I started reading through all the posts, and have mor to catch up on but I like the direction this is going. For older members, I didn't mean it in terms of how long anyone's been a forum member, but rather how much real world experience and responsibility one has had. For example, someone that's been on their own for 10 years and has a career probably has more experiene than someone in high school. It's not a knock on anyone, it just makes more sense.
On the sand thing... if you guys are against it, that's fine. My theory is that it will be a lot easier to have a uniform terrain that way, and more feasible in terms of budget. If we were to do that, someone local could pick up 3-4 bags of the stuff, and spread it out evenly over the main baseboard of the diorama. If the diorama somehow has a built up frame or lip around the sides, the sand won't spill and won't be a mess at all. At least not in my experience, I've done this with several dioramas and have never had an issue with it.
I just think if we piece together a terrain, there were will open seams in it, and it will looks like a jigsaw puzzle, and honestly pretty fake. Some sort of sand would cover it up and have a uniform texture, then we could add additional scenery to it.
Click below for some great reference pics of what was made at C2 -http://www.niubniubsuniverse.com/C2W/journal/04Diorama/00diorama01.asp
I guess they didn't use sand like I thought. But they do have a uniform ground design which is what makes this look so good.
But looking at this pic, it looks like some sort of sand was added?
The more I look at these, for some reason, the more a fan-fic world seems like the way to go. I would be tempted to make some sort of style like Mos Eisley, but with a more of a gray color tone to it.
For complete coverage of how they did this, I think this link could be a very useful tool -http://www.niubniubsuniverse.com/C2W/journal/JournalMENU.asp
It might also be worthwhile to talk to Frank (Niub Niub) about it.
I'll try doing a rough sketch of what is in my head this week, but feel free to tear it apart!!
I wonder how much of this might need to actually be created on location??