We’ve featured some of DanSto’s big Star Wars MOCs before. With his latest creation, the French builder proves that size doesn’t matter. For Techlug‘s (one of those other forums out there!) Lightsaber Duel competition, the contestants have to depict one of those ‘forced negotiations’ in a 12×12 vignette. DanSto captured the epic Duel of the Fates in a just as exciting scene. Everything is there, albeit a bit smaller. The smooth pit with the forced perspective is admirable. So are the nice angles in the back. You might not get the feeling of a huge room like in the movie (although 800 bricks were used!), but this is a great vignette on its own with all of the details. It never gets boring, and doesn’t hurt the eye either. A real treat of a vig! Read DanSto’s detailed account in the topic.
The first round of FBTB’s MOC Madness has just ended. With 58 high-level Steam Wars vehicles , it has been quite a success already. And there’s more to come: rounds with speeders, walkers and more fighters! I can’t wait. But in the meantime, let’s have a closer look at these two amazing entries by our German Eurobricks members.
First off, we have MOC Expert Legopard’s Slave 1885 . Isn’t she a beauty? The skeletal approach is quite inventive, and definitely fits the Steampunk theme. It also gives us a look at the delicious technical details. That alone would be enough to make it an impressive creation, but there are some other brilliant details that pop out. There’s a great lantern, a little bit of functionality and even a gorgeous Victorian interior. The concept is amazing as well, since this is an entirely new way of looking at the Slave I as a vehicle, and a quite plausible one too! So this is truly an achievement in both building as in conceptualizing. Head over to the topic to discover even more details and congratulate the talented Legopard.
If you regained consciousness after that amazing MOC, beware, because here is another stunning creation. This time, MOC Expert markus1984 presents his Steampunk B-Wing . With the colors and all the technical details, this really is Steampunk at its best. As if building a normal B-Wing isn’t difficult enough, this one is loaded with all kinds of pipes and propellers. What really sets it apart is the texture in my opinion. The tilted tiles, the nice configuration of panels, the barrels, the chains complementing the flex tubes… genius touches galore to bring the “used universe” into the Steampunk world, for our enjoyment. When you regain consciousness once more, this is the place to be if you want to discover, encourage or even propose. And I think I speak for every one, if I say I can’t wait for what the next round brings!
The results of SoNE Episode V have just been announced, and it’s an emphatic win for the Empire! It was only logical I suppose, given the Episode’s title, but it’s finally broken the Rebel’s winning streak. New Imperial recruit markus1984 received the highest possible score of 25 with his amazing entry ‘The invasion begins’ closely followed by Disco86’s ‘Endor Construction Site’ with a near-perfect 24. The quality of the entries was amongst the best of the series, and is a great sign for the future. Details of Episode VI will be announced shortly, which will have a totally different emphasis, but in the meantime head over to Watto’s Junkyard where you’ll find all of the previous entries for Episodes I-V.
The immanent release of LEGO Ideas’ Exo Suit is getting almost every one quite excited. An aspect of this excitement are the numerous contest being held. We have our own Turtle Contest going on here on Eurobricks, and Brickset has a Neo-Classic Space MOC Contest running (until the end of the month, so you can still make it!). It’s for this last contest vitreolum made this wonderful Cantina in the Neo-Classic Space style. It captures the essence of the location perfectly, and while it is certainly similar to the Cantina set recently released, it has it’s very own character. The clean landspeeder with the nice details is one thing. The nice bar that connects curved, straight and detailed elements (and the Neo-Classic Batman Barman) is another. The icing on the cake are the minifigures that blend in really well with both worlds. The brick built droids are just adorable! It’s a pity there is a part count limitation in this contest, because I really would have liked to see a hovering Dewback! Someone?
Classic Cantina Photography
The release of the new Mos Eisley Cantina set (75052) has created an up-surge in the number of Tatooine-related images on flickr recently, and this by j5k is one of the very best that I’ve seen. I’ve long been a fan of j5k’s work, which covers a wide spectrum of Star Wars material, and they never disappoint. It’s been difficult to select just one image to blog, but the clever lighting and subtle atmospheric haze of this photo are both superb, and help to re-create the Cantina perfectly, although I’m not too sure about the scary Biths! Head over to flickr and take a look at this, and the other beautiful images in j5k’s photostream.
Round one of FBTB’s MOC Madness is continuing strong where builders are re-imagining Star Wars vehicles with a steampunk twist. In this submission, Flickr user Jack McKeen has built his steampunk version of Darth Vader’s TIE Interceptor with all sorts of steam-powered additions. I love his version of sword wielding “Baron Von Vader,” and the use of sails as wings. You can go to the photostream to see all the pulleys and turbines that make this fly, and it’s not to late to join in the MOC Madness if you haven’t already!