Imperial Compound

Imperial Compound

I’ve been asked to build a Star Wars diorama for a friend’s son to display his 3.75″ figures on. So I’m building him an Imperial Compound because nothing is better than the Rebels infiltrating an Imperial compound!

It’s will be 16″ high, two levels plus a rooftop landing platform. Garage and side door entrance and has to be ready in two weeks! I like challenge!

 

 

Building the Scene

So far I’ve cut variation of 14″ high lengths, widths of 6″, 4″ & 3″, cutting out doors and windows. Then gluing this all together as one piece.

 

 

I’ve cut two 10 mm panels (14″ x 9″) and then two 6 mm panels of the same size, glued the 10 mm & 6 mm together for the walls. The cut out the floor on a pieces of 10 mm then glued it onto a piece of 6 mm. Leaving this to dry over night before carrying on.

 

 

I’ve added a platform where a Canon can be mounted and a viewing balcony demonstrated here by Grand Admiral Thrawn.

 

I have added a layer of 6 mm foam board to the inside of the front wall, not only to strengthen but also a guide for the first floor to sit in between.

 

I’ve started to add the detail to the front of the compound, while building up the sides so they aren’t flat walls.

I’ve built a central console for the first floor. With the shape made, I can start adding in the detail before adding a small roof to the structure.

 

I’ve started etching in the panels on the exterior

 

Started etching the central console.

Began working on the underside of the floor. Once that at done I started working on the etchings of the upper floor.

Finished off etching panel work first floor interior, finished the exterior and then started working on the design of the ground floor.
Just need to finish etching the ground floor interior, then I can start building the roof.

Finished etching panelling into the ground the floor.


I’m going to add a couple of lifts into the rear of the model, which will double up as supports for the first floor and roof.

Mandalorian Display 2

Mandalorian Display 2

 
I’ve been commissioned to create another Tatooine Display Diorama for a client. This piece 9″ x 8″ x 6″ and will sit beside one I previously built for him.

 

 

Building the Scene

 This piece is made from foamboard, I’ve put together the door frame and the surrounding decor. When it’s dry I’ll start on the door.

 

 
 

Painting the Scene

Mixing watered down filler with sand I have coated this piece. The door I have layered with card to create the design. When the door has dried I can start painting it.

 

A second layer of filler was applied and when it dried I have painted with in the crevasses with a dark brown wash.

 

The door has been given a coat of brown, with a layer of Pewter. The crevasses of the door I have used Games Workshop’s Nuln Oil.

 

When this has dried I will be dry brushing over the surface as I have done with the other pieces.

 

After dry rushing the walls and floor, I’ve painted door controls, the pipe, this piece is now finished.

 

With client already having one display piece, I have placed this next to one similar to his.

 

 

Final Pictures

 

 

G.I.Joe Armoury

G.I.Joe Armoury

I’ve been commissioned to create an Armoury for the same customer whom I built the Cobra bunker for a couple of years ago.

 

Building the scene

This piece is made from foam insulation board, the base, walls and the steps I have used 10 mm foam board.  The basic structure is there, time to build upon this before adding LEDs and casting weapons.

 

I placed magnets in the walls to hold it together. Using two strips I have separated the armory into three sections, in between the strips are three more panels which I will mounts weapons onto before fixing them into place.

 

Shaping the partitions to not look like slabs of foam, I then scored in 2″x2″ tiles into the floor. In each of the partition wall I will be casting weapons, at the moment I’m just getting an idea of how they will be placed.

 

I made 8 small holes in the roof and slid in 8 leds.

 

I’ve built a cover to hide the LEDs, cables and battery pack. I’ve placed a Cobra emblem over the centre, when painted will become a permanent fixture.

 

With the overall build done, now it is time to shaping and making it look like an 80’s cartoon Cobra armoury.

Using pottery carving tools to score into the foam and spiking holes into the foam on the back wall.

 

Casting Weapons

I am using blu-stuff to make molds of the weapons. I’m only making half cast because these will be permanently fixed to walls.

Made a few more molds before making the first batch of weapons. The plan is to make at least three batches of weapons to fill out this armoury.

 

I’ve put together a variety of cobra weapons spanning the years, I think you can guess who or what year they have come from.

 

I made two more batches of weapons and with some left over resin, I made another Cobra symbol.

 

With the extra weapons I am able to fill the walls. My client has requested that I leave space on one of the walls so he is able hand some removable weapons.

 

Now I’ve completed the casting I can start painting.

Painting

Black undercoat applied to the model

 

To begin with, I am base coating this model with a medium grey.

The rack walls with white and the guns with a coat of GWs Leadbelcher

 

 

Base coated the inside of the walls, second coat for the rack walls.

 

I’ve used Games Workshops Nuln Oil over each of the guns and a touch of Steel Drab on the three shotguns.

Base coat complete.

 

I have dry brushed Games Workshops Necron Compound over all surfaces except for the rack walls. Glued six of the guns into place and just in the process of arranging the back wall.

 

 

Instead of gluing the guns into place, I’ve been asked to add pegs for the guns to sit on.

 

The pegs are made from wooden toothpicks, cut down to size. To paint them, I’ve stuck them into a piece of foam board and sprayed them black.

 

Final Pictures

 

 

 

 

Wayne’s G.I. Joe terrain and bunker

 

Wayne’s G.I. Joe terrain and bunker

 

I’ve started a new G.I. Joe commission  4 x 600 x 600 terrain tiles with a bunker, which I’ve been asked to style it on the Imperial bunker from Star Wars ROTJ. To get the design right for the bunker I’m going completely back to basics. Drawing out the design to scale before going straight to foam. I had realized with the drawing, it’s smaller than I had wanted. I will have to scale it out by at least 2 inches on either side and increase its height by an inch and half.