Now what I should have been publishing is part 2 of my Wizard Library boxed diorama but before I went on holiday and since I got back I have been distracted by the desire to complete this model instead. It is the first of what I hope will be at least a series of three little dioramas with an apocalyptic theme. There might be more, we will see.
Every now and then I get an idea for a vignette or diorama which excites me for absolutely no reason that I can think off whatsoever. This is such an example. I can’t say it’s the best idea I have ever had or that the models are in some way truly outstanding but something goes off in my head which says “yep, you gotta do that one”. Perhaps it has something to do with being different but in truth I’m not sure.
Some of you may recall that in a recent post in relation to Azazel’s March challenge I featured this figure.
You may also recall that I said the base work hadn’t been completed because it was due to feature in a little diorama which I had planned. Well this is that little diorama. Originally titled “Get Out Of My Fucking Room!” but then toned down in case I take it to a show! I had intended for this to be a two-part post, a work in progress followed by the completed scene but unusually things went well so I decided to treat you to a single post.
Key to the scene as you will see in the photos below is the little girl. I came across this figure some while ago and just knew I wanted to use it in something and although I had plenty of ideas I wasn’t blown away with anyone in particular. The figure by the way is from Hasslefree. That changed when by chance, playing around on Pinterest I think it was, I came across CP Models Wasp Jumpers. Some how I knew the two had to go together and the end result was this little diorama.
The base measures 4.5cm by 4.5cm, it’s small. Small bricks, ground plaster board, bits of MDF and a window from my bits box were the primary items for the build. Small bits of clear plastic were used for broken glass and the wall paper was a computer print out.
The figures themselves were painted using acrylics and some oils. The wings for the wasps were free hand. I would have preferred the pattern to have been painted more thinly but on the positive side it is reasonably identical on both wings, above and below, and on both wasps which I am pleased with. Both wasps were coated in gloss varnish as on balance I think I preferred the slightly more mechanical type finish it gave.
CP Models only do one Wasp jumper figure. The higher wasp is the one I originally posted and is in the official pose, the second was modified slightly to make it appear a little different. At one point I thought of only having the one wasp but then decided I rather liked the sinister image of the second appearing above the little girl. I also considered adding more bits and bobs to the damaged room but with such a small base I thought it would be too much of a distraction from the figures themselves.
So, onto the photos, starting with a few work in progress images. As always I would be interested to know what you think. Apologies for some of the photo’s but with a reasonable amount of detail in such a mall area focusing and depth of field proved a challenge!