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Make a Game of Thrones Diorama
Part 6: The Wall and the Elevator

In this part of the tutorial we finish off the diorama by making the wall and the elevator that actually goes up and down. This is an optional little extra thing that I have done but I will give you an overview of how I did it in case you want this little addition to your diorama.

Part 1 (the beginning) of this tutorial is here including the video


Making the Wall

The wall


For the wall we tried a bit of a new technique. It is cut from foam and not much more is done to it except for the shallow hole that is cut for the doorway. And we got the big Iceberg feeling by melting candle wax and pouring that on it! Yup, fun and different little technique. You can see in the picture above that the wax gives it a wonderful uneven look and texture. Much like an iceberg or glacier.


Pouring the wax

We simply melted candle wax in a sauce pan then poured it slowly onto the front of the Wall. A couple of layers of this gives it a rich and thick feeling. Note: We painted the wall white first. Then painted it white again after the wax had cooled.


Add snow to the wall

Now we can't have snow on our diorama and no snow on the Wall so spray it down with an adhesive and sprinkle snow on that too. More on the top of the wall and sparingly on the side of the wall.

The door

Next we made a door out of bits of balsa wood and painted it up. Then glued it right into the wall like this.


The elevator

The elevator is a structure that was built out of pieces of balsa wood, wooden barbecue skewers, toothpicks and string.


The elevator shaft

The elevator platform itself is a little piece of balsa wood that travels in a channel up and down.


The elevator is powered by a simple setup on the back of the wall. A motor from an RC car is shown here. It turns in both directions which enables the elevator to go up and down. The switch is also a two way switch for up and down. There are strings attached to the gears of the motor. Those strings go through the wall and connect to the elevator.

The motor setup on back of wall


The elevator is mounted to the wall

The elevator is mounted to the wall and ready to go!








And that's it! Your Game of Thrones diorama is done - complete with working elevator.

Game of Thrones diorama completed


A Lord of the Rings Diorama (Battle of the Five Armies) Does it get any better than this! This is a lotr diorama made by a web vistior. Check out the pictures and more. LOTR Diorama


Make a Little Hobbit Diorama

This is a neat little hobbit diorama that you can make with just a piece of foam. This is Bag End. You can improvise all kinds of terrain features for this. Make a Hobbit Diorama




Will's Book on Diorama Making

Will's Book

How to Make Fantasy and Medieval Dioramas

This books shows you how to make fantasy and medieval dioramas using many commonly available tools and materials. There are over 100 pictures and illustrations showing you how to make great dioramas in fantasy and medieval styles. Chapters include basics, water effects, terrain tips and special effects like electricity and small motors. Tutorials include how to use foam, plaster of paris and paper mache to make great looking dioramas.