My wife really looked to me to fill the gift void this year for him. The only real hobby he has is Halo: games, books, lego, ect. Sadly we have collected almost all items which could fall into this category. So, I thought, is there something I could "do" for him. Something that he could keep as a memory of Daddy (yes he still calls me this; he is very sentimental as well).
What could I do. I don't have many useful skills around the house, so building him something was out. All I can do with any small skill is paint very small inert things. Ah-ha! I can do a diorama I thought.....a Halo one, with Spartans and Elites battling skirmish style, on some alien world. So, off began this journey (around Dec 10 no less).
Step 1: The Case
The first thing was how to display it. That was the easiest thing to find: a baseball collectors case off Amazon. $50 with shipping. Ouch. It was just the right size: not too big and not too small.
Step 2: Background
What kind of background to use. Well Halo of course. So, during my lunch hours at work I scoured the internet for Halo landscape pictures. Eventually I narrowed it down and printed it out on a laser printer. Trees and rocks were taken from my terrain collection (yay!). It is handy having lots of stuff in the garage sometimes. I used a piece of plasti-card as the base, flocking it with Woodland Scenics flock.
Step 3: Models
The models were an easy choice. The GZG produces a line of 15mm figures which are a spitting image of Spartans: The NI Infantry line. Two sets of 8 figures were only 5 GBP. They arrived with one week to spare before Christmas. Painting crunch time! I washed the bare models in GW Athonian Camoshade (the green one) and picked out the other details individually.
Now, Covenant figures were a bit harder. However, Daddy had a plan for this. About a year ago I purchased a set of Tavshar aliens from 15mm uk. They are very similar to Covenant elites. I had not painted them up since they were only a test pack. However, four models was all I needed. Through random conversation my son provided me the color scheme to use for the elite: blue for regulars and red for a leader. Weapons were done in the traditional Covenant Purple.
The end result is this:
|15mm Halo Diorama|
|Covenant Elite Leader|
|Spartan with Spartan Laser|
Logan told me it was the best gift he received. Looks like I hit the mark on this one. Not too bad if I do say so myself.