“The Rebel Base is on a Moon on the Far Side”

Yavin IV - Rebel workshop, by disco86, on Flickr


When I read the words “Rebel base MOC”, images immediately pop up before my mind’s eye. I see big hangars, bustling with technicians and pilots, with lots of starfighters and immense walls with tons of pipes and vents. How else but with such a large number of pieces can you capture those iconic locations with their atmosphere of anticipation? With a lot less pieces and a great deal of talent, disco86 shows in his latest rendition of the Yavin IV base. You only need a 32×32 base to capture a base, with impossibly clean and logical markings embedded in it. Show a section of wall to get an interior feeling, and don’t go overboard with greebles, as there will already be technical details enough in your scene once you’re finished. Instead, go for the things that make this location unique, that truly set the scene. Go for the distinctive but subtle textures and incorporate natural elements, expertly keeping the artificial and the environmental in balance. While you’re at it, make sure you capture those natural elements with some incredibly nifty part choices. Now that you’ve set the scene, give life to it. Not with an abundance of ships you already see in plenty of other creations, but with small and unique elements that belong there. Place them in a functional layout. Make them look like they’re being used, clearly showing off their functions and have people interact with all of it so that you don’t have a mess of disjointed elements, but an environment were work is happening, life is happening. Another clever way of connecting things is by keeping things in mind like the provision of electricity of fuel. And of course you can have a vehicle, but make it beautiful, unique, and important to the scene. If you manage to think of all those steps and execute them perfectly by bringing all of it in balance with each other, you get a gorgeous scene. A scene like the one above. Thank you disco86 for teaching us such a valuable lesson by merely showing us your latest creation and making us see that there are always new and marvelous ways to tackle a familiar subject! You can count on me studying your pictures very closely!


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