Creating a Minimate Comic Part 2

In this second part of our Creating a Minimate Comic series, we will be building the interior of a Minimate-sized space ship! If you have read the first issue ofย ProtoPlanet, you will remember the crew’s ship, which is called the Lamprey. In the second issue, part of the story takes place inside the ship’s corridors. In order to create this environment, I had to make a trip to the hardware store.

I wandered around the aisles for a while, not sure exactly what I was looking for. I finally spotted an electric heater baseboard. It was the right size, and had a sci-fi look to it. Once I had that, the rest of the pieces were easier to find. Some electrical boxes would become the ship’s machinery, and sheet metal would form the wall. I bought a little bit too much stuff, not knowing exactly what shape the final ship would take, and knowing that I could return any extra items.

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In order to partially disguise the materials I was using, I made some stickers that I could sprinkle throughout the display. This would not only make it look more believable in the comic, but it would also give me the opportunity to add light sources and things that could explode!

I set up everything on my wife’s piano bench (she wasn’t home). I started with the base board, and positioned a few electrical boxes behind it – some upright and some on their sides. Behind that, I propped up the sheet metal.

I started adding more electrical boxes with stickers at the front and rear of the display. I wanted the ship to be colorful inside, so the comic panels would really pop.

My two sons helped me the entire time, and they were both giddy about building a minimate space ship. I let them both take some pictures of it when I was done. They were in mini-geek heaven. This shot should also give you an idea of the size of this section of the ship.

Here is a wide shot of the finished display. The ceiling is a piece of aluminum that had a large rectangular hole for a vent. This was perfect for this diorama, as I could shine my desk lamp into this hole and light the display while I was taking pictures, and yet still have a ceiling in place for all of the shots.

Here is one of the finished shots from the comic. Cygnus is expecting some trouble as he starts walking down the corridor. The rest of the diorama will be put to very good use in the finished comic. Stay tuned for more updates!

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3 Responses

  1. CaptainMinimate says:

    This is an awesome tutorial! Are you eventually going to show us how you add the comic-looking effects on the pictures?

    (btw, you have “Part 1” on this page, which is Part 2 XD)

  2. Bob says:

    I really love how all these parts turn out to be a spaceship! In the 60s there was a German sci-fi TV-series called Raumpatroillee Orion (Space Patrol Orion) and they used a lot of
    everyday objects like flat irons or pencil sharpeners to create their futuristic sci-fi props. Your ideas remind me of that stuff. Very cool!