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Medieval Village Continued

In this part of the tutorial we will do the final wiring of the buildings and look at a few things like adding the stone wall and the making of the water way and water.

We are starting to bring together the actual diorama. It is starting to look like an actual village.


Light mounted inside a building

We had previously wired a bunch of wires into the base of the diorama and we set it so each building could get electricity for lighting or anything else. Now we have to wire the buildings with lights.

This picture shows a small lamp that is installed inside.


Running and splicing wires

This picture shows one of the light assemblies. The foam is just a way to hold it in place. I glued this to the inside of a building. It keeps the bulb away from the walls or anything else.


The connectors for wires

To make assembly (and disassembly) easy I attached connectors to the light and to the wires coming out of the base of the diorama. This way they can simply be connected and the building can be secured onto the diorama.


Wire in the base of the diorama

This picture shows the connectors that I added to the wires of the base of the diorama. Now it is very easy to connect the buildings to the base and have them wired up for electricity.


Cut away some of the terrain

We are adding a waterway along the front side of the diorama so we cut away some of the plaster and even some of the wood underneath. We can replaster all of this to make the shape of the waterway. And we will paint it and even add in water effects.


Replastered river bed

Here is the new river bed after it was filled in to the new shape and plastered over.


The water mill

And the water mill is very important so its location was taken into consideration when doing the river. This is about right. Going to look great.

Notice how the bottom of this building has foam. We will build up this building and attach it just as we did with the previous building.


The stairs

There are other details that we need to add to the surface of the diorama including a set of stairs down from the manor house onto the surface of the terrain.


The stairs in place

They are then plastered to the terrain so they fit in perfectly.


The segments of plaster wall

And there are wall units that we cast in a previous tutorial. We now are adding these to the diorama.


The walls being place around the village

This is a 17th century walled village and those types of villages or towns had walls that went completely around them. We won't have 100% wall all the way around but we will have most of it.


Measuring for the gate

And it will have a nice main gate.

Here is the spot in the wall where it will be installed.


The main gate

And here is the main gate. made mostly out of balsa wood and the hinges are actual hinges. I bought them from a store that sells all kinds of doll house stuff.


The market place with stalls

There are also some detail work that we have done up at this point. There is a marketplace in the village and it has a fruit stand, cart and more. You can see how all these miniature items were made right here: Making the Marketplace and mini fruits & veggies



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