Grey Magistrate

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  1. Grey Magistrate

    Adventurers Reimagined 5976

    Whoah! That is a great steamboat! You could be sail up the Congo in Conrad's Heart of Darkness in that thing.
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    [MOC] Vampirate ship

    Thanks, everyone! Yeah, when you have three small boys who think all the Lego belongs to them, everything by default ends up with playability features. I have half an idea for another Nexo ship that I might maybe perhaps make over the next year...if I ever get it done, I'll be sure to post it here.
  3. Grey Magistrate

    Orange Plantation

    This is gorgeous! Mme Josephine has a lovely home.
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    [MOC] Vampirate ship

    My favorite themes growing up were Space, Castle, and Pirates. I loved Nexo Knights because it combined the first two, and since the demise of the theme I have been not-so-subtly expanding the story to include Pirates too. I liked Disney's Treasure Planet and I've always wanted to make a sci-fi style pirate ship. Hence my latest creation -- a vampirate ship. I made this as part eight of a running nine-part story, but for this forum, let me walk through the technical details of the ship itself. I haven't made a pirate ship in twenty years, so I did a lot of steps the hard way. Please feel free to propose better techniques! The colors match the vampirate faction in the last season of Nexo Knights: predominantly black and white, with lime green and chrome accents, and translucent green lighting. First, I didn't use a premade hull; instead, I took three 16x16 tiles in a row, reinforced underneath, and used that as a foundation. Then I added a nine-brick-high wall all around. Plain brick-built walls made it look like a box, so I tried to disguise the walls with white ribs sticking out and drooping chains, plus a striped pattern on the main wall. It doesn't entirely work but I couldn't figure out a better way. Then I made the captain's cabin a 16x16 floor with a 16x16 roof. That provided stability but at the cost of looking too boxy. The captain's cabin slots into the back of the ship, which also gives me a little bit of room to reach below decks. The roof pops off the cabin for easy access. There's a bed and a workdesk, a swivel chair, and fine wood panelling on the floor. I admit, I'm especially proud of the cabin. I try to make these rooms livable! On top of the captain's cabin is the steering wheel and a bank of computers and dials. There's a curved staircase and a ladder to reach the roof. For the main deck, I had originally planned to use 8x8 grates, but I stumbled upon the idea of laying a portcullis on its side. That also lets me open the hatch for access below decks. But that caused a new problem -- the portcullis can hold the weight of a minifigure but not much more. That forced me to move the masts to the side decks. Honestly, I didn't know how to make good masts, and the ones I made are extremely frail. Each of the four masts is a stack of 2x2 blocks and tiles interspersed with claws and hooks for the "sails", which are just translucent green flags. I linked the masts together with chains, which looks better but doesn't add any stability; it means that when a kid knocks over one mast, it takes down the others as well, like bowling pins. The ship is powered by these two massive engines, plus an upside-down black gate which serves as a rudder. I think the rear view looks pretty good, all things considered. For the prow, I borrowed the mast from my brother's Caribbean Clipper and tied a rope around it to give it a bit of texture. Below it is a creepy spider to serve as the masthead. Originally I had planned to put a harpoon launcher at the front but that idea proved unworkable, so the spider is static. It looks more menacing from the front. I'm overall pretty pleased with how it turned out, but I know it could've been better. Any suggestions? ...and of course I put this in the wrong forum. This'll teach me not to post so late at night. Apologies! Moderators, please move it to the MOC forum!
  5. Knighton is in ruins, devastated by the dread brickpile that the vampirates summoned from the buckets beyond; only King Halbert's self-sacrifice interrupted the brickpile and drove it to the sea. So why is Robin now captaining a vampirate ship in the middle of the ocean? Well, it's kind of a long story... When last we saw Robin, he had reverse-engineered the vampirates' Pandora Gate to teleport the king and queen to safety to escape Axl's precipitous coup. Turns out that forbidden technology is forbidden for a reason, and Robin's desperate action unleashed the dread brickpile. Robin and Axl were knocked through the gate and tumbled into the southern swamps. Robin and Axl have some quality time to reconsider their ill-considered actions -- "act in haste, repent at leisure" -- and Axl resolves to return to Knighton to reconnect with his troops and make right what went wrong, unaware that the city has already been demolished. Robin stays behind to search for the queen, but instead he is discovered by a troop of vampirates. The situation looks grim... ...but the vampirates instead want to elect Robin as their new leader! It turns out that High Priestess Pola -- now gone -- had prophesied of "the ascent of black night, robbing our hope and light". A little emendation turns that to "the ascent of Black Knight Robin, our hope and light." It's a stretch, but hey, it'll work! And that's how Captain Robin finds himself in charge of a mighty vessel -- christened the "Halbert" in honor of the king who sacrificed himself to stop the brickpile -- and a force of loyal vampirates, all of whom are eager to undo the damage they wreaked on Knighton. Robin sets his crew to a dangerous task: recovering debris from the dread and terrible brickpile. The radar detects the proverbial white whale... ...and the bravest vampirates volunteer for the highly risky job of harvesting from the brickpile. The vampirates approach the menacing brickpile, one speedboat carrying a cybernet and the other prepared for emergency evacuation. The vampirates lay down the cybernet and watch in terror as the churning brickpile, destroyer of worlds, bubbles and groans to the surface. The brickpile slides across the cybernet. This is the moment of maximum danger...if the brickpile were to turn, the heaving pile of plastic could devour the sailors in a moment. But today the brickpile crunches past, leaving a random array of junk and treasure in its wake. The vampirates rush back to the main ship, artifacts in tow. These desperate dances with the brickpile are Robin's only hope of recovering Knighton's lost hardware. This risky but repeatable pattern continues until the day when the cybernet captures something -- or rather, someone -- unexpected. And that someone is alive! The sailors immediately fish him out of the water and rush back to the main vessel. Everyone is shocked. How could anyone survive the brickpile? And what is the survivor's unusual outfit? Robin takes the survivor back to his cabin and interviews him closely. The survivor is rattled and thoroughly confused, but when he learns the name of the ship -- the Halbert -- he immediately recognizes the name. The survivor reveals the terrifying truth -- King Halbert is still alive, and through sheer strength of will the king has somehow risen above the unrelenting madness and he is still restraining the brickpile. This changes everything. If King Halbert is still self-aware, at some level, then perhaps Robin can communicate with him -- or even rescue him from the brickpile. He writes a note and places it in a watertight box. The survivor, in his mumbling and uncertain way, insists on accompanying the vampirates with the letter. The sailors deposit the cybernet and wait for the brickpile to roll over the net and pick up the package. But then, to their shock, the survivor plunges into the water! He snatches the letter, and then before the vampirates can stop him... ...he dives into the groaning brickpile and disappears into its plastic depths. Robin stares out at the endless ocean, struggling to comprehend what he has learned and unable to decipher why the survivor would return to the brickpile. Did the survivor think this was the only way to get the letter to the king? Was he allied to the brickpile? Could there be some other, more inscrutable motive? If only Clay or Merlok were here -- they would understand. Indeed, as Knighton was ravaged and the knights dispersed, many have asked the same questions. Where is Clay? Where is Merlok? Why aren't they rescuing us? And far from the ocean, in an underground bunker, Clay prepares to make a decision that will change Knighton forever. Episodes: #1 -- Ava's Stone Embassy #2 -- Lance's Lava Mine #3 -- Macy's Fortified Chapel´╗┐ #4 -- Jestro's Pandora Gate #5 -- Axl's Spider Foundry #6 -- King Halbert's Last Stand #7 -- Aaron's Club Absinthe #8 -- Robin's Vampirate Ship #9 -- [upcoming]
  6. Grey Magistrate

    Ninjago Legacy Contest Winners!

    Congratulations to all, especially the well-deserved first place winner!
  7. Grey Magistrate

    LEGO Nexo Knights 2018

    Wow, @grohl, these Nexo MOCs are amazing!
  8. Grey Magistrate

    [MOC] Space Elves

    Whoah, these are amazing! We all need more space elves in our life. If anyone complains, just pretend they're Vulcans. ...but if you did convince her to sacrifice some parts, what'd be your next Space Elves project?
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    Ninjago Legacy Contest - Voting

    1 -- 1 point 9 -- 1 point 13 -- 1 point
  10. Grey Magistrate

    Temple Of Poseidon

    Whoah, this is amazing! How did you manage the backdrop? -- is it something behind the set, or did you add it later with Photoshop? I love the picture from above, looking down on the boat and the sunken temple, but -- I'm terrified that those two plastic pillars will buckle and break! I also really like the pile of pieces in the corner to look like a ragged seafloor.
  11. If I could stuff the ballot box for Nexo Knights, I would!
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    [MOC] Nexo Knights -- Aaron's Club Absinthe

    Thanks to you both! Yeah, after getting to the end of this episode, I realized that I needed one more story to explain what happens to the vampirates now that their two leaders (Pola and Frederic) are out of the picture. Speaking of pictures, here's how my kid thought that final scene with Pola and Frederic should have gone -- a ninja fight scene!
  13. When the vampirates first threatened Knighton, King Halbert prepared a two-pronged response: first, sending Jestro on a covert mission to subvert the vampirates from within; and second, ordering his bravest knight, Aaron Fox, to construct a forward operating base deep in vampirate territory in preparation for a future Nexo assault. The collapse of Knighton meant that assault never came, but the fearless Aaron refused to retreat from his exposed position. Aaron has transformed his fortress into what he calls Club Absinthe, or what the locals have nicknamed Casablanca...or rather, Casaverde. Used to a life on the metaphorical edge, Aaron is now on the literal edge of a warzone daily contested by High Priestess Pola's spider cult and Princess Macy's crusader army. It is a shelter for refugees fleeing the warzone and seeking letters of passage to get through vampirate checkpoints and reach territory controlled by Princess Macy. Even bots fleeing from Knighton's collapse have found their way to the Club Absinthe, including Chef Eclair... ...and Fancypants, who has a real talent for jazz. High Priestess Pola is searching for one particular refugee: Queen Halbert, who went missing shortly before the brickpile shredded Knighton's war materiel and computer networks. King Halbert foiled Pola's plans by sacrificing himself to redirect the brickpile to the sea, but Pola has a sinister idea: if she can capture Queen Halbert and use her as bait, perhaps the brickpile can be induced to halt its mad rush to the ocean. Pola had ordered Captain Frederic to shut down Club Absinthe, but it turns out that Frederic is a corrupt bon vivant with a taste for absinthe. In exchange for a daily bottle and an hour of good conversation, Captain Frederic agrees to let Aaron's refugee operation continue. Aaron sustained his oasis for some time, harboring a steady stream of refugees fleeing the war. But there was always the threat that one day the vampirates would crack down. That day had arrived -- the day that Queen Halbert arrived. Of all the absinthe joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into Aaron's. Robin had used the Pandora Gate to teleport Queen Halbert to a random location, and by unfortunate chance she teleported to vampirate territory. Jestro and Lavaria had infiltrated behind vampirate lines to rescue her. Now they needed to get her letters of transit to reunite the queen with her daughter, Princess Macy. But her arrival did not go unwitnessed. Queen Halbert recognizes Fancypants and asks him to play her song, "As Bricks Go By", one last time. Fancypants stops as soon as Aaron walks by, but he insists, "You played it for her, you can play it for me!" The four of them -- Aaron, Queen Halbert, Jestro, and Lavaria -- sit down for an impromptu conference. Jestro and Lavaria insist that Aaron help her escape as soon as possible. But the queen is exhausted from constant flight, shellshocked from the loss of her husband, and unsure if she can face her daughter again. Perhaps...perhaps the queen could stay here, with Aaron, helping the refugees. Her kingdom is lost; everything is lost. Aaron saved her twice, once from Infernox and once from Ruina; perhaps she could return the favor, and remain. But Aaron insists she go. "Inside of us, we both know you belong with Macy," he says. "You're part of her work, the thing that keeps her going. If that hoverhorse leaves the ground and you're not on it, you'll regret it. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon -- and for the rest of your life." Aaron turns away. "We'll always have Knighton," he says. There is no time to lose. Aaron takes his guests outside and gives them the letters of transit, as well as his two personal hoverhorses. But it is too late. High Priestess Pola has already arrived, with Captain Frederic in tow. She orders him to shoot. He does. Captain Frederic turns to the vampirate soldier and says, "Round up the usual suspects!" And with that, the queen is off, guided by Jestro and Lavaria. Aaron waves goodbye one final time -- "Here's looking at you, Queen." As they watch the hoverhorses disappear into the horizon, Aaron says, "Frederic, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." Episodes: #1 -- Ava's Stone Embassy #2 -- Lance's Lava Mine #3 -- Macy's Fortified Chapel´╗┐ #4 -- Jestro's Pandora Gate #5 -- Axl's Spider Foundry #6 -- King Halbert's Last Stand #7 -- Aaron's Club Absinthe #8 -- [upcoming] #9 -- [upcoming]
  14. Grey Magistrate

    [MOC]: Rock Raiders tracked loader

    Welcome back to the land of Lego! Good use of treads, and I agree that the lasers are a nice touch!
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    [MOC] Serenity (Firefly)

    Whoah, that's an amazing model -- so much detail! I especially like how you've made the scene of Mal and Inara overlooking the cows after the episode with the duel.