Group 7 – Dioramas/Vignettes

For entries in this group, everything displayed should be considered in your judging decisions. ModelBase weights the criteria based upon the table below. If a criteria element is not present record a value of “0” on the the tablet scoring page.

Group2 - Other Percentages

The ModelBase scoring system will automatically apply these percentages when your rating of 1-10 is entered into it.

Criteria Scoring Guidance

“Storyline” is defined as the concept, idea and topic that the diorama is presenting. This concept may be simple or complex but should be evident to the observer upon close inspection of the diorama.  The concept may be a duplication of a historical photograph, an event, or even veiled humor. Whatever storyline is chosen, it should be plausible and comment on the piece.  The observer should not have to guess what the storyline is, given time for close inspection and reflection. Observers should find that even subtle story lines are communicated well. Several figures randomly positioned around a vehicle with no connection to each other with a slogan title is not usually a good storyline.

“Composition” is an intangible quantity which makes the diorama scene candid and realistic to support the storyline. Placement of the various components (figures, vehicles, surroundings) in logical and likely positions is a key element of good composition. Selection of all the individual parts is another element. Each displayed aspect of the diorama should contribute to its overall visual effectiveness. Good composition situates the figures and entire scene to draw the focus of the scene to the observer. This may place elements an angle to its base rather than making it square with the sides, posing vehicles with front wheels turned slightly, or windows in buildings half-open.

If figures are present, Judges should refer to the Figures/Vignette scoring instructions for attributes to consider when evaluating figures in the diorama. An overall assessment must be made of the collection of figures present using these attributes.

If vehicles are present, Judges should refer to the appropriate scoring instructions (i.e. Aircraft Group/Military Vehicles Group) for attributes to consider when evaluating vehicles in the diorama. An overall assessment of the vehicles/ordnance must be made using these attributes.

Ground Work / Buildings / Environment
This element is defined as the backdrop, surroundings and aesthetics of the diorama. Judges should look for basic construction and finishing of the surroundings just as the figures and vehicles elements should be finished. Observers should be able to detect overall blending of the terrain with the vehicles: weathering, camouflage realism, etc. Are trees, buildings realistic and in-scale? Does the ground work look appropriate for the scene depicted (i.e. jungle foliage in a tropical scene)?

Presentation / Base
For dioramas, the “base” is defined as the surrounding carrier that the diorama is mounted in and displayed upon. Bases should be well-rendered, integrated and not detract from the impression of the diorama. A base may present the title and should serve to accentuate the overall presentation with professionalism. Bases should be well-adapted to the scene which is depicted.

No award – score 1 or 2    out of 10 possible
Merit –        score 3 or 4    out of 10 possible
Bronze –      score 5 or 6    out of 10 possible
Silver –        score 7 or 8    out of 10 possible
Gold –         score 9 or 10   out of 10 possible