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I ended up doing a lot of building leading up to BrickFair VA this summer, but alas the forums were down so it was hard to share. I've posted these on Instagram and in a few Discord chats, but I might as well practice making topics on BZP again, so here I go! Glossophobia - The Fear of Public Speaking (What People Fear More Than Death) I entered the BioCup this year, and did just as well as I did last year... got through the prelims but was knocked out in the first round. The first theme was fears... I tried to go for a non-conventional approach with public speaking, and tried to make the speaker very expressive. But in general, the crowd was Matoran MOCs that ranged from mediocre to basic, so it wasn't well received and just barely squeaked through... mostly based on the cowboy design. (Fun fact was that these were based on characters from the BZPGOT RPG.) Old Man Saturn The second theme was solar system, and I was assigned Saturn. There were some really clever entries, but I went with the basics and focused on the Roman god. I was particularly happy with the face. This ended up quite tall too. Drought Conditions I didn't make it to the real third round, but I participated in the redemption round, which was based on disasters, and I got Meteorological (Dry/Hot). I tried to convey a thirsty traveler in the desert; I used my supply of red piping to convey a skeletal torso. But the thing everybody liked the most was the most basic design of the cactus. Azari Firedancer I also entered BBC Contest 77, although the contest ended just as the forums went down. In one of the concept arts links there was a cool drawing of the Elves character, so I tried to base my design on that. I was relatively happy with how the torso and dress came out, and even the hair, although it was fragile as heck to the point where I couldn't get it to stay rebuilt at BrickFair. I don't think the vote tallies have been posted yet, but the general consensus I got was that it was the worst of the batch that made it to BrickFair. Oh well. CCBS X-Wing I guess one of my things is building Star Wars ships out of Bionicle elements. I've been toying around with the idea of making an X-Wing for a while, finally cranked it out a week before the convention. The blade pieces were an impulsive try, but it actually worked out better than the technic stick I was planning. Also snuck on a Kakama and a legit base to keep it hovering. Next I need to figure out just how to make a same-scale TIE Fighter. Lava Surfing I wanted to make little micro-scenes to show off my Toa figs. (They use masks from the old pen sets, and custom stickered torsos, although said stickers are starting to show some wear.) I had just got a big batch of the round 1x2 plates and tweaked them around to make a lava wave, which I think works out modestly well. (A legit surfboard would've been preferred, but I couldn't find the one I have in my collection and I was running out of time, so a generic custom design had to be used instead.) Most complex part of this little model was actually getting the lettering on the front to line up. (Psst, don't tell anybody, but it's actually off by 1/2 plate width, so each side has a 1/4 plate width gap. The math just didn't work out.) That's all I got for cool new MOCs from this summer. Comments / criticism appreciated, I guess.
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)!
I built this guy for the Bio-Cup 2018 Preliminary round (Elements) based on a stupid pun. It got me through to round 1 though, so that's something! Sherbonk Holmes is a famed detective and deductionist who calls upon the power of the mind (and sometimes Stone) in order to solve crimes simple Toa aren't perceptive enough to. He also likes shouting the word "Elementary!" whenever he gets an idea. It got old really quick. Flickr album
My entry for Round 1 of Bio-Cup 2018, Theme: Friends/Belville/Scala. Based (very vaguely) on Lego Scala 3130. At first I really felt shafted with this theme, but then this utterly stupid idea popped into my mind and I rolled with it. The initial concept was a one-set MOC, using only parts found in the official Axalara T9 set to build a baby stroller, but I decided to drop the self-imposed parts restriction and added a bunch of additional stuff. The vehicle seeks to include as many visual design elements of Axalara as possible. I made the outdoor shots at a nearby playground to fit the theme even more, and luckily the playground was empty at the time. The baby harness was a bonus addition that came to mind because the Rey cloth piece is the same colour and vague shape as the baby harness we actually have and use IRL. Flickr album