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Die Autobots by Prowlcop Die Autobots by Prowlcop

here is my 2nd transformers diorama from the classic 1986 cartoon movie. this is an epic battle scene of the shuttle hijacking and in my opinion the best part of the film even though I don't like the outcome. the shuttle base is a large city terrain from micro art studios painted distressed orange. the staircase is also micro art studios painted silver. the chairs are lego technic. the computer consoles are various manufacturers of 28mm scale terrain all painted orange. the 4 autobot decoy figures are prowl, brawn, ironhide and ratchet. the 7 decepticon decoy figures are starscream, megatron in alt mode (lego pistol), soundwave, hook, bonecrusher, scavenger and long haul climbing through the hole in the shuttle.

in the film the fight lasted seconds and even megatron said "this was almost too easy starscream". in my diorama id like to think the autobots put up a bigger fight while still holding the integrity of the original scene. for instance brawn racing toward megatron, prowl ready to take a shot, ratchet getting 2 pistols armed and ironhide swinging around to fire away.

I had to do a good bit of work on the decoys. replace most shoulders, add new hands from m.u.s.c.l.e. figures, attach lego fire arms, use balsa wood for a lot of pieces. then create a stance or action pose and paint each to their 1986 movie colors.

I hope you enjoy this scene. like I said before in the dinobots and devastator diorama that I have a lot more of these to come. next up- megatron must be stopped...no matter the cost.

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RyugaSSJ3 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
NOOOO!!! IRONHIDE!
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zvwxy Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
I'm running out of things to say about these! The more you look the more you realize how much detail you have put into them. I love the use of lego bits, is that a technic chair? brilliant. The idea of using muscle is inspired too. I do dread to think how much time you have invested, and if you're anything like me having to trall through places like ebay for certain parts you know you need and having a box of chopped up figures I sort through looking for inspiration!

You also have a knack of picking iconic scenes from the film, or maybe I've seen it far too many times... (nah def the first one!)
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Prowlcop Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
Haha. 100% percent right on all levels. Tons of time and money. I search ebay constantly. Always looking for cool robot minis that match up to the decoys. Now im searching for vehicle modes for all characters for my rpg boardgame im doing in the future. Its hard to find toys that are of that scale. Plus they need to be of the lego or muscle brand so i can get them cheap. The rarer the toy the higher the price. 

As for the scenes i picked i think i wanted to get the most characters involved. So i had to make sure each character was represented well. Future dioramas im going to involve sideswipe, ultra magnus, tracks and red alert versus devastator ( it was a deleted scene that never made the movie but there are illustrated storyboards of the battle), shockwave commanding decepticons to defend cybertron from unicrons attack, hotrod and kup vs sharticons, and huffer, bluestreak, sunstreaker, and hound defending 'lookout' mountain (you can see these 4 autobots briefly when kup says about hotrod "whats that darn fool doing")

But, i love making them. As im sure you love the work you do on he robot heroes. You know how awesome it is putting together a figure from scratch
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zvwxy Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
That all sounds amazing, can't wait to see them and the fan project you will be doing!
I quite often go through ebay just looking for 'transformers figure' and just filter the results by price to see if anyone is selling a random lot cheaply not knowing what they are. I'm considering looking at the gi joe, marvel and star wars lines of the heroes figures for extra parts.

I enjoy doing my basic repaints and there are a lot of them, but like you say the real fun are the scratch built characters.
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Prowlcop Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
I agree. Use whatever figure will work. I do the same. Ill use any figure that matches the decoy size. I cant wait to see more of your work. 
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cmdrtekk Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
These diorama scenes of yours are really neat.  Thanks for sharing.
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Prowlcop Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Thanks. I love your prowl and jazz robot heroes. Where did you find the prowl robot hero? 
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cmdrtekk Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
He's a full in house Hasbro sample.  I acquired him off of ebay, before the word got out that he wasn't going to be released and his price sky rocketed.  The timing was such, that - at the time- it was a matter of, do I really want to pay $30.00USD just to have this tiny toy a couple months ahead of the actual release (something I don't do).  Hasbro hadn't announced the cancellation yet, but there were questioning whispers in the community, since the release was delayed.  Obviously I chose to get him.  Turned out to be a pretty good gamble - even if he does eventually, one day, against the odds, get released.  I have enjoyed him.

Again, love the dioramas. 
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TerminusPrime-TF Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Nice work :)
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Prowlcop Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
Thanks. Im thinking of doing a gi joe transformers crossover diorama in the future. 
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TerminusPrime-TF Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome :)

And that sounds interesting.....
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coraxonyx Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Very impressive.  You did a great job posing the figures dynamically.  There's a lot of tension in the scene (makes sense given the outcome) and I'm really amazed by your re-sculpting and paint jobs.  As the person says above, this looks like an RPG I'd totally be up for playing.
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Prowlcop Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Thanks so much. I enjoy making the poses and rebuilding the miniatures. The hardest part is the painting. Im working on painting the next 2 scenes now. Ill have them up in a week or so. My ultimate goal is to make a cool boardgame/rpg out of these. I found minature rubber eraser vehicles to match each characters alt mode. Ill eventually paint the vehicles up and post robot next to vehicle. That way the game can have a true transforming robot aspect as the characters are intended. Stay tuned for more
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coraxonyx Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
I don't know if you're aware of the D20 compatible RPG that came out a few years ago for a transforming robot genre.  Because of license things they had to stay away from specifically Transformers content, but the rules are easy and can be converted fairly simply.  Check them out.  www.amazon.com/Horizon-Mechamo…
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Prowlcop Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
I just looked at it. It sounds awesome. Ill try to find out how the game works and if its as cool as it sounds then it would be the perfect rpg. Thanks for the info
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coraxonyx Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
You're very welcome.  I have the game and wish I had enough players in my area to get a campaign together.
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Prowlcop Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
I think the mechamorphosis game might be over my head since im not used to that style of play. Have you ever played the aliens boardgame made by leading edge games? Me and my brothers are obsessed with it. I recently made an aliens colonial marines game based off of that with miniatures and all that are displayed in my gallery. Im thinking of making the tformers game the same. But it will tough to make a game that involves alt modes from scratch. There has to be a purpose and advantage for these robots to transform in a game setting. 
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coraxonyx Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
I'm afraid I haven't played the Aliens game, but what about allowing transformation into alt mode to let you move a greater number of spaces (or roll a more robust die for movement, say 2 or 3 d6 instead of just 1d6)?  You can choose to transform at the beginning of each phase, but can't fight except in robot mode.
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Prowlcop Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
I was thinking the exact same thing. But i like using a set number of spaces to move depending on the speed of vehicle instead of a dice roll. The aliens boardgame is turn based and has set actions per character. For example id have characters like optimus prime, grimlock, rodimus prime, ultra magnus have the most amount of actions per turn. Robots like bumblebee would have least but would have a faster vehicle speed. Like you said, at each turn you can determine if you want robot or alt mode and obviously you cant attack in alt unless its a ram attack. Im going to pick your brain from time to time when i get it up and running for ideas. Thanks dude. 
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darthpaul99 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, superb job repainting all those little decoy figures! 8-)
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Prowlcop Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Thanks
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darthpaul99 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome.
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JZLobo Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That's some impressive handiwork there.
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Prowlcop Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Thanks. Many more to come
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AntoniaRose Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
EPIC!
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Prowlcop Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Thanks. Many more to come. I dont want to spoil anything
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AntoniaRose Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Gah! Spoilers sweetie! Gosh dammit! I hate not knowing! Curses . . .
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PGwainbenn Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Very cool thing! Great work!
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Prowlcop Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Thanks so much
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storag Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Your works have a lot of soul put in. And while I can direct some criticue twards paintjob I don't see any point in it. The overal feel of miniatures and dios is great! Keep up! 
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Prowlcop Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
Thanks. Ill be posting a smaller dio in a week or so. 
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KrimsunV Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
looks like a tactical JRPG. 10/10, would play.
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Prowlcop Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Thanks. I think when im done doing the dioramas that i will individually base each character and make a turned based rpg out of them. I would have to redo some characters over to make a better indiviual pose. So far that would be ratchet. I cant have him in a half seated position as his movable miniature. 
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KrimsunV Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
oh wow, i did not expect such a long, well thought out comment.
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