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  • Birthday 05/25/1995

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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] 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.
  4. Pate-keetongu

    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!
  5. Pate-keetongu

    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.
  7. Pate-keetongu

    MOC: Godzilla!

    Great stuff, studded and rough-skinned as Godzilla should be.
  8. Pate-keetongu

    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.
  9. This is sort of revamp of my entry two years ago... But this time, the tree is appropriately white. Happy to see this annual tradition again, lots of great enties too.
  10. I was asked to play Brikwars, so I built his mechanic dragon to make my dwarven army a bit stronger. The mechanical dragon features a maw flamethrower with a light brick and a tail-mounted machine gun. There are both western and easters dragon influences here. I wanted it to have short legs and no wings. More pictures on Cyclopic Bricks.
  11. Pate-keetongu

    First Generation Bionicle Rebuilds

    I like them overall, especially Makuta, who is well randomed but still had rather imposing figure. Work with Nui-Rama's fangs is pleasant, too - just rightly disturbing composition.
  12. Pate-keetongu

    [MOC] Amsterdam Canal Houses

    Excellent stuff, digging those colours, the photographing brings them up very nicely. Cool interiors, too. The growing array of music instrument parts seems to encourage people to build music stores, but heck, there can't be enough music stores.
  13. Pate-keetongu

    [MOC] Django Unchained - What's everybody staring at?

    Nice MOC, great movie. I like how you built the tooth. I'd probably use a bit lower angle on the photos to create better immersion with the creation.
  14. These two are among the most beloved Discworld characters - Esmerelda "Granny" Weatherwax and Gytha "Nanny" Ogg. Granny has her pointy hat full of hatpins, big iron boots and bump-starting broom. The details of the cloak are somewhat inspired by Paul Kidby's art. Nanny has her wide grin, red boots and a banjo to accompany the dreaded Hedgehog song. These two were on a WIP stage for a year or so. Not the hardest build ever, but it was somewhat challenging to capture the essence of these characters in brick. They will be displayed in Worldcon in Helsinki next week, too. More photos and talk on Cyclopic Bricks, as always.
  15. Pate-keetongu

    [MOC] The New Shogunate

    Thanks everyone, glad you like this! It took plenty of time, and some engineering work to get the bridge sturdy enough to hold up the figures... But it was worth it, of course.