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The Abandoned Stug Diorama

What to do if your diorama gets ruined! This happened to Steve! One of his dioramas actually was destroyed by his dog!! Yup. True! This isn't homework!!

But, it did give him the idea to run with the idea of a ruined tank. So, he transformed it all into a weathered, battered, and ruined tank diorama.

Great idea and great creativity!

This diorama is an excellent example of extreme weathering that can be done with a few basic materials.

Steve has lots more dioramas on my website. You can check them all out here: Steve's Dioramas


Steve tells us about this diorama:

Base is my standard .... used celluclay as the terrain.  Extra/over rusted out the dogchew Stug, and then washed, highlighted, and then drybrushed on 'moldy' colors.  Added some short static grass for some fungi growing.
A long way from done, but I'm enjoying it. (You can get a great look at how Steve typically starts out the base and terrain of a diorama by checking out his: 68" Vietnam diorama)

Morning –

The backstory to this model is that my dog got hold of the tank and it's dio and destroyed both. So plans changed. Taking only the upper hull, decided to make an abandoned vehicle that was slowly engulfed by a Soviet bog.

A - The old base was repurposed. Cleaned off the top and a small lip built around the perimeter then the corners sealed with silicone. The new basin was then filled with celluclay. Since only the top hull was being used, the track display only had to be the top side of the tracks. Tracks were trimmed to size and glued down to the dried celluclay.




B - Base cover was then painted in various hues of green and brown. The vehicle and tracks then underwent a very dark and overdone series of detailing and washing using various shades of rust.




C - When that was done the hull was then detailed with various shades of green (Tamiya dark green mixed with white, yellow, black, blue). After dried the hull was glued to the base. After the glue dried, the tall grass, short grass, and dead tree were attached to base and allowed to dry.




D - Modeling water product (Realistic Water)was then poured and layered after allowed to set for each layer. Cure time tends to be 12-20 hours for each layer. When the final layer was cured the entire base and vehicle were given moss using static grass from Woodland Scenics. On the vehicle and tree, I tried to only put moss on one side which would signify North.


E – Various photos of finished dio.







More of Steve's Dioramas

Mini Tutorial: How to Make Military Tarps, Canvas and Canopies

Here I show you techniques for easily making a wide variety of canvas, tarp and canopies for your military diorama. With these techniques the materials look flexible like they should but they are firm and durable for your diorama. How to Make Miliktar Tarps, canvas and canopies for your diorama



This diorama depics a ruined street scene in Europe. Steve used a kit for the building and Tamiya miniatures for the figures. The rubble is custom made from found materials. Ruins -WWII Diorama