The Tundra Bull support campaign

The Tundra Bull support campaign
I currently have my Tundra Bull moc running on Lego Ideas, please click on the picture and cast your vote to help it reach the 10.000 mark!

vrijdag 28 november 2014

Work-in-Progress: the Mitgardian Army part 1

Another thing I picked up at the recent Brick Mania Antwerp colaboration I participated in, is to build an actual army to go alongside my small MoC`s.

I had heavily invested in Viking minifigs for the Chapter 3 of the Guilds of Historica book 2, but it turned out the horned warriors aren`t the central players of this episode, so I have a heap of them and other suited minifigures like the Barbarian and Highlanders.

But watching the battlefield over the weekend, I decided for the next time (which will be next year) to not only build bigger MoC`s (though that will be at first the Lord of the Rings set / moc hybrids you can read on my blog about, starting with Lake-Town), but also bring out the Mighty Army of Merak, the home town of my Sig-Fig Hagen.

The full force will be numbering about a 150 warriors, but I`m currently still digging through my boxes to find all my torsos and legs, and combine them into the units, as well as adding standard bearers and champions to most regiments.

Including a regiment a can only start building once they are actually released by Lego in 2015...

Between the picture shown here and the rummaging I did yesterday, some units have already been growing in numbers, but they will be shown once I break the 100 left to do mark.  I estimate I can run the number down to about 50 figs left before turning to Brick Link and spend the monthly building funds on additional parts, but in the meantime I can trade my double Collectible Minifigures around for more of the miniatures I actually need as well.

To quote on of my nephews: So you quit building armies for wargaming, and the next thing you know... you`re building armies for Lego

donderdag 27 november 2014

Work-in-Progress: Lake-Town part 2

So a few parcels of bricks have fallen on the doorstep and I could proceed a bit further on the building of my 2015 goal build.

Today, the aim was to firstly finish the border of what the build will have, and then to start filling in the base for the fully bricked approach.

Now, the border, consisting of an unequal black and blue combination to show the `depth` of the waters, is completely finished.

The next step was then to build the fishgrate fundament to start attaching blue plates on and make it all a big enclosed space.

In order to do this, I decided to stick on the 2 brick high thickness of the base, the first level being completely bricked.

To top these, I went to place a slightly alternating skeleton of 2x4 bricks, to build a stable top layer afterwards consisting of blue plates of various sizes, but always able to connect at least in every corner in the case of a 4x4 plate for example.

That is about how far the build now stands, the next phase will be counting out and ordering enough blue additional plates to complement the ones I have from my own collection.

See you next time!

woensdag 26 november 2014

Minifigures Series 13 pictures

And they have been shown, the full series of Series 13 Minifigures.

As you can see at the left bottom, they will also be playable in the Minifigures Online videogame, so that`s nice.

And what do I wnat / need from it?  Good question, as the series has a nice variation of fantasy suitable models, but not really for a Viking style of my Mitgardians.

On the to get list for me are definitly:

1 of the Snake Charmer
1 of the King
1 of the Evil Wizard
2 or 3 of the Female Cyclops
1 Unicorn Girl
1 or 2 of the female Samurai
5 or 6 of the Egyptian Soldier
about a dozen (or 2 dozen) of the Goblin Warrior!

So that makes 8 out of 16 models suitable for my `theme` of builds, a very intresting ratio for the series.  Putting aside a full series for the kid for his `trades` as well, this will be a nice purchase.

I`ll be popping by at my local retailer one of these days to, just as with series 12, pre-order a full box again for sure!

How an AFOL is born...

Yesterday I was hanging on the phone with the Nemesis to set a date and go see Mockingjay part 1, and he had this nice little tid-bit of information: his oldest daughter`s holiday wish list was crammed full of Lego Friends.

I told him, that is how his convergence will start from the wargaming to the Lego hobby, and he laughed.

But will he keep on laughing?  I told him now what will be happening.

The kid will toss open the boxes on the floor...

The kid won`t be finding elements and you will be on his knees soon to help out...

You will be going to the toy store with the kid not buying for yourself...

You will see something theit you like, and grab a small set of said theme...

It will look nice on your wargames desk, and you`ll be getting a bigger set for display...

Before you realise it, you`re trying to complete said theme...

You will discover the online community as you`re looking for information of your theme of choice...

You will see great MoCs, and want to try your hand at building one yourself...

You will discover BrickLink and the PAB wall in the Lego store, and realise you just need one more piece for some idea you have...

Gradually, Lego builds will be relegating wargame figures to boxes as you need the space...

You go to a local convention `to show the kid nice builds`...

You will get hooked and join the local LUG...

A line will be drawn between your bricks and the child`s bricks...

... and before you know it, you will be standing there a whole weekend watching that little touchy touchy fingers don`t grab the creations!

So dear Nemesis, I look forward to exchange bricky build ideas with you within a year...

dinsdag 25 november 2014

Building the Kitty Shelter

JuniorPress is a dutch company that also releases Lego magazines over here in the low lands.  Im their range are the Chima and Friends publications for one, and they come with small polybags that are either a minifigure or a small build.

Now personally, at 4 euros I think they are usually of a decent value, though I pick up the Chima magazine mostly when it has a minifigure, and rarely the Friends copy.

But this month, I took along the Friends issue.  While the Chima one had a bolt thrower you get in so many polybags already, the Friends issue came with a small kitty shelter.  The kitten itself can be used in other builds for sure, as it is a white version of the tiger kitten from their pet range.  But the shelter as well comes with some nice elements in intresting colours.

Now the instructions themselves are rather short, to be found in the middle of the magazine.  But nevert the less, I made the build (before breaking it down and sorting it out), as I will present to you all here.

The first piece is of course the kitten, like I said a white version which isn`t that common in the range.

The shelter starts by putting the lime green jumper on to the green 4x4 plate.

The back wall, in tan colours, is added to this.

To these we attach a small hook and plate, to which the branch is then added.

On top of this, you get a green leaf and a selection of small yellow flowers to liven it up.

Pink and pastel parts are then added as a roof for the kitten.

The last part is the feeding tray, again based on a lime jumper.

The completed build

As I said and you could see here, this is actually a good colour selection of parts for a medieval builder like myself.  You get some lime green jumpers, tan bricks, brown plates, a green leaf and plate, and some yellow flowers.

Not bad at all for a measly 4 euros...

Saint Seiya Next Dimension vol 8

The latest instalment of the Myth of Hades has arrived on my doorstep last week, and it is a bit of a two-legged reading.

It isn`t thick on the action in this volume, but yet it lays on an additional layer on the various story lines that have been interwoven in this time travelling adventure so far.

First off, there is the confrontation between Virgo Shijima`s astral presence (as his physical body is still in the Labyrinth of the Gods, protecting the baby Athena) and Shun and Tenma.  They are saved by the appearance of the astral presence of Virgo Shaka, contained within Shun`s Andromeda cloth, and revealing to the 18th century incarnation that Shun will be the next Virgo saint.  Both bronzes are then teleported to the Twin Salas where they find and pick up Sukiyo`s silver cloth of the Cup.

Sukiyo in the meantime faces off and is defeated by Dohko.  In the preview for issue 9 it is revealed he has died, and that Griffon Vermeer will take his place, but considering the healing powers of his silver armour I don`t believe we have seen the last of him yet.

The mystery about the 13th gold cloth, Ophiuchus, gets intenser as it is hinted at that everyone in the 18th century knows who he actually is and that he is present among them, so it will either be the Grand Pope, or Sukiyo I guess.  Shaina however is possessed by it`s evil cosmo briefly in the current day and attacks Marin.

We also learn that Dohko has led Shiryu pass to go and help protect Athena, who is now evolved into an age of about 6 years old, and defeats Cardinale switfly with her immense cosmo.

The only oddity, is that there is no news about Hyoga, who has also travelled to the past, and that no Aquarius saint has been revealed yet... could it be?  Thinking of it, how cool might it actually be if he now is the gold Aquarius saint, they would meet up with the 18th century Cygnus saint (Camus perhaps?), Hyoga teaches Camus the Absolute Zero technique... now THAT would be an awesome storyline loop in the series.  This is also pure speculation on my part though, but who knows...

All in all, an intresting volume for the `back story`, but like some filler episodes in anime series, the progress of the overall story isn`t to much in this book.

maandag 24 november 2014

Building the Lake-Town Guard

Perhaps one of the hottest polybag promos of the recent years, the Lake-Town Guard from The Hobbit is one of only two sets containing the special conical helmet, the other one being the Lake-Town Chase set.

So if you wanted to build an army, you would have been forced to lay down around 8 euros a piece per polybag...

But since Brick mania Antwerp, I think the market has crashed within this part of Belgium.  The polybag came in the goodie bag the kids received at the entrance, as did the exposers.  This resulted in myself scoring two additional polybags as exposer, while I already bought one last year when it came out for my collection.

And yesterday, the Smurf kindly gave me his one from his goodie bag (he`s not into The Hobbit or Castle for that matter at all).

So I sat down and made this little build half an hour ago.

The bag contains of a guardsman, a weapons rack and a small catapult, and a small instruction sheet.  I gave this copy of my Guardsman just his spear, opting to hang his bow and quiver on the rack.

We start building the small catapult by laying down the wheel base, then adding the front teeth to it as well as the structure board

The catapult arm is then build on top a dark green wedge, and the handle bars to tow the catapult around is put in the back.

Adding wheels and ammo and the small lobber is finished, so now we can move on to the rack.

This is based on a small wooden plate with brown wood pattern brick.

Added to this are small handles and cones to attach the weapons to, and it is all rounded out by adding a lateral plate and dark green cheeseslopes.

And of course we have some extras left over, in this case a technic pin and an additional cheeseslope.

And so the small polybag stands completed, a great little gift and a nice army builder promobag.