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How about, instead of building 3D villains, you make a 2D background and curve it around half of the base the way they make backgrounds in museum dioramas?

Thay way you could paint or draw an army of Daleks going to the horizon, but it only takes up an arc around part of the base.

EDIT: 1/3 might be better than 1/2.



Problem is that the base and Diorama is designed to be viewed from two directions, 180° off each other, with Amy on one side of the TARDIS, and the Doctor on the other side... like guarding each other's backs... so a curved background would hinder view... unless I reposition the figures. They are not glued yet, so it might be done.

I think I was thinking of something at right angles to both of them, or something moveable. But that could be kind of fussy.




Thanks Guindyloo!


I am thinking about how to integrate more "story" into the piece... as you see, there is no much room to add any villain (I am thinking in a "defend the TARDIS!" scene or something like that), I even gave some thought into scratchbuilding a couple Daleks... but there is simply no room there.




An ominous shadow on the brickwork from off-base?


Excellent job, btw. And FWIW, I love Eccleston as an actor ("Shallow Grave", anyone?) but I am unimpressed with him as the Doctor. Overall, the writing improves under Moffat, IMO and Matt Smith is my favorite of the new Drs. Tom Baker is always the Doctor to me, though.


YMMV, IMHO, etc.  :;):


Shadows is what I've been thinking about since last month, but didn't want to mention it first so I got fresher ideas. Like off-base monsters looming over them! But then I need to decide... shadow only on the brickwork? Shadows extending over the minis (I am unsure to pull that one off)? How big? How small? How would this play with the assumed zenital lightning in the paintjob (since a strong shadow looming would mean a strong light source... should I also then paint shadows for the Doctor, Amy and the TARDIS??


What do you think?


PS: Eccleston... I quite like him in the Leftovers, which my wife is making me watch  :;):

PS2: Doctor Who World Tour, anyone? I am making plans to be at the tour end in Rio... the kid is loving the idea, the wife also (plus, Copacabana beaches), and I could use a weekend off  :devil:

The shadows are an awesome idea.


Perhaps to test how to do them you could make a mini-sized cardboard silhouette of one or more Daleks (or other monsters), set them up at the right distance from the vignette, and play a small, intense light, like an LED over the whole. This would show you where to place the shadows and how the Doctor's, Amy's, and the TARDIS's shadows would relate to them.

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Hello everybody!   I am enjoying so much this little project (triggered by Jasper's SciFi Challenge!) that I decided it would be better to make it a spin-off thread of my main compiled WIP thread.

Saturday update:   Masking and priming white (airbrush):   First blue coat, airbrush:   Darker blue and lighter blue with airbrush, to set the tone and gradients:   Colors used at this s

Update pic.   If anybody has questions, I can elaborate.  

Do you think a careful use of shadows would help integrate the dio as a whole?


I didn't think about the LED and using shadows. I did draw something to cut out and use as an airbrush template for the shadows, something I need to test (why make it difficult if I can make it easy, right?)

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Do you think a careful use of shadows would help integrate the dio as a whole?


I didn't think about the LED and using shadows. I did draw something to cut out and use as an airbrush template for the shadows, something I need to test (why make it difficult if I can make it easy, right?)

I do. (I am away from home with an ipad or I'd try to sketch something to show what I mean.)


Consider maybe two sets of shadows from two directions, not exactly opposite but angled like the arms of an "X", of slightly different colors, maybe one from a slightly higher angle (shorter shadows) than the other.


This is just an idea: You could, for example, have bluish shadows coming from more or less where Amy is looking, with offscreen monsters, Amy, and the TARDIS casting shadows (I think from that angle the TARDIS would mostly overlap the Doctor, but I'm not sure), then have reddish or violet shadows coming from somewhere on the other side, showing other monsters and casting shadows of the TARDIS, the Doctor, and part of Amy in a different direction.


If you wanted, you could do a little OSL shading on the figures and TARDIS, but I suspect the vignette would look good even without that. Particularly since the TARDIS lights up itself.

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Pingo, that is genius and something I would've never thought of on my own... could totally work! To avoid overlapping shadows on the figures from the Box, I could really just do them with the "X" in mind, and thus have the shadow "miss the figures".


One, or two "monster" shadows? Or more?


For example, one or two Weeping Angel's shadows coming at Amy from the direction she is not looking? What do you think about that? And a couple Dalek's mostly to the sides of the Doctor? I am thinking those, since they are iconic but also match their opponent, so to speak...

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Weekend progress. Doctor is done (which means, I will probably only do an extra hour of touch-ups). The base of the sewer cap is done, needs some powder weathering along with the rest of the base, but that will go after the shadows.


Amy is done (I touched up skin, plus realized I had forgoten to paint the belt!) and kept away from the table so that it is really done and I don't keep messing with her.


So, here is the Doctor. The Doctor? Doctor who?




I did some test in spraying a cutout of the foes, keeping the template flat against the floor, and separating it a little (the one in the middle). I actually like it more with "fuzzy" upper edges, what do you think?



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Thank you guys. I ended up starting the face from scratch (except for the eyes) after seeing a face tutorial (more like a masterclass, but it got me thinking) and I am very happy with the results. Because of pushing the highlights, on the minis and the base, it looks a bit "cartoony", but I am ok with that too.


I am nearing completion!!

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You'll have to link that face tutorial at some point for us. 


Wish I could, but it was Javier Gonzalez painting the face of a 54mm mini during the "Violinst" Masterclass from Miniature Mentor.


Those videos help me see actual great people going from nothing to awesome, and making mistakes... and learning not only from what they think is important to mention, but also from their motions, their choices...


Thanks a lot Anne!  :blush:  I also think fuzzy edges (and a color similar to the base, so less sharp contrast in color) is the way to go...

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