Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Display Cabinet

Here is the Ikea display cabinet that I assembled! Yeah, it's not much of an achievement, but it's great for what it does, and at a nice price too. It's a Besta system, with glass doors and lights on the ceiling. Even though the doors have wooden rims, they take up far less visible space than what I had anticipated. Half of the rim lays outside the visible section. You can put infantry all the way up front and still clearly see the models.

Height-wise there is plenty of room for 2 glass shelves if you only put infantry there, however as you can see, it's already half empty. No need to do that yet.

I chose the warm wooden texture because it resembles the tint of sand the most. These shelves also come in glossy white and satin black, but you could always put terrain on the floor or wallpaper the sides to whatever you want. Just keep in mind that light, neutral-tinted sides will reflect light, ensuring a more diffuse light source that will reduce the contrasts and bring up more detail.

I have about as many models still on sprues, ready to be assembled. Can't wait to fill it up with models.

Oh, and the cabinet is composed of these three stacked (links below). I got additional shelves for the bottom unit, and that's where I put my extra sprues, materials etc. You can mix and match however you like, but the resulting height is just about perfect this way. The first image shows how high it is at eye level, and I'm about 188cm tall. Any higher and I wouldn't be looking at the top shelf from above.
As for lights:
And I'm pretty sure you can get cheaper lights on Amazon or wherever. I just grabbed these at Ikea as an afterthought when I came for the cabinets.

Thanks for looking!


  1. I really like your use of contrast with these models and from the pics the Scythes turned out great, green stuff be damned!

    Do you have the model numbers or remember which cabinets these are?

    1. I added the links to the blogpost. Thanks for reminding me!