I added a little bit of weathering and I am calling this done at this point. There are a couple of small details that I would like to add but I can always revisit this when I have more time. BTW, this is for my Halloween display this year.
You can see some of my past projects in the background. I built a tactile electric chair that I would strap the tots into and you can barely see the Jurassic Park set I built for a couple of years.
Here is a pic of the prop self lighted. I’ll still throw a warm spotlight on it for Halloween night to really make it pop. My idea is to have it at the foot of the driveway as a marker light to gather interest.
Part of recreating Tatooine in will be adding the items for that lived in look. I have added some miscellaneous containers inspired by Galaxy’s Edge. I have a few more things that I’ll be building as I go so I’ll start individual build threads for these to make it easier to find them.
This looks amazing; great job! My only comment would be that it's in a desert, right? The surface would be blasted to a fairly matte finish I'd think. If it were me the final step would be to hit the whole thing with a dull matte clear coat and as it's drying maybe toss some fine grain sand on it here and there.
When it's time for installation it'd great to make a bed of sand around it too. Not sure how practical that step would be, but it'd be a nice touch.
The finish has toned down since I painted it and it is a satin finish, almost flat with the weathering on it. If I have more time to work on it I’ll go over it with a scotch brite pad and maybe a little more sand color in the crevices.
I could spend hours on weathering this but it won’t show up at night. I do like the idea of the sand base, just have to wrap my head around hue I am going to do that and keep it to a size I can easily store.
If you want to make something lightweight and dirt cheap, look at the method I used for a couple of the rings. I cut some 2” foam rings and wrapped them with paper and Weldon glue. You can give a light texture and paint afterwards.