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I am a prop-maker and costumer, and I'd like to start building accurate dioramas, and possibly (I stress possibly) start Wargaming.
I am planning on making deux (two) dioramas.
One-A Halo (the videogame, my speciality in prop-making is Halo). It will either be a singleplayer map from Halo 1 or a Multiplayer map from Halo 3.
Second-Recreation of the Battle of Stalingrad using G.I. Joes.
I am obviously attempting the first one first, since it will be my main project.
-What do you guys use to make models? Polystyrene? I was thinking of using styrofoam (I think it's that) from Wal-Mart or Micheal's Craft Store. I was then going to find out the scale of the action figures to the game specs and start carving. I would use multiple knives and make it happen!
-How do you guys do effects such as fire or ice? The map I chose was Attack on the Control Center which features a huge snow level, with ice, blown up vehicles and giant plateaus and hills.
-Do you guys make your own figures? Buying figures from Halo is expensive and certain important figures are not made.
-Do you guys do scaling? I would have to scale 8'' figures to 7 feet as they are, it would be a pretty darn big valley.
Your project sounds interesting, Ill give you that. AS for the models here, they are all made from polyurathane plastic using computer rendered models. That or either they are pewter castss made from master models. If you wanted to carve some figures Id suggest either use heavy duty carving wax or I guess pink insulation foam. Those would hold together the best. Extra details could always be made with plasticard and other scraps laying around.
For fire Id suggest useing steel wool to represent the smoke and then use a foam shaped base painted in a fire assortment of colors. YOu could also model it out of foam completly and then just paint it. For ice white glue could be used to represent itone the gorund in sheets. For other areas try finding some clear or blue tinted sheet plastic and then jsut cut it into the right shape and size. For snow I use snowtex found at Michaels Craft, that and I just paint over the dirt in a varity of blues and whites to crate the shadowing of real snow.
Scale is something of experiance around here. Some use it while others dont, remeber this forum is for beginners as well as experts alike. Im also a model railraoder so I have a good grasp on scale but I only use it when Im working on building building models from scratch. The information you provided isnt really enough to generate a scale ratio though it does convey that the project is going to be huge!
Good luck and I hope that soem of the information that I gave you helped out or gave you a few ideas to run with. If you have any other queestions feel free to ask or PM me.
Thanks, that is some very useful information.
I'm sorry for the "double post", but I've got a question.
I'm using the 8' figures,which are equivalent to 7 feet in the game.
I would like to do a symmetrical multiplayer-style map. It includes a center circular structure, and two bases. Each base includes 3 defensive areas, along with turrets mounted on them and vehicles about. I like the idea, but what style area should it be? I can't really think of anything that well...