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Ruined buildings and city scenes.
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1:35 scale T-34/76 Diorama
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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019 - 02:02 AM UTC
Great looking diorama with lots of fine details! Combat action scenes with multiple figures can be a challenge to get all the elements working together, but you've pulled it off really well. Thanks for showing your in-progress steps as well!
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Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 09:21 PM UTC

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Hi Doc , hadn't realized you updated this , beautiful stuff man . For the record I like the dark pics , looks cool , also the snow you added to their boots , all good lookin man !!!



Cheers! I am partial to the dark pics too


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The overall look is quite impressive Steve, nice job. But I appreciate your descriptions of the varying techniques and materials!
Well done Sir

Cheers
Dave



Thanks Dave, much appreciated!

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Posted: Saturday, March 09, 2019 - 03:04 PM UTC
The overall look is quite impressive Steve, nice job. But I appreciate your descriptions of the varying techniques and materials!
Well done Sir

Cheers
Dave
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Posted: Sunday, March 03, 2019 - 02:05 AM UTC
Hi Doc , hadn't realized you updated this , beautiful stuff man . For the record I like the dark pics , looks cool , also the snow you added to their boots , all good lookin man !!!
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Posted: Sunday, March 03, 2019 - 12:36 AM UTC

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Steve,
That is some awesome work! I can't imagine how you find the time for all of that fantastic shading.

Once you've finished, it'd be really great to see both photos in color and black and white.

Seriuosly top shelf!

Gaz



Cheers Gaz! Time is always against us!

I'd like to have a play with black and white, and some other photoshop experiments - I added a background and some motion blur to this one:



Thanks for looking!

~ Steve
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Posted: Friday, March 01, 2019 - 09:41 AM UTC
Steve,
That is some awesome work! I can't imagine how you find the time for all of that fantastic shading.

Once you've finished, it'd be really great to see both photos in color and black and white.

Seriuosly top shelf!

Gaz
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Posted: Friday, March 01, 2019 - 09:33 AM UTC

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Good call on the clingfilm.



It worked out, and I ended up buying a couple more rollers too!


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I love that crackle paint used for the burned frame, ingenious! Ruck On!



Cheers mate, I cant recall where I first saw it, but its a handy trick!

I took a couple of pics with the SLR yesterday because it was overcast, but a far off bush fire caused there to be a redness to the light which i tried to correct in post. Long story short,they came out a bit dark so I'll take some more when the smoke clears off -
















Thanks for looking!

~ Steve
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Posted: Friday, March 01, 2019 - 06:34 AM UTC
I love that crackle paint used for the burned frame, ingenious! Ruck On!
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Posted: Friday, March 01, 2019 - 12:21 AM UTC
Good call on the clingfilm.
DrChopp
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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:55 PM UTC

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Hey Steve!

This is looking great. I love the fact that I saw the pictures first and immediately knew what the story was, which was only confirmed when I read your description.

Looking forward to the last few steps you got there.



Cheers mate, glad you dig it and pleased the little narrative works!


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Dang nice job on the whole thing.
Very well done.
I would like to see more T-34's.



Thanks! It was a load of fun, might have to give the Dragon kit a whirl!


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Yep,I agree with the above comments! Lookin' good!
J



:) Thanks J, much appreciated!


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Looking good. What did you think of the texture roller? Im tempted by the herringbone one so would be good to hear your thoughts.



Thanks! I liked how the roller worked out with the air dry clay. The couple of things I learned was to lay a layer of cling film between the roller and the clay, as trying to clean the roller out was a nightmare!

Thanks for all the kind words, and I've completed the dio now so shall post some finished pics shortly!

~ Steve
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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 05:49 AM UTC
Looking good. What did you think of the texture roller? Im tempted by the herringbone one so would be good to hear your thoughts.
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Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 02:33 AM UTC
Yep,I agree with the above comments! Lookin' good!
J
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Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 02:38 PM UTC
Dang nice job on the whole thing.
Very well done.
I would like to see more T-34's.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 01:24 PM UTC
Hey Steve!

This is looking great. I love the fact that I saw the pictures first and immediately knew what the story was, which was only confirmed when I read your description.

Looking forward to the last few steps you got there.
DrChopp
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Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 12:18 PM UTC
Hello all,

Nearly finished with this one, some minor details to be added, and then the actual base frame will get some paint, but it is about 90% there.

Here's the new window frame - I had to angle the light to pick up the broken glass pieces in the rubble as they are very hard to see, so i might put a pigment wash over them to make them more noticeable.





Here's the final positioning of the T-34, and the infantry riders:



I hope it comes across clearly, but the ides is that as this squad has started dismounting they have come under fire, the commander received a glancing hit in the head knocking his helmet off. Using the vehicle as cover he is continuing to yell orders to his men to move into the ruins to out-flank the foe:








Here's a little photoshop enhancent:



Thanks for looking! Very close to completion -

~ Steve
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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 03:36 PM UTC

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Nice work Doc , I like how your windows came out and the debris is falling into place , no pun intended .



Cheers mate, much appreciated!


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Lots of very good work going on here so far. The debris and pillars came out great along with the busted glass and the ice and snow effects!
I would suggest in the future try switching to plastic strip and stock to make your window frames. Much easier to work with and more "in scale". The balsa tends to have a grain way too large IMHO.
Just my opinion though. The busted glass is superb though! Nice idea.
J



Thanks mate, glad you like it! Thanks for the advice too, I'll keep it in mind for next time
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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 02:28 AM UTC
Lots of very good work going on here so far. The debris and pillars came out great along with the busted glass and the ice and snow effects!
I would suggest in the future try switching to plastic strip and stock to make your window frames. Much easier to work with and more "in scale". The balsa tends to have a grain way too large IMHO.
Just my opinion though. The busted glass is superb though! Nice idea.
J
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Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 04:09 AM UTC
Nice work Doc , I like how your windows came out and the debris is falling into place , no pun intended .
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Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 08:26 AM UTC

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Beautiful !! cool , much more gooderer betterer .



Thanks mate!


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Belated Aussie cheer-squad member reporting in, towering work on the base & strewth even a tram rail - another good example of those rollers, Im sold. Suggest fine-powdered (chalk or pastels) brick & stone-coloured dust brushed into/onto the masonry/rubble might help. The cracked glass looks really good how did you do the top right one & what are you using? Great work Steve



Thanks mate! I think Ill need to invest in some brick coloured powders, I've got most other colours but not a brick red. The rust reds might work?

The glass is done by taking some microscope slide covers, which are very thin glass, and sandwiching one between two layers of clear sticky tape then bending them to crack. The top right one is the same thing, but after some playing around I found I could just take some scissors and cut a piece out.

I've started work on a new window frame, this time it should look a little better. The top left hand will be burned, and so will have little to no glass in those sections, while the glass under them will be discoloured by the soot and flame. I did this with some citadel crackle paint:



This is the current state of the rest of the base:




I have added some random planks of wood around it to give the a less symmetrical silhouette




I did give the bricks a grey drybrush to alter the colour a little, but as Tim suggested, I may pop a little powder on there:


I wanted this to be during the thaw, so I made some snow sludge using AK's acrylic snow effects, Citadel snow effects, AK's snow micro balloons, Vallejo's gloss varnish hand still water:



Early on I was messing with the rubble, and I liked how this railing looked up against the pillar, I felt it added a point of interest and with some rusting it should add a little more colour to could be a drab area:


Thanks for looking!

~ Steve
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Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 12:37 AM UTC
Belated Aussie cheer-squad member reporting in, towering work on the base & strewth even a tram rail - another good example of those rollers, Im sold. Suggest fine-powdered (chalk or pastels) brick & stone-coloured dust brushed into/onto the masonry/rubble might help. The cracked glass looks really good how did you do the top right one & what are you using? Great work Steve
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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 09:43 PM UTC
Beautiful !! cool , much more gooderer betterer .
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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 07:53 AM UTC

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Looking really good. Great use of the cardboard, the thought to use it like you have would have never have crossed my mind.



Thanks mate! I have an abundance of cardboard around the house so I try to use it for anything I can!


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Nice work Doc , figures , T34 , distressed columns came out great , everything's falling into place !!!
This is just me so it doesn't carry much weight but the columns look perfect with the concrete/mortar/stucco in the light color before you painted them dark . The light color with a sooty wash would bring out more distressed detail, being dark that detail is lost . Please don't take this the wrong way the columns came out very cool and like you said better pics to follow .



Much appreciated Cheyenne! I should have been a bit clearer that the columns were only just started in that pic, mostly just the brick work and a little texture, here's how they currently look:





I think the bricks may look a little too dark, so I may lighten them up a bit. The concrete will get a wash, and some enamel and oil streaking, and I want to do some fire damage with the airbrush but I'm not sold on that idea yet so we'll see!

I also wanted to show the window frame:



I am really not too happy with this, and will redo it because I'm sure with a little more care I can do a better job. This one does act as a proof of concept though, and I learned a whole heap about working with balsa wood, and doing the cracked glass.

Thanks for looking, and all comments and criticism is welcome and valid

~ Steve
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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 - 10:59 PM UTC
Nice work Doc , figures , T34 , distressed columns came out great , everything's falling into place !!!
This is just me so it doesn't carry much weight but the columns look perfect with the concrete/mortar/stucco in the light color before you painted them dark . The light color with a sooty wash would bring out more distressed detail, being dark that detail is lost . Please don't take this the wrong way the columns came out very cool and like you said better pics to follow .
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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 - 01:13 PM UTC
Looking really good. Great use of the cardboard, the thought to use it like you have would have never have crossed my mind.
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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 - 08:29 AM UTC

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Nice work, Mate!



Cheers Gaz!


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This is really nice work Steve, I'll be following your progress.
Really nice paint work on the figure with the long coat.

Regards
Dave



Thanks Dave, much appreciated!

I've started paint on the base, apologies for the low quality images, I'll take some better ones as it progresses:





The intention is for this to be just after winter in the Ukraine around 43, so there will be some snowfall, but not enough to cover everything.

Thanks for looking!
~Steve