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I'm a fan of the game of chess, and I've always wanted to create an LDD Chess set. So three months ago, I approached TheOneVeyronian about collaborating on an LDD chess set with constraction figures as the pieces, after having seen her stellar work on LDD models. And so began a large collaboration project, one that spanned almost all of summer. And it brings me great joy to be able to share with you the fruits of our labor: The CCBS CHESS COLLAB! GIF spinnie - LXF file The theme of this board is "Light vs Dark". TheOneVeyronian was responsible for the Dark Side characters, which comprise of a hodgepodge of mutant insectoids, ethereals and necromancers, while the Light Side characters, built by yours truly, are mystical energy beings in armour. (If you're wondering, yes, TheOneVeyronian has given me permission to post her characters here, likewise I've given her permission to share my pictures in a topic on EuroBricks ) So, without further ado, here are the individual characters: Dark Side Characters by TheOneVeyronian Pawns GIF spinnie - LXF file The Dark Side Pawns are akin to alien drones, and are the children of the Queen. Usually, chess pawns are uninteresting at best, but TheOneVeyronian tried to give each of the 8 pawns some individuality, altering their secondary colour but keeping their primary colour black. Rook GIF spinnie - LXF file This originally started out as a mutant tree, however, when TheOneVeyronian compared its size to the rest of the figures, she went back and revised this piece completely. All that remains of the tree is the stump, and now it's home to a giant mutant worm (and her personal favourite ). Knight GIF spinnie - LXF file Basically a mutant ghost horse with horns, on the back of whom rides a Ghostling with a Skull Mask. You can even see the reins from the back, held by the rider's hand. Check out the spinnie for a better glimpse of the rider Bishop GIF spinnie - LXF file A creepy alien necromancer and controller of the ethereal Dark Knight (nothing to do with the Batman films ). His deadly Skull Club serves two purposes as both a necromancing staff and a Light Side bashing weapon. It's advisable to not be diagonal to him Queen GIF spinnie - LXF file Mother of the Pawn characters and the most powerful piece in Chess, it was only right to make the Queen the most beautifully grotesque insectoid being I could. She looks beautiful, kind and caring to the Dark Side characters, but hideous and absolutely deadly to everyone else. King GIF spinnie - LXF file Lastly the KIng, a mutant 4 armed insectoid centaur (goodness knows why) with an affinity for dark blood rubies and ridiculously oversized crowns that looks more like a conical hat. He lets his wife the Queen do all the fighting and prefers to try and not get involved. Light Side Characters by Mohamed Marei (yours truly) Pawns GIF spinnie - LXF file (The Brickshelf links all lead to TheOneVeyronian's Brickshelf, for convenience ) My idea for those was to remotely resemble Roman Centurion warriors, with the Shield and Helmet clearly conveying that part. However, I opted in for an axe as their main weapon since LDD did not have a sword shape that I felt would suit them. You'll notice that there are slight color variations across them, with some parts of them in different trans colors. Those are to keep the pawn pieces distinguishable if an actual game of chess was to be played using this board (LDD file). Rook GIF spinnie - LXF file Originally I was trying to build a Machine Golem or some sort of Construct Being, but then I opted in for a kneeling, hammer-wielding warrior that towers over the pawns. One of my favorites in spite of its relative simplicity, particularly the shoulder armor bit. Knight GIF spinnie - LXF file The crown jewel of my creations (on this board that is!). I've been forever trying to make this head design work with a beak that wasn't absolutely misaligned and silly-looking, and I think I managed to pull it off! I'm also proud of how the wings turned out. This bad boy is also a mount for a Knight, which you can see better by clicking the link to the spinnie! Bishop GIF spinnie - LXF file One of my more "ordinary" looking characters, and featuring a decorative ornament design on the back. I quite like how I did the head as well as his shoulder armor. Queen GIF spinnie - LXF file Her Royal Highness is a decisive Seraphic Queen, a conqueror of the shadows and a force to be reckoned with. The hovering stance along with the wings help accentuate the versatility and sheer power of the Queen as a chess piece. This is basically a revamp of one of my older builds, with a few changes made to it to help it better fit the role of Queen. The parts that have been modified are mainly the head, shoulders, addition of wings, and the staff. Click here if you want to see what it was before. King GIF spinnie - LXF file The King, quite honestly my least favorite piece, but the biggest on my side of the board (if I remember correctly). I like how the head and sword turned out, but not much else to be quite honest. I think the cape could still use a bit of work, but by the time I got to the King I was itching to complete the whole build. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed building it, along with every other character in the Light Faction. Some final things to say Credit goes to TheOneVeyronian for the renders of all the pieces as well as the spinnies. I was responsible for designing the chessboard as well as modifying TheOneVeyronian's initial base design. The entire project comprises over 8000 bricks, and took us almost all of July and a good portion of August to hatch out, with our plan to design one piece each week. So, I hoped you enjoyed the fruits of this collab project (the first one I've done, and I doubt it will be the last either). Comments, constructive criticism and naming of favourites always welcome Signing out... for now
Personally, I wanted to see the other elements such as Plasma, Lighting, and Iron explored more not just in the story, but in the sets.
What would you like to see in a HF set? What do you think LEGO should improve on in HF sets? What new colors do you think there should be? Should LEGO use certain pieces differently then they usually do in HF sets. How should design sets in LEGO HF. Tell the world what you think should be added,deleted, or changed in HF sets in this forum.(I really hope this forum has not been made by anyone else.)