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Dawnatello Turtle Chick
09-08-2013, 12:41 AM
Since we were talking about Dioramas for TMNTs in the Action Scene thread and the general consensus was that there wasn't a site for DIY builds I thought I'd start a thread chronicling my build- whether it's a success or a failure- it'll be shown! lol

I encourage fellow Dromers to critique my process, offer suggestions, question choices and post your own pics of your own builds!

I'm trying to stick with a 1:12 scale build where an inch is equivilent to a foot.

Started with a box about 16" by 16" by 16" (approx.) cut one side off (will use for bottom) and cut off top flaps.
http://i1148.photobucket.com/albums/o566/Pickin_Fanatics/null_zpsc4b2584d.jpg (http://s1148.photobucket.com/user/Pickin_Fanatics/media/null_zpsc4b2584d.jpg.html)

I want to have an archway so I made a stencil of my arch (by folding the paper in half to make it even and then using a sharpie to follow the bleed through to evenly draw the other half) and repeated the same pattern on the top three flaps I cut off- so it is thick and substantial.
http://i1148.photobucket.com/albums/o566/Pickin_Fanatics/null_zps487a9d03.jpg (http://s1148.photobucket.com/user/Pickin_Fanatics/media/null_zps487a9d03.jpg.html)

Taped all 3 layers together and taped along all the edges to even them out- not neccessary but I just wanted the smoother edge. Taped tabs to the back for attaching to the walls of the diorama later.
http://i1148.photobucket.com/albums/o566/Pickin_Fanatics/null_zpsa51a7da5.jpg (http://s1148.photobucket.com/user/Pickin_Fanatics/media/null_zpsa51a7da5.jpg.html)

Found a neat background via a google image search for industrial metal background and printed out a couple pages... taped to archway and cut slits along the inner arch to fold paper around the edge to look more finished...
http://i1148.photobucket.com/albums/o566/Pickin_Fanatics/null_zpsc7d848ee.jpg (http://s1148.photobucket.com/user/Pickin_Fanatics/media/null_zpsc7d848ee.jpg.html)
http://i1148.photobucket.com/albums/o566/Pickin_Fanatics/null_zps7cfceb75.jpg (http://s1148.photobucket.com/user/Pickin_Fanatics/media/null_zps7cfceb75.jpg.html)

Drew some pipes and grate on the metal archway...
http://i1148.photobucket.com/albums/o566/Pickin_Fanatics/null_zps1bf54ff9.jpg (http://s1148.photobucket.com/user/Pickin_Fanatics/media/null_zps1bf54ff9.jpg.html)

So far that's all I've got, but after tracking down some satisfactory brick paper, I'll work on it some more and update!

Drose18
09-08-2013, 10:41 AM
Looks good but this should be under the custom toys sub forum.

Shark_Blade
09-08-2013, 10:56 AM
Looking forward for the finished product. :)

Dawnatello Turtle Chick
09-08-2013, 11:35 AM
Looks good but this should be under the custom toys sub forum.

I wasn't sure where to put it, lol. Can it be moved??

snake
09-08-2013, 11:59 AM
Looks like Jabbas palace.

Shark_Blade
09-08-2013, 01:18 PM
Looks like Jabbas palace.LMAO :lol: I'm sure it'll look better once done.

And what a coincidence, I just ordered a Jabba Glob today.

Dawnatello Turtle Chick
09-08-2013, 06:56 PM
*** Update ***

I built the base (floor) by using "Granite" patterend contact paper and built a kind of sidewalk along the back using some scrapbook paper atop some cardboard.
http://i1148.photobucket.com/albums/o566/Pickin_Fanatics/null_zpsc38acc84.jpg (http://s1148.photobucket.com/user/Pickin_Fanatics/media/null_zpsc38acc84.jpg.html)

Couldn't find any dang Brick scrapbook paper in town so I'll have to look next time I go into the city. Printed out brick wallpaper from google images- put along bottom edge of walls.
http://i1148.photobucket.com/albums/o566/Pickin_Fanatics/null_zps7bcc4d0d.jpg (http://s1148.photobucket.com/user/Pickin_Fanatics/media/null_zps7bcc4d0d.jpg.html)

Made some stones for a sewer tunnel... And drew the tunnel insides on the wallpaper for above the bricks.
http://i1148.photobucket.com/albums/o566/Pickin_Fanatics/null_zps1e4e991c.jpg (http://s1148.photobucket.com/user/Pickin_Fanatics/media/null_zps1e4e991c.jpg.html)
http://i1148.photobucket.com/albums/o566/Pickin_Fanatics/null_zpsdaf7466d.jpg (http://s1148.photobucket.com/user/Pickin_Fanatics/media/null_zpsdaf7466d.jpg.html)

Put the archway & gray wallpaper above the brick with the floor attached.
http://i1148.photobucket.com/albums/o566/Pickin_Fanatics/null_zpsed66c91f.jpg (http://s1148.photobucket.com/user/Pickin_Fanatics/media/null_zpsed66c91f.jpg.html)

Not finished, but just showing what it will kinda look like....
http://i1148.photobucket.com/albums/o566/Pickin_Fanatics/null_zps8436cac8.jpg (http://s1148.photobucket.com/user/Pickin_Fanatics/media/null_zps8436cac8.jpg.html)
Realized just now that I have a pipe leading nowhere... lol, oh well, it still looks alright!

raven6859
09-08-2013, 07:55 PM
That's really coming along nicely!

Davin
09-08-2013, 08:42 PM
Digging the hand drawn elements. Will this be the turtle lair or an unnamed subway/sewer scene?

Dawnatello Turtle Chick
09-08-2013, 09:09 PM
Digging the hand drawn elements. Will this be the turtle lair or an unnamed subway/sewer scene?

Thank you! I haven't fully decided... Mostly playing around with ideas right now- I'm honestly thinking of making it a practice dojo for the turtles, but I'll have to see how the rest goes. Basically I'm trying to hone my skills (haven't done dioramas in years and any I had done were outdoor scenes and a completely different scale, lol!)

Eiko
09-08-2013, 09:30 PM
Looks really cool.

TheCanadiandrome
09-09-2013, 12:26 AM
Lookin good my friend

AdamWarlock87
09-09-2013, 01:13 PM
This looks good! Thanks for posting your progress and giving us ideas to work with.

OrokuYoshiFilms
09-09-2013, 08:47 PM
Really cool, man.

TonySiegel
09-09-2013, 08:59 PM
watered down black & brown paint applied in drips or with a brush can give it a nice layer of grime...

dope stuff man

BODYCOUNT
09-09-2013, 09:23 PM
Pretty Dope!

Dawnatello Turtle Chick
09-09-2013, 09:40 PM
watered down black & brown paint applied in drips or with a brush can give it a nice layer of grime...

dope stuff man

Great tip!!! Thanks to everyone for your comments. If anyone else has any tips, please, post away!!!! I hope we can all learn from one another.

jaimanstone
09-15-2013, 08:12 PM
I like the look of it!