abandoned refuge (not CGI)

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    Abandoned Refuge
    ...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.
  •                          I intentionally made more "miscast" parts and there was also a whole lot of
                             dremeling to make the model look even more derelict. The voids and crevices
                             were filled with various found objects.
  •  Directing the pose.  I made the head posable using a bike chain derailer for a neck.  I also ran a steel rod through the front leg, to keep the resin from bending with time.
  •                                    Sanding the real rock on the side of the base to make the sectioned cut
                                       look less contrived.
  •                      That's the inside of a broken radio in there... with lots of dirt and paint on it!  
  •                                    The brick ruins almost finished here (sculpted out of balsa foam).  
                                       Good thing I keep leftover balsa foam from the productions I work on.
  •                          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.
  •                    The added wood work on the AT-AT is of course made with natural tree branches and tied
                       together with weathered string. And... nothing says real rock, like... real rock, so the rocks
                       (and dirt) in the diorama are all real as well. The biggest rock that sits on the edge of the
                       diorama was sanded flat where it meets the flat vertical side of the diorama base in order
                       to give the sectioned cut of the terrain a more credible look.
                       Since the beginning of construction I wanted the AT-AT to stand only on 2.5 legs which
                       was also a great excuse to put in the primitive refuge wood work for added support
                       (I don't want the model actually collapsing on me). But even if the the wood work is in there,
                       the front leg is still only half there, so I though it wise to insert a steel skeleton in that
                       damaged front leg assembly to keep the plastic from bending and buckling over time.
  • Maybe the reason there was so much hoopla about this model, was because people just want the Starwars mythology to be left to age gracefully.  Or maybe they just want another sequel.
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  • "Inspired-by" ART:
  • Painting by Oliver Wetter http://fav.me/d7h2jej
  •  Cover of a mock magazine by Nick Symeou   http://www.behance.net/gallery/Droid-Magazine/11492365
  •              Background by Jake Rowell.  http://bit.ly/1euzmDI
  •         By John Keenan.  http://www.fighting118th.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1546
  •                                  By Yoshi x. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/277764
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