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Last RItes: Coloring a Church Ruin

As for the color of the church... often when these churches were first built, they were made of stone. Later, as the church may have grown in membership, they often added on, and often had a hard time finding the same stone if it was originally built a long time before, so they would make the additions in brick or perhaps another stone, and then coat the building with white or perhaps a light colored plaster (tan, beige, grey, etc.) to make it look nicer.

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
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