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Make a Fantasy Shadowbox Diorama

Make this wonderful Shadowbox called "Women Warriors Prepare for Battle" and show off your fantasy miniatures.




Table of Contents for this tutorial

  1. Introduction
  2. The materials
  3. The Tools used
  4. Design and layout
  5. Painting and detailing the background
  6. Background details and the ladder
  7. Finishing up -add the characters and frame

A Shadowbox is a bit of a vague term that can cover a lot of different types of projects. Generally it is considered to be a box about 3 or 4 inches thick and containing a scene that focuses on a particular subject. It is usually framed and often mounted on the wall.

One of the best things about a shadowbox project is the wide range of themes that you can center it around. The only limit is your imagination. And if you have a particular hobby that you really like it is really a lot of fun to make the shadowbox in that hobby theme. I am really a big fan of castles, hobbits, elves, warriors and all that kind of fantasy stuff so I made my shadowbox in that theme.

The theme for a shadowbox can be anything you imagine. The project we are doing here is a fantasy themed box and it is called "Women Warriors Prepare For Battle" Here is an image of the finished project.

The scene is inside a dungeon. The top level is very castle like and it shows four women warriors getting ready to descend down the ladder to battle with the creatures. The bottom level is where the creatures are and to the far right is a treasure chest -although its difficult to see in this picture.

This tutorial will take you through the steps of making a nice fantasy shadowbox. It shows all the basic techniques. These techniques are pretty much the same techniques that we use in diorama building. The major difference is in the design and layout of your scene.

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Wall Diorama Want to make a larger shadowbox? Make a spectacular Wall diorama for your miniatures
This tutorial shows you how to make a large shadowbox with hinges. In the picture at left you can see the small shadowbox in the current tutorial. It is placed inside the larger shadowbox How to make a Big Wall Diorama for your fantasy miniatures


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