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About BrickPharaoh

Year 11
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    Makuta Conquered!
  • Birthday 06/08/1994

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    Coventry, United Kingdom
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    Robotics, Digital Manufacturing, Making Things, Heavy Metal, Netflix, Programming, Digital Art, Gaming, Cooking, Tennis!

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  1. "The manticore (Early Middle Persian: Merthykhuwar; Persian: مردخوار‎ Mardykhor) is a Persian legendary creature similar to the Egyptian sphinx that proliferated in western European medieval art as well. It has the head of a human, the body of a lion and a tail of venomous spines similar to porcupine quills, while other depictions have it with the tail of a scorpion". -Wikipedia Manticorus Cavernaus (Bio-Cup 2020 Redemption Round 2 Entry) Subtheme: Asian Mythology by Mohamed Marei, on Flickr Manticorus Cavernaus (Bio-Cup 2020 Redemption Round 2 Entry) Subtheme: Asian Mythology by Mohamed Marei, on Flickr Originally built for RR2 of the 2020 BioCup. After working on it some more, I finally decided it was decent enough to take more photos of it. This delightful RR theme is the best of any BioCup themes in my opinion. It got me thinking a whole lot before I decided on this as the mythical creature to render in brick form. Having only come to this decision around five hours ago (finished at 5:40 am on Friday - 2 hours before RR2 deadline), this has been a fun quick build drifting away from the run-of-the-mill humanoids I've been churning out nonstop over the years. More mythological creatures coming your way soon eventually. Until then!
  2. Thats's a pretty cool take on Settlers of Catan, which I also happen to adore. My only criticism would be the card implementation of the Toa Heroes (Knight cards), which essentially allows you to invoke the thief (i.e. Makuta, who is the arch-antagonist) to steal from other player(s). Something about using the heroes for an ignoble cause doesn't sit too well with me, but that's just me being super pedantic On the whole, I think you've done a tremendous job on this board, and the artwork all looks superb! If I didn't already have a copy of Settlers of Catan I'd definitely get this one printed!
  3. Glad you like those! They were challenging to figure out, especially considering the fact that I had very brief glances at similar source material. I think it's a combination of the collar and the mask that gives these vibes off. I thought this MOC had them too tbh. I even debated doing a 180 with the concept and going full-steam ahead with a sorceror build instead of an Admiral.
  4. You flatter me! I just look at the reference item and try to match its shaping and proportions on my character. The fact that LEGO has several fabric parts in different colours and shapes also helps a lot. There's no avoiding a large amount of trial and error until you get it right, though.
  5. Admiral Jaldamir Admiral Jaldamir by Mohamed Marei, on Flickr "A noble and valiant commander whose sole purpose is to bring to justice anyone who dares to stand against the crown. Has a long-standing enmity towards criminals who fare the seas, especially Pirate Lord Dreadwind and his band of miscreants". Admiral Jaldamir by Mohamed Marei, on Flickr A reimagining of an old character I had built way back in 2015. Since the moment I lay eyes on the kanohi Iden I've always pictured it belonging to an elegant, gentlemanly-looking character. And I felt the same way about those Praetorian Guard cloth skitrts; as soon as I saw them, I knew I had to build a redcoat-wearing character. Revamping Jaldamir gave me the answer. Safe to say I managed to pull this aesthetic off? I'll let you all be the judge of that!
  6. "A noble warrior who serves The Lightbringer, with unwavering dedication and resolve. Never one to shy away from battle, this fearless soldier has faced tremendous foes, and has always emerged victorious". Santriel - Seraphic Soldier by Mohamed Marei, on Flickr A slightly different build this time, which uses primarily #system pieces as well as the occasional Bionicle armor parts for shaping. Do let me know what you think!
  7. @MoarBotar @Master Inika yeah the ceremonial armor vibes are a bit interspersed within the original design motif of wanting to create OTT Gladiator-like armor. I guess it's a good thing that you guys perceive it in this way. I was originally trying to give him some sort of Katana battle skirt but that proved a bit tricky with the shaping I had going on. I might look into revisiting the whole MOC again at some point, and hopefully augmenting these aspects in the next version. Thanks for all your comments!
  8. Thanks! The BioCup is usually held over summer; it starts mid-to-late June of each year, judging by the last couple years.
  9. My favourite Glatorian reimagined more prominently as a gladiator, with some asymmetry throughout. Wanted to keep the clever horns used on the shoulder armour on one side, which necessitated that the arms be different. Started this in late November of last year and only managed to finish it around last July, off the back of my unceremonious BioCup R1 crash-out. Tarix Revamp by Mohamed Marei, on Flickr More MOCs coming soon(ish)?)!
  10. Thank you! This build was an attempt at closure; I had started a massive pirate WIP in 2015 which I never got around to completing, until I decided to have a go at it again earlier last month. It's definitely a good idea to try and rework an old concept with a fresh pair of eyes (and a whole bunch of new parts)! The most rewarding aspect for me was managing to incorporate so many new elements within the confines of the original concept, in addition to refining the aesthetic a considerable bit. I look forward to your revamp and if you have any questions or want some feedback on your build, feel free to drop me a message!
  11. Pirate Lord Dreadwind by Mohamed Marei, on Flickr "Prepare for the plundering of yer lifetime, ye wee scallywags!" <Additional Photo> Started this fella around the start of October with the intention to have him ready for #halloween, but decided to post it sooner cause I'll be busy next weekend.
  12. Bones of the Risen - BioCup 2019 Preliminary Round by Mohamed Marei, on Flickr "What does it take to awaken a beast so foul that mankind cowers at the thought of its return? The crown of a fallen king; the skull of a traitor; the robes of a pious monk; the visage of a terrible foe; and the blood of a youthful soul." Built for the #BioCup2019 Preliminary Round, whose theme was "Scary Monsters". Haven't had this much time building in ages! Really enjoyed this round's theme and can't wait to find out what the other rounds have store for us (or anyone else who makes it onwards)!
  13. I also wanted to inquire about that rule. Do the MOCs have to be sent out to Brickfair if they make it past the preliminary voting to be considered? I'm based in the UK so for practicality reasons this might not even be possible for me.
  14. Appreciated! I quite like how it turned out myself, especially with the colour balancing. I received several remarks about the scarab, so I'm glad it was relatively easily conveyed
  15. Pharaoh's Breastplate - Brick Badge Contest Entry by Mohamed Marei, on Flickr Pharaoh's Breastplate - Brick Badge Contest Entry by Mohamed Marei, on Flickr Inspired by one of the treasures of King Tutenkhamen , I wanted to create a name badge which was unique and celebrated my Egyptian heritage and culture. Having built several Egyptian-themed MOCs over the years (and being the only Egyptian MOCist - as far as I'm aware) I wanted my name badge to be unmistakably Pharaonic, embellished with gold and bright translucent colors aplenty. I took massive inspiration from this photo, with no intention to replicate the design fully. Having never attended a convention, I used the red 1x8 smooth plate as a stand-in for a badge. Hope this is alright, rules-wise! Hope you guys enjoy this quick build, which was whipped up over the course of Sunday afternoon. Stay tuned for more #content coming soon!
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