I’m almost finished with my little Roman tavern diorama. It’s been fun, if challenging at times. I’ve had a hard time streamlining the process to the bare minimum I’ll accept from myself, but I’m trying to produce a high (enough) quality piece with techniques and time investment I could reasonably expect from my teenage Latin students.
This is the diorama mostly completed. There are two 28mm figures, hopefully telling a simple and amusing story.
Someone has knocked over some of the door slats in their rush from the popina. The barkeeper has ended up in the street shouting off scene. Behind him…
… a naughty boy helps himself to some unattended plums!
There are all sorts of teachable details to bring into my classroom, from the graffiti to the amphora of wine to the sliced bread loaves and more.
I’m not sure what else I’ll add, as I don’t want to put that much more time into this project. I’ll insert at least one animal for fun and maybe a little bit of vegetation. I suppose there is an off chance I’ll throw in more minis, too, if the spirit moves me.
Let me know what you think of this little diorama and any ideas you have for more details!