Just excellence again, me likes this! Always love the backstory.
Jerry, I've long wondered about adding smaller scale subjects into the background of dios.
ex: A 1/16 figure in the foreground followed by 1/35 figures or vehicles to the rear, or a 1/32 aircraft followed by 1/72 in the distance etc. I suppose a conflict could be in bringing everything into the correct, believable focus as one image.
This is awesome, I'll be following along whenever time permits some serious lurking.
Great work, Jerry, as usual!
Have been fantasizing about a dio with forced perspective for a long time.
Finding the correct distance is a problem. I guess several layers with different scales make it easier to fool the eye. In terms of scales, you also have 1/48, 1/56 from the wargaming stuff, 1/87 railroad modelling stuff, some 1/100 from Zvezda and some 1/144 from various brands. Combining all these scales plus the ones mentioned should allow for some awesome views, even in a relatively confined space.
For the forced perspective to work well, I believe that two more things are important.
1) Use uneven ground so as to hide the transition from one layer to the next. I believe it's impossible to do a smooth transition from one scale to the next. The actual seem can further be hidden by bushes/trees.
2) Strictly apply the scale effect when painting the vehicles (and everything else), i.e. as it gets a smaller scale, the overall color hues should get lighter and have less contrast between each other.
Maybe one day I'll get around to trying all of this out. Or others do it for me