Remember the opening scene of Babylon 5 (not the pilot, the actual series), where Narn fleet attacks a Centauri space station in Ragesh III I was sold the moment I saw that, as it made an immediate connection to my favourite PC game intro - Master of Orion 2.
Rebels sneaking towards landed Lambda -class shuttle
Scratchbuilt Lambda -class shuttle is being loaded, when the rebels attack
Here's a diorama I made for a competiton earlier, with some customized steampunk miniatures & scratchbuilt terrain.
An experimental landscape-model.
"If there's a center to the universe, then you're on the planet that it's farthest from!"
-Luke skywalker, speaking of his homeworld Tatooine
Addition: I added a few WIP pictures of the buildings to the bottom of the post.
Most frequent question I get asked on gaming sites is about how I have created fire and smoke. Now I'm releasing a tutoral about this topic - while it's actually about creating starship wrecks, it will teach you how to model fire. Another page (coming soon) will show you applications of this technique.
How easy can a modelling project be? Death Star must be the easiest one I've done. Cutting the place for the super laser was perhaps the hardest part, after that I applied dyed filler-paste to the model, carved the center line and painted it. Not the most accurate model but works.
Professors Keane and Scanlan from Southampton University have printed out an airplane that flies; This is far more advanced than printing out miniatures. So, when shall we have 3D-files having miniatures we can print out? That requires affordable 3d printers.