The Various Diorama Types
Dioramas come in all types, jungle, beach, wooded areas and many more as the skills of the modeller improve over time. My experience is no different and confidence in your own skill level of dioramas is very important. Start with a theme and the idea that starting small is as important a feature as ever because you don’t want to over-do yourself and lose the value of the work.
You have seen the various dioramas that I have posted in my articles and here I will display a few more to show off the many variations so let’s visit those already seen and a few more.
The elements of any great diorama are the base, the scenery material and the model(s) to be displayed on the diorama. Without one of these elements the others don’t add up to a realistic and finished scene.
My bases are now made from a recycled rubber stepping stone of sorts sold as a garden product, as I have mentioned before they are the best bases to come along and I doubt very much that the creators of this product even considered the possible uses of this stepping stone shaped item. You will see several of these used. Additionally I do still use wood and with the proper treatment these work but not as well as the rubber.
The scenery can create the theme as in real life and I use all types of material, mostly natural such as real sand/dirt and dried weed roots for realistic results. Mixes of model railroad scenery and other products are used in most of my dioramas. I use baking soda for snow, acrylic paints, acrylic caulking, and acrylic gloss wood sealer. These similar products all blend with each other and clean up with water.