Eurobricks Counts
  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About Slegengr

  • Birthday 02/11/91

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    Illinois, USA
  • Interests
    LEGO MOCing, LEGO collecting
    Favorite LEGO Theme: Castle

    Non-LEGO: blacksmithing, woodworking, clay sculpting, music (piano, violin, ocarina, bagpipes), pets (bearded dragons, axolotls, leopard geckos, cats, dogs), outdoors and nature, raising livestock, farming


  • Country
    Mitgardia, GoH
  • Special Tags 1

Recent Profile Visitors

1386 profile views
  1. @MovieMocs I would recommend checking out Eurobricks' Guilds of Historica. There are many builds that include amazing forests. You may need to dig a bit, but references for Medieval techniques abound. For some quick advice, I recommend less tan. Usually, you should try to use a limited color palette of 2 or 3 colors for each portion of the terrain, such as only 2 colors for the earth and only 2 main colors in the foliage (aside from flowers or small details). Using too many colors in small scale causes a disoriented and jumbled appearance that is very distracting. I also recommend using reference pictures to ensure color and texture accuracy, as well as to determine what type of forest or any terrain you are trying to build. In your case here, the tan looks like sand from a desert or wasteland mixed with green foliage from a dense forest. These seems out of place together. Putting a palm tree in a snowy terrain would seem out of place. What I mean is to make sure the elements of your terrain and foliage make sense together. This goes for parts usage as well as color usage. Another thing to remember is that using round or wedge plates in addition to square plates gives a more natural and organic appearance. There are very few straight lines in nature. This requires a more diverse set of pieces, but investing in some round plates and wedge plates for terrain may be a very good investment. Avoid using tiles for terrain that is not meant to be completely smooth. Most terrain is rough rather than smooth.
  2. Part 2530 (Cutlass) in ABS plastic?

    You are welcome. I would not have known about these until I got some from purchased collections.
  3. Part 2530 (Cutlass) in ABS plastic?

    I know what you mean about this. It is a bother trying to ensure the bows are the right colors when trying to refinish inventory to sort sets. My earlier reference, though, was to a pretty rare early version in "dark brown" that does not match the modern dark brown exactly but is noticeably darker than the old brown. This leads me to believe that the weapon plastic, due to the thinner plastic and the play purpose, was different than the ABS used in bricks. The same applies to the cutlass material, which is currently much more flexible than ABS.
  4. The Greatest Collectible Minifigure THANKS AND GOODBYE

    Thanks again to @Itaria No Shintaku for running this game and to all who participated in voting!
  5. Part 2530 (Cutlass) in ABS plastic?

    @Jetflap I am fairly sure that the very earliest cutlasses were made of ABS, just as the early castle short swords were. The switch to a more flexible material was probably due to the blades snapping off from the handle. I have seen many of the ABS castle swords that snapped cleanly off at the handle or had very noticeable white stress marks left from a bend that was straightened. I do not think I have ever seen a sword or cutlass that is made of the newer flexible material get broken. I have a few of those cutlasses that appear to be made of ABS. They were found in some collections I bought off eBay that included parts from sets made in the early 80's. Included were some flags with stickers instead of printing, as well as a number of extra stickers. I do think these ABS cutlasses are interesting (like the very early version of the bow and quiver that are a darker brown), but I do not think they are particularly rare and valuable. Some collectors would likely value them higher than the flexible plastic versions, as the ABS version is not nearly as common as the flexible ones. Most people probably do not even notice the difference. @XBrickmonster The one advantage of the newer flexible material is that they have to be bent much worse before a permanent effect is made. Usually, the bends can be straightened without any ill effect. ABS is much more likely to break or have stress marks from even the slightest bends.
  6. Book II - Mitgardia: Guild sign-up and Discussion

    @Tyndale Welcome to Mitgardia! I am looking forward to your contributions to the coolest guild!
  7. See the linked post in my earlier response. It includes a tutorial on how to deeplink from Brickshelf or Flickr so that the image shows in the Eurobricks post.
  8. @move5 Eurobricks is not an image hosting site, so your limit is very small for things like a profile picture or some small images on your profile page. You will need to make an account with a separate image hosting site and deeplink images from there to your Eurobricks posts. Flickr and Brickshelf seem to be common hosting sites for Eurobricks users. See the middle of this post for information about deeplinking from these sites:
  9. Roofing

    @XBrickmonster I will be looking forward to seeing your cottage! P.S. When you want to tag another member here on Eurobricks, use the @ symbol as you did, but choose the username from the dropdown that appears. This will cause a notification to pop up when the user logs in.
  10. Roofing

    @XBrickmonster To achieve a curve, just use hinges or Mixel joints to attach together spans of flat plates. The curve on the right appears to be made up of about 4 sections of plates each about 4-6 studs wide that are jointed together. Complex angles such as this are an advanced technique, but they are not too hard to achieve if you just play around with hinges, Mixel joints, and SNOT bricks. In most cases, the hinged connections or SNOT bricks are hidden on the inside so as not to affect the outside appearance. The above roof shows just how much texturing can be achieved by layering simple plates, wedges, round plates, and tiles to imitate thatching.
  11. The Greatest Collectible Minifigure THANKS AND GOODBYE

    That is alright, I would not say I am handsome either. Besides, the focus in that vault picture is not your face but something else much more beautiful! You do not need to be handsome with a 6285 MISB in your hands!
  12. The Greatest Collectible Minifigure THANKS AND GOODBYE

    I wonder if we will still see 70 or more votes in this round? That would be nice if all the scarecrow voters show up! @Itaria No Shintaku Thanks for all you have done putting this game together! It was a brave move to do this knowing that some members would be disappointed as their favorites dropped out of the game. It is nice to see the face behind all this work! That is quite a picture from the LEGO vault!
  13. Roofing

    There are many different techniques for medieval roofs other than simple slope bricks (but the slope method is still tried and true though simple). Some simple ones: 1. Use plates stacked at different intervals to look like layered thatching. 2. Use tiles on intervals to look like shakes or slate 3. Use 1x2 tiles but only stick down one end completely so the other end sticks up and is not fully engaged on the studs. This represents shakes very well (and is not shown accurately in the image due to LDD). (I cannot seem to find the origination of this or an image, but @Siercon and Coral were the original designers of this technique, I believe) Some more complex techniques are achieved using minifigure hands or droid arms to represent thatching. Black flippers have been used for an interesting shake/slate appearance. Take a look at @Kai NRG's recent blog post (link on Flickr page) for more ideas: Look around in the Historic Forum and the Guilds of Historica Subforum here on Eurobricks for many more ideas. Also, just try some of your own ideas and be creative! That is what the LEGO ideal is about.
  14. Voltron & Ship in Bottle IDEAS approved

    I must say that when I very first saw and supported the Ship in a Bottle set, my thought was that this is exactly what I view LEGO Ideas to be about! It makes a nice display piece that appeals to adults and children. I still would probably rather build my own than just buy one someone else designed, but I do think this design is quite nice.
  15. Voltron & Ship in Bottle IDEAS approved

    It will probably be a "cheat" ship-in-a-bottle, since the neck of the bottle is closed off quite a bit by the stud connections. As it is build, there does not appear to be any way that the ship would even fit through the empty space left in the neck of the bottle. It would be nice, though, if LEGO can redesign the bottle neck and ship to allow for the resemblance to a real ship-in-a-bottle techniques.