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Diorama Building Step-by-Step: Part II

Welcome back! Before we can get into the really cool stuff we have to do the ‘less’ fun work of cleaning and prepping our models. For starters, I get a really sharp hobby knife ready to do some surgery.

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Notice the circular mold line? We need to cut that out by shaving, or carving it off with the blade.

Notice the circular mold line? We need to cut that out by shaving, or carving it off with the blade.

See the mold line down the leg? Cut that baby to the bone.

See the mold line down the leg? Cut that baby to the bone.

Now we drill a hole in the foot to add a pin so we can not only place it into the socket to better secure it, but also to place it in a holder to better paint it.

Now we drill a hole in the foot to add a pin so we can not only place it into the socket to better secure it, but also to place it in a holder to better paint it.

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Add a cyanoacrylate glue to the hole and cement the pin into the foot hole. Be extra careful, this plastic is delicate.

Add a cyanoacrylate glue to the hole and cement the pin into the foot hole. Be extra careful, this plastic is delicate.

Now the miniature is secured in the same pin vice you used to drill your hole. I will use this pin voice as my handle for painting this figure from here on out.

Now the miniature is secured in the same pin vice you used to drill your hole. I will use this pin voice as my handle for painting this figure from here on out.

Finish off the prep with a nice coat of black primer.

Finish off the prep with a nice coat of black primer.

If you notice this was done in the zenithal pattern of priming. This gives auto-shading to our miniature. Simply coat a black primer first, wait for dry, and then apply (from directly above the miniature) a white spurt of primer (or two) to create these highlights. This is the core of zenithal priming technique.

If you notice this was done in the zenithal pattern of priming. This gives auto-shading to our miniature. Simply coat a black primer first, wait for dry, and then apply (from directly above the miniature) a white spurt of primer (or two) to create these highlights. This is the core of zenithal priming technique.

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Stay tuned for next tutorial where I teach you how to ‘stone-ify’ the Buddha statue!

Bryan Merlonghi