Darth Vader's Castle...WIP

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I have started working on an idea for a large cardboard playset based on Vader's Castle from "Rogue One." I have been looking over reference material and yesterday spent some time sketching out the dimensions in PhotoShop so that I can start drawing the wall panels and floors. I usually drop a thread here when the work is done, but I want to try a diary of the process this time, like I did some 15 years ago here in my "Modular Death Star" thread. (It's old, a lot of the old formatting shows and later pictures have been lost.)

I am going to try to build this thing to resemble the Castle tower exterior from the front, with an open back to allow for play and/or display with 3 3/4" figures. It's not going to be to scale in any way, just a playset with different environments represented on each of its 4 interior levels.

Here is the sketch I did yesterday to figure out dimensions:



I will post updates in the future as this thing moves along. Thanks for looking!
 
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You mad, magnificent, son of a gun! I'm super excited to see this!
If and when you make these available for sales, don't even bother with a link, just PM me paypal invoice! ;)
 

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I'm glad you are finally getting back to this. (Still needs the Droid Dojo though!)
 
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Cannot wait to see this baby! It's great to see things that have never been done before (that I know of). Lol @ Pete I know what you mean!
 
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Thanks for all the enthusiasm. In truth Vader's Castle was not my first pick, I was going to do the Scarif Citadel Tower...but my son really really wanted Vader's Castle (he remembers me squealing like a little girl for its big reveal when we went to see Rogue One together) so I put the decision up for a vote on my FB page...

...and I was surprised how well the Castle did over the Citadel, so here we are.

Got a little bit of drawing for it done this past week, I will keep plugging away...

 
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I took the time today to build a prototype out of chipboard, just to get final "real world" dimensions before drawing any more of the textures in PhotoShop.

I got a huge order of chipboard in this weekend and I've been itching to cut this thing out. My local craft store has been struggling to keep it in stock, so I went with an online order and ordered in bulk for the savings. I got a couple of double-thickness sheets too to try out, and I can see using it for the floor pieces, as even at this relatively small a size I am noticing some sag in the interiors.

Pretty happy with how the window turned out. The floor on that level will also have some cardstock printed greeblies hanging down to simulate the lava refinery. I haven't decided if I am adding a "base" floor or not. I don't think it needs it.

I think I need to tweak the spires/rabbit ears a bit still. The gradual angles read as straight with them floating out in the air like that. Plenty of time to figure that out.

It is plenty of fun to build a big old model like that again. My 8-year old son's jaw dropped when he saw it and he said "that's huuuuuuuge!" before grabbing my new Wampa to attack Vader on the outer edges. It works!!!
 
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Yes! Looking great so far! Can't wait to see more.

Honestly a bottom floor might add something, just because you'd have a lot of added floor space down there, and it may help add a little support. But either way, it works.
 
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Sorry I missed the question, KypDurron420, the answer is: yes, the bottom-most level is going to be where the "lava refinery" is, where the lava river cuts through the building. From the movie scene, it looks like Krennic and Vader have their conversation directly above the lava, and the platform definitely has that "Carbon Freeze Chamber" nod of industrial machinery, so I will run with that in the details.

I am going to add a floor at the bottom for details of the lava river.

I have been plugging away at all the interiors graphics, the entryway is really intricate. I took a break from that and knocked out the Bacta Room walls, it is going to be a roundish room with 7 facets:



The control room above this is an off-screen creation, I am trying to think of something fun for that rather than just a big computer with red paneling and green vector screens.

Thanks for looking!
 
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Great to see another update! I think the lava refinery at the bottom will really add something. This thing is going to be awesome, can't wait to see more! I do hope you're able to make these available.
 
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Has it really been almost three months since I updated here? I have been plugging away at the details...it's jsut a lot to draw and thus far it has only happened in a "spare time" capacity. Coming up on the timeframe I wanted it completed though, so maybe update will happen more often now...

In any case, here's the peek I posted on Facebook of the start of drawing the front's skin. I think it is starting to get recognizable:

 
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I imagine you've been ridiculously busy with all your other projects, so you definitely have an excuse! Some textures on this thing will look awesome. Once it's finished, I anticipate this being to a Cardboard Galaxy collection what the sail barge will be to a Hasbro collection!
 
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Two years after starting this thing, I am getting back into it. The proof-of-concept model was put together for the first time in well over a year today, and some new additions were built. I will be finishing this thing up over the next couple months, and hopefully the world will be running again when it's time to build the fully-realized version!

I see all the previous picture links are broken, so we will start rebuilding from here.

But first...I have to tease Utinniii with a picture of Darth Vader in his new Sith Dojo:

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More to come soon!
 
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Here is a re-posting of the original "proof-of-concept" model I carved out of chipboard about 2 years ago. This model was 3 feet tall...

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I was pretty happy with this and started working on textures for the print that would eventually "skin" the chipboard skeleton. At the same time I was getting a lot more experience making 3D cardstock dioramas and playsets, and had begun thinking of ways to incorporate more 3D elements into the boxy basic shape you see in these. I might have been biting off more than I could chew at the time, and got exhausted with the Castle, abandoning it around September of 2018.

Midway through 2019 a customer of mine asked what it would take to get me to finish the project, as he was very keen on owning a Vader's Castle. We talked about it a bit, and at the beginning of 2020 he decided to commission me to finish the design and build him one. One of the first things we talked about was adding space for a TIE fighter hangar, which I logically figured would best be put in the basement. I added a larger base piece to the total Castle, increasing the height to 44" and just a bit over 3 and a half feet tall...

DVC Upgrade Full Exterior.jpg DVC Upgrade Full Interior.jpg

The new addition on the bottom will be detailed as a part of the mountaintop, with the lava waterfall flowing down in the middle. Inside it will have details meshing an Imperial Hangar with the rock, almost like Vader's own version of a Batcave. In addition to all that, I took the opportunity to score the two spires at the top to give them more vertical stability and try to bring the angles more to life. They probably need a little more work before I am completely happy with them.
 
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