Halo Infinite Diorama with Ultra Realistic Scenery

Halo Infinite Diorama with Ultra Realistic Scenery

Perfect pines, a dusty road, beautiful mountains… what’s not to love about the scenery in the Halo Infinite trailer from E3 in 2018?

I have been wanting to recreate this for ages and when I needed a step by step on pines for the book I am writing, this was my first thought. It’s stunning scenery that is at home in the Pacific North West or Canada. It is in S-scale (1/64) which is a lovely model railroad scale if you haven’t seen it – half way between HO and O.

Materials

Master Chief by bizarrefog1 https://sketchfab.com/3d-models/halo-infinite-master-chief-rigged-0ad7b1431a6748959d691e9c171c6e2c It’s a lovely model for this scale.

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Arduino

I used a 5V pro mini https://amzn.to/3t8CmTV and I fed power separately to the LEDs. I have moved to using USB cables to get the power in and this seemed to work well. I added a micro usb port https://amzn.to/3cq1xKS to the back which was easier than soldering a cable in and leaving it hanging if not in use.

The LEDs are programmable neopixels (a cheaper version at least). I used the densest 144 LEDs per metre option. https://amzn.to/38vLWZ7

I used a sketch that I cobbled together from the internet. I know very little about Arduino codes at the moment but I am sharing it in case it helps. You will need to download the FastLED library. If you don’t know how to do that then YouTube has a lot of videos aimed at starting Arduino programming.

#include <FastLED.h>

// How many leds in your strip?
#define NUM_LEDS 24
#define DATA_PIN 6

// Define the array of leds
CRGB leds[NUM_LEDS];

//fade
  int fadeAmount = 5;  // Set the amount to fade I usually do 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 etc even up to 255.
  int brightness = 0;
//end fade

void setup() {
  // sanity check delay - allows reprogramming if accidently blowing power w/leds
    delay(2000);
    
//    FastLED.addLeds<NEOPIXEL, DATA_PIN>(leds, NUM_LEDS);  // GRB ordering is assumed
      FastLED.addLeds<WS2812B, DATA_PIN, GRB>(leds, NUM_LEDS);  // GRB ordering is typical
}

void loop() {
   turn_on();
  delay(1000);
//   turn_off();
   chase();
   delay(200);
   turn_off();
   delay(20000);
} 


//From Basic Blink
void turn_on() {

// Turn the LED on, then pause
  leds[0] = CRGB(0,40,80);
  leds[1] = CRGB(0,40,80);
  leds[2] = CRGB(0,40,80);
  leds[3] = CRGB(0,40,80);
    FastLED.show();

}

void turn_off() {
  // Now turn the LED off, then pause
  leds[0] = CRGB::Black;
     FastLED.show();
  delay(500);
  }

void chase() {
        for(int dot = 0; dot < NUM_LEDS; dot++) { 
            leds[dot] = CRGB(0,40,80);
            FastLED.show();
            // clear this led for the next time around the loop
            leds[dot] = CRGB::Black;
            delay(15);
        }
    }

Paint

I used Alclad lacquers for the building:
Alclad Black Primer & Microfiller ALC-309 https://amzn.to/2I4MYRQ
Alclad Gloss Black ALC-305 https://amzn.to/3g30fXT
Alclad Chrome ALC-107 https://amzn.to/2pK1AJO
Alclad Aqua Gloss ALC-600 https://amzn.to/3ohTioE

Everything else was artists’ acrylics or whatever I had to hand.
For the washes, check out my washes page.

Other Materials

Rocks
Woodland Scenics Facet Rock Mould https://amzn.to/3tcTdF0
Woodland Scenics Shelf Rock Mould C1247

Trees
Balsa dowels – 6mm
28 gauge Florists’ Wire https://amzn.to/3cpWZEi
Brushable Latex Rubber – I bought this from SmoothOn – not an affiliate link https://www.benam.co.uk/products/latex/brushing-latex
WWS/Peco Layering spray https://amzn.to/2BLsB8r
10mm WWS patchy grass https://amzn.to/2TeZGOA
Woodland Scenics Coarse Turf Conifer T1366 or try Coarse Turf Dark Green https://amzn.to/35U0dwo
Woodland Scenics 2mm Static Grass Dark Green https://amzn.to/2OdZvpr

Earth blend fine turf T42 https://amzn.to/2pKaBT6
Green blend fine turf T45 https://amzn.to/2Pl18wx

Grass
Noch Applicator https://amzn.to/35BFmPF
Noch Grass Glue https://amzn.to/33CU2Ma
WWS 2mm spring grass https://amzn.to/2wmIMmJ
Noch 6mm Golden Yellow/Beige https://amzn.to/3kpezuw
WWS/Peco Layering spray https://amzn.to/2BLsB8r

Bushes will be on the Starting Scenery course soon!

HotWheels UNSC Warthog https://amzn.to/3l6CKzJ
Polyfibre https://amzn.to/3ck7UiR




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4 thoughts on “Halo Infinite Diorama with Ultra Realistic Scenery”

  1. Amazing work. What did you use for the dirt pigment and what is in the spray bottle? Also what is the white liquidy stuff you put down in the tire tracks? Thank you!

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