Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Bishkek 2nd Basilisk: part 8, it's a finished diorama!

The Bishkek 2nd Basilisk Battery is finally finished. The diorama is painted up and ready for play/display. I took a bunch of photos, maybe they will inspire a reader to do something similar. It is incredibly fun to make something like this. You can click on the images to see them bigger.

This was the inspiration: WWII German 88mm battery
Here's what I came up with:
I didn't want to make the base too big, so I stuck with two ammo cylinders in the wall
Here are the totals:

Of course I am still learning how to make the plastic card bend to my will and if I had to do it again, I would not have a separation in the middle. Next time it will be better...
Top view. I really worked on the positioning of everything, trying to create a diagonal line of interest from the top right to the bottom left.
Very important to me also was conveying a feeling of cramped space, like we all read in Gaunt's Ghosts.

Here are the details
Crates and gerry cans. The top one I drilled out and created a little spill in the sand
Ammo crate, dinged up
More ammo. Notice the open one. I sawed of 4 sides of a resin ammocrate and glued them back together again so I could put a shell in.
Barbed wire
Barrels, plank and tarp. The tarp was made from paper, dipped in glue.
The Gnome. I made sure to have the sand blow up against the vehicle
Back of the Gnome with grimy guardsman
He is noticing his comrade asking for silence...
He has spotted something..
Some aerials

The gun is detachable. I played a game against John last week and brought the whole thing, which looked great on the table. We just ignore the cover save part. It's a pity not to use it

That was it. Hope you enjoyed this series. To see the other parts, click on Basilisk in the label cloud.



  1. Beautiful work! I've been following this build with interest, and the payoff is fantastic - I love it!

  2. Awesome build there sir! All the little details are great and the weathering is fantastic! Now if you can just build a board where that particular piece would just handily fit in... :)

  3. Wow. Stunnig piece of beautifulness there Mike!! Seriously, looks great.

    And the details, fantastic! ;D
    I loved the bottom structure that held the gun. It's a shame you didn't have enough room to keep it, it was great!

    But anyways, the finished model it's just marvelous =3

  4. That's just outstanding, kudos to you sir!

  5. That's one of the best dioramas I've seen in a long time! From the dust-blown Gnome to the ammo crates, there's something new to see every time I peer at the photos. Well done!

  6. thanks all for the comments. keep those coming...hehehe
    Max: my buddy Christian is already trying to commission me for a 2x2..
    Nesbet: I actually forgot all about that discarded bottom piece. I will paint it and use it when I deploy the gun without the diorama
    2501: jeez, thanks for those kind words. i love doing this stuff..

  7. I support the views of the other guys - this is brilliant.

    I have really enjoyed watching you bring it all together.

    Thanks for sharing mate.


  8. Fantastic work - great details in every corner.
    Looking forward to the rest of the battery! :-)

  9. Now this is really an excellent piece of work. Thoroughly researched and extremely well detailed. I only wish I could see it up close, because I don't think any amount of photography can really do it justice. What I think impressed me the most, and from what I read from the other commentators they agree, is the amount of detail that you have put into it as well as the atmosphere you have created. I swear I can feel the hardship these guys are going through. My only concern is the fact that you took it to table top games. Listen very carefully - Mount it on a nice wooden base and put it safely in a dust free show case for all to see but none to touch!

    Congrats I am truly impressed!

  10. Looks great mate. Good inspiration for my city fight board. How did you make the barbed wire? Or if you bought it premade what brand did you buy?