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    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!
  2. 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.
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    Telephone building Modular

    Well composed monumental facade. I like the colour change on the side wall and the main face, reflecting how more representative material is used on the public side. The stair box looks also very nice. Telephone exchange buildings are interesting genre of architecture from turn of the 20th century. Helsinki has one that looks like a medieval fortress, having a big contrast with the modern invention, telephone. But it's an excellent building.
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    [MOC] Rotting Leviathan

    It's a great idea, and well executed with parts from large variety of themes. Well done, hermit crabs are cool.
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    Lego Licensed Parts available from Bricks & Pieces

    It has been open to Finland for several years. At least from 2015, I think. I've been using it. The old direct link to B&P doesn't seem to work. It might be due to the major site update.
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    [MOC] Orc Character Build

    Cool ruthless design, I like how the spiky minifig weapons on the helmet have similar motif with those ridiculous sword crossguards. The model overall uses plenty of weird and unusual pieces and that's a thing I enjoy in MOCs myself. The yellow stare is also striking.
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    [MOC/IDEAS] The Mole

    The Mole - originally Krtek - is a cartoon character created by Czech animator Zdeněk Miler. He has appeared in 50 animations between 1956-2002. The mole is curious, friendly and caring. The animations vary from couple of minutes to half an hour in lenght and apart from the debut, "How the mole got his trousers", do not feature any narration or dialogue. Character's non-figurative exclamations were voiced my Miler's daughters. This was to have the cartoons understandable in every language without need of dubbing. The mole cartoons have been very popular in several countries, including many Central European countries, Russia, India, Japan and Finland. This is also my first IDEAS project. You can find it here: Support is appreciated. The model is rather sturdy - my models usully are not - as the Mole is quite a cylinder-shaped animal. He is also very round, which took plenty of SNOT connections and curved slopes to get right. The 3x3x2 curved corner pieces were the key parts. Another challenge were the arms, as I didn't want them to be just couple of tubes. More pictures can be found on my blog, Cyclopic Bricks.
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    Ninjago Legacy Contest Winners!

    Congratulations to the winners! Thanks for the great contest! There were several terrific creations. A tag? I'd like to have the Jay one, the blue octopus one, please.
  14. I wanted to build a geisha in vibrant kimono, and an another samurai character to accompany her. A tea ceremony scene felt natural way to do it. It was going to take place in a tea house or a pavillion at first, but as I didn't have parts for the walls in this scale, I changed the setting into a garden. The geisha also became a maiko, an apprentice geisha, as they wear more detailed attire. Vibrant and rugged colour scheme and details on two different sides of the creation reflect the character's nature and class; the maiko is surrounded by flowers, and the samurai's swords rest on the rocks beside him. More pictures and talk on my blog.
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    [MOC] The Blue Angel of Hallow

    The angelic overseer of the new digital age, guiding lost souls through the binary paths of ether networks. I wanted to build a character using blue, as I rarely use it as the main colour. Magenta worked nicely as the secondary colour. One trick that was on my short list was those solar panels, inverted; the sticker has a print on both sides, so the underside gets enigmatic blue glitter pattern. The halo is a Clickits wristband. More photos on Cyclopic Bricks.
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    [MOC] Tea ceremony in Japanese garden

    Thanks for your kind words everyone! Making the samurai's legs be fitting to both standing and sitting pose was a new challenge. Luckily those 2x2 round plate/TECHNIC connectors joints enable 180 degrees to start with.Then I just had to make the backsides of the upper legs quite empty. Fortunately the dress part of the armour hides it nicely.
  17. My entry to Legacy Contest, new version of 9448 Samurai Mech. It has been made as an official Legacy set, 70665 THE Samurai Mech, but the retake felt inferior compared to original. I wanted to enhance the samurai armour feel of the original's silhouette, keeping some key elements like round, kabuto-like cockpit, spinner crown on chest, cowcatcher shoulder pads with cannons and the weapons, while re-imaginin completely the blocky legs and making the helmet more helmet-like. I felt actual grim face on the cockpit would look imposing and unsettling on a huge mech, striking fear to enemies. The hinged cockpit opens, revealing Samurai X piloting the mech. Her katana is stored under the mech's plate skirt armour. And yes, the mech has knee joints. Thanks for watching and thanks to Peppermint_M for organizing this inspiring contest! -Eero/Pate-keetongu
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    Ninjago Polybag Contest - Voting

    3 - 1 p 7 - 1 p 11 - 1 p
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    Ninjago Legacy Contest - Voting

    7 - 1 point 4 - 1 point 13 - 1 point
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    [LEGACY] Samurai Mech

    Thanks everyone! The pauldrons are this piece from SW range.
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    Ninjago Legacy Contest

    Here's my entry, refurbished 9448 Samurai Mech:
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    MOC: The Coral Hotel

    Very cool. I like the subtleness of the details and colours. The colours especially remind me of Paradisa line, which is always a nice bonus.
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    MOC: The Walrus explorer....

    Cool! Details on the walrus's life jacket makes this build for me.
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    [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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    [MOC] Mustrum Ridcully Bust

    Here's my newest Discworld build, bust of current Archchancellor of Unseen Univeristy, Mustrum Ridcully. I've built the character in normal scale couple of times, and this bust project is rather old too - it began in autumn 2016 and was on top of a self for over two years... But when I moved recently, I decided to finally finish it, as it looked quite promising. Here's the results. I'm particularly pleased with the facial features and the expression. The beard is bit plain, but it was a conscious choice to reduce the visual noice on the model - it's a large creation, after all. As on the reference books, the hat as couple of drawers to hold fishing hooks and stuff, and there are few hand-tied lure flies stuck to it. More photos and stuff on Cyclopic Bricks.