This week, we're releasing AtomPunk, the newest addition to our Strange Lands and Sci-Fi collections. Venture in the visions of futures past with an enchanting fusion of 1950s retro-futurism, noir undertones, and a dose of Jetsons-like futurity. This Kit is a nostalgic nod to an era of optimistic futurism, brought to life straight from the pages of a 1950’s magazine.
AtomPunk offers a unique canvas to sculpt your vibrant metropolis, blurring the line between past, present, and future. To learn more about the design of the Kit, hear from the KitBash3D team of concept artists, modelers, texture artists, and more who built it.
What was your favorite part about working on AtomPunk?
“My favorite part about working on this Kit was learning about all of the different aspects there are to the AtomPunk genre! That is one of the best things about working on so many different Kits is that there will always be something to learn and explore that we haven’t done before. We discussed whether we should go the nuclear dystopian route, or if we should lean more into the colorful and utopian aspects that are also prevalent in the genre. We ended up going in a more colorful art direction and I couldn’t be happier with it.” - Mike Reese, Head of Kits
“This Kit was exceptional for me because of its retro sci-fi setting. One of the challenges I encountered was adhering to the architectural style that leans towards minimalism. It was imperative to ensure that the buildings reflected the era and setting, appearing captivating from various angles while avoiding overly simplistic shapes, and weaving a compelling narrative within this unique universe. I greatly appreciate the seamless flow of shapes into one another, at times with exaggerated proportions, the vibrant color schemes, and the highly expressive architectural approach exhibited in the AtomPunk Kit. And because Syd Mead is one of my favorite concept designers, it was a pleasure to make designs inspired by his signature style.” - Vladislav Shlenov, Concept Artist
“My favorite part of AtomPunk was modeling some of the structures. Each building felt like I was working on a 1950's car. It was challenging, but very satisfying once I was finished.” - Joseph Sylvester, Modeler
“It was a lot of fun to take inspiration from the designs of retro appliances, cars, and other technology, and then apply those concepts to entire buildings. As a result, everything looks colorful and sleek, and I loved every bit of working on it!” - Lee Siassi, Texture Artist
“The best thing about the AtomPunk Kit was the design of the structures! They had a cool retro-futuristic vibe that I absolutely loved. And the textures in this Kit were so colorful, adding a vibrant touch to the whole experience.” - Mohammad Afshari, Modeler
“I really enjoyed working on AtomPunk because of the futuristic style and the color palette. I've always liked the themes about the technology of the future. Something that fascinated me was exploring the color palette for the assets.” - Gabs Herrera, Texture Artist
"AtomPunk was an extremely fun Kit to work on for a lot of reasons. The retro futurist genre is so unique and gives the opportunity to create a lot of interesting narratives. So my favorite part was bringing some of that comical, fifties era design in while playing up the atomic theme. I had a lot of fun creating puns and utopian visions of a pre fallout type of world. Gamma Glug and RadBurgers were my two favorite brands to work on and I'm excited to see what kinds of worlds they end up in, utopian or otherwise." - Emily Amick, Graphic Designer
Do you have a favorite model from the Kit?
“My favorite model is the Sievert’s Bar hands-down. There are so many great models in this Kit but for me, that one truly stands out. It is enclosed in glass and the entire interior can be seen from the outside. Going into the building, we have a full bar with a ROBOT WAITER serving wine with our own custom graphic designs. There is a sweet drum set and stage. We really packed a lot of story into that one building alone and I can’t wait for everyone to discover and use it.” - Mike Reese, Head of Kits
“I guess it is the Sievert Bar. The reason is because we can see both the interior and exterior clearly through the glass shell. You can see references to classic space themes of the time (the silhouette of the building from the back can resemble a rocket). And, of course, the story inside the bar - there you can find a robot bartender, a stage with musical instruments in the spirit of the 60s, and much more.” - Vladislav Shlenov, Concept Artist
“The Furniture Store has to be my favorite. Mostly because of the challenge it posed with a lot of curved and concave surfaces that connected with each other. It reminds me of a spaceship!” - Joseph Sylvester, Modeler
“The Mall! I love the shapes that make up the model, and it was an interesting challenge to figure out a color palette that would fit such a big and varied structure.” - Lee Siassi, Texture Artist
“My favorite model is the train station, I loved the design that Vlad, the concept artist, created. When I was working on it I imagined how it would be like to wait for the train in that station with its futuristic colors and lights and how it would be like to travel on the train, there are definitely many stories we could tell in that station.” - Gabs Herrera, Texture Artist
"My favorite model from AtomPunk is definitely the Train Station. The design alone is absolutely insane and there are so many gorgeous potential shots in there. It has elevators, gorgeous lighting, an insane shape language, and the train in AtomPunk - the "AtomExpress" - is an immaculate piece on it's own." - Emily Amick, Graphic Designer
Is there anything about AtomPunk you'd like to highlight or shout out?
“I have to shout-out the concepts and models on this Kit. These buildings were pretty difficult as they were all unique and had lots of challenging forms to resolve architecturally. Our concept artist Vlad not only nailed the aesthetic we were aiming for but also did a fantastic job working with the modeling team to ensure the concepts were translated into the amazing models we ended up with. I loved seeing the teamwork and dedication in every part of the process and it shows in the final result.” - Mike Reese, Head of Kits
“The Kit contains many references. In signboards, textures refer to popular science fiction genre about alternative history (such as Watchmen). The team did an amazing job. From modeling artists who were able to recreate all those complex curvilinear structures to texture artists who infused the spirit of the era through a vibrant color palette, to the graphic design of signage and all elements, to the smallest labels on bottles in a bar. This is fantastic work. I am very proud of how the Kit came together.” - Vladislav Shlenov, Concept Artist
“Shout out to the concepts! Really sleek designs that instantly captured the feeling of the AtomPunk style. Made modeling very easy even though the models were a challenge. Shout out to Mohammad! His models look amazing! Also shout out to the texture team! They really nailed this one!” - Joseph Sylvester, Modeler
“Shout out to the modeling team! The complex geometry of this Kit was all incredibly well crafted, making it even more of a blast to work with.” - Lee Siassi, Texture Artist
“I definitely want to highlight the amazing work of Vlad the concept artist. All the designs he proposed are incredible. That man is pure creativity!” - Gabs Herrera, Texture Artist
"My biggest shout out goes to our concept artist, Vlad, for bringing these amazing concepts to light and also to the amazing modelers and texture artists that then brought it to reality. The way they handled the tricky architectural aspects of these buildings is truly impressive. There's much to be said about all of the details and work that went into this Kit and everyone on the team really leveled this one up. This is my favorite Kit to date and if you love grand sci fi skylines, mid century modern furniture, glossy fifties diners, you need to go explore this Kit right now." - Emily Amick, Graphic Designer