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Zaku in the Forest _ Forest Diorama for Gundam /''Gunpla''

Jun 06, 2021
Hello everyone, welcome back to my channel today. I want to share with you how I created Zaku and I Rama

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and maybe with a little help from me, you can create your own as well, so let's go ahead and jump right into it. so the first thing we need to do is create a frame and for the base I'm using quarter inch plywood for the outer frame I'm using 1 inch by 2 inch MDF and this will all be held together by hopes and dreams not , I'm just playing around with wood glue and screws in all four corners to hold the bar here.
zaku in the forest forest diorama for gundam gunpla
I'm going to use a combination of wood glue and my pot to hold the phone. I recommend putting some weight on top of the phone to help secure the spot maybe adding a heavy book or a small weight just to hold everything in place so next we're going to mark the hills now we're going to use this for reference how much to cut and where did it go try not to stress too much about this part because at the end we are still going to fill in everything i did here to create the rocky hillside texture wants to draw vertical lines with my marker and then cut them out of a set of boxes now what What you want to do is cut triangular vertical strips of and make sure they're all random and once again don't worry about that because we're going to cover it up and paint it anyway all the plaster is not only the most satisfying part it's the messiest part of the belt too because these things are everywhere and i mean everywhere here in a minute you'll see me toss the stick aside and say to hell with it you just started zar to use my hands and you make it into the

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and what what I'm doing here now is add a cup of water to about two and a half cups of plaster or add enough plaster to the water until it gets really nice and creamy.
zaku in the forest forest diorama for gundam gunpla

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Keep in mind that when it gets really creamy and thick like this, your drive time speeds up. all the way down 15 minutes so it will be a great idea to apply ly this and start shaping and molding everything you need right away ASAP now before the plaster dries we are going to go ahead and get a carving tool out of wood a wire brush and go ahead and create more rock texture on the back of the slope now this will look great when it's time to paint it we're going to have a greasy highlight we're going to have some washes and we're going to do some dry brushing to get everything together nicely so now it's time to add some rocks and i'm going to have some different size rocks to show some are smaller stones and some are big rocks now i was going to use the plaster to help hold some rocks but it didn't really work out as planned because I still had to go back and put some Mod Podge in and then the Mod Podge didn't really hold up as well as I wanted it to hold up so I ended up using a little bit of super glue and just super gluing everything down to the base to make sure nothing moved right so while this was drying I went ahead and took the

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outside and painted the trim and inside of the cave a matte black. trimming and keeping everything neat and tidy towards the end of the build and then that's when i noticed the rocks were falling off because the plaster wasn't holding up so here i am now trying to glue the rocks down with the Mod Podge and sprinkle and a few other things smaller rocks and pebbles here and there ok now we are getting into the planning stages I will go ahead and put the tank on the Hummer and the Zaku and once I have everything in position I will take it a step back and really determine where my trees are going to be where i'm going to put the grass and get a good feel before i start painting everything ok now it's time to bring this base to life and what i'm doing here is blocking out all the main colors i'm going to use , so I'll start with a little dark brown to paint most of the area, then work on my light brown, and then follow behind that.
zaku in the forest forest diorama for gundam gunpla
I'll ask for green around the rocks to represent some grass and then so on. so go ahead ok let's talk about rocks because this is a completely different animal and i know what you're thinking rocks or rocks just paint it black and gray call it good to create that realistic look what you want to do is add a a base coat mix of gray and blue and then let it dry and then once it dries it's really nice then you're going to want to go back and put like a blue wash and also a yellow wash and not all but just in various spots here and there You'll see here in a minute we'll apply it with a light Gray's Inn to highlight just focusing in one direction and then we'll follow up with a turquoise dry brush and then work our way up to white. and I tell you guys this is going to look great when you're done right here you can notice I turned off the airbrush gun all I'm doing is waiting for the transition from where we've blocked to the paint before I'm fading into the light brown to the green going back and touching up a few other areas that need to be touched up like the green the green was really transparent it needed to be hit a few times you will also see me get the hair dryer out it's to help speed up the drying process it really works wonders and all i What I'm doing is using my time because I can go back to the rocks and start applying the washes and everything is good guys now we can start adding some much needed shadows and depth to these rocks and just adding this little wash here is really I'm going to bring out all the details and all the hard work you put into trying to get this all right, so next up is the Center for highlighting so I took out the airbrush gun one more time and got a light gray acrylic mix in the pot. and i'm going to focus on hitting one direction of t rocks trying to give everything like a two o'clock shadow like it's a nice sunny day and i'm not too concerned about trying to cover everything i'm just going to hit the raised edges i want I'm going to leave most of the shade in there and once I'm done with this we'll follow up with a turquoise drybrush and then a white drybrush just to tie it all together so for everyone who isn't too familiar with drybrushing dry brushing is a really easy technique to master all you have to do is dip your brush into 100 percent paint and then grab a paper towel or napkin or sometimes I think a piece of cardboard that use the people and get most of the paint off the bristles and then what you want to do is brush a light brush over the piece you're working on and the paint will collect on all the raised edges giving the whole thing a light touch , So let's move on, let's move on to the grass, now it's me without solvents.
zaku in the forest forest diorama for gundam gunpla
I've seen this little trick on your right e on YouTube there are other guys who rate dioramas and this is what they use to build on dirt grass so all they did was run the sawdust through some strainers and collect the parts smaller ones you can use the bigger pieces too so all you have to do is collect all the smaller pieces in the jar or maybe a container and slowly start adding your color to it now the color will be a community depending on what kind of station do you want to put your diorama on but this here is just going to be my base layer and what I'm going to add on top is a mix of some grass made for dioramas ok so next thing we need to do to finish the your lawn is to spray it with some water and a Mod Podge mixture, but before you do that, what you want to do is go ahead and remove all the grass from the rocks unless you want it on the rock so you can tell all that it's moss that grows on top of the rocks but i'll leave that up to you next it's the trees so what i'm going to do here is drill a pilot hole in the diorama first then i'm going to straighten one of the roots coming out of the bottom of the tree and I'm going to apply a little bit of super glue around it and move on. and insert it into our little pilot hole that we created with our little girl, but before I convince you to take a step back and take a good look at your diorama, you don't want to put a big tree right in the middle of the viewer's point of view, okay So guys let's go ahead and start finishing this build with the Lynette camogie now this was pretty awesome this is the first time I've done anything like this.
I'll tell you what was really fun. It's not going to be the lives so I got this material from my local craft store and I'm not exactly sure what it is but it looks like a potato sack material but it worked great for this so all I'm going to to do is tie down a few ropes at each corner, just tie a knot so it won't come off once you get it done. In the place where you like it, glue it with super glue and then I will hit it with my airbrush gun. The paint is so watery it's practically a wash, so here I'm going with a green and then I'm going to hit with a dark brown. then I let it dry and then I'm going to apply all the greenery to it.
I'm going to cut down a tree and put branches all over it. I'm going to put bushes everywhere. all the vegetation and it's going to be the same material that I'm using it's going to be the same sawdust it's going to be the same grass so it came out great all I had to do was kind of trim it and round it off because when I put it on top of the Zaku I was covering it too much like it was doing its job, they did their job too well, I was literally hiding the Zaku from the viewer, so all I did was nice. like rounding the edges on the inside, give it a concave look more like an X shape, but keep in mind that when you do things like this, you want to look at everything from the viewers point of view, you don't want to block anything or any of the nice details it's actually trying to show off on its own base, so the last thing we need to do is add a few more bushes and More bushes all over the diorama.
I'm going to put some on top of the cave like it's getting too big and this is it guys. All I want to say is thanks for watching my video please like and subscribe if you haven't. Feel free to leave me any comments or ask any questions, I'll answer them as soon as I see them and see you next time.

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