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#1 the enigma that is badger

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 05:02 AM

Another exciting development from BrickArms that Pirate fans should find particularly interesting: the BrickArms Musket!

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One thing worth noting about this prototype: it's solid metal!  With how busy Will's been with other projects, he's been exploring other fun methods of testing out new BrickArms accessory designs he's cooked up.  For the BrickArms Musket, he used a type of 3D printing that fuses small pieces of metal together to form a solid metal accessory.  It has great resolution, capturing each detail beautifully, and you'd swear it was solid casted-metal!

And yes, with a forestock that's grippable from trigger to barrel, it's a perfect match for the BrickArms Bayonet!

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Naturally, Pirate fans will probably find this accessory most interesting, but with a fully-grippable forestock, all kinds of modifications are possible to create a distinctive piece of weaponry.  Here, I've added the barrel magazine from a BrickArms PPSh and a BrickArms Glaive to create a steampunk-style long rifle:

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Enjoy!

MAJOR UPDATE: Will has now cut a prototype mold for the BrickArms Musket, and I was happy to unveil the updated version of this great item at Brickfair 2010!:

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And yes, that barrel is 100% grippable.  This allows for all sorts of neat customization and modding:

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Edited by the enigma that is badger, 10 August 2010 - 07:25 AM.

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 05:14 AM

Goodness, that's just awesome. Thanks for the news Badger, that is one neat weapon, and I am loving the metallic look to it, very cool. I look forward to it being available so we can get a good look at it. :sweet:

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 05:14 AM

That's pretty darn sweet, I must say!

Can the bayonet go on the side? As that is where, in many cases, the bayonet belongs and not on the bottom.

Looks like a percussion cap musket rather than a flintlock one (developed around the 1840s).

I love the metal look! Amazing details, indeed!
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Posted 26 January 2010 - 05:14 AM

Wow thats pretty interesting! Its shiny and thats not perfect  :pir-tongue:
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Posted 26 January 2010 - 05:17 AM

Wow, I'm positive this is going to make quite an impact on the Pirates community. And with the attachable bayonet, this is even more amazing. Although, I'm not suprised that Will came out with such an excellent new prototype; BrickArms' weapons, regardless of mass release or prototype phase, just keep getting better and better. Now I'm excited! :sweet:
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Posted 26 January 2010 - 05:21 AM

View PostImperialScouts, on Jan 25 2010, 11:14 PM, said:

Can the bayonet go on the side? As that is where, in many cases, the bayonet belongs and not on the bottom.
It stresses the U-Clip a bit, but yes, you can mount a BA Bayonet from the side as well!

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Looks like a percussion cap musket rather than a flintlock one (developed around the 1840s).
For maximum versatility, Will based this accessory on a number of different muskets, notably the classic Brown Bess and the Springfield M1861.  Given the level of abstraction of the minifig accessory aesthetic, this accessory should end up being useful for any type of musket, flintlock or percussion cap.  The key detail, the hammer, is actually a detail Will is still working on, and he does currently plan on a design that would work well for any type of musket and is possible with the types of molding using to create BrickArms accessories.
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Posted 26 January 2010 - 07:43 AM

This is a very interesting prototype! Once it becomes a product I can guarantee I'll buy a bunch of these. This was really a big gap in the arsenal of weapons available to us LEGO Pirates fans as became obvious from our part request thread.

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 08:31 AM

Wow, this is indeed a top class item. I can't stop looking at how detailed it is, especially in the lock, trigger and breech area :pir-wub:


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Posted 26 January 2010 - 08:43 AM

An excellent prototype, I do wonder though as it was made with a diffrent method than the normal acessories will it be possible to get the same look from the ABS plastic?
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Posted 26 January 2010 - 08:46 AM

View PostCardinal Brick, on Jan 26 2010, 08:43 AM, said:

An excellent prototype, I do wonder though as it was made with a diffrent method than the normal acessories will it be possible to get the same look from the ABS plastic?
I guess it's just the prototype. The metal doesn't make it look very Lego-like. Any idea what colors it will be available in? The design is excellent by the way!   :pir-sweet: And indeed... Pirates could do with one or two more weapon designs. Fingers crossed for 2011.

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 12:56 PM

First off, AMAZING WORK!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!! :pir_laugh2:

View PostRick, on Jan 26 2010, 03:46 AM, said:

I guess it's just the prototype. The metal doesn't make it look very Lego-like. Any idea what colors it will be available in? The design is excellent by the way!   :pir-sweet: And indeed... Pirates could do with one or two more weapon designs. Fingers crossed for 2011.

I agree that the metal is amazing in detail, but it looks out of place. I would like to see it in a brown.

Also what is the estimated price?

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 01:30 PM

I can't wait to suit up my soldier's with these, but I hope they come in brown maybe even with some metal parts.  :pir-classic:

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 01:32 PM

Very nice, but I agree with everyone else who has said - brown would be the way to go ! :pir-classic:
I wonder if they do or have done any WWI weapons ?
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Posted 26 January 2010 - 02:41 PM

That is one very well proportioned weapon! It definitely holds well in both hands of a minifig. Will surely by now a virtuosos of the mini-figure.

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 03:22 PM

Why? Why is this so amazing! I cant wait until it comes out!
I will be buying LOTS of these. :pir-blush:
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Posted 26 January 2010 - 04:19 PM

Glad to see so many of you guys like this one!  A musket has been on my "dream" list of accessories I'd love to see Will try his hand at for years now, and I have to say, this is easily one of my personally favorite prototypes Will has recently developed.  As I'm sure many of you can relat, while the TLG blunderbuss is a nice accessory, I just never felt it suited the role of a classic musket rifle that well.    

View PostCardinal Brick, on Jan 26 2010, 02:43 AM, said:

I do wonder though as it was made with a diffrent method than the normal acessories will it be possible to get the same look from the ABS plastic?

View PostRick, on Jan 26 2010, 02:46 AM, said:

I guess it's just the prototype. The metal doesn't make it look very Lego-like. Any idea what colors it will be available in?
As I said in the first post, this is just a fun experiment to test the quality of 3D printing of metal of Will's designs.  Will has no plans to pursue metal accessories, and this prototype is just to test the design to ensure this design up the high standards Will knows builders have come to expect from BrickArms when it comes to detailing and playability.

If and when the BA Musket is mass produced, rest assured it will be available in the same high-quality ABS that all current BrickArms products are produced in!

In terms of color, brown is certainly one that's a must for this accessory, and like the BrickArms M1 Garand, Lee-Enfield, and Baseball show, Will's molder has perfectly matched LEGO red-brown.  When you're able to equip your armies with the BA Musket, it will blend seamlessly into your minifig accessory collection.  

Other colors are also certainly an option as well; I'm personally looking forward to seeing this item in Gunmetal, which should replicate the metal-look of this prototype quite nicely and be perfect for non-Pirates building (scifi, steampunk, etc)!

View Postlightningtiger, on Jan 26 2010, 07:32 AM, said:

I wonder if they do or have done any WWI weapons ?
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Posted 26 January 2010 - 04:31 PM

Wow, this is incredible! Brick arms has certainly done it again, and I can't wait to buy a number of these beauties for my lego Marines!

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 04:34 PM

These are amazing!  briackarms never fails us.

This deserves a spot on classic-pirates.com!

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 05:42 PM

It looks awesome! Nice detail, and not too much. Are those PPSh barrels already available?
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Posted 26 January 2010 - 06:10 PM

VERY SWEET!

I look forward to the release of these. It will make some special forces groups a lot more fun. Such as marines, riflemen, etc...

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 06:15 PM

These are great! Hope they get past the prototype stage! 8D

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 07:24 PM

Honestly, I can't understand why everybody goes for a more and more realistic look.

Lego isn't meant to look that realistic! Its style is simplified, innovative and original  - and that's how it should be!
Lego is supposed to look nice... not real!
Minifigs - they don't look look like real humans, do they? So why should their weapons be that realistic?

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 07:34 PM

View Postfunkybrick, on Jan 26 2010, 07:24 PM, said:

Honestly, I can't understand why everybody goes for a more and more realistic look.
Agreed, but this doesn't look TOO realistic to me. It's only a little more detailed than this Lego riffle. Usually Brickarms manages to strike more or less the right balance.

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 08:20 PM

I agree with Martinsuper here, I think BrickArms makes fantastic customs. :pir-classic:
The musket will be a great addition to armies, no doubt on that!
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Posted 26 January 2010 - 08:36 PM

View Postfunkybrick, on Jan 26 2010, 02:24 PM, said:

Honestly, I can't understand why everybody goes for a more and more realistic look.

Lego isn't meant to look that realistic! Its style is simplified, innovative and original  - and that's how it should be!
Lego is supposed to look nice... not real!
Minifigs - they don't look look like real humans, do they? So why should their weapons be that realistic?

Just my opinion.

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I have to agree with funkybrick on this one. Some of the parts of this weapon seem like they're molded too small, creating un-LEGO-like details. I'm glad this is going to come in many colors.
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