maandag 27 maart 2017

Inspirational Lego 115

Hey all, here we are again for the weekly dose of awesome builds I`ve found on the internet.

Now, I`m already telling you that 116 will arrive this weekend already, as the week after that I will be away from my PC.  Far away.  Having a few beers.

Let's begin the series today with an UCS build.  It's a spaceship, it's a freighter, and it ain't from Star Wars, so all you Falconista's breathe out again.

The Planet Express is the main vessel from the excellent Futurama cartoon, and it's rendered awesomely in LEGO.  Including a plate :-)

Next we have the Southern Air Temple from the Avatar franchise (the Airbender anime, not those big blue aliens).

This medieval country house sports some awesome architecture, and a variety of crops outdoors.

Who didn`t love dancing Groot, greatly recreated in BrickHeads style.

This fantastic Abernathy build from Fall Out 4 looks genuinly ramshackle like the real thing.

Something completely different is this cute build of a guinea pig.

Lego cars made in the style of classic Hot Wheels, now how cool is that with their "unpainted" fronts and all like the toys.

A bit of surrealism next with the Man on the Moon... literally.

The Octan Thunderbolt from the year 1 of Andromeda's gates, the RPG that is now closing it's first chapter, looks like it can really burn some serious rubber.

It`ll be swifter at least then this poor Fiat 500 which met an early demise...

And that`s it again for this week.  Expect the next episode probably on saturday morning already, and until then, cheerios!

zondag 26 maart 2017

The Green Shark

A small figure build this time, which I created for an LAKC contest on Facebook in which you could take home a Spiderman Super Jumper polybag.

Unfortunatly, he didn`t take home the win, but never the less I thought I'd share him here.

His pilum is a custom part from Brick Forge, while the face is from the old Exo Force range.  The idea was that he was kind of a protector of the Seas (like when, neither Namor nor Aquaman would be available and you needed to draft in the C-listers), hence the splashing water base.

It was a fun little build for a fun little competition.

Haul Report # 74

Here we are with another week of gathering stuff for my crazy ideas and moc builds.

The first thing I got was an exchange for the old Elsa set with a mate, and this gave me a Star Wars First Order microfighter and the Green Lantern sets in return.

I also obtained the Lego Batman movie sticker sheeth, allowing me to tune my carry case a bit more.

A flea market find past sunday came in the form of two Star Wars sergeant polybags and this Blacktron II set which was still complete with instructions, costing me total of 11 euro for the lot.

Okay, this ain`t Lego, but an accessory for the Pirate builds.  It was a full 0.75 cents in the local thrift store, so I couldn`t pass this over.

From my mate Phil I obtained a Pippin and a Boromir for my Durin's Causeway build, and two polybags which I will be able to use in some exchanges for more Tolkien polybags in the future.

A Quirrell also arrived through Brick Link, whom is actually for the Smurf.

I traded this figure with the kid for this King George soldier he didn`t care about (he is all into Star Wars and Harry Potter you see) and whom will be a welcome addition to my troops.

The final haul part is another Brick Link arrival, with some heads and kepi`s to work on my Confederate regiment, as well as a batch of green 2x4s to add some more to the Fredericksburg build.

Well, that`s it for this week, see you all a bit sooner with the next episode as I`ll be leaving on holiday next sunday, so expect episode 75 on saturday, and 76 on the monday the week after.


zaterdag 25 maart 2017

A new header... long overdue

This month marked the 7 year and 1 month long birthday of my little blog... and I finally gotten around to making a little change.

It has been planned for like, probably 6 years and 11 months or so though, so I`m "more or less" swift this time round.

When I started this (back then wargame related) blog, the header was that dark black ruin that had featured in my first TSA forum battlereport, and it totally blocked the actual "name" of the site on the top of the page.

I would fix that...

... some day...

... soon...

... yeah right.

But tonight, I finally made work of it.  Okay granted, the blog isn`t about my wargaming days for a long time, but has been turning to LEGO ever since I came out of my Dark Ages about 5 years ago.  While not 100% dedicated to the toy, it does take up the majority of the posts, so I thought it more then fitting to use one of my display pictures for the header.

I was doubting for a while between one of my Tolkien display builds or one of my Pirate theme moc's, but in the end I went for a Tolkien one, still my lifelong passion after all.

So here it is, long overdue, the new "topside picture" of this little corner of the internet :-)

vrijdag 24 maart 2017

Napoleon en de Franse Revolutie

Episode 5 of documentaries detailing historical greats, this volume is about Napoleon and his rise and fall.

The volume contains two documentaries, each about an hour in length, and while the second one chronicles his life, the first one was something I actually grabbed the DVD for... The Battle of the Nile.

This epic sea battle proved to be a serious dent in Napoleons reputation, as his fleet, and the mighty vessel L`Orient, where defeated by Nelson and his ships in a battle that threw all conventional naval warfare tactics overboard.

The second documentary follows the life of Napoleon, from a low-standing boy from Ajaccio that entered military school, to his rise of Emperor of the western world.  Going over his troubled relationship with Josephine, his exile and his eventual defeat by Wellington, it also highlights his great achievements for the French people and how he took over the government... without spilling a drop of blood.

It's a nice two part DVD, and it sheds some light on one of the greatest orrators of history.

donderdag 23 maart 2017

Build Report: 79007 Battle at the Black Gate

In today's build report, I'm visiting my favorite theme, The Lord of the Rings.

Battle of the Black Gate is one of the few sets from the Return of the King wave, which really lacked any Gondor influenced sets in my opinion, and with "King" Aragorn comes the closest to the White City we ever will get.

This set, which ideally you would need to build two times in a mirrored configuration to create the full gate, comes with a baseplate, Gwaihir, four bags of parts and two instruction manuals.

The first figures we come across are excellent renditions of Gandalf the White and Aragorn in his regal outfit.  I love the torso and leg prints on the recently returned king!

The first things we build are small pieces of rockwork.  While nothing spectacular by themselves, these will form the end pieces of the build and integrate the walls into the surrounding area.

Having put these together, we start on the first of the two main parts of the build, being the guard tower that comes with the gate.

A lever is installed in this tower to create one of the play-features of this set.

This feature, a raising portcullis, is then build and inserted to the front of the tower.

Some grisly details are scattered on the ground floor, Mordor isn`t your ideal vacation destination after all.

Next we get both the Gwaihir great eagle figure, and the fantastic Mout of Sauron, another excellent figure that was by far the forte of the theme.

The tower is then build up further, using corner elements to give it a slightly rounded yet angular look.

Using snot techniques, the wall resembles the opening at the bottom perfectly.

The battlements on the top floor are then build and added to the top level of the tower.

A small catapult makes up the main defence on the tower, ready to repel any attackers on the Dark lands.

Large and menacing pikes are added to the four corners to give the tower a sleek look like it does in the movies.

And the tower section is completed, allowing us to move on to the gate itself.

We also get an orc warrior with this set, including the lovely orcish helmets seen first with the uruk-hai from the previous wave.

A large dark blueish gray plate serves as the basis for the gate.

This is covered mainly in black tiles of various sizes, allowing a smooth opening of the gate itself as it hinges on the sidepanels later on.

The gate itself begins on a brown plate, onto which we are going to raise the black walls.

A large doorknob like device is added to this, as turning it will unlock the both halves and allow the gate to swing open.

This section is then placed on the bottom plate we build earlier and secured.

On top, brown plates are attached to create the walkway for the orc guards to pass over.

A nice system of hinge clips and teethed plates is used to make the battlements all spiky bits in style.

Finally, large pointed elements are attached to finish this look off.

We get a second orc guard as well with this set, to join his buddy in defending the entrance to Mordor.

The other side of the massive gateway also begins life as a few brown plates.

Following a more or less identical build up as the previous section, this is then build up and attached to the other side of the baseplate.

This is secured as well and brown plates make up the remainder of the walkway on top.

The same design is used to make it all look menacing and pointy next.

Now, we can start "dressing up" the build as the framework is in place, and this is done by the use of the snot technique.

Various plated and tiled sections are being put together to this end.

Attaching those to the front sides of the gate sections, a polished look is recreated.

And we lock the back side to have the gate in a closed position.

The same technique for the front is now also used on the other gate section, completing the gate itself.

We attach the tower to the side of the build.

And the full set stands completed:

Of course, some extra parts where included as well in the set:

I really like the Black gate, albeit she might look a bit small and unimposing.  Now, with the addition of the tower from a second set, this is already seriously remedied and makes it look all the more impressive. 

And of course, the Aragorn and Mouth of Sauron figures are top notch models!