Grover

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  1. Grover

    Prenmôr Forge

    Thanks! I had fun modifying the micro from its original state. I'll keep changing it as I add to the castle. The texture on the chimney is done with the modified 1x2 plates with a rail, set half a stud back on jumpers. It's more dramatic in person, but I haven't figured out how to really capture it on camera yet. Thank you! I try to research my builds as much as historically possible (magic and dragons notwithstanding). Thanks for the note about the images. My browsers have always automatically resized them, so I'll try and use the medium vs. the large version on the BB codes for Flickr from now on. Thanks a bunch! I am hoping to add to the story bit by bit as I try to complete HSS and participate in the challenges. I know the roof tile technique has been done a lot before, but I had fun doing it, and I hadn't seen a big sand blue roof before. The hardest part was the top of the building where the tiles attach to the roofline. It's a little tricky there, as there's one line that isn't attached to the rest of the roof, and the main roof just sits on panel pieces.
  2. Another gorgeous vignette. You really build some top quality stuff, especially your outdoor work, which I find some of the most difficult to do. The scarecrow with brown crown, as well as the crowns for the flowers are a great use of the pieces. I love the birds and the fall foliage, and the descriptions of the plants are fun, as usual. I like how you incorporated the hydrangeas, too--very full and crowded, as real hydrangeas are. Usually overcrowding in a build makes it seem too busy, but in this case, the way you use the leaf pieces with the flowers and the small baseplate size really works well. Great job!
  3. The pics of the DC series are a bummer so far. Can't really use the torsos for medieval much, and I don't know half the characters. Maybe I can use the leopard print lady in a fetishist brothel or something, but, especially at $5 per, I am less than enthusiastic.
  4. Most of the minis are ABS (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene). Some parts that are more flexible (but not rubbery), like the trees, are polyethylene or polyproplyene. I'm not entirely sure what they use for the hair that's very rubbery, but it may be SBS (styrene-butadiene-styrene), just a guess. Fixing the face on a mini will likely require pad printing to do properly, which is impractical. Otherwise it's hoping for a very steady hand with enamel and a tiny paintbrush (this usually looks like crap in my experience). For the color change, look up the thread on yellowing in this forum.
  5. I thought it was a pretty cool addition to the fairgrounds. It does dominate the landscape, though, being significantly taller than most modulars. If you look on YouTube at people's cities that have the ferris wheel, it's very obvious and kind of sticks out, but if you look at the eye of London, that's not unrealistic. I usually have non-buyer's remorse (i.e., feel bad I missed out on not buying a set), so I usually wind up with too much Lego like you. You can always keep it torn down unless you want to display it, however. I would also recommend buying the power functions that go with it.
  6. Grover

    Book III Challenge IV: A Stop on the Road

    Nice! I like the use of the crown as a bar trophy. The raised tile bar floor looks good, too!
  7. Grover

    Prenmôr Forge

    Thank you! I try to incorporate wind and seagulls in my builds to give it the coastal feeling. Thanks! It took two B&P orders to get enough sand blue tiles, but I think it turned out well. I hope to continue the story of building the castle as it moves along. Thank you! I tried to keep the exterior plain so it would fit into the storyline of establishing a new castle and community, so I'm glad it wasn't too much. The interior was a lot of work, but I was pretty happy with it. Thank you for your comments! Thanks! My build is somewhat similar to the DeFiori forge by @Garmadon, but I did my bellows a little differently. I wound up using some of those A frame pieces. Thanks! I used all my birds for this, but only part of my seagulls. C'mon, Lego, release the birds on B&P!!!! lol Thank you! It took some time trying to get the lighting right on the smith. I wish it could be brighter, but then you lose the texture in the brick behind him, so this was it. And you're right, there should have been a large barrel for that huge iron bar!
  8. Grover

    Ambassador Gisela

    Thanks! I had fun with the clouds! The pig pen was a little frustrating, since it took most of my dark brown pieces and trying to get them in the right configuration to look natural, but it seemed to turn out OK. Glad you liked the transition from muddy to dry--that's what I was going for!
  9. Grover

    Book III - Avalonia: Guild sign-up and Discussion

    Here's the latest freebuild, for HSS. Now that I'm done with that, I'll be clearing up my workspace for the challenge!
  10. Grover

    Prenmôr Forge

    The Tales of Lady Gwenllian 9. Prenmôr Forge One of the most important buildings in Prenmôr was the smithy. It was to be the first permanent structure in the castle, as a blacksmith was needed to prepare (and repair) nails, tools, weapons, and other miscellaneous steel and iron items. The need for a forge was immediate, so it was built with the first load of stone from the quarries and had little decoration. The initial stone from the quarries was irregular and contained smaller pieces than would eventually be used for the castle walls, so the blacksmith shop had a distinct appearance. It was intentionally located in what would become the inner ward for security and to ensure a steady supply of weapons and armor should the castle come under attack. Fire was always a concern in the confined space of a castle, so the smithy was made from stone, located near the well for a supply of water, and placed apart from the residential structures. To further mitigate fire risk, Lady Gwenllian purchased expensive slate from a nearby dwarven mine for the roof. The smithy's distinct appearance was not just due to its stone: the roof sloped one direction and only two small windows appeared in the side walls. Since the back of the smithy would eventually become part of the inner curtain a vaulted roof was unnecessary, and since the windows would eventually face the gatehouse and the inner curtain walls, their use as light sources was limited. Thus, two lanterns were hung inside the smithy to supplement the lighting. Lady Gwenllian and Lady Seren planned for the future by designing a forge large enough for a master smith that they hoped to eventually attract to the site. Despite being large, the forge had enough conveniences (such as a bellows with a pull chain) so that a single blacksmith could work alone if need be. A large horizontal window at the front doubled as a work counter, let in most of the light and fresh air, and provided an exit for the heat of the forge during warm months. This window was closed by a large wooden shutter that could be kept closed at night and in the winter. A stone shelf near the forge contained charcoal fuel, and several log rounds would hold work, tools, and the all-important anvil. A huge bellows would blow air into the forge to keep the coals hot enough for steel. Iron bloom, wrought iron rods, and steel stock were kept in crates and barrels around the room. Outside, barrels collected rain water runoff from the roof to supplement the water supply in the forge. A small bucket of water was located in the forge for immediate use. Lady Gwenllian’s blacksmith was none other than Sven, one of her family's blacksmiths from back in Albers. Sven had been raised in Mitgardia, where he fought and sailed, but had also apprenticed for a few years to a dwarven blacksmith. Sven was not a master of the forge, but his nails, horseshoes, and various tools were functional. His apprenticeship had taught him to let form follow function, and though his work was not always pretty, it could withstand quite a bit of abuse. At the beginning of the summer, the forge fired up for the first time. Raw iron bloom was smelted in a makeshift clay brick furnace in the yard, then stored in piles in the smithy. Sven wrought this sponge iron and stored it as bars and plates for tools, weapons, and armor. The initial pieces consisted mostly of nails and a few repairs on plows, picks, and shovels, none of which taxed the capacity of the huge smithy. Sven set up a cot in the back of the forge that became his temporary home until the permanent apartments were built, which was just fine with him, as he was the oldest of the household and was pleased to sleep in warm, a water-tight building. After watching Sven at work, Lady Seren’s daughter, Alis, became interested in smithing, and with Lady Seren's permission, Sven took her on as his apprentice. She worked the bellows, fed the fire, collected charcoal, fetched water, and practiced working on scraps of iron and steel as Sven handled the main load of work. By mid-summer, Alis had made great progress and was helping make nails, while Sven was starting to make more tools and even a few spearheads for rudimentary defense. Being more sociable, Alis also routinely dealt with customers, which greatly improved the relations between the workers and the somewhat curmudgeonly Sven. Particularly with the more unruly customers.
  11. Grover

    Fort Cander

    I really like the build! One of my favorite parts is the top of the tower where you used the wedge plates to 'push' the tower walls to lean out over. It really looks great! The lean-to type shelter looks awesome, and the rock outcropping on which it stands is very realistic. I assume from the green and the apparently warmer climate (the gnoll has his feet in the water) that Fort Cander is on the coast somewhere? The flatness of the ground at water level and the eroded look of the rocks makes me think this is an oceanfront and not a riverfront. As for the story, there's some fun parts, but I have some questions. I really like the band of misfits at this fort where Eoin has been stationed (or sent as punishment for not patrolling enough, depending on how he views it). It makes it seem like the end of the earth as far as out posts, like stationing poorly producing officers in Siberia. Questions, though: The last Eoin and Erdan were together was at the duel in the ruins build you did, correct? During that time Eoin defeated Erdan and Erdan swore revenge on Eoin. While Eoin may not have any particularly hard feelings toward Erdan, Erdan seemed like he wanted Eoin dead. Now it seems that they are good friends again, almost like a lightswitch being turned on. Am I missing something here? It could be that some exposition may help this question. I am also having trouble seeing Queen Ylspeth performing necromancy, but maybe you are setting the stage for your challenge builds? Could be interesting! Overall, very nice work as usual, and I am really enjoying the progression for Eoin and Erdan.
  12. My shipping time was the fastest I've ever had from B&P. I ordered a set and B&P on the same order. B&P showed up today, order placed September 16th. The set still hasn't shown up, and it wasn't backordered! I love B&P like the rest of folks on here. For me, it's one of the only ways to get pieces for MOCing since I typically get to a Lego store about once a year (this year being a weird exception with all my travel). I love that I can buy a certain piece in greater quantity than buying a set would allow. Sure, I could buy 10 copies of a set, sell off the excess pieces, but that's not worth my time. I'd have to deal with selling, shipping, customers, taxes... what a waste. I don't really care that B&P doesn't allow licensed themes, as it's not my main mode of MOCing. It's interesting to get some new prints here and there, but other than that, I'm quite happy with B&P. I only wish that their system would run better. The up and down of the system and mismarking of pieces is frustrating. All in all, though, I'll deal with that over not having B&P.
  13. Grover

    Castle - Fantasy Era (2007-2009)

    I missed most of the Fantasy Era in my dark ages, too, and was sorely disappointed that I did! The fantasy era of castle is my favorite, even though I grew up in the classic era. I hope that we get another iteration of the Fantasy Era again!
  14. Grover

    Brick de-yellowing techniques

    Nice work, and thank you for sharing! The more data we have in this arena, the better versed we will be in figuring out out to solve the yellowing issue. FYI, the active ingredient in OxyClean is sodium percarbonate, 2Na2CO3•3H2O2. When you throw it in water, it releases hydrogen peroxide, which is where it gets its oxidizing power. You essentially made OxyClean (minus any extraneous surfactants that the manufacturer may add) by adding hydrogen peroxide to a carbonate solution. I'd be curious to know if your method with the base (sodium carbonate) was any more or less effective than the pure 3% hydrogen peroxide solution alone. I'd be reluctant to start adding bases to the bricks if I could help it. I would be even more reluctant to use pure OxyClean, as it may contain surfactants that could have interactions with the polymer or plasticizer (or even the flame retardants) in the ABS. Great job, and let us know if you try any more experiments!
  15. Grover

    AoM Tower Phase III-Escaping Mitgardia

    How did I miss commenting on this? This is a great little scene. Very nice representation of the scene without being outlandishly large. I love how the tower is set at a slight angle to the water. It really breaks up the 'grid' effect of a standard baseplate. You did a great job letting the purple arm poke out from under the cloak to help identify the figure and provide continuity to the previous stories you've posted--well done! The use of the wedge plates for the corner crenelations is very nice, and I really like how you incorporated the lion's heads. Those things are kind of goofy with the way they stick out on top and can be hard to incorporate into a structure without making them look funky, but you did a great job. I think the water looks good if it's supposed to be a river; I'd be a little more skeptical if it's an ocean, as the waves usually destroy more of the shoreline near it, but it's not clear to me which it is by the description, so I'm assuming it's a river by the way it's built. In any case, very nice work, and I'm looking forward to more of the saga!