What is a Diorama?

There is no clear definition of what a diorama is and what it should contain. Generally, a diorama attempts to portray an event which has significance to the owner. This may be done with a single larger figure from 54mm up through 200mm, or a group of smaller figures in the 25mm range. The diorama may contain buildings, forests, scenery, castles, or terrain of any combination and description. The essential requirement is that it conveys the concept that is important to the owner.

How to determine what goes into a Diorama…

Often the customer sees a diorama which has been prepared for someone else, and with some modifications would want the same thing for their collection. Others want a diorama for their specific needs and interests.

What a diorama should contain and what form it should take is best determined by the collector, with help and guidance from the artist who is preparing this piece of art for him. Generally, the collector has some idea what the diorama should contain based on a significant historical event, or just something that has appeal to him.

With a series of questions, the artist can determine what the collector wishes their final diorama to look like and what concept the diorama should convey. Questions such as the scale of the figures, size of the final piece, additional structures and/or terrain, availability of historical figures, and finally cost, are all important considerations, which must be determined prior to preparation of the diorama.

It is also important to remember that dioramas are actually pieces of art which are unique since the collector has imput into its construction and final appearance, unlike store-bought paintings or sculptures, which are created at the discretion of the artist.