woensdag 29 november 2023

HT-01B Magella Attack tank 1/400 resin scale

 The next models finished from the MechaTop samples I received, are two of the main battletanks of the Principality of Zeon: the Magella.

This tank, that can split of it's top as a plane if needed, was a serious force on the battlefield to be reckoned with.
But their biggest drawback was that their top couldn`t turn, so while the 175mm cannon has a high arc for visibility, the whole tank needed to turn to adjust it's aiming angles.  

The tanks have been painted in the traditional Zeon greens, like the Zaku's and such for example, with dark greys for the metallic parts like the front machine gun array.

Gamewise, they cost about as much as a Zaku I and other older models, so these are some great (and cool looking) bulking out units for your force.

And they will be in the next game I`m going to play, in an effort to try and grasp the rules some more.

zondag 26 november 2023

BrickMania Antwerp 2024: Lego convention report

 No, I am not returning to the Lego hobby!

But past sunday, during a rainy day, we decided on a spur of the moment to go to Brick Mania with the little guy for a nice afternoon out and marvel at some of the MOC's on display.

And even though it was already sunday afternoon when we went to this two day event, organised by BeLug in the Antwerp Expo, there was a lot of people present.

 Of course, trade stands where there a plenty, and we did find a good deal on a box of Duplo for the little man, so now he can build the christmas house to go under the tree.

There was also a succesfull Guinness World Record taking place, in the form of the most individual minifigs on display, and it shattered the old one by a few thousand.

Awesome popculture brickfigures where to be seen, Noshi was crazy about the Stitch mosaic.

A nice Castle display, Thorin was so intrested he even took a flyer along to read.

There where also a variety of Lego sculptures on display, both from avid builders as from professional builder Dirk Denoyelle.

This working factory with all it's moving parts definitly caught Thorin's attention.

A lovely Viking village.

I personally though this the most impressive build the great city of Babylon.


A big pirates display table was also present, including magnificent sailing ships.

Mosaics are always cool, and there was a huge one that could be build by the attendees, but also this lovely one made entirely out of minifigure heads.

The neighbouring city of Mechelen was also represented in some awesome builds.


Of course, no convention is complete without spaceships, either of the classic variety or being build using newer techniques.


How about some lovely childhood memories for us 80s kids? 


Though there where also builds of the more modern generation.


More medieval builds could be witnessed amongst the various tables of the venue. 

But of course, all those build where only possible thanks to the venerable Brick Seperator... and the amazing moc possibilities this little tool offers.

But there was so much more to see and enjoy, from the mainstage of Tomorrowland 2019 over fabuland all the way to Disney and trains.  A day at Brickmania is definitly worth your time, so if one is nearby, or any other Lego convention for that matter, hop in and let loose your inner child for some awe and wonder.

And so my first Brickmania after 7 years came to an end, onwards to a next edition with the little guy in 2024.

And here is even more eye-candy: