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  1. [MOC] Mutiny of the Map

    Thanks guys! Thanks very much! Yes, the holes were incorrect digging spots. No doubt the next captain will have better map reading skills.... ;-)
  2. [MOC] Mutiny of the Map

    Hi all. I'd just to like share my first Pirates MOC - "Mutiny of the Map". This was inspired by Nivremis' MOC of the island shown on a Lego pirates treasure map. That made me think about other possible scenarios around the treasure map... and this is what I came up with. A reason for mutiny! Mutiny of the Map 1 by Magma Xenoliths, on Flickr Closer shot of the "action". Mutiny of the Map 2 by Magma Xenoliths, on Flickr And the standard straight on shot. Mutiny of the Map 3 by Magma Xenoliths, on Flickr Thanks for looking.
  3. [MOC] Modular City Park

    Cheers Wesley! Yes, the corners are 48x48 baseplates. The middle modules are all two 32x32 baseplates. In 32x32 baseplate terms, the overall dimension for the large park is 3x5, and 3x3 for the smaller park.
  4. [MOC] Modular City Park

    Thanks everyone for the positive comments! Yeah, I really enjoy making little minifig scenes that have action or a self contained story. At the last show I was supervising for awhile near the display and enjoyed hearing people point out those little scenes to each other. Made me smile. It was built in calendar terms over the period Nov 15 to June 16, but in terms of actual hours I reckon there is... maybe around 40 hours. I spent a bit of time working out how to do the first corner with the angled steps, then built one of the side modules - that was all pre xmas 2015. I was away on holiday for most of January 16, then came back and built the remaining modules. I had build sessions scattered in there where I experimented with tree designs, and that kind of broke up the module builds - building the same thing over and over gets a bit dull. It was about 90% done by the end of May, with minifig posing done last. And there were a lot of waits for BL orders in that period too... Thanks - I was particularly happy when the dimensions of it worked out so that the fencing would look seamless over the modules. And even in the smaller configuration!
  5. [MOC] Modular City Park

    Thanks very much for the positive comments everyone, I really appreciate you taking the time and effort to do so. It has taken me a long time to get around to taking photos so it is great to be able to share it with people online at last. Thanks, it took me awhile the first time to figure out how to do them, but once I'd built one corner module it was relatively easy to build the others. I actually refined the technique - the first one wasn't built all that efficiently, the last one used a lot less pieces on the underside. Yes, it is mainly 1x2 trans clear plates - the spouts in the fountain itself are arranged in an approriate arc. Inside the fountain is a combo of trans clear plates and trans light blue square and round plates and tiles. The overflow into the pond in the large layout is trans clear plates turned sideways underneath the top layer, if thats what you are referring to. You can see that overflow segment sitting near the fountain in the photo showing the breakdown of the park. Thanks again for looking everyone.
  6. The Tower Bridge 10214 was released in 2010... that would be why. I don't think they started doing numbered bags for every large set until a couple of years later. I remember building the MMV after getting used to numbered bags and the MMV did not have numbered bags. It was somewhat tedious having to sort through all the pieces to find what you were looking for.
  7. [MOC] Modular City Park

    Hi all. This is my first time posting in the town forum. I just wanted to share a MOC I built for our local Lego show "BrickExpo" in late July 2016, which I only recently had the chance to photograph properly when it was part of a recent LUG collaborative display at the Bricks at Woden School show, and then again when I set it up at home a week or so back. I wanted to build a formal park that was in scale with the Modular buildings, with the aim of having a larger display piece that could be used in the LUG's collaborative layouts. I had already prototyped corner and side modules when LEGO announced the Fun in the Park set, and that set inspired me to proceed with it. So over the course of several months in early 2016 I built all the rest of the park modules. I realised later on in the build that I needed to provide wheelchair access for the new fig, so I turned a side entrance into a ramp and made it the focus of an "opening" scene for the new access ramp. I bought the Fun in the Park set on day one of release and had an entertaining time posing figures (I did use all of them from the set, but one is out of sight on the far side), and thought up a few more minifig scenes as well. The Park also gave me the chance to try some different techniques, especially with the trees, which I made from techniques I saw online and with some variations of my own. Jokingly I refer to it as "UCS Fun in the Park". In the following two overview shots taken at the show, one LUG member built the brick-built roads, and another built the multi-coloured row of town houses in the back. Various members contributed sets etc. Overview 1 Modular City Park Overview 1 by Magma Xenoliths, on Flickr Overview 2 Modular City Park Overview 2 by Magma Xenoliths, on Flickr The Opening of the access ramp Modular City Park 3 by Magma Xenoliths, on Flickr Close up of the Statue end of the Park - a tribute to our founders Modular City Park 4 by Magma Xenoliths, on Flickr I guess I am a romantic at heart... Modular City Park 5 by Magma Xenoliths, on Flickr Kids enjoying the park Modular City Park 6 by Magma Xenoliths, on Flickr Corner Modular City Park 7 by Magma Xenoliths, on Flickr How the park is constructed Modular City Park 8 by Magma Xenoliths, on Flickr And because the park itself is modular, it can be used in a smaller configuration if required! Modular City Park 9 by Magma Xenoliths, on Flickr Larger versions of all photos can be found in the flickr album here for the extra keen: Thanks for taking the time to have a look.
  8. Ranger

    Missed this when you posted it but that is really nice. Inspiring!
  9. [MOC] Problem In Experimental Reactor #3

    Thanks everyone, I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Heh - someone else said that to me when I first showed it to them. I have to admit I barely played any HL1 (HL2 I played right through), but I'm sure it is in my subconscious influences! Cheers - I've been in a few data centres in my time and drew on that a bit. Plus it makes it a bit more visually interesting to have things on different levels. Thanks - I did try and limit the amount of features on the grey walls - the white reactor parts were always going to be very clean looking and I didn't want the walls to be so "busy" that they distracted from the reactor centrepiece. But I didn't want them completely featureless either. I have a lot of respect for those builders who build those complicated hanger walls, it takes a bit of time. The classic yellow smiley in a CS or Futuron figure is dear to my heart, but I do enjoy using the different expressions in scenes to help convey a story. I have far more yellow minifigure heads than fleshies, so they tend to get used. Thanks again everyone.
  10. Hi all. I don't think I've posted something in this sub-forum before, but here is a MOC I made last September for our monthly LUG build challenge, the theme was Futuristic. And there is nothing more futuristic than Futuron! Problem in Experimental Reactor #3 "Those crazy Futuron Scientists and their Experimental Reactors will be the death of us all!" - Unknown Classic Space Engineer Problem In Experimental Reactor #3 Photo1 by Magma Xenoliths, on Flickr Problem In Experimental Reactor #3 Photo2 by Magma Xenoliths, on Flickr Problem in Experimental Reactor #3 Photo3 by Magma Xenoliths, on Flickr I really enjoyed building this one - Classic Space/Futuron was my favourite as a kid. I'd been impressed with someone's spaceship MOC that used Electro-Luminescent wire for a lighting effects and bought some of it to try out for myself. I also had a bunch of trans-blue pieces from buying several Space Police 3 main ships and sooner or later was going to do a Futuron MOC - this reactor was the result. The EL wire actually spirals up in a helix through the middle of the tower, which may not be obvious from photos. The wire itself fits almost perfectly into a 1x1 plate with clip piece, so I just connected it at each level on different sides to keep it in position. The reactor "wall" and the observation room are inspired by pictures I'd seen of early atomic reactors - and maybe a bit of The China Syndrome movie too. And obviously Classic Space folk are keeping an eye on these Futuron engineers and their strange experimental technology.... ;-) Thanks for looking!
  11. LL 330 Grasshopper

    That is a beautiful ship - I love the utilitarian cargo carrying feel it has to it. Really nice!
  12. [MOC] These Romans are crazy..!!

    Absolutely superb! Those minifigs are exceptionally well done. And I really like the houses you did as well,Vitalstatistix's is instantly recognisable. ("Nothing happened at Alesia!") Cacofonix in the tree is the icing on the cake. Excellent work.
  13. Wasn't there a prince in the Kingdoms advent calendar? Nice photos, its interesting to see how much better minifig printing is these days. You have a nice collection of figs.
  14. [MOC] An Unexpected Resident

    Thanks for taking the time to comment guys, I appreciate it. Some good feedback too which I've taken on board for next time. Cheers!
  15. [MOC] An Unexpected Resident

    Thanks for the positive comments everyone, I appreciate it, especially from such accomplished builders. Yes, it was a bit of an accidental experiment - I tried eyes facing outwards initially but something about the way it looked facing forwards appealed to me for some reason. I seem to recall dragons in oriental mythology being more curious and benign rather than the monstrous depictions frequent in western cultures, maybe some of that appealed to me. Thanks - that was indeed the tone I was going for. I thought about making it more violent but I guess I lean towards the whimsical a bit more... Thanks - possibly, although I've been to a fair few castles and I was aiming for more of a feeling of solidity with it than grace. Yes, there is some (perhaps obvious) arranging and photoediting going on here. The actual floor goes back another 8 studs on the far side of the wall to be continuous. The dragon head is mounted on a frame of technic beams and liftarms to hold it at an angle so it seems to be sniffing through the archway - that technic frame goes back a bit further and needed to be counterweighted to stop the head tipping forward as it is fairly solid and thus heavy. To make the far side of the arch dark I used a cardboard box and used white paper around the wall which made it easy to isolate the scene in gimp and put it on a plain background. I don't have a good camera, so just use an iphone outside using natural light.