View Full Version : *** January 2012 Challenge - Diorama building ***

01-06-2012, 04:15 AM
As winter cold sweep the lands what better way to spend your time than with participating in a friendly challenge in the best guild on the web :)
January challenge requires some old fashioned crafting, a challenge with NO computer assistance.

You are challenged to make a map by hand but in 3D. You could use anything you wanted, legos, paper, clay, milk cartons, resin, bones and skulls just as long as the only thing you use the computer for is uploading the picture of your creation.

It is allowed to use the computer to stitch together several pictures of your map into one if you want to show details or different angels, also considering most people don't have professional cameras at their disposal, simple photo corrections (like brightness etc) is also allowed - but no real editing of the image, like texturing or matte painting.

Some examples:
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Don't forget to follow the Mapping Challenge rules (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?503-README-Mapping-Challenge-Rules).

This challenge will end on the 30th of January. The winner will get a shiny golden compass added to their profile.

01-06-2012, 10:27 AM
Hah, I have to say I've always conidered building something like this. I have absolutely no skill whatsoever with modelling, but I may as well try :)

Master TMO
01-06-2012, 10:56 AM
Those of us who own Heroscape might have a slight advantage. :)

01-07-2012, 01:11 AM
Ah well, there's always February. I salute those of you brave enough to try this.

01-07-2012, 01:11 AM
You mean all that crap I've been collecting in my cupboard can actually be used for something, *blink blink... woot! I like the idea.


Master TMO
01-07-2012, 02:12 AM
As I was pulling out all my dusty old Heroscape pieces, I realized that anyone tempted to enter this challenge would likely already have something similar already owned. No one without one would enter, unless they were *really* dedicated, or really psyched up. So there really isn't any advantage for having Heroscape or another - the other contestants likely have something like it.

01-07-2012, 04:08 AM
I will probably pass on that one. My desk is already a mess even without a diorama in progress on it...
If I decide to join it will probably a split second decision when I find a few hours of unplanned time in between.

01-07-2012, 07:04 AM
come on Diamond and EP - you know you want to ;)

never heard of Heroscape - but I just googled it - it looks cool ;) ... personally I've been thinking of what to do and today I decided buying a wooden board - so ground done *lol*

01-07-2012, 05:29 PM

Google SketchUp (http://sketchup.google.com/)

01-07-2012, 06:01 PM
octopod, this is a paper and glue and wood and whatever contest, no digital one...

01-08-2012, 01:28 PM
Hmmm ... this might be something I could use that 10 kilo lump of clay that's drying in my basement for.

01-08-2012, 02:15 PM
yeah lukc - that's the spirit :)

01-08-2012, 03:55 PM
I bought some instant paper mache from a toyshop today!

01-09-2012, 08:56 AM
cool - looking forward to seeing more :)

01-09-2012, 04:49 PM
I love this stuff! Count me in.

For those who have never done this, check out http://www.miniwargaming.com/forum/

01-09-2012, 07:08 PM
I REALLY shouldn't . I REALLY DON"T HAVE THE TIME !! Yes I am Yelling At Myself !!! Damn !! While I am in the basement maybe I'll Just scrounge around abit in the huge piles of junk boxes. Serious question though if the Diorama Really needs Figures do they have to be scratch built or can the be modifications of store bought ones. Time is short and you really don't want to see my sculpting skills (LACK OF). It is just TOO hideous. Don't look you'll go blind.

01-10-2012, 02:36 AM
Figures don't have to be scratch built. You don't even have to modify them!

01-10-2012, 05:26 AM
I plan to keep figures out of mine - both cause I don't have any and don't want to buy any - and also cause I don't even think the scale will fit figures anyway :)

01-10-2012, 08:33 AM
I said I'll pass, maybe I will join in - either with a street corner 1:48 scale or a coastal clifftown 1:1000 or smaller...

Master TMO
01-10-2012, 01:52 PM
I did not include figures in mine, even though Heroscape has tons of them, since the primary focus of the challenge is the map. Putting figures all over the place would only distract from the map, at least on mine.

01-23-2012, 05:58 AM
Been busy ermm..cough skyrim...cough here as well. I may have to do a last minute job this weekend if the challenge hasn't closed by then.

01-23-2012, 06:29 AM
30th of january - so you still have time Ravi :)

01-23-2012, 03:49 PM
But the grip of Skyrim is strong, master Jesper!

01-23-2012, 04:52 PM
Do not let the temptation of the easy gameplay lead you astray young Padawan - feel the maps flow through you ... then MAP... there is no try... only DO.... ;)

Master TMO
01-25-2012, 11:28 AM
Just remember: vote for them in the order they were posted! First come, first voted!


... what?

01-25-2012, 01:54 PM
Just remember: vote for them in the order they were posted! First come, first voted!

... what?


Master TMO
01-25-2012, 01:57 PM

Just me being silly, since I was the first map posted. That is all. :D

01-27-2012, 03:48 PM
Looking at the WIPs it's one of the funniest challenges so far.

01-27-2012, 04:45 PM
man this brings back the memories. I did a diorama back when I wa in university and entered it into a contest (did other entries too, and won lots of prizes yay).. it was a "goblin war giant" (this one, actually! (http://campaign-game-miniatures.0catch.com/gr-go018.jpg)) supported by 2 dozen orc archers and a battle mage. I redid the platform with balsa wood, making it 2 tier and building 4 ballista to mount up top.

I titled it "Orc Light Reconnaisance Patrol". first prize, woot.

I wish i knew what happened to it.. or that I'd taken pics.. *cry*

01-28-2012, 02:28 AM
@tmo - ahhh. ;)
@coyote - cool :)

01-28-2012, 10:45 AM
So, now I know for sure - I have an idea but no time to join this month' challenge... :(

01-30-2012, 02:53 AM
you still got about 24 hours Eric, plenty of time for your 1:1 Castle Diorama ;)