Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Doctor Who Diorama



(This is a project I actually did quite awhile ago that got a good response via Twitter and some forums, but I never got a chance to write it up here.)

My brother-in-law is a big fan of Doctor Who - last Christmas, it seemed like there was a "homemade" theme happening with the gifts on that side of the family, so I decided to make a diorama for him.  I had seen Slayer Sword winner David Soper's amazing take on a Doctor Who theme, and decided to give my own a shot.  (Spoiler alert: mine's nowhere near as good as his  :-)

The first thing I needed was a base, but I needed a fairly large one for what I had planned - I found this one on eBay:


It's a little bigger than six inches across - it's meant for 1/72 wargaming (it actually came with a 1/72 tank and some ruined terrain, which went into the bitz box).

Next I cut some foamcore board to a random shape and glued it down:



Then I mixed up some plaster of paris and spread it on with a plastic knife (just like buttering a big 'ol biscuit:)



For the miniatures, I used a Nerdlord II and an Emily Lake from Heresy Miniatures:




I started mocking up some scenery with some tree & root armatures from Woodland Scenics:


...and some tombstones from Antenocitis Workshop:



The T.A.R.D.I.S. is a police box from Ainsty Castings:



The Weeping Angels are "Scary Statues" from Crooked Dice:


Primer:



Painting:








Working on scenery:













I re-scaled some logos for the police box and glued them to some thin cardboard:



I wanted more scenery details, so I picked up some various types of foliage from Army Painter and Secret Weapon Miniatures:







I thought it needed a "final touch", so I found a seller on eBay to make an engraved nameplate for the piece:


Final product:


Overall I pretty happy with how it turned out - it could have been a bit better, but I was under a deadline.  I might have also ordered enough other models to make my own Doctor Who diorama (with my favorite Doctor & companion), so look for it in the future!

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