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Title: Panther's diorama's: Building in Gotham
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.
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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
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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.
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Post by: Tamer on March 27, 2017, 02:13:40 AM
Looks good to me. Off to share.
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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.
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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.
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Post by: Tamer on April 03, 2017, 02:25:19 AM
Very  nice. Off to share the update.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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Post by: Tamer on April 17, 2017, 11:33:24 AM
Looks pretty good to me. Off to share.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Post by: hemble on April 29, 2017, 05:25:40 PM
Outstanding work mate, this is going to be awesome once completed.

Ron
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Post by: Tamer on April 30, 2017, 06:32:11 AM
Looks great. Off to share the latest in all the right places.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.