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Title: Historical Diorama Contest Entries - Come see the Hall of Fame!
Post by: old man ben on November 02, 2009, 04:04:29 PM
Merged a good number of threads into this one place so folks can see all the pictures at once. I've made it sticky so they don't fade off into the back pages over time - anyone who puts together a diorama deserves some space on the front page! - jj


Here is a picture of my official entry - "The Ewok Village Adventure"

It's divided up into four sections:
  **Bottom left is the "Endor Speeder Bike chase"
  **Bottom right is the "Capture of the Rebel Raiding Party"
  **Top left is "Han is hung up to dry!"
  **Top right is the "Endor Final Celebration"

(You may have to click on the picture to enlarge it.)
Title: Re: My Official Diorama Contest Entry.
Post by: old man ben on November 02, 2009, 04:06:38 PM
Here is a detail photo of the top left portion of the diorama, where Han is being roasted on the spit by the Ewoks.
(Click on the picture to make it bigger and easier to see)
Title: Re: My Official Diorama Contest Entry.
Post by: old man ben on November 02, 2009, 04:09:06 PM
Here is a second picture showing the detail in the bottom right section, the capture of the Rebel raiding party.
Title: Re: My Official Diorama Contest Entry.
Post by: Canadian Jedi on November 02, 2009, 05:31:00 PM
Great job Ross.  You got my vote.
Title: Re: My Official Diorama Contest Entry.
Post by: clonecommander972 on November 02, 2009, 09:50:16 PM
not bad, not bad at all :)
Title: Re: My Official Diorama Contest Entry.
Post by: ambasah on November 03, 2009, 12:13:46 AM
what a great start to the contest!
Title: Re: My Official Diorama Contest Entry.
Post by: Mit_Othy on November 04, 2009, 10:55:48 AM
Pretty sweet dio old man ben. I really wish I had an Ewok army. Are those geen branches from the Robin Hood Sherwood Forrest playset?
Title: Re: My Official Diorama Contest Entry.
Post by: old man ben on November 04, 2009, 07:07:29 PM
Yes, you are right!  One playset is the Ewok Village, the other one, with the green leaves, is the Robin Hood version of the same set.  I actually have a complete set of the Robin Hood figures to go with the treehouse, but I use it as an additional Ewoks display unit right now.  There were also Robin Hood versions of the Bola Basher and the Net Launcher.
Same toys, different boxes.
Title: Historical Diorama Contest Entries - Come see the Hall of Fame!
Post by: clonecommander972 on November 06, 2009, 10:08:30 PM
well, finally finished my entry for the dio contest! (would've submitted the hanger i built for my gunship/AT-TE/etc if my cat hadn't ruined it ><)
the layout is partially inspired by city 17 from the half-life2 game series. with the exception of the tables and the tank (they're only repainted) everything is built from scratch~
(http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii238/kamenkewl_2/102_6351.jpg)(http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii238/kamenkewl_2/102_6352.jpg)(http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii238/kamenkewl_2/102_6353.jpg)
more detailed photos are available. if anyone is curious to see them, PM me :)
Title: Re: diorama contest entry
Post by: ambasah on November 07, 2009, 01:43:26 AM
looks awesome man! I don't envy the judges.
Title: Re: My Official Diorama Contest Entry.
Post by: ambasah on November 07, 2009, 01:44:28 AM
test...just trying to provide larger pics for ben.

(http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r68/ambasah/Dioramapictures060.jpg)
(http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r68/ambasah/Dioramapictures061.jpg)

(http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r68/ambasah/Dioramapictures094.jpg)
Title: Re: diorama contest entry
Post by: Mit_Othy on November 07, 2009, 10:52:02 AM
Great job. I love the Indy crates in the back of the truck.
Title: Re: diorama contest entry
Post by: clonecommander972 on November 08, 2009, 12:57:33 PM
thanks guys  :)
hehe, had to do something with all the crates ;)
Title: Historical Diorama Contest Entries - Come see the Hall of Fame!
Post by: Swamp Trooper on November 22, 2009, 04:32:58 PM
Here it is:

(http://filesmelt.com/downloader/IMG_5171.JPG) (http://filesmelt.com/)

(http://filesmelt.com/downloader/IMG_5172.JPG) (http://filesmelt.com/)

(http://filesmelt.com/downloader/IMG_5179.JPG) (http://filesmelt.com/)

Title: Re: Swamp Trooper's contest entry!
Post by: Obi-Roy Kenobi on November 22, 2009, 06:23:35 PM
The empire helmet drums are a nice touch!

Good work   :)`
Title: Re: Swamp Trooper's contest entry!
Post by: clonecommander972 on November 22, 2009, 08:13:28 PM
not bad, not bad at all  :happy0025:
Title: Re: Swamp Trooper's contest entry!
Post by: Mit_Othy on November 23, 2009, 04:57:50 PM
Good job Swamp Trooper. There is just something about an Endor diorama that is just pure awesomeness.
Title: Re: Swamp Trooper's contest entry!
Post by: ambasah on November 24, 2009, 09:58:21 AM
looks great!! Man, these judges are going to be in for a tough time.
Title: Re: Swamp Trooper's contest entry!
Post by: brianakarobin on November 24, 2009, 04:01:04 PM
Gotta love Endor!
Title: Historical Diorama Contest Entries - Come see the Hall of Fame!
Post by: pax sith on November 25, 2009, 09:43:57 AM
Hey,
So It's finally done
A little back story..A couple years back I had bought my nephew a bunch of EpIII clones, battle droids and a gunship. He had since added to his collection. All figures are now on permanent loan.
In the end I put so much work into it that I wanted the display to be permanent. After much brainstorming on possible scenes/backgrounds I decided to make the shelves themselves the actual battle ground. So I present the Battle for the Shelves.
Things to look for:
-Grievous has cut a clone in two as he makes his escape.
-The bazooka clone, with one shot, has obliterated a super battle droid and cut a red droid in two. The pieces of the super battle droid are actually suspended  3-4 inches off/in front of the shelf.
-The Republic has taken the Top Shelf (banner inspired by ancient Rome and the Iwo Jima photo.) They are sending reinforcements down.
-The clone to the right of Kenobi just barely makes the leap to the shelf.
Kenobi deflecting shot that would have killed clone behind him.
-Battle droid's flying head.
-Numerous customs.
Sorry for rambling but these were the little details I was most pleased with.
Title: Re: Diorama contest entry
Post by: Swamp Trooper on November 25, 2009, 09:56:13 AM
Wow, that's pretty intense, I love the detail you put in, good work!  :party0007:
Title: Re: Diorama contest entry
Post by: ambasah on November 25, 2009, 11:30:34 AM
your creativity is awesome!! good job!
Title: Re: Diorama contest entry
Post by: brianakarobin on November 25, 2009, 12:39:56 PM
Cool stuff.  You can do lots of fun things with lots of clones!
Title: Re: Diorama contest entry
Post by: Mit_Othy on November 26, 2009, 12:19:23 PM
Pretty sweet set up. Clones are flying everywhere.
Title: Re: Diorama contest entry
Post by: clonecommander972 on November 26, 2009, 05:17:19 PM
wow, thats pretty wicked man! :rockon:
Title: Historical Diorama Contest Entries - Come see the Hall of Fame!
Post by: Obi-Roy Kenobi on November 27, 2009, 11:12:27 PM
Hi all, well here is my entry into the contest. I call this piece " I Love You.......I Know" It is a reproduction of my favourite scene from my favourite movie. This scene is perfect for me. It shows how evil Darth Vader is, how bada$$ Boba Fett is and how darn cool Han Solo is. One of the biggest challenges I had with it was getting the lighting just right. You can believe me when I say it took LOTS of tweaking to get it just right. Add a little steam from my sons "Thomas The Tank Engine" humidifier and Viola! instant diorama!

(http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq70/Roy_Doucette/Diorama%20Contest/Diorama%20finalists/_MG_3424.jpg)


(http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq70/Roy_Doucette/Diorama%20Contest/Diorama%20finalists/_MG_3445.jpg)


(http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq70/Roy_Doucette/Diorama%20Contest/Diorama%20finalists/_MG_3498.jpg)

I personally really like the way the last one turned out because it shows the work I put into the ceiling detail. I am very happy with the way it all turned out. Comments are welcome!  
Title: Re: Obi-Roy Kenobi's Diorama Entry
Post by: Darth McAdam on November 28, 2009, 12:22:42 AM
Didn't you just win Hasbro's Star Wars Diorama contest?  ;)

Seriously though, that is one awesome diorama and I'd love to know how you put it together....

It's one of my favourite scenes (the music still sends shivers down my spine) and definitely my favourite movie.
Title: Re: Obi-Roy Kenobi's Diorama Entry
Post by: HomieBear on November 28, 2009, 12:36:52 AM
Holy smokes! Nice work.
Title: Re: Obi-Roy Kenobi's Diorama Entry
Post by: Grand_Moff_Rob on November 28, 2009, 07:17:33 AM
Dude, you rocked this!! VERY well done, knocked 'er out of the park  :)`
Title: Diorama Contest Entry: "OH NO.....THE RANCOR!!!"
Post by: Grand_Moff_Rob on November 28, 2009, 07:49:47 AM
Up for consideration is my ROTJ piece from Jabba's palace. Pretty basic construction: chiefly used styrene foam insulation as the medium, tile grout, some plastic/some homemade skulls/bones, cardboard, paint and lots of carving! The Rancor/Gamorean Guard 'victim' is the ERTL vinyl model kit I constructed/painted several years ago (I always imagined doing a Dio with this Rancor). Luke's from Saga '04. Thanks for lookin'!!  :happy0025:

Pic 1: Overall Diorama

(http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m181/grandmoffrob/Picture011.jpg)

Pic 2: Luke's perspective

(http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m181/grandmoffrob/Picture126.jpg)

Pic 3: Scale perspective

(http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m181/grandmoffrob/Picture052.jpg)

Title: Re: Diorama Contest Entry: "OH NO.....THE RANCOR!!!"
Post by: Obi-Roy Kenobi on November 28, 2009, 08:33:48 AM
Awesome work Rob!

Love the detail on the floor and the walls. That is one great looking Rancor!

Excellent  :)`
Title: Re: Diorama Contest Entry: "OH NO.....THE RANCOR!!!"
Post by: HomieBear on November 28, 2009, 09:46:07 AM
Wow, that is amazing!
Title: Re: Obi-Roy Kenobi's Diorama Entry
Post by: Mit_Othy on November 28, 2009, 09:50:55 AM
Wow, that is quite amazing.
Title: Re: Diorama Contest Entry: "OH NO.....THE RANCOR!!!"
Post by: Mit_Othy on November 28, 2009, 09:54:01 AM
Man, that's cool. The detail you put into this is incredible.
Title: Mit Othy's Diorama Entry
Post by: Mit_Othy on November 28, 2009, 10:40:39 AM
So here is my Diorama contest entry. I'm calling it 'Deployment'. Ki-Adi-Mundi leading his troops into battle on some small planet. I found working on this to be a lot of fun. I haven't worked with paper mache, since... o man, grade 4 probably. It's been a while. I really wanted to put a waterfall into my diorama, so I  kinda worked around that. And in the end I'm happy with how it turned out. I have never tried anything like this before, but I had loads of fun and a lot of late nights. I wanted to take pictures with natural light, but when I got up this morning, my son kinda had his own little battle... So I scrapped that idea. Shouldn't have left it on the floor. O well.
Title: Re: Mit Othy's Diorama Entry
Post by: Grand_Moff_Rob on November 28, 2009, 10:47:18 AM
VERY good job!! Paper mache, eh? Killer stone effects and sweet water fall!  :rockon:
Title: Re: Mit Othy's Diorama Entry
Post by: Obi-Roy Kenobi on November 28, 2009, 10:48:32 AM
Wow! The waterfall looks great!

Good work  :)`
Title: Re: Mit Othy's Diorama Entry
Post by: Swamp Trooper on November 28, 2009, 11:44:21 AM
Very nice, and you managed to fit the AT-TE in! Good job  :D
Title: Re: Mit Othy's Diorama Entry
Post by: HomieBear on November 28, 2009, 11:48:42 AM
Sweet- I love the waterfall and creek.
Title: Re: Mit Othy's Diorama Entry
Post by: clonecommander972 on November 28, 2009, 12:34:01 PM
most impressive  :fett:
if you don't mind my asking, how'd you make the waterfall/river effect? i've been trying to do one in a diorama forever, and it always turns out horrible looking :shakehead:
Title: Re: Obi-Roy Kenobi's Diorama Entry
Post by: clonecommander972 on November 28, 2009, 12:37:56 PM
 :o
*drools*
Title: Re: Mit Othy's Diorama Entry
Post by: Mit_Othy on November 28, 2009, 06:55:26 PM
Thanks for the input guys.

Hey Clonecommander972, I used super clear chaulking (Lexel brand, found at Rona) For the waterfall, I put beads of chaulking on a non-stick cookie pan and then pealed it off and placed it onto the mountain. It worked out better and easier than I had thought. Hope that helps.
Title: Homie Bear's Diorama
Post by: HomieBear on November 28, 2009, 11:49:18 PM
The Spice Mines of Kessel

I figured since I am a miner I would do a mining diorama for my entry. I know I've always been intrigued by C-3PO's comment about getting sent to the spice mines of Kessel.  Turns out it's a small but rich mine on the Outer Rim. When the Clone Wars broke out, a group of Mandalorian mercenaries and slavers took advantage of the chaos to set up an illegal operation mining spice using wookie slaves and stolen droids. These Mandalorians are bad dudes- they ambush clones and steal their armour and wear them as their own, painting them to suit their own purposes. The ringleader is the legendary female Mandalorian named- well, her name is only spoken in whispers and I am certainly not man enough to utter it.

Here is their operation:

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2492/4141495239_37350174a0_b.jpg)

But Palpatine got wind of their activity, and sent Anakin and his squad of clones as well as Palpatine's own elite corps of Shocktroopers to quietly infiltrate and take over. Anakin was only too happy to free some slaves, but thought it strange that Palpatine wanted the mine and armaments kept intact . . .

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2514/4141997333_f570bb30b7.jpg)

Anyways chaos ensued, but the republic was victorious in the end. Years later under the Empire the slaves and droids who had been there the longest spoke nostalgically of the former days under the Mandalorians . . .

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2804/4142166005_10b4710536.jpg)

Anyways, that was fun!  Thanks for allowing us the opportunity, it has been great seeing all the other amazing entries too. For you non-judges, I made a Flickr photoset with interactive notes and a lot more detail than I could show in these three photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/homiebear/sets/72157622895533640/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/homiebear/sets/72157622895533640/)

Cheers!
Title: Re: Homie Bear's Diorama
Post by: Swamp Trooper on November 29, 2009, 12:45:10 AM
Cool diorama, and good use of the Mandalorian set  :)`
Title: Re: Homie Bear's Diorama
Post by: HomieBear on November 29, 2009, 01:50:38 AM
That Mandalorian set is courtesy of JediBurrick!
Title: Re: Homie Bear's Diorama
Post by: Obi-Roy Kenobi on November 29, 2009, 08:33:39 AM
Cool diorama HomieBear!

That story sounds kinda neat. Is it actually an EU story or did you create it just for the diorama? (Sorry, if it is a silly question but I don't read any EU!)

Good work! :)`
Title: Re: Obi-Roy Kenobi's Diorama Entry
Post by: Obi-Roy Kenobi on November 29, 2009, 08:56:36 AM
Thanks for all the great comments guys! It really was a lot of fun to build. Another issue I had was deciding what 3 pics to use. There are lots of details (like all the wiring and 2 command consoles) on the floor that you really can't see in my chosen photos. Win or lose, after the contest maybe I will post more pics so you all can see!

DarthMcAdam: PM me and I will be happy to get you a parts list! Believe it or not, most of the parts I got from my local Walmart and Dollarama!  :)`
Title: Re: Homie Bear's Diorama
Post by: HomieBear on November 29, 2009, 10:10:35 AM
Thanks!
I just made up the story- which is why I can't say the female Mando's name- I don't know it!
Title: Re: Homie Bear's Diorama
Post by: Mit_Othy on November 29, 2009, 10:12:22 AM
Thats an awesome diorama Homie Bear. I really like the back story too. When I read it at first I thought it was an actual story. very cool.
Title: Re: Homie Bear's Diorama
Post by: Grand_Moff_Rob on November 29, 2009, 11:19:00 AM
Great use of props and the development of a story was a nice touch!!  :)`
Title: stormtrippers diorama
Post by: stormtripper on November 29, 2009, 11:25:05 PM
I like Imperials and wanted to make a diorama to showcase them, I will be adding to this but I thought that it was nearly complete.
I built it using wood, toggle bolts with joiner nuts, foamcore and backgrounds downloaded from the net, stick glue and krylon paint. I want to make a couple bases for my kids and this was a nice start to one.

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g26/sushi_sasquatch/DSCN1026.jpg)

(http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g26/sushi_sasquatch/DSCN1027.jpg)
Title: Sinkie's Official Diorama Contest Entry
Post by: sinkie on November 30, 2009, 12:16:00 AM
This diorama is something I've wanted to make for a long time. And thanks to this contest I've finally been pushed into getting it done and had a lot of fun doing it!!! I did have a lot of trouble photographing it though. I couldn't get an angle on it that I liked and that 3 photo limit! Wow! Hard to choose! Now for the blah blah blah preamble because what I tried to do is a little "involved"  :o.

This diorama was basically a partial antidote to the disappointment I felt over the prequels, though it does take inspiration from some of its details, as well as EU sources, and my own childhood (and up until today) musings over what might have happened in the past before the events of the Original Trilogy.

Here is my “diorama scroll” and after the photos I have included a rough and dirty outline of some of what I came up with to support the story I was attempting to set up with this diorama and the alternate prequels I imagined for it. Quickly though, the titles I came up with for Episode I, II and III are as follows, because it might help see what I was trying to do here!
Episode I: Rise of an Empire
Episode II: The Clone Wars
Episode III: Fall of the Republic


DIORAMA:
“ASSAULT ON SECRET CLONING FACILITY IN SITH RUINS OF KORRIBAN!”

from Episode I: Rise of an Empire
(describing the scenes unfolding near climax of an alternate prequel film)

Having trained his new found friend Anakin Skywalker in the basic use of lightsaber combat and the Force, Jedi General Obi Wan Kenobi leads a strike force of Republic soldiers to the planet Korriban in order to stop the self-proclaimed Emperor Palpatine from carrying out a secret plan to create a clone army of Dark Jedi.

The pair, along with the brave and strategically-minded Senator's daughter, who uncovered the fiendish Emperor's plot that lead them here, prepare to storm the ancient Sith temple and destroy the technological means the Emperor has discovered there!

Their only obstacle: the Sith Legions, strong in the Dark Side of the Force, led by the feared and despised Lord Darth Vader, cloaked, as are his men, in the traditional and fearsome battle armor of their sect! As the battle rages, Anakin and Kenobi manage to sneak into the temple only to find themselves face to face with Darth Vader himself and an honor guard of his best warriors protecting the Emperor who is only moments away from completely his plans!


DETAILS OF THE DIORAMA:

Assumptions I made for the story: Anakin was older when found by Kenobi. The Emperor had already declared himself openly as such. Darth Vader was a Sith Lord before Anakin came on the scene (Anakin will eventually assume his mantle and armor). The Clones are created by the Emperor to battle the Republic and now he wishes to create Force-using clones.

Construction: Paper mache for the canyon/Sith statues etc, foam board, foam "insulation" for the temple walls, covered with drywall compound. Paint of course! Beater vintage Death Star Space Station playset.

Figures: I used McQuarrie Starkiller (female) for Anakin's love interest and Anakin himself is portrayed as the McQuarrie Luke Skywalker, battling the “first” Darth Vader on top of the Sith temple in the interior shot. I thought it would be fun too if a younger Bail Organa was there as a commander leading Republic forces, so he's on the ridge with the female Starkiller and the two droids.

I thought it would be cool too if Rebel Honor Guards from ANH were actually wearing the uniforms of a branch of Republic military so I used them as the “grunts” the Jedi accompany on the temple assault. Ki Adi Mundi (concept version) also makes it into this alternate prequel (he has taken out one of the Sith Lords already!), as does the Dark Woman. And there are a pair of droids, a CZ droid and an R-unit too, helping out our heroes.

Vader's Sith legions are made up of McQuarrie Vaders with alternating helmets, what I imagined would be Sith battle armour and saw no reason why it wouldn't have been worn by all Sith, making it significant why Anakin would end up wearing it when he becomes Vader (and the name Vader is a passing of the mantle...). They employ IG battle droids to help them with their dirty work. I wanted to include even more McQuarrie Vaders but space constraints wouldn't permit!

Inside the temple, I used a beater vintage Death Star Space Station for the “guts” of it, and included “Brainiac” (aka Pons Limbic) Sith scientists helping the Emperor wield Sith magics to create super powerful clones saturated with the dark side of the Force!

Though harder to see in any of these photos, I found that Kenobi looked supercool using Rahm Kota's body and the ROTS Kenobi head. Looks even more warrior like than the Legacy non-animated CW Kenobi general did to me! He's battling an Emperor's guard (a Force Unleashed black TAC one) off to the left inside the temple.

I'll include, as a separate post, the rough and dirty outline of the gist of my idea for this alternate prequel in case anyone is interested. Thanks for reading and looking!


Title: Re: Sinkie's Official Diorama Contest Entry
Post by: sinkie on November 30, 2009, 12:21:26 AM
Gosh! I think I didn't upload those photos in the best way possible! Sorry! Hope they can be viewed at a larger size than they show up as in the post!


Anyway, for anyone wanting to know what I came up with for a skeleton story for an alternate prequels and to make this all as clear as mud, here's a long winded attempt at a summary of my alternate prequel story. Most of it comes from EU and playground theories when we were kids, refined by my adult sensibilities and details that the actual PT gave me:


Ep I -  Rise of an Empire

The Republic is threatened by systems pledging loyalty to the self-proclaimed Emperor Palpatine who has begun gathering armies around him in order to challenge the long held democratic rule of the Republic. The scattered Jedi find themselves called to unite and help lead Republic forces against the growing onslaught and treachery of the malicious Imperialists in the middle and outer rim territories. General Obi Wan Kenobi has been charged with coming to the aid of a system whose currently elected government claim to have obtained secret plans  and proof that the burgeoning Empire is attempting to create an unstoppable army.! Kenobi comes under attack on his way to their planet and can't get there the way he'd planned. He improvises and meets Anakin Skywalker, a navigator on a freighter that has heard his distress signal. He senses Anakin is very strong in the Force and convinces him, though Anakin is reluctant at first, to go together tto rescue the daughter of said politician who has the secret plans. Once she is rescued they discover the Emperor is on the ancient Sith world of Korriban trying to create unstoppable armies of Sith warrior clones! On Korriban they face off against Darth Vader, a Sith Lord and his henchmen, his Sith legions in full Sith battle armour! They are aided by the rescued daughter, other Jedi and Republic forces. They engage the Sith Lords and the IG battle droids while Anakin and Kenobi enter the modified Sith temple and stop the Emperor. Anakin faces off against “Darth Vader” but he escapes narrowly, impressed with Anakin's new found abilities. They thwart this attempt and destroy the means for it to be undertaken again but the Emperor has other methods at his disposal.

Ep II The Clone Wars

Having put a dent in the Empires dreams of having an army of almost unstoppable dark Jedi to compliment the armadas and legions of Sith Lords, Mandalorian warriors, IG series war droids etc, and now cloned armies of hardy warrior species, the Jedi and Republic attempt to wage a winning war against the growing might of the Empire.  The Emperor and his inner circle have managed to keep their forces growing at a rate that rivals the ability of the Republic and the Jedi to counter it. Now partially trained in the Force and lightsaber technics, Anakin Skywalker is a general and Jedi Knight himself, and leads various battilions through battles on many worlds, mostly on the harder to reach, impoverished and sometimes regrettably neglected (because less strategically important rim worlds). He is growing frustrated with the Republic's inability to effectively wage this war and win, and grows cynical over the "quality" of life and people's he risks everything and many people to save. He starts to yearn for more stability, more say, more power and he is tempted to seek out alternatives that are dangled in front of him by the a shadowy figure and Anakin starts to use methods that are very questionable to subdue populations and win battles. Anakin begins to act out of fear and anger and jealousy. He has one particular mission that "does him in", a massive failure in which he blames everyone and everything around him. He becomes feared by his troops etc. Respected out of fear. A battle for Coruscant ensues and many Jedi and armies are called in to defend. Anakin's tactics get brought out into the open here as he viciously battles and executes prisoners to make others talk. Kenobi arrives to try to get the situation under control and Anakin takes it as an attempt to undermine him, he turns on Kenobi and his wife, the rescued daughter from Episode I, for siding with him and disappears, ends up on back on Korriban at the end of the mission, chases a ship that fires on him or that he spots leaving the battle and follows it. Once there he meets the Emperor who tempts him to give in to the power of the dark side and bring an end to the war and rule the galaxy at his side!

Ep III Fall of the Republic

A few years have passed since Anakin disappeared. There are rumors that he is operating independently and possibly for the interests of the Empire, surgical strikes, vicious, ruthless, leaving the people shaken and defeated. Quite suddenly, Anakin returns. When Kenobi discovers Anakin's dabbling in the dark side he and Anakin's wife, try to intervene, but it is already mostly too late and Anakin resents their interference, sees them as colluding against him. Anakin has also developed a personal grudge against the Emperor's lead henchman Darth Vader, a former Jedi who left the order when he and Kenobi had a falling out, a mysterious warrior who wears the traditional Sith battle armor. He and his Sith warriors do battle with Anakin etc but in vanquishing Vader, Anakin has turned fully to the dark side, forcing Kenobi to try to stop him from taking Vader's place. But much of this is left to the end of the third movie. The turning on Vader is a shock to Vader, he did not see it coming. Transformation of  Anakin into Vader into the same person isn't shown onscreen.  In separate, but sequential duels (Anakin versus Vader then Kenobi versus Anakin) hey both share the same fate, falling into a volcano, and it is only later, in a cave, we see A battle damaged "Vader" in a suit of armor crawling away, a body lies behind him, burned. Though the audience won't know it, Anakin has survived and pulled the battle armor off the dead Vader in order to sustain his life and crawl away. The idea that the Emperor convinces Anakin/Vader that any offspring would be a threat could have only come up post ANH when they discovered to their shock and dismay that somehow his wife had had a son (at least). But shortly after he becomes Vader,  he tries to take out Kenobi and  his wife from afar. Anakin was unaware he had children between Episodes 2 and 3, because they are in hiding, Kenobi feared something terrible was happening to Anakin and that the children could become something he might fear or seek to possess if he learned of them. And so he takes Luke but before he can find a suitable place for Leia the planet comes under attack by Vader. He carpet bombs knowing full well his wife and Kenobi are down there. He injures her and with her dying words she begs Kenobi to escape with Leia and hide her somewhere. Believing them both dead Vader turns to root out and destroy the remaining Jedi and forces loyal to the now failed Republic.
Title: Re: stormtrippers diorama
Post by: sinkie on November 30, 2009, 12:24:09 AM
Cool! Nice use of the Endor bunker! :) Lucky kids! Nice work!
Title: Re: Sinkie's Official Diorama Contest Entry
Post by: HomieBear on November 30, 2009, 12:28:19 AM
Cool altrernate storyline!
Title: Re: stormtrippers diorama
Post by: Obi-Roy Kenobi on November 30, 2009, 05:43:55 AM
WOW! That thing looks HUGE!

Where did you download the backgrounds from?

Good work!
Title: Re: Sinkie's Official Diorama Contest Entry
Post by: Obi-Roy Kenobi on November 30, 2009, 05:47:27 AM
Nice work!

Is that a vintage Death Star playset in the last photo?
Title: Re: Sinkie's Official Diorama Contest Entry
Post by: sinkie on November 30, 2009, 08:32:51 AM
Yeah, I'm sad by how the photos turned out because its hard to see how it all fit together. Basically, I created two triangular sections to surround it as the Sith temple and put it in the centre. So what you see at the front view, the centre tower is the vintage station. And behind the walls you get a "cross section" of the temple interior (retrofitted for the Emperor's evil purposes wahhahahaha!) that is the Death Star Space Station. I took off the gun/chair because it didn't really work for the set up. I extended the bridge and put Palps on it shooting his Sith energy at the two suspended clones. Below that, at the computer consoles I put the "Brainiac" Sith Scientists. I also put in some interior lighting using white LED battery powered xmas lights but they don't show up well in the photo either. And at the top, on the "scaffolding" of the playset I have Anakin and the "original" Vader dueling it out!

After the contest, like many have said, I plan to take better (ie close ups etc) and more pictures to try to do it justice because I am pretty happy with how it turned out and its my first true diorama! But don't worry, the vintage playset was a beater, missing a lot of pieces and cracked here an there ;)
Title: Re: Sinkie's Official Diorama Contest Entry
Post by: Mit_Othy on November 30, 2009, 09:16:20 AM
Thats a cool diorama Sinkie. I really like the Brainiacs in the basement. And all this back story is such a great idea too.
Title: Re: stormtrippers diorama
Post by: Mit_Othy on November 30, 2009, 09:30:23 AM
Thats quite the base stormtripper. Good job. I love the idea of battles on different levels.
Title: Re: stormtrippers diorama
Post by: Grand_Moff_Rob on November 30, 2009, 10:57:44 AM
I too am a Huge Imperial fan, well done  :)`
Title: Re: Sinkie's Official Diorama Contest Entry
Post by: Grand_Moff_Rob on November 30, 2009, 10:59:01 AM
Excellent storyline and dio! Thanks for that... :)`
Title: Re: Sinkie's Official Diorama Contest Entry
Post by: ambasah on November 30, 2009, 04:48:28 PM
what a fantastic concept...awesome!!
Title: Re: stormtrippers diorama
Post by: ambasah on November 30, 2009, 04:49:12 PM
awesome! awesome! awesome! you guys are blowing me away!
Title: Re: Homie Bear's Diorama
Post by: ambasah on November 30, 2009, 04:50:15 PM
great job - I asked for creativity and you guys did not disappoint!
Title: Re: Obi-Roy Kenobi's Diorama Entry
Post by: ambasah on November 30, 2009, 04:50:52 PM
this is my favourite scene in the entire saga as well. Great job dude!!
Title: Re: Mit Othy's Diorama Entry
Post by: ambasah on November 30, 2009, 04:52:23 PM
fantastic - water is never easy to reproduce and you did an amazing job. Love it !!
Title: Re: Diorama Contest Entry: "OH NO.....THE RANCOR!!!"
Post by: ambasah on November 30, 2009, 04:54:55 PM
I am speechless  :love0030:
Title: Re: Diorama Contest Entry: "OH NO.....THE RANCOR!!!"
Post by: sinkie on November 30, 2009, 05:18:30 PM
I particularly like the red light on the "keeper's" door! Nice touch!
Title: Historical Diorama Contest Entries - Come see the Hall of Fame!
Post by: richd on November 30, 2009, 06:52:35 PM
The Hoth battle has been one of my favourites since I saw the movie in the theatre at 7 years old. I remember the view of the AT-ATs through the Rebel’s macrobinoculars,the close view of feet, then panning back, thinking WOW!-What are those?-Cool! I have wanted to make this full sized diorama for a number of years but the sheer size of it has been prohibitive. This contest was a good excuse, not to mention I have an empty garage now.

It’s on an 8 foot by 8 foot base (2 pieces of plywood) sitting on 3 tables. I planned and laid out the “mountains” and base area first, using boxes and other items. I then covered everything in chicken wire, incorporating vintage and POTF2 toys in the Rebel base, making the trench, and providing a mold for the landscape features. I held it all down using an electric stapler. Next was LOTS of paper mache, adding texture to the landscape. I then painted the Rebel Base area (about 2 feet from the end) all in white and the rest all in black. Next, I added grey highlights and a “wash” to the mountains and plains. I found some plastic, squishy, paintable molding clay at Michael’s and I used this to fill in the spaces between the dried mache and the toys for the trench. Next, I used spray adhesive on the mountains to make the “snow” stick. I used 18 boxes of baking soda for snow. I then added the Rebel troopers and fine details to the Rebel Base and set out the walkers and crashed speeders where I wanted them. After that, I took white synthetic filling and spray painted it for smoke and explosion effects. I added blast marks in the snow and debris around blown-up things. Lastly, I hung the speeders flying over the base from wood positioned on my garage door supports overhead.

Highlights from back right, in a clockwise "spiral":
•   Stepped-on speeder, black smoke billowing out the back, speeder has bent right gun, Luke has jumped away just in time and is holding a grappling device; small “fire” effect where foot meets speeder. Dead Dak in the back.
•   Fallen AT-AT that Luke threw a grenade in, billowing smoke where its head used to be; debris from explosion. Behind it, Luke looks up from the snow to see his handiwork as an AT-ST walks by.
•   Rebel Trenches – smoke effects, blasted tower gun billows black smoke, exploding dish gun has “fire” effect, I added power supplies and wires; Major Derlin has macrobinoculars in his hand
•   Fallen AT-ST blown to bits.
•   Crashed speeder on mountainside, small fire effect
•   There’s a small “cave” in the mountain with the radar dish beside it. I would have loved to put a little Wampa in there but didn’t have one available.
•   One AT-AT has a speeder flying between its legs
•   Fallen AT-AT with “wire” around its legs
•   Center AT-AT has Veers talking with Snowtrooper

This was a great deal of fun! I wish I could leave it up forever but I can’t. I’m leaving the heartbreaking task of taking it down for a couple of weeks though. Choosing 3 pics for this was not easy! I will post more after the contest is over.
Title: Re: Richd's official Diorama contest entry - The Battle of Hoth
Post by: clonecommander972 on November 30, 2009, 07:06:58 PM
wow. i'm going into shock looking at this. it's, it's....words cannot describe the awesome! :o :o :o :snowtroopers:
WE HAVE WINNER. Y/Y?
Title: Re: Richd's official Diorama contest entry - The Battle of Hoth
Post by: Grand_Moff_Rob on November 30, 2009, 07:09:01 PM
Absolutely spectacular scene, man!! If I only had the room  :confused0024:
Title: Re: Richd's official Diorama contest entry - The Battle of Hoth
Post by: old man ben on November 30, 2009, 07:10:22 PM
I am also an avid fan of anything Hoth.  This is truly a project done on a Star Wars scale...a fabulous job in my opinion!  I'd love to be able to visit your garage and see it in person.
Title: Re: Richd's official Diorama contest entry - The Battle of Hoth
Post by: stormtripper on November 30, 2009, 08:12:31 PM
wow that is soo crappy compared to mine...just joking, wow that is amazing, I would love to have that in my living room... very nice work
Title: Re: Diorama Contest Entry: "OH NO.....THE RANCOR!!!"
Post by: stormtripper on November 30, 2009, 08:13:40 PM
awesome diorama, must be very proud.
Title: Re: Richd's official Diorama contest entry - The Battle of Hoth
Post by: Mit_Othy on November 30, 2009, 09:19:49 PM
Man, that is amazing. That is a diorama of epic proportions.
Title: Re: Obi-Roy Kenobi's Diorama Entry
Post by: stormtripper on November 30, 2009, 11:55:42 PM
I like your diorama, but I really think that the clone wars one should have also made Hasbro's top 5, that was a huge dissappointment! Your attention to detail is amazing for the record, looks like the set from the movie!
Title: Hellboy's Official Diorama Entry
Post by: Hellboy on November 30, 2009, 11:58:19 PM
I hope I've squeaked in under the wire here....

(http://www.weestudios.com/starwars/entry.jpg)
Title: Re: Hellboy's Official Diorama Entry
Post by: Hellboy on December 01, 2009, 12:00:40 AM
(http://www.weestudios.com/starwars/entry2.jpg)
Title: Re: Hellboy's Official Diorama Entry
Post by: Hellboy on December 01, 2009, 12:02:50 AM
(http://www.weestudios.com/starwars/entry3.jpg)
Title: Re: Hellboy's Official Diorama Entry
Post by: Hellboy on December 01, 2009, 12:06:48 AM
Wow... after browsing through the other entries I don't even know why I bothered. A lot of you guys are serious diorama experts.  :D  :)`
Title: Re: Hellboy's Official Diorama Entry
Post by: ambasah on December 01, 2009, 11:03:21 AM
It looks amazing Hellboy! I love it!
Title: Re: Richd's official Diorama contest entry - The Battle of Hoth
Post by: ambasah on December 01, 2009, 11:06:27 AM
very well done sir!  :D
Title: Re: Hellboy's Official Diorama Entry
Post by: Mit_Othy on December 01, 2009, 11:07:54 AM
That is pretty sweet Hellboy. That shiney floor is awesome.
Title: Re: Richd's official Diorama contest entry - The Battle of Hoth
Post by: sinkie on December 01, 2009, 11:40:53 AM
I blame this diorama for a dream I had last night: Hasbro released a new AT-AT that came up to my hip! It was awesome and when I woke up I was so disappointed it wasn't real...yet! Good job inspiring me to dream big ;)
Title: Re: Richd's official Diorama contest entry - The Battle of Hoth
Post by: old man ben on December 01, 2009, 12:04:36 PM
Special request...after the contest is over could you provide more photos of your diorama?  Particularly because it is so expansive, maybe you could show close-ups of several little areas so we can appreciate the details of what you have done?
Title: Re: Hellboy's Official Diorama Entry
Post by: Hellboy on December 01, 2009, 12:40:37 PM
You don't realize how big these things are until you get underway... the floor was 40" x 60" and in my house that's a lot of retail space to use up. I had to promise my wife I'd take it all apart as soon as I photographed it. I'd have really been in the dog house had I attempted something on a Hoth-battle scale...  :)
Title: Re: Hellboy's Official Diorama Entry
Post by: Mit_Othy on December 01, 2009, 12:46:18 PM
Yeah no joke. I had to promise my wife that my project would be movable, so I could tuck it away when I wasn't working on it. It would be awesome to have a garage to just work and work and work.
Title: Re: Richd's official Diorama contest entry - The Battle of Hoth
Post by: richd on December 01, 2009, 07:11:16 PM
Thanks for the comments, much appreciated!

I will post lots of pics after the contest is officially over. I took about 100 pics and video from every angle since I have to take this puppy down. I know the other contestants know what I mean when I say that pictures just don't do justice to what we've built.

Good things about building in the garage: no pets, small kids, or vacuum cleaners threatening to destroy one's work
Bad things: heart palpitations when the garage door was almost opened once, and having to scrape ice off windows and brush the car off in the mornings. :)
Title: Re: Richd's official Diorama contest entry - The Battle of Hoth
Post by: napseeker on December 01, 2009, 07:15:25 PM
I can't believe you'll have to take this down in only a few weeks... you do realize that once you get your hands on the eventual big AT-AT that you'll just rebuild it all again, right?  :)

Oh, and definitely post some hi-res photos!!!  This needs to be appreciated in all its detailed glory for sure!

Title: Re: stormtrippers diorama
Post by: stormtripper on December 01, 2009, 07:49:58 PM
WOW! That thing looks HUGE!

Where did you download the backgrounds from?

Good work!

Hey I am almost certain they were all from http://www.niubniubsuniverse.com/download/00downloadmenu.asp (http://www.niubniubsuniverse.com/download/00downloadmenu.asp)

Title: Re: Sinkie's Official Diorama Contest Entry
Post by: brianakarobin on December 02, 2009, 09:24:08 AM
Pretty cool stuff!
Title: Re: stormtrippers diorama
Post by: brianakarobin on December 02, 2009, 09:25:15 AM
Nice work.  Makes for a cool Imp base!
Title: Re: Richd's official Diorama contest entry - The Battle of Hoth
Post by: brianakarobin on December 02, 2009, 09:27:13 AM
That is incredible!  I have a big space ready for permanent display fo SW stuff, and this gives me some great ideas... or maybe you can just send me this one and save me time! :winking0071:
Title: Re: Hellboy's Official Diorama Entry
Post by: brianakarobin on December 02, 2009, 11:38:43 AM
"She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts" ;)

Actually, it does look like much.  I love it.  Simple, but sweet!

How did you get the backgrounds?  Is there an actual hole, or is the shaft just a picture also?
Title: Re: Obi-Roy Kenobi's Diorama Entry
Post by: brianakarobin on December 02, 2009, 11:40:53 AM
Sweet job!

That ceiling is "most impressive"! :winking0071:
Title: Re: Diorama Contest Entry: "OH NO.....THE RANCOR!!!"
Post by: brianakarobin on December 02, 2009, 11:42:33 AM
Awesome work!  The floor and walls look great!  Seeing all of these great dioramas really has me itching to get to work on some!
Title: Re: Mit Othy's Diorama Entry
Post by: brianakarobin on December 02, 2009, 11:44:33 AM
Nice work - these are all great!
Title: Re: Hellboy's Official Diorama Entry
Post by: Hellboy on December 02, 2009, 12:10:45 PM
The shaft is an actual hole cut in the floor. I actually think I'm going to redo this diorama in the warmer months when I can build it in my garage.
Title: Re: Hellboy's Official Diorama Entry
Post by: ambasah on December 02, 2009, 01:05:57 PM
cool! I wouldn't mind seeing it in person down the road (hint, hint)  :)
Title: Re: Hellboy's Official Diorama Entry
Post by: Hellboy on December 02, 2009, 01:34:02 PM
cool! I wouldn't mind seeing it in person down the road (hint, hint)  :)

Maybe by then my basement will be finished enough so that my collection won't look like a joke compared to yours.  :love0030:
Title: Re: Hellboy's Official Diorama Entry
Post by: HomieBear on December 02, 2009, 10:39:46 PM
Hellboy, believe it or not while I was at work today I tried to figure out from memory if the shaft was a real hole or a photo. I decided it was a photo and then I tried to figure out how you could make it look so convincing. Knowing it's a real hole will set my mind at ease!  Nice work btw.
Title: Re: Mit Othy's Diorama Entry
Post by: Chris Solo on December 10, 2009, 07:33:50 AM
Alot of effort. Looks very nice.  :)
Title: Re: Hellboy's Official Diorama Entry
Post by: Chris Solo on December 10, 2009, 07:34:49 AM
Really nice setup with alot of work put in. I like the hole in the floor.  :)
Title: Re: Diorama Contest Entry: "OH NO.....THE RANCOR!!!"
Post by: Chris Solo on December 10, 2009, 07:36:21 AM
Really cool! You need the keeper looking through the door. What did you use for the bones and skulls?
Title: Re: Obi-Roy Kenobi's Diorama Entry
Post by: Chris Solo on December 10, 2009, 07:37:39 AM
The lighting and camera angles are great. Fantastic job!
Title: Re: Richd's official Diorama contest entry - The Battle of Hoth
Post by: Chris Solo on December 10, 2009, 07:38:53 AM
Very nice. Alot of money put into that!  :)
Title: Re: Diorama Contest Entry: "OH NO.....THE RANCOR!!!"
Post by: Grand_Moff_Rob on December 10, 2009, 08:59:55 AM
Well, the bones were a 'paper wrapped' wire (craft wire) and Amanaman's skeleton and a hand carved 'pelvis' (clay).

The skulls were a combo of hand carved clay and the rest were plastic skulls I plucked off a halloween necklace.

Ahh, if only I had a loose Malikili, yes he would have been looking in....  :(

Title: Re: Obi-Roy Kenobi's Diorama Entry
Post by: irisreg on December 10, 2009, 10:16:13 AM
I like this a lot!  I can't wait to show my son, but will have to explain it is not sold in stores.   Are these mostly 30th Anniversary figures or did you have to scrounge from POTF etc.

Thanks
Title: Re: Richd's official Diorama contest entry - The Battle of Hoth
Post by: richd on December 10, 2009, 10:33:46 AM
I can't believe you'll have to take this down in only a few weeks... you do realize that once you get your hands on the eventual big AT-AT that you'll just rebuild it all again, right?  :)

Oh, and definitely post some hi-res photos!!!  This needs to be appreciated in all its detailed glory for sure!



My brother came over with a decent camera and took some more photos for me; I'll post them up once everything is decided. I took video as I built it which I might make into a youtube video.
Title: Re: Richd's official Diorama contest entry - The Battle of Hoth
Post by: Mit_Othy on December 10, 2009, 10:37:09 AM
That would be really cool to see richd.
Title: Re: Richd's official Diorama contest entry - The Battle of Hoth
Post by: richd on December 10, 2009, 10:45:08 AM
That would be really cool to see richd.

Yeah, I've been inviting any friends and family that live in town to come see it (most of which like Star Wars) before I take it down. A few of my wife's friends have kids that are into Star Wars so I've had them come over. Building it was fun but sharing it has been rewarding too. I love the reactions and excitement from the kids (well, and many of the adults too, hee hee); I guess it is a little different to see a 64 square foot battle in someone's garage.  :snowtroopers: :snowtroopers: :snowtroopers: :snowtroopers: :snowtroopers: :snowtroopers:
Title: Re: Richd's official Diorama contest entry - The Battle of Hoth
Post by: Grand_Moff_Rob on December 10, 2009, 02:27:57 PM
Huge Congratulations to you for your outstanding win!!! I'll get you next year!!!  :D :D
Title: Re: Richd's official Diorama contest entry - The Battle of Hoth
Post by: Mit_Othy on December 10, 2009, 03:58:58 PM
Congrats man. Your dio is something amazing.
Title: Re: Richd's official Diorama contest entry - The Battle of Hoth
Post by: old man ben on December 10, 2009, 04:16:49 PM
It was a great competition!  Congratulations for your well deserved win.  I've already started to plan next year's entry.  You have raised the bar considerably.  (I might have to rent an empty warehouse for this one) :)
Title: Re: Richd's official Diorama contest entry - The Battle of Hoth
Post by: Obi-Roy Kenobi on December 10, 2009, 04:43:08 PM
Congrats on the win! Great work and I hope you enter again next year! :)`
Title: Re: Obi-Roy Kenobi's Diorama Entry
Post by: Obi-Roy Kenobi on December 10, 2009, 04:47:45 PM
I like this a lot!  I can't wait to show my son, but will have to explain it is not sold in stores.   Are these mostly 30th Anniversary figures or did you have to scrounge from POTF etc.

Thanks

Thanks for the kind words! The figures range anywhere from vintage (bespin guard and one of the ugnaughts) to Saga 2006 (Han and Chewie) with everything in between. The only regret is the POTF Lando I had to use. He looks like he just came from a strongman competiton! I will have to update that figure some day.  :)`
Title: Re: Richd's official Diorama contest entry - The Battle of Hoth
Post by: HomieBear on December 10, 2009, 06:22:33 PM
Congratulations on the win, very well-deserved!
Title: Re: Richd's official Diorama contest entry - The Battle of Hoth
Post by: Rotaxxx on December 10, 2009, 07:25:35 PM
Well Desreved :u:  congrats on the win...they were all outstanding, job well done...but the Hoth scene blew me away :D  great job trooper :)`
Title: Re: Richd's official Diorama contest entry - The Battle of Hoth
Post by: brianakarobin on December 10, 2009, 09:17:41 PM
Congratulations, Rich.  It was an outstanding diorama.  I am already excited for next year!
Title: Re: Richd's official Diorama contest entry - The Battle of Hoth
Post by: LordJawas on December 10, 2009, 09:31:12 PM
Congrats on winning. I know I wouldnt want to be a judge.

Do you charge people for viewing it? hahaha
Title: Re: Richd's official Diorama contest entry - The Battle of Hoth
Post by: sinkie on December 11, 2009, 10:40:31 AM
 :love0030:

Congratulations! As I asked in the main dio contest post, have you considered somehow putting it on display in a local comic store or something, even if only temporarily?
Title: Re: Richd's official Diorama contest entry - The Battle of Hoth
Post by: stormtripper on December 12, 2009, 12:18:00 AM
Very nice looking diorama, congrats on your win! awesome contest, there are lots of talented snowtroopers that are creative!
Title: Re: Richd's official Diorama contest entry - The Battle of Hoth
Post by: Swamp Trooper on December 12, 2009, 10:34:51 AM
Nice diorama, congrats on winning!  :party0007:
Title: Re: Richd's official Diorama contest entry - The Battle of Hoth
Post by: richd on December 16, 2009, 09:12:51 PM
Sorry I didn't reply sooner, I was in Vegas for a few days.  :party0053: :party0053: :party0053:

Thanks for the congrats from everyone. I really wish my fellow troopers could see this in person; like I said before, photos just don't do it justice (and no, I wouldn't charge admission to see it - :rollfloorlaffsmiley:).

I don't know who was happier that I won -- me or my wife (she's had to scrape the car in the mornings for a few weeks, what a trooper   :snowtroopers:).

I know I have to take it down soon and it's just killing me. But, I can't display it anywhere else because it would be too hard to transport (it's pretty heavy) and the baking soda would fall off (probably) and I'm pretty sure the mache would rip.

I will post a bunch of photos once I have them cropped and whatnot. I might add some FX to a few for fun.

I would love to do the arena on Geonosis in this scale, maybe with all the jedi and the clones showing up too (except I sold my arena beasts and arena playset last year  :shakehead:); ah well, there are so many great scenes to make (or EU-type ones to make up).  :kar:
Title: Re: Richd's official Diorama contest entry - The Battle of Hoth
Post by: JesseVader08 on December 29, 2009, 01:43:15 AM
I was looking at your pics again - I don't envy the judges in choosing the best, but you're definitely deserving!

18 boxes of baking soda - awesome.  :love0030:
Title: Historical Diorama Contest Entries - Come see the Hall of Fame!
Post by: richd on February 17, 2010, 08:59:07 PM
Hi fellow troopers,

I finally have photos of the Hoth Diorama available for viewing. Sorry this took so long but my father was very ill in December and passed away in January. Then school started up and it's been crazy! I finally got a few moments and got these uploaded.

The first bunch of pics include a couple new Hoth Troopers that didn't show up in time for the contest (they were supposed to go in a crater I'd made). So, there's lots of pics with them at first then they "disappear." Now you know why.  ;D

To view, go to:  http://gallery.me.com/richd2112 (http://gallery.me.com/richd2112)

Enjoy the pics!

Rich
Title: Re: Hoth Diorama - lots of photos to view
Post by: HomieBear on February 18, 2010, 12:19:29 AM
GREAT STUFF!   My capslock was on there for a minute but we are all used to that around here aren't we? ;)
Really nice work.
Sorry to hear about your father.
Take care
Title: Re: Hoth Diorama - lots of photos to view
Post by: Mit_Othy on February 18, 2010, 12:27:47 PM
I am still so amazed at your diorama! It is just incredible and its cool to see more pictures of it.

I am sorry about the passing of your father richd.
Title: Re: Hoth Diorama - lots of photos to view
Post by: Obi-Roy Kenobi on February 18, 2010, 05:13:25 PM
Wow! You really get a good look at the size of your diorama with these new pics. Very impressive.

Sorry to hear about the loss of your father.
Title: Re: Hoth Diorama - lots of photos to view
Post by: LordJawas on February 18, 2010, 09:02:12 PM
First, sorry to hear about your dad.

Wow, thats amazing. One question, picture 1694, I dont remember seeing that in the movie...hehehe

Is the smoke made from cotton?
Title: Re: Hoth Diorama - lots of photos to view
Post by: ambasah on February 18, 2010, 09:28:35 PM
unbelievable stuff! I can't wait to see what you have in store for us next year!  :love0030:
Title: Re: Hoth Diorama - lots of photos to view
Post by: richd on February 20, 2010, 11:33:53 AM
First, sorry to hear about your dad.

Wow, thats amazing. One question, picture 1694, I dont remember seeing that in the movie...hehehe

Is the smoke made from cotton?

Hmm - I thought maybe you meant pic 1693 with my "Wampa" dog. :)

The smoke is polyester filler  - I've used cotton before but it clumps when you paint it. This stuff didn't clump as badly.

RD
Title: Re: Hoth Diorama - lots of photos to view
Post by: LordJawas on February 21, 2010, 09:21:42 PM
I thought the "wampa" dog was in the directors cut.  :rollfloorlaffsmiley:
Title: Re: Hoth Diorama - lots of photos to view
Post by: clone commando75 on September 28, 2010, 01:07:16 PM
to richd your hoth diorama is amazing  i'm just starting to do dioramas what did you use for snow it is so realistic thanks rob
Title: Re: Hoth Diorama - lots of photos to view
Post by: richd on September 28, 2010, 07:33:12 PM
Hey Rob,

Thanks for the comments. :)

I used baking soda for the snow. I was watching the "making of ESB" and when they discussed the hoth battle, they talked about using baking soda for snow. I hit Costco and bought a few of their 6-packs (I used 19 boxes all told but the dio I did was 64 square feet). For long-term display, I'm not sure if there's an issue with discoloration though (I knew I'd be taking mine down so I wasn't worried about it).

I incorporated hoth playsets and used paper mache for the terrain and to extend the trench all the way across, and for the mountains (with chicken wire as a form underneath). I painted the mache black and with grey highlights then covered everything in "snow". For "blast marks" I used spray paint - a quick burst at an angle.

Oh, I should mention I'm selling a bunch of hoth-related items if you need any extras (playsets, troopers).

Rich
Title: Re: Hoth Diorama - lots of photos to view
Post by: clone commando75 on September 29, 2010, 10:21:32 AM
thanks a lot to richd baking soda i would never thought of that i've heard of insta snow i'm going to try  papier mache  with chicken wire  thanks again and yes i would be instrested about your hoth stuff for sale
Title: Re: Hoth Diorama - lots of photos to view
Post by: richd on September 29, 2010, 04:38:48 PM
No problem, happy to help out.

I e-mailed you my item list from the Buy/Sell/Trade section.
Title: Re: Hoth Diorama - lots of photos to view
Post by: clone commando75 on September 30, 2010, 08:40:19 AM
to richd thanks a lot for the list it;s pretty cool a lot of good  stuff  i'm going to look into it just right now in 2 weeks we got the big toycon show in montreal so i'm going to watch money for a bit  but thanks again and good luck with the sale
Title: Re: Hoth Diorama - lots of photos to view
Post by: richd on September 30, 2010, 10:24:42 AM
Sounds good, just message me if there's anything you want me to set aside.
Title: Historical Diorama Entries - Come see the Hall of Fame!
Post by: old man ben on November 08, 2010, 08:34:44 PM
Trying this out to reduce the number of pages showing in this forum & to have some cool pics all together in one topic. I'll sticky it as well so it's easy to access. - jj

I would like to announce my entry into this year's Diorama Contest (2010) - my interpretation of Chalmun's Cantina in the spaceport city of Mos Eisley.  It measures 58" in width, and 20" in depth.  Part of one wall and the roof have been cut away to better expose the interior scenes.  The interior rooms,  booths, and bar are lit by a string of Christmas mini-lights on a dimmer switch.

Along with the main players, Han, Chewie, Luke, Ben, R2-D2 and C-3PO, there are over 40 other characters that make up the denizens of the Mos Eisley Cantina, including in alphabetical order:
Baniss Keeeg
BoShek - smuggler and starship technician
Dannik Jerriko - Anzati
Dice Ibegon - female Florn Lamproid
Djas Puhr - Sakiyan bounty hunter
Dr. Evazan - insane pseudo-doctor
Elis Helrot - Given pilot
Elors Madak - a peaceful Duro
Feltpern Trevagg - Gotal bounty hunter
Garindan (Long Snoot) - a Kubaz spy
Greedo - Rodian bounty hunter
Hem Dazon - reptile-like Arcona
Hrchek Kal Fas - Saurin droid trader
Kabe - female Chadra-Fan
Ketwol - an asteroid prospector
Kitic Keed'Kak - insectoid female
Labria - Devaronian spy
Lak Sivrak - Shistavanen Wolfman from the Uvena system
Leesub Sirln - Qirash female
Lirin Car'n - male Bith mercenary, back up Kloo Horn player
M'Iiyoom Onith - female H'nemthe
Momaw Nadon (Hammerhead) - gentle Ithorian
Muftak - a Talz from the planet Alzoc III
Myo - Abyssin from the planet Byss
Nabrun Leids - smuggler, pilot for hire
Neesh - a Rodian bounty hunter of the Chattza clan
Ponda Baba (Walrusman) - Aqualish from the planet Ando
Pons Limbric (Brainiac)
Takeel - a Snivvian mercenary, brother of Zutton
Trinto Duaba - a humanoid Stennes shifter species
Wioslea - a female Vuvrian used speede lot owner
Wuher - shift bartender at the spaceport cantina
Zutton - (Snaggletooth) - Snivvian bounty hunter

Cantina Band (Modal Nodes) - Bith musicians native to Clak'dor VII:
Figrin D'an - on Kloo horn and gasan string drum
Nalan Cheel - on bandfill with horn bells
Ichabel G'hont - on fanfar
Doikk Na'ts - on Dorenian Beshniquel (or Fizzz)
Tech Mo'r - with difficult-to-play ommni box
Tedn Dahia - on fanfar

Plus ASP-7 Droid, Power Droid, Sandtroopers (5), and Jawas (3) to round out the cast.
Title: Re: Old Man Ben's Diorama Contest Entry - Chalmun's Cantina
Post by: old man ben on November 08, 2010, 08:46:30 PM
And here are the rest of the scenes from the Cantina interior.

Please note, the pictures have been enlarged and moved further down this thread - making them much easier to view in detail.  Thanks to Ambasah for doing this for me.
Title: Re: Old Man Ben's Diorama Contest Entry - Chalmun's Cantina
Post by: old man ben on November 08, 2010, 08:48:28 PM
And finally the most important part of the cantina, the Bar.

Just click on any of these pictures to enlarge them...better way to see all the detail work.
Title: Re: Old Man Ben's Diorama Contest Entry - Chalmun's Cantina
Post by: JesseVader08 on November 09, 2010, 01:46:21 AM
Absolutely fantastic!  Nicely done version of the greatest alien scene in the saga.  :D
Title: Re: Old Man Ben's Diorama Contest Entry - Chalmun's Cantina
Post by: Obi-Roy Kenobi on November 09, 2010, 06:14:40 AM
WOW!!!!

Fantastic job Old Man Ben. The texture on the buildings is perfect!

The bar for this competiton is set pretty high now!   :)`
Title: Re: Old Man Ben's Diorama Contest Entry - Chalmun's Cantina
Post by: brianakarobin on November 09, 2010, 11:39:57 AM
Great job, Ross!  Well, there is at least one non-procrastinator in the group. :)`
Title: Re: Old Man Ben's Diorama Contest Entry - Chalmun's Cantina
Post by: sinkie on November 09, 2010, 12:17:25 PM
Nice job! And what a great way to display all those figures! What did you use for the walls? Maybe later, after the contest is over, you could send in some photos of some of the finer details of it. I know that would break the rules at this point for photo limit but I really wanted to see some of the work you did up close!

As for procrastination, yeah, I'm feeling the pressure but I'm not making much head way yet myself! I think it is going to come down to one or two weekends of hard work and even then I'm going to be scaling back on what I'd hoped to do. And for that, my wife will be very happy I'm sure!  :P
Title: Re: Old Man Ben's Diorama Contest Entry - Chalmun's Cantina
Post by: Mit_Othy on November 09, 2010, 01:15:20 PM
That is a great looking Cantina scene! Good job old man ben.
Title: Re: Old Man Ben's Diorama Contest Entry - Chalmun's Cantina
Post by: Grand_Moff_Rob on November 09, 2010, 01:23:06 PM
Right on Old Man Ben, way to get this going on a wicked strong footing!! Fantastic job!! Ok, dioramists, game on!!  :rockon:
Title: Re: Old Man Ben's Diorama Contest Entry - Chalmun's Cantina
Post by: old man ben on November 09, 2010, 05:25:16 PM
Hi Sinkie,
Sure, once the contest is over I can fill you in on the details, and even show a few more closeups that are not allowed right now.
Title: Re: Old Man Ben's Diorama Contest Entry - Chalmun's Cantina
Post by: napseeker on November 09, 2010, 08:04:17 PM
This is a great start to the contest. OMB did you make all of that yourself?  If so, how long did it take?
Title: Re: Old Man Ben's Diorama Contest Entry - Chalmun's Cantina
Post by: Wedge1021 on November 09, 2010, 09:26:29 PM
Hi Sinkie,
Sure, once the contest is over I can fill you in on the details, and even show a few more closeups that are not allowed right now.

That would be awesome, I'm sure most of us would love to see more detail later on. Details always help me to better appreciate all the effort and hard work someone puts into their creations! From what I can see so far, looks like you've done an awesome job with a lot of hard work! Kudos!
Title: Re: Old Man Ben's Diorama Contest Entry - Chalmun's Cantina
Post by: old man ben on November 10, 2010, 09:44:14 AM
I've been working at it, off and on, for 6 to 8 months now.  The gradual process let me analyse it and make changes as I went.  It evolved into something quite different than I had originally envisioned...but I am pleased with the way it turned out.
Title: Re: Old Man Ben's Diorama Contest Entry - Chalmun's Cantina
Post by: RyDel on November 10, 2010, 07:07:59 PM
Astounding. Great work.
Title: Re: Old Man Ben's Diorama Contest Entry - Chalmun's Cantina
Post by: ambasah on November 13, 2010, 04:42:34 AM
wow! what an amazing start to the contest. I am making the pics a bit bigger for ross.

(http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r68/ambasah/DioramaContest039.jpg)

Title: Re: Old Man Ben's Diorama Contest Entry - Chalmun's Cantina
Post by: ambasah on November 13, 2010, 04:45:14 AM
(http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r68/ambasah/DioramaContest036.jpg)
Title: Re: Old Man Ben's Diorama Contest Entry - Chalmun's Cantina
Post by: ambasah on November 13, 2010, 04:45:43 AM
(http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r68/ambasah/DioramaContest025.jpg)
Title: Re: Old Man Ben's Diorama Contest Entry - Chalmun's Cantina
Post by: ambasah on November 13, 2010, 04:46:04 AM
(http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r68/ambasah/DioramaContest020.jpg)
Title: Re: Old Man Ben's Diorama Contest Entry - Chalmun's Cantina
Post by: ambasah on November 13, 2010, 04:46:28 AM
(http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r68/ambasah/DioramaContest008.jpg)
Title: Re: Old Man Ben's Diorama Contest Entry - Chalmun's Cantina
Post by: ambasah on November 13, 2010, 04:46:49 AM
(http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r68/ambasah/DioramaContest041.jpg)
Title: Re: Old Man Ben's Diorama Contest Entry - Chalmun's Cantina
Post by: Canadian Jedi on November 13, 2010, 09:59:01 AM
I was just at Old Man Ben's yesturday.  And when you see the diorama up close - the first thing that popped  into my head  was "I want to play!"  Amazing job and great detail - you can see the hard work and time put into building it.  You have Dylan's and my vote for sure.  And you have set the bar high for the rest of us.
Title: Homie Bear's Diorama entry
Post by: HomieBear on November 25, 2010, 04:52:00 AM
Well I have a baby on the way, and am in the process of moving my office downstairs, and all the other things that life throws at us. So it was nice, though hectic, to spend some time doing up some small dioramas. I liked CloneCommander's idea of doing a few small scenes rather than one big one like I did last year. So here they are:
First, I tried to recreate the first fight scene in Star Wars #96. Got stymied with the extreme closeups of the face arounf page 5 or so. Page 1 turned out okay, so it's my first little scene, pretty simple. Sorry for the slight photoshoppyesque text effect (only the text). I think I have an unaltered photo somewhere.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4034/4386268919_0bd56f4e90_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/homiebear/4386268919/)
Star Wars #96 page 1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/homiebear/4386268919/) by homie bear (http://www.flickr.com/people/homiebear/), on Flickr

OKay secondly, I was inspired by that fanart of Vader looking at his TIE fighter posted in one of the threads. Thought I would do  something along the lines of a TIE bomber in the welding bay. Vader's like, "Why did you wreck your bomber?" and the pilot is saying, "I didn't want to but Luke Skywalker shot at me!" Yeah. The welding effect is all done in real life, using a striker and a longer exposure on the camera.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5005/5201271397_2aa1dfe33e_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/homiebear/5201271397/)
Welding up a bomber (http://www.flickr.com/photos/homiebear/5201271397/) by homie bear (http://www.flickr.com/people/homiebear/), on Flickr

OKay, this one isn't so much a diorama as just me having some fun, since Rich hooked me up with a cool Hoth cannon yesterday and Edmonton hooked me up with some snow. I call it "What the Hoth?" It's like Reverso World!

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5009/5205819295_3fdd1f441e_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/homiebear/5205819295/)
What the Hoth? (http://www.flickr.com/photos/homiebear/5205819295/) by homie bear (http://www.flickr.com/people/homiebear/), on Flickr

And finally, I'm kind of proud of how this one turned out, since it actually involved me doing some drawing and coloring. One of my favorite comics as a kid was Star Wars #31. Remember that one? I tried to recreate the cover, given the limitations of articulation:

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4084/5205830707_017afce91e_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/homiebear/5205830707/)
Star Wars #31 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/homiebear/5205830707/) by homie bear (http://www.flickr.com/people/homiebear/), on Flickr

Since I still am allowed another photo, here is a closeup of the logo, drawn freehand:

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4145/5205847855_96b1d4538f_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/homiebear/5205847855/)
Lucasfilm presents: (http://www.flickr.com/photos/homiebear/5205847855/) by homie bear (http://www.flickr.com/people/homiebear/), on Flickr

Anyways it was fun, thanks for looking and good luck to you all!



Title: Re: Homie Bear's Diorama entry
Post by: Obi-Roy Kenobi on November 25, 2010, 06:28:06 AM
Well done!

I like the Vader with the Tie Bomber the best.

Good work! :)`
Title: Re: Homie Bear's Diorama entry
Post by: Mit_Othy on November 25, 2010, 10:32:51 AM
Great work HomieBear! That Tie Bomber scene looks really sweet. Recreating a Comic cover is a great idea, the Star Wars logo turned out very nice!
Title: Obi-Roy-Kenobi's Second Annual Diorama Entry: Docking Bay 94
Post by: Obi-Roy Kenobi on November 26, 2010, 10:52:22 PM
Hi guys and gals!

May I proudly present my diorama entry for this year: Docking Bay 94.

Some history: what you are looking at is entirely scratch built. I constructed the diorama from things I got from my local dollar store! All the walls are painted "for sale" signs and the pipes and "forklift" are built from straws and placemat plastic. The sand is genuine Ottawa Valley beach sand. The lighting was accomplished by running christmas lights under the floor and popping up just the colors in the spots that I needed them. Pretty simple stuff there.

What was truthfully not so simple was the Falcon itself. This thing is 41 inches long and over 15 inches wide! I am a details kinda guy so I did lots and lots (and lots) of research on the Falcon to try to figure out the exact scale size and build it to those specs. The problem is finding that information was harder than I thought. The BMF is actually too small so that was out of the question. The official Star Wars website and Wookiepedia have different specs so I just split the difference between those numbers and came up with this size. I tried to be true to the actual Docking Bay 94 set and only build HALF of the Falcon. You can tell they only built half of the Falcon because there is no radar dish on it in the scene. Plus I simply didn't have time to build the whole thing!!! It is made out of plastic Mickey Mouse placemats and For Sale signs from my Dollarstore. I cut each induvidual panel out (there is a pile of them!!) and notched them best I could according to the original ILM model. I also got a lot of detail information from an ERTL Falcon model kit. All the hoses and wires were a combination of straws and garden wire from my dollar store. With all the plastic hot glued together in triangles, I managed to construct the basic shape then I just kept adding to panels until I managed to get the shape and detail I wanted. I also used some pink foam insulation sheets to help me keep strength for the inner structure and to keep the overall weight down. The cockpit, connecting "tunnel" and round panels were all made by destroying several clear 2 litre pop bottles.

The entire diorama was painted with a combination of spraypaint, dry brushing and airbrushing.

This was an incredibly difficult undertaking but it really pushed my skills as a model builder and truly turned into a labour of love!

Thanks again to Sanjai for sponsoring and good luck to all contestants!!  

(http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq70/Roy_Doucette/Docking%20Bay%2094%20Diorama/_MG_9746edited.jpg)

(http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq70/Roy_Doucette/Docking%20Bay%2094%20Diorama/_MG_9717.jpg)

(http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq70/Roy_Doucette/Docking%20Bay%2094%20Diorama/_MG_9712.jpg)

(http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq70/Roy_Doucette/Docking%20Bay%2094%20Diorama/_MG_9691.jpg)

(http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq70/Roy_Doucette/Docking%20Bay%2094%20Diorama/_MG_9666.jpg)

(http://i434.photobucket.com/albums/qq70/Roy_Doucette/Docking%20Bay%2094%20Diorama/_MG_9629.jpg)

Title: Re: Obi-Roy-Kenobi's Second Annual Diorama Entry: Docking Bay 94
Post by: Thirdfloor on November 26, 2010, 11:25:42 PM
Very nice!  Looks great, good luck. :D :snowtroopers: :D
Title: Re: Obi-Roy-Kenobi's Second Annual Diorama Entry: Docking Bay 94
Post by: Mit_Othy on November 27, 2010, 12:47:36 AM
Wow! That is some great work Obi-Roy! Your Falcon looks very impressive.
Title: Re: Obi-Roy-Kenobi's Second Annual Diorama Entry: Docking Bay 94
Post by: ambasah on November 27, 2010, 08:10:01 AM
holy moly! I don't know how the heck the judges are going to choose this year. well done!
Title: Re: Homie Bear's Diorama entry
Post by: ambasah on November 27, 2010, 08:13:19 AM
sweet! I love the bizarro hoth scene! awesome!
Title: Re: Obi-Roy-Kenobi's Second Annual Diorama Entry: Docking Bay 94
Post by: Grand_Moff_Rob on November 27, 2010, 08:16:19 AM
This guy is a model building genius!! Congrats Roy, very well done!!  :)`
Title: Re: Homie Bear's Diorama entry
Post by: Grand_Moff_Rob on November 27, 2010, 08:17:00 AM
Right on Homie, great variety and themeing!!
Title: White Elephant's Diorama Contest Entry
Post by: whiteelephant on November 29, 2010, 09:22:19 AM
Sort of a Death Star 1 & 2, Executor menagerie.  Here's the first couple:
Title: Re: White Elephant's Diorama Contest Entry
Post by: whiteelephant on November 29, 2010, 09:23:12 AM
Two more:

Title: Re: White Elephant's Diorama Contest Entry
Post by: whiteelephant on November 29, 2010, 09:23:50 AM
And the last two:
Title: Re: Homie Bear's Diorama entry
Post by: sinkie on November 29, 2010, 11:22:51 AM
Lumyia is my favorite! Nice work!
Title: Re: White Elephant's Diorama Contest Entry
Post by: Mit_Othy on November 29, 2010, 11:26:18 AM
Nice work whiteelephant! The lighting effects look really great! What did you use?
Title: Re: White Elephant's Diorama Contest Entry
Post by: sinkie on November 29, 2010, 11:28:25 AM
I like it! Great way too of displaying all that stuff overall! Combining the Death Stars is a pretty cool idea (save space too!) Is it a permanent feature of your collection now?
Title: Re: Obi-Roy-Kenobi's Second Annual Diorama Entry: Docking Bay 94
Post by: sinkie on November 29, 2010, 11:37:09 AM
Great work! Love that first photo, feels like "Star Wars" to me!
Title: Re: White Elephant's Diorama Contest Entry
Post by: whiteelephant on November 29, 2010, 12:44:54 PM
It is a permanent feature.  I'm working on a room just for my collection, so I made the Death Star a shelf covering the length of the wall.  The lighting effects are LEDs fed throughout the diorama.
Title: Re: White Elephant's Diorama Contest Entry
Post by: Do or do not on November 29, 2010, 01:09:13 PM
Looks great. Always loved the trash compactor scene. Well done.

As for the final duel, there's no Royal Guard's when they begin their duel ;)  But looks great dude. 

Now you just need a MASSIVE diorama......AT-AT vs Hoth Rebel camp :)
Title: Re: White Elephant's Diorama Contest Entry
Post by: sinkie on November 29, 2010, 02:06:09 PM
Don't know how I missed it but just wanted to say I really love the lit up "shield" door thing behind the Falcon! Fantastic!
Title: Re: White Elephant's Diorama Contest Entry
Post by: JesseVader08 on November 29, 2010, 02:24:41 PM
I'm speechless.  This is absolutely fantastic!
Title: Re: Obi-Roy-Kenobi's Second Annual Diorama Entry: Docking Bay 94
Post by: JesseVader08 on November 29, 2010, 02:27:31 PM
Amazing detail on the Falcon.  I couldn't even tell that is was built from scratch, it looks professionally made.
Title: Re: Homie Bear's Diorama entry
Post by: HomieBear on November 29, 2010, 02:58:49 PM
Thanks guys!
Title: Re: Obi-Roy-Kenobi's Second Annual Diorama Entry: Docking Bay 94
Post by: HomieBear on November 29, 2010, 03:00:42 PM
Wow you buillt your own Falcon? You raises the bar! HOw do I do one of those emoticons, here, let's see . . .
 :love0030:
Title: Re: White Elephant's Diorama Contest Entry
Post by: HomieBear on November 29, 2010, 03:02:25 PM
Wow! 
Title: Re: Obi-Roy-Kenobi's Second Annual Diorama Entry: Docking Bay 94
Post by: Mit_Othy on November 29, 2010, 03:11:49 PM
Amazing detail on the Falcon.  I couldn't even tell that is was built from scratch, it looks professionally made.

I had to take a double take, the first time I saw it.
Title: Re: White Elephant's Diorama Contest Entry
Post by: ambasah on November 29, 2010, 03:54:30 PM
marvelous! the skill and creativity portrayed in these dios is jaw dropping! well done!
Title: Re: White Elephant's Diorama Contest Entry
Post by: Obi-Roy Kenobi on November 29, 2010, 05:11:04 PM
Well done!

The lighting is fantastic!  :)`
Title: Re: Obi-Roy-Kenobi's Second Annual Diorama Entry: Docking Bay 94
Post by: Obi-Roy Kenobi on November 29, 2010, 05:16:11 PM
Great work! Love that first photo, feels like "Star Wars" to me!


Thanks for the comment Sinkie.

I tried especially hard with that photo to replicate the actual screen shot. Trust me, getting everything into focus like that was a pain in the butt!
Title: Re: Obi-Roy-Kenobi's Second Annual Diorama Entry: Docking Bay 94
Post by: Obi-Roy Kenobi on November 29, 2010, 05:24:30 PM
Amazing detail on the Falcon.  I couldn't even tell that is was built from scratch, it looks professionally made.

I had to take a double take, the first time I saw it.

Thanks for the great comments guys.  :)`

Maybe after the contest, if there is enough interest, I will post a photo of my scratch built Falcon next to my vintage one. It will really put into perspective how big this thing actually is!!!!
Title: Grandmoffrob's Diorama Contest Entry 2010
Post by: Grand_Moff_Rob on November 29, 2010, 09:40:03 PM
Goodday Folks!! Here's my attempt at recreating one of the great ANH scenes. With a bunch of artistic licence (due to space, as this street scene could easily have been 8 feet long!!) and paint and patience I give you the moments where Luke and Ben narrowly escape capture in Mos Eisley. So, a sheet of construction insulation foam, lots of Dollar store goodies, paint and time, a few GI Joe and Indiana Jones "citizens" thrown in as 'extras' and super bright lighting and there's a scene. Sorry if the pics are massive, I have my monitor set at 1280 x 1024 and they fit nicely in frame.

Here goes:

1. How Long have you had these droids?

(http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m181/grandmoffrob/Finals%20for%20Contest/IMG_6358.jpg)

2. 'Bout three or four seasons, they're for sale if you want them...

(http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m181/grandmoffrob/Finals%20for%20Contest/IMG_6427.jpg)

3. Let me see your identification...

(http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m181/grandmoffrob/Finals%20for%20Contest/IMG_6373.jpg)

4. You don't need to see his identification, these aren't the droids you're looking for

(http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m181/grandmoffrob/Finals%20for%20Contest/IMG_6392.jpg)

5. He can go about his business, move along

(http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m181/grandmoffrob/Finals%20for%20Contest/IMG_6362.jpg)

6. The whole thing...

(http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m181/grandmoffrob/Finals%20for%20Contest/IMG_6421.jpg)

Thanks for looking!!  :)`
Title: Re: White Elephant's Diorama Contest Entry
Post by: Grand_Moff_Rob on November 29, 2010, 09:46:03 PM
Hey, great job, great use of space. Inspiring idea  :)`
Title: Re: Diorama Contest Entry 2010: "These Aren't the Droids You're Looking For"
Post by: Obi-Roy Kenobi on November 29, 2010, 09:47:06 PM
Wow.

Way to go Rob!

Excellent detail, great craftsmanship and I love the idea of breaking down a whole scene!

Congrats on a job well done!!!  :)`
Title: Re: Grandmoffrob's Diorama Contest Entry 2010
Post by: HomieBear on November 29, 2010, 10:00:56 PM
Super impressed!  You made all that!  Wow.
Title: Re: Grandmoffrob's Diorama Contest Entry 2010
Post by: RyDel on November 29, 2010, 11:48:46 PM
Very awesome.
Title: Re: Grandmoffrob's Diorama Contest Entry 2010
Post by: JesseVader08 on November 30, 2010, 01:16:25 AM
You guys continue to blow me away with your skill in building these dioramas.  Amazing.
Title: Re: Grandmoffrob's Diorama Contest Entry 2010
Post by: clonecommander972 on November 30, 2010, 06:21:04 AM
impressive!
so, when are you, old man ben and Obi-Roy Kenobi gonna get together and the build the entirety of mos eisley?  ;D
Title: Re: Grandmoffrob's Diorama Contest Entry 2010
Post by: old man ben on November 30, 2010, 08:56:03 AM
Mos Eisley does inspire greatness!!
Title: Re: Grandmoffrob's Diorama Contest Entry 2010
Post by: ambasah on November 30, 2010, 09:51:50 AM
I am speechless - the creativity and attention to detail is astounding! Well done!!
Title: Re: Grandmoffrob's Diorama Contest Entry 2010
Post by: Mit_Othy on November 30, 2010, 11:28:57 AM
Very impressive work! Great set up, I think it's a keeper!
Title: Re: Grandmoffrob's Diorama Contest Entry 2010
Post by: Grand_Moff_Rob on November 30, 2010, 01:56:40 PM
Yes, Mos Eisley was a hit this year, eh? Thanks for the comments folks, I enjoyed this one immensely and would love to build a bigger one, alas, I have not the space. This one, as matter of fact, has already been dismantled due to it taking up my deskspace  :confused0024:
Title: Wedge1021's Diorama Contest Entry 2010: Battle of Hoth
Post by: Wedge1021 on November 30, 2010, 04:27:34 PM
Hello all!

Well, here it is, my first attempt at one of these diorama-thingies! I decided to do a Hoth battle scene and make good use of all the Hoth-related toys I've been picking up lately. No fancy props or set pieces here though - I couldn't even use real snow! (Hopefully one day I'll have the time to build a really nice playset or something) Anyways, here is the first pic, an overall shot of the entire diorama. Detailed shots to follow. Enjoy!

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/Wedge1021/hoth_overall.jpg)
Title: Re: Wedge1021's Diorama Contest Entry 2010: Battle of Hoth
Post by: Wedge1021 on November 30, 2010, 04:36:31 PM
Here are a couple of detail shots of the AT-ST side battle.

Some description:
A couple of unlucky Rebel snowspeeder pilots are being chased down by Imperial forces, while a crazed Rebel Trooper decides to charge the AT-ST with dual blaster rifles.

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/Wedge1021/hoth_atst1.jpg)

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/Wedge1021/hoth_atst2.jpg)
Title: Re: Wedge1021's Diorama Contest Entry 2010: Battle of Hoth
Post by: Wedge1021 on November 30, 2010, 04:36:53 PM
Here's a closer shot of the AT-AT, with Dak and the 'speeder underfoot, and Luke underbelly about to give the beastie some bad indigestion.

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/Wedge1021/hoth_atat.jpg)
Title: Re: Wedge1021's Diorama Contest Entry 2010: Battle of Hoth
Post by: Wedge1021 on November 30, 2010, 04:37:14 PM
And no diorama would be complete without my usernamesake: Wedge Antilles!

I call this part of the diorama "Wedge's Heroic Escape", where he is confronted by Darth Vader himself and still manages to get away in one piece. (Remeber, he still has to blow up the Death Star II).

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/Wedge1021/hoth_wedge1.jpg)

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/Wedge1021/hoth_wedge2.jpg)
Title: Re: Wedge1021's Diorama Contest Entry 2010: Battle of Hoth
Post by: Obi-Roy Kenobi on November 30, 2010, 06:11:36 PM
Great looking battle scenes!

Good work!  :)`
Title: Re: Wedge1021's Diorama Contest Entry 2010: Battle of Hoth
Post by: Grand_Moff_Rob on November 30, 2010, 08:19:52 PM
Nice nod to the greatest movie ever made!!  :)` (That AT AT blows me away, I totally need to own one!!)
Title: Re: Grandmoffrob's Diorama Contest Entry 2010
Post by: Wedge1021 on November 30, 2010, 10:06:24 PM
Cool setup! I wish I had the time to build sets of such high quality!

I like your scene-by-scene approach to the diorama. It's given me an idea for a series of comics using SW figures... but wait, there's still that issue about not having enough time...  :speechless-smiley-004:
Title: Re: Grandmoffrob's Diorama Contest Entry 2010
Post by: Mit_Othy on November 30, 2010, 11:13:19 PM
This one, as matter of fact, has already been dismantled due to it taking up my deskspace  :confused0024:

Man! That has got to bug you huh?
Title: Re: Wedge1021's Diorama Contest Entry 2010: Battle of Hoth
Post by: Mit_Othy on November 30, 2010, 11:14:50 PM
Great work Wedge! Wedge had better get his Droid in place and hightail it outta there!
Title: Re: Wedge1021's Diorama Contest Entry 2010: Battle of Hoth
Post by: JesseVader08 on December 01, 2010, 12:01:24 AM

Some description:
A couple of unlucky Rebel snowspeeder pilots are being chased down by Imperial forces, while a crazed Rebel Trooper decides to charge the AT-ST with dual blaster rifles.

(http://i896.photobucket.com/albums/ac162/Wedge1021/hoth_atst1.jpg)


Great poses for the figures, excellent!
Title: Re: Obi-Roy-Kenobi's Second Annual Diorama Entry: Docking Bay 94
Post by: eifwen2009 on December 01, 2010, 02:46:44 AM
very nice job Obi. I would like to see that comparison shot of the vintage falcon to the diorama one. Again, great job.

 :luke:
Title: Re: White Elephant's Diorama Contest Entry
Post by: eifwen2009 on December 01, 2010, 02:48:30 AM
Another great diorama. Not sure how they are gonna pick a winner this year. Awesome.

 :luke:
Title: Re: Grandmoffrob's Diorama Contest Entry 2010
Post by: eifwen2009 on December 01, 2010, 02:52:48 AM
WOW Dollar Store items hey. Wow All I have to say is Wow. Some of you should post videos of how you are doing this. I wouldn't know where to begin.

Super job.

 :luke:
Title: Re: Wedge1021's Diorama Contest Entry 2010: Battle of Hoth
Post by: eifwen2009 on December 01, 2010, 02:59:22 AM
I love the white speederbike. Another great diorama. Well done. I might open my BAT-AT after seeing this, lol

 :luke:
Title: Re: Grandmoffrob's Diorama Contest Entry 2010
Post by: Grand_Moff_Rob on December 01, 2010, 07:10:07 AM
This one, as matter of fact, has already been dismantled due to it taking up my deskspace  :confused0024:

Man! That has got to bug you huh?

Nah, not really, I take this one apart to make room for a new one, so, no probs  :)`
Title: Re: Wedge1021's Diorama Contest Entry 2010: Battle of Hoth
Post by: ambasah on December 01, 2010, 05:22:20 PM
awesome stuff! I have to say I truly appreciate everyones efforts on these dios. I have absolutely no skill in this regard and am blown away every time by what you guys come up with!
Title: Darth Mink's Diorama Entry 2010 - Mos Espa Junk Market
Post by: Darth Mink on December 01, 2010, 11:36:42 PM
Ok...at the risk of making a complete fool of myself...

I've been trying to post my pictures for 2 hours now and nothing is working.  I can't seem to add them as attachments (methinks my pics are too big) and clicking the insert image icon yields this:

(img) (/img)

I'm relatively new to the site and am pretty unfamiliar with these types of posting boards.

I've sent my picks to Ambasah, but I'd love to share my photos with everyone.

Can anyone help me?  

Thanks.

Title: Re: Darth Mink's Diorama Entry 2010 - Mos Espa Junk Market
Post by: HomieBear on December 02, 2010, 12:04:12 AM
I think you need to have a hosting site like Flickr (what I use) or Photobucket.
Title: Re: Darth Mink's Diorama Entry 2010 - Mos Espa Junk Market
Post by: Wedge1021 on December 02, 2010, 12:05:58 AM
Hi Darth Mink!
I had a similar issue back when I joined up here. It seems the best way is to host your photos on a separate site, then link to them from here. The way the image insertion works is it gives you the html tag <img></img> which you then need to insert into the middle of it a link to where you have your photos hosted. The easiest I have found is to set up an account at photobucket (free) and upload your pics there, then copy the link(s) for each of the photos you want to show and paste them into your text here, between the IMG tags. Photobucket provides these links in a convenient way for each photo that you have uploaded there - I'm sure you'll figure it out pretty quick once you try. Or if you have your own website you can host them in a folder there, then insert the URL here. Feel free to PM me if you get stuck!
Good luck, looking forward to the pics!
Wedge
Title: Re: Darth Mink's Diorama Entry 2010 - Mos Espa Junk Market
Post by: richd on December 02, 2010, 12:46:18 AM
i always found the issue to be the size of the image. If it's above 85K (I think) it doesn't let me attach them.
Title: Re: Darth Mink's Diorama Entry 2010 - Mos Espa Junk Market
Post by: ambasah on December 02, 2010, 11:02:31 AM
email sent.
Title: Re: Darth Mink's Diorama Entry 2010 - Mos Espa Junk Market
Post by: Darth Mink on December 02, 2010, 11:49:32 AM
Ok, this is the message and photos I meant to post...thanks to everyone who helped me out with this!

Wedge, you rock my friend!

Hi All,

Well I guess the name says it all.  Totally from my imagination, this scene started off small enough to fit on a shelf and ended as the 3 1/2 Ft. x 4 Ft. diorama you see before you now. It took me about 2 and a half months mostly of evenings and weekends.  I wanted to represent a busy day in a junk market one might see in Mos Espa.  There is a lot going on in my busy marketplace...Jawas looking through a massive pile of junk, Jabba's skiff guards buying slaves, a bounty hunter handing over his prey to imperial authorities, bartering of all kinds, a ronto dragging a giant pod racer engine away, a musical number entertaining some terrace patrons, Pod racers enjoying a warm afternoon shisha pipe, and countless other nefarious transactions.  Oh yea...I loved the ''put a snowtrooper in your diorama'' idea so much that I actually went ahead with it...even though it makes no sense to have a snowtrooper on a Tatooine.  Oh well, what's the point of working so long on a project if you're not going to have a bit of fun with it, right?  Anyways, look for Darth Mink scratching his imperial issue snowtrooper head in my diorama.

A few of the patrons of Mos Espa are customs I made, mostly to look like denizens of Tatooine but there are a few that are taken directly from the triology...Velken Tezeri, Gailid, the so-called ‘’Cantina Dude’’, Tzizvtt, Attark, Teak Sidbam, Prophetess & Ariel Schous to name a few.  I don't know if you'll be able to spot 'em, I did my best to take the best pictures possible, but unfortunately some of the detail was lost in selecting 6 pics.

 Without further ado...

(http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff431/DarthHall/1.jpg)

(http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff431/DarthHall/2.jpg)

(http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff431/DarthHall/3.jpg)

(http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff431/DarthHall/4.jpg)

(http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff431/DarthHall/5.jpg)

(http://i1235.photobucket.com/albums/ff431/DarthHall/IMG_1374.jpg)
Title: Re: White Elephant's Diorama Contest Entry
Post by: Darth Mink on December 02, 2010, 01:11:45 PM
Great job White Elepant!

Having built a few Death Star Dios in the past, I know you put a LOT of work into this.

Congradulations, it looks amazing!  Love the detention block!
Title: Re: Grandmoffrob's Diorama Contest Entry 2010
Post by: Darth Mink on December 02, 2010, 01:12:58 PM
One of the best looking Dioramas I've ever seen.  Amazing detail work.  Congrats!
Title: Re: White Elephant's Diorama Contest Entry
Post by: whiteelephant on December 02, 2010, 03:41:49 PM
Thanks for all the kind words.
Title: Re: Darth Mink's Diorama Entry 2010 - Mos Espa Junk Market
Post by: ambasah on December 03, 2010, 09:44:14 AM
holy moly!! It is certainly going to be tougher to choose a winner this year!
Title: Re: Darth Mink's Diorama Entry 2010 - Mos Espa Junk Market
Post by: JesseVader08 on December 03, 2010, 12:35:41 PM
Lots of action going on!  I love the use of the BAD parts as a parts dealer and also the weapons dealer. 
Title: Re: Darth Mink's Diorama Entry 2010 - Mos Espa Junk Market
Post by: Obi-Roy Kenobi on December 03, 2010, 05:02:57 PM
Well done!  :)`

Title: Re: Darth Mink's Diorama Entry 2010 - Mos Espa Junk Market
Post by: Mit_Othy on December 03, 2010, 05:12:56 PM
Nice work Darth Mink! I really like the weapons dealer!

Man, with all these great entries and the amount of skill this year. I am kinda feeling like contest fodder. lol.
Title: Re: Darth Mink's Diorama Entry 2010 - Mos Espa Junk Market
Post by: Grand_Moff_Rob on December 03, 2010, 05:24:39 PM
Excellent!! I love all the extra equipment and 'junk'. Very cool.  :)`
Title: Re: Darth Mink's Diorama Entry 2010 - Mos Espa Junk Market
Post by: Wedge1021 on December 06, 2010, 07:46:39 PM
Pretty cool! Glad you were able to get the pics up!
I like your spare "engine" part! It's great to be able to use props like that.
Title: Re: Darth Mink's Diorama Entry 2010 - Mos Espa Junk Market
Post by: JediPatrick on December 07, 2010, 09:55:07 AM
WOOAAA! It looks very cool!!!

I really like the weapons dealer! And all the little houses and building! Very cool! How did oyu make them?

I dream of being able to do a Hoth Battle diorama... but don't know where to start... and room is what I'm missing... :(
Title: Re: Grandmoffrob's Diorama Contest Entry 2010
Post by: JediPatrick on December 07, 2010, 09:57:11 AM
Geez... :scared0008:

I want this one in my SW room. No need to wrap it, just put it like that under my Xmas tree, it'll be perfectly fine. :)
Title: Re: Old Man Ben's Diorama Contest Entry - Chalmun's Cantina
Post by: JediPatrick on December 07, 2010, 05:57:52 PM
I really like the central section of the Cantina bar. It's incredible! And how did you make the end counter section? Did you have to cut one of the straight counter pieces to get the correct width?

And I like the lighting effect in the Cantina alcoves. Really sweet!
Title: Re: White Elephant's Diorama Contest Entry
Post by: JediPatrick on December 07, 2010, 06:01:31 PM
Impressive! Most impressive! It's a multisegmented, compact diorama combining all the important scenes inside the Death Stars! Very well done!
Title: Re: Old Man Ben's Diorama Contest Entry - Chalmun's Cantina
Post by: old man ben on December 07, 2010, 06:55:57 PM
Yes, one of the straight counter sections had to go under the knife (jeweler's saw, that is) to get the proportions right.  The other half of the piece got tagged on at the back, so it didn't get wasted.
Title: Re: Darth Mink's Diorama Entry 2010 - Mos Espa Junk Market
Post by: Darth Mink on December 08, 2010, 01:09:03 PM
Hi Guys,

Thanks for the kind words!  Glad you like the diorama.

Jedi patrick: Square/rectangular houses (2) are just cardboard boxes with plaster cloth and a coat or two of plaster of Paris on top.  Same principle for the other oddly shaped buildings (3) except those are built out of foamcore directly.  All of which are then painted with diluted latex-based paint so the plaster absorbs it and makes it look older.

Wedge: Spare engine part is actually a Craftsman circular saw motor!
Title: Mine and my sons entry for the diorama contest.
Post by: FamilyMan on December 27, 2010, 09:09:00 PM
My son and I did this today.
(http://i457.photobucket.com/albums/qq292/familyman1312/1-2.jpg)
(http://i457.photobucket.com/albums/qq292/familyman1312/2.jpg)
(http://i457.photobucket.com/albums/qq292/familyman1312/3-1.jpg)
(http://i457.photobucket.com/albums/qq292/familyman1312/4-1.jpg)
(http://i457.photobucket.com/albums/qq292/familyman1312/5.jpg)
(http://i457.photobucket.com/albums/qq292/familyman1312/6.jpg)

And this is just for fun....
(http://i457.photobucket.com/albums/qq292/familyman1312/test.jpg)
Title: Re: Mine and my sons entry for the diorama contest.
Post by: Canadian Jedi on December 27, 2010, 09:18:01 PM
Now that is what it is all about.  A father, a son, real snow and Star Wars toys.  Doesn't get any better than that. Who cares if you win, you had fun doing it.
Title: Re: Mine and my sons entry for the diorama contest.
Post by: LordJawas on December 27, 2010, 09:36:26 PM
Hahaha, awesome.
Title: Re: Mine and my sons entry for the diorama contest.
Post by: Wedge1021 on December 28, 2010, 01:34:15 AM
Hey, is that your TARDIS in the background? Man, the Doctor sure gets around!  :winking0071:
Title: Re: Mine and my sons entry for the diorama contest.
Post by: ambasah on December 28, 2010, 08:31:42 AM
fantastic job! thank you for participating.
Title: Re: Mine and my sons entry for the diorama contest.
Post by: FamilyMan on December 28, 2010, 12:04:18 PM
Hey, is that your TARDIS in the background? Man, the Doctor sure gets around!  :winking0071:

Yup sure is, there is also a Dalek there but hard to see covered in snow..
Title: Re: Mine and my sons entry for the diorama contest.
Post by: JesseVader08 on December 28, 2010, 03:28:26 PM
Looks like you had a blast!
Title: Re: Mine and my sons entry for the diorama contest.
Post by: FETT1 on December 28, 2010, 07:12:01 PM
And this is just for fun....
(http://i457.photobucket.com/albums/qq292/familyman1312/test.jpg)
[/quote]

THIS IS DEFINITELY A winner!!....this rock's...AWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESOME JOB(ALL OF THE PIC'S)!!...dalek's are everywhere ...so is THE doctor!!!........ :winking0071:

 :)` :)` :)` :)` :)` :)` :)` :)` :)` :)` :)` :)` :)` :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :happy0025:

FETT1
 :fett:
Title: Re: Mine and my sons entry for the diorama contest.
Post by: Obi-Roy Kenobi on December 28, 2010, 09:01:22 PM
Good job!  :)`
Title: Re: Mine and my sons entry for the diorama contest.
Post by: FamilyMan on December 29, 2010, 04:38:55 PM
And this is just for fun....
(http://i457.photobucket.com/albums/qq292/familyman1312/test.jpg)

THIS IS DEFINITELY A winner!!....this rock's...AWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESOME JOB(ALL OF THE PIC'S)!!...dalek's are everywhere ...so is THE doctor!!!........ :winking0071:

 :)` :)` :)` :)` :)` :)` :)` :)` :)` :)` :)` :)` :)` :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :happy0025:

FETT1
 :fett:

Glad you like the pic, I tried to get some over the shoulder shots of the troopers as they watched the oncoming AT-AT's I just wish I had taken it with a better background, thats why I added my own after.
[/quote]
Title: Re: Mine and my sons entry for the diorama contest.
Post by: FETT1 on December 29, 2010, 10:00:33 PM
And this is just for fun....
(http://i457.photobucket.com/albums/qq292/familyman1312/test.jpg)

THIS IS DEFINITELY A winner!!....this rock's...AWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESOME JOB(ALL OF THE PIC'S)!!...dalek's are everywhere ...so is THE doctor!!!........ :winking0071:

 :)` :)` :)` :)` :)` :)` :)` :)` :)` :)` :)` :)` :)` :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :happy0025:

FETT1
 :fett:

Glad you like the pic, I tried to get some over the shoulder shots of the troopers as they watched the oncoming AT-AT's I just wish I had taken it with a better background, thats why I added my own after.
[/quote]

FM it look's so realistic this way(minus the added in background)..lot of depth ...AGAIN BRAVO to you and your son!!
Title: Re: Mine and my sons entry for the diorama contest.
Post by: Mit_Othy on December 30, 2010, 09:47:19 AM
Great job FamiyMan!
Title: my mini-dio shelf contest entry
Post by: clonecommander972 on December 31, 2010, 09:15:32 AM
late, last minute entry, sorry ^^;
i basically forgot about this until a few minutes ago, haha
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r270/kamenkewl/DSCN1920.jpg?t=1293804714)
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r270/kamenkewl/DSCN1921.jpg?t=1293804752)
wanted to do something sorta christmas-y, sadly i don't own any 1:18th scale christmas decorations. yes, vader is holding a bottle of coca-cola  :)
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r270/kamenkewl/DSCN1922.jpg?t=1293804800)
and, the whole setup
(http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r270/kamenkewl/DSCN1924.jpg?t=1293804884)
Title: Re: my mini-dio shelf contest entry
Post by: ambasah on December 31, 2010, 09:47:23 AM
I love it!  :)
Title: Re: my mini-dio shelf contest entry
Post by: Obi-Roy Kenobi on December 31, 2010, 06:01:12 PM
Nice!

What is the rock wall made of?

Plaster of paris?
Title: Re: my mini-dio shelf contest entry
Post by: clonecommander972 on December 31, 2010, 10:18:59 PM
haha, thanks  ;D
the rock wall is made from ceramic clay. my mom's a potter so i used some of her leftover clay she'd brought home. the little jutting out pieces are plaster and plaster-cloth
Title: Re: my mini-dio shelf contest entry
Post by: Grand_Moff_Rob on December 31, 2010, 11:23:27 PM
Awesome, I love the Snowtrooper nod in the 'family room' scene!! Man, I wish I would have done that. That should be a 'condition' for next years' contest: stick a Snowtrooper in a Bizarre out-of-place scene...love it!
Title: Re: my mini-dio shelf contest entry
Post by: clonecommander972 on January 01, 2011, 03:23:39 PM
Awesome, I love the Snowtrooper nod in the 'family room' scene!! Man, I wish I would have done that. That should be a 'condition' for next years' contest: stick a Snowtrooper in a Bizarre out-of-place scene...love it!
hahaha, it's funny, i only put the snowtrooper in because my stormtroopers wouldn't sit on the couch because of their holsters  :tongue0024:
Title: Re: my mini-dio shelf contest entry
Post by: LordJawas on January 01, 2011, 10:43:13 PM
Great job.

The light switch beside the couch, is that so when the drunks get too drunk, flip the switch, and they fall into the pit with the Rancor?
Title: Re: my mini-dio shelf contest entry
Post by: clonecommander972 on January 01, 2011, 11:40:27 PM
Great job.

The light switch beside the couch, is that so when the drunks get too drunk, flip the switch, and they fall into the pit with the Rancor?
no, someone hits the switch and they fall into the next panel down. where do you think the clones are trying to get to? :winking0071:
but honestly, i messed that up. the wall panel was covering up the switch before, but that caused a lot of bruises trying to get out of my room at night. i was in a hurry to get these photos up, and moving the wall would have meant rearranging the entire thing!
Title: How it was made
Post by: old man ben on January 03, 2011, 07:19:20 PM
A few of you have asked to see how my diorama came together.  Here are a few pictures that I took in the early stages.
When I first started out, I wanted to use an existing shelf in my Star Wars room.  It was 60" wide, 22" deep and 18" high which I thought might be just right for what I had in mind.  Before I wasted any expensive building materials I mocked up the main features of the cantina in light weight cardboard.  This gave me a chance to see what I could fit in, what the arches on the cubicles might look like, and whether there would be room for some exterior scene.  I used bits of wood and plastic containers to simulate the bar and the tables, and placed some of the action figures in the set, taking a few pictures to get an idea of final "scenes".  Once I was happy with it, I started to use the cardboard pieces as templates, and using foam-core board, cut the pieces for the exterior and interior walls.  I partly assembled them to make sure they all fit, then took them out to the garage for spray painting.  I thought that one or two cans of textured spray paint would do the job, but they didn't go very far and I ended up using 6 of them at $11 a piece!

Before I attached the roof, I worked in a string of Christmas mini-lites to illuminate the bar and all the little rooms.
The benches in each room were coverd with polar fleece to give them a plush look.  I photocopied the flooring from the cardboard cantina set, and glued several pieces together to cover the entire interior floor, giving it a tiled look.  It was then time to do the final assembly.  I searched through all my old plastic model kits to come up with some detail pieces, which I painted and attached in various spots thoughout the diorama.

The bar was still a mystery to me - how was I going to simulate all the bottles and plumbing.  I tried pieces from an old chemistry set, painted bits of wood, etc...then I lucked out on e-bay and found one that someone had already constructed..  It was a perfect fit.

A final placing of some 50 figures in the rooms and I was ready to photograph it.
Title: Re: How it was made
Post by: old man ben on January 03, 2011, 07:21:18 PM
Here's a few more pictures after the paint was sprayed on.  The roof started to curl so I had to weigh it down with tin cans.
Title: Re: How it was made
Post by: old man ben on January 03, 2011, 07:22:48 PM
And the last couple of pictures with the lights installed and the floor glued down.  Preliminary work on the exterior as well.
Title: Re: How it was made
Post by: Obi-Roy Kenobi on January 03, 2011, 08:29:56 PM
Nice behind the scenes photos of a great diorama!

Good job!  :)`
Title: Re: How it was made
Post by: napseeker on January 03, 2011, 09:13:20 PM
Great job there, I was really impressed with your work on this one. I would hope you could resubmit this for the next contest...
Title: Re: How it was made
Post by: clonecommander972 on January 04, 2011, 12:03:14 AM
this is probably a stupid question, but how do you cut the foamcore so smoothly?
whenever i try and cut it for diorama's, i always end up with  really rough, jaged edges with foam coming out, weather i'm cutting it by hand, with a dremel tool, or saw :/
Title: Re: How it was made
Post by: old man ben on January 04, 2011, 09:07:19 AM
I used a steel ruler and a new exacto razor knife for all the straight cuts.  For the curved cuts, just the knife used in a sawing motion.  The blade has to be really sharp (new if possible).  I still got a few rough edges here and there.
Title: Re: Old Man Ben's Diorama Contest Entry - Chalmun's Cantina - More Pictures Added
Post by: old man ben on January 04, 2011, 09:26:18 AM
Now that the contest is over I can add several more pictures to reveal some of the details in my project.
Title: Re: Old Man Ben's Diorama Contest Entry - Chalmun's Cantina - More Pictures Added
Post by: old man ben on January 04, 2011, 09:27:46 AM
A few more:
Title: Re: Old Man Ben's Diorama Contest Entry - Chalmun's Cantina - More Pictures Added
Post by: old man ben on January 04, 2011, 09:28:59 AM
and more
Title: Re: Old Man Ben's Diorama Contest Entry - Chalmun's Cantina - More Pictures Added
Post by: old man ben on January 04, 2011, 09:30:02 AM
and finally
Title: Re: How it was made
Post by: Wedge1021 on January 04, 2011, 02:39:25 PM
That is awesome, thanks for posting this! You deserved 1st place for sure!
Hope you can re-submit next year!
Title: Re: Grandmoffrob's Diorama Contest Entry 2010
Post by: brianakarobin on May 24, 2011, 03:29:56 PM
The detail on this is just awesome.  There were really some fantastic diioramas in this contest.  You guys need to pat yourselves on the back.  I give the edge to this one for the amazing detail on the surrounding structures (i.e. non-Hasbro materials).  great work.
Title: Re: How it was made
Post by: jjreason on May 29, 2011, 08:49:21 PM
Obviously late but I was combing some old threads :)

Having seen OMB's basement first hand on at least 2 occasions I can draw 2 conclusions:

1) I'm not surprised one bit at the quality of this diorama. We're talking about a guy who has beautifully installed window boxes into the very walls of his house to show off mini displays. They are gorgeous.

2) I'm VERY surprised there was any room left down there for this great display to fit into.  :winking0071:

Amazing!