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  1. Since we just opened our Christmas presents and we are still in the holidays mood, today I want to talk to you about something very special and dear to me. As you may imagine from the title, this story is about me and LEGO, about becoming an AFOL, MOCs, LUGs and communities, the people and the creativity behind the bricks, the LEGO story, fun facts, sources and resources. I invite you to read it on my blog and I hope that you will find it interesting Have a good read, thank you! :)
  2. Hi everybody! New edition of Brickstory by Kockice just started We're inviting all LUG members to join us in a historical adventure with our favourite bricks. Four themes and four well known judges are alone enough to make this contest awsome. But since it's a contest, few prizes are here to spice up the competitiveness. Thanks! And if any questions, don't be a stranger Good luck!
  3. BoBS History and Background Thread On this thread you will find articles that relate to the history and background of the world that Brethren of the Brick Seas takes place in. Index: Madrice Peninsula (Where Corrington, Eslandola, and Oleon are located) Brief History of the Madrice Peninsula Jameis Farstrider's Guide to the Madrice Peninsula Religions of Oleon and most of the Madrice Peninsula Wars of the Madrice Peninsula Halos: Religions of Halos The Middle Empires New Terra: Journals of Cato Calrelli The Founding of Bastion and the Original Articles of the Pirate's Court. Maps: Madrice Peninsula and much of Halos (This post) The Crossing General Background of Brethren of the Brick Seas The year is 615 AE and this is the dawn of a new era. For the first time in the history of the continent of Halos, new lands have been discovered. Even more shocking, the Halosians are not alone in the world. Once thought to be a flat plane, where monsters roamed the edges, the world is now believed by most geographers to be most certainly round. This was proven first with the discovery of Terraversa by the Mardierian explorer, Ardmond Basker. For 100 years the Mardierians have held Terraversa as a far off gateway, keeping all others out and not allowing the information of the world to the east, or New Terra, to permeate into the rest of Halos. At almost a 1000 miles from the next island in the Sea of Storms, the island remains a most crucial point on the voyage into the unknown. As time went on, other nations of the Madrice Peninsula began to search the seas for other islands and their potential riches. South of the Basker Islands, Corrington took Tiberia, an unforgiving rock just outside of the much more lucrative tropical zone. Oleon found LeBellan, the jewel of the Sea of Storms. LeBellan sits right inside the tropical zone, and produces sugar in vast quantities. 56 years ago Eslandola took possession of An Holli and An Toli, two smaller islands south of LeBellan, both sugar producing as well. Despite gaining footholds in the Sea of Storms, the other Madrician nations were unable to voyage beyond Terraversa. This all changed with the death of King Harln of Mardier, and the vast civil war that began in the country in 595 AE. Instead of looking to gain territory from Mardier’s mainland, the Eslandolans approached the Viceroy of Terraversa and paid him handsomely for permission to trade at the island. The Viscount took it further and allowed ALL nations to pay for the privilege to visit his island. Twenty years later, as the civil war continues, Terraversa has become a defacto independent state. The Viscount’s son, Miro Oldis, now runs the island, and his father’s policies live on. It is not certain if the Mardierians will reestablish their colony or not after the war, but it may be too late. In 597, intrepid Eslandolian explorer Cato Calrelli sailed east from Terraversa into the unknown. Thought to be suicidal at the time, the voyage ended 70 days later when he returned with the news that he had found more of New Terra. He claimed the land for Eslandola, and soon the Kingdom of Eslandola was the leading nation in colonization. In 605, news circulated throughout the Madrice Peninsula that the Eslandolans had found gold on their island of Nellisa, and this set off a thirst for expansion and exploration never before seen. With Terraversa as a launching spot for new expeditions, Corringtonians, Oleanders, Eslandolans, along with some Garvans, Mardierans, and Carnovans made their way towards New Terra. Many found themselves unable to find supplies at Nellisa, the Eslandolans baring even some of their own from landing on the island. These vagabonds headed south, where a new isle was found, one with few resources, but great defensive harbors. Soon, the Sea Rats had a home. Angry that they had been dispossessed and had not found aid, many turned to vengeance on the Eslandolans by becoming pirates, and many of these pirates began to prey on all nations, and even their fellow pirate. Besides Terraversa, where the Atwi tribe lives, no new natives have been found yet. The islands beyond Terraversa have so far all had strange abandoned settlements upon them, and some sailors say that there is a whole new nation of people in these far waters, but no one has recorded seeing a non-Halosian or Atwi person yet. This brings us to the present. Oleon and Corrington have both issued rewards for the first permanent settlement “Beyond the Line” (beyond Terraversa). They are willing to bring their navies to New Terra if they only have a settlement to resupply at. Eslandola is calling for its own people to venture into the unknown and find wealth and fortune in the name of Eslandola. But the Sea Rats lurk in all the waters of New Terra, waiting for opportunity, and despite the world seeming more round than ever, some say those old sea monsters still exist in the uncharted lands of the East.
  4. Hi everyone! I follow your great creations, posts and comments but haven`t shared much myself until now. I`ve finally "learned" how to post images from a imagehost (dah), then it will be easier to share my own creations here at Eurobricks as well. Feedbacks makes it much more fun to create and share! I`ll start with my newest creation called "Chillville Museum of Art & History", which is a museum, of art & history, in my Lego city aka Chillville. You`ll also find my Legolife on -I hope you like my grand new museum! It has a new roofdesign made of DBG bananas, grand tinted glass entrance from floor to roof, candelier and a massive staircase of glass. Enjoy! Welcome! The friendly waiter welcomes you with a apertizer on the grand opening day, stirred but not shaken. The owner/artcollector and the curator enjoys the balcony. New use of of bananas in DBG, selfdesigned. Grand entrance, welcome in! 1st floor with cashier desk and art of the old days as well as present days. Selfdesigned staircase in massive glass. Staircase to.... ...the 2nd floor. -More art & history and entrance to the balcony. A closer look at the arts and crafts. The friendly minifigs, cashier - visitor - waiter for the grand opening - owner/artcollector - curator Hope you liked it! It`s not my first MOC and not the last ;)
  5. TheLunabrick

    Wild West Theme Return?

    In my honest opinion some of the best looking sets of all time are the western themed sets. So far we have only had one official wave of Western sets (the original and the short rerelease of a few of those sets) and one wave of Lone Ranger sets. Would anyone else like to see LEGO bring the wild west theme back? If so what would you like to see them do?
  6. BrickBuilder7622

    [MOC] A Family History

    I have always wondered of what exact origin my last name “Klapheke” stemmed from, and what exactly it means. I decided to research it, and, being that some in my family are dedicated genealogists, it wasn’t long before I found the story behind it… Circa 12th century, somewhere in Müschen, near Laer, Germany. Hubertus de Rode, a knight who lived on a fief that was owned by a local bishop. The knight’s property (a mill and a house) led to some farms of a church-village, all of which was surrounded by a fence. It is speculated that Hubertus de Rode’s property was close to the edge of this fence, and that he might have been the gatekeeper, opening the “klapheck (a type of opening gate)” to visitors and townsfolk. It is most likely then that Hubertus de Rode then earned the title “Hubertus of Swing-Gate,” or “Hubertus Klapheck.” Klapheck would later change to Klapheke as the ages passed by. So there you have it. A dedication to the first Klapheke. MOC-wise I didn’t want this creation to be “run-of-the-mill” MOC (heheheh…), so I tried my best to add as many details as I was able. Special thanks to Atte and Cesbrick for heavily inspiring me. Also, big thanks to my workplace Bricks & Minifigs for supplying me extra parts to build this MOC. You guys are awesome. :D
  7. Hello fellow Eurobrickers, I'd like to introduce my Lego Ideas project to you: Meet The Fiat Bartoletti Race transporter from the fifties. This is definitely a car i would like to see in an official Legoset Your support is more than welcome ;-) Best Regards from Holland Startbrickingtoday (Michel)
  8. A few years ago, I made a post in the Town forum about where LEGO City is located. Now, I would like to do something similar with the Castle themes. More accurately, show where in History and Literature the Castle Themes take place. Let us begin with the earliest theme: Castle (1978-1983) Possibly the most general theme in the whole Castle series, there are knights, soldiers and nobility. Judging by the clothing worn by the soldiers (all blue with castle-emblemed apron and helmet), it's safe enough to assume 1978 Castle takes place during the late Middle Ages, possibly near the end of the Hundred Years' War. The next themes in the Castle canon all share one thing in common: factions. So, they shall be grouped together. Faction Series (1984-1993, 2010-2014) -Black Falcons (1984-1992) -Lion Knights/Crusaders (1984-1992) -Forestmen (1987-1992) -Black Knights (1988-1994) -Wolfpack Renegades (1992-1993) -Kingdoms (2010-2012) -Castle 2013 (2013-2014) In the Middle Ages, Europe was rife with numbers of independent kingdoms, principalities and fiefdoms, each with their own dialect, currency, measurements, and ruling system. The Holy Roman Empire (modern-day Western-Central Europe) consisted of at least 100 such domains. Naturally, there would be some occasional warring between these domains over land rights, religion (especially in the 1600's), and annexations. Each domain was noted by its coat of arms, carried by soldiers into battle. As for examples of each faction, here are some parallels I've found in historical contexts: Black Falcons: Teutonic Knights Lion Knights/Crusaders: Holy Roman Empire, Knight's Templar Black Knights: Slavic kingdoms Lion Knights (Kingdoms): Kingdom of Léon/Castile Dragon Knights (Kingdoms): Kingdom of Aragon Royal Knights (Castle 2013): Kingdom of France Dragon Knights (Castle 2013): Kingdom of England The Forestmen faction is obviously a play off the legends of Robin Hood and his Merry Men, along with various Germanic folk heroes. The Wolfpack Renegades are more simply rogues that made these warring factions a necessary evil, a bunch of marauding villains pillaging and burning, forcing peasants to swear loyalty to one of the above warring factions. Our next section is a different category of factions that didn't truly belong with the above: Knights Series (2000-2006, 2015- ) -Knights Kingdom (2000) -Knights Kingdom II (2004-2006) -Nexo Knights (2015- ) The basis of these series isn't historical, but rather in literature. During the mid to late Middle Ages, a popular form of literature was the Arthurian Romance, involving knights, with fealty sworn to a King and a code of honor, fighting against all manner of adversaries to prove themselves. The most popular adaptation of the Arthurian Romance is Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte D'Arthur, but other versions exist, including Thomas of Britain's Tristan and Iseult, Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival, and Ulrich von Zatzikhoven's Lanzelet. The two Knights Kingdom series put this in context for a LEGO world, while Nexo Knights makes it into King Arthur with computer chips. And now for the final category: Fantasty (1993-2000, 2007-2009) Dragon Masters (1993-1995) Royal Knights (1995-1996) Fright Knights (1997-1998) Castle 2007 (2007-2009) Never in history were there live skeletons, wizards, trolls, dwarves, dragons, and ghosts mucking about with knights. However, all of the aforementioned did have a place in the stories of the medieval public. Trolls and dwarves were a large part of Germanic and Scandinavian folklore. Ghosts were also prevalent, like the banshee from Ireland or Hamlet's father from William Shakespeare's play of the same name. Dragons go with medieval folklore without even debating it (St. George and the Dragon, Siegfied). Likewise with wizards. Skeletons, though, are most likely a parallel to the danse macabre associated with the large number of deaths during the Black Death that swept Europe by storm. Of course, these skeletons did not have large battleships or towers. That's all I've got at the moment. Have any other ideas? Then feel free to post them below. Always entertaining, always inspiring, always:
  9. I have always wondered, why stud notches (aka missing notches of plastic) are always deeper than studs are tall? To see what I mean, take any piece that has stud notches, a common example is the 2x2 round brick, and click it onto another brick, and you will see, there are gaps at the tops of the notches. Was it because LEGO once made bricks with taller studs, and are always making the notches as deep as they are to maintain backwards compatibility? Gary "LEGO Historian" Istok, where are you?
  10. ThunderWarrior

    Assembly of Peter I

    Hello! I'm happy to present you MOC about russian history! Assembly is a ball of the nobility. Introduced by Peter the Great (emperor of Russia) as a form of meeting in higher society, following the European model. Reigned relaxed atmosphere: either meet or see anyone not required. Guests can play chess, checkers, but mostly amusement considered dances that were to bring together young people, to acquaint women with men. At first the dances were considered extremely immoral entertainment. The participants sat in a silent, shy of each other. All rested on the king, his will, the ability to organize a meeting, came to stir. And if not for Peter, the Assembly did not come into the tradition. In the evenings there was full equality: everyone could be invited to dance, even the empress and her daughters. Tsar Peter and empress Catherine. Prince Alexander Menshikov (statesman and highly appreciated associate and friend of Tsar Peter the Great). Piano player. Thanks for watching!
  11. Imperial Shipyards

    32 gun frigate Concorde (French, ca.1760-1780)

    Hey folks, This creation was finished in 2012, among with the rest of my fleet of 8 vessels. 6 of these ships have been built in parallel using some exciting new techniques that I boldly labelled "nextgen" as it took build quality to a whole new level. Essential features are a innovative hull technique (that essentially show I could have done it without prefabs, retaining only the lower parts), complete accessible interior, and drastically improved sails and rigging. For some reasons I never posted any of these ships, so tonight I just took my smartphone and made a start. Concorde is a 32-gun Frigate which was modelled after French ships from roughly 1760-1780. The colour scheme, sail plan and size and gun count are roughly historically accurate. However, she still offers herself to all kinds of play and postures, because I believe a Lego creation should be good for more than just first looks. Enjoy!
  12. seaboard92

    Modular Real Life Measuring Unit

    Hey guys, I'm a very new member. I have a quick question. I'm designing a model of the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Wall on Nov 9, 1989 the fall of the wall. I want to make my model in the scale of my other modular buildings. Does anyone know what the scale I should be looking at. It'll be a very large project that I'm starting. I believe I will start with Check Point Charlie as that is far less detailed. Basically I'm asking what real world measurements are in modular scale. Did I make sense? Thanks in advance. One foot in our world equals how many bricks?
  13. SecondHandLego

    A chronology of Lego molds?

    Recently, I started selling some of my second hand lego at I happened to have bought a batch of second hand lego with some old parts in it going back to the early 1970s or late 1960s. On BrickLink I noticed there is an interest in these older parts. For example the ones with 'Pat. pend.' (Patent pending. Lego applied for patents in different countries as of the late 1950s or earlier) inscribed on the inside, or the ones that have it erased with a small 'blob' (after the patents were granted). Also the location of the molding 'pip' is apparently telling for the age of the brick and hence of the value of it to Lego collectors. Such markings are of couse very handy to estimate the age of a brick. However, I noticed that there is a more detailed coding scheme in the bricks that seems to identify their respective molds. It consists of letters and numbers in various coding schemes and locations on the bricks. I'm sure you know what I mean. (but if not have a look here https://frankvanderm...-of-lego-molds/ Interestingly, while going through a batch of 'Pat. Pend.' 2x3 plates, I noticed a few funny mistakes in the molds. Apparently, the images are too big and have been removed. Check the above mentioned link to see one of them. It seems interesting to me to have a chronology of the different molds (and colors), at least for a number of often-used bricks. I tried to find it through Google but could not find anything. Does anyone know of such a chronology? Would you be interested in having access to it if it existed? Would you be interested in collecting the data?
  14. Luckypat

    [Moc] Planning Room

    Hey everyone Here is my latest MOC made for GOH.. The Planning Room. Today, members discuss further exploration into unknown lands. A chandelier hangs from wooden supports, as well as the colours of Avalonia, dark and light green. Members discuss exploration A once great leader As always, all constructive criticism is welcome. Thanks, ~Pat
  15. Hey everyone Decided to build a section of a library for GOH. The first floor has some bookshelves, desk and a statue. Second floor is more of a "cat-walk", which displays shields, weapons and the colors of Avalonia. As always, both positive and negative criticism is welcome. Thanks all for reading/viewing. ~Pat
  16. Hey everyone After settling in the furthest west of Avalonia, these three set up a small house close to the cliff edge. The Avalonian colors fly near the entrance of the house (And as decoration at the bottom). Still new to the land, they take their time exploring different locations and plan to expand their settlement here. As always, all feedback is welcome! A closer look at the landscape and front of the building. Looking forward to posting more here in Guilds of Historica. Thanks all for your time! ~Pat
  17. Hey everyone It's been some time since my last upload here on EuroBrick. I finished this project around December, but only got around to taking pictures this week. This time, I decided to build an island that has never been explored, until now. As always, any feedback (both positive and negative) that are constructive are welcome. The Island build itself (Without the explorers). A closer look at the beach. The 2 bravest explorers make their way onto the island (1). The 2 bravest explorers make their way onto the island (2). Please excuse the sloppy masking, just installed Illustrator last night and I'm still getting used to it. Thanks for your time, ~Pat
  18. JangBricks just published a superb and really complete video history of the building blocks history. I’ve seen & heard of almost all of them before, except the one made in rubber. Interesting to see how this all came what LEGO is today. Here’s the link to the video
  19. kjm161

    MOC The Knight Museum

    I love museums, particularly the Museum of Civilization in Hull, Canada (now the Canadian Museum of History) and the Field Museum in Chicago. Having recently discovered collectible Lego Minifigures (I know a bit late, but better late than never), many of which have a historical theme and Lego putting out sets based on one of my favourite cartoons growing up, that being “Scooby Doo Where Are You”, I really wanted to create a Museum that incorporated all these things. After my kids got me the Tower Bridge for my birthday I had enough Lego to attempt my own creation. So here is my version of the Knight Museum. Help the Scooby Doo gang at the Knight Museum find clues and defeat a gang of villains trying to steal precious artifacts. The first episode in the original Scooby Doo cartoon series had the gang solving the Mystery of the Black Knight in the County Museum. A secret passage (behind a portrait of the Fat Lady that leads to the roof) and various hiding places allow the villains to hide out and plan and execute their nefarious plot. This lego creation tries to combine the fantasy of Scooby Doo with beauty and treasure of real life museums. This Museum has a dinosaur exhibit, and historical exhibits from Europe, Asia, the New World, and Ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians. An observatory is located on the roof for star gazing. Under the stairs is a research area, a gem display and storage for unused display items. The Museum is built on two 32x32 stud base plates and is roughly double the size of a traditional modular building. Each layer and the roof can be removed as in normal modular buildings. Hope you like it. I had fun building it. Enjoy. Museumb by Karen Metz, on Flickr Musuem4b by Karen Metz, on Flickr Museum11b by Karen Metz, on Flickr Museum6b by Karen Metz, on Flickr Museum21 by Karen Metz, on Flickr Musuem4b by Karen Metz, on Flickr Museum12b by Karen Metz, on Flickr
  20. Luckypat

    [Moc] The WWII Museum

    Hello everyone :) I recently completed this MOC, which is, as the title says, a WWII museum. On the left side you can see a variety of helmets and weapons (Purchased from Brickmania). In the corner there is a mini diorama that represents the battle of the bulge with two German soldiers outfitted with Winter camouflage. Two British and American soldiers (manikins) can be seen on display at the right side of the MOC. As a center display, I decided to put a willy's jeep. Anything you like or don't like? Please let me know, I am all for constructive criticism :) Thank you, Luckypat
  21. Here are some buildings, I've built for Russian and Ukrainian contests Bakery Raven's Keep Graveyard Watchman's House
  22. ThunderWarrior

    Byzantium Church

    Hello from Russia! I'm happy to present you MOC about greek history (especially Greek War of Independence)! Greek revolutionist with banner. Thanks for watching!
  23. An amazing classic Lego collection from 1979 to the early 90's, complete sets in their original boxes with instructions. Album with descriptions here: Purchased all at once (by me) from a single collector, this is by far the best example of classic Lego history I've ever seen in one place. I've photographed and researched the entire collection. If you notice any errors or know of additional information, I'd appreciate you telling me and will update the album accordingly. Enjoy!
  24. soccerkid6

    The City of Harfleur

    My build for Round 6 of The Tourney at MOCpages. I chose to build a section of the city Harfleur, with Henry V making his triumphant entry after the town's surrender. The city's walls, towers, and houses, have all sustained damage from the siege. The only buildings set square to the base are the red house, and two small sections of the wall. Both houses have full interiors and working doors. See all the details here: link Thanks for looking