ED-209

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  1. ED-209

    Viking Advent Calendar

    Oh it made complete sense to me when you mentioned it. I was going for a non-mythological theme, but I was tempted to bend my rules and make day 24 Odin when you brought up the idea! And don't forget old white-bearded Odin going on "the Wild Hunt" around Jul-time, the imagery of the clattering hooves across the winter sky... and even the idea of children leaving out a boot filled with straw for Odin's horse Sleipnir, in exchange for which Odin would leave a small gift as a token of thanks. It all sounds very familiar! I think I was in my early teens when I finally learnt about all the pre-Christian Pagan roots of Christmas, and it blew my mind! And don't get me started on the Pagan fertility festival that became Easter! You're most welcome, I'm glad everyone enjoyed it! Thanks, I did try to balance out the minifigs in the same ratio as TLG's official Advent Calendars. Hey that's a great idea! And one just of the figs themselves, something of a final bow.
  2. ED-209

    Viking Advent Calendar

    I propose an elaborate system of 12 Advent Calendars a year, one per month! Language! It's not that type of "throne"! (It was actually a Simpsons quote, in case you didn't spot it!) By all means use the design, is it clear enough for you to reverse-engineer or would you like some brief instructions? Well, we're all done now! Thank you all for coming along on this little journey with me, I've had a lot of fun! Day 24 is up, it's Christmas Day tomorrow, best wishes to everyone!
  3. ED-209

    Viking Advent Calendar

    Thank you, I'd buy it too! Yes some of the builds are very simple, mainly because I was trying to emulate the way TLG makes their Advent Calendars. There always seems to be a few simple builds to keep the overall parts count down. I think the haystack is my simplest build. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about, but case in point my daughter opened her Friends calendar today and it contained nothing but a single pony. A few days ago it was just a single dog! It surprised me that even though they're complex elements to mould (and have personalities that kids will imbue them with) there was no assembly of any parts at all on those days at all. Why not?! That must be some mighty good cheese! Almost finished, Day 22 is up!
  4. ED-209

    Viking Advent Calendar

    Thanks again! It's really an improper part usage from TLG's perspective (because they don't treat the hand as an individual element), but I felt the staff just looked a little too plain without something suggesting branches. I had originally based the look on this picture I once found of this kinda crazy-looking pagan wizard, I just found the photo so evocative - this is a character I want to see in a movie/book/TV show! I couldn't figure out a way to make a goat horn on the end of his staff, so I went with the branch look. Oh, that's a fantastic idea! 1x1 round tiles like cross-sectioned slices of a branch with runic symbols carved/burnt into them! I'll have to work on that...
  5. ED-209

    Ideas for CMFs

    By the gods, these are fantastic!! I love the fact that you keep coming up with more and more designs and ideas! I know I'm late to the party here, but I just can't express how blown away I am! Keep up the fantastic work, I'm dying to see more!
  6. ED-209

    Viking Advent Calendar

    Day 20 is up, and there's your nordic wizard! I was biting my tongue all this time!!
  7. ED-209

    Viking Advent Calendar

    Wow, thanks! I can't even tell you how much I wish I owned one of those printers! LOL plates aren't butch enough perhaps?! Well really they used wooden plates, but sadly Lego haven't yet made the plate/dish element in a woodsy colour! Oh, if the plate and classic mug elements came in tan... just imagine how many inns, taverns, meadhalls and banquet tables across the world would be filled with minifigs enjoying food and drink from all those wooden trenchers and tankards! In the meantime... the cheese just goes directly on the table! By the hammer of Thor, day 18 is now up!
  8. ED-209

    Viking Advent Calendar

    It's cool, isn't it?! I'm also looking forward to the black bear, I missed out on the dark brown one last time... Day 15 is up.
  9. ED-209

    Viking Advent Calendar

    That's right, new beehive element! Coming in some of the City mountain police sets in 2018. It even fits on a minifig's head for comedic results:
  10. ED-209

    Viking Advent Calendar

    There's no rush, the wheel works perfectly fine as it is - it's just a little unsightly on one side! There are actually a couple of builds that I think I'll modify. For the log from Day 2 I'll insert this part in the middle to make it "break away"more cleanly: And for the toy boat on Day 4 I'll replace the 2x3 plate with a 2x3 tile, and probably make a sticker of a billowed sail in that archetypal Viking stripe:
  11. ED-209

    Viking Advent Calendar

    Thanks my man! But how else is a little blacksmith going to keep a sharp edge on all those little toy swords?! It's straightforward enough that you can probably already see this, but the grindstone is made of these two parts: and I'd love the grindstone to be smooth/tiled on both sides! Do you mean to replace the plate with another tile, and position them back to back? It would be doable, but because they both have pin holes instead of axle holes they'd move about feely and the axle would slide out easily (unless you used a longer one with bushings on the end). There may be a way to get a smooth underside to the wheel, but I was just trying to build it with the minimum number of parts I could! Let me know if I've misunderstood what you were suggesting, or if you (or anyone else) has any other suggestions! And Lego? If you're listening: I'd like a new element like this, but round and with a hole through it! By Odin's beard, day 12 is now online and that means we're already half way through!
  12. ED-209

    Viking Advent Calendar

    Well if you're having a bet with yourself the good news is that whatever shows up on the 24th, you're going to win the bet! But the bad news is you're also going to lose the bet! Thank you, I had a lot of fun putting them together. And since I've forgotten which order I put them in, every day is still a little surprise to me! And on that note, day 11 is up!
  13. ED-209

    Viking Advent Calendar

    Aw thanks, that's so kind! I really like the wood carver too! Also, day 10 is now up!
  14. ED-209

    Viking Advent Calendar

    So it is the underpants look. Got it. I AM THE NORDIC WIZARD!! LOL I love that, I feel like I want to walk around wearing some sort of antlered headdress now! The blacksmith is one of the only civilian minifigs in the castle lines! But yeah, he's gonna burn his hands without some tongs! Aaaaaaand... day 8 is up!
  15. ED-209

    Viking Advent Calendar

    Thanks! I think you're right - if I were a Danish toy company, I'd be making Viking toys all the time! :-P My 4yo loves them too! (Although he loves his Lego City calendar as well!) And my 2yo ran off with with the little chicken from day 3! That's because it's a custom sticker I made! Thank you, the woodcarver is wearing one of my standard Norse tunic printed torsos. I had them printed in several colours and have gotten a lot of mileage out of them! What's troubling you about the tan pants? Is it the "squint and he looks like he might be wearing underpants" thing? I originally had him in unprinted pants, but it just looked too plain. My preference would actually be dark tan, if I had something that had a suitable belt and pouch printed on it. And by Frey's golden boar, Day 7 is now online!