With a few extra modifications and heavy weathering I finally put together a battle
damaged and abandoned AT-AT. To give more depth to the scene I added another
layer of time by building a primitive refuge that utilized the already abandoned
AT-AT. To make things even more layered I made the newer refuge abandoned as
It didn't bother me that the more primitive inhabitants of this later refuge would
make the decision to build a refuge in and under a battle damaged AT-AT. The
Star Wars universe is filled with crazy and impractical things that are simply there
because they look cool. One of those sinfully cool things in the Star Wars universe
is the AT-AT it self which of course is arguably the most important component of the
best SFX scene ever made.
The defense station/refuge could have been abandoned for many reasons but
most likely because the AT-AT had been deemed to unstable/unsafe after
sustaining more damage from attacks and from natural corrosion of both the
AT-AT and the ground on which it still barely stands on. I had the primitives
building wooden support structures which would aid in the prolonged standing
of the wrecked AT-AT.
The stone structure on the ground was carved out of balsa-foam, then sealed with
shellac and then painted and weathered with acrylics.