Sunday, December 21
have been announced on ReBrick, each with a surprisingly insightful paragraph describing its design and appeal. It's definitely worth a look. I think the judges did a good job, and the classic Bionicle awesomeness of the entries is a pleasure to see.
Saturday, December 20
Tim Inman had a great idea for an entry for the LUGnuts Steampunk Motorworks contest, and he executed it beautifully. He started the retro vibe of the Jeep Forward Control, built it in the appropriate style. But, in a stroke of brilliance, he threw on Mattracks, an addition which perfectly combines the realism and absurdity which makes steampunk so appealing. It's an awesome MOC, and the concept is relatively simple to reconstruct after the fact; but thinking of it in the first place? That is what makes you a boss.
Wednesday, December 17
Well It's December, the time of the year that families and friends get together to enjoy good company and good food. For those in the Lego Community, It's also Foodcember, another of the theme-months that bring out lots of awesome builds every year, this time celebrating food and just how awesome it is. I'd like to highlight a few builds by KOS brick, who has recently been going all out for the community build and has produced some fantastic works.
I'm not going to highlight all of them because there are a lot but all of them feature some brilliant simplicity, presentation, and the use of different bricks are used to portray textures very well in all of them, resulting in a brilliant selection of mouth-watering mocs that if I didn't know better I'd say looked good enough to eat.
ABS probably tastes pretty bad though...
Check these out and many more at KOS bricks's Photostream!
Saturday, December 13
Miro Dudas has built something awesome. I think this is a great archetypical example of how to build form source material. First, you need an in depth knowledge of your source. Second, you need to prioritize the details. The third thing is dealing with the realities of rendering in Lego, and making the tough decisions about what to build in and what to leave out. For instance, Miro evidently decided that the details of the face were a higher priority than the round shape of the head. When he figured out that couldn't do both, he discarded the shape. Those kinds of decisions are what make the difference between a MOC that lives up to its source material and one that does not. Miro's does.
Monday, December 8
Earlier on this year while I was at the Auckland Brick Show 2014, I saw the works of weta workshop lead model maker David Tremont, and He has a most brilliant thing where he paints his mocs, and to an incredible standard (as you'd expect from a professional model maker I guess), in some cases to the point you need to second guess if its even Lego. Initially, A foolish arrogant me wrote off painting mocs as the easy way out of getting detail, until I saw his stuff. Unfortunately Davids' Flickr stream only has his starwars droids (which, Don't get me wrong, are awesome, but his other models feature a lot more painting and model making genius).
Since then I've come to appreciate people going out of their way to present a moc to give it an authentic professional look much more, as it really can enhance the creation in quite a unique way, and certainly has a cut over the 'regular' lego photography.
Kyle Hardisty has just that going on, and it's awesome.
The mocs themselves are nice, but without a doubt it's the superb presentation of the composition that lured me away from my flickr feed to admire them, It looks so beautiful and authentic. Im not saying that everyone should pack up their photography boxes, but sometimes going a little bit further with your presentaion can really make a big difference.
Thursday, December 4
If you haven't already, check out Coles' flickr stream here!
Wednesday, December 3
Check out Devids' photostream here for heaps more awesome mechas (and other cool mocs!)