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Distraction: Greta's Revenge

The Debris

Debris was made with scratch parts of the blue foam. I put them on logic places when a building is collapsed. Against the walls, against the sidewalk, places like that. From the same scrap material I cut out some strips and made a supply of loose bricks to lie around on the debris. Now that the debris had its form itís time to cover it up with wall spackle. While the wall spackle is still wet sprinkle some sand on it and stick some wood into the rubble. Also put in the loose bricks in the still wet wall spackle. Allow it to dry (Fig.21,22).

Now itís time to give the wall rubble some color. First I painted everything (the groundwork) in Khaki drill. Where the bricks lay on top of the debris I painted them in the same colors as I did on the bricks in the wall (see 7. painting the bricks) (fig. 23) where the cobblestone road is visible through the rubble I gave the road a dry brush with German grey. Leaving the Khaki visible between the cobblestones to give the impression that itís dust from the collapsed building (Fig.24).

Scattered Details

I have three propaganda posters on the walls of my building all of them were found on the internet. There are a couple of good sites that have good pictures of propaganda posters from all eras. Just scale them down. Print them on normal paper. Cut them out and with a dot of white glue stick to your building. Fold the edges a little bit for the effect that the posters come loose a bit. Or tear it into two parts like someone ripped it apart.

The wallpaper (fig.25) was also found on the internet; a fellow modeler came up with a link with all minis printable for dollhouses. There they had a section of wallpaper that I copied and pasted in Photoshop until I had A4 full wallpaper. Printed it out on normal paper. Glued the whole section in my ruin. And when it was dry I tore it of at the edges to get the ripped wallpaper effect. The Russian street sign was made by me also. On Armorama I asked in the forum to a Russian modeler if he knew what they looked like and he mailed me a couple of pictures of Russian street signs during WW2 and a file that contained a couple of very common street names in Russia. I made the street sign in Photoshop. And printed it out on glossy paper cut it out bended it a couple of times and put it aside till the dio was finished and I could put on the snow.

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About the Author

About Robert Blokker (FAUST)

Started modelling when I was about 7 or 8 years old had a little break in between (school, girls partying) and eventually returned when finding this site in 2002. Main interest WW2 German army, wheeled vehicles and radio and communication troops or every other thing that manages to catch my interest...


Nice article Robert, thanks a lot for taking the time to put it together. Lots of good techiques in one place. Roger
FEB 12, 2003 - 09:12 PM
FEB 13, 2003 - 08:09 AM
Very nice! Thanks for sharing.
FEB 13, 2003 - 04:12 PM
Jim Thanks for adding the article to the site and guys thanks for the replies. on the article. I hope more of the contestants will do the same thing
FEB 14, 2003 - 12:27 AM
Robert, Great coverage of the assembly of an even great diorama !!! Compliments all the way. Eagle says : Goed gedaan Jochie..... #:-)
FEB 14, 2003 - 04:45 AM
One of the best winter dioramas i have seen in along time .
FEB 15, 2003 - 03:29 AM
Robert, Very nice dio indeed !!! It was nice to read the tips and tricks !!! Now for the dutchies.... Robert zou je of heb je dit artikel ook in het Nederlands ?? Veel van de tips wil ik graaggebruiken op mijn site voor beginnende bouwers in ons eigen kikker landje . stuur even een ractie naar mij via het e-mail adres op mijn site . mvg Eric
FEB 16, 2003 - 02:49 AM
Amazing. Glad this popped up in Past Features nearly ten years later.
NOV 09, 2012 - 10:43 PM
A nice walk down memory lane. I remember this group build like it was last week. It was cool to read the last paragraph on how it was "the best 2 months on the internet" ... have to agree ... modelling was such a buzz at that time, for me as well. Nice one Robert.
NOV 10, 2012 - 03:08 AM