Hello MFC!! Hope everybody is doing fine and getting ready for WonFes!
Today I'm bringing another tutorial for your collection. This one is simple and will help all those new nendoroid collectors (or pros) to "spice up" your display using common materials as well as boxes for raisers. This can be applied to scales as well.
I hope you find this tutorial useful :D
[HOW EVERYTHING STARTED]
When I started with nendoroids I never imagined I'd get more and more chibis with time. There's no IKEA in Colombia and proper glass cabinets are expensive AF so I had to settle down with a bookcase.
At first, I placed my nendoroids around and then I got some accessories for them from Sylvanian Families just to add something nice for them.
This was the first shelf, yes you can see the awful wall there.
I like my nendoroids to be interacting with each other so that's why I like to display them in situations/scenarios,and I thought why not spice it up??
Let's get started!
✄✄✄✄ MATERIALS ✄✄✄✄
- Nendoroid boxes (different sizes)
- Plain paper
- Sharpies, markers, watercolours, coloured pencils, etc.
- Clear tape
- Patience, your favourite music and time!
NOTE: I'll draw things myself but of course you can print things or
use scrapbook paper to keep it neat.
✄✄✄✄ PLAN THE THEME ✄✄✄✄
First, think carefully what kind of theme you want for your display. Since the beginning I wanted a park that's why I added these items to my collection when I got around 4 nendoroids:
- Garden table and chair set>> ITEM #300018
- Fountain and bench set>> ITEM #300017
- Yummy cake shop set>> ITEM #300022
- Doughnut shop set>> ITEM #300020
With time I got some Kancolle nendoroids that's why I went with a beach as well for another shelf's theme.
As nendoroids are the deformed version of the respective character I decided to draw things myself in a cartoon-ish way.
When you decide on the theme but you don't want to draw, you can find websites online with pattern and textures you can print, or you can go to a local store where you can find scrapbook paper with the things you need :)
✄✄✄✄ BACKGROUND ✄✄✄✄
As my bookcase is open to the back/wall I got thick cardboard and painted the background, in this case a lovely blue sky with fluffy clouds and cherry blossoms. That way I cover the awful wall and bring all back things together inside the shelf.
This is an old picture, I changed the background to a bigger one
The beach background painted with acrylics on thick cardboard
✄✄✄✄ CHOOSE BOXES & LAYOUT ✄✄✄✄
Now it's time to select which boxes will work great as raisers. We know there's a standard size but from time to time we get other sizes (bigger or smaller than the normal ones), those will help you in getting a better layout for your display.
For the park I used 2 normal sized boxes
It was hard choosing for the beach so I used my nendoroids to help me a little.
Also I had to consider the rest of kancolle nendos I ordered but not released yet
I chose this layout at the end, 2 normal sized boxes plus one smaller (From Ryoma Echizen nendoroid:ITEM #395119)
✄✄✄✄ COVER WITH PAPER ✄✄✄✄
Now it's time to cover the boxes with paper, I'm using normal bond for these since it was at hand and clear tape to keep it together.
I put paper beneath the boxes as well
Pay attention where boxes start and finish so you don't paint more than needed
✄✄✄✄ TIME TO PAINT! ✄✄✄✄
Take your time while selecting the colours for your project.
Check them on paper to see if those are the ones you'd like for this project.
For the whole Park I used sharpies, nothing too complicated since I wanted to give that cartoon/childish feel to it.
I added a road, stones and some bushes
The beach was easier since it's just the ocean with waves and a little bit of land (sand)
✄✄✄✄ LET IT DRY ✄✄✄✄
Whatever technique you used it's important to let it dry completely since you wouldn't like the color to transfer to your figures. Even while using sharpies I let everything dry for 24 hours...paranoid much?
✄✄✄✄ EVERYTHING IN PLACE ✄✄✄✄
Time to place all boxes on the shelf!! And of course, your lovely nendoroids!
✄✄✄✄ ENJOY YOUR DISPLAY! ✄✄✄✄
After some time I updated the park with a better background (covering the wall completely) and added a new raiser (another small box from Osomatsus) to place more nendoroids.
JOB WELL DONE!!
I apologize for my grammar, english is not my mother tongue and my english is quite rusty.
I hope you liked this tutorial and found it useful as well so you start spicing up those displays for your nendoroids :D
Thanks for your time and for reading! Till next time!!