Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Size Matters Not


What I've always loved about Dagobah is how it goes from being a dark, intimidating bog planet into a warm and (as long as you were in Yoda's hut, unlike R2) cosy place - I'm sure that's more down to Yoda's original endearing craziness and John William's superb scoring than the fact that the swamp creatures there don't like the taste of astromech...

There are plenty of brilliant custom Dagobah dioramas out there, although this one is my personal favourite - it's like a fishtank, and the scale, level of detail and commitment is incredible. The background for my less ambitious shot above is actually the alcove for a Mos Eisley doorway, having been plastered about 10 minutes before and still drying out. Luke and Yoda were the first on the scene for a size comparison, but with the way the lighting works already I think it's going to look pretty sweet.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Yavin Base


This Luke is actually from POTJ, the line that succeeded POTF. I was a little disappointed by the smaller scale and goofy teeth, but the plus points are the screen accurate boots and gloves and the stunning likeness to Sebastian Vettel. The background is a photograph, with a tiny bit of paint action where the picture met the surface. I like the effect of these backgrounds but they're a bit of a shortcut. When my X-Wing arrives I'll try and get a more authentic hanger scene together.

Monday, 5 April 2010

Eyes Of Evil


My enduring memories of seeing Return Of The Jedi for the first time are of Endor, specifically the speeder bike chase and the Ewok tree village. However, given how young I must've been when that happened, I'm amazed I didn't have anything from Jabba's Palace seared into my brain, Bib Fortuna in particular. The red eyes, the tailed head, clawed fingers and creepy way he touches up R2 - although I guess he loses his air of maelovence when we encounter Jabba, and realise ol' Bib's actually a weak-minded fool...

This is the second picture I've got up here with Boba Fett relegated to the background - I think he'll have to take centre stage at some point.

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