In the first part of a new series, ANTHONY REEVES shows how to create a realistic autumn scene in a purpose-built diorama. In this instalment, he starts with the basics by building the foundations and adding a cutting behind a retaining wall.

Autumn is full of colour as the lush greens of summer give way to ochre, browns and yellows. In October 2010 the landscape of the Highlands is changing with the new season as Stanier ‘Black Five’ 45407 heads the Fort William-Mallaig ‘Jacobite’ past Loch Eilt. Gordon Edgar/

CREATING A SCENE in autumn offers the chance to work with subtle tones of orange, yellow, brown and washed out greens. It will also allow you to create some lovely trees with a delicate tracery of branches.

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