Diorama

How To : Make a realistic looking landscape diorama

Watch this video series to learn how to make the base shell, terrain, trees, bushes, tufts of grass, and cast plaster rocks for a fantasy landscape diorama. Part 1 of 6 - How to Make a realistic looking landscape diorama. Part 2 of 6 - How to Make a realistic looking landscap ...more

How To : Model grass for miniature dioramas and game terrain

Here's how to place grass into your diorama scenery. These tactics may be familiar to model train builders, but there are endless fibers that can create texture for miniature landscapes. Make grass for dioramas, Warhammer, architectural models and other miniatures.

How To : Make water effects for a diorama

If you are planning on making a diorama for a school project or anything else, using real like effects can be a big boost. Water effects can have a great looking effect, but using actual water can be messy and won't get the job done. So in this tutorial, you'll find out how t ...more

News : 16-Year-Old Builds Wicked LEGO Star Wars Diorama

Paul Yperman, you've got some competition (see previous entry, Star Wars LEGO Droid Ship). 15-year old Sven Junga's LEGO Stargate diorama (including a Daedalus from Stargate Atlantis) is nothing to shrug about. Incredibly impressive. See more of Sven's work in his Flickr gall ...more

Crafting Blocks into Bricks : A Minecraft LEGO Diorama

Let's face it. Minecraft probably wouldn't exist today if not for LEGOs. They are fundamentally the same; building objects out of blocks. Only Minecraft has expanded on the idea, creating a world where nearly anything can be made. It's probably even more accurate to say that M ...more

How To : Build a cave diorama

Papa Tom teaches viewers how to build a diorama of a cave, complete with stalagmites and stalactites. Part 1 of 5 - How to Build a cave diorama. Part 2 of 5 - How to Build a cave diorama. Part 3 of 5 - How to Build a cave diorama. Part 4 of 5 - How to Build a cave diorama. ...more

How To : Make a game terrain diorama for Warhammer 40K

Game terrain dioramas are an essential playing field for miniature war games, like Warhammer 40K or Lord of the Rings games. While these terrains can be purchased ready-made, make your own to get the exact look desired. Watch this hobby how-to video and learn how to build a ga ...more

How To : Make a diorama waterfall

If your son or daughter is planning on making a diorama for a classroom project or just because, making a cool water feature can be a great idea. Using real water may be fine and all, but if you want to prevent any kind of mess from happening, you can build one using materials ...more

How To : Build a tepee diorama

Build a tepee diorama. Watch Papa Tom build a Native American Indian tepee using the Scene-A-Rama Building and Structures Kit. He'll then show you how to place it on a realistic wooden diorama.

How To : Simulate brick wall effects for dioramas

Here are some examples of brickwork for dioramas or war game terrain. Create a fine grit coating for foam carvings using a mixture of white glue, paint and fine sand. Press in brick patterns into foam, or if working in smaller scale, you can coat cardboard with a thin coat of ...more

How To : Build a desert oasis diorama

Papa Tom teaches viewers how to build a beautiful life-like desert oasis using the Desert Oasis Diorama Kit. Building this diorama is a fun, easy, and great experience. Part 1 of 2 - How to Build a desert oasis diorama. Part 2 of 2 - How to Build a desert oasis diorama.

How To : Make mud and rubble in a WW2 diorama

In this tutorial, we learn how to make mud and rubble in a WW2 diorama. You can use corks as the rubble after you paint it and rip it into different pieces to make it look like destroyed buildings. You can purchase realistic water and gloss gel medium to look like water that i ...more

How To : Make a hobbit house for LOTR game or diorama

This video shows how to make a small scale Hobbit's hole. This example is for the Lord of the Rings game, but you can use this in your dioramas too. Use a yogurt container, a piece of board, and then decorate it however you want. Watch this instructional video and learn how to ...more

How To : Build a cut-away volcano diorama

Papa Tom shows viewers how to build a cut-away volcano diorama using a Scene-A-Rama Mountain Diorama kit. Use masking tape, yesterday's newspaper, and scissors. Wow! Part 1 of 2 - How to Build a cut-away volcano diorama. Part 2 of 2 - How to Build a cut-away volcano diorama.

How To : Make miniature trees for dioramas

Here is a quick and easy tutorial on making miniature trees. Watch this instructional model making video to get started with the traditional method using Woodland Scenics and learn some alternatives using found materials like wire and scouring pads. They look great and are per ...more

How To : Build a log cabin diorama

Build a log home diorama. Papa Tom shows viewers how to build a log cabin home for a diorama using the Building and Structures Kit. Simple and easy to make a realistic miniature log cabin.

How To : Make a diorama

Dioramas are a fun way to illustrate all kinds of scenes, whether from nature, history, sports or entertainment. The possibilities are endless. Learn how to make a diorama in this free crafts video series. Part 1 of 15 - How to Make a diorama. Make a diorama - Part 2 of 15. Cl ...more

How To : Make roof thatching and tree material for dioramas

Watch this instructional model making video to make miniature roof thatching and tree material for dioramas, architectural models, Warhammer and game terrain. There are several kinds of scouring pads, craft fiber sheets, and fibers for constructing miniature trees and bushes. ...more

How To : Make a meteor diorama

Make a breathtaking meteor diorama that will blow the competition away! This five part video series will show you everything you need to know about making a diorama, from setting up the box to placing dolls. This diorama is sure to impress! Part 1 of 5 - How to Make a meteor d ...more

How To : Make trenches in a military diorama

This tutorial shows an easy way to make trenches for dioramas. This is very useful for war and battle dioramas. Lay out the diorama on paper first so you know where the trenches are then build the structure out of cardboard. Build miniature trenches for war game terrain, minia ...more

How To : Build an American Indian diorama

Papa Tom teaches viewers how to build a realistic looking diorama replicating an American Indian home site from early American history. Part 1 of 3 - How to Build an American Indian diorama. Part 2 of 3 - How to Build an American Indian diorama. Part 3 of 3 - How to Build an ...more

How To : Craft a diorama out of a shoebox

A diorama is an attractive craft to present a school science project or book report. You'll need some boxes, paint, glue, and a few small figurines. Pick a theme, and use these tips so your kids can make an A+ project!

How To : Duplicate diorama pieces with plaster casts

Watch this instructional video to make cheap molds for casting miniatures. You can then duplicate pieces for building your diorama or game terrain. Sculpt original forms using polymer clay, and layer on latex to make a cheap rubber mold. Or, you can use pre-made forms to press ...more

How To : Builds a diorama for a cliff dwelling

Papa Tom teaches users how to build a cliff diorama for a cliff dwelling adobe looking house. You'll need a hobby knife, water, and sticks. Part 1 of 2 - How to Builds a diorama for a cliff dwelling. Part 2 of 2 - How to Builds a diorama for a cliff dwelling.

How To : Begin to carve foam for dioramas and game terrain

Watch this two-part instructional video to begin carving gaming terrain and various art projects out of high density foam. This type of pink foam is called Styrospan. It's easy to carve, inexpensive and can be easily repaired with glue. Part 1 of 2 - How to Begin to carve foam ...more

How To : Build stones & cinder blocks for a diorama

Build stones & cinder blocks for a diorama. Papa Tom teaches viewers how to make a building look like it is made of stone or cinder blocks using the Building and Structure Kit from Scene-A-Rama. This is super easy and tons of fun for all ages. It's great for school or class pr ...more

How To : Use foam to make diorama terrain

In this tutorial, we learn how to use foam to make diorama terrain. Foam will make a realistic diorama because it comes in so many different shapes and sizes. You can buy this from hobby shops and even online. To put these together, you will simply use some wood glue. You can ...more

How To : Paint miniatures for dioramas and gaming terrain

Watch this instructional video to paint realistic finishes on miniatures for dioramas, architectural models, and game terrain. This model maker begins with an introduction to washes and dry brushing. When working towards a tarnished or deep finish on your miniatures, you must ...more

How To : Make a WW2 diorama

Will from stormthecastle.com shows you how to make a very detailed World War II diorama. Made at a 1:72 scale, it's still incredibly lifelike and realistic. Part 1 of 4 - How to Make a WW2 diorama. Part 2 of 4 - How to Make a WW2 diorama. Part 3 of 4 - How to Make a WW2 dior ...more

How To : Paint the base of a diorama

In this part of the tutorial, I show how to apply some basic cast rock structures to the diorama and give you a basic idea of how to apply the base coat of colored paints.

How To : Make a modeling tool for dioramas and game terrain

If you are a dedicated model maker, watch this instructional video to make a handy tool for sculpting and working with miniatures. These homemade wood tools are good for a variety of purposes. It can be made from wood as small as match stick stock up to 1/2'' by 1'' stock. Use ...more

How To : Make the terrain for a diorama

The scene for this diorama is the Spartan Warrior Battle of Thermopylae. The diorama is two feet by three feet and wired for lighting and sound. This episode of the tutorial shows you how to cast the plaster shell with either plaster cloth or hydrocal. (You can do this with Pl ...more

How To : Build the perfect pyramid

Papa Tom teaches viewers how to build the perfect pyramid for any school project. This is super easy and fun too. It looks great on any desert diorama.

How To : Make foam box miniature mountains

A quick and inexpensive method of making highly detailed miniature landscapes for model railways, diorama's or garden sculptures. This is a vivid scenery design lesson perfect for your train scenes or other mountain scapes.

Star Wars : A New Hope LEGO Chess Set

WonderHowTo World LEGO People points us to an amazing chess set made with LEGO Star Wars characters. LEGO fanatic Brandon Griffith of Hollywood, CA, plans to build three different chess sets, one per each original episode. Pictured below is his first completed set, Star Wars: ...more

How To : Create model train layouts

In this series of model train layout videos, our expert diorama builder will share his experience of building his re-creation of Verde Valley. Part 1 of 17 - How to Create model train layouts. Create model train layouts - Part 2 of 17. Click through to watch this video on expe ...more

News : Star Wars Foosball Table Made Entirely of LEGOs

An incredible LEGO feat: the Rebel vs. Empire Star Wars LEGO Foosball table. Built entirely, in and out, of LEGOs. LEGOs + Star Wars + Foosball = total Nerd-vana. Previously, Play Foosball With LEGOs. Man Spends 2 Years & 30,000 LEGOs Building Star Wars Ship. 16-Year-Old Bui ...more

Otherworldly : Optical Delusions and Small Realities

Last week in New York, I saw the new show Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities at the Museum of Arts and Design, at Columbus Circle near the edge of Central Park, between Broadway and Eighth. Below is the museum’s description of the show: “Otherworldly: Optical ...more

How To : Make miniature tile flooring at 15mm scale

Watch this instructional model making video to make miniature plaster tile flooring for war game terrain. Add a thin layer of plaster for a smooth level floor for your game piece or diorama. The layer of plaster simulates concrete as is, or you can etch in tiles while the plas ...more

How To : Make a working matchstick medieval catapult

this miniature catapult really works and can be used as a toy or in a diorama. You'll need the following materials: Matchstick 1/8" stock: 4 pieces 1-1/2 inches (36mm)long - 5 pieces 5/8" (15mm) long - 4 cross brace pieces 1/2" (10mm)long (45 degree cuts) 1 piece at 9/16" roun ...more

News : An Abandoned Bar, Two-Feet-Tall

Lori Nix's teeny, tiny, incredibly laborious, detail-oriented dioramas are, in a word, insane. We've seen an amazing diorama or two... but these are eerily obsessive. And creepy- all the spaces are depressed, abandoned, and in terrible disrepair. Inspired? Start small. (No pu ...more

News : 2012 is coming do you have your Bunker?

This amazing bunker, post apocalyptic LEGO creation was made by MAINMAN. The diorama is divided into 3 sections, which connect together into one huge underground base, complete with its own com room, air processor room, and airlock to keep out the zombies.

How To : Build a cliff dwelling

Papa Tom teaches viewers how to build a cliff dwelling that you can place right on a cliff diorama for a neat replication of early Native American life.

How To : Gather tools for building miniatures

Here are some of necessary the tools for hobby crafting and diorama making. This model maker uses wood rasps, sanding pencils, wire cutters, small pliers, a box cutter, a wood carving knife, and a Japanese pull saw. When building miniatures you may find yourself making your ow ...more

News : Happy Easter! Celebrate With a Peeps-Show

The Washington Post challenged their readers to create "a three-dimensional essay on the state of the nation's collective consciousness, a sticky finger on the pulse of what's popular"...using Peeps. The fourth annual Peeps Diorama Contest attracted more than 1,100 entries. T ...more

How To : Use cheap metal bits for detailing your game terrain

Here are some examples of metal for detailing your miniature diorama or gaming terrain piece. Watch this instructional video for some quick tips on making metal handles, swords, and decorations for miniature architectural scenes, Warhammer, dioramas and dollhouses.

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