jan kusters

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About jan kusters

  • Birthday 07/13/1960

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    Mostly old style Lego for now, though certainly not a purist. If I have a modern brick that solves my problem, on it goes (much like the old colour blind style of building). But I like lots of studs everywhere, and rather abstract modelling...

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  1. jan kusters

    Whale Rock Outpost...

    Thank you very much! Just trying to make a post like I enjoy from others! Hehehe, never trust the stories of sailors! Thank you! I am pretty happy with how it came out, even when a little small!
  2. jan kusters

    Whale Rock Outpost...

    Thank you! For now the Imperials at the fortress have other things than Pirates to worry about though. When you look at the picture of their arrival at Whale Rick Outpost, the was for a moment a hooded figure on the roof of the building, although they were never sure if it was really there or just a trick of the light. And they had that other skeleton in the brig, right? Well... The Briney Brick 73 (a): The Great Escape... by Jan Kusters, on Flickr 'Hey, what... HALT! WHO GOES THERE?!? PASSWORD! Ow crap, do we even have a password? Never Mind. STOP OR I'LL SHOOT! uhm...' The Briney Brick 73 (b): The Great Escape... by Jan Kusters, on Flickr 'grmblmmbl... What's with all the shouting soldier? Could you keep it down a little? People are trying to sleep down here!' 'Prisoner escaping sergeant!' 'Prisoner? What prisoner? All we have is a bunch of bones in the brigg! Bones don't... AAAAH!' The Briney Brick 73 (c): The Great Escape... by Jan Kusters, on Flickr triple 'AAAAAAH!' Thank you! I was not sure if this was alright to post in the MOC forum, as it is all based on old sets after all. I decided to try it and see what happens...
  3. jan kusters

    Whale Rock Outpost...

    (I have spend a lot of time looking here at Imperial builds for inspiration, trying to design something like a smallish Imperial Outpost into my Crimson Mermaid display. It has been very educational, I still have a lot of trouble mocking with 'modern' Lego (anything past the sixties really). You all have been a great help and sown fantastic ideas, thank you so much!). So without further ado: time to introduce a new faction onto my briney display shelf... The Briney Brick 65: Meet the Empire... by Jan Kusters, on Flickr However, life for the basic imperial Solder is not as easy as it might seem... The Briney Brick 69 (b): Meanwhile, far, far away... by Jan Kusters, on Flickr ''See the world' they said...' The Briney Brick 69 (a): Meanwhile, far, far away... by Jan Kusters, on Flickr 'I wish someone had told me about the rowing though...' The Briney Brick 70 (a): Meanwhile, still far, far away... by Jan Kusters, on Flickr 'My dearest Petronella Gertruda, I have finally been offered my first command! I will be in charge of a fort at Whale Island. I will also be in charge of the rest of the Island! I am a deputy Governor so to speak! No more counting uniforms, no more signing paperwork! Granted, I had hoped for a slightly bigger detail at my disposal, but I am sure I can make something of the recruit I have been issued. And the sergeant seems to be an experienced man, if a bit rough. Best wishes and love, forever yours, Rupert... The Briney Brick 70 (c): Whale Rock Fort... by Jan Kusters, on Flickr It's not just the rowing; that old sergeant has some harrowing stories to tell! I think even our Lieutenant gets scared by his tales, although he does not show it... The Briney Brick 70 (a): Whale Rock Fort... by Jan Kusters, on Flickr Finally! The Briney Brick 70 (b): Whale Rock Fort... by Jan Kusters, on Flickr Soon life on the outpost fell into some sort of routine... The Briney Brick 71 (a): Atten...TION! by Jan Kusters, on Flickr 'Morning sergeant. Have the men... man... up on the platform, ready for inspection sergeant.' 'Sir!' 'Dear lord this is sad, we really need to flesh out our detail a little on the first possible occasion sergeant.' 'Sir yes Sir!' The Briney Brick 71 (c): Atten...TION! by Jan Kusters, on Flickr 'Every now and again we stumble into some left overs from former Outpost crews. Like the skeleton of a prisoner in the brig, And the one on the roof. Although I don't think that was a prisoner...' The Briney Brick 71 (d): Atten...TION! by Jan Kusters, on Flickr 'Ahum... uhm, sergeant? Why is there a skeleton standing to attention?' 'Left over from the last detail Sir. I remobilized him Sir.' 'Yes I could hear some rather colourful language coming down through the roof sergeant... But he is dead!' 'Still a soldier Sir. Got his shako and everything Sir. ' 'Dead, sergeant, he's very dead! He's just a skeleton! How is he even standing to attention?' 'Four years as drill-sergeant Sir.' 'Yes, right. Well... Take him below, find an empty box, we'll send him off for a decent funeral with the first supply ship sergeant.' 'Sir Yes Sir. PRIVATE BONES!!! DIS... wait for it you rattling heap of calcium... MISSED!!!' Yes, life at an outpost is never dull... Entr'acte: Whale Rock Outpost by Jan Kusters, on Flickr Time for a little exposé in broad daylight of my Imperial Outpost./Fortress. The fortress has a few rather 'intimidating' sides, but also a slightly less intimidating and more 'improvised' looking side. Never look behind the golden curtains... Big canon on the front, tall look out tower, and some enclosed spaces for the crew. Note that it is not a 'roof top canon' like so many Lego sets offer. I have always had my doubts in roofs as a big gun platforms... The back (and one side) offer a small dock with a rather minimal crane to load and unload goods. I think it is safe to say this is no harbour for large vessels... Entr'acte: Whale Rock Outpost by Jan Kusters, on Flickr The whole thing is based on the Sabre Island' set (6265) and the Broadside's Brigg' set (6259). I managed to get both sets not too expensive on Bricklink. I bought those to get an idea about how to do a fortress, but also because the sets offered a slightly cheaper way to get soldiers and a few expensive parts (bricked wall panels, big Imperial flag and soldiers). I liked the tower from Sabre Island a lot, and decided to keep it mostly 'as is' (added a few ladders and threw in one more panel). I also kept the basic prison cell from Broadside's Brigg, but sank it into the Rock (to keep it all within the small space I had for it). Since my display space is limited, I wanted to build it all on a 16x32 plate, no bigger. That is half the size of the classic Eldorado Fortress. But at the same time I wanted to get most 'functionality' into that smaller space. It turned out to be a but of a squeeze, but I like the general shape better than I expected. Entr'acte: Whale Rock Outpost by Jan Kusters, on Flickr For those looking for building detail (I.E. me when I want to rebuild this thing in a couple of years) showing the 4 sides. I know some bricks looked rather yellowed, and the while thing has a slightly rickety appearance; I like it that way. (in fact, I l like that so much that I am wondering if I could ordered 'yellowed' white stones from Bricklink for a castle I would one day like to build). I wanted it all to look like a very old building that has been handed down through many years, probably first build by the Spanish (hence the slightly 'Castello' look of the upper levels). Entr'acte: Whale Rock Outpost by Jan Kusters, on Flickr Taking it apart... This is perhaps the first time I tried to design and build a real interior. For play- and posing-possibilities roofs can easily be removed, as can part of a wall and the prison cell front. As it turns out, my wish to keep it all small made the interiors a bit TOO small to get into that with my camera. Ah well, at least it is a small build. And while taking pictures and telling stories is a big part of my pleasure, in the end, I mostly want a good looking build. And when put together, I am pretty happy with how my fortress looks... Entr'acte: Whale Rock Outpost by Jan Kusters, on Flickr The 'dirty' working backside; and a look into the barracks. Entr'acte: Whale Rock Outpost by Jan Kusters, on Flickr The officers can just squeeze by (no bed, real gentlemen sleep standing straight, leaning in a corner to avoid wrinkling) but the barracks with their bunk bed are really way too small for any posing or pictures. As for the sets all this was based on: Entr'acte: Imperials sets 6265 (Sabre Island) and 6259 (Broadside's Brig) by Jan Kusters, on Flickr The sets provided some 'special' parts I did not have yet (jail cell door, Imperial flags and, most important, Imperial Soldiers) plus some white and yellow bricks. But of course after receiving those sets, I had to build them as designed first, to get an idea about those sets, and just to see how they were. Sabre Island looks better in real life that in photo's. Although the watch tower is open on 2 sides and only fully closed at the front, it looks less like an open play set than I expected. Just add two ladders to the back, and you have a rather convincing watchtower... Broadside's Brig on the other hand is really just a play set. With doorways leading no where and an absolutely minimal jail cell, it looks more like a stage set from a play than like anything real. But, in true Lego tradition, the potential for play is huge. Places to put minifigs all over, and with its bright colours it does invite to do so. On the left in the background is my first attempt at 'Whale Rock', the base for what became my -very small and minimal- Imperial Outpost. Pity the poor soldiers who get banned to that outpost...
  4. Thank you! And yes, black top and bottom half of the 2 stud hinge (https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=3937c08#T=I) with a keyboard 1x2 tile on one side, and a modified 1x2 plate with bar for gripping it on the other side. It is a slightly modified version of the accordion from the Pirate Inn build of the 3in1 pirate set.
  5. jan kusters

    [MOC] Classic Castaways Raft Reimagined

    Great scene!
  6. There's always the Ben Gun look from that one pirate marooned on an island for too long... The Briney Brick 5(a): And now for something completely predictable:by Jan Kusters, on Flickr And I think the bald-head-with-headband works rather well... The Briney Brick 12 (a):by Jan Kusters, on Flickr
  7. jan kusters

    Old monkey vs new monkey

    And they make great alligator riding messengers too... The Briney Brick 66 (a): you've got mail... by Jan Kusters, on Flickr I do like the new monkeys too, and can easily see them worshipping at the Great Ape Shrine too... (I even liked the Brick build Ape from the 3 in 1 set, but I prefer it as statue) The Briney Brick 15 (b): meanwhile, not so far away... by Jan Kusters, on Flickr
  8. jan kusters

    Skull's Eye Schooner Restoration

    Well done! It is great the oldies are preserved in such a loving way!
  9. jan kusters

    [MOD] 2015’s Soldier’s Fort Modular

    Ha, getting better with every rebuild! I like the now fully asymmetrical shape of it all. I recognize the 'aiming for grandiose while wanting something simple' problem! I also always start out way too ambitious, and gradually have to tone things down in several rebuilds. I think it is a bit of an internet problem; one sees all those fantastic builds, and 'I want that!. And That! And that should be in my build too...' It makes it harder to stay close to what you really want. By now my own little fortress is taking shape as well, I should make a post about it too!
  10. Great build! I am trying to keep myself from buying that Castle set, I still have enough waiting for me at sea, but it looks like a great set! The caste set introduces an interesting mix of colours and different greys for walls and rock, which once would have been just all Grey. You made a great use of those new colour schemes.
  11. jan kusters

    [LEGO IDEAS] Fort Leeward

    Great design and build! That clothesline had me in stitches. I love how the dock is build on wood arches.
  12. jan kusters

    [MOD] 2015’s Soldier’s Fort Modular

    I think the redesigned main building looks more interesting than the original. I like the different rooms a lot!
  13. Fantastic build! I am happy that my own attempt, similar in size and with a similar basic idea, does not look too much like this. Clearly I still have a lot to learn about 'decorative' building, I love your windows and your battlements! And you manage to get so much 'real' interior in such a small place!
  14. jan kusters

    [MOD] 2015’s Soldier’s Fort Modular

    I think your extended fortress set looks very impressive, it would make a pretty great background for a bit of sea with some ships anchored. They only thing slightly bothering me is the repetitiveness of the towers; They are so very much the same. Playing a bit with the placement of the dark red 'brick-parts' might overcome that.