Tuesday, 10 August 2021

STRIKE UP THE BAND

 Yes I have indeed finished Jabba's throne room ! Felt like I'd never see the end of this project at some points, but got there in the end.


Above are a couple of shots of the whole set up with all the sections sat in place.


Last time I mentioned there were a few details needed around Jabba's dais the first one was this weird vent on the wall at the back, after watching the scene for far too many times I spotted this bit, and thought I better add it for completeness.


Another piece I needed was Jabba's frog snack bowl, to make this I made a template out of greenstuff and plastic rod, then took a instant mould of it, I also made a frog to fit in the bowl, then I poured some translucent green resin into the bowl with the frog in it. once I fitted the securing ring and painted that bit. I coated the resin bowl with gloss varnish to give it a suitable shine.


The last bit needed was the gargoyles on the front of the dais I made one from greenstuff, then took an instant mould and pressed out the rest.

Above are a couple more scenic shots with figures in place, including one of the creatures I made for Monster May(hem) this year.

Don't know what I'll work on next, so it will be a surprise for you and me alike ! LOL So until next time stay safe and have fun !

Cheers Dave 

26 comments:

  1. What a fantastic achievement, Dave. It looks absolutely awesome!!! Looking forward to seeing the Death Star next ;-)

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    1. Thank you Simon, glad to have this part finished, as for the Death Star, not likely ! LOL Will do an Imperial outpost at some point though.

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  2. What a great piece of scenery - finally finished in all its glory.
    The final few bits of detail must have been very satisying to do and look the part (not that I know this scene well).
    Well done once more.

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    1. Thank you Joe, getting those last few bits done was like lifting off a great weight ! LOL Looking forward to being able to game over it now, as soon as my friends can come over, if not will have to be some solo gaming.

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  3. Excellent work Dave! The finished result looks amazing. All that work and time really paid off mate.

    Look forward to reading up a report on how it is to game on this thing!

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    1. Thank you Dai, some of the details can seem pointless, but I think they add the needed character to the piece.
      Will probably get used more for the roleplaying element, than battles, but who knows a battle for the throne room good be an interesting scenario.

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  4. Well the finished product didn't disappoint, it looks wonderful mate.

    Cheers Roger.

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    1. Thank you Roger, it's good to finally have this piece I've wanted for many years, I think the biggest hurdle was getting the base sizing right.

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  5. Great stuff Dave! Your attention to detail is incredible! So, will this see work in a game or anything or be a display piece? I know some Legion, Starcraft, and rpg players that would love to put some of their models in there ­čśÇ

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    1. Thank you Ivor, glad you liked all the details, definitely made as a gaming piece, otherwise I'd have made extra models to represent the relevant poses from the scenes and stuck them in, also the reason for making so many of the sections removable was so I could take pictures during games.

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  6. Wow, quite a project. A lot to like here and congratulations on getting it done. Besides Star Wars, I could see using this diorama in a variety of games. I very much favor the gargoyles--I like gargoyles in general but I think yours are are nice; I like that you put some drip mark details running off of them and gave them some oxide too.

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    1. Thank you Ann, your right it could easily be used for a multiple of settings, and gaming systems. I'd never have guessed you liked gargoyles ! LOL The oxide marks and dripping were in the film version, so would be rude to miss them out .

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  7. Wonderful, Dave, just like I knew it would be :-) You've put a ton of work, planning and love into the palace and it shows. The level of detail you've gone to is awesome and the painting and weathering make it look spectacular. Nicely done!

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    1. Thank you Matt, was a labour of love, the were some bits from the film that I left out for practicality as they would have got in the way and stopped you being able to use all the space, but a small sacrifice to make it a playable piece.

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  8. I'm speechless. What a wonderful project, at so many levels. Beautiful indeed.

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    1. Thank you Suber, tried to make sure that whichever direction you looked there was something of interest, obviously it had to be in the film though ! LOL

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  9. I could stare at it for days! The detail & immersive-ness of this piece is off the charts. Thanks for sharing this labour of love, Dave!!

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    1. Thank you Joe, would probably advise not staring at it for days, could be dangerous for your health, what with sleep deprivation, and eye strain from staring at a monitor ! LOL Happy to share this project, and means a lot, with so many positive comments.

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  10. Sensational! Fantastic! Magnificent! I'm sure I'll run out of superlatives eventually. I hope that many Star Wars fans are able to see this project because I think it will bring them joy just as it has for me every time I see one of your updates. This has so many great details and as I said before, it is like seeing a life-long dream of mine come true which is oddly very satisfying :)

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    1. Thank you Jeff, glad you've enjoyed the posts and it's helped you see the same dream as mine come to reality. Hopefully other fans get the same enjoyment from the project, and I can continue making similar projects that people enjoy.

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  11. Dave, I cannot say enough as to the fantastic and obvious labor of love you have done here. Down to the tiniest detail, it's amazing. Love the casting of the gargoyles - just spectacular work at every level. Big kudos to you!

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    1. Thank you Mark, I've been wanting to do this project for a long time, and has been great to see it actually become a reality, the details are what make the whole piece for me.

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  12. Awesome project, it looks ace!
    Best Iain

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    1. Thank you Iain, really pleased to finally see this project come into reality.

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