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Lald 101 Diorama: Creating a pond

Alright Lald, let’s gather around Mr. Ztp for another diorama tutorial. Today I will show you how I made the base for the rally diorama’s pond.

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First, obviously, is estimate how wide of a pond you want. If you can somehow zoom in on the above pic, you will see an outline of the pond.

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The second step is to carve the depression where the pond will be, preferably using a hot wire cutter. I used the large, round attachment to give the pond a incline into the depths. As I’ve mentioned in other posts, you don’t need to make it deep here like I did. In fact, I recommend making it shallow and making it look deep with a dark blue.

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Next up is the plaster clothe. Get a pan, fill it up with hot/warm water. Cut the plaster clothe to the desire length and size, dip it in the water, then lay it where you want it. DO NOT put the clothe under running water, it’ll rip the plaster off....trust me on this, :).

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I actually did two layers of plaster clothe. After its all laid down, lightly press your fingers across the clothe to make sure it’s all the way down. This will help make the grooves on the lake bottom.

I should inform you that the reason I used plaster clothe is to seal the pond base, to prevent the realistic water from draining out, :).

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It was about this time I realized that painting the dark blue with these ‘grooves’ on the bottom might ruin the illusion. But hey, as Lald knows, I overthink things to make them needlessly complicated because I had a choice, :).

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The fourth step, instead of the dark blue, which I probably could of gotten away with but chose not to, I decided a dark brown would do nicely.

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Here is everything painted dark brown. It looks great, but to show depth I wanted to make the edges a lighter brown.

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The fifth step, where the edges were painted to show the shoreline, and anything that ‘rose’ from the lake bed was painted as well. I figured “why not?”

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And there you go lald, the base for the pond. It’s pretty simple and straightforward. If you have any questions, dont be afraid to ask. I love helping out, :).

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