Ship Dioramas (Hardback)
Bringing Your Models to Life
This book is about the art of displaying waterline models. By their very nature, ship models that do not show the full hull and are not mounted on an artificial stand cry out for a realistic setting. At its most basic this can be just a representation of the sea itself, but to give the model a context – even to tell some sort of story – is far more challenging. This is the province of the diorama, which at its most effective is a depiction of a scene or an event in which the ship model takes centre stage.
As with a painting, the composition is a vital element and this book devotes much of its space to what works and what does not, and illustrates with photographic examples why the best maritime dioramas have visual power and how to achieve that impact. Individual chapters explore themes like having small craft in attendance on the main subject, multiple-model scenarios, dockyards and naval bases, and the difficulties of replicating naval combat realistically. It also looks at both extremes of modelmaking ambition: the small single-ship exposition and the largest, most ambitions projects of the kind meant for museum display. The book concludes with some of the most advanced concepts – how to create drama and the illusion of movement, and how to manipulate perspective.
Illustrated throughout with colour photos, the more abstract discussion is backed with practical 'how to' sections, so anyone who builds waterline ship model will benefit from reading this book.
As featured in 'Glasgow Now'.
Ship Dioramas is an excellent work that, from a technical point of view, will be more used by the most experienced ship modelers in environmental reconstructions similar to those described; novice enthusiasts will surely draw from this beautiful book indications that will allow them to hone their skills; finally, those who are not modellers will surely appreciate the enjoyment and iconography of a text related to one of the highest expressions of modelling, capable of combining professional skills with historical accuracy and which, without a doubt, is in many cases also an artistic expression of the highest level.STORIA militare n. 313 (October 2019)
Overall I consider it a useful and very interesting book as a work of support or consultation in building naval models either individually or in dioramas.José Manuél Rico Cortés (Mister JM) - Miniaturas JM
Another really good book from Seaforth Publishing & David Griffith - plenty to make you look and think 'I fancy having a go at that' or even 'so that's how they do it'.Military Modelling
Anyone who builds waterline ship models will benefit from reading this book.Scale Military Modeller
Whether one is an old-hat at ships but has yet to break away from the full-hull format, or a maritime novice, this book offers plenty for both camps.Airfix Model World
A Glasgow model ship enthusiast has brought nautical scenes to life in his latest book. David Griffith's 'Ship Dioramas', his second book, collects some of his dioramas - detailed scenes featuring his ships. One...features the fishing village of Pittenweem in Fife, a scene depicted by David featuring almost 50 boats, 25 buildings and 500 tiny figures, all produced to 1/700 scale.Daily Record