Exclu Review by Stan Russell.
So what do you do when it’s 100+ degrees outside every day, and you sweat off your left testicle just walking to the car? Consider moving? Absolutely correct! But, what happens when you can’t move, but you really want to take some cool shots of your toys? You move you sweaty ass inside of course! And what do you need to take some really cool indoor shots? You need lights, figures, and some imagination, but what really makes those shots stand out are some cool diorama pieces.
I live in Florida, and in the summer, it’s so damn hot outside, it makes you wonder how anything survives the great outdoors. So to help my indoor shots, I sought out some help of the really talented people that can make dio’s, and decided to order some cool accessories that I could use with my Extreme Sets dios. Today, we will be taking a look at some dio accessories made my the super talented Jared Beerman (@beermanphotography). We are going to take a look at some crates, barrels, pallets, and fence pieces, and see what the quality is, and whether you should consider picking some up.
For the sculpting section, we will take a look at how well the pieces are put together, how is the scale, and do they hold up as looking real. As I said earlier, I picked up 2 of each of the following:
The first thing I noticed when I opened up the package was how incredibly detailed these things look. It really looked like somebody shrunk down pieces they found in an alley, packed them up in bubble wrap, and mailed them to me.
Lets start with the crates. To be honest, I’m not exactly sure what they are made of, but they look amazing. Every piece of board is a separate piece, and there is no detail that was not taken into account. Each plank of board is assembled together in a way that leaves just a little bit of space between them, and then they are all wrapped together inside of a wooden frame. They feel super solid, and do not feel like they will come apart at all. Very solid construction all around!
The barrels on the other hand, look like complete garbage! Ok, I’m kidding of course because these things look great! I can see so many uses for these, and want about 50 more so I can place them everywhere. The barrels are scaled perfectly, and there are nice subtle details all around that make them really stand out. The top and bottom are inset a little, and there is even a little drain valve on top of them. They also have these great ribs that run all around them that adds just that extra little detail to make them look real.
The pallets are built in a similar manner as the crates, meaning that each and every plank is a separate piece that are assembled to perfection. The tops are complete without any missing pieces, and the bottom are exactly how a real pallet would look in some boards missing in spaces. These look so real, they will fit in just about anywhere, and can be used for so many different applications. Again, these feel really solid, and I have no fear of them breaking, or falling apart, and the scale looks spot on!
Last, but not least, lets talk about the fences. While they look great, I feel they are the weakest part of this collection. This is mainly due to the nature of a fence, in that it is pretty skinny, with not a lot of stability. While Jared did a great job on these, the construction and stability is not what the other pieces are. They cannot stand on their own, and they have warped a little, so they are not perfectly straight. The vertical bars are also pretty brittle connections, and two of mine have already come apart. While this is not that big of a deal, it does bring down the overall quality of all the pieces. They scale pretty well, as in they look like they are about a 6′ fence, but I would have liked to see them just a tad taller so they are taller than most figures.
What really stands out with all of these pieces, is the paint work on them. Jared offered either clean, or dirty/rusted pieces, and of course, I chose the dirty versions. He told me he uses some type of fire/dirt technique (which I’m really interested in by the way), and I have to say, the final outcome is absolutely brilliant.
The crates and pallets look like they are well used, and have seen some serious shit going down! The weathering on each and every board is spot on, and I really would like to see how he does it. Either way, they look amazing, and are the work of a true artist!
He offers the barrels in different colors, and I asked him to surprise me in what he sent. So when I opened them up, I was relieved he didn’t send a pink a purple polka dotted set, but instead, and very cool black, and green set. Again, the weathering is phenomenal, and every square inch on these things in detailed in some way. The scratches, rust, and overall color scheme are perfect, and again, should fit into most types of dioramas.
The fence pieces are painted in this really cool metallic paint that make them appear to be real fences. There is not a lot of weathering done on these, but I could see how doing too much of that on fences would make them muddled and difficult to see. I love the cleanliness and brightness of these, as they look great in pictures, and really stand out!
So you may be wondering, how much are these little pieces are artwork going to cost me. Well, I’m here to say that these will not set you back much at all, and since you can order a piece at a time, you can choose how much, or how little you want to spend. Here is a breakdown of the prices:
- Barrels – 1 for $10, or 3 for $25
- Pallets – 1 for $5, or 4 for $15
- Fences – 1 for $10
- Crates – 1 for $10
I feel these are all very reasonable prices, and considering the quality of each of them, you are getting a real bargain! Since you can order just one piece, or an entire factory, the total cost is really up to you.
These things are absolutely amazing, and they look even better in pictures. With the wide variety he has to offer, I was glad I ordered the pieces I did. For all of these shots, I used them in conjunction with the Extreme Sets alley diorama, and feel they fit in perfectly.
They can be placed just about anywhere, and really give your shots some nice depth. They scale perfectly with 6″ figures, and add that nice touch to the usual flat environment that you get with the Extreme Sets. I’m not dissing Extreme Sets, as I really love them, but add in some of these awesome dio pieces, and it’s a pure winner!
The fences are the weakest of all the pieces, but for what they are, they look great. I would highly recommend getting in touch with with Jared if you are looking to add some awesome dio accessories for those indoor shots. I’m sure you can use these outside as well, but who the hell wants to do that? I’m still looking for that left testicle, and don’t want to lose any of these while searching…
Last modified: August 5, 2018