Today’s action figure diorama builders owe a great debt to model railroad builders, who have spent decades developing modeling techniques that we use in our dioramas today. The scale of model railroads may be smaller than most dioramas today, but the building techniques remain the same. This video of the City Edge HO Layout created by Vic Smith in St. Louis, Missouri is an incredible example of a model railroad layout based in an urban setting, and is an excellent example of how important it is to pay attention to the smallest detail.
It’s amazing how a little bit of water can make or break an effective diorama. Fast moving water is one of the most difficult things to model. When it’s done well, the results can be amazing, but when it’s done wrong, your entire diorama will fall to pieces. Woodland Scenics Water Effects is a product that can help you achieve realistic looking water, whether it’s a trickle of water in a gutter or a fast-moving river. Here’s a great tutorial on how to use this product to bring a large dose of realism to your creation.
Brick walls made out of foam board are incredibly satisfying and actually aren’t too difficult to create. This video gives detailed instructions on how to get started making brick walls for your action figure dioramas.
If you happen to find yourself in Lyon, France, you will definitely want to make a stop at the Musée Miniature et Cinéma, a museum dedicated to movie special effects with an emphasis on hyper realistic miniature models. It’s hard to comprehend that these models are indeed miniatures and not life-size locations.
There’s a full gallery of images on the museum’s website, but I would love to see these up close and in person.
Welcome to the town of Elgin, a utopian place forever stuck in the 50’s. The town’s creator, Michael Paul Smith, has based his creation on stories and moments from his childhood. This is an absolute lifelong labor of love, and the photos and videos of this town are so lifelike, you will swear that this town really exists somewhere in middle America.
There is a book about Elgin Park that you can buy here: http://www.animalmediagroup.com/
Have you ever wanted to incorporate a rock formation into your diorama? Here’s a detailed tutorial on how to achieve some realistic rocks using stacked pieces of insulation foam boards.
Here’s a simple but effective technique to add a more realistic looking texture to brick and stone walls in your diorama.