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    Various things like tapirs and such. And growing a beard. Character MOCs. Steampunk.


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  1. Pate-keetongu

    [MOC] Undis

    Undis, a nomad archer. This build is somewhat based on colours - I wanted to use a composition of bright shades in a historically themed character build. More photos and writing on my blog Cyclopic bricks.
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    New Flickr limits

    I think it's alright. I mean, they give us the service, hire people, develop the site and so on, it takes money, and it's business. They don't have actual obligation the give people things free, not even in internet. At least to buggers like me who even have their Adblocks on to prevent them from getting money from ads. Flickr is my main channel and I'll stay there, pretty much what ever happens. I have 700+ photos, and it takes three years or something the get to the thousand so there isn't any real pressure to buy pro yet. I've been in Flickr since 2009 and most of my followers and comments are there. I've though about buying pro several times, mostly to get the professional-looking pro tag next to my name; I don't really need advanced stats. Now the price of the pro also got higher, which is a bugger; but 50 dollers won't ruin my wallet. When I joined they had the 200 photos limit, which was of course lot worse, and I began writing my blog to put all the other shots of creatiosn there. It was a good choice anyway, and I like writing my blog. By the way, I was slightly put pleasantly surprised with the quality of discussion here. I remember when Brickshelf was about to shut down in 2008 or something, and there was lots of sheer rage around. But it was ten years ago; people have grown up, or new users are nicer. Good thing anyway, that.
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    [MOC] Professor Dumbledore

    Harry Potter seems to be popular as ever, so here's Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts. Mostly based on the description on the beginning of The Philosopher's Stone and with his phoenix Fawkes. More talk about the process can be read on my blog:
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    [MOC] Grata of Kontrabontembi

    Grata is a senior exchange student of Kontrabontembi monastery for wizard monks. She masters the green fire of Glum-Murdia and magma-chain-sorcery, but she's most keen of her official monastery school suit with its well-fitting wide-brimmed hat. The character is not based on anything particular. I was playing around with some colour combos and usage of those front flap pieces layered like that. The rest evolved around them. More on Cyclopic Bricks.
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    But do I NEED a bathroom and stairs...?

    My modulars lack floors and interior walls. As I keep my models eclosed, they wouldn't be visible anyway, and concentrating on the exterior shell of the building makes it possible to use available time and parts to facade detailing and the massing. For most of us, LEGO is a hobby - It's best to do what you feel happy doing, no matter if it's odd or not. If you have cool ideas for bathroom, go for it. Bathroom furnishing and accessories offer plenty of possiblities. As a completely another way of look this question, I study architecture in the university and making stairs in an apartment is very painful in terms of space management; Also, LEGO's premade stair pieces, with steps one stud deep and one brick in height, are way too steep for any standards; Such stairs might be found on medieval castles. Measures of minifigs (and ordinary pieces) makes actual realism hard, and not very fun. Official modulars are also quite small for late 19th century city buildings they present - such buildings usually have common stairway with doors to apartments, which size and number is based on constructor's needs. It would be impossible to fit several flats per level in LEGO's modulars, with bathrooms, kitchens and all. Fortunately, this is not needed, as it's hobby and fun. Of course, many stairwells are splendid pieces of arcitecture, historical or modern, and they can add a lot for a model.
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    [MOC] Circle

    Circle is an avant-garde rock band from Pori, Finland. Founded by basist Jussi Lehtisalo in 1991, the group has gone through numerous line-up changes and has released 52 full-lenght albums. The current line-up consists of (from left to right) Pekka Jääskeläinen (guitar), Jussi Lehtisalo (bass and vocals), Tomi Leppänen (drums), Mika Rättö (keyboards and vocals), Janne Westerlund (guitar and vocals) and Julius Jääskeläinen (guitar). This MOC was built between October 2017 and August 2018. Loads (I think 100+) photos can be seen on my blog, with some actual band footage from last autumn's release gig of their newest album Terminal. For musical references, see, for example, Rakkautta al dente.
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    [MOC] New Century City Block I

    I posted the block I in May, here's the first one. This consist of eleven modular buildings in style of early 20th century, with mostly Art Nouveau/Jugendstil architecture and some bits of historicism and revival styles. The first one is built in November 2015 and five first ones (seen on the couple of last pictures here) were posted in April 2016 with the name New Century Corner. Due to sheer size of the block (128x96 studs) the building are shown in groups of few neighbouring houses - I was not able to turn it around in my balcony photo studio. House of the Golden Frogs (published before), House of the Sword of Justice and House of the Firefighters Union... ...followed by Scala Arcus, Corner of the Honour of the Empire and House of Sunrise... ...and by House of Sunrise, Domus Lupus, House of Two Whistling Geezers (previously posted). And to refreshen your memory and complete the block, here's New Century Corner: House of Two Whistling Geezers, House of Two Sisters, House of the Bat-Lord and Three Sinners, The House of Secret Society of Aviation, The House of Golden Frogs. And some extra shots: There's more background information about this on my blog Cyclopic Bricks, including information about inspirational buildings. The block is on somewhat-permanent display in Vapriikki Museum Centre in my hometown Tampere, so it can be enjoyed in real life by everyone.
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    [MOC] Herald of Scales

    This MOC began with possible uses of Friends dress pieces. The became skirt on larger figure. Use of short black chain pieces defined the "Ancient Eguptian" theme of the character. I also experimented with some unusual colour combinations, and I'm very happy with the result. She has a seremonial Scales sceptre, balancing a sword and a bread. More photos & talk on Cyclopic Bricks.
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    [MOC] Villa Great Agano

    Villa Great Agano was built for a house exhibition contest on LUG show at HupiCon 2018. I ended up with a design mixing Finnish Art Nouveau villa with medieval Japanese fortress. The build began with the cobbled foundations with overlapping boat studs. The tower was always going to the there, but its height was limited to 25 bricks by the contest rules. There is a garage in the back. This was a fast built, 8 hours or so, as I had still plenty to do with my New Century City Block II. More on Cyclopic Bricks.
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    New Century City Block II

    Thanks everyone! Glad to read your comments, Eurobricks seems to be bit quiet on the MOC comment section but not this time; fantastic! I'm also surprised how much love The House of The Brick wall has got - it was the last one, very fast build, two or three evenings and couple of fast sketches... Just had that form of the tower from National Museum of Finland and the not-that-rare curved wall technique... But glad you like it; Very glad. It did sound bit over-excited, but that's a good thing, eh? I did quite lot of drawings. I was up to scan them and add to the post but forgot at the spur of the moment, but I'll do that when I get back home (it might take a while to dig up all of those drawings wherever I've filed them) and scan them at the university and write another post about them. When working on rarer colours, I usually gather what I have and try to work around them. I didn't Bricklink much for this - maybe 30-40 bright light orange bricks for Masaryk, and two dark green dinosaur tails and one 6x8x2 windscreen for Olofslott. I tend to gather bricks in odd colours until there seems to be enought for a house, or probably a character, and then use them. I mostly buy used bricks by bag from local vendor Pii Poo; there's some great bargains sometimes, being 10€ for around one litre and 8€ if you're member of our LUG. Makes my "brick input" lot more random than it used to be when I bricklinked more, but it's very much cheaper.
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    New Century City Block II

    This is posted before Block I for this is newer and the photographies of this one is better - being only 64x96 studs I was able to rotate it in the studio. Now. This is a block of early 1900s modular houses. They are not built with LEGO's standards, they're bigger and have no interiors (nor inner walls, floors and so on). Goal was to create interesting and impressive outer forms of buildings. Grand Hotel Masaryk is inspired by Grand Hotel Europe in Prague. Due to heavy use of SNOT, the construction id rather complex, but sturdy nonetheless. Bright colours create contrast with the neighbours. Olofslott begin with idea to build a larger building on 45 degree angle. There is a large tower with a glass dome and various bays to create interesting shape. It is inspired by Olofsborg house in Katajanokka, Helsinki, and Imatra State Hotel, two masterpieces of Finnish Art Nouveau. House of the Brick Wall is inspired by National Museum of Finland. The curved wall has more modern feel on it. The curved roof was very tricky bit to build. Louhi represents Finnish Squared Rubble using natural stone national romantiscm. It is inspired by Old Poli on Lönnrotinkatu, Helsinki, and Tampere Cathedral in my hometown. I was curious wether people would like the bare plate walls or not - I think they're quite close to the look I was trying to achieve. The rope bridge gateway was there from the beginning. Lots of talk and some extra shots on the blog Cyclopic Bricks. Thanks for watching! Build on!
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    How to Design a Modular or a Non-Modular Building?

    Hehe, nice to hear! I just finished editing the photos for this one, I was rather busy with school (actual architecture). I'm visiting my parents next week but I might, just might me able to write the blog article before that... Anyway, Iäm going to do it before 16th of May as then I'm going to do some traveling around the Europe which means I will definitely get some inspiration for new buildings.
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    How to Design a Modular or a Non-Modular Building?

    Here's a little preview on what I've been working on last year: I'm displaying 15 modulars on HupiCon Helsinki this weekend! Five of them (New Century Corner) was displayed there two years ago and was posted online around that, but others are brand new or at least properly photographed yesterday for the first time.
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    MOC: Godzilla!

    Great stuff, studded and rough-skinned as Godzilla should be.
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    How to Design a Modular or a Non-Modular Building?

    Interesting topic. I feel I'm a bit of an anarchist when it comes to modular buildings. I don't use LEGO's standard, as those buildings seem too small. Too small to fit enough details, too small for good looking windows, and somehow tiny simply as models. I neither use baseplates, as they're slippery, flexible and expensive, and also because our LUG uses specific modular standard. Neither I use LDD or any computer program to design. I'm a second-year architecture student (though I haven't really posted any modulars during my studies; I've built several, but haven't been able to photograph them as they're in a museum. I'm currently having two under construction, too) and I have to use more than enough CAD programs with them school works, so doing that with hobby would be dull. And honestly, I've never really liked LDD's interface, I felt that turning bricks around takes so much more time than with real bricks, and you can't touch the thing, not easily see it from different angles... And I like fiddling around with my bricks. I quite often, but not always, begin with some detail bits. Not neccesarily actual "facade details", but they might be, and usually are, windows, doorways, roof designs, domes, arch systems, bay windows... Then I arrange them, and the building evolves around it. I sometimes make drawings, but these are mostly used to design the lay-out (width of the buildings and special angles it there are some, arraging bits with more heigh like corner towers and such, and the relation of roof types, etc.) I also might absent-mindely draw modular building plans during some boring critic or lecture at the university; my notebooks might have MOC sketches and schoolwork sketches side by side. But indeed most of the design work is done with real bricks at my work table at home, with trial and error. I also try to make planned building with bricks I have to not throw lot of money to Bricklink; LUGBULK and local brick vendor with all-you-can-fit in one-litre ziplock bag for 10 euro helps. Inspiration comes from various sources. My buildings are designed to fit 1895-1918 European style, Art Nouveau and Jugendstil. The big reason is that I simply like this particular era: It's somewhat free-form and even chaotic, especially in its northern Finnish forms. It has strong sense of place and history without channeling over-used influenced from classical Greece, Gothic Europe or Reneissance Italy, which are hardly essetial. In the same time it is romantic and feel-evoking, features that modern or International style building might (but not neccessary) lack. They're fantasy-like but not conservative, detailed but organic. Means I, as a brick-fiddler 110 years later, can try to capture the feel without being restricted by style-layouts and model systems, like in, let's say, 1880s Neo-Reneissance urban houses many LEGO's modular building might be based on. I've never copied exact building in minifig scale. I like to create. I neither, despite studying the subject in university and everything, bother that much with floor-to-floor heights or stuff like that. I have to do it at school, and in the future at work, so with bricks I play and do things the way they flow naturally. If I want to have 15 -metre floor-to-floor heigh, I can do it. I never do any interiors. Nothing against them, I enjoy seeing a good interior. But I don't have infinite part storage, so It's easier just to build the facade, some beams to connect it to cheaply-made back wall (Usually bricks but sometimes castle-panels and once even a baseplate with some ivy stuck to it). So my building are hollow and rather thin. It irritates me a bit but people hardly ever critize. In a bit layout, the first thing they see is facade, and if it's grand enough, it seems to satisfy them. And I don't need to spend all my money and Bricklink. I sometimes take inspiration from specific buildings, too. I'm having a WIP somewhat based on Hotel Evropa in Prague. I took the colour scheme, the big arch on the middle and some basics of the window layout, and designed the rest based on what parts I had in Bright Light Orange. I had mostly 1x2x3 slopes and 1x8 plates with railing, both from LEGO's LUG event support reward bags. It felt natural to use those slopes sideways to make a slight bay, so 60% of the facade is build sideways. This made it possible to make some thin vertical colour lines with plates. The result it quite pleasing. I think I can show it in a month or two when I get the rest of 64x96 stud city block done.