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Bandai’s 1/144 Star Wars AT-AT Walker – Weathering The Big Stompy Guy

When I look back on my youth, there are certain events that rally stand out. I have a most vague but clear memory of man walking on the Mon for the first time. The first time I built a model airplane is an event I’ll not forget.

Scenes from movies and TV are also quite memorable. The characters and situations were imprinted quite deeply, and even today if I re-watch them, I am able to go back in time as it were and remember the that first viewing.

Certainly one of the most memorable and iconic movie scenes from my youth was the Hoth battle from The Empire Strikes Back. Hearing the ominous “flump, flump” of some impending doom really stirred my attention. When those giant mammoth walkers were revealed, it was stunning. The movie makers did a wonderful job of conveying that here was something you could not stand against. It was giant, deadly, and coming for you.

And despite your best efforts, you can only at best slow them down a bit.

Recapturing The Stomp

Bandai’s 1/144 scale AT-AT Walker is a wonderful re-creation of that giant, lumbering terror. As with all their Star Wars kit, details are faithfully reproduced, right down to being able to identify the source kits for many of the greeblies.

Of course, the fit of it all is perfect, resulting in a build experience that is second to none. And despite a very monotone color scheme, the possibilities for weathering are almost endless.

In this video, I go through the weathering process, including the use of acrylic, oil, and enamel products, and also provide some tips for avoiding the Bandai plastic “bug”.

You can also check out a previous video where I demonstrated the application of the dot filter technique using this same model kit.

You can’t go back to your childhood, but thanks to Bandai, you can rekindle those memories of a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

2 comments

  1. That is a great looking model Jon, you’re right that it does capture the look of the AT-AT very well. I also loved that scene, in fact I think ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ is probably my favourite of all the Starwars films.

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