Sunday 26 August 2012

Snake Charmer Diorama

I finally made a boxed diorama out of this scene by Jean-Leon Gerome. No lights on this one as the depth is quite shallow.

The box was made from basswood sections. The material is sufficiently strong for a small display like this. The edges were reinforced with square blocks of wood. The strip of wood in front of the painted background was glued there to tilt the base.

The background to this scene was painted on plastic card with suitable tile patterns. The base was tilted to the front to give a sense of theatrical presentation. This view shows the tilt to the front.

                     The figure bases were eventually trimmed off and the figures were glued onto the base.

                                                     The modified frame was from Ikea. 

Tuesday 21 August 2012

Egyptian embalming set

I got this set from Berliner Zinnfiguren. Another great set on Antiquity.

The Funeral of Gustavus Adolphus - Mohr

This is thought to be one of the most beautiful sets by Mohr. It overpowers with its presumably dark colours and sombre theme.

Indian and south east asian wildlife

Two lovely sets from Berliner Zinnfiguren. Great for several dioramic settings.

Aztec Human Sacrifice

A very compact set representing a very specific Aztec activity.

Gypsy Camp - Mohr

I am grateful for the Mike Taylor's book on flats recommending some of these Mohr sets.

This gypsy camp set has great animation and artistically rendered figures. This needs to be posed against some gypsy caravans.

1001 Nights - Mohr

Another must have Mohr set.

Although steeped in fantasy, these pieces are beautifully rendered and really imaginative. It has fanciful monkeys, dancing girls, slaves, eunuchs, a wizard and a rollicking sultan.

Napoleon in Egypt - Mohr

This very nice Mohr set is a classic.

When Napoleon invaded Egypt, he brought along with him a team of scientists to explore the archaeological sites. There are several anecdotal scenes which could be done in a dioramic setting against pyramids.