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Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Ewok village BBQ
« on: December 16, 2011, 11:32 AM »
Just finished another dio!  Calling this one done, though I need more ewoks (to customize and production figures) and I think I forgot to hang some vines down from the shelf above.  I'll probably update when I do both!  First up is the background painting I made.  I took a large sheet of blue art paper and spray-painted stripes of white for mist and brown for trees, then went in with acrylics and a brush to make some details.  I tried to get the hut on the tree to be at a height with the walkway I made in the rear part of the dio.

And here it is in place with the dio and all of the figures.  Please note that many of the ewoks are at least slight customs (like hood repaintings) or whole body repaints.  I also slightly lightened the stripes on Logray.  Thanks for looking and hope you like the pics!

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Rancor Cave
« on: October 5, 2011, 09:32 PM »
A new one done!  Here are several pics from all angles.  After putting the last of the boulders/rocks in place, I hot-glued a dark brown pillowcase behind the dio to create shadow and not allow any light through.  I then poured sand across the floor, threw in a couple Hasbro bones and some older sculpy bones and skull I made, and placed the VC Jedi Luke in as a placeholder until the Deleted scene lightsaber Luke is released. 

And here's a view showing the support struts underneath, raising it off the ground somewhat so that it can be viewed more effectively:

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / ROTJ mini: weeping Rancor Keepers
« on: September 5, 2011, 12:24 AM »
I was just about to begin the Rancor cave, trying to figure out where I would showcase the rancor keepers in the diorama- then I realized I was trying to fit too much into the scene.  Further, I wanted to spotlight the 2 goons a bit more than they would have been in the background of the Rancor.  And lastly, I needed to test the "rock" technique before I made a lot more for the Cave.  So although it's a test for a bigger dio, I'm kinda happy with it!  The base is a piece of MDF board coated in plaster and sand, and the rocks are styrofoam shapes painted with plaster and spraypainted with dark brown and a light coat of tan.  I hot-glued them in various configurations to look like the natural cave of the set.  The door panel is a piece of posterboard with holes covered with 3 different colored lightsaber pieces, so that the colored light would illuminate if I placed a light behind it.  I also put a light above the doorway like in the scene.  Hope you like it- the Rancor cave is next  :grin:

And a couple reference pics:

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Jabba's Droid Dungeon
« on: August 7, 2011, 08:12 PM »
Hey my JD buds- here are several pics of the latest diorama I've finished.  Plenty of WIP pics over at RS as usual, and this is the first part of a 2-part dio to include the Rancor cave that will be placed below this.  Feel free to ask any questions about this and thanks for looking!

 Hey guys!  Just finished my latest; WIP pics over at RS if you're interested!


And here is the left side with figures added.  Note some pics have the foreground jawa after I gave him a dirty wash, and others before.  I don't LOVE that version of Luke, but I wanted to get his poncho in the scene since he put it on then.  I had carefully hot-glued Ben's (and Wioslea's) robes to drape more naturally too.

And on to the right side: I hot-glued all figures in place to prevent dominoes-falling!

And the last couple show the diorama in place on my shelf. I painted the inside of the shelf a sky baby blue, and you can see the Tatooine building stuffed there in the corner with my Mos Eisley guy custom from a couple years back.  This is a hole I've had since the beginning (this shelf built for my very early dios by a relative), so I was thrilled to finally get this one done!

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Tosche Station Diorama
« on: February 5, 2011, 06:03 PM »
Hey there, my JD friends- just finished my latest diorama and wanted to share.  This is the Anchorhead deleted scene, which I wanted to make to house the recent comic pack figures.  I have plenty of "making of" info over on RS.

And a couple of reference pics:

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Failure in the Cave
« on: October 24, 2010, 08:55 PM »
This was a fairly quick diorama to make, so instead of having a series of WIP pics from start to finish, I thought I'd just post it all when I was done!  Having done a precision foamcore dio recently, I decided to make a rougher, more organic scene next (I actually keep putting off a re-do of the Rancor pit for some reason  :p ).  This was a scene I'd wanted to make for a while because the figures had occupied an empty spot on my shelf. 

I started with a styrofoam structure to suggest the cave shape, including the hole through which Luke climbs in.  I then made the outer hallway (or whatever it is!) from a few pieces of styrofoam as well.  I began to coat the structure with instant papier mache' (which is my favorite material for terrain) as seen in these pics.

I then coated the hallway structure in plaster, lightly sanded it down, and spraypainted everything "brown boots" and grey for the hall structure.  I started to hot glue twigs and vines to the cave itself.

I glued a bunch more vines, put a light wash of black over the IPM that I had shaped to look like vines, and drybrushed a little over everything.  The inner hallway wall is foamcore coated in plaster and sanded/painted.  Here are the final pics from various angles:

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / TESB Finale Medical Bay
« on: August 11, 2010, 01:43 PM »
Hey guys!  Just finished my latest diorama.  I have WIP pics over at RS if anyone's interested.  The galaxy is a pic of the actual Andromeda galaxy, with a rebel ship photoshopped in.  Thanks for looking!


Here are a couple reference shots first; note the asian guy version of Willrow's outfit (I think they are the custodians of cloud city; you can see one when the heroes first arrive onto cloud city, who seems to be cleaning the windows or walls):

I normally like to have identical details, but I changed a few things for necessity (like the guard holding the silver piece in his other arm; I'm missing his hand so needed to do that!).  More info after the pics:

Ok, some details: first of all, every figure was hot-glued onto the floor to maintain the running posture.  I tried to balance them as much as possible so that the hot glue would hold them in place easily.  Lando is the VOTC version with the head from the Falcon co-pilot version.  Leia is the POTJ version spraypainted whiter (her outfit is MUCH brighter in the film than on the figure), and the 3PO is the only extra I had: the Ultra escape pod version.  The asian Willrow uses the POTF2 Y-Wing pilot head, and the yellow shirt guy is the Falcon Lando body with Sandstorm Han head slightly cut to alter it a little.  CC Guard #1 is the Legacy head painted caucasian, and CC guard #2 is the black Endor trooper head.  The cylindrical "lights" are soda cans dressed with foamie pieces, rubber bands, and a zip-tie all spray-painted white.  The rest of the effect is natural lighting, which is great for a Cloud City dio!

Happy 30th Anniversary to TESB!

Hey guys- this is a recent dio I completed, meant to represent 2 different scenes but in the same diorama.  The base is styrofoam covered in Instant Papier Mache', and the trees are crumpled construction paper covered in IPM.  The ground was then covered in real decorator moss that I spraypainted green.  I made a few modifications to the speederbikes, which are the POTF2 versions, and then I suspended them from below with twigs covered in moss to hide them a bit.  Hope you like!

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Dresselians at the ROTJ briefing
« on: February 20, 2010, 03:29 PM »
Ok, the cloak that came with Panno would not take spraypaint, dye, or even bleach!  I almost gave up, then tried good old acrylic paint, which took nicely!  I had to thin it a little with water every once in a while.  Orimaarko's head is the POTF2 version dremeled for the Panno neck, and all cloaks are hot glued on in a few places to look more natural.  Here are a couple pics of them in my dio:

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Cloud City Junkroom diorama
« on: December 23, 2009, 07:23 PM »
Hey guys- just finished my latest diorama, the Cloud City junkroom.  I have a ton of WIP pics over at RS's Diorama Forum; thanks for looking and hope you like them!

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Yavin Hangar diorama
« on: August 27, 2009, 01:57 AM »
Just finished my latest!  Hope you like the pics!

Star Wars Dioramas and Displays / Cloud City diorama
« on: June 27, 2009, 10:57 AM »
I realized that I never posted this here when I completed it!  I have a WIP version of the thread over at RS too.  Thanks for looking!

We discussed this a bit in the Legacy not selling well thread, but I thought it would be a good separate topic.  I say this having been one of the first people to suggest themed waves back then, and being thrilled that they happened.  But now, with all 3 PT films out and Hasbro's new fetish with EU, I find myself waiting half a year at a time for an OT themed wave.  Since filling out a themed wave inevitably adds less desirable future pegwarmers, why not return to non-themed waves that would feature more desirable characters from across all sources?  If I could get a couple OT characters every month or month and a half, I think I'd prefer it over getting an entire wave every 5 or 6 months.  Not to mention, in the same wave we could get an Ackbar and Bom Vimdin, or an Echo base trooper and a new Weequay.  And that's just OT suggestions!  You guys who buy all characters could get your scenes or themes built slowly but surely.  And no film or scene would get knocked out in just one wave (like a Dagobah-themed wave for example).

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