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Tea with a Time Traveling T-Rex in a Top Hat

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, Lego Conventions Sep 30 2014 · 89 views

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Tea with a Time Traveling T-Rex in a Top Hat by Xccj, on Flickr

A Victorian era time traveler is visiting a T-Rex, who is from an alternate dimension and is also dressed for the Victorian era and has time traveled, and together they share a cup of tea. (It makes more sense in context.)

This is for the ChronoCon 10,000BC theme being hosted by Brothers Brick at BrickCon 2014. And I mean, I think they've either done a lame job promoting it, or everybody else is keeping their designs close to their chest. Barely any interactions on Flickr where they're trying to run this, unless it's being planned out on some other (secret) forum that I'm unaware of cause I'm not one of the cool builders.

Anyway, I was hoping for my entry to be a bit unconventional, so it'll be very awkward if another T-Rex shows up wearing the same suit. :glare:



Brick-Sash WIP

Posted by xccj , in Lego Conventions, MOCs Sep 28 2014 · 56 views

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I'm not taking credit for this idea, cause I know B6 has done the badges on a sash before, and I know there are people who've made wearable-MOCs before. And I know that this isn't even that large of a brick badge compared to some. But it's an idea that I've had for a while, and finally rushed it out to see how it'll work. (Cropped out the ugly tho, for everybody's sanity.)

It's a bit clunky, but it seems to fit alright, considering it's basically a strap of Hero factory joints. The brick section could potentially fall apart; I've tried to reinforce it but I don't know if it'll hold? But I'll probably end up wearing this at BrickCon next weekend. For part of the time anyway. (Life got in the way of working on my cos-play idea, so that's not happening. Maybe next time?)

I also figured that this would probably be uncomfortable to wear all the time, so I designed a mini badge that can hold up to 6 bricks that I can wear everywhere. Because you can't go to a Lego convention and not have bricks magnetized to your shirt at all times. This includes fancy dinner. Brick badges are fancy.

I also got a new MS Surface 2 tablet... and it's not working right, so turning around and bringing it back to the store tomorrow. :( I was looking forward to bringing it with me to BrickCon as a portable computing device... I'll see if I still get the chance.



No Dark Side

Posted by xccj , in MOCs, Lego Conventions Sep 25 2014 · 104 views

The theme for the black light display at BrickCon has been removed from their website.


What am I going to do with my two black-light MOCs now??



Pay Your Respects

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Sep 25 2014 · 86 views

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Temple of the Avohkii by Xccj, on Flickr

With Bionicle's return, we must make known our presence, less our human sacrifices been made in vain! (What, you think people left BZPower because they grew out of the theme? Get real.)

This is for a BrickCon project that somebody in Port-LUG said they wanted to put on. Since an email and a Flickr group a couple months ago, nothing more has been communication, so I assume it's still a thing. :shrugs:

I guess I'm also in a couple of contests. I got my game semi-finished in time and it's currently the one to beat in it's poll, which is honestly kinda a first for me. (Spoiler tho, they're beating it. Yay, go underdogs!)

I'm also in the art poll, but I'm losing and deservingly so.

I'm also in the Flickr BBC Contest and I can't tell you how I'm doing cause they're hiding the results. :glare:



I Made a Mosaic!

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Sep 20 2014 · 66 views

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Reiterating what I said there: it's not the best mosaic, but I made it relatively quickly with what I had on hand. (And I've officially used the last of my baseplates. I mean, seriously, I sent 4 of them to BrickFair and then made the lenticular cheese slope mosaic, I was lucky I had a spare to begin with.)

It's going to be at BrickCon. Not as exciting as previous Bionicle group mosaics we've put up, but nobody really seemed interested in collaborative projects this year, so I've got nothing else to contribute. (Generally I think most of BZP wrote off BrickCon, but at this point I don't care, it'll be fun to hang out with the usual crowd without any excess drama.)

(Although I realize that I don't have any ACTUAL new Bionicle MOCs built for the con, mostly mosaics and black light stuff.)

Also, I think I might have timed this just right when I posted it to Facebook this morning, right as all the members were geeking out over the announcement. Got more like on that then I normally get on... well, anything anywhere. My evil marketing scheme played off. Muhaha.




Glowing Gali

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Sep 14 2014 · 105 views
Gali, black-light

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Lookie, I posted another MOC.

I think I've been hinting at this one for a long time here. So that means two, maybe three people won't be surprised by this?



Bionicle House

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Sep 11 2014 · 82 views

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Bionicle House 01 by Xccj, on Flickr

A while back, somebody was complaining about the Bionicle system's limitations, and said something to the effect of "You can't build a house with it." To me, that meant, "Challenge Accepted!"

This is a fairly basic design made primarily using limb elements, with the interior supported with technic beams and such. I ran out of Rahkshi legs in dark bley, so I used some in classic dark gray as a stand in. I can't really tell the difference in person, but it shows up on camera. :shrugs: Funnily enough, I ordered some extra legs in bley... and they came in classic gray. >.< I was planning to add windows in addition to the door, but I didn't really have a way to fit them in.

It's not the most impressive model, but I think the concept gets across, especially with the elements I limited myself to. It could probably be more detailed at a larger size... but well I don't have that many limb pieces in the same color.

This is also my entry for the BZP September Flickr Contest. I had an earlier entry that was toeing the system ratio line and was photographed using a black light, both of which are apparently against the rules. (I mean, I get the system ratio, but the black light? I thought we were not allowed to edit the content of the MOC after the pictures were taken. Oh well.) But for this one, there's no way that anybody could claim it violates the system ratio. :P And that's why I'm entering this, cause it has no chance in Krazahni of actually winning.



SHIPtember 2014 WIP: Radioactive Pitchfork

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Sep 08 2014 · 87 views

I guess at this point, it's less of a WIP and more of a "I'm pretty much finished with it but I might tweak a few things before the final photo shoot."

And black light.

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Radioactive Pitchfork - WIP Black Light by Xccj, on Flickr

Comments welcome. Like I said, I might still tweak a few things, like antenna placement and such.

On a somewhat related note, did you know using black light will get you disqualified in BBC Contests? Guess just part of the rules I never considered until now. :shrugs:

Working on other various MOCs to in preparation for BrickCon. (Assuming I can go, still ambiguous about if I can get time off work.)


Ordering a Rare Color

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Aug 02 2014 · 119 views

Isn't it great to spend a hefty amount (in two different orders) on Bricklink to get some useful pieces in a rare color... only to finally receive the packages and realize that it's actually a different color.

See, I saw that they had 2x2 dishes, ribbed tubing, and some clickits elements in trans medium blue, the kind that glows under a black light. The tubing and dishes turned out to be in light blue. (Well, the dishes, anyway. The tubing appears to be some unique color between trans medium and light blue, but in the end it doesn't glow under a black light.) The clickits pieces do glow, fortunately. However, that's still $15 that I thought was going to be spent on a rare color only to realize that it was not the color I thought it would be. (Again, the tubing wasn't a complete rip... it seems that bricklink in general has misclassified that color. The dishes... I have sent my complaint to that store owner.)

And this isn't the first time this has happened to me with this color. :annoyed: Next time, I'm asking the stores to look at their parts under a black light BEFORE shipping them to me to confirm.



Posted My Lenticular Mt St Helens Mosaic

Posted by xccj , in MOCs Jul 28 2014 · 50 views

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Lookie here, a topic in SBC!

So I guess the phrase "lenticular" is the one to use, since "cheese slope mosaic," besides being a mouthful, can also refer to some other styles of mosaic-ing.

I do need to take some better pictures, but my issue is A: bad lighting in my apartment and B: no backdrop large enough to fit the full mosaic. I also need to get a stand for it, and maybe somehow reinforce the back because it's rather flimsy, especially compared to classic brick mosaics, which hold up remarkably well. This will probably show up at a few conventions, cause I'm not planning to take it apart any time soon.

Also, anybody know a decent was to advertise this? :P I put it in a mosaic flickr group that, apparently, turns out to be dead. So fail there on my part. (Maybe the whole "take better pictures" thing also needs to come into play here.)


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