Abandoned Courtyard (Lord of the Rings) Custom Diorama / Playset
Custom #:12387
Name:Abandoned Courtyard
Contest:Dioramas I
Custom Type:Diorama / Playset
Toy Series:Lord of the Rings
Date Added:January 31, 2009
Base Figure:cardboard
Height:42.00 inches
This diorama was SUPER fun to make!

It was made by attaching two large pieces of cardboard to one another. I carefully covered the whole thing with spackle. I tried to distribute it evenly to prevent buckling. Real dirt was used to cover the spackle. The fallen pillars are white candles that I cut and dirtied up a little bit. The crumbling stone walls are styro-foam that was ripped apart and painted. I made the trees out of dead twigs in my backyard.

I decided that there needed to be something on the right side to balance things out. A large piece of decorative fish tank stone did the trick. I used Spanish moss and dirt clods to bring the look together.

One of the neatest things about the diorama is the false bottom in the center. First I set the whole diorama on top of styro-foam blocks to raise it off of the ground. Then I cut a large hole in the center and put an aluminum trough inside. Now it can be filled up with dirt to conceal a figure or just to create an uneven terrain.

The background was made by spray painting a large piece of display cardboard. I used different shades of black and grey to create a cloud effect.

The whole diorama measures 3' 1/2" by 2'. The best part is that it looks good with anyone! Also, I apologize about some of the pictures. The diorama is so huge that I couldn't help but get some other stuff in the picture with it :)

I REALLY hope you enjoy this diorama as I put many hours into it!

User Comments
Dr Nightmare -
Monday, March 2, 2009
It's just a bunch of dirt but it looks so cool! @_@
Gambit4Hire -
Monday, March 2, 2009
I really like those fallen (candle) pillars, very cool.
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