As I already
told in the report of the "Yavin Ceremony", I wanted
to build two dioramas for my two Ladies: The "Yavin Ceremony",
my wife Claudia should get and the "Secret Ceremony",
our daughter Leia should get. Then, Leia watched the proceeding
building-process of the "Yavin Ceremony" and wanted
now this diorama.
Claudia gave her okay with a big smile to that change, as she
already knew that Leia want to have the "Secret Ceremony"
as soon as it is ready. And that is not astonishing as Leias little
heart beats much for "Anni and Amidala".
So, finally, Claudia got the "Yavin Ceremony" as I planned
- like every time - I built the corpus. When building such little
dioramas, it is not ingenious to use chipboards. Mostly not for
the side- and back-walls. I took plywood, exactly said 6mm thick
poplar. The corpus finally got the measures 397x200x280 mm³.
The parts were spread with wood glue and with 9x9 mm² squared
timber screwed. Next, I took the curved part of the balustrade
of the Amidala-figure "Secret Ceremony", spread it with
liquid segregate wax and screwed it on a wooden plate, so it was
now nicely planar. Then, I built with 10x10mm² squared timbers
a frame around the balustrade and poured latex milk in that basin.
Some days later, I separated the dried latex form from the original
balustrade and made castings with a viscous car surfacer. I repeated
it 8 times and finally had enough balustrades. I cleaned the parts,
so that the contours were good visible and painted it sandstone-coloured.
Next, I stuck on a 1mm thick stripe of a 1000x200mm² "miniposter"
of the Lake of Como, which I printed before on a DIN A4 paper
with a HP deskjet printer. As the motive was not wide enough,
I used a trick: First, I stuck the motive in the centre of the
stripe, then I changed two other motives mirror-inverted on the
Computer, printed it also, and was now able to stick in left and
right next to the central motive. So I had a quite joint less
optical transition. Finally, I covered the background picture
with protecting paper, so the picture was protected during the
Then I mounted the balustrades. For that I drilled and screwed
little screws into the balustrades (2 per balustrade) and cut
the heads of the crews. Then, I drilled holes into the ground
plate, filled them with glue and put the balustrade with the screws
into. The transitions between the balustrades, I filled with surfacer,
which I finally painted in the same colour like the balustrades.
Next, I spread the meadow-part (between balustrade and the back-
and sidewalls) with wood glue and flaked it with grass flakes.
Then I built the trees.
Actually, I wanted to build several trees into the Diorama but
I recognized during building three trees, that they got so big,
that one tree is absolutely enough in the diorama. Well, the other
trees, I will use in later dioramas. The trees I built this way:
I took a 12mm thick round wood, wrapped it with florist's wire
and sculpted also the branches this way. Then I covered all with
surfacer and stuck tiny branches from the "Heki" company
on it, which is normally used in Model Railroad Dioramas. I spread
them with wood glue and flaked it with artificial tiny leaves.
Finally, I painted the trees and mounted the one tree into the
diorama. At the front side of the diorama, I placed two vertical
hedges of Thuja (built with Irish Moss). Finally Amidala is an
ex-Queen and a senator, so she has enough money to keep her summer
refuge Valkyra beautiful by the hands of gardeners. I built it
like the trees with round-wood and florist's wire, spread it with
wood glue and flaked it with Irish moss. Then I painted the terrace
grey. Next, I bought long branches of tiny champagne-coloured
artificial flowers, painted it red, and picked it from the branches.
I drilled the flower pots and stuck the flowers into. Then I mounted
the figures. C-3PO (from the Battledroid / C-3PO head-change double-pack),
R2-D2 (nearly unimportant which one) and Amidala I used without
any customizing. Anakin (with the artificial hand) got a different
Jedi coat, because his coat was in too much fighting pose. In
my "Frankenstein"- figure customizing box I still had
the coat of Saesse Tinn. It fitted very well. Finally I needed
a priest. For that, I took the Imperial Dignitary Janus Greejatus,
cut some edges of the hood and shoulders away, painted him a white-grey
full beard and the complete clothing. Then I drilled all figs
into the shoes and screwed again little screws into, cut the screw-heads
away, drilled the terrace, and stuck the figs with the screws
into. Finally, I cut acryl glasses for front- and top-plates and
Thomas Riedel 2004