I actually managed to get this little boxed diorama finished at the end of last week, just in time for the Torquay show (more on that in next weeks Miniatures and Musings post). The good news is you have been spared another a detailed “work in progress” only post. The bad news is I forgot to take some photo’s off the assembly before it went inside the box. The consequence of this is that the photo’s taken looking inside the box have some unwanted glare and reflections. What you do see though is the view as finally intended.
At the end of “Part 2” I was left with a number of things to do. The figures had yet to be painted, some outstanding scenery items needed painting as well and the electrics had not been done. Even more worrying was the need to complete the overall assembly. Now there is a little known rule associated with diorama building and I’m sure Pat will confirm this. No matter how much you test pieces for fit and accuracy before final assembly you can bet your house on it that it wont go together the way you intended the moment you fucking add glue! This little number was no exception but a little tweak here and there and I just about got away with it in the end.
First up we have a few more work in progress shots.
This first photo is of the inlaid roof. Wooden rafters were attached to a suitably sized square of MDF which was then painted. The LED lights were then added. The angle of view into the box coupled with the rafters doesn’t allow for the LED’s to be seen.
Next up we have a first view of the wizard and his apprentice. This was an early photo taken at the time when I was working on composition. The figures are from Reaper.
Up next we have a couple of images of the two bookcases which are sighted at the rear of the room along with the wizard’s desk and chair.
Wizard and apprentice now painted but the side table still to be finished.
An early test fit of the sides and rear walls.
The finished electrics for the wiring. A simple battery operated system with an on/off switch. All concealed by the lid of the box.
The lid of the box actually contains another vision panel. This needed to be covered up and was done using some thick black card, the type they use for mounts in picture frames, and the diorama title and narrative were added.
Next we have a few pictures of the wizard and his book stand in the lead up to the final push.
So now we come to the finished diorama.
First a basic shot of the box. For scale the box is a perfect cube measuring 16cm on all sides.
An overhead view of inside the box with the lid up and the ceiling removed.
The remaining photo’s were all taken looking through the front vision panel, the intend view of the completed diorama. The aim, which I think I have achieved, was to make sure everything could be seen without something else getting in the way. Without the lights on the box is dark. The lights, given the background scene, are intended to provide early morning sun rise light.
Hopefully the pictures will allow you to get the idea but as I mentioned at the start, glare and reflection do take the edge of it a bit.
So there you have it, The Wizard’s Library. In the next post I will let you know how I got on at the Torquay show.