a polite and unassuming lego blog

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Watertower

Take a look at this WWII German Watertower, by brickshelf user Nyu.

Note the rounded shape created using tiles, plates, and treads. I believe it's a brand-new technique!

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Emotion

Check out the expressions Felix Greco captured in the latest addition to his unique line of Felix-scale caricatures.

The eyes and eyebrows on the man, and the one flicked up eyebrow on the girl. The hand positions are also perfect.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Queen and Robot


First is this neat scene of the Queen Beatrix from the Netherlands (or so says the brickshelf folder, because I have no idea...)

Very nice use of antennas, technic pins, dragon plumes, tires, and visors.










Now is this robot by Moko. It could be either cute and small or normal sized and useful or monstrous and destroying cities.

Hooray for robots!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Bricks from bricks

It's oh-so-studless yet ever-so-studly.

Brickshelf user Cre8iveJuan (whose user name is, ironically, not creative at all) has made a wall study of a redbrick building.

Many of us have seen the tiled brick technique before, but the real draw is the brilliant work in dark gray and the windows, door, and gutter.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Chairs!

I tried to make a clever topic line referencing that new Burger King commercial where that Doctor guy gets people to sit down by using that new Angus burger, but none really made sense, so I went for "Chairs!", the new off-broadway musical.

Michael Jasper has been making some really neat LEGO chairs for awhile now, and he just added some more.

Check out the uses of flags, tap pieces, clips, minifig hands and arms, and pneumatic tubing to create some realistic and fun designs.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Mmm, Salty

Ry Wood, that one mormon kid with the robotic knees, is a really big fan of the concept art collection I maintain over at Classic-Space.com. The Slugfighter is not the first, not the second, not the third, but the fourth creation he has based off concept art. He's also organized a few Group Build projects at CSF, where a single picture is chosen, and everyone makes their interpretation of that artwork. And yet, Ry has not completed a single project for a Group Build....

Anyway, the Slug Fighter is the cat's meow. It's so smooth yet detailed, and remarkably true to the concept art. I love the inset intakes and the details around the back hatch. Only thing I don't like is the Slugman himself, as I think Mike Crowley's rendition is much more accurate.

Read Ryan's thread on CSF for more info on his creation.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

451

Mike Crowley has made a really nifty turn of the century fire truck. I <3 retro-tech!

With just a little bit of modification, it would make a really cool Fantasy-Tech vehicle, and I for one would love to see a blown-apart view.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

So many Details.

Classic-Castle member Marakoeschtra's latest creation is the Royal Bakers Guild. He's been giving Takeshi Itoh a run for his money in the ridiculously detailed, architecturally accurate, large square footprinted, realistically landscaped medieval slice o' life field.

Things to keep an eye out for: the bridge, the seller's window, the snot crossbeams, the chimney, the tree, the water mill, the boat made out of 2 LEGO boats end-to-end, the wooden deck, and the roof. I almost listed off the whole creation there, which is a sure sign it's freakin' sweet.

Fancy!

Gingivere on Brickshelf has made a scale model of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in NYC. The building is a complex mix of shapes, with many odd angles and large curved sections, yet she's managed to capture it all. I am going to stop writing because I want to look at the pictures some more!

Moonbase builders take note!

Gingivere has also added some nifty ideas to her "Ideas" folder. Check out the bistro, with it's awning, sign, window treatment, and flower baskets.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Pillar of the Community


Fellow Neutronbotter Soren "I'm too good to post" Roberts has tried to sneak a few things under the radar. Perhaps we should pretend he's a Japanese builder, blocked from communication by the great divide of language? Well at any rate, at least he has a good post-to-build ratio...

If you haven't yet noticed, it's all futuristic anime stuff. I've been trying to peer-pressure him into building castle, but that's only warranted a few abortive efforts so far.

2 scoops of Raisin

That fellow Bob Carney has made another really big castle based on some big castle in some small foriegn country far away. May seem ho-hum, but they really are neat castles. He should build them all at once and create a huge scale model of Europe. I would totally give him a gold star. Maybe two. Three would be pushing it.

This one is called "Bran". I like all the red roofs, that's pretty nifty. Using BURPs and LURPs he has created a really nice rockface, but those dark gray rocks would be in much better service to humanity if placed underneath a floating island, to form say... a floating rock. But I digress.

He cheated on the tudor walls, using stickers, a most grievous sin, made more so because of the readily available options for brickbuilt tudor crossbeams...

Oh, Takeshi!


Our beloved Japanese castler, the resourceful Takeshi Itoh, has put together something new. Every time he posts something, I always get overly excited.

The Prison Castle sits precariously upon a pillar of rock, discouraging would-be escapees with its dizzying heights. This MOC is much in keeping with Itoh's signature style: It's restricted to a 48 x 48 footprint, takes advantage of vertical space, and of course has immaculate landscaping. The architecture is a bit "vanilla", for Itoh at least, but perhaps it's an exercise in form following function.

If you're not familiar with his work, by all means rummage through his site or his gallery and bask in his brilliance.

Friday, September 02, 2005

"Tiki"?

Bill Vollbrecht has made a neat Tiki Bar scene.

Check out the wood type thing around the bottom of the walls. Jeez, I am about to start college with a major in architecture and I don't even know what that part of a wall is called...

Anyway, it lights up too! And the tiki statue is cool, looks a lot like a little Tiki guy I got in Disneyworld a long time ago. Is Tiki a culture or a religion or what?