Speaking of explosions... BBTS has the Tamashi Effect sets with the grey dust explosions and the orange blasts in stock...
Grey Smoke Explosion: https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Product/ ... ails/12313
Orange Flame Blast: https://www.bigbadtoystore.com/Product/ ... ails/54802Added in 5 days 23 hours 31 minutes 49 seconds:
I recently received my first 30cm figure from X-Plus, so I wanted to update my "Tohokyo" display.
Since the last photos, I've changed the color of the street surface from black to a charcoal grey with matting board, I've added more trees, and rearranged the buildings. By using a lighter grey matting board as "sidewalks", and not fastening them down, I can change the look of Tohokyo in just a few minutes.
With the two figures in the earlier version of the display, it made sense to break up the "city blocks" a bit, but with the single larger figure, by eliminating the "side streets", the buildings provide a "vanishing point" line that draws the viewers eye to the Goji when viewed from a shallow "in world" angle. This effect is increased, by using the tallest buildings further away from the focal point, creating another "vanishing point" line that ends at the figure.
Sharp eyes will see the special tail stand I created for use in the display. I used a short bit of bamboo barbecue skewer, available at your grocery store, colored black with a Sharpie, with the rubber tip from a touch screen device stylus protecting the paint on the figure. By virtue of using foamcore as my base, and matting board for "streets", I can literally stab the stand into the display, it doesn't need a base. As you can see, the result is very minimal, and nearly invisible, compared to the horrifying tail stand X-Plus provides with their figures. Can you imagine using this
in a diorama?
I did also make a version of the tail stand for use on hard surfaces, using half of a 52mm collectible coin case as a base, with a hole drilled in the center for the skewer to protrude through, and be glued into. This can be replicated for less than .30¢, and total build time is less than 5 minutes, including glue drying time when using CA (crazy/super) glue. The coin case can be replaced with a base for tabletop gaming miniatures, available at your local gaming retailer, or even "Bingo marking discs", the plastic discs people use to mark their Bingo cards. These come in bags of 50 or 100, very inexpensive, and available in many colors.
I'm currently working on a clouds/sky backdrop to use with my buildings. The photos so far have all been of the "storage" shelf for the buildings, not actually the intended full effect diorama, and when using them in photography, they'll be featured in front of a cloud-filled sky.
I'm using more foamcore tri-folds as a backing, to which I'll be gluing my "sky", and then attaching to a weighted box, to provide stability. I was able to find this image on Amazon for $13, but it does have a sort of sheen to the image, and I may have to shoot it with a satin, or matte clear coat to bring the shine down and prevent unwanted glare.
Then, I'll have to buy an actual camera, and learn how to use it... ;}
Keep Stompin' Y'alls!