A NEW AGE HAS ARRIVED

Monday - May 01- 2012

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Well good morning !!!! and WHAT A MORNING it is ... Sadness and Excitement all at the same time. :)

I guess the sad news of sorts... This will be my LAST EVER POST on NiubNiub's. After today, NiubNiubs will remain online as an archive of all the cool stuff we did together for the past 12+ years. I can't believe I have been making dioramas for that long. Time sure does fly by doesn't it ?

When I first started NiubNiub back in 2000, there was NO Cable Modems, BIG computer screens, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, - I know I know - I sound like your parents LOL - and creating the website all on my own using a little software called Dreamweaver - which was great and served it's purpose - just didn't cut it anymore. I wanted to update the site and it was just too complicated with the thousands of pages and page and picture size etc... I realised it was just easier to just START NEW. NiubNiub must GROW UP and JUMP into the 21st Century !!! :)

For the first time ever, I hired a programer, who has been working hard with me the past 5 months in helping me code the design I saw in my head. and today, well that hard work is done and I am PROUD to ANNOUNCE the LAUNCH of my brand NEW... Frank Diorio's (that's me ;p) DioramaWorkshop.Com

To calm down all you long time Niub Fans, don't cry too much just yet :) The NEW site is sort of a NiubNiub V.02. All the great stuff to help you build, Step by Step instructions, Decals, Blueprints etc... will continue at DWC. BUT... and here is the BIG BUT - LOL - IN FULL HD quality. NO MORE little pictures. It really is something else to see it this quality. You will see details never before available unless you were one of the few lucky people to see my scenes in person at one of the Celebration Conventions. Not only will the pictures be BIGGER but you will now be able to share comments and technique tips LIVE with fellow collectors. VERY COOL.

Also , the RETURN of the VISITOR SECTION... I am very excited that you will again have the chance to send me your diorama photos and have them shown to the world. To bring inspiration for others to build is the main goal at DWC. Together we can in the coming years really make the hobby GROW - EVEN MORE... I am certain of it.

Also, The Diorama Workshop will not be ONLY Star Wars. If you make a diorama from another movie - Harry Potter - Alien - Batman - Avengers - TinTin, whatever is is, we will put it on the website.

Last I guess before this turns into a book ;p, I want to THANK ALL OF YOU who have come to support and visit the site all these years. It was a lot of fun (even though family medical issues the past couple years limited the number of posts) I could not have enjoyed more sahring with you my passion for this hobby.

And A HUGE HUGE did I say HUGE? THANK YOU to MKE at Galactic Hunter, who hosts this site all these years and never bugged me about anything, and who has agreed to NOT KILL NNU by deleting it from his servers, but KEEP IT for anyone who might never have come here before - or for you to return and be nostalgic ;p to keep on doing so. So Mike, You are a TRUE GENTLEMAN !!!!

So Farewell to NiubNiub - Let him return to his family on Endor - and COME SAY HELLO to FRANK at DioramaWorkshop.Com

Let the NEW ADVENTURE BEGIN !!!!!

Frank (NiubNIub)

 

 

Saturday - April 14 - 2012

SUMMER IS CLOSE BY AND SO IS THE DWC

Can you believe it is April already ? The snow is gone here in Montreal, this weekend it's 20 degrees. Nice.

It's been a crazy winter, Lot's of mixed emotions... SO many COOL things on the NEAR HORIZON... Launch of my NEW DioramaWorkshop.Com is oh so close (I know I know it was supposed to be ready for Valentines) Preparing for the PARTY OF THE YEAR in Orlando this summer, Finally again a REAL basement workshop to start building Dioramas again, all this during the decline of my mom's health. Alzheimers has now made her loose her speach and eating abilities. And watching her stare at the wall instead of you when you talk to her (not to mention she has NO idea WHO you are) is just heartbreaking. Just yesterday she told me how scared she is of sleeping now for fear of NOT waking up in the morning. Ugh. Does NOT make you want to get old. - OK, yes I am already OLD - thanks Carlos LOL - Older :P

I feel this year is the last for mom. So I am glad that the Dioramaas will add a little bit of cheer and smile during the summer. Anyways I didn't want this to be such a downer post. I mostly wanted to let you know that today I approved the FINAL pages for DioramaWorkshop and Ben is writing the last of the code this weekend. The next POST just MAY BE a really COOL update. Hang in there !!!!

Frank

 

Friday - February 24 - 2012

DWC - CELEBRATION V SHIELD GENERATOR

Another week has gone by and soon another MONTH - Already !!!! Where does the time go ? Well I have been busy getting the coding finished and design tweeks for my NEW DioramaWorkshop.Com website. Since it's taking a little longer to launch - We are hoping my birthday March 14... Since the wait is a little longer then planned...

I just posted a NEW Video Tutorial over at my DioramaWorkshop You Tube Channel. As I have said in the past, this is where ALL future NEW tutorials and reviews will be posted. So if you visit, make sure to SUBRIBE or BOOKMARK the page.

Tomorrow Nelley to the Vet and I have mold to remove from the walls of the workshop - can you say GROSS !!! After that, I will be knee deep in new creations getting ready for this summers convention. I will try and write in next week with an update of all that's going on...

Have a GREAT weekend everyone!!!.... Frank

Saturday - February 04 - 2012

DWC - SNEAK PEEK MY BASEMENT WORKSHOP

Happy Weekend everyone !!!! I just posted a sneak peek of my Basement Diorama Workshop on my DWC YouTube Channel created for my NEW DioramaWorkshop.Com website.

This is where I will be building all my NEW dioramas and tests for this summers convention. You know the one ;p Remember to JOIN the youtube channel because in a few weeks, No more Posts will appear here on NiubNiubs.

So make sure to BOOKMARK my DioramaWorkshop.Com website today. The programing code is 90% done and we will soon be going LIVE - I can't wait !!!

Have a GREAT weekend everyone!!!.... Frank

 

Monday - January 23 - 2012

DWC TWITTER = 1:1 SANDCRAWLER

Hey everyone - have a great weekend ? Hard to believe we are almost at the end of January and one month CLOSER to my NEW DioramaWorkshop.Com website. Today I wanted to show you what I've been up to the last couple of days....

Yes that IS a Hasbro Sandcrawler to the left which means, YES, This is my maquette (as of last night) for a FULL SIZE 1:1 Toy Scale Jawa Sandcrawler. The maquette will help me find the final measurements that will help in the creation of the final Bluebrint and Foamcore Construction.

Once the DWC goes live end of February, you will then find the usual step by step instructions, You tube video tutorials, blueprints, and secret info as to the reason behind building such a GRAND project ;p

As for now, If you haven't already (Click on the image) JOIN and FOLLOW my DIORAMA WORKSHOP TWITTER page, it's the ONLY place you will see future Daily updates and Pictures on the building of this monster vehicle playset. So send me a tweet why don't ya :)

Have a GREAT Monday !!!.... Frank

Sunday - January 15 - 2012

SNEEK PEEK DIORAMA WORKSHOP DESIGN

Another week and another milestone for my NEW DioramaWorkshop.Com website. This week I finalised the look of the website with my programer Ben, who started final coding last week. I am soooo excited about this new direction. chapter if you will, that I just had to share....

Click on the picture above and you will see FULL SIZE what the new layout and design will resemble. DO NOT ADJUST YOUR EYES :P I blured the screen on purpose - Hey - I have to reveal SOMETHING on launch day LOL. I think you will be surprised at how easy it will be now for you guys to participate and help the site and ME as a fellow Star Wars Fan and Diorama Builder grow.

Exciting times lie ahead... Make sure to BOOKMARK the site when you warp over there. The posts here are soon to stop once the DioramaWorkshop goes live next month.

Have a GREAT weekend !!!.... Frank

 

Wednesday - January 11 - 2012

FIRST DIORAMA WORKSHOP VIDEO

Hey everyone, I got a surprise and pleasant flashback for those who came to visit us at Celebration VI. Gearing up for the soon launch of my NEW DioramaWorkshop.Com website I created a NEW You Tube Channel companion to the site.

As with previous NiubNiub creations, The You Tube Tutorials offer a Video Companion to the Step By Step pictures you find on the Diorama Making Of Sections. Today you can check out how the kids built Hoth's Echo Base Rebel Laser Tower. My downstairs neighbour Alastair is our GUEST artist this week :)

Make sure to check out the video, and BOOKMARK the YouTube Channel, many more are on the way leading up to our summer party. :) hee hee.

Ciao fro now.... Frank

 

Friday - January 06 - 2012

FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER

Good morning everyone, hope you had a nice post holliday week. I know many of you return to regular life scheduale starting Monday. Nice to have time off :) I vave been busy getting the final designs done for my NEW DioramaWorkshop.Com website before coding begins next week. Things are mooving fast (Add the page to your Bookmarks when you check it out)

I am happy to say that I have created a DIORAMAWORKSHOP twitter account for you to come and chat - I guess it's TWEET - hey I'm older then you guys LOL. I will try and post interesting tidbits and top secret info about what I am doing with the site launch and MAJOR summer PARTY (hee hee) So make sure to join and together you may help me understand just how that app works :P

Have a GREAT weekend. Frank

 

Sunday - January 01 - 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR

I hope you ALL - old and new visitors - had a WONDERFULL holiday season and a GREAT New Years EVE with friends and family. Can you believe we are already in 2012 !!!! The END OF THE WORLD :) I better get cracking on builing new diorama instructions before oblivion arrives LOL.

I'm taking off to see TIN TIN - Did you all see it already ? - but wanted to tell you that 2012 is gonna be a great year for you guys . Especially once my NEW DioramaWorkshop.Com website goes LIVE next month in preparation for a LITTLE PARTY I'm planing for AUGUST :)

Stay tuned, I'll try and show some SNEAKS in later this week.

Frank (NiubNiub)

 

Saturday - November 12 - 2011

NIUBNIUB ENTERS THE MODERN AGE

Hey Everyone, I hope you are enjoying your weekend :) I'm going down to continue sorting out my art supplies in my Diorama Workshop area but first... as promised, here is the announcement that I teased about earlier in the week... I am pleased to announce the EVOLUTION of NiubNiub's Universe for the NEW DECADE ... I unveil to you Frank D'Iorio's Diorama Workshop...

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You can go to the page and bookmark it for FUTURE VISITS, however, the Site is NOT YET open. Just the Teaser Page for now explaining a little of what's to come. Now let answer some of the questions you may be thinking... If I forget some, email me and I'll add the ones that would benefit the fans of NNU. OK...

 

1) Who is Frank D'iorio ?

Well that's an easy one, yes that is me, NiubNiub. I decided to drop the nick name and go with my actual name since the NEW site will not be ONLY about Star Wars (more on that later) So don't worry, if you enjoyed my work, decals and step by step instructions you will continue to find the exact same quality over at the DW.

 

2) Is this the end of NiubNiub's Universe ?

Yes and No... New fans who discovered the site after Celebration V's Diorama Workshop may not realise that NNU has been around since 2000 !!! Thats more then 10 years now. Back then, Cable Modems were RARE, Hi-RES pictures... forget about that... Facebook, Twitter, YouTube... What is that ? LOL

The site started with my Diorama Pictures, then as I grew, I added Step by Step pictures, then Decals, then Blueprints, Figure Reviews, Visitor Pictures, Toy Collections, Home Cinema reviews, a LOT to do for ONE person. Unlike other Star Wars collectible sites out there who have many staff updating daily news of whats here and there, for my site, If I didn't make a diorama, then there was no update.

Making Dioramas, Taking the picture, Cropping them for the web, placing in the Web Pages, uploading for you to read and see the latest creations, all took a LOT of time. Which was great when you are younger. I have no complaints or regrets about the time spent labouring over the computer, that is for sure. But As I approach 50 in 2014, I forget (since my brain is still in my 20's ok maybe 14 LOL) I realise that I'm not the only one getting older, My mom and family are as well which brings one back to reality quickly. As many of you may know, and have read, the site has been slowed down to almost a crawl because of the unfortunate introduction of Alzheimers into my life. First Mom in 2007 and now my Aunt since last year. Power of Attorney for 2 90+ women at the same time and same disease really sucks the energy out of you, not to mention your state of mind.

I had to cut back on hobby time and even refuse film work both at home locally and at ILM. Thanfully I had the Celebration Convention to help me take my mind off of Alzheimers even if for a little while and bring me back the fun of making new dioramas.

Because of these current circumstances, I have decided to no longer update NiubNiub's Universe. The site's 10 year history and thousands of pages WILL REMAIN ONLINE , but only as a ARCHIVE of teaching tools. No NEW dioramas or instructions will appear here. I will be posting all FURTURE creations over at the DIORAMA WORKSHOP.COM.

For those who have just discovered the site, there are MANY MANY HOURS of Awesome Projects for you to benefit from here for years to come.


3) Will you still make Star Wars Dioramas ?

Yes of course, I have sooo many that I have still yet to tackle. LOTS of FANS out there have made awesome Jabba's Palace and Cantina's that are just 2 that I NEVER built yet. Hard to believe I know ;p As I slowly start to get more time and now a REAL working space at the loft, I am excited to start building again. The hardest part will be what to build first ? I think I will bring back visitors polls for that one :)

 

 

4) Then why the change ?

If you go back to answer #2, you will find part of the answer... One of the main reasons in wanting to create a new site is that because of today's influences with ALL the Social Networks that did NOT exist back in 2000, I can have YOU the FANS help bring and maintain LIFE in the Diorama Workshop. In between my own posts, You guys will be able through Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, to UPDATE your OWN works and chat with fellow Diorama Builders. And NOT JUST STAR WARS...

For MANY MANY Years, I always got asked why don't you make a Lord of the Rings Diorama, or Alien, or Matrix or Narnia, there are so many cool genre Sci-Fi films out there that people want and are building scenes for. At the Diorama Workshop, you will be able to upload those scenes as well, and hopefully, in time, create one of the biggest instructional resource sites for making Action Figure Dioramas.

This way, if real life prevents me from updating for 1 month, your participation will give information and cool pictures to the fans on a daily basis.

 

 

5) When is the Diorama Workshop going LIVE ?

I'm working with a web designer who actually knows about programing social media input into sites and spiffing up a NEW sleaker cleaner look which we HOPE to be ready for January in the NEW YEAR.

There is a little event next year that I am slowly gearing up for, and those behind the scenes pictures I will want to share with you as I build and prep for the summer, I wll need the Diorama Workshop to be active in order to share the information with you and this will be a GREAT FIRST project to launch the new site.

 

 

So there you have it...

I will continue to post some update pictures here on the making of my Loft's basement Diorama Workshop area as well as finish Celebration V sections that have yet to be completed, this until the transition is complete come the New Year.

I am excited about the changes to come and seeing your LIVE involvement and participation in January. It's an energy I felt back in 2000 when I created NNU. The best is yet to come, I look forwards to hearing your thoughts about the news you just read. Send me an EMAIL if you want to chat about it, perhaps you will even make me think of something I forgot to include for the Diorama Workshop.

That's it for now, I'll put a few new pics next week.

Frank.

 

 

 

 

Monday - November 07 - 2011

OMG - A NEW UPDATE - LOL

So summer is gone - Sniff Sniff - I think I saw a few SNOWFLAKES yesterday afternoon - ugh 5 months of cold... NOOOOOOOO. I wish it was summer already, but then I would not be ready for all the excitement that is to come :) Some That I can talk about below and some that you will have to WAIT just a little bit longer - Ah NiubNiub's still a TEASE. Some things will NEVER change LOL.

So a few things have been hapening in the last few weeks so I thought this would be a great time to do a post. Let's start with something that has been on the back of my mind since I bought my loft in 2007... My basement storage unit is PERFECT to build myself a TRUE Diorama Workshop !!! However as you may have noticed... it's now 2011 LOL. Well this summer I finished FINALLY - after 3 L O N G, did I say Loooooonnnnnnggggggggg ;p YEARS of renovating HELL for the LIVING portion of my loft, I have now started work in the basement which has got me really excited and re-energised my ITCH to make NEW Dioramas. Sooooo......

 

 

RENOVATION STARTS - MY NEW DIORAMA WORKSHOP

Les jeux sont faits as we say here in Montreal , Let the fun begin !!! Today I present to you a CONSTRUCTION PREVIEW of what will become my NEW Diorama Workshop

You can Click on the photo above To see it in FULL HD and get to examine what figures are in those bins :)

Some of you will think I am completely INSANE, well that is partially TRUE - hee hee - But after more then 17 years in their Original Packages, I decided it was TIME. Time to OPEN UP EVERY SINGLE TOY that I have bought since 1994.

Even back at the begining when Habro relaunched the Star Wars figures in 1994, I knew I was NEVER buying with the thought of RESELLING for PROFIT in the future. I kept them in package thinking that in 2-3 years when they STOP making them - HAHAHA was I ever wrong about that ;p - I will be able to say I have the ENTIRE collection in boxes and cards. Well since then, as many of you know, there have been A LOT - did I say A LOT - of same figures on another color card. I had bought those, yes a sucker as my mom often told me, she IS OLD after all so I will forgive her for that comment ;p. But in the past 2-3 years, the unthinkable happened to me. I actually started to NOT CARE about getting EVERYTHING that came out. I actually have NOT bought a NEW Figure in more then 2 YEARS !!! The passion has kind of dissapeared, a little to do with the Clone Wars, which is a good show but the core excitement for making my dioramas has always been the Trilogy I grew up with.

Yes real life taking care and finding homes for alzheimer family members - first my mom in 2007 and currently my favorite aunt for the past 10 months, has also contributed in construction of new scenes to a snails crawl, but fear not, It was never meant to be a diorama death.

The unpakaging and the sorting of 17 years worth of figures into bins, has brought back a spark as I mention earlier. This has caused 3 things to happen, the first is the fact that I will soon have (before christmas) a NEW room to begin construction which will mean NEW scenes to build which in turn is NEW Updates. This in turn will create CAUSE #2 and Cause #3. I talked about teasing at the start of the post, well, Cause #2 I will reveal on Friday. - Hey !!!! I can't just post everything at the SAME TIME now can I ? I want something else for you to find out about without having to wait 6 months ;p And Cause #3, well that will be a little more painfull casue you will have to wait till my birthday in March to find out about that one :) But maybe, Mayyyybeeeee you will get some You Tube CLUES in January to help you discover it ahead of time.

OK, Dinner time for me, gotta run. Hope you enjoyed the peak, and Ill let you in on Friday about Effect #2

Frank

Even back at the begining when Habro relaunched the Star Wars figures in 1994, I knew I was NEVER buying with the thought of RESELLING for PROFIT in the future. I kept them in package thinking that in 2-3 years when they STOP making them - HAHAHA was I ever wrong about that ;p - I will be able to say I have the ENTIRE collection in boxes and cards. Well since then, as many of you know, there have been A LOT - did I say A LOT - of same figures on another color card. I had bought those, yes a sucker as my mom often told me, she IS OLD after all so I will forgive her for that comment ;p. But in the past 2-3 years, the unthinkable happened to me. I actually started to NOT CARE about getting EVERYTHING that came out. I actually have NOT bought a NEW Figure in more then 2 YEARS !!! The passion has kind of dissapeared, a little to do with the Clone Wars, which is a good show but the core excitement for making my dioramas has always been the Trilogy I grew up with.

Yes real life taking care and finding homes for alzheimer family members - first my mom in 2007 and currently my favorite aunt for the past 10 months, has also contributed in construction of new scenes to a snails crawl, but fear not, It was never meant to be a diorama death.

The unpakaging and the sorting of 17 years worth of figures into bins, has brought back a spark as I mention earlier. This has caused 3 things to happen, the first is the fact that I will soon have (before christmas) a NEW room to begin construction which will mean NEW scenes to build which in turn is NEW Updates. This in turn will create CAUSE #2 and Cause #3. I talked about teasing at the start of the post, well, Cause #2 I will reveal on Friday. - Hey !!!! I can't just post everything at the SAME TIME now can I ? I want something else for you to find out about without having to wait 6 months ;p And Cause #3, well that will be a little more painfull casue you will have to wait till my birthday in March to find out about that one :) But maybe, Mayyyybeeeee you will get some You Tube CLUES in January to help you discover it ahead of time.

OK, Dinner time for me, gotta run. Hope you enjoyed the peak, and Ill let you in on Friday about Effect #2

Frank.

 

 

 

 


 

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