Monday, October 13, 2008

Diorama: Yoda's hut on Dagobah

This diorama recreates the scene in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, where Luke and R2-D2 first visit Yoda's hut. I used the vintage Dagobah Playset by Kenner as the basis for this diorama. I got the playset for around $5 on eBay. Because it was missing several of the smaller pieces, I had to improvise something for those areas. First, the entire base was washed in warm, soapy water and dried thoroughly. I painted the base piece using the dry-brush technique. This allowed each of the tiny leaves and roots molded onto the piece to be seen clearly. Each of the little lizards, snakes and frogs molded onto the base piece were individually painted, as were the roots and vines. All of the rocks were painted grey with patches of white over top. I applied a very dark wash of black paint and thinner to each of the rocks, and the result was better than I had hoped. The rocks all looked very realistic. Next, I painted the entire interior of the tree/hut piece a light tan color. This was to give the appearance of the mud walls of Yoda's hut, as well as to make it easier to see inside. Yoda's cooking area and his bed were made from Super Sculpey. I twisted a paperclip and inserted it into the wall above the cooking area. This serves as a hanging place for the little cooking pot that came with the Flashback Yoda figure. The little penlight Yoda stole from Luke is sitting on the stump table inside the hut. The bushes and foliage are lichen, purchased from the local model railroad shop. Upon completion, the entire diorama was sprayed liberally with Testors Dull-Cote.

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