Showing posts from November, 2012

Master of War - Part I : Composition

Composition is arguably the most important element in any diorama, or any work of art for that matter. It is the way all the elements are combined to form the whole. It is how ideas, and words are combined to form a well written essay. It is how ingredients compliment each other in a delicious culinary master piece. Without proper composition, the work suffers.

A diorama can be used to depict a three-dimensional, full sized or smaller scale scene or model. The word originated in France in the 1820's and means "through that which is seen". Most people should be familiar with the large scale dioramas on display in natural history museums which often exhibit stuffed exotic animals posed in their natural habitats. In a diorama or a vignette, one simply takes a model and displays it in its own environment, using elements like ground work, vehicles, or other figures to create a scene.
In scale modeling communities, it is accepted that a diorama is "a story-based display o…

Coming Attraction...

So, now that I have completed the scene for Master Yoda, it is time to move on. After doing two relatively small vignettes featuring very little compelling action, it is time for a change of pace...and subject matter.

Enter, Master Chief.

Master Chief Petty Officer John 117 is the protagonist from the fictional Halo universe. He is probably one of the most recognizable characters in the video game industry over the last couple of years. He is an icon, and I will admit, he is probably one of the coolest looking characters I have seen...second only to Boba Fett. He looks as if he will win every fight, every time. By himself. To be clear, I can not stand the video game...can you fault a guy for hating a game he sucks at? No. Don't judge me. But I find the look and mystery of his character intriguing and a good subject for my first in-depth build. Every good protagonist needs an antagonist.
Enter, the Elite Zealot.

 The Elite Zealot is a high ranker member of the Covenant, whose size…

Yoda in the Hood

What I've done here is clearly tongue-in-cheek and I'm sure there are many a Star Wars loyalist that would be up in arms about it. However, I'm hoping you have at least a small sense of humor, or at least an appreciation for the unique. I wanted to re-imagine the experience of Yoda as he escapes the fall of the Republic and retreats into exile. The movies do not cover Yoda's life between Episode III and when we are reunited with the Jedi Master in Empire Strikes Back. In fact, I did not even know what was written about that time period in Yoda's experience until reading about him on Wookiepedia the other day. In the version depicted here, after being forced to leave Coruscant, Yoda attempts to hide out on a remote planet in the Outer Rim territories known as Earth - a backward planet no one would ever think to look. There he took up residence in the back streets of a bustling urban center, volunteering at a soup kitchen while schooling disadvantaged youth in the …

Master Yoda

This guy shouldn't be a stranger to any one. Master Yoda is probably one of the more popular characters of the Star Wars universe, and certainly one of the most quoted. This particular likeness of the diminutive Jedi Master is the Attack of the Clones action figure from Hasbro seen HERE. You can see that I've filled in the seams around his waist and shoulders. I've also given him a new paint job, defining details with a dark wash and highlighted with some dry brushing. He is holding something in his hand that will be revealed in time once the scene is completed. In the mean time, I'll leave you guessing...

An Empire State...Imperial Walker Vignette

If you're anything like me than you've often spent some quality thinking time wondering what it would look like if the Empire unleashed its might upon the city of New York, or any other modern day urban center. The movie Empire Strikes Back gave us only a small taste of the devastation several Imperial Walkers can dish out, even on a barren waste land such as Hoth. As that battle is my favorite sequence of Episode V, it left me wanting more. Perhaps being such a fan of the venerable AT-AT had a little something to do with this being my first post (and perhaps second *spoiler alert*)
The main character in this little vignette stands barely an inch tall. Its a Micro Machine that was mine as a kid that I have now repurposed. I had a vast collection of Star Wars and military Micro Machines that at one point I may have ranked in the top five largest army in the world, right behind This Guy... All kidding aside, this was a fun project, no matter how tiny. The ruined buildings came …