Yevg wrote:well Greg.
from my experience I never used any books or magazines, even though I knew that they have a lot of great examples, tips and :HOW TO DO FAQ"
Most of dioramas I made were taken from pics I saw in google search, also I was remodifying them. I am not saying that I broke copyrighted diorama laws
That's just me, maybe in your opinion, you would say it better to buy a book to learn techniques from it. I would not spend money to buy a book, the extra model kit would be better for me
You might consider this alternative:
There are a wide range of modelling magazines available, e.g. Military Modelling, Military in Scale, Military Modelcraft, Fine Scale Modeler (the last one covers all aspects of scale modelling, not just military subjects).
They are published once a month and sell for roughly £3 Sterling a copy (in UK - prices will vary around the globe). There is usually at least one modelling technique explained in each issue (the recent FSM has tips on weathering an Iraqi conflict M1A1, masking camouflage schemes with Silly Putty and replicating paint chips and scratches using salt!). Even if the subject model is not your personal preference, the techniques can be adapted to suit.
You can either take out a subscription or do what I do, which is to go to WH Smith (or equivalent) once a month, and browse through them on the stands (Note. Some newsagents get a bit shirty if you do this but Smith's seem to tolerate it). The advantage of doing this is, if there is nothing in the mag that fires your enthusiasm, then you aren't obliged to buy it.