Snowspeeder Knock-Over Mission

The small band of rebel troops left behind on Hoth for a short time before evac found a weak spot on the Imperial AT-ST walkers: a perfect hit on the knee joint would break the fragile walker leg. After the snowspeeders ran out of ammunition the pilots flew the speeders dangerously low, directly through the legs of the walkers. The armored speeders could take the hit easily, the walkers couldn't.

 

This has the most complicated rigging I've done so far, the legs of the walker were detached from the top and the left leg was further divided into smaller bits. The speeder, the walker and the little bits were hanging from a support above the frame. The problem was that I hadn't done these for a while and I kept missing the baking powder plume over and over again. It is really fast. I also made the mistake of attempting this when I really did not have the time to do it patiently. This is the final frame of the session where I just threw everything on the setup in a heat of frustration and, incidentally, the only frame even close to what I had in mind – and it had my hand in frame on the left top corner.

 

After some unusually ample Photoshopping, I think it came out quite nice.

 

On a lighter note, there's another snow lantern building trooper here. I just dig those guys, I think I have to take one with them only. :D

  • Tony Cocks 4y

    I don't how you do it but your shots are fabulous. Wonderful stuff.
  • anders hoff 4y

    you, sir, are awesome.
  • Astrotefan713 4y

    Is that the Snowspeeder from the Hoth Wampa cave, or a custom one?
  • Oncle Tom 4y

    Amazing scenery!
  • Javier Tapia 4y

    Amazing!!!
  • A. Stormtrooper 4y

    Awesome, those backdrop hills are great! I love how you're getting so much usage out of the snowball fire :P
  • Vesa Lehtimäki 4y

    Thank you for the kind comments!
    Astrotefan713 It's a stock speeder from Lego Hoth Base #7879. At least I think it's still stock, I did not check it thoroughully when I borrowed it from the kid. :)
  • Brickdon 4y

    Looks amazing! I really dig this sort of war-like scene!! Awesome work man. :D
  • Walter Benson 4y

    Great job! I love this pic.
  • Josh 4y

    I'm glad you persevered - even if it's not quite what you intended, this is still a fantastic shot.
  • Vesa Lehtimäki 4y

    Josh A photo session sometimes leads to surprises, the surprise frames are usually way better than what I had set out to do. I really like when that happens. :D
  • oLaF LM 4y

    Even if you do not have enough time, what patience you have !!
    This pic is really impressive, I can't imagine the background process. When I know how many time I take to make a pic 1000 less better I just can say : You're my Heroes man !
  • car_mp 4y

    Fantasic
  • Shobrick 4y

    Wow Impressive motion
  • leg0fenris 4y

    so lame: but AGAIN as usual: perfect.
  • Evan MacPhail Photography 4y

    Another wonderful piece.
  • Shauna Kosoris 3y

    lol, when I first glanced at this shot, I thought the snowtrooper was hanging out at a bonfire
  • Roser 3y

    WOW! Amazing recreation! Love the "fire" in the snow!
  • Mark Bukumunhe 3y

    these are amazing!
  • Nilsøn Lewiński 1y

    You sir, are a legend <3
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