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Monday, May 23, 2011

It takes guts to create something like this...

And Clay Morrow (aka Choking Hazards, nyuk nyuk) is not afraid to show them!

 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Scotch & Soda

Yes, I know it's been a while, just shut up, ok?! I have finally completed my largest MOC ever. And it's kinda been a bit of a distraction lately!

Right, now we've got that out the way, I would just like to thank my good chum Guy Himber (aka V&A Steamworks) for creating something totally wild to totally restoke my blogging boiler. I give you...



...created as part of the current 'Iron Builder' smackdown between Guy and fellow Lego lounge lizard Rod Gilles, a contest that involves building models featuring a 'mystery' part, which for this round are inverted tan arches.

While that sounds like a pretty accursed part to have to build around, both competitors are already finding some very creative uses for it, such as Rod's novel take on an otherwise well-trodden part of the Steampunk canon...



But this is all just par for the course among the ranks of the Iron Builders. The previous round (which I was honored to judge) featured the even more miserable choice of sand green droid bodies. However, this did not prove to be much of an obstacle for the final victor SlyOwl, who knocked it out of the park several times...





Although his opponent Karf Oohlu did put up a good fight, literally...


 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Monstrosities

I've always enjoyed the very organic building style of stalwart SandLUG member Matt Armstrong (aka Monsterbrick), probably because like me he focuses on character-based models, but also because he's not locked into one technique or scale.

After an exhaustive and seemingly impossible exploration of microscale character building that he calls Bricklings, Matt has switched gears (and scales) completely! Starting from the David Pagano's posable 'template' character, illustrated in the recent animation-themed issue of Brickjournal, he's applied his signature style very effectively to create all kinds of fun stuff.

Here are the Universal monsters, a subject that must be dear to Matt's heart since he's covered them in several other scales in the past...



And here is his interpretation of the King and Queen of Hearts (of playing card fame)...



And here is his slightly oblique (and inexplicably turquoise!) variation on the Wicked Witch of the West...



If I know Matt there will probably be a new one of these every day for the next year, so keep your eyes peeled for your favorite characters!