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Custom 'Secret Base' 1:12 scale diorama REVIEW


This is the first time I'm doing a review of something other than figures. What makes a good shot of a figure can be a lot of things- lighting, angling, the figure's build itself and the backdrop and background. Looking at the shots taken by more experienced toy photographers, one of the key things that they pay attention to is details other than the figure.

The background/ backdrop is key. If the figure is a soldier, where does he/she fit in? Would an outdoor shot be more appropriate? Should it be done during the day or night? What positions can best capture the entirety of the figure and in some way tell a story, just by looking at the picture alone?

By chance, I was browsing through some Facebook pages for toy collectors and I came across some pictures of a custom diorama for 1:12 scale figures by this Facebook user, Kal El. Suffice it to say, I was quite impressed by the initial images and commissioned him to work on it for me.


As you can see from the pictures below, the diorama comes in a few parts, made from foam board (but still quite sturdy) and they can be attached using the mini-magnets that come with each part of the diorama.

Cool dude even sent me an instruction video on how to assemble the diorama (how awesome is that?) Video below:

I've still got to figure out how to really play with the lighting in order to capture good shots, but this diorama basically works with just about any figures in the 1:12 scale.


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