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Mata Nui Island Project: Day 4

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, News, Lego Conventions Mar 16 2012 · 66 views
Mata Nui Island Project
Swert and I continue to work on our Mata Nui Island model, built at City Blocks Lego Art Studio in Tacoma. (And I'm getting tired of commuting so far. Luckily I have a wonderful aunt and uncle [who now have a link to this very blog] who have let me stay at their place for the week, so at least I'm not in a hotel / tent / under a freeway overpass / commuting 3 hours from home daily.)

Day 4

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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? :P )

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. :)



Mata Nui Island Project: Day 3

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, News, Lego Conventions Mar 15 2012 · 58 views
Mata Nui Island Project
Swert and I continue to work on our Mata Nui Island model, built at City Blocks Lego Art Studio in Tacoma. (Oh yes, my blog entries this week are all gonna be related.)

Day 3

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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. :P

So shout out to BZP peeps in the Seattle - Tacoma area. Come down to City Blocks in Freighthouse Square and help us out! :D I think I'll be working there until at least Saturday. So expect more blog entries until that point in time. ;)



Mata Nui Island Project: Day 2

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, News, Lego Conventions Mar 13 2012 · 68 views
Mata Nui Island Project
Swert and I continue to work on our Mata Nui Island model, built at City Blocks Lego Art Studio in Tacoma.

Day 2

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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...



Mata Nui Island Project: Day 1

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, News, Lego Conventions Mar 13 2012 · 83 views
Mata Nui Island Project
So I'm spending my spring break up in Tacoma at City Blocks, helping build a giant system model of Mata Nui the island. As one of the main designers (I guess Swert can take some credit too) I am trying to remain extremely faithful to the MNOLGs and the famous maps. However, there's a lot of inconsistencies, so some of it will be custom designed based on how I view the geography of the island in my head. Hate or love the idea, we're going to be working on it all week and will be showing it off at BrickCon and maybe Bricks Cascade. (Transportation issues may be a problem for the latter.) And no, this will not be to figure scale... in fact, I'm hesitant to even add in any villages for fear of messing with the scale.

For now, progress pictures.

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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.



Brickshelf Mods Will Hate Me

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Mar 01 2012 · 92 views
Thirty-Six Masks Project
Because I just loaded a ton of Rahi images. Considering BrickShelf's owners aren't big fans of Bionicle (although I know they must go through a fair share of Bionicle MOCs both good and bad) and the fact that I uploaded 26 folders with an average of five images in each... yeah, they're gonna have fun looking over all that. But I'm going to wait until they approve everything before posting extensive topics here, mostly because I don't want to write out links to EVERY image, and instead will just link to the public Brickshelf page. Heh.

But to tide things over for now, group teaser shot of the Matoran Army.

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I added a few extra things to this. Originally, there were 14 Matoran, basically the main stars of the MNOLG who could be made into sets. (Jaller, Kapura, Takua, Macku, Hahli, Hewkii, Hafu [who somehow didn't get into this pict], Onepu, Taipu, Nuparu, Kongu, Tamaru, Matoro, and Kopeke.) But then since this is supposed to be an epic Rahi battle, I decided to make some of the Ta-Koro guard. I cranked out seven Ta-Matoran, using all six of the noble mask styles and one grey Hau. Kongu and Onepu already had their steeds, but I decided the other Koros needed riders to join in the fun. I converted the elephant and rhino into Matoran-friendly beasts, and then crafted the Mahi from scratch. (It has a mask, but not one of the original 36.) And of course Kapura shows up in some Exo Armor.

Just wait until I get more group shots of all the other Rahi they'll be fighting! :D



A Red Sun Rises

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Feb 29 2012 · 47 views
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You can talk about it there too... but here's fine, for people who are afraid with associating with me in the creative forums.

I guess I'll add one extra tidbit here... Aragorn is a fig I made for BrickFair last year, and Legolas is basically the elf fig. Nuju Metru helped me craft an excelent Gimli last year... and I lost both it and my original on the way home. So I have to start from scratch on the dwarf again, which meant repurchasing the expensive helmet and beard.



Teaser Shot

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Feb 26 2012 · 52 views
Thirty-Six Masks Project
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So this is a group shot of all the MOCs for my Thirty-Six Mask project. 29 Rahi, 15 Matoran, 6 Toa. 50 MOCs overall. yes, the quality is lacking because 1: the location is pretty bad, what with green carpet and my Lego tubs in the background, and 2: Because there are MOCs of various sizes and colors. But it gives you a glimpse of some of the creatures, as well as the overall size. It'll be more spread out in a fight scene for the conventions (I hope... DV take note. ;) )

I'll probably get around to taking detailed picts and posted them in BBC.



Minifig Stand Part 2

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Feb 24 2012 · 27 views

Remember all those words in my last entry that described something? (Hint, it was about displaying minifigs.)

Screw it, I'll just post a picture, and maybe get some more comments. :P

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See if you can spot all the various figs I have on display. :P

Anyway, yeah, this is the initial design. Overcrowding near the top makes me think I could rework this to spread the figs out some more, ext.



Minifig Displays

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, News Feb 22 2012 · 31 views

Okay, so I have these cool little boxed shelves hung on my wall; basically I used them for displaying Lego sets or decent MOCs. Currently I have a bunch of different sets on display, showing off some of my fav sets from the last few years. For example, I have my Temple of Doom setup, and another with some HP figs and vehicles. I'm sure I've posted pictures of them before, although they're usually not the main focus...

Anyway, I've had this kind of mini stand with some of my favorite minifigs on it. It was basically just a 8x16 brick with a bunch of figs on it. But as I get more collectable minifigures, I want to display more, and my block has run out of room. And most of my shelves on my wall have too much vertical room to show off minifigs...

So I build a minifig display for one of these shelves.

The cool thing is the shelf is about 26 studs wide, so the stand fits in snugly. It has about 5 and a half levels on it, with each level being a couple of plates five bricks above the previous one. Standing alone, the stand is somewhat fragile, but it is supported when inside the shelf, and so far it hasn't collapsed on me. I might tweak the design a bit to allow me to organize minifig placement, but it's pretty cool so far.

For the most part, 3.5 of the 5 levels contain mostly the coolest collectible figs, with a few other cool ones mixed in. (Superman, Santa, ext) One level has my custom Chuck and Warehouse 13 figs on it. The final level is reserved for my Star Wars figs, but since I'm just starting that collection, it's kinda meager. Basically it a stormtrooper, scout trooper, TIE pilot, R2D2, C3P0, and a stand-in for Leia. My plans this summer is to collect a Luke, Han, Chewy, and Darth Vader to finish up the collection... hopefully I can trade using some of the unique collectible figs I have dupes of.

I'll probably be rearranging the figs as I get more cool ones (or if I redesign the stands) I will certainly need one for my LotR figs I'll be getting. Luckily, I already have my PotC, Indy, Harry Potter, and Ninjago figs on displays with their respective sets, but future purchases will bring me more figs and they will need to be displayed too.

I could've just done this whole blog entry with a picture and be done with it, but I'm too lazy so instead you get a wall of text. I have some Rahi picts to post, but I need to edit them, and since my week is already hectic, it probably won't happen until the weekend. Just wanted to blog about something, and my other main topics are all spoilery.




Posted by xccj , in News, MOCs Feb 16 2012 · 42 views
Thirty-Six Masks Project
So I've unofficially completed my Thirty Six Mask Project. I have built 6 Toa, 29 Rahi, and 14 Matoran (two who are riding Rahi and one who is in a Exo Suit). I have remade most of the original Rahi sets, as well as quite a few other popular creatures from 2001. I also have lots of customized creatures of my own design. (Seriously, towards the end I was starting to run out of ideas.)

The project isn't over. First of all, some of them desperately need to be redone. Part of the problem is that my parts collection (think technic connectors and liftarms) is dwindling because I've used most of the good ones. (I used lots of thin 3 length beams, ball joints with thru axles, and oh so many sockets.) But I can think of two Rahi that should be scrapped, and then at least another six who are also pretty bad. (Already redesigned Tahu and Lewa, but I'm waiting on some parts orders to get them in the right colors.)

Secondly, I need to take pictures and post them. The process of taking and editing multiple pictures for each MOC will take a while. I don't want to use one topic to show them all, but individual topics aren't necessary either. I'll probably group them by mask or color and post six topics.

Finally, I need to bring them to Bricks Cascade, but that's a few months out of the way. (Also need to register for that convention.) I might send a few of the better ones off to BrickFair too, and maybe BrickCon? Depends on if I scrap any for pieces between the conventions.


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