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Last RItes: Coloring a Church Ruin

Keith Magee was asked by a visitor to the site about the right coloring for a ruined church. Here is Keith's response plus some pictures showing the finished Church from his prior article Prepping Plaster Diorama Kits.

The article I mention is about how to best build the church, cleaning away the lines, adding details, etc. I don't paint the actual church in the article, but I am attaching the photos of the finished diorama that I did for your viewing.

About the Author

About Keith Magee (KFMagee)

After a hiatus of several years following the sale of my hobby shop (Hobby Annex in Dallas, TX), I am ready to build again... I love dioramas, with a focus on WW2 and tend to spend a lot of time documenting my work... any questions, just let me know! - Keith


When I saw Marijn Van Gils` Godverdomme for the first time I was bowled over. The imagination and the workmanship was first class. Now Keith has produced something similar in style and class and I am knocked for six again. This last while I have been wondering what to do for my next project and this has made my mind up. The last time a made a bridge and ruin with styrene,, this time its the church ruins. Its just a case of "I want one of those". Thanks for the inspiration.
MAY 27, 2002 - 10:00 PM
Talking about a beauty......there it is..
MAY 28, 2002 - 06:12 AM
what a great dio, you must have put many hours in this
MAY 28, 2002 - 07:26 AM
that is cool
MAY 29, 2002 - 05:01 AM
MAY 29, 2002 - 08:23 AM
Thanks for the appreciative feedback. As an FYI, I spent about 60 hours on this project, including the article on "Prepping Plaster Kits" that is featured elsewhere in the FEATURES - DIORAMAS section. I tend to work in strong spurts of 4-6 hours at a time, and can get quite a lot accomplished in a month when I have the free "late" hours to really crank it out. My longest projects were "Dallas Blonde - P47" which took over 6 months of hard work and research to complete for a client, and another "Orders - France 1944) that took almost a year to complete... but I did many projects during that same time, so it is hard to truly assess the actual hours beyond my rough notes. - Many more to come! - Keith
JUN 02, 2002 - 12:14 PM
Is the church ruin next to the famous leaning tower? Seriously, your suggestions are very helpful - I have been fighting with bent foamcore for years - have to try the H2O & white glue sealer. Best regards, Trenor Scott [email protected]
AUG 06, 2007 - 10:50 AM
Nice to see this again. It reminds me of the great features on the site and the inspiration Keith brought us all.
AUG 06, 2007 - 10:46 PM