums on Facebook, I decided to cast some of the parts I needed, help improve my casting skills.

To start, boiled water was used to wash the entire vehicle.  I using the parts of the hatches which had been supplied, I was able to piece together a whole one.  I made up a couple of moulds using Blu-Stuff, the first mould of the repaired hatch, the second mould of the remaining wheel trim. 

Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Gi Joe Arashikage dojo
Post by: Panther on August 29, 2017, 12:48:15 AM
The first set of casts where made with sculpting putty, the wheel trims worked out well but the hatches weren’t working out the way I wanted.

The next set, I used Epoxy Resin, poured the mixture into the moulds and the results were fantastic, both hatches and trims turned out better than I could have asked for.

Next part of this project will be to paint the new accessories, either locate of make the flags and locate another rear swivel canon.

Doing this has helped me improve my casting skills, which I will be using when it comes to making the weapons for the dojo.
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Post by: Tamer on August 29, 2017, 02:48:45 AM
Wow, that turned out fantastic. Great casting work! Off to share.
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Post by: Panther on August 30, 2017, 03:27:38 AM
Thanks Tamer.

Last night I went back to working on the dojo. I cut the sides out and within every join I have placed magnetic tape, this holds the sides together and makes it completely collapsible. I have place the bamboo flooring down to see how it looks and work. I might place another layer on top of the bamboo to act as mats.
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Post by: Tamer on August 31, 2017, 02:32:41 AM
Nice idea, off to share.
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Post by: Panther on September 11, 2017, 01:33:55 AM
This weekend has been mad with my daughters birthday but I was up early enough that I was able to squeeze in time to work on dojo.
Using bolsa wood for the wood trim around the room after spray painting the inside white and outside black. Normally I would have left this until further along but I couldn't progress with adding the wood until a coat of paint was added.
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Post by: Panther on September 11, 2017, 01:37:25 AM
I have decided against using the bamboo place mat as the floor. Thinking of shaping it to look like a wooden floor with mats on it.
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Post by: Panther on September 11, 2017, 01:40:49 AM
I decided to also work on the Stun I had started working on and it's flags.

Using Apoxy sculpt, I have take sculpt of the base for each flag. While waiting for it to cure, I cut off the original polls and attached the flags onto two pieces of wire. The wire was then inserted into each of the new base.

When the apoxy sculpt has cured then I can paint then and house them into the Stun.

https://richardscreativeworkshop.co.uk/cobra-stun-restoration/
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Post by: Panther on September 11, 2017, 01:44:02 AM
First layer of paint added to cast while the flags are curing.
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Post by: Tamer on September 11, 2017, 02:48:43 AM
All kinds of new work. Let me go share some of this before my morning leaves me.
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Post by: hemble on September 11, 2017, 03:12:18 AM
Loving what your doing with the Joe's mate and can't wait to see more.

Ron
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Post by: Panther on September 12, 2017, 01:27:29 AM
Thanks Tamer and Ron.

Last night I applied a burnt sienna wash was applied to beams on the walls, then a burnt umber wash was applied to the rim of the base.
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Post by: Tamer on September 12, 2017, 02:10:24 AM
Look real to me. Off to share the latest.
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Post by: Panther on September 13, 2017, 03:25:53 AM
After completing the restore of the Cobra Stun, I can now go back to the Dojo.
The Shinto Shrine needs another coat of paint, the top of the shrine needs a layer of burnt umber.
A boarder of vermillion has been applied, when it's dry the mats will be painted and then the weapon racks need to be built.


https://richardscreativeworkshop.co.uk/WIP-arashikage-dojo/
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Post by: Panther on September 13, 2017, 03:29:31 AM
Exciting news!
I came home from work tonight to find the last missing piece of my Stun had arrived! The package was ripped open and yes the swivel canon had arrived. Now all the pieces have dried and been added to the Stun.
I hope you enjoy the final photos of the completely restored 1986 Cobra Stun, where I have casted two wheel trims and adapted two original broken flags with picture wire to restore this vehicle to its former glory.
I hope I have done it justice!

https://richardscreativeworkshop.co.uk/cobra-stun-restoration/
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Post by: Tamer on September 14, 2017, 02:15:45 AM
Looks awesome to me. Great casting work here. Off to share the latest.
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Post by: JDeck on September 15, 2017, 07:40:03 PM
Wow! That dojo is looking amazing. I really mean it. Wow.
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Post by: Panther on September 18, 2017, 01:37:25 AM
Thanks guys

I've had a busy day today, touched up the edge of the floor and the wood work of the walls with another coat of burnt umber. A coat of black paint has been applied to exterior walls.
While all this is drying, I cut a piece of foam board, applied a coat of white paint. When that had dried I painted on the Arashikage logo, after it dried it was applied the centre of the back wall, centred for the Shinto shrine to fit around it.
Using bolsa wood I made up a sword rack, which fills the gap on the right wall.
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Post by: Panther on September 18, 2017, 01:40:37 AM
Yesterday morning I was able to apply a black wash I've the shrine, a black boarder to floor and the walls and then apply a coat of black to the weapons the rack.
Just need to add another layer of white to the walls and black to the weapons rack and cast another couple of swords before saying that this is completed.
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Post by: Tamer on September 18, 2017, 02:38:00 AM
Looks pretty good to me. Off to share the latest update
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Post by: Panther on September 19, 2017, 01:10:05 AM
Last night the second coat of paint was applied to walls.

Using Blu Stuff I made molds of 2 weapons to be used as wall hangings, the swords will be used in the rack. Making up the mixture, poured it into the molds and waited for them to start to cure.

https://richardscreativeworkshop.co.uk/home/contents/dioramas/gi-joe/arashikage-dojo/
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Post by: Panther on September 19, 2017, 01:11:27 AM
Took them out of the mold, cut off the excess and Snake Eyes seems very pleased with the results. Just need to make 4 more now!
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Post by: Tamer on September 19, 2017, 02:12:13 AM
Very nice. Looks like you are getting molding down almost pat. Off to share.
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Post by: Panther on September 19, 2017, 02:25:36 AM
Thanks Tamer, I've got so much to learn about molding.
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Post by: hemble on September 19, 2017, 04:02:20 AM
This is looking awesome and yeah got to agree with Shawn, your molding looks perfect.

Ron
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Post by: Panther on September 19, 2017, 04:21:42 AM
Thanks Ron  ;D
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Post by: Panther on September 20, 2017, 01:24:01 AM
Last night was all about casting katana's and tiger claw swords. I now have 4 of each, which I'll paint up and fix the katana's into the sword rack and the tiger swords to a piece of wood each, which will then be mounted to the back wall, either side of the Shinto shrine.

You can see that Slice and Dice both approve of the tiger claws swords!
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Post by: Tamer on September 20, 2017, 02:10:36 AM
Nice. Off to share yet again. Like I said, you are getting good.
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Post by: Panther on September 20, 2017, 02:21:24 AM
Thanks Tamer, my next step is to create a full mold and do a complete cast.

Just need to paint these and mount the Tiger Claws and then this will be completed.
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Post by: Tamer on September 20, 2017, 02:24:30 AM
You ought to be pretty pleased with this one, it looks great!
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Post by: Panther on September 20, 2017, 02:38:24 AM
I am actually, I did this as a dummy run before I built one for a client who's mad on Gi Joe and Mortal Kombat.
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Post by: Panther on September 21, 2017, 02:52:46 AM
Last nights was all about painting the weapons and racks. A coat of silver has been applied to all the swords and a coat of gloss black to the racks.
While that is drying I've started another project!
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Post by: Panther on September 21, 2017, 03:10:32 AM
While the swords are drying, time to start the next piece.

Back in 1984 & 1986 Hasbro released a little battle station play-sets for Action Force/GI Joes one was called Missile Defence Unit and another called Outpost Defender.

It's a nice little set which would work well in a diorama, which leads nicely to my next project!  I had looked at purchasing this set but found sellers were asking a ransom price for it, so what am I to do but to make my own!

To start off this project I built a wall similar to the Missile Defence Unit, the idea was to combine the two play-sets together.  With one wall built, I moved onto the Outpost, looking at pictures of the original toy I saw that the sides are made from "wood".  This gave me inspiration to use bolsa wood, cutting out the 2 lengths 2.5" x 4.5"to build the sides, a 1" x 1" square to join the sides together, it is now starting to take shape!

https://richardscreativeworkshop.co.uk/tiger-force-outpost/
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Post by: Panther on September 22, 2017, 01:25:38 AM
Having a little spare time I have managed to fix the Tiger Claw swords to their backing boards and mounted them on the back wall. I have painted the sword handles and applied another coat of black gloss to the sword rack.
Hopefully by the time I get home from work this evening I will be able to fix the swords to rack, take final photos over the weekend and call this project finished.

https://richardscreativeworkshop.co.uk/home/contents/dioramas/gi-joe/arashikage-dojo/
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Post by: Tamer on September 22, 2017, 02:42:25 AM
You are really bringing this home. Off to share the latest.
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Post by: legion078 on September 22, 2017, 03:03:37 AM
What a great looking diorama! The woodwork, the floor and all the details look amazing! Good job on the molding and pouring the swords! This building looks suberb! Thanks for sharing!

- Philipp
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Post by: Panther on September 22, 2017, 03:26:21 AM
Thank you Philipp, it took me ages to work out the right design and approach for this diorama.  My next step is creating a complete mold for casting swords.
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Post by: legion078 on September 22, 2017, 03:36:22 AM
If you're going to make complete molds I can recommend two-component silicone to you:

(https://i.imgur.com/HOKEJtD.jpg)

Please, just tell me if I should remove the picture again...

I bought this here:

http://www.ebay.de/itm/TFC-Silikon-Kautschuk-Typ-1-Abformsilikon-Dubliersilikon-weich-1zu1-RTV-NV-500g-/391887633907?hash=item5b3e52bdf3:g:sJgAAOSwwf5Zv8nK

I am sure you can get this in the UK, too!

Best regards from Germany!

- Philipp
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Post by: Panther on September 22, 2017, 03:55:40 AM
Thank you Philipp and don't worry about the picture, any advice is wonderful!

I can get that in the UK, thank you for the advice, I have a Cobra Moray I'm doing up and need to cast the other chair (it only came with one) and this is perfect to try out making a complete mold.
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Post by: Panther on September 22, 2017, 01:33:23 PM
Final photos are done.
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Post by: legion078 on September 22, 2017, 01:37:44 PM
Very sharp emblem! Congrats to your next finsihed project, Richard!
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Post by: Panther on September 22, 2017, 01:50:05 PM
Thank you Philipp.

After completing this, it was only fair to let Snake-Eyes try it out!
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Post by: Panther on September 22, 2017, 01:52:48 PM
Some more
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Post by: Panther on September 22, 2017, 02:02:14 PM
And more!
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Post by: Panther on September 22, 2017, 02:05:57 PM
And finally
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Post by: hemble on September 23, 2017, 08:23:49 PM
Excellent work mate.

Ron
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Post by: Panther on September 24, 2017, 09:45:28 AM
As you do on a typical Saturday when your daughter has friends over, lock yourself away in the dining room and build your next diorama!

After sanding down the base of the outpost, I stuck on four posts for roof with an adjoining beam between them. Then taking a piece of foam board and slicing it in half to reduce the thickness, I stuck in some corrugated card on top.

https://richardscreativeworkshop.co.uk/tiger-force-outpost/
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Post by: Panther on September 24, 2017, 09:48:34 AM

I decided to leave this until tomorrow to paint and work on the landscape.

Taking some insulation board and cutting some lengths to build up the height, using filler along the edges.

The bottom layer is going to be a river and I've ordered the stuff to make it but if it doesn't arrive on time then I'll turn this into a road. The brick wall will go on the middle level and the outpost will be placed on top level.

https://richardscreativeworkshop.co.uk/tiger-force-outpost/
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Post by: Panther on September 24, 2017, 09:52:59 AM
After sanding down the base of the outpost, I stuck on four posts for roof with an adjoining beam between them. Then taking a piece of foam board and slicing it in half to reduce the thickness, I stuck in some corrugated card on top.
 
I decided to leave this until tomorrow to paint and work on the landscape.
Taking some insulation board and cutting some lengths to build up the height, using filler along the edges.
 
The bottom layer is going to be a river and I've ordered the stuff to make it but if it doesn't arrive on time then I'll turn this into a road. The brick wall will go on the middle level and the outpost will be placed on top level.
 
Filler was used around the edges of the base to cover up the layers of foam board. While the filler is drying, first coats of paint have been applied to the brick wall and Outpost.

https://richardscreativeworkshop.co.uk/tiger-force-outpost/
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Post by: Tamer on September 25, 2017, 02:44:50 AM
Wow, leave for a few days and I see you are already hard at work on a new one. I like it. Off to share.
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Post by: Panther on September 25, 2017, 02:59:14 AM
Thanks Shawn and Ron.

I'm exhibiting at the local comic con on 8th October, so I'm trying to get as many pieces done before hand.  I'll provide photos of the event and my stand afterwards (not nervous at all lol  :o)
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Post by: Tamer on September 25, 2017, 03:00:39 AM
That sounds fun, I look forward to seeing your images. Folks are gonna love your work.
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Post by: hemble on September 25, 2017, 04:18:19 PM
I really like the direction you are taking this new dio and can't wait to see more.

Ron
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Post by: Panther on September 26, 2017, 06:27:49 AM
Thanks Ron.

I wanted to try and make the outpost as close the the original as I can, to do this I needed to create sandbags the surround the front of the structure.  Using Apoxie Sculpt I have individually created each sandbag a placed them around the front of the outpost, building it up until it reaches below the gun emplacement.  This has been left to cure for the next 24 hours.
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Post by: Panther on September 26, 2017, 06:30:40 AM
Next a coat of aluminium paint was applied to the roof of the outpost.

Moving onto the scenery, I used filler to build up contours onto the landscape or otherwise the terrain would be unnaturally flat.  While it is drying I have gently rubbed down the surface to smooth out the terrain.
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Post by: Panther on September 26, 2017, 11:08:39 AM
Last 4 pictures, I found myself painting the sandbags, gun, wall and touching up the Outpost. 

Next step is to sand down the terrain and building that up.
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Post by: Panther on September 27, 2017, 01:52:46 AM
I'm not going to be working on this for the next couple of days but I wanted to share with you these pictures of the Outpost and wall after the paint and resin has cured and can be put together.

https://richardscreativeworkshop.co.uk/tiger-force-outpost/
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Post by: Tamer on September 27, 2017, 02:09:01 AM
Wow, this is looking great. I could sure see folks liking this one at your dio set up this weekend. Even if its not done it would sure show the process and how things come along. Love that gun emplacement. Looks perfect in my opinion.
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Post by: Panther on September 27, 2017, 02:17:03 AM
Thanks Tamer, luckily it's the weekend of 8th October so I still have a week and a bit to get this one done.

The gun emplacement is from a spare Roadblock gun, thought it would look great there and now its got your seal of approval, I know it has worked  DH. I am really pleased with how that has turned out, just need to weather the complete outpost.  If I don't get this finished in time the Outpost itself works on its own.
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Post by: Tamer on September 28, 2017, 02:15:00 AM
I agree. It would be a great stand a lone emplacement for pretty much any genre.
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Post by: Panther on September 29, 2017, 09:20:33 AM
After sanding down the filler, I made up solution of water down PVA glue (7 parts glue to 1 part water), mixed with ordinary dirt from the garden because it’s free.  A heavy coating is applied to all the fillered area’s and a lighter coating over the rest.  Further dirt is applied to enhance the raised areas, the wall was put into place to bed into the scenery.  Foliage, twigs and root were dotted around in areas and modelling stone ballast was sprinkled over areas to give the impression of a track and down the centre of the lowest level (in case I wanted to use that as a track also).
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Post by: Panther on September 29, 2017, 09:22:31 AM
After 8 hours, a few washes of different tones of blues were administered to lower level.  A rippled River water sheet was mounted on top, turning it into a stream.  I’ve place the Tiger Shark on top, impressed with how it looks.  The next part will be removing the excess dirt and administrating a coat of glue over the rest, adding more foliage to the top mound.
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Post by: Tamer on September 30, 2017, 06:38:19 AM
It all looks so awesome, but wow on that water work. Very impressive.

Off to share.
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Post by: Panther on September 30, 2017, 07:57:22 AM
Wow, thank you so much for the kind words Shawn.

Using a combination on tan brown and black washes, I weathered both the wall, sand bags and the Outpost.

Please excuse the upside down picture..

https://richardscreativeworkshop.co.uk/tiger-force-outpost/#Part5
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Post by: Panther on September 30, 2017, 08:07:21 AM
A layer of PVA glue and dirt applied to the base of the lower level, where the river sheet meets bank to blend the sheet into the scene.

I added more foliage to the top of the river bank and a combination of grass and moss from my garden where applied to the hill linking middles section to the top. Using moss, bits of twigs, grass and roots, I dresses the large rock opposite the wall using PVA.
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Post by: Panther on September 30, 2017, 08:15:27 AM
The small hill at the very top, I took away the loose dirt and stuck more foliage down.

Once all the glue has dried, the next job will be using hot glue and applying it to around the sides of the river sheet and trimming off the excess and then painting the base. Almost ready for my Tiger Force Joes to take their positions to defend their outpost.
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Post by: hemble on October 01, 2017, 12:37:34 AM
Awesome work Richard, the water effect really brings this dio to life well done indeed buddy.

Ron.
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Post by: Panther on October 01, 2017, 12:49:38 AM
Thanks Ron, just got a couple of touch ups to do now, while still waiting for for areas to dry. I am really pleased with how this has turned out.

Richard
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Post by: Tamer on October 01, 2017, 05:23:27 AM
Wow, even more work on this when I checked today. It is really looking good. Might just be my favorite dio you have built to date. Off to share.
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Post by: Panther on October 02, 2017, 02:31:46 AM
Thank you Tamer.

You will be pleased to know I have completed this project, I hope you like the final pictures.

Richard
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Post by: Panther on October 02, 2017, 02:34:32 AM
Sorry but here are a few more.
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Post by: Panther on October 03, 2017, 12:40:07 AM
With less than a week to go until I exhibit at my local Comic-Con, I'm going to push for one more diorama build to take with me.

Using the same specifications as the dojo and taking inspiration from SWTOR, Indiana Jones, G.I. JOE and even He-Man I am putting together a simple tomb/crypt dio which can be used for any 3.75" genre. 

See what you think.

Richard
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Post by: Panther on October 03, 2017, 12:51:33 AM
I'm trying out different figures to see which would suite this diorama and I can't quiet decide, all seem to fit except for poor Skeletor, he wasn't impressed with the size of the door!
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Post by: hemble on October 03, 2017, 02:48:02 AM
Fantastic work on the Tiger Force dio and I can't wait to see more progress on the new dio.

Ron
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Post by: Panther on October 03, 2017, 02:54:22 AM
Thank you so much Ron.
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Post by: Panther on October 04, 2017, 01:39:40 AM
Last night I put together a sarcophagus to sit central in the tomb, adding another layer of slabs underneath it. The stone in the back wall, I etched a skull into it, with 6 Mayan symbols.

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Post by: Panther on October 04, 2017, 01:50:09 AM
Tonight I need to finish the skirting to the wall, decay the wall slabs before I can apply paint to it.

Smoke is only used as a dummy until I get a more appropriate figure for the sarcophagus.
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Post by: Tamer on October 04, 2017, 02:14:59 AM
This is really taking off. I like it. Looks like you are gonna have this one finished in time for your con too. Off to share.
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Post by: hemble on October 04, 2017, 02:28:58 AM
Oh the sarcophagus is an awesome idea and the engravings look perfect.

Ron
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Post by: Panther on October 04, 2017, 03:43:37 AM
Thanks Ron Shawn, I am hoping to get this completed on Saturday in time for Sunday.  Oh the pressure!!
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Post by: Panther on October 05, 2017, 01:30:18 AM
Last night was spent weathering the wall and adding more detail to them before applying the first coat of paint, a combination of a light grey with a touch of blue. Applied evenly over the floor tiles, sarcophagus, lid and tablet. This has been left to dry before a light coat of a light grey sprayed over these areas before diving out the door this morning.
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Post by: Panther on October 05, 2017, 01:33:20 AM
Tonight I will be applying the first coat of paint to walls, using a similar (if not lighter) tone.
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Post by: Tamer on October 05, 2017, 02:10:36 AM
Very nice. Off to share the latest work.
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Post by: Panther on October 06, 2017, 01:45:19 AM
Last night the brick work was given a coat of grey. While this was drying I went to work highlighting the stone work, sarcophagus and tablet/door. Using a black wash over the sarcophagus and tablet/door and then a light grey wash to pick out the details. A dark grey for the cracks in the floor. I will be doing the same with the stone walls tonight.
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Post by: Panther on October 06, 2017, 01:48:12 AM
The tablet/door I am now undecided whether to use as a door or a tablet on the walls indicating the contents of the sarcophagus. I have taken a lot of pictures to try and get a feel to where it should go.
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Post by: Panther on October 06, 2017, 01:49:45 AM
This morning before going to work, I have sprayed the back with black. One less thing to have to worry about tonight!
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Post by: Tamer on October 06, 2017, 02:17:52 AM
This is looking fantastic! Perfect as a matter of fact. Off to share. Just in time for your con. I hope you take lots of pictures of folks looking at your stuff.
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Post by: Panther on October 06, 2017, 03:21:08 AM
Thank you Shawn, hopefully I’ll just have a couple of finishing touches to do tonight and a little tomorrow morning and then it will be ready for Sunday.

How does Ron do these conventions on a regular basis lol.
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Post by: hemble on October 07, 2017, 03:35:57 AM
Awesome work mate.

Ron
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Tomb
Post by: Panther on October 07, 2017, 01:42:13 PM
Thanks Ron

Final touches are now complete and ready for the Comic Con tomorrow .

Fake cobwebs have been added to walls and sarcophagus, even a few little spiders have found their way into the webbing.

I hope you enjoy the pictures.

https://richardscreativeworkshop.co.uk/tomb/#final
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Tomb
Post by: Panther on October 07, 2017, 01:43:55 PM
To show how this can be used for a multitude of genres, I have taken photos of this set with Indiana Jones. Destro and Dr Mindbender as they locate this body to use the corpse’s DNA to create Serpentor and finally Darth Revan and Scourge in the tomb of a great Sith Lord for the Old Republic.

https://richardscreativeworkshop.co.uk/tomb/#final
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Tomb
Post by: Tamer on October 08, 2017, 08:18:19 AM
Very nice. I do like its versatility. Off to share.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Tomb
Post by: Panther on October 09, 2017, 04:10:59 AM
Sunday was a fab day, my first experience at a Comic Con (I know, what has taken me so long!) but also as a trader as well!  Arrived at 7 am to set up and many thanks to my wife for being there too because I couldn't have done it without her.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Tomb
Post by: Panther on October 09, 2017, 04:14:20 AM
After setting up, just stood back and let the crowds over whelm us.  I had a lot of interest with my displays, everyone very interested with what I had done, wonderful comments and business cards where handed to a lot of people.

You will recognise a lot of old favourite pieces mixed with the new.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Tomb
Post by: Panther on October 09, 2017, 04:15:30 AM
A few more pictures.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Tomb
Post by: Panther on October 09, 2017, 04:17:12 AM
Some more
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Tomb
Post by: Panther on October 09, 2017, 04:22:28 AM
Door's opened at 10am and by 4pm the pair of us where absolutely shattered but what an experience!

Met some great people too!
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Tomb
Post by: hemble on October 09, 2017, 11:17:14 PM
Great work on the tomb Richard and as I mentioned on FB great display buddy and good luck with the commissions.

Ron
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Tomb
Post by: Tamer on October 10, 2017, 02:48:15 AM
Wow, glad it turned out so well! Time to try to choose one image from this to share for the front page news.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on October 24, 2017, 01:47:46 AM
After taking a couple of weeks off from Comic Con it’s time to start back up again and what a project to start off with. My sister contacted recently to tell me that my 7 year old nephew has started to get into Spider-Man and wondered if I could build him a play-set for him for Christmas (yes I said that horrible word!).

I decided to construct a building for 6” figures, which will be double sided, with roof for him to play with.  By the time I am done with this, he is going to love it!
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Tamer on October 24, 2017, 02:41:30 AM
Looks like a great start. I am sure that will be a big hit when Christmas gets here. It is hard to believe we are almost to November! Off to share.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on October 24, 2017, 03:07:56 AM
Thanks Tamer, he has just started to get into these figures and since I have daughters its great to have someone to share this with.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on October 25, 2017, 01:01:32 AM
Last night I cracked on with preparing the external brick work. Each one is half an inch in height and an inch in length, drawn onto surface before been scored. After all three external wall were marked, the window and doors were cut out.
Next I’ll be doing the same for the internal walls before adding in the floors and roof.

https://richardscreativeworkshop.co.uk/commissioned-building/
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Tamer on October 25, 2017, 02:25:33 AM
Looks great already to me. More comments on the front pages.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on October 25, 2017, 02:32:43 AM
Thanks bro, my sister might not like the size of it but my nephew will love it.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: hemble on October 25, 2017, 03:30:51 PM
This is going to be another awesome dio mate I can't wait to see more.

Ron
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on October 26, 2017, 01:53:05 AM
Thank buddy!

Last night I completed marking out the internal brick work to match the external. Then I cut a single piece of foam board to be the foundation of the raised ground floor, which will be accomplished using bolsa wood for the floor.
Because I’m an awesome uncle I even went out and purchased a Spider-Man Homecoming figure which will accompany this set.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Tamer on October 26, 2017, 02:09:21 AM
Wish you were my uncle. Great update. Off to share the latest.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on October 26, 2017, 02:34:45 AM
Ha ha ha!

Just been told that my niece wants Fantastic Four figures for her birthday, so I have just tracked down the 90's figures of the FF with car, Dr Doom and a Silver Surfer for her lol.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Tamer on October 27, 2017, 12:53:54 AM
See, I wish you were my uncle.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on October 27, 2017, 01:47:19 AM
Ha ha ha!

Last night, I got on with developing the ground the floor, using a bolsa wood block strips for the beams with flat sheets laid on top, then made it look like floor boards.  Over the weekend I will be nailing the together, use a wire brush to add wood lines and remove any splinters then add 4 beams on each corner to which I will be putting the next floor on.  To tidy up the back so my nephew doesn't get underneath floor I have cut a strip of foam board. 

https://richardscreativeworkshop.co.uk/commissioned-building/
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: hemble on October 27, 2017, 08:43:24 PM
Looking great buddy.

Ron
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Tamer on October 28, 2017, 03:04:55 AM
I agree, looks good. Off to share the latest.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on October 29, 2017, 01:31:05 PM
I found a little time this afternoon to work on the floors again. Starting with creating the first floor by sticking bolsa wood onto a sheet of foam board. Four beams at 7.1 inch tall, to which where glued to the each corner of the ground floor and then nailed down. Afterwards ground floor was then glued and nailed onto the three foundation beams. The first floor was then glued and nailed into position.
Next I will start the roof before any painting and gluing all pieces into place.

https://richardscreativeworkshop.co.uk/commissioned-building/#1st
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Tamer on October 30, 2017, 02:17:36 AM
Looks like the floors are all set. Off to share the latest.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on November 02, 2017, 02:26:24 AM
I have finally managed to get the roof on, its all held together with masking tape but its on!  Using insulation board, I cut various lengths to build up the rooftop.  My nephew is only 7 with cerebral palsy so I have tried to design this with as much access and freedom for him. 
Next I need to build the fire escape, front and side steps and then sidewalk.  Not forgetting the glue and paint!

https://richardscreativeworkshop.co.uk/commissioned-building/#roof
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Tamer on November 03, 2017, 02:33:58 AM
Time for a front page update. Hope to see shots of this one being opened Christmas morning, I would have been so stoked to get something like this.

I always wanted a Castle Greyskull and never got one. Your building style I bet would lend itself to making a great one of those too.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on November 03, 2017, 02:39:41 AM
Thank you Tamer for those kind words!

Until I got hold of a the 2000 Greyskull I was contemplating building one but I will ask my sister to send pictures of him opening this because I'd love to see his face too!
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: hemble on November 03, 2017, 07:12:45 PM
This is looking great mate and can't wait to see it all painted.

Ron
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on November 07, 2017, 02:00:07 AM
Thanks Ron, shouldn't have to wait too long before I start that.

Last night I started working on the fire escape. Using bolsa wood for the base of the platform, then cutting strips of bamboo cans of 3.5” and placing them equal spacing along the platform. Once in place I cut two strips of bolsa wood to act as a railing, making sure the wholes where lined up and slotted the bamboo bars into the railings.

As you can see it slots into place perfectly. I now need to add a couple of braces under the platform to brace it against the wall, sand it down and glue all the pieces into place.

https://richardscreativeworkshop.co.uk/commissioned-building/#fire
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Tamer on November 07, 2017, 03:28:03 AM
Looking good. Off to share the latest.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: hemble on November 13, 2017, 06:04:35 PM
I'm really loving the way this is coming together mate it's looking great.

Ron
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on November 14, 2017, 02:24:01 AM
Thanks Ron.

A lot has happened since I last posted here.

I’ve had a busy/productive day with Harry’s building on Saturday. I woke up at 6 am wanting to make the front and side steps (as you do on the weekend!)

This then led to the sander, rotary tool and the glue gun being brought out, all edges sanded and tidied up. The wooden floors and fire escape was sanded, glued together, braces attached to the underneath of the fire escape.

I disassembled the roof, using hot glue all pieces were put back into place and sanded as I went along. This was followed up with building been glued together and the roof being glued into place. While I attaching the walls together, I decided to swap over the side walls, this made the fire escape pointing the over way with ladder rear facing.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on November 14, 2017, 02:29:00 AM
Last night first coat of paint applied. Black for the fire escape, light grey for the roof and a grey/burnt umber mix for the bricks.
I completed the outside and inside the ground floor it by the then it was late last night and I’d run out of the made up paint and was too tired to do the 1st floor. The outer steps I made up a medium grey and for the surrounding border.
This morning I had to quickly spray the fire escape because the paint I had used had been absorbed into the wood.
2nd coat needs applying then numerous washes to weather the exterior of the building. The floors need painting and a pavement still needs to be done.

https://richardscreativeworkshop.co.uk/commissioned-building/#paint
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Tamer on November 14, 2017, 03:49:13 AM
Nice. More comments on the front page!
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on November 17, 2017, 01:37:35 AM
Last night was time to work on the pavement surrounding this building. Cutting out a piece of foam board, marking out where the building will sit on board. I marked out the curb and pavement slabs which run across the front of the building. Either side of the building I want it to look like a concrete alleyways.
Still need to add second coats of paint to building and paint the pavement.

https://richardscreativeworkshop.co.uk/commissioned-building/#pavement
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Tamer on November 18, 2017, 06:42:55 AM
Looks awesome to me. Cool deal, yep gonna be a hit at Christmas. Off to share the latest.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on November 19, 2017, 02:44:04 PM
Over the weekend, I have applied a second coat of paint to the exterior and interior. This was quickly followed by a coat of dark burnt umber for the wood work, both floors and supports.
For the roof, I cut a piece of black foam board, removed the top layer of card and glued it to top of the roof. Texture of the black foam board, painted black works as both texture for the roof and another layer to child proof the set.
With the pavement I sprayed a coat of white, then while wet I sprayed a coat of black paint. Another coat of grey is needed to cover the blacker areas.

https://richardscreativeworkshop.co.uk/commissioned-building/#p2
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on November 19, 2017, 02:46:21 PM
More pictures!
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on November 19, 2017, 02:49:41 PM
Last two pictures of the painted floors.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: hemble on November 22, 2017, 03:13:57 PM
Your really killing it with this build mate, I'm loving everything about it.

Ron
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Tamer on November 22, 2017, 05:36:42 PM
I agree, you are really doing a great job with this. Off to share.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on November 24, 2017, 02:58:49 AM
Thanks guys!

I've spent the past couple of days locked in a data centre so I have not had the chance to up date this feed so here is an up date from a couple of days ago.  So excuse the amount of pictures!

I found the time the other day to grab a paint brush and set to work on the pavement. Using a grey mix I went over the pavement slabs to even them out. Adding a touch of blue to grey paint and using a thin brush, I went around each slab and crack.
While this was drying I did the same to cracks on the roof. A grey mixture was then used over the black and then around the side doors and window frame.

I mixed up burnt umber and red and applied that to the outer and interior walls, I was not fond of the brown brick effect it currently had.

Once it’s dry, I need to touch up the paint in places, work on the front entrance. I may add a couple of doors to it for effect but this is going to be a play set for my 7 year old nephew.

https://richardscreativeworkshop.co.uk/commissioned-building/#p3
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on November 24, 2017, 03:00:38 AM
Some more pictures.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on November 24, 2017, 03:06:48 AM
Last four pictures, couldn't resist doing a couple of action shots lol.

Just need to door a couple of doors now a a few paint touch ups before saying this is complete.

https://richardscreativeworkshop.co.uk/commissioned-building/#p3
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Tamer on November 24, 2017, 09:13:07 AM
I am just envisioning getting something like this when I was 7 years old. This is a work of art, but know he is gonna play the heck out of it. Off to share the latest.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: hemble on November 24, 2017, 05:17:21 PM
Fantastic work mate, I'm really loving the paint apps on this one.

Ron
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on December 01, 2017, 01:01:48 AM
I was able to get back to my nephews build. Taking a small paint brush and mix of watered down burnt umber and black acrylic, I went round each brick and crack on the external walls. Then washed over the interior to darken the walls and cover up ant foam still showing. This took a couple of hours so now I just need to to paint the door frames and touch up any smudges.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Tamer on December 01, 2017, 04:43:03 AM
That is gonna be one happy nephew. Off to share the update.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: hemble on December 01, 2017, 05:34:46 PM
Yep one lucky nephew that is for sure and great work mate.

Ron
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: legion078 on December 02, 2017, 02:55:50 AM
The detail on your buildings is stunning every time I see them...I can only imagine how much work and effort you put into them! Fantastic work & progress!

- Philipp
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on December 04, 2017, 01:16:23 AM
Thank you everyone and you will be pleased to know that it is finally completed.
Finishing touches complete, this morning I went round out tidied up any paint run off, painted the door frames and the concrete border running the base of the building.

Now that it has been completed, I placed it next to my first building. I know I built it for my nephews Spider-Man but Batman got in there first. Followed by TV’s The Flash, Flash 2 and Zoom. I did finish off letting Spider-Man try out this play set for him.
I will be putting up my usual finishing photos up tomorrow evening.

I hope you have enjoyed watching the development of this project as I have creating it.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on December 04, 2017, 01:21:35 AM
Some more pictures!
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on December 04, 2017, 01:23:05 AM
Some more!
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on December 04, 2017, 01:25:07 AM
Finally!
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Tamer on December 04, 2017, 03:38:48 AM
Awesome, off to share in all the right places.

That is gonna be the hit of Christmas this year.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on December 06, 2017, 02:46:38 PM
Thanks Tamer

I am pleased to present to you the final pictures of my nephews Christmas present, before I wrap it up for him.
I added a few extra character pictures for your enjoyment. Enjoy!

https://richardscreativeworkshop.co.uk/commissioned-building/#final
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on December 06, 2017, 02:57:07 PM
Character shots
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on December 06, 2017, 03:02:17 PM
Last but not least, '66 Batman had to be included!
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: legion078 on December 06, 2017, 04:41:25 PM
It's looking awesome with all the figures in at and on top of the building! Looks like Spider Man had as much fun climbing the walls as you did building this model!

- Philipp
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on December 07, 2017, 12:56:10 AM
Thanks Philipp :-)
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Tamer on December 07, 2017, 03:21:41 AM
Yepper, gonna go over big time. Coolest uncle ever. Off to share this update.
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on December 07, 2017, 03:23:36 AM
Cheers Tammer  ;D
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: hemble on December 07, 2017, 07:49:13 PM
Awesome work buddy, I love everything about it.

Ron
Title: Re: Panther's diorama's: Commissioned Building
Post by: Panther on December 08, 2017, 12:31:49 AM
Thanks buddy, means a lot!