48 episodes

Small Subjects is a podcast devoted to discussing big topics in the worlds of scale modeling, diorama-building, and sculpting and painting miniature figures, as well as presenting interviews with some of the top artists in the field, including every era, and ranging from historical to fantasy subjects. Co-hosts Barry Biediger, who is based in Salt Lake City, and Jim DeRogatis, who lives in Chicago, are the editors of the Web site boxdioramas.com. Both have decades of experience as modelers, though they maintain that they are always curious and always learning. They are dedicated members of the Military Miniature Society of Illinois, where they considered the great Sheperd Paine a friend and mentor. Barry is also a member of his local chapter of the Armor Modeling and Preservation Society, while DeRogatis has written, co-written, or edited ten books about popular music and two about miniatures and modeling (Sheperd Paine: The Life and Work of a Master Modeler and Military Historian and Shep Paine’s Armor Modelers Guide). You can contact the hosts at smallsubjectspodcast@gmail.com. Thanks for listening!

Small Subjects Jim and Barry

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    • 4.9 • 47 Ratings

Small Subjects is a podcast devoted to discussing big topics in the worlds of scale modeling, diorama-building, and sculpting and painting miniature figures, as well as presenting interviews with some of the top artists in the field, including every era, and ranging from historical to fantasy subjects. Co-hosts Barry Biediger, who is based in Salt Lake City, and Jim DeRogatis, who lives in Chicago, are the editors of the Web site boxdioramas.com. Both have decades of experience as modelers, though they maintain that they are always curious and always learning. They are dedicated members of the Military Miniature Society of Illinois, where they considered the great Sheperd Paine a friend and mentor. Barry is also a member of his local chapter of the Armor Modeling and Preservation Society, while DeRogatis has written, co-written, or edited ten books about popular music and two about miniatures and modeling (Sheperd Paine: The Life and Work of a Master Modeler and Military Historian and Shep Paine’s Armor Modelers Guide). You can contact the hosts at smallsubjectspodcast@gmail.com. Thanks for listening!

    Episode 48: Natalia Oracz

    Episode 48: Natalia Oracz

    Jim and Barry chat with another of their favorite painters from the fantasy realm, and one who’s been on their wish list of guests for quite some time: Natalia Oracz.They also talk about the inaugural Rocky Mountain Hobby Expo in Salt Lake City, an open show which was held on June 22.For photos of what we discuss in each episode, visit the Small Subjects blog on boxdioramas.com: http://www.boxdioramas.com/smallsubjectsJoin one of our group builds:Historex:https://www.facebook.com/groups/small...

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 47: Joan Biediger Talks About "Algorithm As Art"

    Episode 47: Joan Biediger Talks About "Algorithm As Art"

    Jim and Barry talk with Joan about her extraordinary box diorama “Algorithm As Art,” a gold-medal winner at MFCA 2024. Jim calls it one of the most important boxes in the history of the form—for its imagination, its execution, the ideas it raises, and the discussions it prompts. (Be sure to read his piece about it here.)For photos of what we discuss in each episode, visit the Small Subjects blog on boxdioramas.com: http://www.boxdioramas.com/smallsubjectsJoin one of our group builds:Historex:...

    • 57 min
    Episode 46: Verko's Vault

    Episode 46: Verko's Vault

    Your hosts have been hustling to get the scoop on Verko’s Vault for some time. In this episode, they finally got the full run-down on the exciting plans for what will be one of the largest museums of miniatures yet opened to the public.We also have another of Jim’s ongoing Questions for Barry, this one involving how to effectively fade colors with an airbrush.For photos of what we discuss in each episode, visit the Small Subjects blog on boxdioramas.com: http://www.boxdioramas.com/smallsubjec...

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 45: Erik Swinson

    Episode 45: Erik Swinson

    In this episode, your hosts talk with Virginia Beach-based professional miniatures painter Erik Swinson, one of the most stunning talents on the scene today.Erik streams on Twitch most Wednesday evenings: https://www.twitch.tv/erik_swinsonIf you can't make those live streams, you can watch them later on his Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@erik_swinsonFollow Erik on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erik_swinson/and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/erikswinsonWe also talk to Den...

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Episode 44: Abstraction in Miniatures and Digital vs Traditional Scratchbuilding

    Episode 44: Abstraction in Miniatures and Digital vs Traditional Scratchbuilding

    On this episode, your hosts tackle two big ideas they’ve been thinking and talking about a lot lately. First up: The notion of throwing away all the “rules” and thinking more abstractly. They also talk about digital modeling and 3D printing in terms of it's advantages and disadvantages versus traditional scratch building. For photos of what we discuss in each episode, visit the Small Subjects blog on boxdioramas.com: http://www.boxdioramas.com/smallsubjectsJoin one of our group builds:Hi...

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Episode 43: Jon Harbuck

    Episode 43: Jon Harbuck

    We chat with Alabama-based modeler Jon Harbuck, an attorney, a true Southern gentleman, and a favorite for the powerful storytelling in his work.We also talk about Barry and Joan's recent trip to Las Vegas for a painting workshop taught by Matteo di Diomede held at Verko's Vault, the exciting new miniatures museum.For photos of what we discuss in each episode, visit the Small Subjects blog on boxdioramas.com: http://www.boxdioramas.com/smallsubjectsJoin one of our group builds:Historex:https:...

    • 1 hr 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Lee Fogel ,

Great chit-chat and good laughs

A cozy and comfy ‘cast with good guests and both hosts are on-point with intelligent commentary and smart questions for guests. Save this one to your playlist, you won’t regret it!

combat_artist ,

Terrific subject - very well thought out

A real joy to listen too, excellent topics, EXTREMELY useful and relevant. Thanks for doing this.

Emdee406 ,

Excellent podcast.

Really helpful to learn more about an aspect of modeling that is not my forte.
Looking forward to the next episode.

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