...form and function are constantly revealed through decay.
This is a ~1/32 model-diorama of the famous AT-AT Starwars vehicle. The concept dictated that the refuge looks twice abandoned.... First abandoned by the Empire and then by the local primitives.
After winning an online contest at starshipmodeler.com the model was featured over at Gizmodo.com and has hence been sold to a private collector in Texas (took 2 days just to pack it!).
The AT-AT model is a heavily modified ATATRON kit. The ATATRON kit is a garage kit which is not commercially available. I managed to get hold of one because I was commissioned to put some finishing touches on the prototype model and to make the molds for it, so later I was given one of the castings as a bonus gift. However the ATATRON I got was one containing mostly reject cast pieces. So Instead of repairing the reject/miscasts I decided to use those imperfections in my favor.
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 well. 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 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.
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