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An Abandoned Project

Posted by sberry on 28 Jul 2020, 08:42

... with new hope?

Many years ago, I started a diorama project that will show a scene on the Nile in Roman times. But until today, this project is still essentially a large box with figures, animals, vegetation, some architecture pieces etc. that I want to use. My earliest notes and sketches date back to 2007, and around 2010 I have started to really build something for the diorama: Two items of buildings/terrain, that were intended to be placed in the background of the base.
One is a small temple:

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The other is a sort of monumental statue carved into a rock formation, Abu Simbel style (you may also recognize to small figures from the old Atlantic Egyptian set, giving an idea of the size):

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In reality, the two items are not as pale as they appear in these test shots, but I was never happy with them: The colors, the textures, the … everything. I just did not like the results and actually had the plan to discard them.
Then I had another idea: Instead of using them as pieces on the diorama plate, I can integrate them into the background photo. Thus they wouldn’t figure prominently in the scene, but the work I had invested wouldn’t be completely wasted either.
Using a landscape photo from Wikimedia Commons, the effect may be something like this:

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(Background photo is South Sinai desert (c) user Mohamed3171979 (Mohamed Saeid), CC-BY-SA-4.0)

I think the temple looks quite good in this landscape setting, but the monumental statue is still not convincing, so probably I will use the temple only. What do you think?
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Posted by Bluefalchion on 28 Jul 2020, 16:42

Nice salvage job. I say keep the temple in there. The eyes will be mainly focused on the figures and the primary action of the diorama.
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Posted by OwenChpw on 29 Jul 2020, 00:35

I personally think the huge statue is fine, and you're right, the photos make the stone look very pale and cold, would clash with the warm desert palette. I think it'd be a great background piece.
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Posted by Santi Pérez on 01 Aug 2020, 17:45

Undoubtly you invested a great time and effort to build these two superb items, sberry. So, in my humble opinion, you should use them as the background for a diorama, with more or less figures in front of them. :love:

But this is only my opinion, of course. :lol:

Santi.
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Posted by sberry on 02 Aug 2020, 16:10

Dear friends and hobby colleagues, thanks for your feedback!
So nobody said these things are totally hopeless, that’s nice, and I think I will use them in one way or the other.

Santi Pérez wrote:Undoubtly you invested a great time and effort to build these two superb items

That is exactly the point: I have no close emotional ties to these items, but I would hate the idea that so much of my precious time was wasted. So I will try to salvage them somehow.
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Posted by Ochoin on 03 Aug 2020, 07:01

Sell them.

They're very nice & I know I'd be interested in them so there must be a market.

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Posted by Peter on 10 Aug 2020, 13:17

Two nice pieces of scenery, but I like the temple the most. Is it as big as the statue?

For that temple you will find for sure a new home, and if not you can contact me! ;-)
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