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#1 Offline Mohamed Marei

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Posted Sep 19 2015 - 04:42 AM

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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!

 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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A creepy alien necromancer and controller of the ethereal Dark Knight (nothing to do with the Batman films default_tong.gif ). 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 default_tong.gif

Queen

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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

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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

 

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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

 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 

 

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#2 Offline Paradoxical Paperclip

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Posted Sep 19 2015 - 06:39 AM

I saw this on Flickr, and it is HUGE.

The Griffin is by far my favorite due to that head. You did pull it off will.

 

The Dark Knight(no not batman) I don't like so much, It just looks a bit... Awkward.

 

The Worm is also Pretty Great, it just flows together so well.


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Posted Sep 19 2015 - 07:14 AM

Thanks for posting this over here Mohamed Marei!  :D I'll be lifting your Light character descriptions and inserting them into the MOC post on EB btw. I'm really proud of how this turned out, and you know what, I'm always up for another LDD collab project. It was fun. You can also look at this Brickshelf folder for some prototypes of some of my pieces, such as the original stand, and what my dark Rook, Queen and King originally looked like  :)

 

The Dark Knight(no not batman) I don't like so much, It just looks a bit... Awkward.

 

I'll be honest with you... even I'm not a big fan of how it turned out (and I'm the designer!), but I think it's down to the sloppy posing just to get the model within the constraints of the 18x18 footprint to avoid it colliding with other models. It doesn't help when it's against Mohamed's fabulous Griffin I admit :P  But all that considered, my Knight doesn't look nearly so awkward when it's on all fours  ;)

 

And isn't the Batman reference a joke I used in my own piece descriptions?  :P


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Posted Sep 19 2015 - 07:46 AM

How the heck do you make your own profile invisible to others, Veyronian? 

 

I like the idea of making the pawns more interesting and while the mutant ghost horse knight s a cool looking piece, I don't feel like it fits in since... Well, it's a horse and horses aren't insects. The rest of the models are impressive and I like the work that you and Mohammed put into this CCBS chess set. 


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Posted Sep 19 2015 - 11:26 AM

How the heck do you make your own profile invisible to others, Veyronian? 

 

I like the idea of making the pawns more interesting and while the mutant ghost horse knight s a cool looking piece, I don't feel like it fits in since... Well, it's a horse and horses aren't insects. The rest of the models are impressive and I like the work that you and Mohammed put into this CCBS chess set. 

 

Until the day comes where you can disable whether or not others can rate your profile, my profile stays hiddden unless I've added you as a friend. Call me weird. It's blank anyway because I'm too lazy to write a profile busy building awesome things  :P

 

But anyway, the more I look at my own Knight, the more I want to scrap it and start again even though the entire project is complete, because you. Maybe a giant dragonfly and rider MOC from me is in order. Why I didn't think of this before I don't know  :D


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Posted Sep 19 2015 - 12:47 PM

I saw these on Brickshelf yesterday, and man, was I impressed! The amount of work you guys must've put into these really payed off! I'm especially a fan of the Light Pawns, and Rook, and Knight, as well as the Dark Bishop. :)


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Posted Sep 23 2015 - 02:58 PM

Mata Nui, this is fantastic!

 

It looks a little odd that the dark knight's rider doesn't really actually seem to be riding him, and the dark queen's waist seems a bit disjointed, but I'm hard pressed to come up with any other quibbles. The griffin and light queen are probably my favorites, for the incredible shaping I wasn't even sure was possible in LDD, and I also really like the dark bishop - he simply looks very solid and intimidating, especially wielding a club of skulls. I'll also point out that the usage of spacers and ball joints on the light bishop's staff is a marvelous way to spruce up an otherwise boring axle, and Meltdown's head as the king's beard touches genius.

 

Overall, a work truly inspiring, especially given often difficult digital medium in which it was devised. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see this hit the front page. Great job, you two.


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Posted Sep 24 2015 - 02:40 PM

These are amazing creations, especially the beautifully sculpted griffin!
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Posted Sep 25 2015 - 04:56 AM

Huge thanks to all of you who have had things to say about this project! Be certain that this is not the only Collab we'll be doing together. Stay tuned for more coming soon(ish)!

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Posted Sep 25 2015 - 07:38 AM

This is fantastic, personally, I think my favorite of them is the Dark Bishop.


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Posted Sep 25 2015 - 08:03 AM

Huge thanks to all of you who have had things to say about this project! Be certain that this is not the only Collab we'll be doing together. Stay tuned for more coming soon(ish)!

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Can't wait to see the next one.


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Posted Oct 13 2015 - 12:39 PM

Ho-lee... this is breathtaking. I can't believe the scale you managed to achieve with this project. This much have taken so much patience... I really have no words. You blew my mind.


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Posted Oct 13 2015 - 07:30 PM

I'd love this to be sitting on my table. It's just... glorious!


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Posted Oct 14 2015 - 03:41 PM

During a Skype session with The~1st~Shadow, we tried calculating how much this would cost... the answer? Over $1000.

 

This is a monumental feat, and I'm still impressed by it every time I see it. Nothing I say could do it justice. This is a work of pure art. Thank you and keep up the good work.


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Posted Oct 20 2015 - 06:44 PM

I have no words to describe this. Just one rook would amaze me... now 31 other pieces? Wow.


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Posted Oct 20 2015 - 07:01 PM

Grats on getting featured, this absolutely deserves it. A large-scale chess set is an amazing idea for a MOC, and it came out fantastic. Every piece is so intricate!


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Posted Oct 20 2015 - 08:29 PM

Wow! Now this is an incredible piece of art. It's truly a Masterpiece, a Masterpiece made of LEGO Pieces! I would buy some of these guys if LEGO ever made a series, but that's just dreaming. I love the color schemes. The variety is so big, There is Black all the way to Sand Blue! Some of the building techniques are really innovative and neat, such as the use of some masks and heads (the Furno 3.0 or Metus helmet/mask as the griffin's "crown", and as another member mentioned, the Meltdown head) . Overall, this MOC may just be my favorite MOC I've seen on BZP so far. Great Job guys!


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Posted Oct 20 2015 - 09:17 PM

I would like to see some of the characters up on Lego Ideas so they could possibly be made into real sets. I would absolutely buy the whole chess board and characters if it was made into a set. I really do suggest you put some up on Lego Ideas, especially the light faction pawns, bishop and knight. Plus the pawns for the dark faction but I like the trans red version.


I tried to download the file for the whole chess board but when I went into build guide mode it crashed LDD. I think it might just be because of all the bricks in it. So I would suggest that you just download the individual files for each one if you want to see how they're built.



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Posted Nov 19 2015 - 06:20 AM

I have no words to describe this. Just one rook would amaze me... now 31 other pieces? Wow.

 

 

Grats on getting featured, this absolutely deserves it. A large-scale chess set is an amazing idea for a MOC, and it came out fantastic. Every piece is so intricate!

 

 

Wow! Now this is an incredible piece of art. It's truly a Masterpiece, a Masterpiece made of LEGO Pieces! I would buy some of these guys if LEGO ever made a series, but that's just dreaming. I love the color schemes. The variety is so big, There is Black all the way to Sand Blue! Some of the building techniques are really innovative and neat, such as the use of some masks and heads (the Furno 3.0 or Metus helmet/mask as the griffin's "crown", and as another member mentioned, the Meltdown head) . Overall, this MOC may just be my favorite MOC I've seen on BZP so far. Great Job guys!

 

 

I would like to see some of the characters up on Lego Ideas so they could possibly be made into real sets. I would absolutely buy the whole chess board and characters if it was made into a set. I really do suggest you put some up on Lego Ideas, especially the light faction pawns, bishop and knight. Plus the pawns for the dark faction but I like the trans red version.


I tried to download the file for the whole chess board but when I went into build guide mode it crashed LDD. I think it might just be because of all the bricks in it. So I would suggest that you just download the individual files for each one if you want to see how they're built.



Edit: Double post merged.
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Ho-lee... this is breathtaking. I can't believe the scale you managed to achieve with this project. This much have taken so much patience... I really have no words. You blew my mind.

 

 

I'd love this to be sitting on my table. It's just... glorious!

 

 

 

During a Skype session with The~1st~Shadow, we tried calculating how much this would cost... the answer? Over $1000.

 

This is a monumental feat, and I'm still impressed by it every time I see it. Nothing I say could do it justice. This is a work of pure art. Thank you and keep up the good work.

 

Precisely the reason (or one thereof) we know this wouldn't be suitable as a LEGO Ideas project :P

 

Thank you so much guys! Word of caution: Unless your PC is powerful enough it probably wouldn't be a great idea to try and open the whole file. It took us ages to stitch it together because of how heavy and complex the whole thing was!

 

If anyone has ideas for future collaborations we'd definitely like to hear them! Just PM me or TheOneVeyronian, and we'll try and work over some stuff in December/January time.

 

Thanks again!

 

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