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Travis Paschall
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Death Trooper diorama

October 19, 2019 · in Sci-fi · · 13 · 2.4K

Built the figure awhile ago but just recently finished his new home. I used insulation styrofoam for the base structure then applied sculptamold for ground texture and the tree bark. For the ground cover I used finely sifted soil, tile grout and woodland scenics fine soil mixed together. Sprayed the now dry sculptamold with watered down pva glue then sprinkled the soil mixture. Sprayed the ground cover with isopropanol alchohol and water mixture then repeated the last few steps until the ground was properly covered, I then used various plants purchased from craft stores and place them on the dio (some with the help of cut to size toothpicks). Once that was dry then it was onto the river bed. Using the soil mixture with added sand and gravel, glued it then it was onto adding the epoxy resin. After damming up the sides the resin was poured, I added a couple of drops of paint to the resin while mixing (the paint goes a long way as the couple of drops made the resin darker than I wanted) once the resin was dry I added Modge Podge for the ripples and waves . I used an airbrush at one end of the dio to “push” the Modge Podge for the desired current direction. Used balsa wood to clean up the sides of the base and finally voila diorama done! Any questions just let me know and as always thanks for looking!

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  1. Very cool, and awesome work with the water and plants! The figure is from bandai, correct?

  2. Very cool! The water looks realistic and the figure is nicely painted!

  3. Well done, nice work on the foliage as well.

  4. Nice - looks like a perfect muddy creek to me!

  5. Really nice job. I have a bunch of Bandai's recent Star Wars kits, and I plan to do dioramas with some of them. I also build model trains, so a lot of the scenery technique is the same. I especially like the figure's foot in the stream, which in my mind is now stuck in the mud and his boot will come off when he pulls his leg out of the stream. Maybe that only happens in real life...

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