Flickr user Rancorbait is an all-round expert in building digital models. He has made mecha’s, Neo-classic space ships, an Orthanc, and lately, some Star Wars mini models. He made some interesting models of the capital ships of the Republic and Separatist fleet, like the Venator and Invisible Hand above. With a limited amount of pieces, connected using some clever techniques, he doesn’t only manage to capture the shape of the ships perfectly. He decorates the nice models with incredible details as well, creating elegant and interesting models. You can see the nicely crafted shapes in the nose of the Invisible Hand, and the fantastic details on the Venator. There are some more models showcased on his Flickr, but I sure hope there will be even more of these small models with big ambitions!
Eurobricks Reviewers Academy is the project in which members can learn how to write quality reviews of LEGO sets. Today, we celebrate the sixth anniversary of that wonderful initiative. Whitefang, teacher on the Academy, reviewed the winter 2014 75036 Utapau Troopers Battle Pack for the occasion. It’s one of those little army builder sets with four excellent minifigures and a nice Tri-droid. The set features the new blasters as well, for added playability. To find out all about this little set, read Whitefang’s review here.
The Steam Wars madness on FBTB rages on! In the previous round, the eight competitors had to Steampunkify a walker. Rolli and markus1984, both German, members of Eurobricks and incredibly talented builders, both choose for the AT-AT. And it’s their entirely different view of the material that makes this fun. Rolli turned the feared war machine into an All Terrain Aristocratic Traveler (on the left), a luxorious cruise
shipwalker. It comes completely equipped with a cosy lounge, an exquisite kitchen, an observation deck and some firepower to keep the poor off. All of that is packed in a very nice looking shell. Both conceptually and aesthetically, it’s a beautiful model. The regal color scheme and the luxurious details nicely contrast with the structural and mechanical elements. Read everything in the leaflet in the topic.
Markus1984’s version (on the right) looks much more ferocious, a mobile fort armed to the teeth. It’s all powered by an amazing boiler in the back, that gives the beast its own character. His model also features some inspired parts usages, like the Rock Raiders cockpit, a cow catcher of a train and some nets. The overall texture is amazing, and it is admirable that each and every nook and cranny is stuffed with details. Enjoy all of them in the topic. To end it all in beauty: the two builders made it into the semi-finals, so there’s more to come…
Disco86 is one of those other very talented and busy builders. Not only is he participating in the latest round of the Iron Builder, but he has given us five amazing builds for the sixth episode of the Shadows of Nar Eurbrikka. The goal is to find Boba Fett, by searching on a vast quantity of planets in the Outer Rim. From industrialized Fondor (my favorite!) to vegetated Felucia, Disco86 managed to give each location its very own atmosphere. Still, all of the entries feel like they all belong together. Maybe it’s the same base recurring, but it might really be the consistent quality that gives away they’re all part of the same story. A story of two friends crossing the galaxy. That other friend is markus1984, who also has depicted his part of the story. So enjoy all of the ten amazing builds from Disco86 and markus1984, and have a great trip across the stars!
It was almost a year ago that I blogged Rob Starwalker’s Hoth MOC, and I’ve just found his latest creation on flickr which is equally impressive. Rob has chosen another classic OT location for it, and this time it’s Mos Eisley! The spaceport was described by Obi-Wan as a “wretched hive of scum and villainy”, which doesn’t sound that promising as potential holiday destination, but I’ll admit I’ve always had a soft spot for the place. The buildings are beautifully constructed, and each has an illuminated interior. It’s quite unusual to see a Tatooine-based MOC using the SNOT technique so extensively, although by using a mixture of tan and dark-tan tiles it looks very effective. The MOC is packed with some great touches, and a wide array of minifigures, including a couple of characters from other Disney films which helps to bring it to life! Head over to flickr and take a look.
Markus1984 has been very busy lately, and you might have seen that here with all of his excellent models. With the new episode of the Shadows of Nar Eurbrikka open, he can continue to show us his amazing freebuilds. His latest one might be a bit auto-biographical: returning from the Endor mission, he’s up for a holiday. But alas, the next mission awaits already. Still he takes it with his usual enthusiasm and dedication. Applying that to this build, the Star Destroyer bridge answers to his high standards. The unusual shapes of the windows and the consoles beneath them are represented flawlessly, and the greebling on the ceiling is unique and awe-inspiring. If all of this isn’t enough to make your day already, his freebuild is actually a double header, containing a perfect blast door as well. To check out this beautiful bridge and brilliant blast door, have a look in the Star Wars forum.