Setting the Scene

Some of my photos are taken at shows, though most were taken in our “studio”. To call it a studio is a real liberty; generally it is a table with a desklamp. Now and again I just use the dining room table and scenery tiles.

I use a grassmat (from model railway shops), lichen and flock. I use Woodland Scenics flock to “soften” the lichen and make more realistic bushes and to “hide” the figures bases. Buildings are in the main by Steve Barber Models. They produce a wonderful range of 25mm German buildings, and a very nice 15mm Spanish range. I have also used resin castings from the Snapdragon Studio and Grendel – my personal favourite are the aztec-inca statues, the Adventurer with statues is a good example as shown here.

Talisman Adventurer
Talisman Adventurer

Backgrounds are from Corel Photo CD-Roms or from photographs I have taken (in the real world) printed out on A4 and then taken down the copy shop to be blown up to A3. For close-up shots I simply stick a cardboard box behind the grassmat and/or use lichen.

Some shots are taken with the model on a white or blue background. Personally I prefer the scenic setting, though to show off an excellent paint job then a white or light blue background would be a better choice.

For my Epic photographs I use some ruined city scenery tiles I built for games of Epic40K.

Epic Vindicators
Epic Vindicators travel through the ruins of an Imperial City.

For the Dystopian Wars, I took an image from Pixabay and then printed it out on glossy paper to represent the sea.

Dystopian Wars Kingdom of Britannia Ruler Class Battleship HMS King Richard III
Dystopian Wars Kingdom of Britannia Ruler Class Battleship HMS King Richard III

In order to facilitate an easier way to take photographs I made some scenery just for taking photographs.

One of Simon's Chimera transports in my photgraphic terrain.
One of Simon’s Chimera transports in my photgraphic terrain.

Longer term I would like to get a light box, this would make taking photographs even easier and should result in even better photographs.

This is the kind of setup Games Workshop have for taking pictures of their models.