Friday, June 26, 2020

Winging It: The Adventures Of Indiana Frog, Day 1

I am sometimes asked where I get some of my action figures from. This post isn't about that - its about diorama making,  but the answer may surprise you just the same.

I have recently come into possession of an Indiana Jones/Kermit The Frog hybrid figure by a sneaky technique I like to call "giving my credit card number to Amazon and selecting 2-day shipping" (shhh, no one tell anyone my secret!)

(image shamelessly stolen from

Now that I have the figure I decided I should do something with it (this is where the diorama part comes in).  I looked around my crafting area and saw that I had cleverly purchased two half-spheres of foam.   The classic "round rock chasing Indy through the ancient temple access tunnel" scene immediately came to mind.

I found a screen grab online, and printed it off for reference:

Now I have no idea how to create such a thing as an ancient temple access tunnel.  I have done some minor diorama-ing lately, but that was all clean brick work.  This is gonna be messy, jungly, and old.  Foam and craft paint are not going to cut it here. I'm going to have to create non-square shapes. I'm going to have to create vines, vegetation, and even maybe a cob web or three. However nothing ventured nothing gained, so I am going to throw caution to the wind and see if I can free-wheel a diorama I can use as a set to recreate that scene.

I am not going for movie-realism here.  I mean, it's a kermit the frog dressed as Indiana Jones so how realistic can we reasonably expect to get here?  I am going for a riff off that scene that is both hopefully instantly recognizable, but also my own style and personality. 

I am also not afraid to use Photoshop to polish it off, but this is an exercise in crafting a diorama, so I want to get as much in camera as I can.

I can't stress this enough:  I have no earthly idea what I am doing.  None.  This is me winging it, live on this blog.

Strap in.  It's gonna be a wild ride.