Fossil series diorama blog

Welcome in my brand new website!

Well, i am really happy about it, it’s got all the modern comfort and is also really very light to load.
So here is a pretty sight below, that picture scared the heck out of me when I first saw it more than 25 years ago.
Maybe now it’s the time to  do something about it.

More model making (the T-26)

Well, the internet is a great place to find reference -especially on Russian stuff. So between walkarounds and online books I finally foudn out how was done most of the interior for that T-26 tank, plenty of plasticard. I still have to do all the cases and stuff on each side of the direction bar.

T-26 russian tank interior modelling

So here is another view of the inside with the opening for the rear wheel.

here is the front and top of the T-26, lots of  Scale Hardware rivets added as well as a few PE details (that were left from the King Child diorama)

T-26 russian tank interior and exterior

Some modeler cliché perhaps? okay, "PE hell", accurate for those Aber fenders, the are really hard to solder 

T-26 russian tank Aber fenders





Fossil 2 here we are

So here is the second part of my Fossil Triptych (out of 3 eh..).

So I was giving a website course some 10 years ago and I had that girl saying to me at the pause with some weird voice just like she had some hair on the tongue "Well my boyfriend died in the mountian a few years back, they found his body only two years later and you know what? His Breitling was still in working condition!" 

So Then I got in mind that guy's picture with a big wrist watch on his hand, poor fellow's body was totally burned and I asked myself if his watch was still in working condition.

First let's bend a bit of brass

Then let's cover the brass with a mix half half Duro/Magic Sculp.


Fossil 2 sculpting the figure

So here we go with finishing the fig (including the watch)

Second day, I had to cover the whole of the body with Magic Sculp/Duro.

Like they say in the Lord of The Rings movie "What about their legs, they don't need those".

yep in my ref pic, the bones are sticking out like that, sorry for the details. I also put a picture of the face while i was sculpting it, I added the teeth with an X-Acto 

When the whole was dried, I added some "dust" on the body -quuite a lot actually, i will have to complete the texture using pigments on the painting stage

The left picture shows the fig in the same position as the original -that is he got one hand in the other. i quite liked the "raised hand effect". I will further work on that on Part 3.


The base (Fossil 2 diorama)

Here is the way now i am doing the bases for the Fossil series. first a plaster base -that's simple, I just pour plaster in a vague form done out of plasticard that i sand afterwards.

Then when cleaning my plaster dish, I put one the water with the plaster wash on some plastic surface that I leave to dry.

Then I break it with the hands and "glue" it on the plaster base using some ultra diluted plaster.

I just have to trim it and paint now.


Detailing the base

So i have got the base and the figure, I now need accessories.

As usual less is more, but then on my reference pictre, the body was surrounded by a great number of entangled wires, so I decided to do these.

So I took an old electric cable, I wiped out the platsuic and soldered everty extremity of those. I alos soldered some of them together so I could get a big block

Then I sculpted a cylindracal shape out of some platsic bit from an old model adding some Duro/Magic sculp shapes on it to mimic torn metal

Please now notice the change of Camera (going from C2005 to C2012..) and here is the Magic Sculp with dangling wires. I added some MS on the top of it to make a distress look on the wires

And here are most of the elements ready for paint.

The tube like shape was also taken from the ref picture but I don't what it is. Could be landing gear but a bit small..


Painting the base2

Okay, let's paint the plaster base.

Of course i never ever use any seal product on the plaster, now that's a very stupid thing to do as the plaster drinks the paint and the water in it, which means that if you are wise enough you can create some effects that you could only dream of when using some plastic (more on that perhaps another time)

Anyway, my bootiful Iwata sprays weird colours on my base, blues and red brown.. what the heck? that's no colours for a diorama base.

Well yes it is. I used some early 1980's pictures as a reference and you wouldn't believe how the colours faded since. I don't model what's true, I model what's left of the memory of those poor guys, the memory has got a blue-greenish hue and that's it..

So here is the first stage finished, the base colours are applied. I used several masks made of paper, the usual stuff.. excuse the low quality of the pictures, I don't dare using the good camera when i am doing dirty job!)

Now is time for overpainting. I wet the plaster abit and I screen and screen again, darker hues in the recesses, tan on the tops and then some random colours. No method, just piling up the colours.

But now the interest of that special pictures is what i am doing with the placement of the wires. That's it, those will be casting some shadows on the ground, therefore I have to paint those (airbrush those).

Here is a blurry picture of the mostly finished base

Except well.. pigments. Now I am a bit suspicious on those because overdoing the thing is very easy with pigments.

Whatever, I just applied some Vallejjo pigments fixer and pour some blue , brown pigments here and there.

I am never afraid of using colours! I have been using my SF Mig pigments as much as the regular ones


Finishing Fossil 2

So here I am painting the wires with the stuff I use, some vallejo paints and pigments. The wires were pretty burnt out so I applied with pigments with an old brush on the top of the wet paint to make stuff like ashes

Same thing for the guy, I used more pigments and plenty of different colours

In the end the diorama was finished but there was lacking any hotspot! So i made some sort of orange /tan mix and applied it on some outlines of the arms, and here it is, this colour is great over the green blue tan hues of the base


Fossil 3 here we are

Anyway, here we go again, another figure sculpting beginning by twisting a few brass wires

That I cover with MS+Duro..

Then I added some Hornet hands. I can actually sculpt hands but hands have less "personality" than heads so I prefer using Hornet's and therefore save some time.
Strangely enough those were not as destroyed as the rest of the body

the head + helmet (AFH-1), all Duro and MS, work in progress but in the end, there will probably be more blurred features for the face as well as a better hollowed helmet


And now for something completely different.
A badass US flying thing made in USA.. let me think.. C-130 looks pretty cool, how to cram a 1/35 C-130 on a 10x6cm base?
ah well, only one of the engines now

What's cool when you begin to master (more or less) figure sculpting is that scratchbuilding really appears so very simple to me.
So here we are and let's do the blades as well as some other stuff. I was fortunate enough to have an access to the great Lock-On on C-130 as well as used the Prime Portal references for global shape.

so, some old kit parts, other parts cut from a round cutter, MS covered plastic for the blades, Duro for the crumpled metals bits, here is the engine after 2 hours job :

refining, trimming sanding ..

the base of the engine

let's hole the blades to insert the bits..

Add a few extra details, trim the blades and here we are