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.
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!)
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
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.
Again, love the dioramas.