Orto Plutonia . Happy Star Wars Day, here's a treat to celebrate ;) . Well it's May the 4th in Australia at least ;)
So funny story about this MOC. I started this something like 6-7 years ago, not sure on an exact starting date, all I know is I started building it before the Clone Wars was cancelled
It's somewhere around 2012-2014 I started it, I remember building this during Clone Wars Season 4 when Maul was brought back
So that 6-7 year building period, wasn't solid building. There were easily a few years that this puppy sat untouched for a bit, or times when I needed to steal pieces off of it for another MOC I was making etc.
I think it's very fitting that I finish it after Clone War is revived though, it's ends where it began one might say haha
Oh by the way I should clarify. NOT HOTH. This is Orto Plutonia, a planet seen in Season 1 episode 15 of the Clone Wars. That episode is called 'Trepass'
Basically my intent was to build a Republic base on Orto Plutonia towards the end of the Clone Wars after peace between the Republic and the Talz was established
I also loved how the Clone Wars (towards season 5 and 6) started to take aesthetic notions from Imperial design and apply them to buildings and characters. So I liked the idea of basing certain aspects of the base off of Original Trilogy stuff. So yes there are obvious nods to Hoth, but it's not Hoth.
I also have a bunch of Snowtroopers walking around because ... well LEGO never made any Cold Assault Clone troopers, and I didn't want to order like 30 custom ones. So I figured since it's set during the end of the war, it's likely the cold assault armour just becomes more Imperial in design.
That said I always tend to do my best to stay fairly cannon when MOCing Star Wars Stuff... But I'm aware of the continuity errors in this haha :P
Stuff like Maul having a Double bladed Saber (I put that into the MOC in 2014 expecting him to fix his lightsaber in the next season haha :P) And I'm pretty sure Savage died before Phase 2 armour was a thing... not sure
That and it's not the smartest move for them to attack a Republic Base... but eh, the MOC looks pretty, no big deal if it isn't 100% canon :P
I do have a few custom figures in this. The Wolfpack Troopers and Commander Wolffe are Clone Army Customs, and there's another custom Clone fixing the generator... I can't recall where I bought him sadly.
Sadly I didn't make this modular, so transporting it will be a fun challenge ;P
But yeah it's safe to say this is my biggest MOC ever. Not the tallest though...
I think the tallest would be Volsung Hall
Oh and yes I have seen Avengers Endgame, and no I will not be spoiling it.
But let it be known I thought it was absolutely awesome and I look forward to round 3 of watching it.
Such a long wait for Spider-Man Far From Home though haha
I just came back from Free Comic Book Day by the way, good fun. I was there fairly early and got the comics I was after. Good times.
If you're reading this soon after I posted the MOC, stop reading and head to your local comic shop for free comics, it's probably not too late ;)
I recently made a lot of fun castle minifigures, just for some fun Fig Barfs. I'll be posting them on Flickr soon, some awesome Purist customs in there.
Otherwise I actually have a DC MOC on the way, another Bionicle and another Star Wars MOC coming soon. Hype
So the Republic Gunship in this MOC is one of few times I've used a set in a MOC, I put it in early in the design and didn't feel the need to replace it with a custom one.
Man I sure went ham on the pictures in the post haha, it's big MOC though, wanted to cover all the details
I have no idea why it's taken me so long, but I finally started watching Game of Thrones recently. I'm loving it! I've finished Season 1 and am slowly working my way to catching up. Don't spoil anything please.
It totally slipped my mind that Ned Stark was played by Sean Bean. I was watching a clip from LOTR yesterday and I was like... OH RIGHT! Ned is Boromir. SICK!
I've actually managed to stay fairly spoiler free from GOTs spoilers. There's a few things that got ruined sadly, but not too much.
Oh and friendly reminder, Don't Spoiler Endgame, sure it's been a few weeks, but it's still too early
That said some of the really recent advertising Marvel is using is straight up spoiling it... Odd right? hahaha :P
I've been fairly swamped with Uni work at the moment, but more Behind The Build and WIP workshop videos are coming.
I've been writing scripts in my down time throughout the week, so more is on the way
Would you want to see a Behind The Build Episode on this MOC? I don't have many behind the scenes images of this, but if you have something you wanna see or learn about from it, lemme know and I can make a video about it.
So does anyone actively celebrate May the 4th? If so what do you do?
Honestly, posting this is my celebration for it haha :P I've got a busier schedule today, might not be able to watch any Star Wars content
Oh speaking of Star War Content, how about that Rise of Skywalker trailer. OHHH baby!
I very much enjoyed watching that panel live, so rewarding doing so. I couldn't make the other panels live, it was a tad too late for me and I had to get up early kinda thing.
I did have plans for the interior of the base to be like double the size and have multiple ships in it... but money... and space for that matter.
I also considered having a big landing platform on top of the rock above the door. But decided against it since the LAAT was already landing on the snow.
Oh and a parts count for the MOC? Excellent question, but one you'll have to do the maths on yourself ;)
It's gotta be at least 4 though
At a push 15
I may very well commit to bringing this to Bricktober in Perth this year. So if you're there, get hyped.
I'd love to take it to other cons outside of Perth, but with it not being modular that's just too tough.
Also if you follow my Flickr, you may feel like you've seen this MOC before... I've actually used it as the backdrop to many many photos I've taken, so that's why haha
Also I don't think I've said my thoughts on Shazam yet... Loved it!
Lots of fun and a great exploration of the character. I was hoping to see a big battle with Shazam going ham and using all of his powers. We did and didn't really get that though.
Sure there were fights, but they were short and split up. Not that that was an issue, I just wanted to see him really using his powers.
I've not ever read Shazam stuff, and so I was hoping to see all of his powers in action in an all out brawl. Sure it's a bit of a shame we didn't see that, but didn't really ruin the movie for me.
I still give it a solid 8/10
I loved the post credit scene though, looking forward to hopefully a Shazam 2
I bought the Hall of Armour Iron Man set. Love it a lot. Really wanna make a MOC with all the awesome armours in it now.
I've debated about making my own hall of armour/Tony's workshop. But if I did I'd want to make my own design for it. So not a comic accurate or movie accurate version.
Just need to plan that out, but would love to do that.
That said I'm currently working on another large MOC, that's maybe half the size of this MOC.
It's actually a revamp of an older diorama, so that's exciting!
The door to the base does actually open by the way. I never got any pictures of it though
Not motors or anything, it just slides open
Also for those eagle eyed viewers, have you noticed any Tal warriors in this MOC? There's a few of them scouting around the base
I've deliberately made them a bit harder to see, you'll have to look hard
I don't mean the ones in the cave eating by the way, like around the diorama itself ;)
Anyway yeah happy with the interior of the base
Obi-Wans Starfighter isn't my design, it belongs to legorevolution
If you wanna make it yourself he has instructions on his page on MOCpages
I've also been buying a few Transformers recently, been really enjoying the new Seige wave
But yeah, happy that I've finally finished this diorama
Proud of how it turned out :)
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