My FLGS is having a 40K diorama contest for the 25th Anniversary of 40K. I decided to build on the success of my earlier Space Hulk terrain project and build a Space Hulk Diorama. The rules for the competition state that the diorama must fit on a movement tray -- 20cm x 20cm, have 5-10 models, and have a 40K theme. I decided that my scene would be 5 terminators preparing to open a bulkhead door with a couple of gene-stealers lurking on the other side of the door, using the figures from the Space Hulk set.
I built the terrain piece first, cutting a 20cm long piece of vinyl gutter. I then cut a slot for the bulkhead and cut the floor and bulkhead pieces to match. The doorways are made from gutter down-spout bits cut short with a band-saw. I added some pipes to set the scene and add texture in the foreground and along rear wall. Then I primed the whole thing first with Krylon Fusion Black, then Krylon Ruddy Brown spray primers. I did some preliminary weathering with gray and flat black sprays.
I then picked out the models to use for the terminators and the gene-stealers: For the terminators, I wanted the heavy-flamer guy ready to cleanse whatever's behind the door, the thunder-hammer sergeant, the guy pointing will be activating the door (replacing the lightning claw guy in this picture), the Auspex guy, and another generic power-fist/storm bolter guy.
For the gene stealers, I knew I wanted the one popping out of the floor, and two others that look like they're climbing the walls. I plan to paint the figures using the steps outlined by Ron at From the Warp. Stay tuned...