If it’s Ugly but it Works, it isn’t Ugly

Alliance Dreadnaught cruiser Stolen Gold, by ProvenceTristram, on Eurobricks

 

The most ubiquitous things in life rarely are the prettiest. That’s no different in a galaxy far, far away. Take the Dreadnaught-class heavy cruiser, for instance. Contrary to that other Dreadnought we talked about earlier, its design isn’t what you’d call aesthetically stunning. It doesn’t look threatening, it doesn’t look fast, it doesn’t look like anything really, but it works. That’s why it could be found all over the galaxy for a long time, at least in Legends. Its versatility made it extremely useful to both Rebels, Imperials and even Hutts. Doesn’t make it prettier though.

So how do you turn such an ugly, formless blob into something beautiful? ProvenceTristram‘s genius solution is to use ugly pieces. Those pieces no one ever uses because they’re too big, have a clunky shape and just don’t seem to belong in a detailed creation. It seems hard to use those big windscreen pieces for anything else than windscreens or giant tiles for something else than a quick road or a surface to stick your UCS sticker to. ProvenceTristram realized that those boring parts are ideal in this situation. Not only is their shape the perfect match for the source material, the fact that they are so featureless makes them perfect for a ship that’s all about cheap functionality. As a manufacturer, it’s just more effective to build everything from big pieces instead of assembling a multitude of tiny components. The builder saw that this ship does have personality and that it lies precisely in its unashamedly placing function over form. That insight enabled him to capture it perfectly with bricks. He balanced the amount of additional detailing just right for it to be interesting to look at without compromising its unique character. He accomplished this by having the details look like big, cheap chunks that were repeatedly slotted right in instead of being all unique and well incorporated into the ship. ProvenceTristram excelled in putting his aversion for big pieces aside and resisting the urge to make each detail unique. In this creation, he shows himself the master of cutting corners for the greater good, making the most beautiful ugly ship you’ve seen for a while. And then you haven’t even seen it up close!

The Last Day Without Rumors

Star Wars movie discussion, on Eurobricks

 

The Last Jedi. That will be the title to the Star Wars saga’s eighth episode. The hype for Rogue One was just starting to die down and I could finally roam the internet freely without the fear for spoilers when this news hit us unexpectedly. The title hasn’t grown on me yet, “TLJ” doesn’t have a nice ring to it and I find it a bit overly dramatic, but I do like the contrast it provides with the hopeful “The Force Awakens”. The alleged darker tone of this episode is already shining through in its title, so we’re sure to be in for a heavy ride! The movie will be directed by Rian Johnson, known for 2012’s Looper. Now the rumor shuttle has departed, we have to wait until December 15th of this year to find out which ones were true. Hop aboard in the Star Wars movie discussion topic!

Rebels Review: Ghosts of Geonosis

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What did you think of the Plot?
Oky: Now that the excitement over Rogue One has started to die down, Star Wars Rebels returns from the winter break and it is bringing along one of the characters from the “Star Wars Story”. Not only that, but we are treated to one of the rare two-parters. However, was that enough to make for a great return? Continue reading

The Face of Destruction

Harrower-class Dreadnought, by Swan Dutchman, on Eurobricks

 

The gorgeous shots in Rogue One would convince you it’s impossible to improve on the design of the Star Destroyer. And you’d be almost right. It’s nearly impossible. That’s why it took two years to finalize the design of the Harrower-class Dreadnought from The Old Republic and why it took some more months for Swan Dutchman to build the LEGO version of it to make it absolutely beautiful. He made the Star Destroyer look just right, more massive than ever. He also made sure the saying that a man starts to look like his spaceship after a while is clearer than ever with the sith species face shape of the ship giving it a serene but dead and unstoppable look.

The only problem with the Dreadnought is that its shape is more difficult to recreate than that of his good old younger brother. That didn’t seem to be a problem for Swan Dutchman though: everything comes beautifully together. And if there were any gaps, the builder even used them to his advantage and used them as a place to accommodate details. Just look at the clever antenna down the nose (a term you can take quite literally with such a design!) or the little spikes in the center of the “crown”. All of the complex arrangements of pieces to achieve all of the angles give rise to intriguing patterns on the hull, emphasized by the color variation in the grays. Notches of wedge plates visible at the back don’t look like accidents. When brought together with side views of grill tiles in the same model, they suddenly become windows. You don’t see that kind of clever tricks in the original! They take an already stunning creation with beautiful forms, intricate details and a crisp look to the next level. A level on which it rivals the original Star Destroyer in magnificence. Go right here to have a face-to-face meeting with this excellent ship and read all about how you begin to plan such a marvel with some insightful WIP comments.

Rebels Review: Visions and Voices

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What did you think of the Plot?
Oky: When there’s something strange in the Nightsisters lair, who you gonna call? Ezra Bridger! This show certainly knows how to grab your attention right from the start. The opening scene with Ezra being haunted by visions of Maul during a briefing was genuinely creepy and chilling, and so was the following scene where Ezra is nearly tricked into killing a rebel trooper because of those visions. Unfortunately, the rest of the episode wasn’t able to keep up this level of horror despite featuring ghost witches. Continue reading

Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Mid-Season Trailer

Finally over the initial excitement of seeing Rogue One? Excellent, then the excitement can start all over again because the mid-season trailer for the third season of Rebels has just been released on the internet. The excitement is about seemingly getting more background information about the aforementioned movie, about seeing nice locations and vehicles, about seeing stories continued we’ve all been waiting to see evolve, about seeing thrilling action and about encountering some more familiar characters. We’ll be getting a lot of awesome action, so let’s hope the character development is of an equally high quality and we’re in for an awesome ride. You still have to contain that excitement for two more days, since the new episodes will start airing on January 7th. In the meantime you can wait for our review of the mid season finale and discuss what you saw in the trailer in the Rebels discussion topic.