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Gloworm
01-14-2015, 02:13 PM
Hello, some of you may already know that I have been working on this diorama if you saw my fan art thread in the Fan Works section of the forum. I thought I'd share my progress here.

My goal is to make a replica, or as close as possible, of the original Turtles Lair. I have been watching the original series a lot lately, and taking screen shots of the various elements as reference. This is my first diorama, besides a simple brick and concrete wall I made to see if I could even craft such settings. I would also like to make the walls completely modular so I can transport, store, rearrange and create slightly different sewer settings. I would also like to be able to use the lair for my Loyal Subjects (which I am currently addicted to), original 80s, and NECA figures.

It started with carving out the main wall.

http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/rewrw.jpg

http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/rqreqw.jpg

Building the couch. This element has been a pain to construct and paint. I may start the couch over from the beginning someday. For now it's good enough.

http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/gfdgfd.jpg

http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/gfdscv.jpg

Walls are painted black first then multiple layers of color are added for that grungy sewer effect. I chose an orange tint because I noticed that was a very common tint to see in the original cartoon.

http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/rrrr.jpg


More to come!

Gloworm
01-14-2015, 02:36 PM
Just got the TV . Ordered it from the internet. Made leg extensions so I could prop the one leg on three miniature books I got from the hobby store. Also, after first attempt at painting the couch I was really unhappy with the holes and paint color.

http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/ooo.jpg

Built two coffee tables and painted brown. Added stop sign.
http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/876.jpg

Overhead view and second attempt at painting and repairing holes in couch.
http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/68766.jpg

My talented Girlfriend painted the three headed monster for me.
http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/bw21-e1421177825954.jpg

First time shooting the diorama with my DSLR.
http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/bw11.jpg

Gloworm
01-14-2015, 04:27 PM
Last night I made the turtle carpet. Here's an overhead view.

Tonight, working on the floor.

http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/unnamed.jpg

DevilSpooky
01-14-2015, 04:41 PM
Last night I made the turtle carpet. Here's an overhead view.

Tonight, working on the floor.

http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/unnamed.jpg

Ok, that's ****ing cute lol

grizzlyaddams
01-14-2015, 09:54 PM
I wish you could like things on the bb software!

DarkFell
01-14-2015, 10:20 PM
Cool OT sewer diorama there man. Your girlfriend nailed that three headed dragon / monster dead on. Kudos to you both.

As for that dragon, I sorta wonder if its a fun take on King Ghidorah.

pennydreadful
01-14-2015, 10:47 PM
Holy cow - excellent work, dude!!! How long has this taken you to do, so far?

The Boston Ninja Turtle
01-14-2015, 10:51 PM
This is amazing

Huzzah
01-15-2015, 03:00 AM
Very awesome work, I love lairs and the various takes people use for them.

connor_obain
01-15-2015, 03:07 AM
Thats looking great, would never have thought to use foam board(?) to make the walls. great idea

Gloworm
01-15-2015, 08:29 AM
Ok, that's ****ing cute lol

Thanks!

I wish you could like things on the bb software!

bb software?

Cool OT sewer diorama there man. Your girlfriend nailed that three headed dragon / monster dead on. Kudos to you both.

As for that dragon, I sorta wonder if its a fun take on King Ghidorah.

Thank you. Good suggestion on King Ghidorah! It's definitely the best idea I've heard so far!

Holy cow - excellent work, dude!!! How long has this taken you to do, so far?

Thanks, I have been working on this for about a month whenever I have free time from work and other distractions.

This is amazing

Thanks Boston!

Very awesome work, I love lairs and the various takes people use for them.

Thank you, Huzzah! I'm surprised no one else has tried to recreate (or at least post public photos of) the original lair. There are so many talented diorama builders out there, especially on instagram.

Thats looking great, would never have thought to use foam board(?) to make the walls. great idea

Thank you! The foam board is excellent for floors and walls. When I wanted to learn how to build my first brick wall, I saw someone use the foam board in a Youtube tutorial and I haven't felt like I need any other substitutes. Only issue with foam board... it reacts badly to certain glues and paints. It will get nasty bubbles from krylon fusion spray paint and super glue eats holes in it... I think water based paints and glues might be the key... Thankfully all my airbrush paints are water based.

Gloworm
01-15-2015, 08:34 AM
Worked on the floor last night. First, I poked and scored the floor. Then airbrushed a layer of black to make shadows, dents and divots stand out. Then many layers of browns, greys, and black. I found the more layers of paint I added, the better.

http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/211.jpg

Huzzah
01-15-2015, 09:51 AM
Thats looking great, would never have thought to use foam board(?) to make the walls. great idea

Foam board makes excellent sculpting base. You can buy a huge sheet of the foam insulation, either blue or pink, for like 10 bucks and it works fantastically. Holds detail will, easy to sculpt and paints well,

OrokuYoshiFilms
01-15-2015, 10:16 PM
Totally tubular!

Huzzah
01-16-2015, 01:59 AM
There's actually a full map posted of the original lair, I have it saved somewhere, gives the full layout, I considered trying to recreate it, until my space became limited when we found it we were having a baby.

DarkFell
01-16-2015, 03:05 AM
By any chance, are you planning on making more dioramas in the near future *parenthood permitting*? Because you got skills dude.

madyankees
01-16-2015, 06:30 AM
Excellent attention to detail dude

Gloworm
01-16-2015, 08:10 AM
Totally tubular!

Cowabunga! Thanks!!

There's actually a full map posted of the original lair, I have it saved somewhere, gives the full layout, I considered trying to recreate it, until my space became limited when we found it we were having a baby.

Would love to see that map!

By any chance, are you planning on making more dioramas in the near future *parenthood permitting*? Because you got skills dude.

Are you talking to me or Huzzah? My answer is yes.

Excellent attention to detail dude

Thank you!

oldmanwinters
01-16-2015, 08:22 AM
Quite remarkable!

Bry
01-16-2015, 08:35 AM
Okay, this is really impressive. Excellent work!

vaizardv
01-16-2015, 09:08 AM
this is really awesome, its the perfect set up, it would also fit perfectly in a Ikea SYNAS box for display!
I would really love to have time to make something like this

TheCanadiandrome
01-16-2015, 01:42 PM
this is so amazing! very well done

Gloworm
01-16-2015, 06:03 PM
Had a little photoshoot last night.

http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Dio3.jpg

http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Dio2.jpg

DarkFell
01-16-2015, 08:35 PM
Are you talking to me or Huzzah? My answer is yes.
Yes I must have confused you with Huzzah. My bad.

And very awesome that you plan to make more dioramas.

SuperXShredder
01-16-2015, 08:51 PM
looks very nice! have you ever considered using epoxy for couch? just mix the resin and hardener and it will help fill the holes or better yet you can cover everything and sculpt the couch to the way you want it and repaint the couch again.

Huzzah
01-16-2015, 10:05 PM
Yeah, I was confused by Dark Fell's comment as well, haha, oh well it happens to all of us sometimes.

Anyways, here's the map, I found it on Flickr, I think it was posted by another user on this site, though I can't say for sure, I've had it saved for quite awhile.

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l118/Jarred706/Mobile%20Uploads/OTLAIRTMNT_translate_zpsa7812197.png

oldmanwinters
01-16-2015, 10:48 PM
Yeah, I was confused by Dark Fell's comment as well, haha, oh well it happens to all of us sometimes.

Anyways, here's the map, I found it on Flickr, I think it was posted by another user on this site, though I can't say for sure, I've had it saved for quite awhile.

http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l118/Jarred706/Mobile%20Uploads/OTLAIRTMNT_translate_zpsa7812197.png

Hmm... looks familiar.
http://forums.thetechnodrome.com/showthread.php?t=26534

Huzzah
01-17-2015, 02:06 AM
I knew it came from somewhere, which is why I took no credit. Just couldn't remember where it came from.

raven6859
01-17-2015, 02:53 AM
Very nice work and some well composed pics too!

Nasubionna
01-18-2015, 07:57 PM
This is super neat! I have no skills with three-dimensional art, so I am always so impressed by people who are awesome at it. Looks great!

psychoandy
01-18-2015, 08:55 PM
Looks great! I'm looking forward to seeing more of it!

Gloworm
01-22-2015, 10:23 AM
making progress

http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/222.jpg

http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/333.jpg

TheCanadiandrome
01-28-2015, 09:19 PM
love the attention to details

Monte Williams
01-29-2015, 08:39 PM
This is very fun, and nicely produced, and it makes me regret again having neglected to try something similar.

Gloworm
08-20-2015, 08:06 AM
How wonderful it is to say that I have finally completed building this diorama! I will be posting more photos and explaining all the little elements in a later post, but for now please enjoy the images below.


The Pac Man machine doesn't belong but I though it was fun at the time I made this shot. It has since been replaced with a custom TMNT Arcade machine that you will see in the shot below.
http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/5.jpg

Party Time!...?
http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/1.jpg

Donnie Double Hit (a good example of using the dio as a playset/background that doesn't necessarily need to show it as "The Lair")
http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/3.jpg

Sushi Dinner with Master Splinter
http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/2.jpg

Putting on the bodywork after the new orange paint job.
http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/4.jpg

Powder
08-20-2015, 08:11 AM
Absolutely perfect! So flippin' awesome, damn... It almost looks photoshopped in, it's so good. You'll have to get wave 2's Fred Wolf turtles so they match the set even more. :trazz:
How'd you take the action shot with Donnie & The Foot?

Gloworm
08-20-2015, 08:26 AM
Absolutely perfect! So flippin' awesome, damn... It almost looks photoshopped in, it's so good. You'll have to get wave 2's Fred Wolf turtles so they match the set even more. :trazz:
How'd you take the action shot with Donnie & The Foot?

:tsmile:Thank you so much, Powder! I am very excited for wave 2, especially that little skateboard prop I saw Mikey upon. I've been active in the Loyal Subjects official FB page and they have posted some teasers that have been giving me so many ideas..:D

As for the Donnie & The Foot shot, I suspended everything with thin metal floral wire. Metal wire can bend and hold its position which allows me to make adjustments in mid-air. Plus it doesn't swing as much and it's easy to remove the wire in photoshop later on.

Powder
08-20-2015, 10:51 AM
Me too, mostly for Slash, though. :trazz: I'd love it if they started doing playsets like these, as well. They could take some cues from you, that's for sure!

Ah, cool, I figured it was something like that, but as I saw no trace of it in your photos, I hadda ask. Nice work.

eastlos217
08-20-2015, 11:19 AM
that's so cool. you should really consider selling a set like this =)

Gloworm
08-20-2015, 11:59 AM
that's so cool. you should really consider selling a set like this =)

Thank you, friend! I have considered selling them, however, no one would like the price I would need to charge, considering there is easily over 150 hours of work involved on top of the $100+ dollars of materials. I think this is going to be a "1 of 1" unless someone is willing to put a serious deposit in front of me to get me in the mood to undertake the process again.:tsmile:

eastlos217
08-20-2015, 12:16 PM
is that one individual room you are talking about? or like the entire sewer playset idea?

Gloworm
08-20-2015, 12:49 PM
is that one individual room you are talking about? or like the entire sewer playset idea?

Yup, it's just the one room, the main TV room. Nothing is permanently attached so you could probably transform it into the training room, kitchen, or Splinter's room by making/acquiring some props. It works great for my photography, being so modular, and it saves space in my tiny apartment.

The majority of time goes into cutting and painting the floors and walls. Everything gets an under layer of black paint but since the foamboard will melt if you use spray paint, I use an airbrush which takes a lot more time. I also made the bricks on both sides of the walls so the diorama can be viewed and photographed from outside or looking through the "sewer-pipe- cut-out." Then, since I can't find pre-made sofa, chairs, and tables that look close enough, I need to design those from scratch. Even if I could find pre-made props that suited my needs, they are always expensive anyway... Also, the Three headed monster painting and Kanji painting were both hand painted by my girlfriend so that adds cost as well. Sure, I could have tried to make a print-out of the paintings from a screenshot but the diorama would lose a lot of it's charm and appeal as a "work of art" that I put my name upon. There are many other parts of the process that I am not describing as well but there is so much to type and I could probably fill a whole page talking about this :tgrin:

Anyway, I could probably cut down the amount of time it takes to make another one of these since I have done it once already but it is still a long and laborious task.

eastlos217
08-20-2015, 01:14 PM
i think it looks really dope and I wouldn't mind investing in one

Gloworm
08-20-2015, 02:04 PM
i think it looks really dope and I wouldn't mind investing in one

If you are really serious, feel free to PM me. I have a day job and after I get home from that, I focus on my artistic career so time is extremely precious and therefore expensive to me. For me to drop everything I am currently working on to make another turtle lair, expect a quote to be about $650. My GF and I sell our artwork and photography at Comic-Cons and Pop-Culture events so right now my time is especially limited since we are right in the middle of Comic-Con season... Anyway, if you decide to commission a diorama piece like the one you see here, expect me to ask for a 50% non-refundable deposit through Paypal(I take commitment to commissions seriously from myself and the buyer). Also, expect the time frame to be 1-3 months for delivery. I know it all sounds really expensive and inconvenient but that's the best I can do at this point in time.

No matter what, thank you so much for your kind words and support! :tgrin:

Monte Williams
08-20-2015, 09:54 PM
So beautiful, and so fun.

Makes me want those figures, which is not something I need to be pondering right now! :)

Gloworm
08-21-2015, 09:47 AM
Had some fun last night playing with slime :tgrin::tidea:

http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/12.jpg

TheCanadiandrome
08-26-2015, 05:17 PM
Love your work

MsMarvelDuckie
09-15-2015, 09:32 PM
I can't believe I haven't seen this before! Great job, man, and I love what you've done here. I see you've had some of the same Ideas I have for my own lair, especially with the details. Mine uses cardboard for the walls and floors, rather than foam-board, but the idea was the same- to make it modular and easy to store when not in use. So far, I have six rooms started- the kitchen, living room, dojo, Donnie's lab, and two bedrooms. The hard part is getting the various sections placed and cut properly. Each section will connect up, with doors cut into them that line up with the others. Like you, I have also taken lots of screenshots to use as reference, especially in the playroom and bedroom areas, the dojo, and kitchen.

Gloworm
09-22-2015, 01:36 PM
Love your work

Thank you so much!

I can't believe I haven't seen this before! Great job, man, and I love what you've done here. I see you've had some of the same Ideas I have for my own lair, especially with the details. Mine uses cardboard for the walls and floors, rather than foam-board, but the idea was the same- to make it modular and easy to store when not in use. So far, I have six rooms started- the kitchen, living room, dojo, Donnie's lab, and two bedrooms. The hard part is getting the various sections placed and cut properly. Each section will connect up, with doors cut into them that line up with the others. Like you, I have also taken lots of screenshots to use as reference, especially in the playroom and bedroom areas, the dojo, and kitchen.

Thank you! Hope your build goes well! Share photos with the forum!

Gloworm
09-22-2015, 01:51 PM
Well, this isn't from my Diorama but it seems to be where all my TMNT Toy Photos are going. Anyway, my girlfriend and I found some time to head to the beach this past weekend. We both do toy photography so I donít get funny looks when I want to bring a bag of action figures and props on a day trip. We drove out to Silver Sands State Park in Milford, CT and caught some great golden sunset light. Hope you enjoy!

http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/bwinshell_toy_photography_tmnt_beach_bbq.jpg

TheCanadiandrome
09-22-2015, 08:20 PM
Looks cool dude

Metalhead 2.0
09-23-2015, 08:38 AM
Those masks are going to leave some wicked tan-lines

Huzzah
09-23-2015, 12:32 PM
Wait a tic, do Turtles tan?

Gloworm
10-13-2015, 09:56 AM
Sooo, I have been really getting into IDWís comic book series..After spending a lot of time at Comic Cons I see a lot of great sketch covers for various titles and I know Marvel has adopted toy photography for a few of it's titles... So I'm totally making my own Sketch/Variant covers. Must admit, I would love to see one of these in print one day. Here's to dreaming! Hope you enjoy!

http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/brian_winshell_toy_photography_the_loyal_subjects_ tmnt_variant_cover2.jpg

http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/brian_winshell_toy_photography_the_loyal_subjects_ tmnt_variant_cover1.jpg

http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/brian_winshell_toy_photography_neca_tmnt_variant_c over.jpg

Powder
10-13-2015, 11:02 AM
You take super dope pics, man. Inspiring. :trazz:

Gloworm
10-13-2015, 11:44 AM
You take super dope pics, man. Inspiring. :trazz:

Thank youuuuuu!
:kgrin::kgrin::kgrin::kgrin:

Gloworm
10-13-2015, 11:53 AM
Looks cool dude

Thank you!:tgrin:

Gloworm
10-14-2015, 06:15 AM
I love shooting toys at the beach! Especially at sunset. This is another attempt at an action shot, this time using The Loyal Subjects figures. I must say, tossing some sand is a beautiful, natural way to amplify the feel of action. I took about 40-50 shots to get a just few frames where the sand is flying just right. Sometimes I can get the shot I want in single frame, however, for this particular shot I did a composite of my three favorite frames. If you would like to make shots like this, I highly recommend having a camera that can shoot continuously at a high rate. My D700 can shoot at 8 frames per second so it really cuts down on the amount of attempts I need to make. It also really helps to have a friend (or girlfriend in my case) to toss the sand … :tgrin: Hope you enjoy!

http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/brian_winshell_toy_photography_loyal_subjects_sayo nara_shred_head.jpg

Monte Williams
10-14-2015, 06:32 AM
Damn. That's magnificent. Humbling work, man.

Gloworm
10-14-2015, 11:56 AM
Damn. That's magnificent. Humbling work, man.

Thanks, dude!!:tgrin:

TheCanadiandrome
10-14-2015, 07:37 PM
I love the details

Gloworm
11-10-2015, 07:35 AM
Soooo I finally finished the idea I have been working on throughout the month of October, "The Revenge of Hamato Yoshi." I started this project, inspired by reading the IDW TMNT series of comics and the fact that it is the month of Halloween. In the early comic issues, Splinter (Hamato Yoshi), remembers his past life and speaks of his inner rage towards Oroku Saki (Shredder) turning the Foot Clan in to itís evil ways, murdering Yoshiís four sons, and murdering Yoshi as well. While Splinter is quite the pacifist, he is quite adamant that Saki must die.

For a while now, I have wanted to use toy photography as a medium for creating a comic book. Since I love my Loyal Subjects figures so much I used them to make this, my first attempt at a series of images that would fit into comic book format. It's only two pages, but I'm really happy with the results. For now, I only did the photos without words. Maybe down the road, Iíll start adding some word bubbles.

Page 1
http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/brian_winshell_toy_photography_the_loyal_subjects_ revenge_of_hamato_yoshi_1.jpg

Page 2
http://www.brianwinshell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/brian_winshell_toy_photography_the_loyal_subjects_ revenge_of_hamato_yoshi_2.jpg

TMNachoT
11-10-2015, 11:23 AM
Fantastic pics!!!

TheCanadiandrome
11-28-2015, 05:57 PM
rofl! wow that would make Quentin Tarantino proud :D