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Sunday, January 29, 2006

What Happened To Alpha Thru Delta?

Amethyst, winner of the sometimes-controversial Voidfighter Contest, presents a ship I have been eagerly awaiting since I first saw the WIP.

He makes a black and white color scheme work by solid color grouping, and with great splashes of trans blue. I cannot recall any other creation with such brilliant black greebling.

I'm not sure what else to say, I just really love the shape, the detailing, and the parts use. I do have one nit though, give those troops gloves!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

They'll make you chicken out.

Seems like it's the season for kickass bipedal chicken-leg mechs. Following up on Jonesy's last post featuring the Panzer Ostrich, we find 2 more similarly shaped mechs.

First is Zac Soden's Support Walking Tank. It is clear he has been picking up color-blocking from Mladen. Dig the careful seperation of lightgray, darkgray, and blue. And as a recent convert to the totally-enclosed-cockpit, I love the cockpit module.

The missile pod attachment seems a bit out of proportion, the quad gun array seems much more in scale.

And the second biped chicken mech is this one by Mister Zumbi. The dual laser cannons right beside the cockpit are superb.

A color scheme that could easily become jumbled (red, black, yellow, darkgray, lightgray) manages to stay precise and in control.

And what can be better than "Eat This" on the side of a laser gun?

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

I Was a Kaleidoscope

Once again we at GS find ourselves a little behind. Alright! Here goes! Toshiaki Nishiyori, a.k.a. "Tony", put this nice biped tank mecha on Brickshelf a few days back. In a word, it's dreamy. In this new era of strong yet versatile click hinge ball joints, the focus is that much more on detail, and this is where the MOC shines. The new 1x1 slopes in clear for the window? Cute. The nose art using roofing bits? Subtle. The Quidditch hoop around the hatch? Be still, my heart! I also like the use of dish parts to round out the mecha, although I can't figure out exactly what's used on the caboose. You know, under that 3x3 dish? The machine gun's okay, but I'd rather he used Dan Rubin's. My biggest gripe with this MOC, though, is the transformation. It looks a bit forced, and it's a strong enough work on its own to not need a gimmick. Perhaps I'll email Tony about this; judging from this filename, he may know more English than he lets on.

Next up is this big bloody SHIP by Brickshelfer Odarih. Who is this masked man, anyway? It's almost criminal to post such a huge MOC and not stop in to any forums and say hello. Anyways, the ship's got a lot of detail, but it's not overpowering. The overall shape of the ship is pleasingly anime. I'm not sure I'm a big fan of this loop section, but I'll stand behind it for variety's sake. The ornately scalloped end of the hull by the engines looks almost fussy somehow. I'm getting visions of a pair of giant space-pinking shears cutting this hull out. A noteworthy feature of this craft is the attention paid to the stand. Many ships of similar size get away with minimal stands or none at all, but this looks like it was almost built off the stand itself. Now that's planning ahead.

The last MOC on our little saunter is an admirable Victorian house by Nathan Proudlove. Curiously enough, he hasn't done a post about it on Lugnet. I do hope I'm not "stealing his thunder". The MOC is distinguished foremost by its unusual part usages, so I suppose I ought to point it out to those jokers at "Unique Brique Techniques". Man, it's hard enough keeping up with one blog, let alone two. But I digress. Take a gander at that droid leg balustrade! He also justifies the existence of those grotty rubber Technic axle things by using them as tasteful architectural detail. I dig the varied roofline, but the sand-blueness of the chimney is a bit of a head-scratcher. What sort of stone is that, exactly? The spindles are a little too spindly--I would have beefed them up with some white technic pins. The lift-arm mouldings above the windows score no originality points, but they're certainly passable. Now if only it had some steampunk...

As an addendum to the previous post, Keith Goldman has posted the completed form of his "Two Pits and a Pad" display, and it's breathtaking. It leaves me full of questions: How is that landing pad staying together? Where did he get all those sand red plates? Will such a setup make it to a convention?

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Tropical Iceland!

Looks like ol' Keith tried to slip one under the radar on us. No MOCPage, no CSF post, no Lugnet post, and he didn't even post to his newbrickorder news page! Well, we certainly can't have that, now can we? Who does he think he is, Soren? Perhaps he's not entirely happy with this one? Perhaps he's an anti-communitarian? Perhaps his keyboard fell into a lake?

The new toy is a huge, lush, detailed diorama, as Monseur Goldman is oft wont to do, inflicting brick-envy upon the masses by using lots of part multiples. He seems to be relatively weak on the foliage, though. The big metal buildings, being ostensibly in a hot, humid area, could do with a bit of rust. I'm also at a loss as to his continuing fascination with the Green Goblin figs. The reason? Well, according to the builder himself, "they look like mean pig-fuckers who would peddle flesh, or eat it." I have no choice but to agree.

I have to say, initially I was not feeling the magic of some of his previous work. But after asking him a few questions, it turns out that this is only an in-progress preview of a larger display. Which is why this one came in with such little fanfare. I'm sure we'll be treated to one of his famous MOCpages when it's completed.

Now wait just a minute! Propriety dictates that I must call "bullshit" on myself. If this was anyone else's it'd have been much more auspiciously received (by myself as well as everyone else), being as it's a very impressive MOC in its own right. Poor Keith is one of the few elite builders cursed with being held to ridiculously high standards, albeit of his own making. At least Takeshi Itou doesn't have to listen to our ungrateful cries of, "I liked your first album better!"

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

A Zeppelin, Or, How to Write a Ridiculously Long Post

When I first saw this airship as a little thumbnail on BSrecent I said "whoa! sweet!" My thoughts remained in such a state upon looking at the gallery page full of thumbnails. Then, as I looked at each image, my thoughts changed and shifted, with an end result I have not yet written. Look forward to that at the end.

In the first image I found the gasbag to be rather blocky, especially around the fins. The basket/gondola/body seemed rather blocky as well, the second picture enforced that thought. Even more bad finnage could be seen in pic three.

I moved on to some more pictures of the full thing, allowing me to get a better idea about the shape. It is unfortunate that this picture is all blurry and at such a wonky angle (by the way, "wonky" can only be said or typed while tipping one's head), because it seems to be neato keen.

On the very next picture I said "oh no!" (note, I don't actually say things out loud. Ever. Ask Mark Sandlin) because it was so underdetailed! Such a crucial part too, the very thing that causes the ship to move, moving being the purpose of said ship. Also that little connective pylon would totally break.

But then I was saved from my despair! Behold! How incredibly cool, and amazing use of parts (I shall have to buy one of those Rock-Raiders canopies. No, I don't own a single set). It was getting good again, my hope was restored, even more so upon seeing the nifty tail gunnery and grapling-hookery station.

Then something magical happened. "What's this?" I said. But the next picture didn't answer the question it was just some crates! I was intrigued, I had to find out, and my journey continued, but first, I stopped to see more wonderous detailage. My journey was dangerous, with many blurry pics along the way.

Finally, the question was revealed! The answer had been responded to! Scratch that, reverse it (yay Willy Wonka!). Step by step, that bundle of grey and yellow was revealed to be a little plane! To quote Jonesy, "Yeah!!!"

So, as promised in the beginning, I say that this ship, while perhaps not quite done on the macro-scale, on the micro-scale (no, not microscale building, this is totally different than the last post, I mean detailing now) it succeeds without question.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Trainergarten? Kindrostation?

Somehow it is easy to write a post once someone else has already broken the ice. Thanks Jonesy.

Take a gander, if you will (which you will), at this creation/comic/I don't know what. Really, I don't know. It is a micro version of set 4554. Well not micro exactly, as it still has minifigs. Chibi-scale? Condensed? Cute-ified?

Anyway, the bizarre part starts when the little micro-chibi-cute train is introduced. It seems to be able to talk (in some asiatic language, by my guess). It talks to a girl, then some other trains, then a train car, which it pals up with (mates?). Then the girl talks and she is mad or something, I can't quite tell what those teardrop shapes mean. I think I read somewhere that in anime it means "exhausted" or something. Maybe there is some anime nerd who reads this who knows (Jonesy?)

So the trains (I assume) speak back to her, also mad-exhausted (unless the lines mean simply noise or yelling or shouting...). A question is raised and the little train engine also can show emotion (hey it can talk, why not) and that is the end.

Some cute building, but still: "Whaaaaa??????"

Monday, January 09, 2006

Old News is the New New News

Well, what can I say? We here at GoldenShpleem have really let ourselves go. Is it that we Take Our Vacations Seriously? No, we're just lazy good-for-nothings whose mothers should be ashamed of them. Did I get that grammar right?

Moving along then! Our good friend Dan "Inquisitor General" Rubin has been busy. The Enola Gray is a shmoove specimen of spacecraftery that thumbs its nose at spaceship orthodoxy with its acute-angled nose construction, non-transparent cockpit, and copious use of yellow. The flat back leaves me somehow unsatisfied, though. Looks like me and Jon have a lot in common. The Gray sports a new greeblie type on the sides, but it seems like a bit of an afterthought. I do like the layered square tile look, but I think it should be more integral to the design of the thing. Oh, and check out the crew. Best minifigs ever.

Monseur Rubin also built a mecha, and posted it at the same time. Who does that, besides Soren? The very idea! Alright, regarding the MOC: it scares me a little. I think it's the face. Is it Patlabor-y? Turn-A Gundammy? Ultraman-ish? The stuff of nightmares, to be sure. I like the waist hoses, but like the cube greebs, i think he concept could have been taken further. The hip assembly is pretty hip, (did I just say that?) but the shoulder, while it matches, looks weird somehow. Also, it seems like it's missing its kneecaps. I do like the wings, specifically the vernier thruster things. All in all, it's a capable ape of Ugly Retro Japanese Robot style. I'm looking forward to the giant Magical Girl mecha Dan's been kicking around for nearly a year and hasn't told anyone about.