HCR MINI-Challenge #9: Star Wars Tribute


© Copyright Lucasfilm 2007

[color=yellow]Choose a classic scene from the Star Wars Filmed Saga and reinterpret it into a 3d diorama, or better yet think up your own scene using the Star Wars characters from the films.

30 years Star Wars exploded into world cinemas,
and it forever changed the film industry.

On May 25th 1977 Star Wars had it north American release, and
it would grow to be one of the most successful film franchises ever.

THE CHALLENGE:___________________________

Sculpt one or more representations of the Star Wars characters/ creatures in 1 month and two weeks (See the provided list). The idea of this “mini-challenge” is to simulate an impossible deadline for a project. The artists will have at their discretion how detailed the models they will be working on, and the amount of models, and if the models will be shaded/ rigged. But the model will have to be original film interpretation.

A big part of the challenge is that the modeler will have to scavenge all the reference for the film models. But at the end of the challenge the creature/machine have to look like the one shown on film.


They are larger than life movie characters that have taken a life of their own.

There are two ways to participate:
[li]Single character Diorama:[font=Verdana] You may sculpt the creature inside the appropriate environment.[/li][b]Some diorama examples:
[li]Storm Trooper on patrol[/li][li]Luke holding a Lightsaber[/li][li]The emeperor at the Senate[/li][li]Darth Maul strikes! [/li][/ul]
[li][color=#ff8c00]Multiple character Diorama:[font=Verdana] You may sculpt the creature inside the appropriate environment [/li]

Some diorama examples:
[li]The Clone army[/li][li]The Ewoks vs the Stor Troopers[/li][li]Luke vs Vader[/li][li][color=yellow]Jar Jar vs his Thonge[/li][li]Jango vs Obi wan[/li]

THE CHALLENGE:___________________________

Sculpt a scenes based on the Star Wars Film saga.

The idea of this “mini-challenge” is to simulate an impossible deadline for a project. The artists will have at their discretion how detailed the models they will be working on, and the amount of models, and if the models will be shaded and or rigged.

You are encouraged to recreated famous scenes from the Star wars saga

For example
[li]Hand vs Greedo[/li][li]The Cantina Players[/li][li]Luke on the Taun Taun[/li][li]Darth Maul against everyone[/li][li]Yoda vs Count Dookou[/li][li]Jango Vs Obi wan[/li][li]Princess Leia & Jabba[/li][li]Luke & Yoda[/li][li]C3po & Chewie on Cloud City[/li][li]Yoda vs the Emperor[/li][li]The Emperor & the Senate[/li][li]Scout Trooper & his Bike[/li][li]Order 66[/li][li]Han and Chewie[/li][li]Anakin vs Obi Wan[/li][li]Wookies vs Clone Troopers[/li][li]The HORRIBLE death of Jar jar[/li][/ul]or better yet you could created your own scenes based on the classic characters
[li]Death of jar jar[/li][li]Yoda vs vader[/li][li]Vader vs the emperor[/li][li]Stormtroopers playing poker…[/li][/ul]The key is to sculpt good dynamic representations of the Star Wars characters

A big part of the challenge is that the modeler will have to scavenge all the reference for the film models. But at the end of the challenge the character has to look like the one shown on film.



The idea of these HARDCORE MINI CHALLENGES is to push the modeling skills participants while learning from the past. To get past preconceptions of the limits of digital art. To push digital artists into the world of sculptors & artisans. But we will have variety on these mini challenges. Sometimes we will sculpt a model based on a masterpiece, but on other times we might do Jet fighter or a landmark…

The only thing that will be consistent is the SHORT DEADLINES.

At the end of the challenge, the participant should have a finished collection of entries. Keep in mind contest of high difficulty you will have ONE MONTH and TWO WEEKS to do the challenge, but the rewards, even if you don’t win, will be your improved skills in speed and accuracy.

EVALUATION CRITERIA:______________________

Detailed RESEARCH, and attention to detail are key for ALL entries. Please before doing an entry do your homework.

The best model will be selected by an open vote
for these categories:
[li]Most Accurate Likeness[/li][li]Most epic model[/li][li]Most expressive model[/li][/ul]and the big one of course:
[li]Best Overall Entry[/li][/ul]I will also spotlight the users who have done the Highest Number of FINISHED models

The winner will get bragging rights and a small banner
designed by me.

[color=darkorange]DEADLINE! Monday, July 9th 12:00 PM[/color]

YOU HAVE ONE MONTH & TWO WEEKS do the challenge.

[li]No work taken DIRECTLY from an existing tutorial. You may use an existing tutorial only for reference.[/li][li]You may NOT use a pre exiting models. All models must be done from scratch.[/li][li]An artist may change from a Single, Multiple whenever he or she wishes.[/li][li]You must start the model from scratch. No parametric models entries will be allowed(Poser). Also pre-made base meshes ARE NOT acceptable. The entries have to be done from scratch.[/li][li]WIP images are NOT only encouraged, but they are required.[/li]So if you start modeling with the box modeling method, we want to see the different stages of the construction of the model, from the base box to the finished model.
[li]WIP thread should be posted on the Hardcore Modeling Challenge forum and should follow the following naming convention: HARDCORE MODELING!: STAR WARS TRIBUTE: <<TYPE OF ENTRY >>[/li][li]The artist also has to post total length of time it took to do and program used.[/li][li]Future topics for hardcore Challenges will be picked at random from the list on[/li]this >>thread << (The author will be given credit). So guys keep them coming.
[li]Post on this thread your link to your WIP thread and your FINAL piece.[/li][li]Only participants who follow the rules and submit a final entry will be eligible for the voting process.[/li][li]Any piece caught breaking the rules will be taken off the thread.[/li][/ul]REQUIRED RENDERINGS:
[li]ORTHOGRAPHIC RENDERINGS:[/li]Orthographic renderings ARE REQUIRED for EACH TYPE of entry and should be rendered at 800 x 600 OR 600x800.
[li]The Orthographic renderings should be rendered from TOP, SIDE, BOTTOM[/li]

[li]WIREFRAMES:[/li]A 3/4 wireframe renderings is REQUIRED for your entry of entry and should be rendered at 800 x 600 OR 600x800.
[li][font=Verdana]I recommend to aid the voters a turntable rendering of the model. It would have to be done in QuickTime or Windows Media at a resolution of 600 x 400 OR 300 x 200. The render might be done as a Quickshade or Beauty Render.
[li]For each image you should post:[/li]
Title of Model Completed[Model Images]
[li]And should be posted on both the individual WIP thread on this master thread.[/li][list]
[li]Final RENDERS should be rendered at 1600 X 1200 OR 1200 x 1600 in JPG format.(Post only as link) A smaller 800x 600 OR 600 x 800 image should be posted on the threads.Please add a brief text description about your piece.[/font][/li][/ul]
[/list]The models should be picked from the following list :

[li]Star Wars (1977)[/li][li]Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)[/li][li]Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)[/li][li]Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)[/li][li]Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)[/li][li]Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)[/li][li]Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)[/li][li]The Ewok Adventure (1984)[/li][li]The ‘Star Wars’ Holiday Special (1978)[/li][li]Star Wars: Clone Wars" (2003)- (It is so good I had to add it)[/li][/ul]


For question go hereL

Sticky: Challenge #9 FAQ

And the plug will be done on Saturday…

PS I am still editing the rules


can we do LEGO star wars ?

btw, i believe it should be “DEADLINE” not dateline



[color=orange][font=Verdana][font=Verdana]Hey Roberto. I thought I’d point out the part taken from the Ray Harryhausen challenge. Gotta fix this. :D[/font][/color][/font]

[color=orange][font=Verdana][font=Verdana]Btw, awesome challenge! I never get enough time to participate in these. Maybe I’ll just have to cut back on sleep this time.


I’ve never had enough time for these Roberto but I’m in this time. :thumbsup:


hey roberto I hope that also “inorganic” can count… Me ans Louis wanted to model the AT scene :slight_smile: and make a diorama of the attack (and I guess that lot of people want to model tie fighters, death star, etc. etc.) and after all isnt all robot inorganic :slight_smile: ?


I might be able to squeek in some time on this one after all! I’d hate to pass this one up! I would expect a great turnout on this one too given the subject matter.


Why not!

Have fun!

Why not!

Have fun! But keep in mid that they have to be built in an dramatic diroama setting. Imagine for example an AT-ST being attacked by pissed off Ewoks. Or a Snowspeeder about to be crushed by an AT-AT. The idea of the mini challenge is to capture the drama of the Star Wars saga.


I understand why you made this into a regular challenge, I mean two weeks is a little steep…

but I thought this was gonna be a mini challenge (meaning 2 weeks)… if that is not the case then I may be able to work in one of my own…

PS we are allowing textures right?



I would love to give this challenge a go, but I got my final show coming up so I’m full of busy doing other stuff (check my WIP’s).

I love star wars and have already done some pieces either check my portfolio or this thread. Hope you like them :slight_smile:

Storm Trooper Laundry Error



Where are the pictures I love to join


WHAT?! NO BOBA FETT?![size=2] I think I’m going to cry. :cry:

edit: sorry, didn’t see those were just examples. :wink:


Hi Roberto,

Can we use a character that was only mentioned in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith?
I would love to make Darth Plagueis (the Wise) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darth_Plagueis



man!! I’m in this one!


Ah man, If I don’t enter this one then I’m never gonna…


Hey Roberto i would like to suggest something for the next hardcore modellings to come, i think that alot of the entries comes after the post in the front page, and since its only happens like 5 to 6 days after the post is made on the hardcore modelling forum, i think its abit unfair with those that didnt know about the comp in the first place.
I think you could change the rules for the next ones so the comp only starts after the announcement is made on the front page, for the extra 4 to 5 days in a comp that runs for 40 days is like a 10% extra time :P.


Black list ! :stuck_out_tongue:



I posted the thread while I am on vacation with my folks, so I did not have the templates to post the plug. Anyway Ill keep this in mind next time…




Jabba the Hutt and his slave girl Princess Leia Organa (?) Evil Grin
I’d love to but I’m not sure I see myself getting it finished…
A month and 2 weeks?

 Would love to someday any case *think* *puzzle* :curious:
  • EDIT *

    “Stay away from my footage, you freak!”

    Now someone tell me Carrey Fisher doesn’t still look like a sex symbol, 80’s or not :wink:
    Maybe if I find reference I can start on the Princess and if I find time I’ll get to Jabba and then if
    I find reference and time get on to some movie set of sorts…


yeah it’s not much time to do a diarama and make it look good… not unless one pairs up with someone that is… I’d love to see an option to do just a character withhout the whole scene/environment thingy like it the previous challenges… then again an environment might just be the floor :wink: