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Imperial Creative Engineering => Dioramas => Topic started by: JDeck on October 29, 2014, 06:45:00 AM

Title: JDeck's dioramas and displays.
Post by: JDeck on October 29, 2014, 06:45:00 AM
This is a ww2 inspired version of the battle of Endor. The walker is an AMT AT-ST with some ww2 parts and decals. The bunker is modeled after a German blockhouse type bunker. The figures are star wars miniatures that I customized with 1/48 parts. The ground work is mainly sculpting plaster. The Forrest litter I made myself by just grinding up pine needles and leaves. The trees are woodland scenic 7" conifer. The bushes came from a company that takes real plants and preserves them in something but they look really cool. Also the little ferns I made from reptile moss.
Title: Re: ww2 walker diorama
Post by: IMPURGE on October 30, 2014, 10:25:10 AM
LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!
few people have spliced SW with WW2. i always love how it looks
great job.
Title: Re: ww2 walker diorama
Post by: JDeck on October 30, 2014, 11:05:03 AM
If you like this diorama go to starwars/ww2 mash/ups in the custom vehicle section.
Title: Re: ww2 walker diorama
Post by: hemble on November 01, 2014, 09:19:21 PM
Excellent work, you made the walker and troops fit right into the WW2 theme.

Ron
Title: Re: ww2 walker diorama
Post by: JDeck on November 01, 2014, 09:34:00 PM
I really enjoyed building that bunker. I used bluefoam and drywall spackel. Then I took my knife and chipped little bullet holes and different layers I had made with the spackel. I even added some exposed rebar in the larger holes. I used woodland scenic concrete paint and weathered it with oil paint.
          I wasn't able to get a good shot of the figures so Ill take them off and show you. Like I said I used the star wars minifigures which comes out to 1/48 and sliced their helmets and guns replaced them with German equipment.
           The walker comes out to 1/48-1/50 but I found if I scaled up the weapons to 1/35 they look a lot better. The veiwports were from a 1/35 kfz.222 German armored car and they fit almost perfectly. The main cannon was from a 37mm AT gun and I used part of the shield around the barrel to make it look like it belonged there. If I didn't the hole was way too big for the barrel.it was overall a fun project.
Title: Re: ww2 walker diorama
Post by: Tamer on November 02, 2014, 06:11:50 AM
Really enjoying this diorama. Had to get it on our front and Facebook Pages.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: JDeck on November 12, 2014, 08:01:43 AM
So I started the ground work  my sandy diorama. I decided to put my sandtrooper diorama project in this section because it makes sense. I appreciate all your kind words but I deleted my custom figure feed to make things easier.

       This is sort of a test run to see how it will look. I still need to add some bushes and make some deviations in the sand color but that's about it.  I've sort of fallen out of love with it over time. You know how things look cool in your mind's eye but in reality it doesn't turn out quite right.  I've been working 60hr weeks since I started and I wanted to do things different. So I'll get it out the way and do better on the next dio.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: JDeck on November 12, 2014, 10:50:33 AM
While I'm waiting for paint to dry I would like to tell you about an upcoming project. My Imperial Marine Heavy Blaster squad. I feel that every Imperial Marine platoon ought to have at least one heavy blaster squad. I would like to depict them attacking a group of resistance fighters on either Corellia or the Naboo courtyard.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: hemble on November 14, 2014, 09:51:03 PM
I like the idea of a Heavy Blaster squad and look forward to seeing more.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: JDeck on November 18, 2014, 02:51:34 PM
I'm so used to working in 1:35-1:48 scale I'm finding my layouts to be complex and busy for 1:18 plus they're huge in comparison. But if I can do the blaster squad layout right it'll come out cool. I really think it would be cool to have a war ravaged version of the Naboo courtyard.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: Luke Sprywalker on November 19, 2014, 07:03:55 AM
Very cool, this is going to make for an awesome scene!
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: JDeck on January 01, 2015, 05:48:25 PM
Been piddling round with my civil war ravaged Naboo courtyard. Built the street section the tile streets reminded me of cobblestone which gave me some inspiration. Took some bluefoam and covered it in Spackle added the grenade holes, tile lines, and painted it. I'll build the wall soon enough.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: hemble on January 02, 2015, 04:27:49 AM
Great work yet again mate.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: Tamer on January 04, 2015, 08:11:41 AM
Looks good on the front page.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: JDeck on January 07, 2015, 04:06:05 PM
Been working on my Imperial era war ravaged Naboo courtyard wall. Inspired by southern French architecture I made it the same way as my street Bluefoam and Spackle. I still need to wait for my Ocher watercolor paint to come in but I painted it a concrete color as a primer undercoat. I'm also putting on some burnt vines and all that and some rebellion graffiti.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: Tamer on January 08, 2015, 06:18:16 AM
Looking great. This is gonna be fantastic when finished. Off to share.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: JDeck on January 08, 2015, 07:56:40 AM
Thanks Tamer for the feedback and encouragement. I have my own interpretation of the Imperial era battle of Naboo I might build more dioramas and vehicles depicting those events.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: JDeck on January 08, 2015, 03:57:44 PM
Worked on my wall a little more. Painted it a yellow ocher it might be a little too dark but Ohh well. Added the soot to the blast holes. Put on the vines and added some brown to give it a burned look. Then I hand painted the rebel graffiti, the rebel symbol  and the lettering that spells "REBEL".

I know I got carried away with the yellow I'm really thinking of rebuilding the entire thing it was virtually free I have plenty of building supplies. I'm not happy with the color or the archway and a few other things that stick out to me, but its cool it would only take me 2 days or so.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: JDeck on January 08, 2015, 06:14:42 PM
This is a character for another dio I'm thinking about. He's Col Serra from one of my favorite games "Star Wars Battlefront Renegade Squadron". I'm building a squad and a dio based on the game 

I added some washes to my wall looks a little better.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: Rodger on January 08, 2015, 06:38:56 PM
Very Nice. Keep up the Good Work !!  ;D
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: Tamer on January 09, 2015, 03:37:23 AM
Glad you toned down the yellow on that wall. Off to share again.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: JDeck on January 09, 2015, 04:13:52 AM
Thanks. I don't know what happened with that yellow it looked good wet then it dried bright and chalky. I hate yellow anyway so it was a big shock to my system. I wanted to rebuild anyway now I know what not to do. I'd like to make it an inch or two wider and make the archway different. I have all the materials in plenty so I'll tool around with it the next couple days see which is better.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: JDeck on January 09, 2015, 06:20:16 PM
Built a couple other characters. Chewbacca is just a simple repaint of the Hoth Chewbacca I liked that sculpt because he looks the most pissed of all of the chewy figures. The sullustan I named Leiven Nubb is a nein nunb head, legs and arms on a B-wing pilot. I built this as apposed to using a Ten Numb because his skull cap and he is short and I feel sullustans are short people. Like I said I'm building renegade squadron in the future I'll build a Mon Calamari X-wing pilot and different commandos.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: hemble on January 09, 2015, 11:53:28 PM
Great work.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: Tamer on January 10, 2015, 07:53:12 AM
I would love to front page this latest update, but the picture here is a bit to blurry. any chance we can get a new pic. Looks pretty good from what I can see.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: JDeck on January 10, 2015, 08:09:53 AM
I would love to front page this latest update, but the picture here is a bit to blurry. any chance we can get a new pic. Looks pretty good from what I can see.

I'll be at work for the next few hours but this afternoon I'll re-shoot it I must have had a smudge on the lenses.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: PrimitiveTodd on January 10, 2015, 02:20:05 PM
Nice work!  I can't wait to see more...
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: JDeck on January 10, 2015, 03:09:05 PM
Thanks Todd  got a bunch of potj figures coming in not the most articulated but they have good detail for a great price. They're great for background characters. Also have some newer black series bodies I'll sacrifice for the cause.  According to the pics Renegade squadron had some women pilots too so I'll build a couple of them. Soon enough I'll start on the actual diorama just need to figure some things out first.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: JDeck on January 16, 2015, 05:12:20 PM
Tonight's Friday night figure of the week is...Mon calamari X-Wing pilot. A.K.A. Anto Akraf. As a citizen on Mon Calamari he saw the struggle of his people in the hands of the Empire. He decided to take action and fight back. During a routine Imperial exercise he mounted his father's old Republic era fighter and shot down half the convoy. He instantly became a fugitive and eventually joined the Renegade Squadron.
   This Mon Calamari X-wing pilot was made from a POTJ Mon cal officer head the sculpt is great as well as his paint apps that is slightly different from Akbar. His body is a BS Dak Ralter I liked him because of his collar, it fits the Mon Cal's neck. I plan to customize the Mon Cal helmet to look more like the X-Wing helmet
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: Luke Sprywalker on January 16, 2015, 05:16:11 PM
Great finished product on your diorama! Also loving these Rebels you are creating.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: JDeck on January 16, 2015, 05:36:03 PM
Great finished product on your diorama! Also loving these Rebels you are creating.

 Thanks Spry, next week ought to be a Rodian commando, but I'm not sure if I'll use a different base figure from what I have. The official dio for these guys is still pending but I'm leaning towards Ord Mantell cantina.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: Tamer on January 18, 2015, 05:01:58 AM
Update on the front page. I really like your alien pilots.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on January 18, 2015, 08:41:00 AM
Great job !  Especially the mon cal pilot !
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: JDeck on January 18, 2015, 08:39:20 PM
Thank you Tamer and Mr Jedi, I'm pretty new to figure building but I can see I'm getting better. I agree the Mon Cal does stand out as my favorite. There are more rebels to come. I really want to figure out how to build a Bothan head. There is only one Bothan figure and I'm not fond of the sculpt at $20. I thought about taking a vinyl goat figurine head and sculpt around it make it more humanoid. We shall see.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: JDeck on January 23, 2015, 04:37:46 PM
Tonight's Friday night figure is Rodian rebel.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: Tamer on January 24, 2015, 07:27:33 AM
This Rodian looks good on the front page.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: JDeck on January 24, 2015, 11:16:18 AM
Thanks again Tamer for the FP slot. Not much to say about the Rodian, just a simple head and hand swap. Just something different from a normal human commando. I did have to make his wrists/cuffs out of putty and paint his neck post. I like to keep my guys simple.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: TSHobbies on January 24, 2015, 11:43:30 AM
that is one cool lookin Rodian ..looks more like a mercenary
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: JDeck on January 24, 2015, 03:56:09 PM
Thanks TS yeah he could be a mercenary. In my SW universe the Renegade Squadron is made up of scoundrels, smugglers, spice dealers, bounty hunters, anyone who has a problem with imperial authority. They don't share the ideology of the Rebel Alliance and distrust their authority if and when they gain control of the galaxy. But as for the moment they're a hell of a lot better than the Empire.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: Tamer on January 24, 2015, 06:11:30 PM
My advice is if it ain't broke don't fix it. Sometimes I wonder why Hasbro doesn't have a fun day and between their SW, JOE, Marvel and other lines why they don't they just put parts together and see what turns out.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: hemble on January 24, 2015, 07:08:29 PM
Another great looking figure mate and the parts really work great together.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: JDeck on January 25, 2015, 07:55:50 AM
My advice is if it ain't broke don't fix it. Sometimes I wonder why Hasbro doesn't have a fun day and between their SW, JOE, Marvel and other lines why they don't they just put parts together and see what turns out.

 Totally agree Tamer. I want to know why Hasbro doesn't use its SL11 stormtrooper head on TBS stormtroopers. It looks a lot better. But I guess it makes guys like us buy both figures to make one figure that Hasbro should have made in the first place.


Another great looking figure mate and the parts really work great together.

Ron
  Thanks Ron it takes a good eye to look a two or three figures and imagine them put together I'm starting to get the hang of it.

Next week I'm taking a break from my Rebels and building an Imperial dio with some custom Officers and Storm troops.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: Tamer on January 25, 2015, 08:56:22 AM
Now that would make a good question to Hasbro we could ask during Toy Fair if you want to post it. I love the idea.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: Starchaser on January 27, 2015, 01:48:02 PM
JDeck, don't know how I missed the Rodian entry, but ironically I'm working on a similar figure right now. He looks great and is perfect edition to Col. Serra's Renegade Squad. BTW, what's the recipe for Serra's head?
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: JDeck on January 27, 2015, 02:01:18 PM
 
JDeck, don't know how I missed the Rodian entry, but ironically I'm working on a similar figure right now. He looks great and is perfect edition to Col. Serra's Renegade Squad. BTW, what's the recipe for Serra's head?

Thanks glad you like them. Col Serra was just bespin han body + episode II obiwan head. I colored the beard and the jacket and added an eyepatch with putty. I'd like to re-do the eyepatch but its alright for now.
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Post by: Starchaser on January 27, 2015, 10:53:35 PM
Brilliant - and thanks.
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Post by: JDeck on January 30, 2015, 04:19:56 PM
 Tonight's Friday Night Figure is.... Repulsorlift Captain, Derek Vateel. Captain Vateel is in command of a repulsorlift company consisting of 22 repulsorlift fighting vehicles, and 76 Stormtroopers. Vateel is revered by his men, they share a mutual respect for one another. His men would follow him in the depths of hell, as he leads from in front, instead of from behind.

   This figure is an AT-ST driver with a snowtrooper chestplate. I like building these simple generic characters they are subtle but unlike anything Hasbro makes. They make cool support characters without stealing the show.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: hemble on January 30, 2015, 08:08:15 PM
I like it well done.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: JDeck on January 31, 2015, 07:12:06 PM
Thanks Ron.
I plan on building a dio of an assault battalion outpost on Yavin IV. So I'm trying to make my officers and stormtroopers somewhat different from one another. Its a tricky task because they are supposed to all look the same. Also I'm coming up with a comprehensive ranking system using blue and red squares, it won't be exactly canon but it makes sense to the viewer. As I build more and you see them all together you'll see what I'm saying.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: Tamer on February 01, 2015, 04:06:24 AM
You can read my comments about this one on the front pages.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: JDeck on February 01, 2015, 07:43:34 AM
Thanks Tamer again for the FP spot. I built this stormtrooper I was talking about last week with the SL11 head on TBS body I think it looks a lot better. First  pic is the factory TBS the bottom is with the SL11 head. I think the head would look even better on the 2005 SL25 body. Personally I think the SL25 is the best looking stormtrooper they made.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: CloneSniper78 on February 01, 2015, 11:43:41 AM
Liking that Imperial Capt. Stormie looks good with both buckets.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: JDeck on February 01, 2015, 12:55:20 PM
Thanks clonesnipe' its a good way to add subtle variety to the imperial officers. With the stormy I would like to have a squad with the SL11 head but it would be expensive someone on EBay had some resin castings of it but they sold out. If they could make more I'd appreciate it.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: CloneSniper78 on February 02, 2015, 04:51:17 PM
Ask our very own Clonehead here in the Yards. He makes casts of just about every head and helmet there is.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: JDeck on February 06, 2015, 04:33:46 PM
Tonight's Friday Night Figure is... Imperial Marine, NCO. He's not the most exciting figure but I think its cool. He's a TAC "clean" sandtrooper with an SL11 head. The cool thing is I added magnets so you can change backpacks remove the thermal detonator and his binoculars without the unsightly holes. I still need to clean up and paint his back but it will look good with or without the backpack. Also I'm developing his weapon based on the MP40 just need to make it "star wars-y". Notice the sandtrooper ammo pouches were reproduction WW2 German MP40 mag pouches so it makes sense to use a modified MP40. I plan on customizing different squad members this way wit different equipment and weapons.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: Rezikai on February 06, 2015, 04:48:21 PM
This is nice. I'm not usually one to comment on stormies but the SL11 head is so much better then most others makes it looks absolutely great. I gues its because the SL11 looks wider and gives it a fatter look to it and the head/eyes area is a bit more correct.


Most Stormie figures use the same size head as a non-masked figure which actually means they are smaller then the correct proportion, a bucket is supposed to be just slightly bigger ... anyways I'm just rambling.. awesome work!

Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: JDeck on February 06, 2015, 05:08:46 PM
Thanks Rez. I 110% agree. The helmet is supposed to be big. The SL11 head looks more like the ANH/ESB helmet as opposed to the sleeker ROTJ bucket that the other figure helmets are trying to mimic. Personally I think the ESB helmet is the best, but I also think everything ESB is the best. So maybe I'm biased.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: JDeck on February 08, 2015, 03:26:19 PM
greebled my NCO's blaster/mp40. Looks a little more "star wars-y"
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Post by: Tamer on February 09, 2015, 08:00:45 AM
Really enjoyed the tank. That flashlight turret cover is just a great idea.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: JDeck on February 09, 2015, 04:03:04 PM
Thanks Tamer. I pretty much had 3 options laminate styrene sheets,(which is very impractical) PVC pipe or flashlight. The flashlight head was cheaper and easier. But yeah I've got tonnes of ideas for scratch builds. I figured out the recipe for the imperial probe droid's pod. So I might build that sometime. I will attempt to recreate some ships like the Tantive IV and Rebel medium transport. Building figures was a nice change of pace, I never knew people did that until I joined the yards.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: hemble on February 18, 2015, 03:15:41 AM
The troopers look great and great work on the tank turret.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios &figures: Washington Capitals pilots
Post by: JDeck on April 16, 2015, 05:21:25 PM
I've been wanting to build some kind of NHL Washington Capitals star wars mashup for a couple years now. I figured I'd pull the trigger on a line of figures inspired by Capitals players, and the player's position determines the type of Starcraft they pilot. Center=A-wing, R/Lwings=X-wing, defenceman=B/Y-wing This figure is a Troy Brouwer X-wing pilot. I sort of painted his uniform/helmet in the style of the 2015 winter classic in which Brouwer scored an amazing game winning goal. In the next couple weeks I'll have a some waves with figures including Jon carlson, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, Tom Wilson,  Joel Ward, Nicklas Backstrom, Egveny Kuznetzov and of course Alexander the gr8. I'm afraid by then they'll be knocked out the playoffs.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios &figures: Washington Capitals pilots
Post by: JDeck on April 18, 2015, 04:30:38 PM
I built a couple more first is Nicklas Backstrom. Center/A-wing pilot.
Second is Joel Ward. Right Wing/ X-wing pilot.
 I still need to touchem up a little meybe add some paint here and there and on the helmets, but that's about it. Soon I'll have some more.
  Had an ideer for a dio/display briefing room or hangar with a white floor and those glass tactical screens like on Hoth and Yavin with circles and lines on it similar to a hockey strategy board. To make a Hockey arena sorta look.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: Jedi Minstrel on April 19, 2015, 09:13:51 PM
Cool stuff!  I have a set of x-wing pilots in 49ers colors.  Look em up on my custom figures pages.
Title: Re: JDeck's dioramas. WIPs and completes.
Post by: JDeck on April 19, 2015, 09:22:40 PM
Cool stuff!  I have a set of x-wing pilots in 49ers colors.  Look em up on my custom figures pages.
Yeah I saw them a few months ago they were awesome, they sort of inspired me to build these guys. I wasn't exactly sure if I wanted to build custom NHL vehicles or pilots but I think the pilots are the best medium.
I ordered some Capitals nail decals to put on the helmets and such I thin it'll be a nice touch if they're not too big.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios &figures: Washington Capitals pilots
Post by: JDeck on April 20, 2015, 05:34:11 PM
Evgeny Kuznetsov center/A-wing pilot. Once I get my decals in it'll make a world of difference. But I think this anakin head looks just like him. Only thing is his fro doesn't allow his helmet to fit but, hell with it.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Starchaser on April 21, 2015, 12:30:56 AM
What a great concept! This is a fun series of figures and they are turning out well. It will be interesting to see how far the Capitals go this year. Keep those customs coming.
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Post by: Tamer on April 21, 2015, 02:52:07 AM
Interesting, I don't follow hockey much but some of the parts you are picking are dead ringers.
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Post by: hemble on April 21, 2015, 11:42:52 PM
Nicely done mate.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on April 22, 2015, 08:43:01 AM
What a great concept! This is a fun series of figures and they are turning out well. It will be interesting to see how far the Capitals go this year. Keep those customs coming.
Thankyou starchaser. I don't think the Caps are cup quality this year but if they tweek some things and develop their players more thell do well next year.
Interesting, I don't follow hockey much but some of the parts you are picking are dead ringers.
Thanks Tamer I was excited how the headsculpts fit so well with the actual player. I hope you fell better being sick sucks.
Nicely done mate.

Ron

Thank you Ron.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures: Washington Capitals pilots
Post by: JDeck on April 22, 2015, 06:37:59 PM
I added some Capitals decals to my backstrom and Kuzy A-wing pilots I think its the finishing touch they needed.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on April 23, 2015, 03:09:22 AM
Hockey Pilots to the front page.
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Post by: koth on April 23, 2015, 06:22:00 AM
Great idea. Good work!
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Post by: JDeck on April 23, 2015, 09:32:07 AM
Hockey Pilots to the front page.
  Lol. Thank you Tamer. They're sort of a limited niche market, novelty figure series. But as far as I'm concerned, what's better than hockey and star wars?!
.
Great idea. Good work!
Thank you Koth.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures: Washington Capitals pilots
Post by: JDeck on April 23, 2015, 03:43:10 PM
 I had posted some more pilots but I realized they needed more work. So disregard this message. But my boys are leading the series 3-2. Thanks to kuzy's two goals.
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Post by: Starchaser on May 19, 2015, 10:51:14 PM
Sorry to see the Caps are out of the series. I'm a Blackhawks fan, so still in it for now.
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Post by: JDeck on May 19, 2015, 10:57:32 PM
I'm pulling for the hawks too, now. I don't mind too much the caps lost, just how they lost. They had the series lead 3-1 then ended up losing game 7 in over time. Dangnabbit!
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.: order 66 survivors
Post by: JDeck on May 23, 2015, 07:06:47 PM
  This is a Jedi figure I named Kenshi-Kan. Loosely based on Kyuzo, the stone faced Master swordsman from Seven Samurai. 

   Not much is known about Kenshi, he's a man of few words. Mostly his actions speak for him, judging by his actions he is a highly trained swordsman. He makes it clear though, he's out to kill Vader for his betrayal.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on May 24, 2015, 03:22:18 AM
Great work mate.

Ron
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Post by: Tamer on May 24, 2015, 07:41:51 AM
Nice, time for the front page!
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on May 24, 2015, 10:45:08 AM
Thanks Ron and Tamer for your encouragement. I'm building a group of ronin Jedi/Padawans who survive Order 66 and meet in a cantina on Ord Mantell. (Ord Mantell is the last place the Empire would step foot due to its high criminal population and lack of resources.)  They each have their own speciality and agendas, but work together to fight the Empire on a nearby planet sparsely populated by farmers.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Rezikai on May 24, 2015, 02:29:33 PM
Thanks Ron and Tamer for your encouragement. I'm building a group of ronin Jedi/Padawans who survive Order 66 and meet in a cantina on Ord Mantell. (Ord Mantell is the last place the Empire would step foot due to its high criminal population and lack of resources.)  They each have their own speciality and agendas, but work together to fight the Empire on a nearby planet sparsely populated by farmers.

Wow... thank you for making this. He was my favorite of the 7 even though everyone likes Toshiro Mifune's character I liked the stoic samurai even  *gets all emotional* tho.. snif... ya know...
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on May 25, 2015, 04:04:12 AM
Thanks Rezikai, glad you like it. I'm working on a figure based on Mifune's character from Yojimbo. He was very deceptive and cunning like he was using Jedi mind tricks. He was also dsmn good with a sword especially against multiple targets. I have a rough prototype I want to add some clone war type armor but we'll see. Meybe I'll post my progress later this afternoon.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.: order 66 survivors
Post by: JDeck on May 25, 2015, 03:26:55 PM
I decided to post my WIP ronin Jedi/Padawan Order 66 survivor, (unnamed). Its a very rough prototype, I used a twist tie to hold the shield in place. I've got a lot of work to do I want to repaint his tunic dark blue/grey. Bleach/Dye the robe to grey/dark blue. Add stormtrooper armor, attach the shield with magnets, etc. Pretty much I want to make is what I had visioned when I was a kid, when I watched Star Wars and Obi Wan was talking about Jedi Knights. It really captured my imagination when I heard the prequels were going to be made back in 1991. But of course I was disappointed they just seemed more like Monks than Knights, so I'm coming up with my own.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Starchaser on May 25, 2015, 08:54:28 PM
Kenshi looks great! I love the Duros head on the concept Kenobi figure - more love for the alien Jedi. The WIP is looking good too, I like the somewhat more "knight like" thinking that you are pursuing - it resonates with my own inclinations as well.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on May 26, 2015, 12:59:04 AM
I'm really liking the Jedi/Padawan Order 66 survivor and can't wait to see him complete
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on May 26, 2015, 02:53:31 AM
It will be great to see this one finished!
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on May 26, 2015, 04:01:23 AM
Thank you all for the encouraging words.  I know I give the prequels a hard time, but as I've been watching  the movies that influenced Star Wars (see: Movies that influenced Star Wars. In the Star Wars movie section) I've grown to appreciate them more. With the Jedi being "Monks" it sort of makes sense. Because if the Sith had been "extinct" for such a long time the Jedi would become thinkers instead of fighters. Much like post feudal samurai. BUT during the clone wars they would become knight like. Then hunted much like the Samurai and Knights Templars. But its still much different that what I anticipated those many years ago.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.: order 66 survivors; Brutis Valli.
Post by: JDeck on May 26, 2015, 06:57:59 PM
  So I pretty much finished my Order 66 survivor, Brutis Valli. I'll probably start working soon on a dio for this guy, I think he's pretty cool.

   Brutis Valli was a student of the brilliant Jedi Master Wuden. During The Clone Wars Valli seved as Wuden's captain and right hand man.until Order 66 was carried out by Wuden's clone commanders. Valli watched helplessly as  his master was shot in the back by his own men. He defended his master's lifeless body, so it wouldn't be paraded around as a war trophy, and was able to escape.  As a fugitive of the Empire he spends his life trying to survive and do as much damage to the Empire as possible. He has cutting down Stormtroopers down to an art form, due to his expert lightsaber skills involving multiple targets. Its rumored he can single handedly take out an entire platoon one squad at a time.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on May 27, 2015, 02:42:20 AM
Great back story too. Off to share.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.: order 66 survivors; Brutis Valli.
Post by: JDeck on May 27, 2015, 06:14:09 PM
Thank you Tamer for the FP slot. The back story and names were inspired by Norse mythology Valli is a derivative of Vali the god of fallen warriors. I think that's where we get "valiant" but don't quote me. Wuden is a derivative of Oden supreme god and Vali's father.
 As far as the figure I used a Mcquarrie Stormtrooper chest plate that I cut up and dremeled thin. It worked pretty well because the Mcquarrie figure is made of a soft almost vinal plastic, so it shaped nicely.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Stan on May 28, 2015, 03:12:04 PM
These are some great custom, the duro is my favorite! Like the poses you put them in as well! Top notch!
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on May 28, 2015, 04:36:32 PM
  Thanks Stan. I chose the stances of the figures to mimic samurai. The objective for Samurai is to kill their opponent by drawing their sword and striking in the same motion.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. TBS 6" Chewbacca: repaint
Post by: JDeck on June 05, 2015, 07:14:01 PM
 I started getting into the 6" line usually I just keep them in package, but this Chewy I wanted to customize him for The Empire Strikes Back look. I just added some different washes and pastel chalk highlights, for subtle variations of color. I think in TESB chewy was a little greyer than ANH, meybe even a little longer, not sure what it is but it seems different somehow.  In the next week or so I'll be building a dio including another custom figure, so stay tuned.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on June 06, 2015, 05:49:48 AM
Nice, off to share. Can't wait to see what you do for your diorama.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.6" Bandai C3PO: Oh no! I'm backwards!!
Post by: JDeck on June 06, 2015, 03:01:44 PM
  Hello everyone. I bought this Bandai C3PO, and it is awesome! I know what I did to it could be considered sac religious but I had to, it's one of my favorite versions of him in the entire Saga. Threepio and Chewie are hilarious together. I added a bunch of wires and tubes to his torso and arm nub, then weathered it a little. I even put the little blast hole in his chest with a hot nail poked from the inside. Not quite finished with him. I need to make his cargo net to go on Chewie, I think I'll end up using a fishnet stocking toe.I don't like the netting I have. So it looks like I'm building a Bespin dio, stay tuned for more.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on June 06, 2015, 06:51:47 PM
Awesome job on both Chewie and 3PO.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on June 07, 2015, 03:52:31 AM
Sounds like a great idea to me. Off to share.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on June 07, 2015, 07:39:34 AM
Awesome job on both Chewie and 3PO.

Ron
    Thanks Ron.
Sounds like a great idea to me. Off to share.
    Thank you Tamer. I think I'll do a Bespin escape dio, or more like a vignette. Chewie/3po standing at the landing platform door shooting stormtroopers
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Stan on June 07, 2015, 07:15:49 PM
aWESOME!!! You got talent!  Wow!   0/
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on June 08, 2015, 04:03:22 AM
aWESOME!!! You got talent!  Wow!   0/


Thank you Stan! I can see my work getting better with each build. Plus these 6" figures pack a lot of details.
    The dio is coming along swimmingly. I didn't take any pics, its just a bunch of foam and styrene tacked together, but I can see the end of the tunnel.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. 6" Chewbacca and C3PO: TESB
Post by: JDeck on June 10, 2015, 04:06:08 PM
  Hello 'yarders, I made Chewbacca's C3PO net today out of a fishnet stocking. Looks better than the alternatives. It stretches well  making the holes as big as I want. Its a nice weave, works pretty well.

As far as the Dio, I'm almost finished just need to add some details and what not. I figured I'd unvail it when I'm finished instead of showing my WIP since I'm so close.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on June 11, 2015, 02:44:10 AM
Looks great, makes me envious it will take Hasbro forever to do this. Off to the front page.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on June 11, 2015, 06:54:41 AM
Thanks Tamer, this really is a fun build. When I was a kid I did the same with my POTF Chewie/3po, but I made a net out of the bag you get when you buy oranges I even glued little wires to 3po's torn off limbs. This one is a lot better though.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. 6" Bespin escape
Post by: JDeck on June 13, 2015, 05:27:04 PM
   I finished my Chewbacca Bespin Escape diorama today. Bespin is my favorite Star wars location, the stark white and  art deco is pretty cool. This is my first 6" Bespin dio, but it won't be my last.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on June 14, 2015, 02:22:50 AM
Brillant work mate, I love the lighting in the base 10/10.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on June 14, 2015, 04:46:37 AM
How did you make the base? Are those lights in the bottom of it? Do tell. Off to share. I am glad to hear you will be making another. I have always loved the Boba with Stormtroopers and the pushing of Carbo Han scene.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on June 14, 2015, 05:53:16 AM
How did you make the base? Are those lights in the bottom of it? Do tell. Off to share. I am glad to hear you will be making another. I have always loved the Boba with Stormtroopers and the pushing of Carbo Han scene.

First off thank you Tamer for the FP. I made the dio by first mocking up the walls with blue foam then I covered the walls with .003" styrene sheets. The panelled wall is made of .006" styrene that I cut and sanded, then I placed a painted .003" sheet in back and cut holes for the instrument panels. I made the instrument panels out of computer chip parts, and model kit parts that I glued to a piece of cardboard. Then I ran my LEDs through holes cut into the cardboard. Pretty simple stuff. Glad you like it.
   Boba pushing Han in carbonite through Bespin is one I've been thinking about. I'll have to use stormtroopers instead of Bespin guards but it'll be better that way.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. 6" concept Boba Fett/Bespin dio.
Post by: JDeck on June 14, 2015, 05:58:11 AM
Here is a sneak peak into the idea for my next Bespin dio. Inspired by the Mcquarrie concept art of Bespin, its a little more of an ornate style art deco than in the movie. I tried a non invasive way of adding his poncho without glue, but its not working. I'll probably end up using magnets and a different material. This Boba was a gift from my brother when it was really hard to find, but he gave me carte blanche to do what I do.
  But first I want to do a Yoda/Dagobah dio. With the limited articulation of the 6" Yoda I'll do the scene where he lifts the X-wing. I'll resolve Yoda's eye problem by closing them so it'll be a static figure with puttied joints. So stay tuned for that.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on June 14, 2015, 07:27:59 PM
fantastic work ! Cant wait to see the next one !
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.Dagobah Yoda: Do or do not.
Post by: JDeck on June 15, 2015, 02:54:29 PM
Begun the Dagobah diorama I have. 
  I'm going to build this Dagobah dio depicting Yoda lifting Luke's X-wing. Obviously I started my base with blue foam. Tomorrow I'll make some "muck" using a mixture of real dirt, water, paint, woodland scenic turf and white glue. If I have time I'll work on the Gnarltree roots/trunk. So stick around for that.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on June 16, 2015, 08:27:09 AM
Looks like you are off to a good start. Off to share.

I can remember my daughter being very young and loving that scene. She used her little arm to try and raise the Xwing herself. Its a great memory for me.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. Mudhole?! Slimy?! My home this is!
Post by: JDeck on June 16, 2015, 04:58:17 PM
Finished, soon will I be. I made my muck from coffee grounds, woodland scenic fine turf, a bit of sand, a bit of reptile moss, mixed with water and white glue. The tree was made from aluminum foil armatures covered with a tissue paper mache. I just need to paint it  add a little ground work meybey some more vines and that'll do it.
 
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on June 17, 2015, 01:48:13 AM
The Bespin dio is looking great mate but I got to say I'm very impressed with the Dagobah dio it is looking amazing.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on June 17, 2015, 07:29:32 AM
Great update, can't wait to see this when its finished.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. Dagobah.
Post by: JDeck on June 17, 2015, 08:57:22 AM
  Finished it is. No more work will this require.
Its pretty much done its still really wet, my base coat was brown then a coat of grey. Then when dry I used green oil paint and green pastel chalks with a black oil wash. I added more ground work, natural elements I found or got on eBay. Then the slimy moss/algae was made of cotton balls dipped in thinned paste then painted. Now I will start on the figure itself.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on June 17, 2015, 09:48:29 AM
fantastic work ! Cant wait to see the next one !
   Thank you Mr. Jedi, I can't wait either!
Looks like you are off to a good start. Off to share.

I can remember my daughter being very young and loving that scene. She used her little arm to try and raise the Xwing herself. Its a great memory for me.
Great update, can't wait to see this when its finished.
  Thank you Tamer. The Bespin dios are cool but its fun making these natural environments. Dagobah is such a cool place. And Yoda still makes me laugh.
The Bespin dio is looking great mate but I got to say I'm very impressed with the Dagobah dio it is looking amazing.
Ron
Thank you Ron it means a lot.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. Mudhole?! Slimy?! My home this is!
Post by: JDeck on June 17, 2015, 03:38:43 PM
A few more pics in a different light after it dried. I also added his snake to the dio. I made a few other subtle changes that was to my liking.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on June 18, 2015, 11:29:34 AM
Your update sure looks good on the front page.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on June 18, 2015, 01:40:19 PM
What a great update !
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. Search for Luke.
Post by: JDeck on June 18, 2015, 03:15:32 PM
Thank you Tamer and Mr. Jedi. The tree turned out better than expected. The colored filter on the camera makes it look pretty much like Dagobah.
     My next dio will be the search for Luke. Hoth Han and Tauntaun. The figures are relatively low quality compared to the other Deluxe figures but its freggin huge. So I'll modify them a little and build a dio base for them in the next week or so. Here is what I have layed out. Just a mock up now I'm making a better escarpment base tomorrow. Now that I've made my decision.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on June 19, 2015, 04:00:00 AM
The figures are relatively low quality compared to the other Deluxe figures but its freggin huge.

I hate to hear that. I haven't opened mine up yet, but I would love to see you do a full work up on the pros and cons of this figure. We have an Imperial Review Section where you can review figures. Heaven knows I don't tend to it regularly enough.

Can't wait to see how that Hoth Dio turns out.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on June 19, 2015, 08:26:22 AM
The figures are relatively low quality compared to the other Deluxe figures but its freggin huge.

I hate to hear that. I haven't opened mine up yet, but I would love to see you do a full work up on the pros and cons of this figure. We have an Imperial Review Section where you can review figures. Heaven knows I don't tend to it regularly enough.

Can't wait to see how that Hoth Dio turns out.

I'm not much of a critic up until last October  I hadn't bought a figure since POTF2 so I missed a lot, but my opinion is this.
    Well you know its a $40 figure. So it will be average since you have a figure and a large beast. The tauntaun has a nice headsculpt its just the plastic feels cheap all around. Real soft hollow plastic. I have a problem with most Black Series paint apps, so you know I'll repaint.Its articulation is okay swivel legs ball joint ankles but without the knees its not very posable. The saddle is the most disappointing part. Made of rubbery plastic The belts pockets and packs are molded on. Not convincing to me. and Han's scanner is permanently attached which sucks. It plugs into the back of the beast and the underbelly straps are painted on. The Han figure reminds me of the kenner figure the headsculpt is plain not as detailed as the smuggler Han. Han's coat is painted blue, I know its a debated topic but in the movie it is indeed brown. At a distance though it looks pretty good. Unless you plan to display him riding or in a dio or something special, I'd keep him in the box. Like I said its a lot of figure for the deluxe price.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. The Search For Luke.
Post by: JDeck on June 19, 2015, 05:37:26 PM
I constructed the dio base and applied a base coat. It reminds me of the "Stonewall Jackson" Monument downtown. Haha.  I'm starting to like this Tauntaun it just needs a repaint. The first impression wasnt good but together with Han riding, it looks great, separately not so great. I put a mask on Han, I have a whole slew of things I want to do with these guys. Its a work in progress
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on June 19, 2015, 09:38:01 PM
Excellent work mate everything from the tree to the ground work is just perfect 10/10.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on June 20, 2015, 02:15:52 PM
Excellent work mate everything from the tree to the ground work is just perfect 10/10.

Ron
    Thanks Ron. Appreciate it bud.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. Search for Luke.
Post by: JDeck on June 20, 2015, 02:18:07 PM
Added some snow and ice to my Search for Luke dio. I'll probably add some more but just waiting for things to dry.  I also repainted the Tauntaun and added some snow to it and Han.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on June 20, 2015, 03:36:25 PM
Another home run mate, this is just brilliant I love everything about it. The 6" figures just let you add so much detail and it shows here with this piece 10/10.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on June 20, 2015, 06:07:46 PM
Another home run mate, this is just brilliant I love everything about it. The 6" figures just let you add so much detail and it shows here with this piece 10/10.

Ron
Thanks again. What do they say, once you go Black (series) you don't go back. Haha. I find it much easier to customize and build dios for 1/12 than 1/18. The conversions are a lot simpler, 1 inch=1 foot. And they do pack a lot of detail.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. Search for Luke.
Post by: JDeck on June 20, 2015, 06:14:06 PM
Well I'd say the dio is pretty much done I might work on the figures a little more. Basically its a bluefoam base I sculpted with a knife and a lighter. The snow is Spackle I got at the dollar tree, 1/3 the price I usually pay. To top off the snow I used baking soda, if its good enough for ILM its damn sure good enough for me. The ice was made from silicone goo the kind you use on bathtubs. That's it real simple stuff.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. AT-ST Kashyyyk Dio
Post by: JDeck on June 24, 2015, 03:24:31 PM
   Hello again. I just got finished building this Bandai AT-ST and I'm fairly impressed. I'm so used to the MPC models that I could build in my sleep. I has about 20 POA and many small details including individual tubes and bolts. The instructions, like all Bandai kits are in Japanese but its very well illustrated, just a few parts I wish were in English but I sort of figured it out. It needs paint and weathering and I plan to build a Kashyyyk (Wookiee home world) diorama. I still think they should have had the climactic battle on Kashyyyk instead of Endor, but it is what it is.

I painted and weathered it. I might have gone overboard. But it is a jungle version. What I call the Imperial Occupying Forces (Kashyyyk). In my diorama I'll be using the star wars miniatures because they come out to about 1/48. I'll have sand troopers redesignated to jungletroopers and Wookiee resistance fighters. The setting is about 10 BBY, during a wookiee insurrection.

  While I'm on a Kashyyyk kick I'll make my 6" Tropical Stormtrooper, its just a Sandtrooper in the jungle. I wanted to do something with this guy. I may do a few more IOF(K) troopers.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. Imperial Kashyyyk Marine diorama.
Post by: JDeck on June 27, 2015, 05:55:42 PM
  I started work on my 6" Imperial Kashyyyk Marine diorama. I still need to add tropical plants, water puddles and whatnot. I might change his position or weapon, he sort of reminds me of one of the 7 dwarves going to work, for some reason. Anyways I wanted the dio depicting a stormtroop entering the jungle from the beach.  I made the tree out of aluminum foil and tissue paper. The ground work is sand/PVA glue on the beach side and same dirt as my Dagobah dio on the jungle side. The moss I used is several years old and is turning yellow it wasnt really noticable until photographed, so I'll replace that. So its close but still needs work.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on June 28, 2015, 05:45:45 AM
Wow, there has been some great work here since I have been gone. Love the Taun Taun and Hoth Han Dio. That Bandai AT-ST looks good too. What size is that? I didn't even remember them making something like this. Off to share.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on June 28, 2015, 08:26:20 AM
Hey thanks Tamer, glad you like the Hoth dio. The next thing I need to build is a light box for photos, you know. The AT-ST is 1/48 scale about 6 inches or so, you can adjust the stance and height. It was released by Bandai in February 2015 for around $26 American. They're pretty much revamping all the old MPC kits. Plus a bunch of 6" figure kits too. Stormtrooper Vader, c3po, r2/r5, scout/speeder bike, x-wing, snow speeder, tie fighter, advanced tie fighter. Soon will have sand troopers boba fett, slave I, Y-wing. Rumors include star destroyer and AT-AT! They are excellent kits waaayyy waaayyy waaayyy better than AMT-MPC-Revell kits.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. AT-ST Kashyyyk assault.
Post by: JDeck on June 28, 2015, 12:07:26 PM
  Making progress on my Kashyyyk dio. Again I made the tree from aluminium foil and tissue paper. The foil I think works great you get a lot of detail and its mailable. I also made the sand from fine sand plus PVA glue.
    Also painted and added jungle side soil, made from same stuff as my dagobah dio. Just need my jungle plants and figures and I'm good to go.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on June 29, 2015, 06:34:49 AM
Looks good to me. Off to share.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Graeber on June 29, 2015, 04:50:02 PM
That looks really nice. I like the foil trick.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. Imperial Kashyyyk trooper.
Post by: JDeck on June 29, 2015, 05:41:43 PM
    Thank you, Tamer and Graeber. Appreciate the positive words. I continued work on my Kashyyyk trooper dio. It looks better with some jungle plants thrown on. I made them with preserved fern leaves. I bunched them together twisted it and glued it down. I think it looks better than the expensive plastic aquarium stuff. I did the same on my AT-ST Assault dio but in a smaller scale. I have a few more types of plants coming in soon to give a greater biodiversity. In the next couple days I'm adding some mud puddles with WS Realistic water. I'm still working on his position, I need to conform to the limits of the figure. The range of motion isn't that great.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on June 30, 2015, 03:54:28 AM
Nice, it sure looks more realistic to me. Off to share again.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on June 30, 2015, 04:07:04 AM
More excellent work mate, your really bring these figures and miniatures to life with these dioramas.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on July 01, 2015, 04:56:32 AM
Nice, it sure looks more realistic to me. Off to share again.
  Than you again, Tamer. Using natural products is always the best. Plus 1/48 is really easy, its amazing how just sprinkling fine turf on the tree really makes it pop.
More excellent work mate, your really bring these figures and miniatures to life with these dioramas.

Ron
Thank you Ron. Your work has always been a big inspiration for me.

     I decided to take off the macro binoculars it was just too much with the pauldron the backpack and the BFG. He looks less dumpy and awkward without it. I really like the binoculars but I'll use it on another project. Also added my mud puddles, in 24hrs it'll dry clear.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. AT-ST Kashyyyk assault.
Post by: JDeck on July 01, 2015, 02:44:14 PM
Well its pretty much complete. I added some water/mud as well as some wookiees and stormtroopers.
  The setting of the dio is Kashyyyk 10BBY. The Empire has gained a foothole on the planet Kashyyyk, and has been using the wookiees for slave labor. A group of freedom fighter Wookiees rose up against the tyrants. Expert guerrilla fighters the wookiees ambush their enemies at the most vulnerable positions.
   I hope you all like it, as much as I liked building it.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on July 01, 2015, 02:46:42 PM
But wait there's more.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on July 01, 2015, 05:20:13 PM
Great job  JDeck  i like it !
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on July 02, 2015, 06:03:59 AM
Wow, that is sweet. Great job. Shared on our pages.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on July 02, 2015, 08:13:08 AM
Great job  JDeck  i like it !
   Thanks Mr.Jedi. appreciate the feedback.
Wow, that is sweet. Great job. Shared on our pages.
     Thank you, Tamer. I really am pleased. The realism went beyond my initial expectations. its sort of bitter sweet, i enjoy building these dios better than looking at them on my desk or shelf, or whatever. I have another project ill discuss later when i update my 6" dio.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on July 02, 2015, 01:46:55 PM
Fantastic work mate.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on July 02, 2015, 02:47:01 PM
Fantastic work mate

Ron
Thank you, kind sir.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. Imperial Kashyyyk trooper.
Post by: JDeck on July 02, 2015, 02:56:10 PM
    Alright, its more or less done. I wanted to wait until my other plant came in but I need to move on with my life. I'll add it later. 
    He's an Imperial Marine commander assigned to Kashyyyk to defeat the Wookiee resistance. His expert use of a light repeating blaster matched with his ruthless aggression makes a worthy opponent for the Wookiee rebels.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. 6" Jabba the Hutt. dio
Post by: JDeck on July 02, 2015, 03:12:06 PM
     Well im starting another dio, but this one will test my abilities and my patience. That's right a 6" Jabba dio. Ive told people I'll never do a Jabba dio, because its one of those things that have to be completely accurate and I don't want to spend my whole life and all my money making it. Until I saw a SDCC Jabba at a really good price, and said why not all the cool kids are doing it why shouldn't I. So it will be pretty involved, a custom dio, two custom figures and many custom props. It won't be 100 percent movie accurate, I can assure you, but it will have the illusion. so stick around for updates, I'll start work soon.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on July 03, 2015, 06:29:15 AM
Nice work on the trooper dio too. I can imagine you must have a wonderful diorama display set up now. I can't wait to see what you do with Jabba's Palace. Off to share again.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on July 03, 2015, 12:42:37 PM
  Thanks again Tamer! Yeah I have enough Kashyyyk building materials left to do another, but I might instead do an Enor scene. I'm really running out of places to put these. At the rate I'm going youll see me on hoarders or something. If I sell them I probably won't get my money back. I might give some away. That's why I'll take my time do this Jabba dio right, have fun with it.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on July 03, 2015, 02:46:19 PM
The trooper and base look fantastic and I'm looking forward to seeing the Jabba dio.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on July 03, 2015, 03:48:46 PM
The trooper and base look fantastic and I'm looking forward to seeing the Jabba dio.

Ron
    Thank you, Ron. I'll have to say your work has been inspirational especially on this trooper dio.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on July 04, 2015, 06:49:12 AM
You start clearing out any of your TESB Stuff I hope you will give me a holler.

I would love to see an overall picture of your dioramas with how you have them displayed if you have time.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on July 04, 2015, 09:52:43 AM
You start clearing out any of your TESB Stuff I hope you will give me a holler.

I would love to see an overall picture of your dioramas with how you have them displayed if you have time.

Yeah I don't consider myself a collector more of a hobbyist all my free space is taken by tools and supplies. I don't really have a designated spot to put my completed projects.  Sometimes i canibalize them for other projects or to make them better. I put my Yoda dio in with a potted plant, lol it looks pretty cool, my tauntaun and bespin dios are on my TV/entertainment stand. The ones I really want to get rid of are my two AT-ST dios, ww2/star wars and Kashyyyk assault just because they take up a lot of real estate. I really enjoyed building them but when I'm finished, I'm like ohh boy where am I going to put this. I might just put them in the garage, build a shelf for them. I've always wanted to build a tabletop diorama of both or endor in 1/48 or 1/72, but again big real estate.

I thought about redoing the dagobah Yoda dio if you want that without the figure I can ship it to you. Your just a state away. The cool thing about it is, it would go well with any 3.75  scale dagobah  figure as well as 6" Yoda or r2. It only really cost me a few dollars, its only made of foam, aluminium foil, tissue paper, spent coffee grounds and glue. Stuff I already had.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on July 05, 2015, 06:07:50 AM
What a gracious offer. Thank you. I will pm you shortly, but I appreciate it!

Glad to hear you are thinking about displaying these as I think they would look cool anyhwere. I built some purposed cabinetry/shelving underneath my basement steps (my man cave) to house dios like you are making. I put my vehicle collection in em (which I wish I would have never done) so I haven't built a single dio!

I am really enjoying your builds though and hope they keep coming.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on July 05, 2015, 09:10:29 AM
I've been putting off my Jabba dio. I had to build a bandai c3po for my brother. He wanted one but he wasn't confident in his building skills. So I offered to build him the one I bought to trade for a 6" Bossk (I may put him in the background of my Jabba dio.). I know I lost that deal but, he needed one. Besides I won the last deal. This 3po is just a great figure, really sets the gold standard (no pun intended) for 3po figures. He is really easy to build. Like the others the instructions are well illustrated but in Japanese so if you don't know Japanese you just have to figure some things out on your own. None the less great kit. Just had to share it before I ship it.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. 6" Jabba the Hutt. Utinni!! Pt.1
Post by: JDeck on July 05, 2015, 10:11:59 AM
   I've been playing around with the idea of a 6" Jawa, I'll use for Jabba's servant Herat. He's the jawa in back of Jabba with the fan. I made a foam and wire prototype body for him and put on a 3.75" robe, sort of the same concept as a puppet, but in a small scale. I ordered a 6" Obi Wan robe, I think will work better. I'll make his head from foam and black fabric meybe a couple yellow LEDs for eyes. Then give him some 3.75" hands.That should do it meybe a bandolier or something. So while I'm waiting for the robe I have several props and a custom figure to build.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. 6" Jabba the Hutt. OOLA-LA PT.1
Post by: JDeck on July 06, 2015, 05:10:08 PM
  I started on my Oola figure. For now she's just a Slave Leia and a Star Trek Uhura head, that ill add the head dress tentacles with epoxy clay. Well i have a few ideas for her but, we'll see. I grinded her clothes off but I kept the shoes I didn't want to have to sculpt ankles, sandals and feet. I wanted to build this for the last 6" challenge but I wasn't sure if I wanted to do a Jabba dio, plus I wasn't sure about my 6" figure skills. I'll make her clothes out of the same fishnet material as my Chewbacca cargo net. It should be enough to cover the unsightly joints without sculpting over them.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Starchaser on July 06, 2015, 05:43:12 PM
JDeck, these dios are wonderful. Kashyyyk turned out really well. I love the foil trick for bark. Very creative. I'm looking forward to seeing the Jabba diorama complete. Great thinking on the Uhura head for Oola. Keep up the great work.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. 6" Jabba the Hutt. OOLA-LA PT.1
Post by: JDeck on July 06, 2015, 06:16:56 PM
JDeck, these dios are wonderful. Kashyyyk turned out really well. I love the foil trick for bark. Very creative. I'm looking forward to seeing the Jabba diorama complete. Great thinking on the Uhura head for Oola. Keep up the great work.
Thank you Starchase' I'm sort of the Martha Stewart of star wars. Haha. I try to make as much as I can out of cheap plentiful materials. But I'm going to be taking my time on this Jabba dio, I really want to make it great, because it will be a massive dio. relatively.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: customjedi on July 07, 2015, 07:48:18 AM
Looking forward to seeing how this progresses. I like how Oola's coming along!
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on July 07, 2015, 10:49:29 AM
Oh  yeah, coming along nicely. Can't wait to see this a bit more finished. It is gonna rock!
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. Oola-La PT.2
Post by: JDeck on July 07, 2015, 04:52:27 PM
   Thanks custom Jedi and Tamer. I can't wait until I get the ball rolling on this dio. Right now I'm just building as I get parts and supplies in.

   I started on Oola's outfit. I just used fishnet stockings and string pretty much what the original costume was. Its just soft goods in scale, it never looks great but, I did my best. I'm still clipping the little strings waiting for the epoxy to come in so i can start the head sculpt. The last photo is with some grey wet washes on the costume it looks better wet, I may add a little glue wash so it adheres better, instead of being loose. This is a little unprecedented, I haven't seen an Oola in this scale.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on July 08, 2015, 07:56:12 AM
looking really good. Time to get some of this shared on the pages. I did see a six inch scale Oola somewhere, I just can't remember.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on July 08, 2015, 01:44:42 PM
Thanks Tamer for the FP spot. I've got a long ways to go yet. After I saw TBS Slave Leia, I thought instead of re working the entire figure to make it a little better, why not make an Oola custom. I'm just surprised its not a common customization. I'm sure I'm not the only one but I have only seen 3.75", 12" and a Barbie conversion, not sure what scale that is.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. Utinni!! PT.2
Post by: JDeck on July 08, 2015, 06:48:33 PM
  Alright this'll be my last daily update for a while, if not it'll be like watching grass grow. I just wanted to show folks how my 6" Jawa concept figure is coming. I coated him in latex added the 3.75" robe and coated it again. That way he has some thickness so when I put on the 6" robe it'll sort of stick and flow better. Also the head is a cotton ball soaked in latex with the LEDs run through. His arms are fully posable due to the wire, foam and latex, construction.  It'll be another 3 weeks before the robe comes in, so I just need to shorten the wires attach the battery so it will all stay under the new robe. I'll raise the forehead as needed for the hood.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on July 08, 2015, 07:52:08 PM
This is looking real good ! I sure cant wait to see this completed especially the 6 inch Oola  Great job so far !
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on July 08, 2015, 09:34:39 PM
You've done an awesome job with the characters from Jabba's Palace keep up the amazing work.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on July 09, 2015, 07:48:02 AM
This is looking real good ! I sure cant wait to see this completed especially the 6 inch Oola  Great job so far !
Thanks Mr. Jedi. She is coming along nicely, of course I've been planning for a long time. Its all about preparation.
You've done an awesome job with the characters from Jabba's Palace keep up the amazing work.

Ron
Thanks bud I've been playing with the idea of utilizing Boushh Leia to build a background skiff guard since she has such a mannish stature
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on July 11, 2015, 04:59:58 AM
The eyes on that jawa look great!
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. Oola-La PT.3
Post by: JDeck on July 11, 2015, 04:35:09 PM
Thanks Tamer, I like how he's turning out. Can't wait for that robe, he'll be awesome.

I made more progress on 6" Oola. I sculpted the head tentacles from epoxy. I experimented with latex because i thought it would be cool to have her tentacles posable, but it didn't work out. It was worth a shot. I also finished most of the Dais. I took the blue foam and covered it with Spackle then sanded it down. After doing that a few times I used woodland scenics watercolors to paint it. Instead of the cyclopse pulls I used dollhouse brass lion head doorknockers turned upside down. Big shot out to Bewize for the idea of dollhouse pillows, I didn't realize dollhouse miniatures were 1/12, its good to know. Next I'll work on the background barbeque area.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on July 12, 2015, 05:30:45 AM
Oola and the dias looks excellent mate, I can't wait to see more.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on July 12, 2015, 01:05:14 PM
Oola and the dias looks excellent mate, I can't wait to see more.

Ron
  Thank you. I'm not completely satisfied with the head. My reference pics were from the special edition version, it was bigger than the original. It looked good when I was building it but when I placed it on her body it seemed large. By the time its all finished I'll rebuild it, but for now I'll press on.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. Jabba's BBQ. PT. 1
Post by: JDeck on July 15, 2015, 07:13:28 PM
I started Jabba's BBQ. Just made the frame from.030" styrene, I like .030" it cuts easy and is pretty rigid. I'll add the ornate details and rotisserie next. The foam architecture is temporary mockup, just trying to get a basic shape to work with. The main thing is getting those steps done right.

 Worked on the rotisserie a little more using parts from my greeble collection. I painted it brown to see how it looks so far. Not too shabby. I built the front facea just need to decorate it somehow, I'll use a combination of clay and wire to make the designs
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. Jabba's BBQ. PT.2
Post by: JDeck on July 17, 2015, 03:09:03 PM
 I got most of Jabba's BBQ done. I could do a lot more but how much time do I put into a background piece. I think it looks pretty good, better than I expected anyway. I do need to add the rotisserie drive belt and some other things.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on July 17, 2015, 04:58:17 PM
The BBQ looks excellent mate.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on July 18, 2015, 08:42:37 AM
The BBQ looks excellent mate.


Ron
Thanks for the moral support, I need all I can get. I still have a long way to go. Once the walls and lighting are up it'll be cool looking, but first I have a whole laundry list of little things that need to done. You know how it is building a dio in 6" scale, tons of details. Baby steps.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on July 18, 2015, 02:42:15 PM
Well you have no worries with the details mate and this is going to look amazing when it's complete.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on July 18, 2015, 08:00:05 PM
Well you have no worries with the details mate and this is going to look amazing when it's complete.

Ron
My objective is to have one of those dios that you can see it 100 times and not catch every detail. So I'm planning to put as much detail as possible. The upper level floors will have the same surface dot tread as the movie. its great that dollhouse stuff comes in 1/12 for all the pots and junk lying around. But the thing that will make or break it is the lighting. The whole dio will provide its own light. I'm trying to come up with an order list for LEDs, all the sizes and colors. Its a fun project, I'd rather do one big one than a bunch of small ones. Just a slow pace hurry up and wait for parts. Natural environment dios I can build in a couple days, this is slower than I'm used to, but its fun to take time and come up with props and so forth. That Oola took some time especially when I need to rebuild the head, I'm not sure what I was thinking, I had a bunch of stuff going on last week should have waited. Its not terrible just not to my liking, but Its all good though second times the charm.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on July 19, 2015, 05:58:27 AM
Wow, Oala turned out great. Taking this update to the front pages.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on July 19, 2015, 08:29:11 AM
I have no other words but ,  Just amazing !
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on July 19, 2015, 10:56:06 AM
Wow, Oala turned out great. Taking this update to the front pages.

Appreciate it Tamer. I'm still rebuilding Oola's head. Her body I'm happy with, including the outfi. Its not screen accurate but the thinned glue helped. Like I said I referenced Special Edition Oola as a opposed to real original version. They re-shot the Max Rebo scene with the original actress. To me there are some big differences between the two Oolas, so I'm going with theatrical solely. Tomorrow Christmas is coming early, my "jawa robe" will be here. I just hope it works.
I have no other words but ,  Just amazing !
Thank you Mr.Jedi, its progressing slowly. I just hope my vision comes remotely close to reality.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on July 20, 2015, 04:38:21 PM
I got my package from my brother for the Bandai C3PO. the 6" Bossk I needed I think he'll look nice in Jabba's dio. He also added some vintage star wars figures with one stipulation, that I either restore them or customize them. Looks like ROTJ Luke, ANH Luke, tusken raider, skiff guard Lando, death star droid and a factory sealed salacious crumb. Other than crumb they're a little crispy and missing parts, but I think I'll restore them. They're just too cool to customize. With the crumb I may need to get a Jabba and throne and make a vintage 3.75 dio. I'm satisfied with the deal the Bossk exceeded my expectations.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: customjedi on July 21, 2015, 04:44:17 AM
Great progress! If these are baby steps, I foresee marathons in the near future. Awesome stuff!
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on July 21, 2015, 11:48:47 AM
I do like the six inch Bossk myself too. One of my favorite six inch figures.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on July 21, 2015, 01:06:20 PM
Great progress! If these are baby steps, I foresee marathons in the near future. Awesome stuff!
Thank you custom jedi. I started on the floors and soon the walls once they are assembled it'll be pretty dramatic.
I do like the six inch Bossk myself too. One of my favorite six inch figures.
I just realized his jaw opens and closes! That's awesome! I have to agree Bossk is one of the best. Id say my favorite, at least of what i own is x-wing Luke. My first 6" figure, very nice sculpt. I hear Darth maul is good but I'm not sinking that much lettuce to get him.
Title: 6" Jabba's Throne room: 6" Jawa, Utinni!! PT.3
Post by: JDeck on July 21, 2015, 06:53:29 PM
  I got my Jawa Robe yesterday so I've been altering the scratch figure and the robe to make it acceptable. I'm not quite finished but this is the gist of it. I may build him a bandolier of some type and fix the way the robe fits. Personally I'm very happy with the way it is turning out, and I'm my own biggest critic.

The last picture features him with a crude bandolier I made from a stormtrooper belt. I may alter it more to suit my liking.
I might build a few more of these guys. Only cost about $13.  Just waiting for that robe is the hard part.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on July 21, 2015, 10:46:19 PM
The Jawa looks great where did you get the robe from?

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on July 22, 2015, 05:32:31 AM
The Jawa looks great where did you get the robe from?

Ron
The robe is the 6" Obi Wan robe from a seller on eBay. Rickhor408 he makes fantastic soft goods, and I believe he's the only one that makes these. It ships from Malaysia and takes forever, but worth the wait. I took that robe cut the sleeves and the bottom. I didn't touch the hood, I just folded and stretched it to get the shape I wanted.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on July 22, 2015, 06:37:25 AM
That looks great! Off to share. Man, love the eyes on this too.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on July 22, 2015, 09:47:51 AM
That looks great! Off to share. Man, love the eyes on this too.
Thanks a bunch Tamer. I love him. The eyes are a little bright, in person and a little hard to photograph, but as the battery wears it'll be perfect. The robe supplier ran out of the red/brown robes but I bought a few of the darker brown. I think it'll be just as cool. I may make a sandcrawler scene in the future.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: larifari on July 22, 2015, 10:36:48 AM
COOOL!!  0/
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on July 22, 2015, 06:55:20 PM
COOOL!!  0/
Thanks. Glad you like it so far.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on July 23, 2015, 04:55:06 AM
Can you pm or email me a link to that robe supplier you use or post it here? I would love to showcase them too.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on July 23, 2015, 05:39:04 AM
Yeah I sent a PM he's Rickhor409 I wrote it wrong earlier. But yeah he has great soft goods. Nice thin stretchy material with great looking seams they look awesome on Jedi/sith. It really makes 6" obi wan worth having. Although he has run out of the red/brown obi wan robe. Might ask if he pans to restock.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on July 24, 2015, 06:02:05 AM
Thanks for the email. I got it figured out this morning and added to the places so we will have it as a reference too.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on July 24, 2015, 08:50:07 AM
Thanks for the email. I got it figured out this morning and added to the places so we will have it as a reference too.
No prob. Anything I can do to help. I'm sure anyone who purchases these will be very happy.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. This r2 unit has a bad motivator! look!
Post by: JDeck on July 25, 2015, 03:29:37 PM
Im building a Bandai R5-D4 just for fun. I was really disappointed that he did not have a "bad motivator" option, so I just went ahead and made one. The bad motivator is what makes him R5-D4. I also gave him a restraining bolt from the C3PO kit. Even though for some reason he didn't have one in the movie. It was a fun little Saturday build.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on July 26, 2015, 06:46:05 AM
Nice, need to go get this one on the front page. Love the blown motivator look.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: I-am-Boba-Fett's-Nephew on July 26, 2015, 08:22:39 AM
Thats an awesome looking R5 unit
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on July 26, 2015, 10:48:11 AM
Nice, need to go get this one on the front page. Love the blown motivator look.
Thanks a bunch!. Its an improvement over the POTF2 version with the rocket launcher. That was thing was crazy. Lol I just realized his legs are backwards.
Thats an awesome looking R5 unit
Thank you 'fett's nephew. I think he's pretty neat too.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on July 27, 2015, 11:29:01 PM
R5 looks great and I like how you added a bad motivator, is that a light saber hilt?

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on July 28, 2015, 02:01:28 AM
R5 looks great and I like how you added a bad motivator, is that a light saber hilt?

Ron
Thanks Ron. The motivator is made from the end of a 1/35 German rangefinder, from the Tamiya 88mm kit. I had thought of using a lightsaber though. If I ever run across a part I like better I'll replace it, I just didn't want to rummage through all I had. They say you can't have too many greebles but I'm getting close.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on July 28, 2015, 04:45:02 AM
Quote
Thanks Ron. The motivator is made from the end of a 1/35 German rangefinder, from the Tamiya 88mm kit. I had thought of using a lightsaber though. If I ever run across a part I like better I'll replace it, I just didn't want to rummage through all I had. They say you can't have too many greebles but I'm getting close.

Actually great choice for the motivator mate and you can never ever have to many greeblies lol.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: krztfr on July 28, 2015, 11:07:39 AM
Looks great man i got the same set but repainted r5 due to never really finding it interesting a color scheme like most of the background droid plus if the 6" line keeps going hasbro will make one almost guarantied. I might steal the droid control collar idea.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on July 28, 2015, 11:40:44 AM
Looks great man i got the same set but repainted r5 due to never really finding it interesting a color scheme like most of the background droid plus if the 6" line keeps going hasbro will make one almost guarantied. I might steal the droid control collar idea.
Thanks for the compliment! Yeah the possibilities are endless. I even thought of making a "realistic" chopper from Rebels, but I have enough to do. LOL.
 I'm still working on the Jabba dio just the construction of the walls and so forth left. But I have a new custom 6" figure in the works, From SW ANH! I think it'll be pretty cool, So stick around for that!
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. *GONK* PT.1
Post by: JDeck on July 31, 2015, 06:52:20 PM
  Ever since Hemble made his 6" droids when I first started here, and saw some droids built by Sprywalker and others.  I've been wanting to build some of my own. Now that I've figured out how to make Jawas I need droids to go with them. This is the first step on my GONK droid. I still need to sand the face area, just waiting for putty to dry fully. I put more parts on him than I initially wanted, but if he's owned by Jawas he's probably pretty jury rigged.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on July 31, 2015, 08:54:16 PM
Looking good mate, I'm really looking forward to seeing it complete.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.*GONK* PT.1
Post by: JDeck on August 01, 2015, 03:44:43 AM
Looking good mate, I'm really looking forward to seeing it complete.

Ron
Thanks Ron. Yeah I'm splitting my time between this, my Jabba dio and a custom figure. This shouldn't take long, and once this is finished I have a couple of other droids to build too. Busy busy.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: larifari on August 01, 2015, 04:28:22 AM
Awesome work!!  0/
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on August 01, 2015, 06:15:03 AM
Man that is awesome. It looks great here and on the front page. You are making me want to attempt one of these.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on August 01, 2015, 09:15:23 AM
Awesome work!!  0/
Thanks Larifari!
Man that is awesome. It looks great here and on the front page. You are making me want to attempt one of these.
Thanks for the exposure, and comments. Definitely build one of these! If I had kids or something I'd build a 1:1 scale GONK the same way. I have a bunch of these little cups, enough to build an army of power droids. If this proves to be successful  I may build some variants like PLUNK. I do have other kitbash droids in the works I'll get to shortly.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. *GONK* PT.2
Post by: JDeck on August 01, 2015, 03:48:18 PM
I made my GONK's legs and feet today. The legs are plastic conduit, and the feet are made of Milliput. I also sanded his body so the paint would stick better. I figure I'd show him again before his paint job. I'll give his feet a once over after it cures, to make the lines straight and even. Milliput is too soft to get real sharp lines, but as it cures it gets easier.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on August 01, 2015, 05:17:24 PM
He's coming along great mate and the legs are perfect.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on August 02, 2015, 05:15:56 AM
He's coming along great mate and the legs are perfect.

Ron
Thanks Ron. The conduit does work pretty well. The clay feet gives him a little weight so he's more balanced, too.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on August 02, 2015, 06:55:04 AM
I need to figure out where to get some of these cups. I might try this project with my daughter this week!
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on August 02, 2015, 06:58:07 AM
I got these cups from Family Dollar. You can order some on Amazon too.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on August 02, 2015, 07:02:49 AM
I got these cups from Family Dollar. You can order some on Amazon too.

Well daggone that was a quick response. I have a family dollar close so I can look there. Keep up the great work. I would love to create a start to finish tutorial gallery on our FB Page when you are done if you are game.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on August 02, 2015, 07:08:17 AM
I got these cups from Family Dollar. You can order some on Amazon too.

Well daggone that was a quick response. I have a family dollar close so I can look there. Keep up the great work. I would love to create a start to finish tutorial gallery on our FB Page when you are done if you are game.
I could start a new one and give specific step by step instructions, when I finish this one.?!
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on August 02, 2015, 07:10:54 AM
That would be great! Heck, I could give you admin access to our FB Page for you to just create the gallery and type in comments for each pic if that would be easier and thank you for agreeing!
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on August 02, 2015, 07:17:29 AM
That would be great! Heck, I could give you admin access to our FB Page for you to just create the gallery and type in comments for each pic if that would be easier and thank you for agreeing!
I really dont know much about FB. I'll post it in my miscellaneous scratchbuild section. You can do with it what you want.?!
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. *GONK* complete!
Post by: JDeck on August 02, 2015, 10:57:38 AM
 The Power droid is finished now. I plan to build a couple of other droids as well. Initially I wanted to build a diorama with Jawas and droids, but that is on the long term list. I just wanted to build this one while the idea was fresh.
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Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on August 04, 2015, 01:26:20 PM
Very, very, very nice. I love it. Off to share.

Thank you for featuring the reference guide too.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: larifari on August 04, 2015, 02:28:49 PM
WOW I really like this!!Exellent job!  0/
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on August 04, 2015, 02:50:08 PM
Fantastic work mate.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on August 04, 2015, 05:32:52 PM
Very, very, very nice. I love it. Off to share.

Thank you for featuring the reference guide too.
Thanks a bunch Tamer! I'm glad you like it! Making the tutorial was my pleasure. I always learn a lot from watching/reading tutorials. I just hope it inspires someone.
Fantastic work mate.

Ron
Thanks Ron. Your droids were a HUGE inspiration.
WOW I really like this!!Exellent job!  0/
Thanks Lari'. I'm glad you like it and I appreciate your encouragement!
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on August 04, 2015, 07:36:54 PM
That is some outstanding work my friend ! 
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: DarthSamurai on August 04, 2015, 07:48:03 PM
Wow! looks really good.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on August 05, 2015, 07:56:52 AM
That is some outstanding work my friend !
Thanks a bunch, Mr. Jedi!
Wow! looks really good.
Thank you, Darth Samurai.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. 6" "Long Snoot" WIP
Post by: JDeck on August 08, 2015, 04:45:41 PM
  This is a WIP Garindan figure I'm working on. The construction and paint is about done, I may re work the head and add another coat of paint. What makes him Garindan other than his snoot is his iconic robe, which I will be receiving from Richor409 of course it takes several weeks, but I'm in no hurry. I wanted this guy finished for when the Bandai sandtroopers come out. So he can tell them where to find the droids they're looking for.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on August 08, 2015, 05:30:00 PM
Your really killing these 6" figures mate awesome work so far.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on August 08, 2015, 05:40:07 PM
Your really killing these 6" figures mate awesome work so far.

Ron
Thanks, Ron!! I just realized his snoot is too long , but its an easy fix. That's what I get for doing things from memory. :P
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures. 6" "Long Snoot" WIP
Post by: JDeck on August 08, 2015, 06:34:26 PM
  Geez. ::) Alright this is the corrected Garindan figure. I don't know why I didn't reference him. He looked off, but i assumed it was the absence of the robe. I can be a goof sometimes. LOL. I may alter it further , but mostly just need to wait for the robe. I'll make a little dio for him when the Bandai sandtroopers come out. I have a feeling that if I want an OT figure I'll have to make him myself. I'm not holding my breath for Hasbro to come out with guys like this.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on August 09, 2015, 11:46:13 AM
Yep, probably right. I don't see them making this one anytime soon. I can't wait to see it with a robe.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on August 09, 2015, 07:29:16 PM
Yep, probably right. I don't see them making this one anytime soon. I can't wait to see it with a robe.
To bad it takes so long to get anything from Asia. I'm still waiting for Bandai TIE fighters to come in. Without the robe Garindan looks incomplete, but I'll just have to wait. I guess I'll let folks know the recipe. Jedi Luke body, Tie pilot arms, WWRP head with Milliput snout and stormtrooper Luke commlink. Still trying to figure out the gun, but he really doesn't need one.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on August 10, 2015, 08:27:08 AM
Do you have a certain Asian Seller you get your Bandai Kits from? Gonna have to have that at-at.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on August 10, 2015, 08:42:35 AM
Do you have a certain Asian Seller you get your Bandai Kits from? Gonna have to have that at-at.
I don't have anyone in particular. I usually use amazon or any reputable seller on eBay. BBTS has bandai models. I go with Amazon. They use Japanese sellers who are pretty good, sometimes they're available on amazon prime.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on August 10, 2015, 08:45:57 AM
Thanks for the info, I will give amazon a look see.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on August 18, 2015, 03:41:54 PM
  I got the robe for 6" Garindan. Looks more complete. He's not exactly screen accurate, but recognizable.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on August 19, 2015, 03:16:40 AM
My comments are on the front page.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Stan on August 19, 2015, 04:56:23 AM
Overall very recognizable l, great color!! Nice robe, keep up the good work!
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on August 19, 2015, 06:44:42 AM
My comments are on the front page.
      Thank you for the FP spot. Sort of disappointed in Hasbro's direction for the 6" line Rebels is cool and all but I just think 6" BS should be reserved for movie characters. SDCC  only featured one OT figure and it was yet another Luke. That would make #6. Like I always say if Hasbro made everything perfect we'd be out of a hobby.
Overall very recognizable l, great color!! Nice robe, keep up the good work!
Thanks for the comment Stan!
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Starchaser on September 02, 2015, 10:00:45 PM
JDeck - really great work over the past couple of months (I've been out of the loop). I think your gonk droid is really masterful. Keep up the amazing work.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on September 03, 2015, 07:38:24 PM
JDeck - really great work over the past couple of months (I've been out of the loop). I think your gonk droid is really masterful. Keep up the amazing work.
Thanks Starchaser! I had fun building that GONK, very simple construction that just happened to work, I wish all my ideas worked that well.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on October 29, 2015, 04:01:14 PM
For some reason I bought a bunch of sa ewok figures. I dunno, I kind of like the little buggers. But I made a couple customs. One is the pipe smoking one, the other is a background character I always thought looked cool. I might do a cool little ewok village dio/figure display, for all my furballs.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Starchaser on October 29, 2015, 10:00:25 PM
Your Ewoks looks great. Gotta have a big tribe!
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on October 29, 2015, 11:54:48 PM
Love em mate, great work.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on October 30, 2015, 02:38:54 AM
I like em. I need to get some for my Twisted Trees Dio I got a few years ago, off to share.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on October 30, 2015, 06:41:43 AM
Your Ewoks looks great. Gotta have a big tribe!
   Thanks buddy!! I never knew Hasbro made so many ewoks. I have a bunch but still not all of them.
Love em mate, great work.

Ron
    Thanks Ron I had to get back used to 3.75" scale. Then these guys are smaller yet. The pipe smoker was my first, i had a little trouble with the paint apps. Then the "skullhead" I like the way the sculpt came out on the skull.
     
I like em. I need to get some for my Twisted Trees Dio I got a few years ago, off to share.
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Thanks for the comments and the FP treatment! I'm going on my second year of customizing, I really learned a lot on this forum. Thanks for all the sweat and tears you put in to this it means a lot to everybody.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: koth on October 30, 2015, 10:37:43 AM
Nice guys. I find ewoks really difficult for the simple reason , without reference shots,  they end up looking the same. Love the pipe.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Sjefke on October 30, 2015, 01:08:59 PM
I kinda like the little buggers too, and I like these too.
Over at JTA, we call it Furball Fever.
Yup Nub buddy.

BTW
I have more than 250 pics in my Ewok board on Pinterest, but I'm sure I don't have one with the skull on his head. 
https://www.pinterest.com/sjefke59/ewoks/
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on October 30, 2015, 02:24:07 PM
Well done on the ewoks ! Keep the little furball's coming !
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on October 30, 2015, 03:07:31 PM
Nice guys. I find ewoks really difficult for the simple reason , without reference shots,  they end up looking the same. Love the pipe.

 Yeah I hear ya! To Hasbro's credit. They use 3 body styles Wicket, graak, and logray. Logray is nice because you get the added elbow articulation, but his body is bigger than the Graak and even smaller Wicket. I just have a tough time painting fur, especially on the ewoks.
I kinda like the little buggers too, and I like these too.
Over at JTA, we call it Furball Fever.
Yup Nub buddy.

BTW
I have more than 250 pics in my Ewok board on Pinterest, but I'm sure I don't have one with the skull on his head. 
https://www.pinterest.com/sjefke59/ewoks/

  Thanks bud! You do have a couple great pictures of "Skullhead" I wish I'd seen that before, but great reference for future furballs.

 YUB NUB!!

Well done on the ewoks ! Keep the little furball's coming !

Thanks a bunch Jedi! Your ewoks were a big inspiration.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on October 30, 2015, 03:17:52 PM
I started work on my ewok village. Im starting obviously with the trees. Since it'll be a relatively small display piece I made the trees a little bit different from Diorama Workshop, but his way would work too, I'm just using what I have readily available.
       First I took some toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes and a postal tube I got a while ago, I figured I'd use it somehow. With those I constructed the inner frame of the tree. Then I filled the gaps with aluminium foil and gave it a natural uneven look. After that I gave it several layers of paper mache using construction paper torn in long irregular strips. Then spray painted it. On the right is the final product, middle the aluminium foil tree meat and on the left is the paper towel tube frame. I'll get into the specifics of the bark later.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on October 31, 2015, 02:13:33 PM
Well done on the ewoks ! Keep the little furball's coming !

Thanks a bunch Jedi! Your ewoks were a big inspiration.
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Thank you JDeck i love the head piece on the One ewok and moer accurate then my version  what did you use to make it ?
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on October 31, 2015, 02:45:58 PM
Well done on the ewoks ! Keep the little furball's coming !

Thanks a bunch Jedi! Your ewoks were a big inspiration.

Thank you JDeck i love the head piece on the One ewok and moer accurate then my version  what did you use to make it ?
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 The skull I sculpted with the epoxy clay Milliput. Then I just used random things for sculpting tools. Then I just gave it a few strokes of off white. It turned out much better than I thought it would, I lucked out.
Title: Ewok village display: making the trees
Post by: JDeck on October 31, 2015, 03:37:20 PM
I made the second tree. It turned out alright. Basically after I covered the tree paper towel tube frame with foil, I taped paper towels covering the surface. You need to do that because the paper mache will not stick to the bare foil. Then I saturated the paper towels in the white glue/water mixture. Then I applied the construction paper in strips about an inch long soaked in glue/water mixture. When it was mostly dry I just pulled a few strips off, to look like bark was shedding. Then I spray painted it. Unfortunately gloss brown was all I could find but I gave it a flat brown wash.  It was a noble experiment with mixed results, not exactly what I wanted but the Ewok huts will cover most of it anyway.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on October 31, 2015, 05:54:37 PM
The trees are looking good mate, this is going to be one great diorama/display when done.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on November 01, 2015, 04:12:26 AM
This looks like so much fun. Off to share.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on November 01, 2015, 08:30:51 AM
The trees are looking good mate, this is going to be one great diorama/display when done.

Ron

Thanks Ron! I just have one more tree to make, then I can start the treehouse floors.

This looks like so much fun. Off to share.
  Many thanks! It is pretty fun I enjoy making natural things because it doesn't have to be very precise, the less perfect the better. I just find it a little ironic to make trees out of recycled paper, circle of life kind of thing.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on November 12, 2015, 08:09:55 PM
I've been stupid busy lately, I haven't been able to work on my dioramas much these few weeks, but I started a quick little WW2 Stormtrooper project. I'm a self proclaimed ww2 buff so I like doing these crossovers. A few months ago I was able to get some WWRP accessories fairly cheap so that's what I used for the helmet. The decals are leftovers from old ww2 model projects. The stormy is the Hasbro 6", I think it works well for this project because he has that lanky skeletal look. Also the soft vinyl plastic helmet was easy to cut.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on November 13, 2015, 04:05:42 AM
Wow, I like that a good bit. Evil looking. Good to see you check in and off to share.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on November 13, 2015, 11:27:46 AM
Wow, I like that a good bit. Evil looking. Good to see you check in and off to share.
  Thanks for the FP exposure Tamer. I've been wanting to find a purpose for my Hasbro stormtroopers since I've been going with bandai. Last night for some reason I just started cutting the helmet up. Its too bad the WWR figures are so expensive, but I did find a guy that makes resin 1/12 German helmets, so I'll try that out. I can see doing a WW2 Kylo Ren or Stalingrad snowtrooper.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on November 14, 2015, 09:01:34 AM
That post got almost 5,000 hits on our Facebook Page JDeck. I think they like it!
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on November 17, 2015, 05:22:59 AM
Love the SW/WW2 cross over well done indeed.

Ron
Title: Cheap Endor Forest soil.
Post by: JDeck on November 05, 2016, 07:18:14 PM
   If anyone was wondering how the Ewok dio is coming, well I decided to change directions. Seeing how I have over 25 Ewoks and counting, I would have to build quite a large Tree village to display them. So I'm making an Endor Forest display, that I'll be working on the next few weeks.
   I enjoy making forest dioramas, and I pride myself in my homemade soil "recipes". I use spent coffee grounds as my base. Then i added dried parsley flakes. The soil in most temperate coniferous forests, like Endor ( Central Pacific coastal forest), is reddish in color, so I used a combination of chili powder and cinnamon. You can also throw some tea leaves from teabags, for some dead leaves. It sounds really crazy, but whatever works. People actually spend a lot of money on just a small container of pre mixed dio soil. I made a bunch for pennies. The dio will be overall 2.5 square feet of ground cover, so I think I might have enough.  0//
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on November 06, 2016, 08:54:26 AM
Looks like a great soil recipe to me. Off to share.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on November 06, 2016, 01:45:18 PM
Looks like a great soil recipe to me. Off to share.
Thanks Tamer! My methods are a bit unorthodox but they work sometimes.
Title: Cheap Endor Forest litter.
Post by: JDeck on November 06, 2016, 01:49:33 PM
    I started making some forest litter to be spread over the dirt I made yesterday. Its made of mostly found materials, dried moss, twigs, leaves, bark and pebbles. Along with parsley flakes, and tea leaves. I think ill need quite a bit more.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on November 06, 2016, 02:05:20 PM
I like where this is going JD and with that background and your dio this is going to be great.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on November 07, 2016, 03:42:44 AM
wow, that looks good too. Off to share again!
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on November 07, 2016, 06:14:35 AM
I like where this is going JD and with that background and your dio this is going to be great.

Ron
   Thanks Ron! Im trying to figure out a backdrop for it. What I'm doing is a diorama within a bookcase shelf. Make the whole shelf a diorama. Meybe I'll either print out a photo or just paint it, or buy a poster.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on November 07, 2016, 06:18:00 AM
wow, that looks good too. Off to share again!
       Thanks Tamer! Yeah using natural products is the best, especially in this scale, it would work great for 6" too.  I actually found a redwood today and  grabbed up some fallen branches, so I'll add that to my mix as well.
Title: Homemade fir tree armature.
Post by: JDeck on November 09, 2016, 08:58:52 PM
   This is my first attempt at a small lanky fir tree, for my Endor dio. First i took a dowel rod and carved it into a spear. Then I took a wire brush to it, to carve the bark. I cut some lengths of wire, longer on the bottom smaller at the top, and twisted them around the trunk. Then painted it brown followed by a black dry brush. Afterwards I applied some clump foliage to the wire armatures. Finally sprinkled static grass over the clump foliage, to give it the pine needle look. This is a good concept, I just need more practice. Ill definitely get practice, as I need a bunch of these.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on November 10, 2016, 03:19:03 AM
Wow, pretty sweet for your first attempt.

Off to share. I can't wait to see all this put together.

Thanks for taking the time to document your process and share your recipes.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on November 10, 2016, 12:44:14 PM
Wow, pretty sweet for your first attempt.

Off to share. I can't wait to see all this put together.

Thanks for taking the time to document your process and share your recipes.

Thanks Tamer! Pleasure is all mine. Every once in a while someone asks, how do you make a diorama. And I never know what to say, because there's infinite ways to build one. It just comes to which way works for the individual, based on experience and comfort level. I figure I'd show folks how I like to do things, meybe it'll spark an idea of their own.
   As for the trees, these, really are cool. You can buy commercially availible armatures, but they're cookie cutter trees, in other words, theyre all the same. And they're made for 1/86 scale, so they don't  always work in 1/18 or 1/12. With these you can make different trunk diameters,  or heights. You can make the branches any way you want. High, low, long, short, whatever.  So,  yeah it was a worth while experiment. Now I can put it into assembly line type production.
  Man I just came up with a great idea to make a big hollow tree.
Title: Large coniferous tree trunk.
Post by: JDeck on November 12, 2016, 09:58:13 PM
     This is my first attempt, or the beginning of a larger coniferous tree. For now ignore the limbs. The trunk I'm using a 1 inch diameter dowel rod. If you notice the texture on the bark, I achieved that by basically carving it with a serrated knife. Afterwards I gave it a good going over with a wire brush. Im not making the entire tree, just the bottom half.
      The limbs are some kind of preserved and dyed plant, similar to a Norfolk Island pine. I drilled some holes around the trunk and started jamming them in, just to see how it looks. I think I'll try a different approach. Possibly using small dowels for branches and glue the limbs to that. I dunno, I still need to drill more holes and paint the trunk.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on November 13, 2016, 01:18:34 AM
The small tree looks great but I have to say that I am really looking forward to seeing how the larger tree turns out.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on November 13, 2016, 08:05:08 AM
Great start to the larger tree. Time for a front page update methinks.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on November 13, 2016, 05:10:19 PM
The small tree looks great but I have to say that I am really looking forward to seeing how the larger tree turns out.

Ron
   Thanks Ron! Yeah the small trees are just filler, these larger ones will direct more attention. I worked on the one more today, its more or less finished. I used a whole package of those branches, and I only did one side, but thats all you'll see anyway.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on November 13, 2016, 05:12:03 PM
Great start to the larger tree. Time for a front page update methinks.
   Thanks Tamer! This project is going to take much longer than I thought. Once I get  all the trees finished, the groundwork should be easy. I want to depict them doing Ewok stuff, hunting, trapping, hang gliding, gathering, ect. I hope I have room for the catapult too. I may do some smaller separate  dioramas, if I cant get it all in one. Or I could just change up the diorama every once in a while, the figures won't be fixed.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on November 14, 2016, 02:45:19 AM
Yeah I see where you are going with the tree's and the first one looks excellent.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on November 14, 2016, 04:00:24 AM
Looks fun to me. Off to share the latest.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on November 14, 2016, 08:12:18 AM
Yeah I see where you are going with the tree's and the first one looks excellent.

Ron
   Thanks Ron!  Yeah man I have several different  diameter dowels, and many different types of foliage. Some I got from joefix, some from a more local manufacturer.  I think it's more realistic to have a broad range of biodiversity, and trees of different heights.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on November 14, 2016, 08:21:15 AM
Looks fun to me. Off to share the latest.
  Thanks Tamer! Yeah it is a lot of fun the potential for dioramas are great. Im going to try and knock out all these trees. Im going into super tree manufacturing mode, now that I have some basic concepts. Ill start seeing trees in my sleep.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on November 14, 2016, 02:01:38 PM
I am really liking how this is coming together ! keep the updates coming !
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Starchaser on November 14, 2016, 07:09:03 PM
JDeck, this is looking great so far. Thanks for the updates showing your process as well as the progress. I love the ideas you have shared about ways to do ground cover - those are really helpful. I look forward to seeing more of your work on this project.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on November 16, 2016, 09:10:40 AM
I am really liking how this is coming together ! keep the updates coming !

  Thanks mr.jedi! Will do.
JDeck, this is looking great so far. Thanks for the updates showing your process as well as the progress. I love the ideas you have shared about ways to do ground cover - those are really helpful. I look forward to seeing more of your work on this project.
   Thanks Starchaser! I hope this will be helpful to someone looking to learn basics.
Title: Medium sized pine trees.
Post by: JDeck on November 16, 2016, 09:15:36 AM
Here is another type of tree you can make. I took a dowel rod and carved it into a spear. Then I spray painted it using rust-oleum camo brown. I like that because it dries very flat in color, no gloss at all. Then I drilled tiny holes with a finger drill. Then I took some preserved/dyed seamoss dipped the ends in woodglue and stuck them in the holes. They are taking me about an hour each to make, it's going to be a long day.  I want to get all the trees and some bushes done before I start on the terrain.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on November 17, 2016, 03:31:57 AM
I like the looks of these new ones too. Off to share the latest.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: legion078 on November 17, 2016, 02:50:33 PM
Wow, these trees look very similar to the original ones in the Redwoods/Endor! I am amazed by the detail and how great they fill up the background! Thanks for all the details and pictures! I didn't know "J. Peddinghaus Zinnfiguren" before and just found out that it's actually a German brand!  :)
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on November 17, 2016, 05:33:27 PM
wow looking really good  i too agree the detail is really good !
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on November 17, 2016, 06:35:59 PM
I like the looks of these new ones too. Off to share the latest.
   Thanks Tamer! Soon I will start the terrain, that's when it will really take shape.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on November 17, 2016, 06:41:13 PM
Wow, these trees look very similar to the original ones in the Redwoods/Endor! I am amazed by the detail and how great they fill up the background! Thanks for all the details and pictures! I didn't know "J. Peddinghaus Zinnfiguren" before and just found out that it's actually a German brand!  :)
        Thank you Legion! Yeah  J. Peddinghaus Zinnfiguren has great products, I assumed it was a central European company, but a local distributor close to my area sells them on ebay. Germany and Australia make the best diorama supplies. Here in the U.S we just have model train products, not ideal for this scale.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on November 17, 2016, 06:43:54 PM
wow looking really good  i too agree the detail is really good !
    Thank you Mr. Jedi! Tree making used to be very intimidating to me, but it really is simple.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on November 18, 2016, 03:39:06 AM
It sure does look like you have the forest now. Such cool trees!
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Jaeger45 on November 18, 2016, 09:32:56 PM
Forest looks great!  I wonder how a wire wheel on a drill would do for rapid bark texturing?  Eye protection a must.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on November 19, 2016, 09:03:15 AM
It sure does look like you have the forest now. Such cool trees!
  Thanks Tamer! I think ill make a simple background using poster board  spray paint and tree limbs. To fill the gaps.
Forest looks great!  I wonder how a wire wheel on a drill would do for rapid bark texturing?  Eye protection a must.
     Thanks Jaeger! Ill have to try that out, I have a wire wheel attachment for my dremel, and I need one more big tree.
Title: Easy backdrop for forest dioramas.
Post by: JDeck on November 19, 2016, 03:18:31 PM
   Here is how I'm  making the backdrop for my Endor diorama. I'm  using my redneck engineering camouflage technique.  What you need are poster board, dark green, light green, brown and tan/white spray paints. You will also need sticks/dowel rods, tree branches and or artificial plants.
   First I spray painted the poster board brown, after that was dry I placed the dowels and sticks vertically to simulate trees. Then I sprayed it all light green. After that was dry I used various plant limbs and artificial pine branches  as stencils and painted over them in tan. Afterwards I sprayed a few places, like the top and bottom dark green, using the artificial pine as a mask. Then remove the sticks/dowels. Thats it, easy backdrop.
Title: Easy backdrop for forest dioramas.
Post by: JDeck on November 19, 2016, 03:39:47 PM
  This is the end result more or less, I just tacked it in place temporarily. Not bad, better than all black, or whatever. What you want to do is round off the corners, if its a straight angle it doesn't look as convincing.  Im making the backdrop first so I can just slide in the landscape, when Im finished with it.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on November 19, 2016, 03:45:19 PM
That is a excellent idea JD and it looks awesome.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on November 19, 2016, 03:49:13 PM
That is a excellent idea JD and it looks awesome.

Ron
   Thanks Ron! A few days ago I saw the shadows of the trees cast on the back of the shelf and remembered how we used to make camouflage, and gave it a try. Originally I was going to use a terrarium background or a poster, but they didnt look like Endor.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Jaeger45 on November 20, 2016, 12:14:39 AM
That looks great--interesting technique!
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on November 20, 2016, 08:55:34 AM
What a cool backdrop. I like it! Off to share.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: legion078 on November 20, 2016, 03:29:14 PM
I never saw something like this before! I thought of printing a background for my next dio, but your idea is just brilliant for Endor! It looks so real. It's amazing what you can do with spray-paint!
This Endor diorama is getting more and more shape! It looks great already! And I am amazed how hard and quickly you work on it! You make much progress in just a bit of time.
Thanks for all the insight!
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on November 20, 2016, 05:04:04 PM
That looks great--interesting technique!
   Thanks Jaeger! You can also make a night version, by spraying blue over black. As well as the Starkiller base forest, and Dagobah, using different trees and colors.
   
What a cool backdrop. I like it! Off to share.
Thanks Tamer! I should have this all complete in a week or so, and I almost have all the modern era ewok figures exept for Kaink, from the Star Wars Tours set, but I was able to get Teek. This is a really fun project, and it's great to have some encouragement as well.
I never saw something like this before! I thought of printing a background for my next dio, but your idea is just brilliant for Endor! It looks so real. It's amazing what you can do with spray-paint!
This Endor diorama is getting more and more shape! It looks great already! And I am amazed how hard and quickly you work on it! You make much progress in just a bit of time.
Thanks for all the insight!
   Thanks Legion! I have a lot of fun building this dio. Sometimes I get an idea while Im at work, and try it out as soon as I get home. There are a lot of cool things you can do with an Endor diorama.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on November 21, 2016, 03:33:10 PM
OUTSTANDING!!!!!! What a really cool idea , and the effect is great  ! Take a bow my friend!
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on November 21, 2016, 07:10:23 PM
OUTSTANDING!!!!!! What a really cool idea , and the effect is great  ! Take a bow my friend!
  Thank you Mr. Jedi. I try to find unconventional ways of doing things, it makes things interesting, and I may come up with a good idea.
       I got this CollectA Daeodon figurine. A Daeodon is a prehistoric half boar half wolf, found in North America. The figurine is in 1/20 scale, so it's close enogh to 3.75". He's pretty freggin big. The details are very nice, from the teeth to the fur. Everything is very well done no noticeable cast marks. It isn't cheap, $20 or so, but I thought it was cool. I got it becase it looks like something the Ewoks would hunt on Endor. I thought it would make a cool alternate scene for my diorama.
Title: Making the Forest moon terrain
Post by: JDeck on November 25, 2016, 04:18:02 PM
    This is how I like to make large terrains. First I like to use blue insulation foam, its lightweight, thick and sturdy. I made my base with insulation foam, and added some steps one on either side. That gives it some variation and it will allow me to have seperate mini scenes within the display. I blended the steps by taping wadded paper in the seams. After it had the general look I wanted I placed plaster cloth over the entire terrain. This will blend everything together seamlessly, and it has a cool effect. Then I placed my trees, and attached them with woodglue.
  Once it is all dry I will paint the entire terrain brown.
Title: Forest moon groundwork
Post by: JDeck on November 26, 2016, 06:15:36 PM
    The Forest moon Ewok display diorama shelf is just about finished. The first thing I did, I mixed my dirt with glue and water to create a paste. I applied that around the tree trunks, to give it a rootball look. Then I sprayed the terrain with spray adhesive and sprinkled my dry dirt, then the forest litter. After that I made some small bushes and plants, using different mosses and dried plants. Thats about it, with all the prep work I did it didn't take long at all.
   The next step is to address the lighting. What I'm going to do is get some small warm white LED under counter lights, attach them under the top of the shelf. Then take some artificial cedar garland and make a forest canopy. That way the light will be filtered, and create realistic  shadows. That's the plan anyway.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on November 26, 2016, 10:30:22 PM
Very Impressive indeed JD and the back drop really makes it as well it gives it depth.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on November 27, 2016, 07:57:42 PM
Very Impressive indeed JD and the back drop really makes it as well it gives it depth.

Ron
   Thanks Ron! I guess I'll be making Endor dios for a while, I have a ton of leftover materials.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on November 28, 2016, 03:56:44 AM
It is really coming along. Nice. Off to share.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on November 28, 2016, 02:31:23 PM
Man that is really an awesome effect i like this very much ! well done indeed !
Title: Endor display lighting.
Post by: JDeck on November 28, 2016, 03:31:24 PM
It is really coming along. Nice. Off to share.
    Many thanks Tamer.
Man that is really an awesome effect i like this very much ! well done indeed !
      Thank you Mr Jedi!

   I added some lighting. I attached 8 warm white LED undercounter lights to the top of the shelf. If you use regular cool white LEDS it might look like disco Ewoks. Then I taped some deer fence, sort of a plastic chicken wire, over the lights. Then I stuck some artificial cedar branches throgh the holes. That's it. I think it looks much better, it's not as drab and gloomy. I've been wanting to build an in shelf fully light diorama for a long time.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on November 28, 2016, 11:08:29 PM
Mate that lighting looks awesome it actually looks like sunlight beaming thru.


Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Jaeger45 on November 29, 2016, 02:11:11 AM
Your diorama turned out great!  I love the idea of an Ewok hunt.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on November 29, 2016, 03:51:01 AM
What a great display. I love how you did the lighting. Great work and off to share again.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on November 29, 2016, 01:12:52 PM
Mate that lighting looks awesome it actually looks like sunlight beaming thru.


Ron

   Thank you! Originally I was going to use Christmas lights, but I didn't think they were strong enough to crate a beam.  It would be just a glow.
Your diorama turned out great!  I love the idea of an Ewok hunt.
  Thanks Jaeger! I like the hunt scene too, but it's a little crowded with all my Ewoks. I'd just use a handful of them to make the scene. I have a bunch of ideas for scenes, that I'll change up from time to time.
What a great display. I love how you did the lighting. Great work and off to share again.
   Many thanks again Tamer! I'm pleased with it. A while back I swore off dioramas for good, because of the cost and mess. But I can't stay away for too long. I might make a Hoth Scene for my next shelf display diorama thing.
Title: AMT Battle of Hoth. 1/150
Post by: JDeck on December 06, 2016, 04:43:34 PM
   Here is a sneak preview of my next project. I bought a 1996 AMT battle of Hoth action scene model kit. Its a direct repack of the 1981 MPC battle on ice planet Hoth snapfit kit. It comes with a diorama base, 2 AT-ATs in walking positions, 1 AT-AT in a destroyed position. 1 AT-ST, 3 Snowspeeders, 3 rebel turret cannons, 2 rebel dish type cannons, 1 X-Wing and several Rebel soldiers, along with several snowtroopers. The kit is basically 1/150 scale, but its all over the map. Thats why I never got this kit before. Until I realized no other manufacturer will ever make these models anywhere near the same scale.
                   
                             GAME PLAN
  I'm going to make another shelf diorama, similar to the Endor one, but a different scale.  First I'll toss the base, it's just a piece of vac form plastic. I plan to make my own, out of insulation foam board. Which means I'll have to scratch build a power generator, nothing fancy, I think a chewed up piece of gum would be an improvement to the one in the kit.
          The AT-ATs have some issues, but they aren't bad. I will need to putty them because the seam line is very noticeable, when assembled. The only tough part will be individually painting all the Rebel soldiers. I'm not going to use the snowtroopers, they weren't deployed until after the generator was destroyed. I might look into a second kit, that way I'll have 3 walking AT-ATs.  Its Tuesday, so I might start tonight or tomorrow. I've been collecting parts for the generator, so Ill feature that soon, when I start assembling it.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on December 06, 2016, 05:50:41 PM
I forgot how cool this kit is, thanks for the pics and I look forward to seeing your dio.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on December 07, 2016, 03:03:02 AM
My comments are on the front pages. Looking forward to seeing this unfold.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on December 07, 2016, 01:27:05 PM
I forgot how cool this kit is, thanks for the pics and I look forward to seeing your dio.

Ron
 
  Thanks Ron! It is pretty cool, to have all these items in a close enough scale. Using one or two kits you can make a really cool scene.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on December 07, 2016, 01:28:10 PM
My comments are on the front pages. Looking forward to seeing this unfold.
    Thanks Tamer! For being a 35 year old kit, it has a lot of potential.
Title: Distance to power generator? 1,7.2,8??
Post by: JDeck on December 07, 2016, 01:33:57 PM
   I started making the power generator today. I used 4 Icebreakers mints containers, 8 condiment containers with lids, styrene strips and a plastic tube. The good thing is my breath will be minty fresh for the next several days, the bad thing is I don't know if  I'll use it in my diorama. The generator was quite a distance from the battlefield. The entire diorama will be at most 2.5 feet, so in 1/150 scale its about 114 meters. Well within point blank firing range of an AT-AT. :(  It'll be one of those last minuet decisions, we'll see. It depends how I want to do it. If the scene is at the end of the battle, that might work.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on December 08, 2016, 03:44:11 AM
Looks pretty spot on realistic to me. I can picture you eating a ton of mints right now. LOL.

Kind of a shame if you can't use it, but that just means you can make another diorama with rebel troops protecting it in trenches or some such thing. Off to share!
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on December 08, 2016, 10:23:48 AM
Looks pretty spot on realistic to me. I can picture you eating a ton of mints right now. LOL.

Kind of a shame if you can't use it, but that just means you can make another diorama with rebel troops protecting it in trenches or some such thing. Off to share!
   Thanks Tamer! Yeah I put all those mints in a sandwich bag, its a little suspicious looking. LOL.
    I've been watching the rebel retreat scene over and over, it does seem to be in close proximity. It could be the AT-AT had to move into point blank range to penetrate the generator's armor, because it does seem they fired at it once or twice earlier, and nothing happened. Either way I think i will build a rebel retreat dio, that'll be cool, with a bunch of explosions and stuff like that.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on December 08, 2016, 03:59:24 PM
Hey JD mate those generators looks excellent I can't wait to see more.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on December 08, 2016, 07:19:14 PM
Hey JD mate those generators looks excellent I can't wait to see more.

Ron
    Thanks bud! I'm starting to get some pretty cool ideas for this dio. Until then theres those pesky details like putting the models together and painting them. It'll definitely look like a war zone when it's done. In a good way.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on December 08, 2016, 11:54:32 PM
Hey JD mate those generators looks excellent I can't wait to see more.

Ron
    Thanks bud! I'm starting to get some pretty cool ideas for this dio. Until then theres those pesky details like putting the models together and painting them. It'll definitely look like a war zone when it's done. In a good way.

I can't wait mate and that's one reason I have been enjoying the Bandai 1/144 kits you can make a great dio's with them and still have space for other projects.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on December 09, 2016, 03:07:52 AM
Hey JD mate those generators looks excellent I can't wait to see more.

Ron
    Thanks bud! I'm starting to get some pretty cool ideas for this dio. Until then theres those pesky details like putting the models together and painting them. It'll definitely look like a war zone when it's done. In a good way.

I can't wait mate and that's one reason I have been enjoying the Bandai 1/144 kits you can make a great dio's with them and still have space for other projects.

Ron

    Yeah I hope they continue making the 1/144. Most of them are TFA though. Don't get me wrong I like TFA, but from a collecting/customizing standpoint it's OT or nothin. They have Slave I, X-Wing and Y-wing. A trench run using the A-wing DS cannon would be cool. I dont think they'll make an OT Falcon in 1/144, unfortunately.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on December 09, 2016, 03:58:18 AM
Yeah, I think you could argue it either way you want to approach it. It is hard to exactly pinpoint in TESB.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on December 12, 2016, 05:46:48 PM
Yeah, I think you could argue it either way you want to approach it. It is hard to exactly pinpoint in TESB.
  Yeah OT Star Wars has some inconsistencies in scale and distances, but it's still amazing how they did it all. I think I will use the Generators, even though it isn't at an exact proportionate distance. Each generator holds a 9v battery perfectly inside. Which is advantageous since I plan to add some LED effects. Everything is on ice right now waiting for lighting materials.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on December 13, 2016, 03:46:03 AM
Lighting sounds great. I can't wait to see how you light em up!
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on December 13, 2016, 05:04:25 PM
Lighting sounds great. I can't wait to see how you light em up!

  I have a few ideas for lighting effects. Here is a taste of what I'm cooking up. I would like to have the laser "float", but this, I think is the best I can get. I used a .03" fiber optic, a 3mm red LED with a shrink tube connection. At first I used a 1/16" acrylic rod, but it was too wide for this scale. It's still in the experimental stage. I melted the tip of the fiber optic with a lighter, and painted the base of the optic with clear smoke, so it isn't a steady laser beam. I think it has the general look I wanted. I enjoy doing things like this, it involves a lot of problem solving.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on December 14, 2016, 03:27:32 AM
Now that looks fantastic! Very good. Off to share with thew world.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on December 14, 2016, 01:50:07 PM
Now that looks fantastic! Very good. Off to share with thew world.
    Many thanks Tamer! Initially I wanted to use the lasers that are included in the Bandai kits, but they were too dark.
   Here is the beginning stage of the landscape.  I'm  just using a bluefoam base with taped newspaper to create the basic topography. Sort of a model train technique. I still need to build up the generator side a little higher. I'll add more ground effects with plaster cloth, spackle and so forth. I still need to make a background too. Buncha stuff to do. Im hoping to get this done by new years.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on December 15, 2016, 03:40:41 AM
Looking great to me. off to share again!
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on December 17, 2016, 04:13:35 PM
Looking great to me. off to share again!
    Many thanks again Tamer! Yup its coming along.

   Here is another example of some of the lighting effects I'll use. The lights are a fire kit from Evan's designs http://www.modeltrainsoftware.com/fire-led.html. it really is great. Yes you could use the flicker tea lights, they're certainly a cheaper route. I like the fire kit because it's brighter and the flash is much more dramatic. Its all pre wired, you just select the bulb size (I used 1.8mm), voltage (9v) and wire length (14", better to have too long than too short.). You still have to buy the battery holder and switch. It's basically 1 solid orange bulb, 1 flashing red, 1 flashing yellow. The flash rates are at different speeds, and the effect is really cool. If you want a big flame you can use multiple kits, or supliment  it with red, yellow or orange lights.
    For the smoke i just fluffed up some cotton, and sprayed it flat black. Sometimes less is more, so just spray little squirts at a time. I still need to practice, by the time this is done I'll be an expert.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on December 18, 2016, 06:15:02 AM
Sweet effect. Off to share.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Sjefke on December 19, 2016, 01:18:04 AM
Wow!
Really cool.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on December 21, 2016, 07:33:14 AM
Damn awesome work JD, I'm really enjoying the WIP pics and I'm really looking forward to seeing the completed dio.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: legion078 on December 23, 2016, 01:16:01 PM
The smaller the scale is the more opportunities there are to go BIG! This is a great Hoth dio! And the light effect looks phenomenal! It does look like a real explosion which is in my opinion one of the hardest things to portray in model building. Amazing job on this one!
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on December 27, 2016, 04:27:41 PM
Sweet effect. Off to share.
     Thanks again Tamer! Yeah  ive seen his tutorials videos he did back when I was building ww2 dios, they helped a lot with making explosions. Even though it's much smaller it's still the same concept.

Wow!
Really cool.
  Thanks Sjefke! I still need practice, but its not difficult.
Damn awesome work JD, I'm really enjoying the WIP pics and I'm really looking forward to seeing the completed dio.

Ron
    Thanks Ron! I was hoping to get this done soon, but last week was hectic.
The smaller the scale is the more opportunities there are to go BIG! This is a great Hoth dio! And the light effect looks phenomenal! It does look like a real explosion which is in my opinion one of the hardest things to portray in model building. Amazing job on this one!
     Thanks Legion! I like working with small scale, you can build a huge dio without taking up real estate. It's actually easier to build small as opposed to 3.75 or 6, not as many minor details.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on December 27, 2016, 04:34:35 PM
    Alright I finally got back on this dio. Corporate was nice enough to give me an extra day off, however I had to do more work in less time. so I ended up sleeping on my extra day, instead of working on my dio. Plus it's been raining on my days off lately.

     The weather was great today, so I decided to plaster my dio. Of course  I ran out of plaster cloth half way through , so I used a plaster mix and paper towels. It worked just as well as the plaster cloth. So I'll use that from now on, its just more messy.  I also did addition sculpting using sculpting plaster, but I don't like using that stuff. It's like some kind of a pulpy mashed potato gloop.  Next Ill run my wires, tape over the wires and then add my final ground effects.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on December 27, 2016, 04:40:28 PM
Looks awesome JD.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on December 28, 2016, 09:25:10 AM
Looking pretty sweet still to me. Off to share the latest.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Starchaser on January 02, 2017, 06:44:11 PM
Been off the board for about six weeks and just saw this JDeck. This is shaping up to be beautiful. The explosion looks amazingly real. Fantastic work.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on March 08, 2017, 02:14:09 PM
  Thanks guys for the great feedback. Im going to wait until the Bandai AT-AT releases along with the Snowspeeders. It'll be 1/144 instead of 1/150, overall It will look better.


    In the meantime I've been on a GI JOE kick lately. I like GI joe because theres certain things I can do with them i cant with Star Wars, so its a good balance.
  I started on a Storm Shadow Arashikage mountain temple diorama. Im almost finished, just need finishing touches.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on March 09, 2017, 03:32:27 AM
Looks great. Ultra realistic. Off to share.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on March 09, 2017, 05:22:38 PM
Looks great. Ultra realistic. Off to share.
Thanks Tamer! I've gotten out of practice on terrains in 1/18. Stepping stones.
Title: Storm Shadow mountain dio.
Post by: JDeck on March 09, 2017, 05:26:53 PM
  I'd say this one is done. I gave it a little more snow, and added the repainted foo dogs. I think it's a neat little piece.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: hemble on March 09, 2017, 09:44:59 PM
Fantastic work JD.

Ron
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on March 10, 2017, 03:06:19 AM
Wow, that is very nice JDeck. Classic scene. Wonderful execution. Off to share the finale.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on March 11, 2017, 02:03:22 PM
Fantastic work JD.

Ron
  Thanks Ron!
Wow, that is very nice JDeck. Classic scene. Wonderful execution. Off to share the finale.
  Domo arigato, Mr. Tamer-o. I have a couple more Joe projects, then its back to SW.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on March 12, 2017, 05:29:00 AM
I know our bread and butter here is SW Customs, but I sure do like seeing other genres and environments too. Joe being right up there too. I can't wait to see if someone does some King Kong stuff or Logan stuff too.

Spread the word Yarders we like customs of any genre here at ISY.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: JDeck on March 12, 2017, 08:11:47 AM
  Yeah this site is perfect for me. I dabbled in other forums, but they were a little too specific. I like to build all sorts of stuff, dios, figures, models, Joe stuff. This is a very versatile forum. And Tamer, you do a great job of putting it all together.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on March 13, 2017, 01:55:45 AM
Aw shucks, thanks though JDeck. I appreciate the comments. I just enjoy seeing what new projects the folks here get into. I am always amazed. It gets me through my week, especially when I have rough ones like last week!
Title: Lapti Nek!
Post by: JDeck on May 18, 2017, 06:01:42 PM
   I just started my Jabba's throne room display.  I'm building it in a bookshelf, so it's more of a stage seeing everything will be on one side facing out. I have most of the flooring rough cut, and I started on the main archway over Jabba's throne.  A good trick when mocking up foam walls is to use scewers cut short, stick em under the wall section pointy end out, place it, and jam it into the floor. Helps hold when gluing too, in addition to clamps. Well, that's what I do anyway.       
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Post by: hemble on May 19, 2017, 12:19:22 AM
Damn this is looking great already JD.

Ron
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Post by: Tamer on May 19, 2017, 02:29:39 AM
Looks good on the front page.
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Post by: Rodger on May 19, 2017, 04:03:58 PM
I've started a JP 3 times. Finished 0. Have parts. Some that end up in other works.  :D
In the meantime until I start number 4 (which will probably fail too.)  >:(
 I like to watch other peoples success. This is looking very good so far. Keep up the good Work. ;D
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Post by: JDeck on May 19, 2017, 05:13:03 PM
Damn this is looking great already JD.

Ron
Thanks Ron! A big thing is the lighting, as you know. Thats why I like these in shelf dios. I can manipulate the lighting, almost like a movie set.
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Post by: JDeck on May 19, 2017, 05:14:59 PM
Looks good on the front page.
  Thanks Tamer! Yeah it's looking pretty cool so far. Just need to build a few more wall sections and some stairs.
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Post by: JDeck on May 19, 2017, 05:17:36 PM
I've started a JP 3 times. Finished 0. Have parts. Some that end up in other works.  :D
In the meantime until I start number 4 (which will probably fail too.)  >:(
 I like to watch other peoples success. This is looking very good so far. Keep up the good Work. ;D
  Yeah I know what you mean. I started a 6" version a couple of years ago. I ended up selling what I made, but to me it wasn't anywhere near done. This is just going to be real basic. If it comes out even slightly better than the POTF2 jabba's palace 3d diorama I'll be happy.
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Post by: JDeck on May 22, 2017, 03:31:42 PM
    I did a little more work on my Jabba's throne room display this weekend. I got a few walls fabbed up, I built the stairs on either side of Jabba's dais, and I got the inside of the main arch covered. Granted its all held together with toothpicks essentially, so its a little wonky. I used foamcore for the inside of the archway. I had to strip off the paper, because it will fold instead of bend with the paper. So I spent most of yesterday soaking and stripping. Next I'll start finishing the flooring, including an attempt to make the floor grate.
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Post by: Tamer on May 23, 2017, 02:35:20 AM
Wow, this is gonna be great. Off to share the latest.
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Post by: Panther on May 23, 2017, 02:38:11 AM
This is looking really cool man, I found steaming the paper off works wonders if you have wallpaper steamer or something similar.
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Post by: JDeck on May 23, 2017, 06:00:15 AM
Wow, this is gonna be great. Off to share the latest.
Thank you Tamer, it's coming along. Once it all gets a coat of stucco it'll really take shape.
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Post by: JDeck on May 23, 2017, 06:02:56 AM
This is looking really cool man, I found steaming the paper off works wonders if you have wallpaper steamer or something similar.
  Thanks Panther. Steaming is a good idea, it would loosen the glue pretty good. I don't have any device, and I dont want to take too many chances, this foam melts like butter. At one time I could get paperless foam at Dollar tree, but they stopped selling it.
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Post by: hemble on May 23, 2017, 06:26:41 PM
Looking impressive JD.

Ron
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Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on May 24, 2017, 03:35:20 PM
This is looking really good ! Cant wait to see more updates and finished pictures !
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Post by: JDeck on May 24, 2017, 06:23:49 PM
Looking impressive JD.

Ron
   Thanks Ron. Yeah I have to take a lot liberties to put Jabba's entire palace into a 23"×11" shelf. I would have loved to do a whole dio, but I don't have the space.

This is looking really good ! Cant wait to see more updates and finished pictures !

   Thanks Mr Jedi! I find the more work I do, the more I realize I still need to do. It might be a while before it's finished.
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Post by: FialaFernbrugg on May 27, 2017, 01:28:27 AM
This is gonna be a masterpiece.
I can't wait to see the finished dio.
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Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on May 28, 2017, 07:32:19 AM
Looking impressive JD.

Ron
   Thanks Ron. Yeah I have to take a lot liberties to put Jabba's entire palace into a 23"×11" shelf. I would have loved to do a whole dio, but I don't have the space.

This is looking really good ! Cant wait to see more updates and finished pictures !

   Thanks Mr Jedi! I find the more work I do, the more I realize I still need to do. It might be a while before it's finished.
Thats quite ok my friend you cant rush perfection lol !
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Post by: legion078 on May 28, 2017, 02:28:55 PM
What a great idea! You divided the space of your shelf for the diorama very well! This is coming along great!
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Post by: JDeck on May 28, 2017, 06:31:23 PM
This is gonna be a masterpiece.
I can't wait to see the finished dio.
   Thank you Fala! I don't know about a masterpiece. Lol. But it should be pretty neat. Still much more work to do.

What a great idea! You divided the space of your shelf for the diorama very well! This is coming along great!

Thank you legion! I had to take artistic liberties. Max and the band go on the opposite side facing Jabba, but that would be impossible. The final stages will be real slow going.
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Post by: JDeck on May 28, 2017, 06:41:22 PM
   I have just a very minor update, more of a gameplan. I'd like to show folks how easy it is to do this. Easy but time consuming.. I started working on the flooring. I made the floor grate, it's not screen accurate, but it's more of the Kenner style. I just cut .03 styrene to shape drilled holes and used a small file to shape the holes.
     Also I put the first coat of lightweight spackle on the floor. The reason I do this is; 1) it fills gaps, seams and smooths out inconsistencies. 2) it creates a stone, concrete or stucco texture. 3) I like to use Woodland Scenics earth color watercolors and they work perfectly with plaster or plaster like products.
   I will probably apply 3-4 coats, sanding between coats. I've done this several times before, and I find the more coats the better. As you can see on the Star Wars WW2 bunker I made on the very 1st post on pg.1.  It's just time consuming, but I have plenty of time. I have to do the same with the wall sections, then fill the seams after the wall sections are assembled. So it's a process.
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Post by: Tamer on May 29, 2017, 05:46:34 AM
Sounds and looks good to me. Off to share.
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Post by: JDeck on May 29, 2017, 09:04:57 AM
Sounds and looks good to me. Off to share.
  Thank you Tamer! Right now it looks like a really sad birthday cake, but it's supposed to at this point. Meybe I made it too thick, but any mistake at this point can easily be rectified. Just thin coats until you can't see blue anymore.
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Post by: Tamer on May 30, 2017, 02:41:33 AM
LOL. I don't think it looks that sad.
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Post by: JDeck on May 30, 2017, 08:27:50 AM
LOL. I don't think it looks that sad.
Its alright though its just the first coat. See the spackle doesn't like to stick and spread on the bare foamboard well, so you have to really glob it on. Once its sanded the other coats can be applied thinner. I sanded and applied second coat yesterday, and looks more like a concrete floor than a really sad looking cake.
Title: Re: JDeck's dios & figures.
Post by: Tamer on May 31, 2017, 02:32:02 AM
Nice, more progress. Off to share.
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Post by: JDeck on May 31, 2017, 05:09:44 AM
Nice, more progress. Off to share.
  Thanks Tamer. I think I'll give it one more sanding, and that's it, a fourth coat isn't necessary. I will probably start on the wall sections today as well. Same exact process.
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Post by: JDeck on June 01, 2017, 03:48:50 PM
  Yesterday I started spackling the main archway wall section.  It was actually dry enough to sand today.
   Also last night I colored the floor sections. I originally was going to wait and do everything at once, but I want the floor to be a different shade than the walls. First coat was Woodland Scenics concrete earth color watercolor. Second WS concrete and WS Raw Umber mix. Third coat WS concrete and WS burnt umber mix.This is why I'm taking the extra time to spackle everything. The seams are blended and it takes the watercolors perfectly.
   Next I'll continue working on the wall sections. I do them in sections because its easier to handle in the application and sanding process.
   BTW. there is a product similar to spackle made by Woodland Scenics called Foam Smooth-It. It costs twice as much but it's purpose made for foam. I haven't tried it yet, so I can't vouch for it, but it's another option.
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Post by: Tamer on June 04, 2017, 05:29:52 AM
Wow, great progress. Look for it on the front page soon.
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Post by: JDeck on June 05, 2017, 12:24:28 PM
Wow, great progress. Look for it on the front page soon.
Thank you Tamer! Yeah it's coming along. I should have the major construction finished by this time next week, weather permitting. Still have a lot of work to do.
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Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on June 05, 2017, 12:55:53 PM
Its coming along real nice , I am really liking this !
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Post by: hemble on June 11, 2017, 04:29:32 PM
Fantastic work, this is going look amazing.

Ron
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Post by: JDeck on June 27, 2017, 06:03:16 PM
Its coming along real nice , I am really liking this !
   Thanks Mr.Jedi! It's coming along slowly, but I might drag it out, make it a Summer project. I'm wrestling with a few ideas, right now.
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Post by: JDeck on June 27, 2017, 06:04:18 PM
Fantastic work, this is going look amazing.

Ron
  Thank you Ron! I really like the watercolor effects, it really works well with the spackle texture.
Title: Aquaman! Monarch of the Ocean!
Post by: JDeck on June 27, 2017, 06:13:00 PM
   I started a real quick Aquaman diorama. This is pretty much the basic idea. The statue is an aquarium decoration of Poseidon. I first cut it in half, then I sanded it to make it look like it had been underwater for a couple thousand years. I started making some ruin blocks, one of which I added the Aquaman symbol to using epoxy clay.  The plants are leftovers from the ones I used on my Endor display, I forgot what company it was. Im also using some tiny shells, and ground up shells, for added details. I just need to paint some things, pour the plaster/sand and suspend Aquaman in a floating position.
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Post by: Tamer on June 28, 2017, 01:16:59 PM
I like it. It looks good on the front pages.
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Post by: hemble on June 28, 2017, 10:53:08 PM
This is going to look awesome. I have ordered the Icons Batman and Superman so I can do some small dio's with them. Now seeing the Icons Aquaman I'll have to get him as well.

Ron
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Post by: JDeck on June 29, 2017, 04:49:45 AM
I like it. It looks good on the front pages.
    Thank you Tamer!
   I did some weathering on the Poseidon statue. I used pastel chalks. First white to create a pitted look, then different browns for dirt, or silt. Then I used a small amount of fine turf for algae, and finally a coat of WS concrete watercolor.
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Post by: JDeck on June 29, 2017, 04:51:47 AM
This is going to look awesome. I have ordered the Icons Batman and Superman so I can do some small dio's with them. Now seeing the Icons Aquaman I'll have to get him as well.

Ron
  Thank you Ron. These Icons figures are pretty nice. Im looking to get Batman myself. Im not a big Superman fan, but the Icons figure looks like it's  worth getting.
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Post by: Tamer on June 29, 2017, 06:07:46 AM
Wow, that looks like it has sat on the ocean bottom a few years. Perfect. Off to share.
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Post by: hemble on June 29, 2017, 05:03:06 PM
Yeah totally agree with Shawn it looks like it has been on the ocean floor for a thousand years excellent work.

I like the Icons figures as their articulation looks great so it means less work for me when I pose and glue and cover to the joints for the dios.

Ron
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Post by: JDeck on June 30, 2017, 05:21:53 PM
Wow, that looks like it has sat on the ocean bottom a few years. Perfect. Off to share.
Thank you Tamer! Yeah briny is a good adjective for it. I'm working on the ruin stones. Had to use a different method. So they will be more like limestone, or sandstone.
   
Yeah totally agree with Shawn it looks like it has been on the ocean floor for a thousand years excellent work.

I like the Icons figures as their articulation looks great so it means less work for me when I pose and glue and cover to the joints for the dios.

Ron
    Thank you Ron! Yeah I was really satisfied with the quality of the Icons figures. I usually dont stray from Hasbro or Bandai, after the Funko Rocketeer I bought broke while I was taking it out of the package.
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Post by: JDeck on July 30, 2017, 08:37:35 AM
  Man, I haven't been able to work on any projects in a while. First I got really sick for two weeks. Then I decided to do the Bandai reviews. The past couple of weeks I've been very distracted, a good distraction, but that's it.  Anyways, I needed to get back to this Jabba display.

  I worked on the wall sections, making damaged stucco effects. I painted the main archway section with WS watercolors.  I had to totally rebuild the far side wall section, because it had a huge gap, that I overlooked, that is still in the process. So, you know, it's coming along.
I'll take better pictures of the details, when I pull it all apart again, just wanted a test fit.

                   Much to do I still have.
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Post by: JDeck on July 30, 2017, 10:07:23 AM
  These are just a few shots of the damaged sections so far. I'm thinking of backlighting a couple of them with green LEDs.
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Post by: hemble on July 30, 2017, 03:22:31 PM
The walls look awesome mate I really can't wait to see more.

Ron
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Post by: JDeck on July 30, 2017, 07:08:33 PM
The walls look awesome mate I really can't wait to see more.

Ron

Thank you! I'm really going to lose myself in this project in the next coming weeks. Got to keep on running.
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Post by: Tamer on July 31, 2017, 08:53:39 AM
Looks pretty sweet to me. Off to share.
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Post by: Panther on July 31, 2017, 09:01:26 AM
That's looking really cool, well done mate.
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Post by: mr.Jedi1977 on July 31, 2017, 09:26:43 AM
Looking really well ! i Can relate to your story as i am in the same situation , except i moved  about a month ago and finally getting settled in But i am lurking in the shadows here trying to keep up lol . I am now setting up my work area so i can get back to work . Any way keep the updates coming my friend !
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Post by: JDeck on July 31, 2017, 01:14:04 PM
Looks pretty sweet to me. Off to share.

  Thank you Tamer!
That's looking really cool, well done mate.
  Thank you Panther, appreciate it bud.
Looking really well ! i Can relate to your story as i am in the same situation , except i moved  about a month ago and finally getting settled in But i am lurking in the shadows here trying to keep up lol . I am now setting up my work area so i can get back to work . Any way keep the updates coming my friend !

  Thank you Mr.J, yup, I should be knocking this one out soon. Can't wait to see what you build in your new workspace.
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Post by: Stan on August 01, 2017, 07:03:32 PM
Loving this project, looking great, keep it coming. Very authentic my friend.
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Post by: Starchaser on August 01, 2017, 11:10:56 PM
JDeck, the Jabba dio is looking excellent. I really like the realism of your paint applications. Can't wait to see more.
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Post by: JDeck on August 02, 2017, 04:43:27 AM
Loving this project, looking great, keep it coming. Very authentic my friend.
   Thank you Stan! My original expectation was to at least make it better than the POTF2 jabba's palace 3d diorama, so I think with some detailing, I can do that.

JDeck, the Jabba dio is looking excellent. I really like the realism of your paint applications. Can't wait to see more.

   Thank you Starchaser! The Woodland Scenics concrete watercolor did all the work, that stuff is great. It actually looks like concrete.