Diorama Lite No:1 – Reaper “Cheiton, Dwarf Hero” (Part 1)

Welcome to the first Diorama Lite post.  The concept of this series is to feature based figures which offer a little bit more than a typical wargaming style base, a micro diorama if you will.  Whilst the work involved isn’t in the same league as a larger diorama churning these little models out on a daily or weekly basis simply isn’t going to happen.  I anticipate each one taking a couple of weeks to do on average.  Slower in the spring and summer perhaps and maybe quicker in the winter when more time is spent indoors may become a factor in the fullness of time.  Without further a do let’s get under way.

The featured figure for this model is as the title indicates a Dwarf.  All being well you will get to see him next week in part 2.  The concept for the base is a simple affair.  Our hero dwarf is simply standing outside his front door.  Now that’s got you excited hasn’t it?

First up there was a need to make a door.  Wooden coffee stirrers, a bit of polystyrene, lead foil and pin heads for the hinges and wire for the door handle were all used.


Slate chippings from the garden were used to create steps leading to the door.  The model is being built on a 40mm x 40mm MDF base which will then be mounted on a 40mm oak cube plinth.


A piece of plant root was used to make a small tree.


I made a couple of giant toadstools using Milliput mounted on top of pin heads.


Thereafter it was pretty much all about adding some filler to the polystyrene and once it was dry painting and weathering everything followed by a little bit of assembly.  A mixture of paint colours and paints were used – acrylics and oils.  Finally some plant life was added.


Some touching up here and there will be needed once the figure has been positioned but for now the scene is pretty much set.


34 thoughts on “Diorama Lite No:1 – Reaper “Cheiton, Dwarf Hero” (Part 1)

  1. I don’t like many things that are light. Light beer, light cream cheese, light any good actually but I like lite dioramas. What’s the difference between a lite diorama and vignette then? Anyway haha it looks bloody great mate. The discolouration on the door is superb.

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    1. Haha, yea I don’t like “Light” anything much either. As for a mini diorama and a vignette it comes down to size (size matters apparently 😉) for the most part so in that respect this is just a vignette but I preferred the title of “Diorama Lite” so you’re stuck with it! 🤣

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  2. Really nice work putting this together, mate. I’m excited to see more projects like these. This is the type of thing I’ve been thinking of doing for a bit and so it is really inspiring to see someone else actually doing it (as opposed to thinking about it!). Can’t wait to see what dwarf you include in the vignette! 😀

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    1. Thank you. I’m not entirely sure how these posts will work out over time. Although this will be my way forward for certain figures I fear that along with other projects I am making to much of a demand upon myself. As we move from spring to summer and come out of lockdown time for painting and modelling will become less for a good few months or more.

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      1. That makes sense and I can understand if you need a break from painting or indeed, updating your website in the future as the weather gets better and we finally have more entertainment options. I’m sure whenever I get to that point, I’ll paint a bit less than I have for the last year or so myself.

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