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Who Has Cheese Slopes?

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Sep 02 2015 · 74 views
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Oh look, I'm talking about lenticular cheese slope mosaics again.

These mosaics are hard to design, hard to make, and also quite hard on the pocket book. That's because filling up a huge baseplate with cheese slopes really adds up, and when each one costs ten cents but you need thousands... yeah, not cheap. But what if you only had to fill out a smaller section, like say a 16x16 plate?

Would anybody be interested in a collaborative lenticular mosaic design? People would only have to make smallish sections... I'm thinking 16x16 would be manageable. (Although we would need to design if the plate was a baseplate or a standard plate... I have a lot of the latter but not many of the former, and a combination of the two wouldn't work on this style of mosaic.) I'm thinking we could do some neat G1 / G2 Bionicle designs. But before I start any of this, I'm just curious to know if anybody would even be interested. Even a 16x16 plate would require 256 cheese slopes. (I mean, you can occasionally sneak in a 1x2, but only in certain situations.)

So yeah, if there's any interest, this could be something we do for conventions next year. Plus, smaller sections like that would totally be easier to transport. :sly:

Also, I found the Series 14 Monster Minifigures today / yesterday. (I mean, all my Target stores have had them for the last two weeks, but they've also refused to sell them before September 1st.) It was a 5 mile hike to get there, but I managed to get 15 and guess them all correctly. (Still short a Zombie Cheerleader, will have to continue searching for that one.) Review forthcoming.

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System Bionicle 2015 Mask Connection Method

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, News Aug 26 2015 · 185 views
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I just came across a new method for connection Bionicle 2015 masks to 2x2 round bricks.

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The new style of Bionicle masks that came out this year had an odd connection that allowed for them to be flipped off the head as part of an action feature, but this made their connection point rather loose. The heads were less than ideal to squeeze them on, and while you could fit them on technic axle or rod holes, they were often weak or loose.

This new method uses a 2x2 round bricls, which slides in between the two prongs on the back of the mask. And the fit is quite snug, like they were made for each other. The little bumps on the prongs align with the curved edges of the round bring just right. Works with both a smooth round brick and one with ridges. (The one with ridges kind of does a better job locking it radially, so it won't rotate as easily.) On some of the masks, you can also use standard plates to "lock" it in, so it won't slide up or down.

So far, this method works on all the masks, including the six Toa masks, the protector masks, the three villain masks (Skull Spider, Scorpio, and Grinder), as well as the Mask of Creation. The round brick will fit in to all of them, although some have less room to fit in the locking standard plates that I used in the picture above, so some modifications have to be made.

Still, this new method is quite strong, and allows now for easy integration into system. (Plus, the round bricks have axle holes through them, so they can be integrated into CCBS models too.) And when you use transparent round bricks, they shine through as eyes quite well, almost better than the original heads. Plus, there's a larger selection of trans colors to choose from. I have a basic mask stand that relies on socket pieces, but I may need to redesign it to utilize this new method with system bricks.

Anyway, that's what I've got to share for now. (Or maybe I'm just really late to the game on this. I haven't seen this method before, but I'm not following Bionicle MOCs that closely, so maybe I just missed it?)

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Bionicle Collaborative Mosaics: A History

Posted by xccj , in Lego Conventions, MOCs Aug 24 2015 · 106 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

*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 · 170 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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Animorphs in Animal-Mechs

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, Lego Conventions Feb 22 2015 · 150 views
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This is for a collaboration at BricksCascade. Basically, I had Animorph figs and I wanted to show them off, so I forced them into this set.

I've had a couple ideas of how to incorporate the figs into some battle scene, and it's tricky. The characters are rarely in battle as humans, because they usually morph into animals. But even if I made minifig-scale brick build animals (or somehow used animal molds) I wouldn't have a need for the actual figs. So how would I pull this off? Well, I put my custom made figs into animal mechs! And then I set them out against various henchman. Since this is the Super Heroes theme, I decided that Red Skull was the baddies leader, and he has allied with the Yeerks, thus explaining the Hork-Bajir mech and Visser Three.

This will probably go straight over the heads of most people, since I bet they all aren't obsessed with a decade-and-a-half old book series. But I do like how some of the animal mechs turned out, so that should work, and they can ignore the backstory!

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Gali Masters Mosaic Sound-Off

Posted by xccj , in Lego Conventions, MOCs Feb 20 2015 · 152 views

Heyo! I've been trying to contact those of you who were making pieces, but for completion's sake, I'm putting together a quick blog post.

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Sections:
[01][02][03]
[04][05][06]
[07][08][09]
[10][11][12]

Complete - In Progress - Assuming Progress - No Claim

Xccj: 05, 06, 08, 09 Completed
Chocolate Frogs: 10 Completed
Black Six: 01, 02, 04 In Progress
Kayru: 07 In Progress
Based Goomy: 12 Assuming Progress
Danny316p: 11 Assuming Progress

This does mean that we currently have one piece left unclaimed. I've exhausted all my baseplates and a lot of my bricks (except, surprisingly, dark azure and medium blue) so if I need to fill that last one out, it'll mean some last minute orders I'm just waiting on an order of the parts, hope it arrives on time. And it is a bit last minute, seeing as Bricks Cascade is less than three weeks away. So if you're sending in a piece, sooner than later. ;)

Another thing to consider is sending this on the BZP Convention circuit after Cascade, which means it'll go to Brick Universe, BrickFair NE, and Brickfair VA. (And then I'd prefer to have it shipped back to me for BrickCon, which would skip BrickFair NJ, but a majority of the pieces come from west-coasters who can pick up their pieces at BrickCon.) I don't mind handling shipping for the whole thing, as long as everybody else is cool with this? (Alas, I also don't expect it to have a stand for the east coast conventions, but it'll fit mine for the west coast ones.)

Thoughts, status updates appreciated. Thankee!

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Matau, Master of Air

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Feb 17 2015 · 154 views
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Topic Here!

The biggest issue is that I ordered some Rahkshi feet in dark green from Bricklink, and then when the order finally got in, it contained Metru feet in dark green. Like, I already had those, I made the order because I wanted a different style!! So I had to redo the feet. I dunno if it's for better or worse.

Also I'm remembering why I hate MOCing in dark green; it's a terrible color to photograph.

Anyway, entering the contest. And stuffs.

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More Thoughts on BBC Contest 69

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts, MOCs Feb 14 2015 · 163 views

Oh man, this has got to be my favorite contest in a while. It's so awesome to see all the entries of classic characters reimagined. I mean, there were some neat builds in the BFTGM, but this is just an awesome revamp nostalgia trip with some swell designs of characters big and small! I mean, I always appreciated a good revamp, and this contest is littered with em. I have a feeling the polls are going to be REALLY tough!

I also don't know how well my entry will do in comparison. I haven't see my chosen character pop up yet, but he undoubtedly will. Still waiting on my Bricklink order... I think it arrived in the mail today, but I won't be able to retrieve the package until Tuesday. :( (Stupid tiny mailboxes and having them hand it to my apartment manager who has really bad hours.)

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Working on my BBC Contest Entry

Posted by xccj , in Thoughts, MOCs Feb 10 2015 · 120 views

Sorry, no picts, but I can at least talk about it and the contest in general.

I was already planning a project that would require me to rebuild a Toa Metru (I won't tell which one yet). I was thinking about designing it akin to my Toa Mata revamps, in that I would build a custom torso and then use my basic and unarmored limb design. But this contest gave me an excuse to try it out a little more CCBS style. Unfortunately, the finished model ended up being too big for my original project, so I need to make another scale character for that one. But I'm overall pleased with the design, although as always there are parts I wish I could fix, but color and CCBS restrictions don't really allow for it. And strangely enough, only one Toa Masters was sacrificed for parts; the other five are still on display. (Sorry Pohatu!)

Anyway, I'm awaiting on a Bricklink order to get a part in the right color. When that comes in, I'll enter my MOC. If it doesn't come in before the deadline... well then that part just becomes black and I'll call it good. (I'm not too worried, since most BrickLink orders arrive within a week. But I have one that I ordered back at the beginning of the year and the seller STILL hasn't shipped it out yet, and they haven't been very polite about it either. They're not going to get a negative review from me, but the odds of them getting a positive review are dropping sharply. So, y'know, a neutral review.)

Anyway, reading through the BBC Contest topic has been interesting. There've been other BBC Contests since Bionicle ended, but I think this might be one of the bigger BZP-only MOC ones in a long time. And as such, there has been a lot of nit-picking about the rules. I mean, there used to be a fair amount of that in every BBC Contest, but I'm seeing that a lot of them are asking for clarification on rules that are now kind of irrelevant, but were put into place years earlier when it was an issue. It's interesting to see how things have changed in the decade or so that I've been following BBC Contests. (Or haven't changed... I now integrate a lot more System pieces into my builds, and that often puts me in conflict with the 75-25 ratio. But hey, it's their contests.)

But the biggest change seems to be the new form system for entering your models in. On one hand, that's an excellent idea. Instead of cluttering the topic with entry posts, they're all entered in differently, and I assume it's also easier to track and grab links from the new system. But what I find interesting is how little discussion there is of it in the topic. Every once in a while there's a vague "Make sure you read everything" statement, which you know is referring to all the members entering the old way. Why not just downright say "Enter via the form, that's the new way we're doing things, entries via post will be ignored." It just seems odd to me, like the new form is a secret only to those who read the full text entirely; like one of those trick assignments in elementary school that tricks you to doing stupid stuff unless you read to the bottom where it then tells you not to do any of it. I get that it's a way to get people to READ all the rules first, which I'm sure a lot of people don't do, but it just seems in contrast to the usual IN YOUR FACE reminders of the rules I've come to expect. :P (And to be fair, I missed this on my first few readings of the topic, maybe just because of change-blindness cause the old way of entering just seems second nature to me. :shrugs: ) (Also, if you're concerns that I'm "giving away the secret" in my blog, tis okay, nobody really reads this anyway!)

Anyway, yeah, it's been an interesting contest so far, and I can't wait to see more of the various entries!

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Bionicle Double-Decker Couch

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Feb 05 2015 · 148 views

I haven't blogged much lately, so I'm gonna start out with a new MOC I've been working on for a while...

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I have yet to see a Double-Decker Couch built out of Bionicle elements yet, so I went ahead and built one myself. Granted, it's a little messy and not very stable, especially since the characters are just barely attached to it. But I think it comes off well.

That is a new Matoran design, and while I'd like to say it's mostly Bionicle, that's kinda untrue. The torsos are primarily system built, with lots of curved slope action going on. The hips are that one Hero Factory piece that just managed to fit into some technic bricks, and then of course the limbs are just HF CCBS elements. Still, I was able to make it work in a variety of colors to get the Bionicle characters I wanted.

If you've followed my stories in the past, you might recognize these characters. And since probably none of you have, I'll just name em off. Top row is Kulagi (Kanoka Maker), Sufina (Chemist) and Triki (Eccentric crazy peron.) Kulagi and Sufina are a pair, BTW. Bottom is Gragu (Gang Matoran, technically a baddie), Tuili (Okay, he never actually made it into my stories), Vakama (Mask Maker... you might know of him), and Huaju (Traveler).

The TV is also mostly system with a frame of CCBS pieces. Yes, I'm aware that TVs don't actually operate by having little piece inside of them act out the shows, but that seems a decent way to pull off the model. Later I might also add some accessories for the Matoran, like food and drinks and a remote control.

I have more pictures, but I'm too lazy to edit them, so I'll upload em later. And then I'll post like an actual topic for this, with more shots of the Matoran in poses. (I'm actually really happy with the design.) But wanted to share something, so here it is!

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