I'm currenly re-texture mapping the Alderaan Royal Palace interior.
Here are before-and-after pictures of Scene I651 between Yane (currently represented by the CG Stormtrooper stand-in) and Yoda:
The new-and-improved model looks even more realistic without the CG Stormtrooper and Yoda. Remember, our goal is for every picture of a digital set to look like someone went on a real set and snapped a picture with their camera. I think we're gradually approaching that level of photorealism with our digital sets.
Also, some of you may remember that we're using part of Padme's Apartment for the Alderaan Royal Palace. Here's a picture of the beautiful 3ds model of Padme's Apartment:
We're using the left side of this model for Scene I651 (above). We're changing the texture maps not only to make our digital set look more real, but also so that people don't recognize it as Padme's apartment! :D
Here's a close-up of Yoda in Scene I652, before-and-after:
Hopefully the new texture maps make the 2nd background look much more realistic and less CG.
P.S. No, the Nikko R2-D2 hasn't arrived yet (see 8/14/09 blog post). In fact, I just found out that the seller didn't even ship it until today. :(