Anyway, no need to extra jabbering: pictures!
So, if you have any questions, or parts of the island you want to see in more detail, let me know! (I may have picts of it already, and if I don't, then I can send Swert to take more detailed images.)
Big thanks to Dan Parker for letting us use all his bricks and build this.
Oh hey, look at this, the island is finished!
We started today off early. I built the Hura Mafu river area, while Swert finally got the desert completed. (He cheated and used an exposed tan baseplate.) Then we added some hills in Ga-Wahi, and covered the jungle with trees. (Or specifically, the spikey flower elements that look good for foliage. Dan had a huge bag full of them, and I used them all... and still didn't finish covering the Le-Wahi area. Bummer.) Then we cleaned up and put bricks away. Unfortunately, both Swert and I forgot to bring in our cameras today, so we borrowed his boss's to take these picts. I'll be dropping in tomorrow to take some decent pictures before heading home.
As for the island as a whole, I'm very impressed with it. 6 baseplates by 12 baseplates, and the mountain itself is probably a couple of feet tall too. I might have mentioned this before, but the island is a little disproportionate compared to official pictures. The volcano turned out to be much larger than I anticipated, and thus the jungle gut shrunk down by nearly a baseplate. Potentially fixing this would require a complete redesign of the volcano... which alone I think it still pretty awesome. The mountain itself is also super huge, and the slopes cover a very large portion of the island. And we still added a ton of little details to this thing, including various villages and even a few masks that blend into the landscape.
More detailed picts tomorrow. As for when you can see it in person, it will be on display at BrickCon this year in Seattle. We're still discussing the potential to bring it to Bricks Cascade in Portland. (And yes, DV, it'll probably go into the sculpture area... it's also big enough to warrant it's own table. We'll make arrangements if we do decide to bring it down.)
Anyway, more detailed pictures tomorrow.
(Also, I did a minifig trade with Dan and got 4 Star Wars figs fresh out of the massive Death Star playset. I got Vader, Han, Leia, and Jedi Luke. I had to extra pay for Luke, and so I thought maybe the classic Luke would be cheaper... turns out he was more pricey. And traded Swert for a Chewy. And thus I have the main Star Wars figs I wanted in one swoop!)
Got lots done today. First, what you can't see; Papa Niho Reef got completed behind the mountain, and I also finished the mountain's northern slopes. I also added hills to the Le-Wahi area to give it more depth. Next will be to add some foliage, although we might not finish that this week. (This is because the pieces tend to fall off, so most likely they'll be put on at the location we bring this.) Another big one I did today was finish the Ta-Wahi area along the coast, and had the lava flow reach the sea. (Oh, and I guess I did the volcano's southern slope this morning, which had to be completed before the hills in Le-Wahi.)
Tomorrow will probably be my last day, but it'll be a long one as long as I can wake up early enough... Anyway, the major pieces to make are Ga-Wahi and Po-Wahi. Ga-Wahi will require me to make the Hura Mafu River that flows between the edge of the mountain and volcano, which is the last bit of slopes that needs to be completed. And we still have to make the desert, which we've been putting off for some time. But yeah, one final day to go.
Additionally, I forgot to mention this last night, but I paid for Bricks Cascade registration. So I am so totally going to be there. The whole island that I'm working on here might not make it in full... we might just bring the mountain down, or just the volcano and have a giant red MOC rise out of it. Besides, I have plenty of other cool MOCs to bring in anyway.
So until tomorrow.
So I got the two things I wanted done: I made the Kini Nui area and Ta-Koro. The Kini Nui area is right where the volcano, mountain, and jungle meet, so it was interesting to combine the colors and levels correctly. Sure, it isn't quite the same little crater in the center of the island that the MNOLG portrayed, but that location was one the game really did mess up on anyway, and this was the most workable way. (Now, we discussed the obscure path the Chronicler's Company took to get there, which led them through almost all the environments and was pretty clearly the 'long way round.' Really, they should've just descended from Ko-Koro.) Ta-Koro was also fun to integrate. The biggest issue was just that we were running low on dark grey / bley bricks, so I used a healthy supply of slopes, plates, and cliff elements. It will probably need some tweaking.
(Also, don't get me started on the way they describe bricks at this studio. Baseplates are described in inches rather than studs. They differentiate between the different kind of technic liftarms, and all the cliff elements are called Burps for some strange reason. Why can't we all conform to the Bricklink standard, since that's the one I follow? )
Swert had some ideas for the desert today, but I think he was just slacking because not much gone done on that. But then he finally got to it and placed bricks down for the entire jungle portion of the island, so that was awesome.
Tomorrow my goal is to finish working on the sides of the volcano / mountains. I have some cool plans for the Hura Mafu river, which unfortunately won't end in a waterfall. (I'd love to use the small Kaukau mask found on the old pens... but I need to get my hands on one. Anybody willing to sell / trade [at decent prices] let me know!) You can also see an unnamed river running off the mountain on the west side, and I'll do about the same thing but longer for Hura Mafu. I'm also going to add some more hills to Le-Wahi, and hopefully we'll be able to cover large portions of it with foliage too. Still don't know what Swerts gonna do with the desert, so I guess I'll leave that up to him.
The first part of the day involved tracing out the rest of the island in red. In doing this I made a few tweaks. Le-Wahi now seems so much smaller than originally planned... mostly due to the volcano and mountain turning out to be bigger than planned, and thus the jungle gets squeezed down. And for whatever ungodly reason we thought Ga-Wahi would be a large enough region to include a Kaukau waterfall... but it's far too small, so not gonna happen.
We did some other stuff. I worked on more of the western coast next to the mountain. Swert started working on the Leva Bay peninsula, and also started on some of the Papa Niho Reef islands. (We hid a few Easter eggs in these. ) Unfortunately, those are all on the north end and mostly obscured by the mountain, so you can't quite see all the progress. We did rearrange some of the baseplates so that we could move the blue ones out to the ocean. So thus instead of needing like 15 more blue baseplates, we don't need any. Yay.
What also cut on our productivity today was that we hung out with the boss, Dan. I got to interview him for a school video documentary project, and I hope to get a few more shots in the next few days.
For tomorrow, I want to finish two things. 1: I want to work on the area where the mountain, jungle, and volcano all meet... where coincidentally I'll be placing the Kini Nui. I also want to work on the lava flow from the mountain, where I'll include a lava lake with Ta-Koro in the middle. Steven's working on the Po-Wahi desert, because he has an idea that he can't seem to describe well enough for me to understand, so he'll just have to demonstrate by example.
So shout out to BZP peeps in the Seattle - Tacoma area. Come down to City Blocks in Freighthouse Square and help us out! I think I'll be working there until at least Saturday. So expect more blog entries until that point in time.
What we spent the most time on was the mountain and volcano (again.) I managed to add a peak to the mountain in white. While you can't see it from this angle, the Ko-Koro Sanctum is included. Dan, the guy who runs the studio, didn't like the mountain and forced me to revamp it twice, but I think it's finally looking good and natural. Swert finally finished the volcano, although I helped tweak it to add in a lava falls. Ta-Koro is the next thing to add. (You can see a preview of it on the side, along with the Kini Nui.)
The next part of the project to work on is the coast line. You can't see it, but I got one portion behind the mountain finished. I also started outlining the west coast in red bricks, but we got kicked out before I could finish. That will be tomorrow's thing to do, and then we can start building them up.
Most of our problems so far include making organic landscape shapes, having enough time and stamina to build everything, and having enough bricks. Sure, it seems like Dan has a ton of amazing bricks in every color, but we don't have access to most of them. I believe I've already used up everything larger than a 2x4 brick in light grey...
For now, progress pictures.
Yesterday, the only real thing we did was lay out the base plates for the different sections of the island. We require a lot of blue, and for reference the grey baseplates are just stand ins for blue ones that won't have anything built on top of them.
Today, we worked on the two major landmarks, the Magania volcano and Mt. Ihu. I designed the top section of the volcano, but Swert took over trying to create a round base. Thus I then worked on the mountain, which is going to end up taller than the volcano (as per our plan.) We've left room inside the volcano to put stuff, like lights and trans red elements. Both landmarks are on a raised section of Duplo bricks, and the adjacent baseplates will have slopes reaching up to them.
Tomorrow, we hope to finish the mountain and volcano, and begin to plot out the coastlines.
By me picking up my glass and having them snap in half.
Seriously, I have no idea why they broke, except that I guess they were old. But they weren't under any stress or anything... anyway, I panicked on Saturday because my regular eye glass place would be closed until Tuesday, and I had plans that required me to do a lot of driving, ext, and I wasn't going to do that without glasses. (My vision isn't bad, but it's not good enough that I feel comfortable driving without correction lenses.)
Luckily, I was able to contact my eye doc off-hours, get my prescription sent to LensCrafters (who were still opened) and I had new glasses by the end of the night. It was a little pricier than if I had sat around and waited, but glad I got them in the end.
Anyway, spring break now begins as we start working on the Mata Nui Island Project tomorrow. Pictures forthcoming.
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