LM71Blackbird

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    70401 Castle Gold Getaway - 2013

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    3rd Planet from the Sun
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    Fishing, hiking, Lego, playing guitar, and working on cars.

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  1. LM71Blackbird

    Ye Olde BoBS Drinking Hole

    Thanks! She's peppy, but no where near that fast! Only 140 hp from the GM 2.2 Ecotec. Blue is my favorite color for cars. Both of mine are blue.
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    [COR] Prospecting on Gunpowder Island

    A really nice collection of builds! The fort is a cool design, with the canons sticking out from each flat side. Great to have an expanding Corrie presence!
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    [OL-FB] Improving coastal defense

    Cool build! I like the angled stone wall and the baseplate is especially well done.
  4. LM71Blackbird

    Top Banner For LOGO contest Cat A

    Nice! Simple, but in a really good way.
  5. Lol! That's the best idea I've got to keep everything from crashing down on me. The shaping is difficult, but i'll play around with a few ideas to see if I can get it to appear more curvy than it really is. Thanks for the reference ones! My original inspiration (and the pictures I was actually following) are from the Prefab hull 1 by Bonaparte.
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    Ye Olde BoBS Drinking Hole

    It's been between lower 40s (4s C) at night and 50s (10 C) and 60s (15 C) in the afternoon and early evenings. So not to bad up in Vermont. At least we get some of the best fall foliage in the country!
  7. Thanks! A lot of my bricks are black, white, or blue. Which is why most of my builds involve that color in one way or another. The single photo doesn't really do it justice in my opinion. A little more curve is in order, but I think it flows nicely atm. Thanks! That's a good idea! That should be a easy adjustment to give the ship more curve. I have an idea to strengthen the masts... a small amount of scotch tape around each of the seams should give it a lot of rigidity.
  8. Then were even as I am very far from an expert as well! lol! Agreed, the tumblehome is probably the hardest part of building a ship for me. Thanks! It is probably to large for a ship of this size, but I don't think it is large enough to look silly. A valid point that I actually never really thought to do! I will certainly adjust the ship accordingly! Yes, I've tried Pov-Ray, but I never could get it to work properly. As to your renders, I much prefer the look of the first one than the second one.
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    [GoC - FB - COR] All Hail the Queen!

    A compromise that I am more than happy to live with. I'll do some research get ahold of a few different rendering programs to bring the presentation quality up a few notches.
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    Account Summary

    Lol. I guess I forgot about that! Thanks for looking into that for me!
  11. I've been working on another brick built ship this past week. Here is my progress so far. This will be my first IRL xebec. I am quite pleased with how it's turning out so far. I'm thinking it will be about a class 5. And before anyone mentions it, yes, the masts are completely square and unfortunately they will be staying that way. I don't have near enough round bricks of any sort to make a mast this large, but I have a bunch of the 1x1x5 bricks. This helps me cover a lot of distance. Lastly, the rigging is in the very, very beginning stages. literally just looped it around loosely to get a photo. Xebec wip 1 by LM71Blackbird, on Flickr
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    [GoC - FB - COR] All Hail the Queen!

    I've tried Pov-Ray a few times, and for some reason I just can't get it to work properly. I use bluerender because it's super simple and gives a nice render. While I get your point about the render quality of certain colors, I personally think blue render does a pretty good job overall. I also don't feel like it should be a requirement to achieve a photo-realistic look if the quality of the build is more than adequate, even though gold and metallic elements don't come out the best. I really think it comes down to personal preference as Kai NRG (see below comment) quite likes how the gold came out and I myself kind of like it. I see it as a shimmering effect which is something you can't achieve with real bricks. Lastly, if image quality is your only complaint, as you said the like the build overall, I feel like that should be something to overlook. I can understand your comments on my ship about the deck, which admittedly does look like one big flat smooth surface. Something like that is something I will adjust. However, in the end, I do value your feedback and appreciate you taking the time to comment on all my builds and point out areas that could use some improvement. Oh, could you maybe supply a link to iStudio? I did a brief search and only came up with stuff for a Mac... I've got a windows machine with a Nvidia GTX 1050 2gb and 8 gigs of ram. Also, I do most of my rendering in 1024x720, I tend to be lazy at times and I can render multiple photos in under 10 minutes... here are some examples of a 1920x1080 render followed by an attempt at 4k: Arch 4 by LM71Blackbird, on Flickr Arch 5 by LM71Blackbird, on Flickr Thank you! I'll have to give that a shot one of these days. Thanks for the suggestion!
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    [GoC - FB2 - COR] University of Quinnsville

    Thanks! All valid points of improvement. Story telling is not my strong suit to be honest, never was through school either. But it's an area I want to expand, possibly with a AMRCA or a large over-reaching story of my characters.
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    [GoC - FB1 - COR] Spirdkirk Forward Outpost

    Thank you for the ! I went with the foliage to add some texture, but I see your point on why dirt would be a better option around the new construction. My original goal was to not make it just boring plates, but feel more like a jungle atmosphere. As for the 'modern hats', this was something that the RSND has incorporated a few times already in their first exploration builds for the AMRCA, so I was just extending that story thread in a way.
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    [SR - FB] Tortuga Quayside

    Lol! I know! My collection is pretty small. One day I'll share a picture so you can get an idea of it!