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Title: Two Dioramas Started
Post by: Terry37 on 05 November 2019, 04:17:42 AM
I have been sort of commissioned, for lack of a better term, to do two dioramas, but there is no fee involved as it is a project of true friendship. Both are for my author friend Nick, with scenes taken from his very popular Extinction Cycle series. One I am doing, a smaller one than the first I did. The second is a joint effort with a very dear friend of Nick's. On this one I will be doing the actual model, and Nathan will be doing the electronics - this one takes place aboard a naval vessel, and is set in an autopsy/lab. The fun part of this one is that in the story one of the researchers is Nathan by name, and he is about to be melted by the acid from inside the Variant (post apocalyptic creature). Yeah a bit yucky, but I'm depicting it prior to the actual melt down, or really just as it started with smoke rising from the point of contact. Not one for doing gory stuff at all. Anyway, in the book a siren sounds and a warning light starts flashing, so we'll have those features as working devices, but don't ask me how because my expertise with electricity starts with being able to operate most light switches and ends with a general knowledge of changing a light bulb!!!! That is Nathan's area of expertise! he's already started building the control board and sent me a picture, and it looks like very high techy type stuff to me with little do-dads here and there and some wires????? Oh, and the variant in the Nathan dio is a Pendraken alien that is working perfectly as the specimen they were doing the autopsy on is a juvenile and only 4 feet tall. Don't be put off about it being a juvenile as they are more advanced than the first wave of Variants and are extremely deadly!

So far I have cleaned the figures, made the necessary conversions and just primed them a few minutes ago. I'll take a picture in the AM and will also start painting them. I'll try to keep a running progress report as it advances, and again, Nick is not aware of these, so it will be fun  to surprise him.

More soon,

Terry


Title: Re: Two Dioramas Started
Post by: FierceKitty on 05 November 2019, 04:47:24 AM
Lotsa pix are implicitly promised here, am I right?


Title: Re: Two Dioramas Started
Post by: paulr on 05 November 2019, 04:48:34 AM
Sounds interesting, really looking forward to seeing these develop :) :) :)


Title: Re: Two Dioramas Started
Post by: Terry37 on 05 November 2019, 06:34:11 PM
Here are the pictures of the figures for the two dioramas. The first two are for Nick and will depict the two main characters facing a horde of Variants coming at them after crashing through a store front window. The Alpha/leader is called The Bone  Collector due to his wearing skeleton bones. they look pretty rough right now, but hopefully they'll look better after they are painted.

(https://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh235/terry37photos/Painting/DSCF2626_zpspbbhzuwf.jpg) (https://s257.photobucket.com/user/terry37photos/media/Painting/DSCF2626_zpspbbhzuwf.jpg.html)

(https://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh235/terry37photos/Painting/DSCF2625_zpsardatiuz.jpg) (https://s257.photobucket.com/user/terry37photos/media/Painting/DSCF2625_zpsardatiuz.jpg.html)

These figures are for the joint effort diorama with Nathan. The figure for Nathan is not shown as I cannot pose him until I get Lucy placed on hte autopsy table, so he'll be done later.

(https://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh235/terry37photos/Painting/DSCF2624_zpsjxcsitgs.jpg) (http://s257.photobucket.com/user/terry37photos/media/Painting/DSCF2624_zpsjxcsitgs.jpg.html)

More to follow,

Terry


Title: Re: Two Dioramas Started
Post by: paulr on 05 November 2019, 06:38:02 PM
 :-bd =D> :-bd


Title: Re: Two Dioramas Started
Post by: Techno on 06 November 2019, 08:07:40 AM
Looking forward to watching these progress, Terry. :)

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: Two Dioramas Started
Post by: mad lemmey on 06 November 2019, 12:38:38 PM
Interesting Terry


Title: Re: Two Dioramas Started
Post by: d_Guy on 06 November 2019, 03:24:01 PM
Looking forward to watching these progress, Terry. :)

Cheers - Phil

Ditto!


Title: Re: Two Dioramas Started
Post by: Terry37 on 10 November 2019, 08:39:58 PM
Have made some progress. Not overly pleased with the Variants, but am not sure fiddling with them further will add anything, so for now, I am taking a break from them.

(https://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh235/terry37photos/Painting/DSCF2631_zpssd4h83gj.jpg) (https://s257.photobucket.com/user/terry37photos/media/Painting/DSCF2631_zpssd4h83gj.jpg.html)
Sorry this one is a bit blurred, better one next time.

(https://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh235/terry37photos/Painting/DSCF2632_zpsupcwbvpb.jpg) (http://s257.photobucket.com/user/terry37photos/media/Painting/DSCF2632_zpsupcwbvpb.jpg.html)

(https://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh235/terry37photos/Painting/DSCF2634_zps89w8ybus.jpg) (http://s257.photobucket.com/user/terry37photos/media/Painting/DSCF2634_zps89w8ybus.jpg.html)
No shading or detailing done on these yet.

More to follow,

Terry


Title: Re: Two Dioramas Started
Post by: paulr on 10 November 2019, 09:47:52 PM
Shading and detailing will lift the Variants, taking a break from them makes a lot of sense :)


Title: Re: Two Dioramas Started
Post by: mad lemmey on 10 November 2019, 10:31:34 PM
Very nice


Title: Re: Two Dioramas Started
Post by: Techno on 11 November 2019, 07:26:02 AM
Coming along nicely, Terry. :)

It's always great to see how figures progress, 'Stage by stage'.

Cheers - Phil



Title: Re: Two Dioramas Started
Post by: lowlylowlycook on 11 November 2019, 04:40:20 PM
Cool!


Title: Re: Two Dioramas Started
Post by: Terry37 on 28 November 2019, 04:10:24 AM
Sorry I've not been posting, and can only say that my time is not my own of late, being busy closing out the TN State Cowboy Shooting Match - which I finally put to bed Yesterday. And also, the HOTT International tournament I run, which is still active. And, being honest wanted to wait until my new prescription glasses came in so I could do a better job modeling and painting. They are here so am hoping to get back to spreading some paint again!!!

Terry


Title: Re: Two Dioramas Started
Post by: paulr on 28 November 2019, 04:59:22 AM
Sounds like you have been keeping pretty busy ;)


Title: Re: Two Dioramas Started
Post by: Terry37 on 10 February 2020, 11:43:12 PM
Finally resolved my issue with photobucket so am able to post some pictures of the finished figures for these two dioramas. I'm starting the building parts now and will post pictures soon when there is enough to share.

(https://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh235/terry37photos/Painting/DSCF2725_zps3ubookbd.jpg) (https://s257.photobucket.com/user/terry37photos/media/Painting/DSCF2725_zps3ubookbd.jpg.html)
The Variants

(https://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh235/terry37photos/Painting/DSCF2723_zpsjfjb38cl.jpg) (https://s257.photobucket.com/user/terry37photos/media/Painting/DSCF2723_zpsjfjb38cl.jpg.html)
Reed and Horn

(https://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh235/terry37photos/Painting/DSCF2721_zpsfsplq4s0.jpg) (https://s257.photobucket.com/user/terry37photos/media/Painting/DSCF2721_zpsfsplq4s0.jpg.html)
The scientists and a Variant juvenile.

Don't look like much but will when they are placed in the diorama.

Terry


Title: Re: Two Dioramas Started
Post by: paulr on 11 February 2020, 12:51:47 AM
Looking forward to seeing further progress :)


Title: Re: Two Dioramas Started
Post by: Techno on 11 February 2020, 08:38:30 AM
Ditto !  :)

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: Two Dioramas Started
Post by: Terry37 on 02 April 2020, 04:04:06 AM
OK, starting to get back in the hobby mood, and am now working on these two dioramas again. I have cut the templates for both, but am not pleased with the autopsy ones, so am going to redo them before I cut the wood for real. I make he templates out of cardboard, which allows me to see how it might look - very helpful, worth the time for sure and saves on real material costs. I'll try for some pictures tomorrow or the next day to share.

Terry


Title: Re: Two Dioramas Started
Post by: paulr on 02 April 2020, 04:55:35 AM
 :-bd


Title: Re: Two Dioramas Started
Post by: mad lemmey on 02 April 2020, 09:38:12 AM
Cool


Title: Re: Two Dioramas Started
Post by: Terry37 on 02 April 2020, 11:07:07 PM
Here are a few pictures of the early stages of these projects. The walls are all just the cardboard templates but since i took here I have cut the actual wood pieces and will start assembling the actual walls and share updated pictures shortly.

The ship board autopsy. The figure is just to give an idea of scale . I think the windows are too big, so am going to make them lower in height.

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh235/terry37photos/4/DSCF2876.JPG) (https://app.photobucket.com/u/terry37photos/p/9e525d0b-9c3e-49fe-a5a2-934965d2ed14)

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh235/terry37photos/4/DSCF2877.JPG) (https://app.photobucket.com/u/terry37photos/p/63abd3e4-56d5-4873-ae8a-089ff96401b8)

The Store Front.

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh235/terry37photos/4/DSCF2878.JPG) (https://app.photobucket.com/u/terry37photos/p/d8350c4d-5a75-415b-a449-42bb8f1403fb)

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh235/terry37photos/4/DSCF2881.JPG) (https://app.photobucket.com/u/terry37photos/p/e32d6f51-b83a-49c4-971a-68189faa6821)

More to follow,

Terry



Title: Re: Two Dioramas Started
Post by: mad lemmey on 03 April 2020, 12:07:27 AM
I like the plan.  8)


Title: Re: Two Dioramas Started
Post by: d_Guy on 03 April 2020, 06:59:29 AM
Glad you are back at it, Terry. Appreciate your comment about getting back into hobby mood. Iíve spent the last several weeks reading one space opera after another and working on almost nothing.  Incidentally, as I refuse to disable my ad-blocker I am required to view your photos through the photobucket watermark. Still, I can certainly see enough to follow your work.  :) :-bd


Title: Re: Two Dioramas Started
Post by: Techno on 03 April 2020, 07:54:43 AM
I like the plan.  8)

Same here !  :)

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: Two Dioramas Started
Post by: Terry37 on 04 April 2020, 04:33:04 AM
Hi Guys,

Thanks for the kind words all. The watermark on my photos was a Photobucket problem. After I saw that I contacted them and it is fixed now so you should be able to see the pictures clearly now.

Bill - space operas huh!!!! Need to get you back into HOTT, great rules for space games. I have several armies for that genre. A British one for War of fe Worlds, an alien one based on Hollywood movies, and a Green Man army form John Carter. The GBnUIT theme was alien invasions a couple of years back. here's my British Defense Force to combat the martians.

(https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/hh235/terry37photos/4/Home%20Defence%20Force.jpg) (https://app.photobucket.com/u/terry37photos/p/fc95d315-5a5a-42ba-89b0-fecc6f94accf)

Terry


Title: Re: Two Dioramas Started
Post by: Techno on 04 April 2020, 07:42:47 AM
Coo !

Those look rather splendid, Terry.  :-bd

Cheers - Phil


Title: Re: Two Dioramas Started
Post by: sunjester on 04 April 2020, 09:49:02 AM
 :-bd


Title: Re: Two Dioramas Started
Post by: paulr on 04 April 2020, 08:12:22 PM
 :-bd =D> :-bd