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Holingsbury Hill - Diorama progress
« on: October 31, 2019, 08:28:18 AM »
Hi all,

As many of you who followed my cork laying thread have seen, Iíve been creating a diorama of a section Iím trying to create on the main layout.. Iíve added an industrial unit on the farm land which will be weather with pastels etc as itís a little out of character for the scene bring so clean!

This is all new to me and have been looking on google at other areas and wonder if this looks right or wrong way of progressing? Iím going to put a gate at the back where the path starts and a fence around the trees at the front, but am unsure on adding bushes and other scenery to the building as the bushes I have seen from woodland scenics ser rather large for N scale? I assume I can rip it smaller, but al looking for ideas on improving or finishing it?




Thanks,
Chris



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Re: Holingsbury Hill - Diorama progress
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2019, 08:38:22 AM »
Hi Chris
That looks to be a good start and yes, the building would benefit from some gentle weathering.
My chief thoughts however are :
a) Would that building be in the middle of a field? Itís more likely to be amongst other buildings but if it is in the field, Iíd put it in a corner rather than the middle.
b)It has vehicular access via the largish door but no room for vehicles.
Hope you donít mind the comments, itís just as I see it.

And a tree or two (maybe overhanging the building) and some Woodland Scenic bush foliage clumps would liven the scene up and add a bit more scenic interest.
Another consideration, maybe too get away from too much greenery is to incorrporate some stone walling.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Holingsbury Hill - Diorama progress
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2019, 08:47:55 AM »
Substitute existing building for a farmhouse and you're on a winner.  :thumbsup:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Holingsbury Hill - Diorama progress
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2019, 08:49:38 AM »
Hi Chris
That looks to be a good start and yes, the building would benefit from some gentle weathering.
My chief thoughts however are :
a) Would that building be in the middle of a field? Itís more likely to be amongst other buildings but if it is in the field, Iíd put it in a corner rather than the middle.
b)It has vehicular access via the largish door but no room for vehicles.
Hope you donít mind the comments, itís just as I see it.

And a tree or two (maybe overhanging the building) and some Woodland Scenic bush foliage clumps would liven the scene up and add a bit more scenic interest.
Another consideration, maybe too get away from too much greenery is to incorrporate some stone walling.
Nope, I don't have a problem with any suggestions or improvements and will move the building around as you are right, you don't put your main subject in the centre! Rule number one in photography!

The walls is a good call as i think you are right that its a little green... I can always extend the mud path to the back corner some and give access to the building!

Thanks,
Chris

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Re: Holingsbury Hill - Diorama progress
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2019, 08:51:22 AM »
Substitute existing building for a farmhouse and you're on a winner.  :thumbsup:
Good call, I did have the space allocated for the workers cottages, but maybe the farmhouse would be better and I don't think that unit would fit into the scene anyway..

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Re: Holingsbury Hill - Diorama progress
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2019, 07:27:40 AM »
Hi all,

Took a slightly different approach after al your comments!:


Still want to add some walling and gates etc, but have learnt so much during the build!

Thanks,
Chris

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Re: Holingsbury Hill - Diorama progress
« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2019, 08:10:14 AM »
Those pill boxes look good.
How about a bit of grass on the roofs ?
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Holingsbury Hill - Diorama progress
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2019, 06:56:59 PM »
HI All,

I think I am to the point that I am happy with the work I've done on the diorama and have now started to move onto the main layout.. I did buy some cows today, so I am pop them on the display once painted, but am really happy with how the track weathering has turned out!







Thank you all for your help and support on this little project.. its been a learning and fun experience!!

Chris

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Re: Holingsbury Hill - Diorama progress
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2019, 07:02:09 PM »
Looks really good Chris.
I must say, you have made a first rat3 job of the ballasting.
Great work.

Martin
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Re: Holingsbury Hill - Diorama progress
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2019, 07:05:45 PM »
Looks really good Chris.
I must say, you have made a first rat3 job of the ballasting.
Great work.

Martin
Thanks Martin.. I've never ballasted before and was a little worried about it, but took it slow and steady as well as watching a few youtube tutorials!

I think its really helped to build confidence for the main layout...!

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Re: Holingsbury Hill - Diorama progress
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2019, 11:27:32 PM »
Yep, Good job  :thumbsup:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Holingsbury Hill - Diorama progress
« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2019, 10:38:20 AM »
Hi @tayloss

Looking good although I recon that top pillbox has been hit by a shell from an 88mm.  ;)

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