My Work Bench
The Art of Dioramas
My latest project was Nathan Hale's Execution. I made the diorama based on several paintings and sketches. I also combined several manufacturer figures.
- Wood base is 7" X 7" X 3/4" routed pine with a 1/8" balsa section glued on top. You can buy the base at any craft store. I use a router to make mine when it's not available in a store.
- Tree is from my backyard
- Ground is a combination of textured spray paints. One is used for wall spackle and the other is a stone texture.
- Brass plate is 3/8" X 2-1/2"
- Nathan Hale is 1/2 of King & Country Prisoner and Escort Set (BR059)
- Officer is William Britain.
- Drummer boy is King and Country (BR011) Welsh Fusilier
- 3 Fusiliters in background are King and Country: Royal Welsh Fusiliers - Presenting Arms (BR077), Making Ready (BR078) and Officer Saluting (BR076)
- Hangman is William Britain (#18046 ) British Royal Irish Grenadier Standing
- I made the ladder from balsa.
Project #1: Nathan Hale's Execution (1776)
Project #2: New York Harbor (1776-1783)
Word didn't travel fast back then. The day before the signing of the Declaration of Indepedence, the British landed in New York Harbor and held it throughout the war. For this diorama I combined several manufacturer figures, All of the figures are a slightly smaller scale (60mm to 54mm) from William Britain and King and Country. The horses and native American with canoe are John Jenkins Designs. Much of the other items are from kits.
- Plywood base is 15-1/2" X 23-1/2".
- Ground is a combination of textured stone spray paints.
- Brass plate is 3/8" X 2-1/2"
- Figures: William Britain and King and Country (British) and
- Cannons are Wm. Britain Swoppet 6 lb Napoleon 54mm plastic.
- Oxen are Andrea Miniatures metal kits (AND-S2-A03 & A02).
- Floating log is branch from my backyard.
Project #3: French & Indian Wars (1754-1763)
George Washington learned his battle skills fighting with the British against the French. For this diorama I combined several manufacturer figures, All of the figures are a slightly smaller scale (60mm to 54mm) from William Britain and King and Country. The logs wall is John Jenkins Ticonderoga French Defenses.
Militiludibriology (mil·i·til·u·di-bri·ol·o·gy) = the study of toy soldiers
Hanging of Nathan Hale - Granger
Project #5: Braddock's Defeat (1755)
Project #4: Rousillian Royal Regiment, The Battle of Quebec (1759)
This is a diorama built using a MiniArt Diorama with Farm Wall (36033). Trees are from Woodland Scenics with more foliage added. Rousillian Royal Regiment pieces are Frontline Figures, French and Indian Wars.
Project #6: American Supply Depot
This is is the start of what would have been the British, as in English and Hessian, at Fort Crown Point in New York. The British went north in what became known as the Raid at St. Francis. The group led by Roger Rangers basically killed women, children and old folks. After the left, the raiding party lost most of it members through a combination of misfortunes. These pieces are all John Jenkins Designs and are part of the Raid on St. Francis sets.
Project #7: British Encampment (1759)
I used a cook from John Jenkins Designs series The Great War (French Cook) and added a spare tricorn hat that I had.
Disembarkation of British troops at New York
City in Engraved by Francois Xavier Habermann
Odds and Ends with Lieutenant Generals Lafayette and Rochambeau
Project #8: The Death of General Wolfe (1759)
Painting by Edward Penny (1714–1791)
The Death of General Wolfe occurred in 1759 at the Battle of Quebec. This is notable because a guy name George Washington learned how to fight on the side of the British against the French under the tutelage of Wolfe.
Project #9: Statue of 3rd New Jersey Regiment
Minute Man Statue - Old North Bridge
Project #10: Fortification Watchtower
Project #11: River Raft with Sail
Project #12: Fortress Blockhouse
Black's Fort, Virginia (circa 1780)