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Onua Uniters Mosaic Update

Posted by xccj , in Lego Conventions Jul 18 2016 · 0 views
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That's five pieces down. Unfortunately, although I have parts to spare... I don't have enough of them to do an emergency baseplate, so I hope the other contributors can make it happen. (Because if they don't... well the pieces I have are all on the edges, and really don't form a coherent picture at all.)

Black Six: Piece 3
danny316p: Piece 4
Valendale: Piece 5

I guess I do have a lot of extra medium lavender, in case someone needs help with that color.

Can't wait to see it come together at BrickFair.

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Onua Uniters Collaborative Mosaic

Posted by xccj , in Lego Conventions Jul 16 2016 · 186 views
mosaic, mosaics
UPDATE: The only unclaimed piece is #6. I'm 90% confident I can make it if need be, so I'll be working on it this weekend. Next week, I'll try contacting all the participants to confirm if their pieces will be ready in time. (Unfortunately, I've been doing the corners, so if we're missing others, I can't just make a smaller block out of what I have.)


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Sections:
[01][02][03]
[04][05][06]
[07][08][09]

Piece 1: Xccj
Piece 2: Xccj

Piece 3: Black Six
Piece 4: danny316p
Piece 5: Valendale

Piece 6: Unclaimed
Piece 7: Xccj
Piece 8: Reserved for a friend
Piece 9: Xccj



Colors Used (Bricklink names)
Basics: Black, Dark Bluish Gray, Light Bluish Gray, White
Background: Lime, Classic Green, Dark Green
Gold Masks: Yellow, Orange, Tan, Dark Tan, Reddish Brown
Violet Armor: Dark Purple, Medium Lavender, Dark Blue, Blue
Eyes: Medium Blue. (Maybe stacked plates with trans blue on top of white for a different coloring affect.)

We'll go with our usual standards: Use bricks or 3 stacked plates, solid studs up (no brick studs with holes). We'll use the newer shades of grays and brown. This is intended primarily for BrickFair Virginia; if enough members want to keep it on the convention circuit, we can decide that at a later date.

If you're interested, claim the section you'd want. We have a couple of months before BrickFair, so this should give you enough time to make a parts order if you need to. (I can provide inventory lists in requested.) Ideally, I'd like at least five sections claimed. (I could fill out the other four sections; I think my brick supply can support that. At the very least, I expect to grab a couple of the ones with a lot of purple.) If you do claim, please do your best to make it, and if you have to back out, give me plenty of notice to find a replacement. (Like, seriously, giving me less than a week will put me at a rush to get all my parts together...)

Feel free to ask any questions about the design or the process... we have a lot of experiences folks who've helped before. (But major design changes will probably be resisted... since I kinda already published it.)

Anyway... yeah, here it is. Now to see if we can make this one a reality too.

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Bionicle Window Decals?

Posted by xccj , in Lego Conventions, Thoughts Jun 09 2016 · 92 views

How can I make this happen??

I've seen other pop culture decals on cars and I'm thinking I would like to have the original Kanohi on the back of mine. But how easy / difficult is it to get something like that printed? (And not bumper stickers... window decals are easy to move around if need be.)

Also kinda surprised I didn't blog at all in April or May. I mean, I've been a'lurkin' but just haven't posted stuff I guess. Been busy with life and work mostly work.

And, since I guess I haven't mentioned it here yet, I do have a flight and registration paid for BrickFair Virginia this summer. Not a 100% guarantee that I'll make it, but I'd be wasting a lot of money if I cancel now.

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Umarak the Mosaic!

Posted by xccj , in Lego Conventions Jan 10 2016 · 249 views
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More ideas for a potential colab mosaic for this year that's looking less and less likely...

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A couple of different variations that could be done for good ol' Umarak. He's looking to be one of the more popular sets in the winter wave, so why not glorify his might in a mosaic, eh? Plus, y'know, mask of control.

This are all preliminary designs, so there's be a fair amount of color swapping to make it affordable. (Oh, they're all 3x3 baseplate / 96x96 stud mosaics). I do realize that Umarak's glorious face is kinda wiped blank in all these variations... the comic version I use just didn't have enough detail there for the mosaic program to use, so I'll probably custom design that bit if we move forward. (I have ideas.)

I did try throwing Onua's uniter mode from the comic through the mosaic generator. It turned out... basically a blob of purple. Some of the other Toa might turn out better, but unless there are higher resolution versions of the comics, I'm less optimistic about those working out.

Thoughts, lack thereof? BOW BEFORE ME, SHEEPLE!! Oh, not quite there yet? Well it was worth a try.

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Brick Universe Dallas

Posted by xccj , in Lego Conventions Nov 19 2015 · 165 views

So last weekend I attended Brick Universe in Dallas, Texas. This is actually the first non-local convention I've been to since BrickFair 2011, so it was fun to see how many MOCs I could cram into a suitcase. I got a fair amount there; I think my stuff took up about 3 tables. (Stuff was grouped together by builders rather than themes, but most of my stuff was Bionicle anyway so no big deal.) I do think I was the one who traveled the furthest to get there; Oregon is just a bit further away than Virginia or Florida.

I got to hang out with a lot of great folks, like Toaraga, danny316p, Emzee (Furiosa's Sidekick), InnerRayg, Zox Tomana, and some more who's names I'm forgetting. And then of course there was Matt from Beyond the Brick and this fellow Andrew from Bee-Zed-Power, who were always busy giving talks to the public or leading discussions and stuff. :P (And on the side, I got to hang out with one of my other friends who lives in the Dallas area after the convention.) Lots of great time spent.

The MOCs were quite amazing for a first year show, and the local people sure know how to build. And they also got a lot of public attendees. (It wasn't quite as crowded as BrickCon, but maybe that's because it wasn't packed as tightly either.) One of the more interesting bits was that there were a bunch of tables of loose brick for the public to build stuff, including white bricks for Architecture, loose red and blue bricks, Friends bricks, Star Wars bricks, and even a bunch of Bionicle elements. And the public built some fairly cool things, especially in Architecture. I was impressed anyway.

It was a fun event overall, and I thought it went over well for a first run in the Dallas area. I mean, their website was a little wonky, and they perhaps had a few more sessions than there was an audience for. (Except Danny went to all of them.) Still went out to eat at a few new places (to me) which seemed to include a lot of tacos. Oh, and on Sunday I threw my green spaceship, I'll be interested to see when those videos start popping online. ;) Overall, a fun weekend.

(I guess I could also mention that I started a NaNoWriMo story on the plane rides, both ways. Already two thirds through the month but only one fifth of the way there... I'll have some catching up to do, I guess.)

Pictures (and maybe a link to someone else's video) to come!

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Skull Scorpio Draft?

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts, Lego Conventions Sep 06 2015 · 289 views

Proposed idea for BrickCon?

Skull Scorpio doesn't have the most intriguing build, but he has some nice pieces, plus the infected mask of stone. So what if we drafted that set. Everybody keeps the mask(s?) but we split out the other pieces? (I mean, I think he has the most parts of the medium sized Skull Villians.) Thoughts?

Also, I apparently generated more dicussion with my selection of the thumbnail pict than the rest of my review... so yay? I dunno if that is good or bad.

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Bionicle Collaborative Mosaics: A History

Posted by xccj , in Lego Conventions, MOCs Aug 24 2015 · 359 views
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I’ve been involved with a lot of awesome Bionicle Collaborative Mosaic projects that’s wowed the public at various conventions. (Or so I’d like to hope.) So I’ve decided to compile a list of em, with their size, where they showed up, and who helped make them. (I’m seeing a lot of repeated names too.) I've included some images, where I can find them. The first is the final design image that I got from the Mosaic Makers. (I still use Pic-to-Brick.) The second image is the finish mosaic at the convention. I’ll try to keep this post updated for future projects as well.


Kopaka Mosaic

Convention: BrickFair 2010

Size: 96 x 96 studs

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This is the first BZPower Bionicle Mosaic, organized by Chocolate Frogs and Nukaya. (Well, I did some of the initial design work.) Kopaka was selected because of his neutral color scheme, which was easy to convert into a mosaic. Arpy made the largest contribution to this one, with the 64x64 upper right corner all being his.

Contributors:
Letagi
Xccj
Arpy
Kohila Piraka*
Jedi Master J
Black Six


Onua Mosaic

Convention: BrickFair 2010

Size: 96 x 96 studs

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When the Kopaka mosaic got filled up, we pushed harder and came up with a second mosaic. Onua was selected because he also had a neutral color scheme with blacks and grays. This was again organized by Chocolate Frogs and Nukaya, and I provided the initial design.

Contributors:
Nukaya
Jedi Master J
Chocolate Frogs
Xccj
Black Six
Toa of Dancing*
Mr. Fibbles*
Sisen


Toa Mata Mosaic

Convention: BrickFair 2011

Size: 192 x 64 studs

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The following year, Chocolate Frogs and Nukaya went all out and organized a brilliant mosaic with all six Toa Mata. (This time, I did nearly all the design work.) Even with all the awesome Bionicle creations that year, this mosaic was the highlight, IMO. Plus, this had most contributors so far!

Contributors:
Arpy
Letagi
Xccj
Jedi Master J
Black Six
Sisen
Chocolate Frogs
Kakaru
Razlak*
Nukaya
Disky

Kaukau Waterfall Mosaic

Convention: BrickCon 2012

Size: 96 x 96 studs

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This year I helped put together a mosaic based off a classic scene from the MNOLG. This one was a bit more challenging with the dithering pattern on the cliffs. Although for some reason I never got a full shot of the mosaic on its own, but luckily we did take a group shot.

Contributors:
Kopakanui
Xccj
Kakaru
Razlak*
Swert
Letagi


Lewa Protodermis Mosaic

Convention: BrickCon 2013

Size: 128 x 96 studs

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This year I designed a mosaic based off a classic Lewa promotional image from 2002.

Contributors:
Xccj
Chocolate Frogs
Kakaru
Brickthing
Swert
Razlak*
Kopakanui
55555 (I think... otherwise why'd we let him in the group picture?)


Gali Masters Mosaic

Convention: Bricks Cascade 2015, BrickUniverse 2015, BrickFair 2015, BrickCon 2015

Size: 96x128 studs

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I put together a new mosaic to celebrate the reboot of Bionicle, featuring the new Gali design taken from the animations. This one was interesting because I tried to include the dark azure color, which is still fairly rare. I did end up building nearly half of this mosaic myself, but it is also the first of our collaborative mosaics to show up at multiple conventions.

Contributors:
Xccj
Chocolate Frogs
Black Six
Kayru
Razlak*
Danny316

Pohatu Masters Mosaic

Conventions: BrickUniverse Dallas 2015, TBD

Size: 64x64 studs

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This was a leftover design that got voted out against the above Gali design for the main mosaic of the year. But then Danny316 and I decided to throw this together at the last minute. The biggest change here is the use of side brick design for the mask, as opposed to the studs-out view of the rest of the mosaic, which gave it extra detail at a smaller scale.

Contributors:
Xccj
Danny316


*Names have changed since then, but this is what I had listed in my blog entries.


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Gali Masters Mosaic: Final

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, Lego Conventions Mar 18 2015 · 331 views

This past weekend at Bricks Cascade, the collaborative Gali Masters Mosaic finally came together. (A little last minute too, with the ones being sent in arriving just in the nick of time and another one requiring some last minute updates.) I haven't got pictures for everything else yet, but time to present this mosaic in its full glory!

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And it wouldn't be a BZPower mosaic without a group pict of all the builders. (Yes, ALL of them, even the ones that weren't physically there.)

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From left to right: Trisha, Andrew*, Jason, Ben, Dan*, Riley.

Thanks again to everybody who contributed. And fret not if you weren't able to see this one; it's on the BZPower Convention MOC circuit, so it'll be showing up at a few east coast conventions, including BrickFair!

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*photoshopped into pict :P


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Made Bank at Cascade

Posted by xccj , in Lego Conventions Mar 15 2015 · 245 views

I actually did very well at Cascade this year, probably even better than my first year there where I won a bunch of stuff. This time I've won larger stuff!! And now I'm going to brag and provide a list.

Won the large Friends shopping mall as a giveaway.
Got two free mixels in as Mixels Match game (take two Mixels and build a non-Mixel thing... but use all the pieces.)
Got the technic snowmobile in a Technic Game (where you build a non-technic thing, or at least not one that's on the box. I was one of only a few who did manage to use all the technic bits, but others made much better things and Roa won.)
Won a Friends vet set for coming in third in the Scavenger Hunt (find various items around the convention hall and photograph em.)
Bought the Friends juice bar for cheap (it was a leftover from a draft.)
Bought the Crystal Elves set, a Construction truck set, and a Lego mug at the Lego store.
Got the huge Agents headquarters truck because I was a theme coordinator. DeeVee unfortunately got the Ninjago mech dragon (because he was Bionicle coordinator), which he said he already has multiples of.
Won the Mines of Moria set and a trophy from the Super Heroes theme for my Flash Star Lab. That was unexpected.
Then got the Five Armies and Smaug set for 47% off at scratch and dent!

Plus traded a few figs around, and ended up with all 5 of the elves characters, and the Maula mammoth fig.

Oh, and you know, hung out with a bunch of cool people,. And the weekends not over yet!

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Elves Joke

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts, Lego Conventions Mar 09 2015 · 358 views

You know the new Lego Elves theme is aimed towards girls because when the main character gets lost... she asks for directions! Ba dump dump chshshshshshshsh!

(Wonder how many people will be offended by this. I mean I don't think it's offensive but it's about a gender stereotype and people seem to get easily offended by stuff like that.)

In other news, I have 5 of the 12 baseplates completed for the mosaic, plus one extra in case somebody else doesn't get theirs in on time. (I hope it would be just one somebody, my brick supply has dwindled and I don't think I can crank out any more.) Like 5 more are in the mail (presumably) and should be arriving soon, and the other two will be brought in, so I'm fairly certain they'll all make it.

Yeah, Bricks Cascade this weekend! Otherwise known as the rare weekend where I won't be online the entire time!

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