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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

    Countess of Dis

    That looks great! Shame about the shade of the hose. There should be blacker black ones too. No idea when this "greyish bluish black" hose was made, but I at least have both types... I've never bothered to cut it very much myself. I wasn't worried about the sausage finger lenght, as it's not 100% human character, but looking back now, the proportions are very human-like, so they might look off. I agree wholeheartly with the exo-force robot arms, they're more for hands-size-of-shovels -type of things. They work all right on slender models though if they are very big. Oh yes, the concrete was only on the main photos! Now whe I recall you MCM video, it was on regular floor. Wroom.
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    Countess of Dis

    Ah, it's always instant hard more if not going for spikey fingers! I know the pain. One possible option would be black sausages on those clip/bar hole fingers; they're more slender, probably TOO long and curve for the "grip" effect. But often gripping effect is too hard anyway - like on those Countess's current fingers and my usual skeleton arm ones; straight as anything, but probably that's not too bad... Another trick would be exo-force robot arms + minifig hands, but they're too quite skeletal and spikey. And the clips are so robust that they limit the posing. I hope the fortunate owner of your MCM drives it around the concrete every now and then!
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    Countess of Dis

    Very good! Strong colours and the shape (or flow) with the dragon wing, tentacles and the cloth parts look fantastic and work well with the gold areas (that are nicely layered). Cool use of half-sphere as a bowl, too. The bald head look works fine with the character, and I like the mundane mouth-line achieved with that cheese slope. Couple of minor crits: I think the fingers are bit too sausage-ish for this character. There are plenty of options for creepy fingers - probably HP wands or gold/red horns instead of the bulbs? The lower end of the scepter feels also tad too mace-like for this, hmm, regal character. But hey, wonderful to see you being inspired by my works. I was very very blown away by your motorized Mega Core Magnetizer... 12 years ago. I was 14. What the hell...
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    [MOC] Grand Hotel Kudelma

    Thanks everyone! It would have been smoother if I would have made the tower with 1x2 round plates... But that would have taken thousands! It's definitely a thing I'll explore more in the future, making a tower like this with smooth SNOT, like the other curved corner. It is the dinosaur tail (thick section) in old dark grey, from 2003's Studios Jurassic Park set. No. I was more interested in the overall mass, and inner structures - floors, inner walls, ceilings - would have taken massive amount of pieces. I don't like houses with removable floors personally, as they limit the outer construction (like SNOT corners) rather severely. I'm however planning to make a "cross section" building in the future, showing some furnished rooms, shafts, strairwells, roof trusses and so on; but that will be anothe project. Thanks! At least the original facade drawings of the State Hotel have red roofs. There are no coloured photographs on this, but also some early paintings show them red. The current roofs were restored in 80s, as the hotel was bombed quite a bit in the second world war. I prefer the red too!
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    [MOC] Grand Hotel Kudelma

    Here's my grand pandemic work (and hopefully the last of those, for a while). This is inspired by Usko Nyströmi's Imatra State Hotel (1903) and Von Essen-Kallio-Ikäläinen office's Norma building (1904) Helsinki's Katajanokka. Stone shards embedded into plaster were common in Nyström's work, and I re-created them with 1x1 plates. The model measures 64 x 96 units, is quite realistic in means of minifig scale, and is the biggest single building I've ever done. It's a hotel by name but I didn't want to stress the hotel esque of it, rather focusing on the architecture. For example the Imatra State Hotel doesn't have any big hotel signs, which fitted fine. There are also unspecified business spaces on the ground floor. The grey ground floor, white walls with sand green window frames and stone ornaments, along with the dark red roof, imitate the polychrome approach on materials, characteristic for the age's architecture. The rounded corners required quite a bit of SNOT-work, but the zig-zag inside also reinforces the walls. The building divides into three 32x64 sections, and as it's empty, it's useful for storing things not needed everyday, for example guitar amp and gas burner fro Trangia. More photos on the blog!
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    [MOC] The Blue Cottage

    It is amazing house, with well-balanced colours overall. Loosely connected boards bring it alive. I'd love to see you try something akin to Henry Hobson Richardson's villas t some point.
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    [MOC] Armenian Church

    I really like the roof of the tower. Arches below it are nicely mundane too.
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    [REVIEW] 75290 Mos Eisley Cantina

    Excellent, well-written review.
  9. Pate-keetongu

    New Century Corner III

    The third block of my series of Art Nouveau/Jugendstil modulars: The yellow building is called Kotiharju house. It is inspired by Eol in Helsinki's Katajanokka. It was work of Gesellius-Lindgren-Saarinen studio in 1903, when they were the most renowned architects in Finland. I took the form of strong, malleable plasted building by rounding the corners with gapless SNOT techniques; it took quite a lot of parts but looks clean and is very stable. My version is not exact copy, though. I wish the bay window on the left looked more solid, but it's hard to make compact bay windows with angled window panels. The olive green building is called Kallioperä. The main inspiration is work of Gustaf Estlander who is more famous as a yatch designed, but was very active architect in Helsinki between 1901 and 1910. The round double portal is straight from Estlander's work. The grey natural stone details are inspired by famour works of Gesellius-Lindgren-Saarinen: Finnish National Museum and Pohjola Insurance Company. The shaping of the robust bay windows refers to Grahn-Hedman-Wasastjerna's works around Helsinki and the triangular "stone church" portal to Von Essen-Kallio-Ikäläinen's Norma in Katajanokka. This modular was made in two parts, the corner in spring 2019 for Hupicon exhibit, and the rest this spring. The third building, Primrose building, is more international. It is inspired by Viennese Secession and its applications that were well known in Finland at the time. The main source is Jungmann Square 1 building in Prague, but most of the neo-baroque details are left out to capture simpler, more elegant feel akin to Otto Wagner's work. Female masks with flowing hair were usual in Prague Art Nouveu but rare in Finland. They make a mental connection to my character builds. This one is quite complicated technically; especially the turrets are interesting complexes of SNOT techniques. There is more on my blog, including my own source photos of actual buildings referred. Thanks!
  10. Magadril of Dandelions, a trendy elf from the magical forest. She was build during the last months of the spring semester, when I was obviously locked inside because of the virus but still very busy with my university courses (of drawing buildings, mostly). At the time watched an episode LEGO Elves with bunch of friends every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday night via Discord, and it inspired me to build this. I had wanted to use Elves stickers as a tattoo from some time, and try using those Hobbit spider cocoons for something. The rest evolved around them. I'm particularly happy with the dress, as it's gapless but still had plenty of room for posing of the legs. More photos can be found at Cyclopic Bricks.
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    Why are LEGO Elves sets so Sought After?

    It's a good insight, and already happening. I bought some used Elves sets - well, some of the bags were unopened - a month ago, inculding the Queen dragon and the first fire dragon, for 40€. Given that some of bags were unopened, I think that the original kid's interest lasted less that the building time. I don't collect sets, but if I would, I would collect elves. The most sets are coherent, solid and visually interesting. I've got some for their colourful pieces and exquisite prints to be used in MOCs.
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    Kiruna watchtower

    Does it get moved into entirely different place due to excessive iron miniging of Mitgardian dwarves? Jokes aside, neat, compact diorama with excellent water effect and well-balanced interplay between stone and wooden structures.
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    Space Turtles! (part 2)

    Lovely shaping with the shells and very elegant use of those panels as the flippers.
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    Rietveld Schröder Modular

    It's a masterpiece. With flexible second floor and everything. Always happy to see important bits of architectural history in brick form, and in bigger scale than usual Architecture sets. The drawing table is nice little detail.
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    [MOC] Kv. Öfvre Garnisonen

    The copper roof looks fantastic. The architecture remins me of Amsterdam School's brick expressionist social housing projects from 1910s and 1920s. The colour scheme seems well balances, except maybe those lime green roof bits (but it's okay because it's cool piece use and they don't come in sand green or completely dark green). It's sometimes hard to use reddish brown as main wall colour, as everyone thinks its unpainted wood - even though wood is rarely brown. I suppose it's brick here, and I think it looks great with white window frames. And, bit of a nitpicking, but I think the sides of the roof would be better if they'd be made of tan or brown bricks. It's not much use putting expensive roof cladding material to load-bearing walls.