Coruscant Underworld

Coruscant Underworld

After making a few 6″ based module dioramas, I wanted to go back to figures that started my diorama journey.  What started off as a simple set of modular diorama’s, soon escalated into something a little bit more! 

 
 

Store 1

Store 2

Stall 1

Store 3

Final Pictures
 
Balcony

Landing Platform

Final Pictures
 

Store 1

Building the Scene

 

This modular display are for 3.75″ Star Wars figures, made from foam board of 6 & 10 mm thickness. It is a single piece of foam with layers of foam added to it.  It measurements are 6.5″ x 8″ x 6″, all pieces are glued together using PVA glue, therefore waiting time for the glue to dry is about 24 hours.

 

 

Painting the Scene

 
 I have undercoated with a black acrylic.


 

After giving each module a grey base coat, I then decided to paint each one using metallic acrylic paint. The idea behind this is Coruscant in the capital and the entire planet is one big city and a lot of it would be metal.

Each one has been painted, and I’ve painted the pipes and the recesses of the doors with a black wash.
 

 

Store 2

Building the Scene

This piece of the same measurements is another shop front of different design.

 

 

 

Painting the Scene

 
 I have undercoated with a black acrylic.


 

After giving each module a grey base coat, I then decided to paint each one using metallic acrylic paint. The idea behind this is Coruscant in the capital and the entire planet is one big city and a lot of it would be metal.

Each one has been painted, and I’ve painted the pipes and the recesses of the doors with a black wash.

Stall 1

Building the Scene

This piece of the same measurements as the others and is based on a market stall or food vendor stand.

 

 

Painting the Scene

 
 I have undercoated with a black acrylic.


 

After giving each module a grey base coat, I then decided to paint each one using metallic acrylic paint. The idea behind this is Coruscant in the capital and the entire planet is one big city and a lot of it would be metal.

Each one has been painted, and I’ve painted the pipes and the recesses of the doors with a black wash.

 

 

Store 3

Building the Scene

 The fourth building has been done, I have a nice street forming. Next step is to start painting these four.

 

Painting the Scene

 
 
I have undercoated with a black acrylic.

After giving each module a grey base coat, I then decided to paint each one using metallic acrylic paint. The idea behind this is Coruscant in the capital and the entire planet is one big city and a lot of it would be metal.

Each one has been painted, and I’ve painted the pipes and the recesses of the doors with a black wash.

 

 

Final Pictures

 

 
 

Balcony

Building the Scene

I’ve been asked if I was going to do any more with my Coruscant Underworld. At some point I’ll be doing more modules but because of space at home I decided to build up and create a display piece which my current pieces will fit into but adds another layer and maybe (you know this is going to happen!) a landing pad or two.

I’ve cut the back board out and measured the current pieces to this. Marked out where the balcony will go, how much dead space to use and a row for 4 new store fronts.

 



 
The balcony floor I have cut notches into wall side of the floor and the wall making a secure fitting. At the moment I am keeping the floor loose in case I change my mind with what I have done so far. Added a strip of LED’s under floor which lights up ground floor. The two LED’s hanging either will be attached to two pillars on under side of the balcony.

 

At the moment I am not too fussed about the reverse of this diorama because I have an idea for that side!

I’ve added support beams and the extra LED’s fit within them. Now I’m starting work on the buildings above. Unlike the original 4 these ones will be fixed in place.  Once all the pieces are in place then I shall start shaping this.

 

 

I made two more facades.

 


 

 
The third facade put together.

This is the way!

 

 

 
I’ve made the final facade, scored metal plates and a couple of cents into the walkway and support pillars.

 

Next step to fill in the dead space above the facades before moving onto the rear of the model and adding a couple of landing pads.

 

Finished the building the front, I’m now turning my attention to the back.

 

 

Painting the Scene

 
I’ve base coated each facade, the walkway and then got carried away painted the front of the frame.

 

 

Using the same metallic paints I used for the lower floor, I set to work on the upper level, walkway and the merchant stall.

 

 

I’ve finished the upper level facades by dry brushing each piece.

The fascia, underneath of the walkway and all supports, I have airbrushed metallic grey with a touch of arctic blue in places. Also adding a layer of arctic blue along the front.

 

 

I’ve almost completed this section of this project. 

Landing Platform

Building the Platform

I have built two towers on the reverse of the diorama, each tower will act as supports for the landing pad which will cover the top of the build.  The length of this piece the platform will house two landing pads.

 

 

Originally I was going to have a merchant stand inside of the final facade but I made this too deep. Instead I’m having this at base between the two towers.

 

 

I’ve started scoring panels into the back wall of the landing pad. The battery enclosure for the walkway has been turned into vent with a couple intake pipes.

I’ve reduced the width of the landing platform and then added three load bearing braces for the tower side.

 

 

 
Finished etching the load bearers of the platform with two different designs. Added piping, etched plates onto the platform.

I found a packet of parasol lights, where I’ve added them around the first floor and as lights on the platform. Which to be honest I’m not 100% sure about:

  1. Because use they don’t match the first set of lights.
  2. I’ve tried to spread the 20 lights out between the two sections and it doesn’t look right. (I get the lights from Poundland which at the time of this writing under lock down is still closed).

 

I might add another layer of foam to the platform to cover the holes made with the lights and add all the lights to the under side of the platform pointing down?

 
 

Painting the Landing Platform Entrance

Using the same metallic paints as the reverse side, I’ve base coated platform side.

 

With the base coats done on the platform side, I made up a dark brown wash and painted inside all the recesses. When it had dried I dry brushed over the side.

 

On the reverse side, cutting up some cable and adding it as decoration. Along with adding a few more posters to both sides.

 


I just need to paint the platform and add the strip lights to both sides before declaring this piece complete.

 

Painted the roof, fixed the strip lights to both sides, created two small units to house the excess cable on the roof and battery pack underneath.

I still have a couple of finishing touches to do but in the mean time I’ve put it on the shelving which will be it’s home.

 

 
 

Final Pictures

Final pictures of double sided Star Wars diorama Coruscant Underworld / Landing platform in all of its glory.

Scaled for 3.75″ figures it stands at 34″ x 18″ x 10″

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Mandalorian Display

Mandalorian Display

 

I’ve been commissioned to create another Star Wars display diorama for a clients Mandalorian Black Series 6″ figure.

 

 

Building the Scene

 

It’s measurements are 9″x 12″x 6″, made entirely out of foam board, I’ve glued the strips on the wall using PVA glue. When it’s dried, I’ll cut off the excess and sand it down before gluing all together and then paint it.

 

 

Painting the Scene

After cutting off the excess, sanding it down and gluing the pieces together. Using the same mixture I used for other recent Star Wars pieces, I have coated this piece with the sand/filler/paint mixture.

 

 

While this one is still drying, I’ve whipped up two more.

 

Now all three have dried, I’ve washed the floors and added the wash into the crevasses of the walls. To dirty up the walls I have dry brushed the walls with the wash.

 

 

Final Pictures

 

 

Demolished Warehouse

Demolished Warehouse

I have started working on a new piece, a two tier demolished warehouse.

 

Building the Warehouse

Measurements are 15×12″x12″. At the moment I’m going for single skin walls of 10mm thickness. To get the demolished look, I am constructing the model as a whole before breaking it down.

I have drawn on the bricks and made a floor, yes I know the first floor doesn’t look right but it will! I’ve used PVA glue so I am leaving this to dry before moving on.

 

 

I started today with scoring the brickwork, when finished I broke down areas of the model to look partially demolished.
 

 
 

Painting the Warehouse

The first floor I etched 2″x2″ slabs along with chips, cracks and fractures. The ground floor I cut out single bricks and glued them into piles. I then covered both surfaces with filler mixed with sand. After it had dried I painted the first floor with grey and then dry brushed with Venice Grey.

While that was drying, I undercoated the walls with black, then painted the brickwork, including on the floor. The space above the brickwork has been painted with Venice Grey.

 

The small wall (which I’m undecided over) was undercoated with black, base coated with grey and then dry brushed with Venice grey.

 

 

To start the ground floor was given a dark brown wash. The wall braces were painted grey. The first floor was then given a dark grey wash.

When the ground floor dried it was first dry brushed with a sand brown and then a dark brown.

 

The walls were given a wash, when it dried I dry brushed with a dark brown. The grey pillars were then dry brushed with Venice grey.

When this all dried, it marked the bulk of the painting is done. I glued five pieces together and started working on the accessories. To begin with, I have started to add moss to areas of this diorama. Before adding any more I need to add other accessories.

 

 

To give this an apocalyptic feel other than adding Terminators to diorama. I have casted skulls, painted them and the glued them to the floor. I’ve added more moss to the floor, in between the skulls and rubble and then added a layer of sand over it all. 

 

 

I finished work on this piece. I’ve added I window frames, glued in pieces of perspex as broken glass within the frames and randomly on the floor around the windows. I have also added pieces of metal wire sticking out of the concrete floor.

The window frames were first stained with tea and then glazed over using Games Workshop’s Agrax Earthshade.

To finish off I have sprayed the outside with black, hence the outdoors pictures.

 

 

Final Pictures

 

Sith Throne

Sith Throne

While building a temple commission piece I got the inspiration to build a throne using the cut offs from the temple build.

 

 

Building the Throne

Using the scrap pieces I’ve put them together, sanded them down to form the SITH Throne.  Then using a couple of strips of 6mm board I have made small plinth for the throne to sit on.

 

With the temple construction finished, I wanted to see what it would like.  Using Supreme Leader Snoke to model this piece, it gave the entire piece the impression of an ancient SITH Temple from the RPG game Star Wars  The Old Republic.

 

 

Painting the Throne

After a black undercoat, a grey base coat. Used a light grey for the centre triangle, edges for the steps and inside the swirls. A darker grey for the seat, edges of the swirls and highlights in the recesses.
 

Once dried I finished this piece with dry brushed with Games Workshops Longbeard Grey.