Whenever a Star Wars model is created as part of the Iron Builder challenge, I just have to highlight it. The fact that the participants manage to whip up an awesome creation with a given part in such a short span of time is a testimony to their brilliance. Usually, they use the seed part in some clever way as a nice extra detail. But I bet you can’t guess what the mystery part is just from pouring over this rendition of CMaddison’s Vader’s lightsaber. It mysteriously melts into the model that’s not just about sweet details, but features subtle shapes all around. The roundness of the hilt is approximated perfectly, with a smooth finish for the originally metal parts and a more textured hand grip to give it some variety that actually improves it over the original. CMaddison also recreated a shape I deemed impossible to replicate: the business end of the lightsaber with the right parts at the right angle. The real highlight is at the other side of the model however, with the use of complicated but invisible techniques to create an even smoother shaft, and some parts everybody forgot about to create those subtle ridges. I love it how he used relatively basic pieces to create a thing of beauty with such grace and subtlety. Most people (me included) would go for some crazy minifig accessory to add detail, but CMaddison uses some standard rounded and offset plates for a detail that beats every obscure part you can’t think of. I’m amazed by how well he understands the bricks we all think we understand and puts them together in truly new ways. That’s just the level of perfection the weapon of choice of the galaxy’s most feared Sith Lord requires. You can always try to put your hands on the screen to try and feel all of the shapes and how well it fits into your hand, but maybe it’s more practical to just admire it here.
A whole month probably wouldn’t be enough for me to create something of such quality. But CMaddison didn’t have that much time at all, since he produced one amazing build right after the other in his month of Iron Building. And every one of them is a gem (the creations of his opponent, Retinence, were gorgeous as well, but he didn’t venture into that galaxy far, far away), and this Nerdly mouse droid illustrates that again with subtle, super sleek slopes and again a brilliant use of the seed part. If you still can’t tell what that mysterious part is because it’s integrated so well, it’s the forklift fork. But don’t blame yourself for not seeing it. Blame CMaddison’s genius.
What did you think of the Plot?
Oky: The last couple of episodes have been very episodic and focused more on the characters than the plot and this one is no different. Continue reading
The new Star Wars is not any longer years or even months away, but just a couple of weeks! The slew of trailers succeeded in strengthening the hype even further, and we’re starting to see that reflected with loads of quality builds depicting each and every vehicle spotted in the previews. It already looks like the new X-wing, particularly in its striking color scheme, will be a MOC favorite, with builders tackling it in a variety of ways and scales.
It seems such a random thing to do, to slap thick black nerdy glasses onto anything remotely Star Wars. And you might have noticed that the last couple of days, this myopic infestation has been spreading quickly. The reason is that we’re really in the season of contests, and fellow blog Bricknerd is leaving its mark. Bricknerd’s mascot is the adorable 2×2 red brick with signature glasses, Nerdly. Over the years, more and more people have fallen prey to its adorableness, and to satisfy its hunger for power, an annual contest is held to put those glasses onto every character, beast and vehicle imaginable. Not only is it incredibly lucrative with some sweet prizes, but it seems to be a great deal of fun too, judging by the sheer amount and quality of the entries. This year, the main focus is Star Wars, making the results even nerdier than usual. We’ve got anything from the hilarious to the genius to the downright artistic, all of the highest quality, making it incredibly hard for me to focus on just a few. So I won’t. You might think that’s just lazy of me, but wait until you get knocked over by this parade of awesomeness. Moreover, Nerdly will approve of the propaganda.
Every builder succeeds in making the material his in a very special way. With Nerdly in Carbonite, for example, KOS brick combines his signature clean and moody style with the fun source material to create a tragic build with added drama. And Palixa And The Bricks‘ R2-D2 succeeds like no other creation in getting Nerdly round and Artoo square, right in the Goldilocks zone. And didn’t captainsmog pull off the perfect joke with his It’s a NERD!, with the glasses that only worsen the Admiral’s ability to sense a ruse? Finally, nobu_tary‘s Darth Maul is a stand-out creation with its artistic quality (I almost see him wielding double red paintbrushes!), and a leading candidate in the list of best Darth Maul creations ever. So are your nerdichlorians already tingling? Well, then use the next week to put on those glasses, feel smart, and build brilliantly. If you want even more goodness, you can see all entries here. And if you’re really in the mood, you can always try slapping a Rebel logo on any character, beast and vehicle possible…
Man, we really should rethink our logo on MOCappeal…
What did you think of the Plot?
Oky: A plot doesn’t always need to have lots of twists and turns to be good. Sometimes it’s enough to just have a straight forward story that has high stakes and is well executed for the episode to work. This is one of those episodes. Continue reading
Our colleagues at The Brothers Brick are organizing a contest. The objective is to take Rey’s speeder from the Force Awakens to the next level with paint, wings, cannons and – if possible – a nice place to store a shovel, a bucket and some sand molds for the kids. Every single entry is boggling my mind with its amashing creativity, but – I guess you expect I now say that Priovit70‘s creation above is among the best entries. Well, I won’t, because the lovely creation above isn’t an entry for the contest, it’s the inspiration for it.
So Priovit70 was the first to look at Rey’s ride and see the enormous potential for adding all kinds of bells and whistles to it. He immediately picked the details that make us all giddy. A blue base, greebly grey areas, extra fins, yellow lights, bumblebee stripes and that logo, and you know that classic space has entered the monitor. I love how the builder managed to couple the classic space aesthetic with the round shapes of the speeder by making sure there are some harder edges and slopes present. And that look of the back throws you back to the old days when Star Wars ships weren’t that polished and had exposed tubes all over the place. Creating something new but having it evoke the pleasures of the past, that really get’s me excited to see what the future brings, especially if it brings more of Priovit70’s wonderful creations!
What did you think of the Plot?
Oky: This episode was off to a bumpy start. Rex and Kanan’s disagreements on how Ezra should be trained are taking their toll on the kid. So much so that he abandons his responsibilities to check out a distress signal while the others are on a mission. However, things quickly start looking up when he meets a certain space pirate. Continue reading