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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 matter the cost.

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RyugaSSJ3 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
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!)
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
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.
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. 
cmdrtekk Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
These diorama scenes of yours are really neat.  Thanks for sharing.
Prowlcop Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Thanks. I love your prowl and jazz robot heroes. Where did you find the prowl robot hero? 
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. 
TerminusPrime-TF Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Nice work :)
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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