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Ratch

A quick diorama base

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I came across one of my old Bellona vac-formed diorama bases. After thirty-odd years it had become rather tatty and in need of some renovation to make it useable. Unfortunately, I didn't think about taking pictures when I started, so let me explain; one corner was totally missing and there were a couple of raised areas. I cut a piece of hardboard to size and I decided to pack these from below with expanded polystyrene all stuck down with PVA. The exposed pieces were coated with plaster of paris.
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The existing vac form had been painted with enamels - no need to alter this as it will act as a base colour. When everything had dried and was set the plaster of paris was painted with burnt umber poster paint using the leopard spotting method.
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I then brushed PVA over the base.
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The thick coat was then ready for various ground scatters:

  • Grey stone
  • Ballast
  • Sand
  • Cork granules
  • Dried tea leaves
  • Mid-green scatter
  • Summer mix

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A few sprigs of lichen were also added
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This will be allowed to dry overnight before I shake off any loose scatter (and recycle it) :wicked:

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Hi Ratch,

 

Waste not want not!

Can I ask what scale this diorama is?

 

BTW, I'd be a bit worried about the skim of plaster cracking, saying as the base is vacu-formed. I'd suggest packing the underside with plaster of paris too. I have other suggestions if that one isn't an option.

 

Rearguards

Badder

 

 

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Its 1/72-6 Badder. The scatters should hide any cracking. Its not too big and fairly light. Not really big enough for wargaming on its own - though it could be used with other bases as part of a terrain. More of a photographic base really :thanks:

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Here's the finished article

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with a couple of 1/76 vehicles to give it scale

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and with my other two Bellona bases

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the one on the left is sort of Napoleonic with the broken guns and limbers moulded into the base, while the one on the right is a small trench section.

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I packed the undersides of the other bases with expanding polystyrene foam (like plumbers use) and this worked pretty well (though a bit expensive).

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Whilst not designed to 'interlock' I guess they could be used as war-gaming terrains

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