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  1. BenA

    Lost in the Shire

    Haha, thanks. There are some amazing ones out there so that's high praise indeed! Thanks! I think it can be improved - I had a play around last night and added some tan underneath a section of the water to simulate the stream bed. You can see it on the bottom left of the waterfall in the pic below. I think it also helps the water stand out more, although it might be too bright now! I've got some dark tan parts on order so will see if that hits the sweet spot...
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    Lost in the Shire

    Thanks both! And yep, good idea about adding some blue for contrast - might give that a go!
  3. Pippin is trying to explain that they're lost but Merry's not listening - he's just found a biscuit in his pocket! Just playing around with a few ideas ahead of a much bigger moc I'm planning. This is one is a test of a waterfall/stream technique I wanted to try. I got hold of about 30 this part and figured it might make a decent flowing water effect. But in the end it was a lot more difficult than I anticipated because there's not much back/forward rotation in the clips. I ended up with quite a few 'illegal' connections, although I think they could be designed out with a bit of planning. I quite like the end result - I think I got some of the flowing movement I was after, although I next time I'm going to try adding some tan/dark tan under the water pieces to simulate the stream bed. Hopefully it will help emphasise the effect more. Anyway, hope you enjoy the pics - comments/suggestions welcome! Edit: Thanks for the frontpage!
  4. I know, right? I emailed the store manager and asked, and his response was: "Regarding the LOTR polybag you received with your purchase - you're right, it is an older set. Occasionally, we have very small quantities of previous promotions, which we can then use as little extras for kids, perhaps on their birthday or another special occasion. In this case, we were able to use the polybag as a reward for those first few customers who bought the Rivendell set, as a thank you to them for supporting the store." So I guess they must have had some really old stock lurking in the back . Makes me wonder what else they've got back there! Really nice touch though.
  5. Picked up mine today in store at Liverpool UK. Got there at 09:30ish, store opened at 11:00. I was the only one there until about 10:15, when quite a few folks showed up in quick succession. I reckon there were 30-odd in the queue by opening time - hopefully a good sign! As others have said, there was a really good atmosphere and the staff were great, everything packaged up ready at the till. I got a number of GWP - Frodo and Gollum, The removal truck, Houses of the world 1, a VIP keyring, a sailor minifig with a yellow duck (slightly random, but hey, not complaining) and most unexpectedly of all, polybag 30210 - Frodo with his green shirt. I think that was from 2012?!! I most definitely wasn't expecting that last one, but it was a great addition. If anyone from the Liverpool store is reading this, thanks!
  6. Me too! Spent the last couple of years picking up LOTR minifigs for a large scale moc and it's cost me a fortune! With a bit of luck the D2C will a) be true and b) be Minas Tirith so we can get Orcs, Rohan soldiers, Gondorian soldiers, the Dead, the Witch king, Eowyn, Denethor and Faramir in one go! I can dream, right?
  7. BenA

    LOTR Treebeard, WIP

    Thanks - I'm not a quick builder, but I'd better get to it! Hadn't thought of that, I'll give it a try, cheers If it does stick out too far I think I have an alternative using a modified plate with ring (ID 4081). Just need to pick up a few of them in brown.
  8. Just playing around with a few ideas for a Treebeard moc. Thinking if I can get him done I might put it on Lego Ideas as a "UCS" version. He's not really based on the movies, more my interpretation of him from the books. Except for his moustache, he's surprisingly sturdy, clips and bars hold everything in place pretty well. At the moment I'm not sure about his eyes - they're pearl gold but I think they need to be brighter... or maybe I've overdone his eyebrows. Here's a slightly earlier version... Part of me prefers them slightly simpler. Thoughts and suggestions welcome!
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    [MOC] Boromir's final stand

    Great photography brings lots of atmosphere! The foliage and landscaping is very nicely done. I like Lurtz' bow too. Great job.
  10. These are fantastic! I especially like your Winter Village minis - they're so accurate and recognisable. I've never bought unofficial instructions, but if you ever made any for these I would be very tempted!
  11. BenA

    [MOC] Airwolf Supercopter

    This is amazing! I've seen lots of airwolf mocs over the years (even built a few myself in my younger days ), but I don't think I've ever seen one as accurate as this. That side-on view is especially impressive - I had to zoom in before I realised it was a picture of the moc and not a reference pic of the real thing. Impressive work!
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    LEGO Videogame Tie-Ins - Rumors & Discussion

    I think you're probably right (although who knows what Lego will do next). Shame though - this is a great idea and I'd buy SFII vignette sets in a heartbeat.
  13. BenA

    The Red Fort

    Rwy'n ei hoffi! I can imagine this sitting across the valley from the yellow castle, with the two glaring at each other and sending over the occasional arrow! You've captured the vibe of the old classic theme beautifully - the colour and style fit really well - and then the angles and details you've added bring it right into the modern era. Just need a blue castle now to complete the set
  14. BenA

    Forestmen's River Fortress Remake

    I like how bright and cheerful it looks. And those candlestick pieces work really well as bullrushes. Nice job