Count Sepulchure

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  1. Been closely following the progress - the work you guys are doing is astounding, not to mention vital to the community. As a side-effect, extracting the DB.lif makes LDD load pieces much faster, so I really couldn't be happier! So far I moved some pieces around according to my preferences, but might dig in deeper later.

    I tried to list missing pieces in order of importance (subjectively), and if anyone could have a crack at these it would be amazing:

    4081a - the queen of SNOT
    4263 - mighty useful
    46296 - provides a legal connection due to its thickness
    Minifig hand - maybe add as a separate part?
    48995
    4865 - was in LDD a long time ago, but then Lego removed it...
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    28974
    3839a
    2513 - not structural, but hey :)

    Thanks in advance.


  2. On 7/23/2018 at 6:36 AM, JarJarBonks said:

    Never even knew that half these bricks existed!

    That's the fun part - digging up obscure pieces! .)

    On 7/14/2018 at 12:35 PM, Peppermint_M said:

    Oh excellent! UFO was the first space theme I had a few sets from, those guys featured a lot in my childhood building.

    Mine were green Insectoids, such a stellar design! I knew I had to do them too at some point, so there goes...

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    Left to right:

    - Airborne assault. Bigger gun is all I need for my spirit to be freed.

    - Turret operator. Here goes BOOM and there goes BLAM... you won't hear the second one!

    - The commander. All my troops are well prepared - I shall take some rest instead.

    - Chemical specialist. I can smell a funny gas, though I doubt that YOU will last...

    - Recon drone engineer. Bats can see you everywhere - very soon you'll not be there!

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  3. @Peppermint_M, thanks very much, both for your comment and your suggestion. I have some very good news!

    Fist off, I already did a tribute to Ufonauts before by equipping them with third-party accessories.

     

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    Second, I tried your suggestion and came up with these two. Not much of a departure from originals since I wanted to keep their key features intact, so basically just some equipment slapped onto them, using the same minimalist approach employed in building the trio. Similarly, both bots were significantly promoted in rank... tough times call for drastic measures!

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    Enter the Ufonauts! The humorous abduction idea adopted from Pico's UFO Raptor.

    Left: Chief Abduction Officer. Such tactics are only a little demeaning - "Abductor 3000" is doing the cleaning!

    Right: Long Range Support. Sniping low and sniping high... plasma blade is also mine!


  4. Hi all! Recently I cooked up something unusual.

    What happens when you put together the new and the old? Pieces and ideas, that is?

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    I have never owned any of the droids or even been into Space sets and whatnot, so wasn't infatuated with these three classic buggers until I picked them up very recently. I also own UFO droids, but those aren't as charismatic or distinctive. By combining mostly vintage Lego pieces and sneaking in a few new ones, I made a custom "VHS" trio complete with printed stands to resemble the CMF series. One thing to note: times have changed, and so has the trio's purpose...

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    First: the white Exploriens Droid. Enemies will not be walking - heavy hammer does the talking!

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    Second: Insectoids Droid. The menacing cannon's electromagnetic, the enemies better be very athletic!

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    Third: Spyrius Droid. Tracking foes with recon bot, slashing them with plasma sword!

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    That's it, folks! Weaponizing the trio was not my aim, but it just so happened that everything fell into place this way.

    Cheers, and comments are welcome!


  5. Hello everyone!

    My quick entry into this year's Bio-Cup miraculously granted me a pass into the first round. I finished 70 out of 81 in the Preliminaries and in the first round was to compete against two other builders, including, ahem, the leader of the preliminary match. So I decided to give it my best shot. The theme was Agents/UltraAgents/AlphaTeam, and luckily found a link to the beautiful glowing octopus from set 8636, the one that also features my favourite minifigure, the Slime Face. The link allowed me to bring forth all of my glow-in-the-dark pieces (I do not own much Bionicle or CCBS otherwise, so this was a life-saver) - 40 "marbled" ones in total. This was also my very first figure-building experience, so keep that in mind please. Thank you!

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    Much like the Octopus, the Glowfish is not intended as an antagonist, despite its, well, creepy mouth.

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    The tails (tentacles?) are fully flexible, although only in one plane, but the foremost pair can also hinge up and down slightly at the base.

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    I think it complements the set nicely, adds immense playability and overall serves as a good tribute to the glowing Octopus.

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    The "glow shot" was a must and I think it turned out passable.

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    Thanks for viewing, I really enjoyed building this!


  6. Hello, everyone!

    The turkey body piece. What does one use it for? I came up with a character using only 4 pieces. Mr. Reykut is pleased to meet you!

     

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    He is already greasy in anticipation of what's to come!

     

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    And he sure loves turkey!

     

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    "Follow me, for we shall head for the kitchen!!"

     

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    "Welcome to my place, do make yourselves comfortable."

     

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    "The star of today's show - the turkey!!"

     

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    "Man am I going to enjoy this... I added some extra grease today!"

     

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    "Please don't mind me, housekeeping ain't doing itself, you know..."

     

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    "I always say that the floor should be as shiny as a freshly-roasted turkey..."

     

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    "About time to turn it over. I can smell the juicy meat"

     

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    "Let's grill this turkey for good!!!!!"

     

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    "Yeeeaaaahhh, baby!!"

     

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    And now - for some proper action!!

     

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    "Nothing beats a large greasy turkey! Gravy is for wimps, enjoy the meat!!"

     

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    "Shall we go for some more?"

     

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    Thank you for your attention! x)


  7. Hello, my dear visitors!

    Have you ever dreamed of a fairy paying you a visit?

     

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    Well, you may want to reconsider.

     

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    Such amazing! So mobility! Much wow!

     

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    "A modern toy". This action figure is meant to illustrate the sorry state in which the child and teen entertainment industry is finding itself in our age. My intention was to leave as much humanly features as possible, overlaying them with the sheer inhumanity of modern toys and games. If you think that parents can effectively shield their children from corporations who employ flocks of shrewd marketeers, then think again. There's only so much one can can do, and this is where we are headed.

     

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    Leg movement animation. Click here to see my attempt in composite animation which was too heavy to be embedded.

     

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    An angelic "Kill Teal" version.

     

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    A dangerous kind of beauty... isn't she??

     

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    Thanks for your attention and I hope you enjoyed her company! x)


  8. Hello everyone!

     

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    What kind of ideas pop into your head when you hear of a "cmf 8x8 vignette contest"? Mind you, I eventually thought of Micromotor, 9V, Fiber Optics and a matching figure capable of delivering the goods (hint: it did). Here's what came out of that idea...

     

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    Just a dance club, folks! Nothing to see here, carry on...

     

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    It is fairly tall for a vig, but it certainly works give the space restrictions.

     

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    The dim lights were a pain to film in my setting, although I tried my best.

     

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    The show must go on, no excuses allowed! And no regrets for that matter.

     

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    Welcome the Catwoman from the Batman Movie franchise! Double the fun!!

     

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    Some technical shots.

     

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    The old 9V system is invaluable for how smoothly it integrates into Lego System.

     

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    Fitting the fiber optics element into 8x8 was one hell of a task. At times I felt like a car thief on a job...

     

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    The floor, oh, the floor! Don't even ask.

     

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    Some bits and pieces. The pole absolutely had to be chrome - a choice afterwards regretted... I dare you to find a sound, functional and purist solution of proper length if you don't believe me. A rubber wheel was the only option of attaching the piece as far as my knowledge of pieces goes.

     

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    ...And the heat goes on...

     

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    Now that's a club I wouldn't at all mind visiting...

     

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    Hope you had a great time here, be sure to visit soon! And something tells me you might just do that...

     

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    Thanks for your attention! Let me know if you had as much fun as I did! x)


  9. Thanks for stopping by! Folding racetrack was an amazing idea, yet not very practical for many reasons including their perishable and unruly (hard to keep flat) nature. Now, if only they came as multiple molds rather than just one - not that would've been epic! And Dimensions would be fine for play, but would need some tweaks for display.


  10. I can confirm that a portable version of BR works like a charm on computers where you do not have admin rights. Bringing both Java (if required) and LDD on the memory stick is key, and modifying the .batch file (as described on previous page) takes care of discrepancies. Just make sure that Java is the correct version (32/64bit) for best results.

    My thanks once more goes to the kind people in this topic. Keep on rendering, everyone! .)


  11. Hello folks!

    Tiny Turbos - does anyone remember this somewhat hit-and-miss Racers theme? Despite its discontinuation, moderately small interest in the 4-wide scale still persists on Flickr and MOCpages, and new pieces released are fueling fresh ideas among builders, myself included. One may find building a tiny car a very fun and rewarding experience - the key point to keep in mind is avoiding the overly dull and generic results, which sadly happens on many an occasion. Now, I am not too familiar with MOCpages, but this Flickr pool is a great place to start if you're looking for inspiration.

     

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    Normally I wouldn't bother with creating a separate topic for such a car myself, instead turning to Flickr, but this one is somewhat special. Since I was building for a contest, I went all-out on it, made a bunch of renders and maximised the capabilities of virtual MOCing. The car is made up using exactly 60 pieces, and as far as I can tell should be adequately sturdy IRL.

     

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    I used Metallic Sand Purple, which is a beautiful official colour that can be found (by legal means) within the depths of LDD. Rendered using Bluerender.

     

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    Under-the-hood trickery included!

     

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    Some obligatory animation, for there is no better way to showcase a car.

     

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    A couple more "panoramic" images.

     

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    Hope you enjoyed your stay and feel free to join in the fun! .)


  12. Hello everyone!


    Today I come bearing a MOC of mine built for an insect contest. It's a golden tortoise beetle (charidotella sexpunctata) made up of just two pieces, sitting on top of a strewn pile of fresh leaves. Here we go!

     

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    Here's the reference picture. Even the scale is close to the original!

     

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    Thanks for your attention!


  13. I am primarily a digital builder and as much as I would love to say otherwise, IRL and Digital Lego are NOT the same. They may look similar on the surface, but the principles and philosophies are entirely different. Neither system is better or worse - just different. I just can't see how the two can be treated on equal terms, it is in fact a miracle that the two coexist under a single roof in communities.

    Another thing is, the technology is advancing (good for LDD), whereas plastics are raising environmental concerns (not too good for IRL).

    In my opinion the golden era of digital building (be it Lego or something else) is still yet to come. Just give it some time...


  14. Hello and welcome! Here's my latest MOC, in which I experimented with colours currently somewhat defunct in LDD that I attempted to restore.

     

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    The Axen Octet is a congregation of eight spirits sent forth upon Earth by Sepulchure.

    The group never parts and accomplishes tasks jointly, materialising out of thin air and disappearing just as swiftly. The characteristic trait shared by all axenocts is a single unblinking eye, roughly level with the shoulders. The Octet always moves in complete silence, communicating through means not known to man. Upon appearance, each spirit takes physical form with is retained until retreat - the form has been reported to consist of metal-like material on the outside, as reported by those lucky enough to overhear or survive a battle.

    Each axenoct is entrusted with the task of observation, but on specific occasions they bear instructions of carnage and destruction, which is when their axes come to prominent use. The carnages are exactly the reason the Octet - and their axes that brought about the name - are so dreaded by those who know anything about these spirits. Some have linked the instances of their appearance to the passing of the Emissary of Sepulchure, however these rumours remain unconfirmed.

     

    The Knight

    Well-armoured, fast and bearing a heavy axe, this axenoct posesses ram-like capabilities and is often seen at the forefront of an attack formation heading for a fortified target. With a shield to deflect attacks and a pair of bells hanging off its shoulder, the forewarning sound of which alone is enough to intimidate most, the Knight is a force to be reckoned with.

     

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    The Duke

    This moderately-armoured axenoct towers above all in height and handles a halberd-like axe that gives it a great range in combat. Another tactical advantage to the Octet stems from the Duke's ability to self-illuminate and effectively blind the enemies, overall making this axenoct an important strategic asset during assaults. Its calm nature also makes it a good observer and, possibly, strategist.

     

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    The Demon

    The fiercest of the bunch, this blank-eyed axenoct carries the fearsome double-bladed axe with a handle shaped like a trident, neither of which the Demon is shy to employ. If that was not enough, it carries out its assaults with intense rage, spitting forth bursts of flame and soon turning the area into a towering inferno.

     

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    The Imp

    While not as intimidating as its elder "brother", this axenoct bears no good news. Possessing no special abilities and welding only a basic axe, this minion is often sent on mundane tasks to act as support and to carry out minor carnage. Despite its lack of fire mastery, the Imp can occasionally - albeit uncontrollably - release a ball of fire, which on many occasions has been sufficient to start serious fires.

     

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    The Magus

    The smallest member of the Octet is not to be overlooked. Although neither its figure, nor its axe suggest the ability to wreak havoc, it is the other end of the axe that is used in deploying energies known and not-so-known to man. A rumour has it that the artifact on this axenoct's right arm has something to do with its abilities, and that it is indeed the Magus who facilitates the sudden appearances and vanishing of the Octet.

     

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    The Teitan

    This axenoct's slow speed and somewhat humorous appearance are swiftly wiped out of the enemies' minds with the heaviest of axes dropping on their houses, heads and other kinds of property. Extremely heavy armour and an immeasurably heavy axe that doubles as a shield - and the ability to handle the aforementioned gear - have reaped the Teitan the reputation of a true titan. A lethal opponent in both attack and defense.

     

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    The Spectre

    This ghastly axenoct sports a ghost-like appearance, and to the demise of its targets handles the most dreadful weapon among the Octet members - the spectral axe, capable of severing and entrapping living souls. Physical damage can also be dealt with it, albeit to a lesser extent, but its main capability is what makes the targets tremble and run as far as possible before giving the Spectre a chance to hit them. Which is where the chains come in handy...

     

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    The Wraith

    This axenoct is the true dread machine that both looks and functions the part. Being of spooky appearance, with the habit of camouflaging itself and then jumping the victim, the Wraith is also the fastest of all axenocts. Before the threat is even realised, the deadly long-hilt axe is sent swinging in every direction faster than an eye can follow, truly making it the perfect device for intimidation and spreading panic.

     

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    The entire Axen Octet. A rare sight best avoided altogether...

     

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    Thank you for your attention, and I hope you enjoyed your stay!


  15. Hello folks,

    It's me again, this time around with a WH40K-inspired digital creation that I built for a contest of... balconies. It's a strange world, but you just have to keep building.

     

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    No accuracy intended here, just general inspiration as far as architecture goes, whilst the figure strays even further off the path. But hey, the scale dictated my options...

     

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    Thanks for your attention, and keep on building! .)


  16. Something tells me that it could indeed be the paired nature of this piece that stalls its venture into new sets.

    Also, its purpose is dubious, as apart from the likes of SC sets, 11477 does the job.

    As for the price in the official store, I reckon that that also depends on supply, demand and licensing, and not purely on production costs. I recently ordered Black 15070 pieces, and those cost twice the price for other colours IIRC. Should I mention that 32184 in DBG cost me a fortune in there?


  17. Hello Eurobricks,

    Today I am sharing with you my entry to a lightsaber contest that was run on a different resource (not in English but you can click through pictures and follow links all the same), where it reached a top-6 position in the finals. Since I like fiddling with Bionicle pieces (not for building figures, strangely), this seemed like a good fit with the contest theme. And here's the outcome of that venture...

     

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    The hilt features just one cosmetic function knob and some fun shaping featuring triangular geometry. Enjoy!


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    Time for a hands-on demonstration! The actual size may be a notch smaller than the canon implies, but in smaller hands this lightsaber might as well prove to be deadly.

     

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    The grip. Oh, the grip!!!

     

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    Some exotic finger placement is possible.

     

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    Spinnin'...

     

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    ...Aaand even more pictures. I always end up with quite a few...

     

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    There goes the breakdown. Really proud of that 3x3 piece integration!

     

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    BONUS: a 2-piece lighsaber?! Challenge accepted!

     

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    Thanks for viewing, I hope the SW+Bionicle fusion won't bring about mass unrest among my fellow forumites! x)


  18. On 11/3/2017 at 12:58 PM, runnybabbit223 said:

    How much time did you spend fiddling around with placement of tiny pieces?

    Very spooky feel to it. First of a kind I've seen in my rather short experience with MOCS

    Thank you very much, mysterious and dark was exactly what I was aiming for here.

    I am very used to building in LDD so this wasn't difficult or annoying, given the number of parts. My personal nitpick are the horse legs which I could not manage to thicken. Now, if only LDD updates were an actual thing...


  19. Hi msx80, I really can't thank you enough for developing this piece of software. I started using it as soon as it came out and it's perfect for the under-powered (by modern standards) machines. I successfully created a portable version of it on a USB stick (which has to have the entire LDD package on it) which works like a charm on public PCs. I also enjoy replacing unused colours with custom ones and playing with all sorts of settings.

    Now, has anyone run into a problem of 'Java' is not recognized as an internal or external command? Running it on Win10 (done that before, no issues) on a public computer (where I assume we cannot fiddle too much with the system) shows me this error. Thanks!