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  1. JanetVanD

    [MOC] Glendalough Monastic Settlement

    Thank you, yes, 5x8 baseplates. It will tour the county during the summer, go on display in the National Museum of Ireland in the autumn and most likely end up in the Glendalough visitors' centre at some point after that.
  2. Situated in the tranquil valley of Glendalough, County Wicklow, the evocative remains of the once-vibrant medieval monastic settlement is one of Ireland's most beautiful and well-known historical treasures. This commissioned, 44,388-piece diorama depicts the national heritage site as it may have looked in its heyday during the 12th century. The layout, structural details and scenes of everyday life have all been researched and recreated as accurately as possible, with invaluable advice from Glendalough Heritage Forum and University College Dublin Archaeology Department. The model took 3 months to design & build; completed in Sept. 2021. Credit to Faolán Farrell for all the minifigure scenes and scenarios. Glendalough Monastic Settlement by Jessica Farrell, on Flickr Glendalough Monastic Settlement, west view by Jessica Farrell, on Flickr Glendalough Monastic Settlement, east view by Jessica Farrell, on Flickr Glendalough Monastic Settlement, entrance gateway by Jessica Farrell, on Flickr Glendalough Monastic Settlement, herb garden inset by Jessica Farrell, on Flickr Glendalough Monastic Settlement, farming life by Jessica Farrell, on Flickr Glendalough Monastic Settlement, daily chores by Jessica Farrell, on Flickr
  3. JanetVanD

    [MOC] Troll Bridge

    Originating from Scandinavian legend and Norse mythology, the troll is an unfriendly creature best avoided. Trolls can usually be found in cold, dark, scary places; they often lurk under remote bridges such as this one, awaiting the unfortunate stray goat or unwary traveller. This model is the 6th in my Legends & Lore series. It is comprised of 6,768 elements and was finished in March 2021. It technically took me 6 weeks in all but those weeks were dragged out for quite a while, with a day here and a day there until I was heartily sick of seeing it on my table! Troll Bridge by Jessica Farrell, on Flickr Troll Bridge (inset) by Jessica Farrell, on Flickr
  4. JanetVanD

    New VIP system

    Has anyone noticed that points don't always get awarded to purchases that are put on backorder? Apologies if this has been mentioned before; members of my LUG have only recently noticed this ommission happing regularly to quite a few people. Usually points not being applied to backordered items but sometimes also double points being applied only as single points.
  5. Dreaded by sailors across the globe and throughout the centuries, sea serpents are the most fearsome monsters of the unknown deep. Long before the corners of the maps were shaded in, these legendary creatures lurked in uncharted waters, emerging through the roiling waves to swallow hapless seamen and destroy entire ships. It is difficult to know the origins of the legend; tales of sea serpents spread from port to port over thousands of years, taking particular hold in places such as the Middle East, North America, Scandinavia and Great Britain. This is the fifth model in my Legends and Lore series. It is comprised of 6,438 elements, took four weeks to design and create and was completed in February 2020. Here There Be Serpents! (1) by Jessica Farrell, on Flickr Here There Be Serpents! (2) by Jessica Farrell, on Flickr Here There Be Serpents! (3) by Jessica Farrell, on Flickr Here There Be Serpents! (4) by Jessica Farrell, on Flickr Here There Be Serpents! (5) by Jessica Farrell, on Flickr
  6. Unfortunately we will have to pull out of the event this year. It has nothing to do with the lack of P-Shop or cost of tour or anything like that; I've just found out I'll have to work on the 8th and 9th. Very disappointing, but earning money has to come before spending it!
  7. Would you not worry about the risk of contamination of your LEGO collection?
  8. JanetVanD

    [MOC] Kyuubi no Kitsune

    Your point is well taken. This was something I thought about for awhile, since whenever I build outdoor scenes involving rocks & stones I usually go for more irregular shapes. I deliberately decided upon the smooth, rounded look, as I wanted to convey the sense of pleasing tranquility that is the essence of a Japanese garden. Also, it seemed to provide a nice balance to the square stepping stones and the angles of the fox figure.
  9. JanetVanD

    [MOC] Kyuubi no Kitsune

    The Christmas holidays gave me a bit of time to complete the fourth installment in my "Legends and Lore" series. The Kyuubi no Kitsune (Nine-tailed Fox) is a well-known character in Japanese folklore. This magical creature lives for an incredibly long time and grows a new tail for each century of spiritual training and wisdom. Upon gaining its ninth tail, the Kitsune has reached its full powers and its tails may begin to turn golden or white in colour. Its natural form is that of an ordinary fox but the powerful Kitsune is able to shape-shift into other forms, particularly that of a beautiful young woman, and get up to all sorts of mischief! The Kitsune in all its forms is still a very popular figure in present-day Japanese culture. This model is comprised of 4,304 elements, took three weeks to design & build and was completed on New Year's Day. Kyuubi no Kitsune (Japanese Nine-tailed Fox) by Jessica Farrell, on Flickr Kyuubi no Kitsune (Nine-tailed Fox) Inset by Jessica Farrell, on Flickr Kyuubi no Kitsune (Nine-tailed Fox) Look into my eyes.... by Jessica Farrell, on Flickr Kyuubi no Kitsune [overview] by Jessica Farrell, on Flickr Kyuubi no Kitsune [side view] by Jessica Farrell, on Flickr
  10. JanetVanD

    LEGO Color Guide

    Are the pantone codes for each colour included in the descriptions?
  11. JanetVanD

    TLG acquires Bricklink

    I noticed those two points myself! I remember reading about both in a book about AFOL culture many years ago, maybe the journalist used it as additiona source material!
  12. JanetVanD

    TLG acquires Bricklink

    On a slightly different note but still related to the topic: Is it just my imagination or have some of the images on the BL catalogue been upgraded to match the ones on Bricks & Pieces? (eg some of the more common elements that are in current production) If so, was this done before or after the acquisition? I always thought that the BL parts images were provided by AFOLs, but I'm just noticing some that are identical to the "official" B&P images. Was I just not paying attention before now?
  13. JanetVanD

    TLG acquires Bricklink

    Another sensible approach above. Agreed: TLG are not angels wanting to be our fairy godmothers, but neither are they demons wanting to be our ruination. Most of all I was dismayed by the volume of irrational wailing, tearing of shirts and gnashing of teeth following the announcement. In a public forum it is right and proper for people to express their concerns and/or hopes regarding things that may happen. Informed and thoughtful speculation is good, too. Instant negative assumptions and forecasts of doom as if it were already a foregone conclusion is not so great. (Incidentally, I wouldn't be in favour of naive "Everything's going to be awesome" assumptions, either) We don't know yet how this acquisition will pan out. Perhaps TLG doesn't either. In that case, (and considering the possibility that someone from TLG reads these posts from time to time) it might be most productive if people discussed their concerns and hopes in a rational manner and perhaps even offered some hypothetical solutions or compromises.
  14. JanetVanD

    Bricks & Pieces down during the holidays?

    I asked via customer service but they weren't sure, either And yes, I do believe it is usually closed by this date.
  15. My 16 year old son made the observation that, since nearly all AFOLs started out as children who loved playing with LEGO, it would be a mistake for TLG to ever shift its primary focus from child-oriented products to adult-oriented ones (something which we feel they would never do anyway) If, for whatever reason, they did, they would risk losing that unique essence which appeals to the universal child in all of us.