Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Battlefleet Gothic

Battlefleet Gothic is a miniature wargame set in the distant future, when a twisted version of the Catholic church rules an empire of the stars. At least, that's the impression I get-- I've never actually played the game, just looked at the spacecraft. They are one part steam locomotive, one part destroyer, one part starship and one part cathedral. You know what all four of those have in common? Awe inspiring power. And greebles. Lots and lots of greebles.

In this Lego version, I've included a few details to make it look more Gothic. There are stained glass windows near the bow and covering the stern-- the engines become three rose windows. There are numerous flying buttresses and pinnacles. Above the poop deck you have an entire cathedral (Daniel built that.) The overall shape is a cross, or rather, two intersecting crosses-- think Corpus Hypercubus. And an enormous bat winged gargoyle scupture that can open its wings to expose the second rotating turret.

It is heavily armed, with two rotating guns up top and innumerable guns on the wings.

Here are a few examples of what this is based on.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Romans vs Celts

This one was Daniel's idea. He made it in the summer. I made a masked druid priest but I'm not sure it made it on here. We don't own any explicitly Roman pieces, so their helmets and armor style require a little imagination. This is part of a series of depictions of English battles Daniel has been working on.
It represents Boudicca's revolt from the ambush on legio IX to the battle of Watling street.

The legion is walking through the forest while the Celts on their chariots lie in wait. 

 Chaos ensues. One Roman is suspended in the air by his spear being stuck in a leaf piece.

The battle of Watling street. Daniel did his best to put the Romans in a wedge formation, but it's hard to see in these photos. He also gave the Romans a scorpio. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016


I just want to complain about something: people using the abbreviation MOC. MOC stands for My Original Creation and comes from the original Lego website which was around in about 1995, I think. It makes sense, I guess, for Lego to separate out people's original creations on their website. But why in the world would anyone else use that term? You took a picture of it and put it up on the web. If it's not your original creation, why would you do that? So people could see you built one of the kits? And even then, if they're enough of a Lego fan to know what MOC means, they're also fan enough to recognize the official kits. So no one is going to be illuminated by your use of the term MOC. All it does is signal that you are part of the community enough to know the slang.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Martin's models

Martin came and visited us. He built a Tattooine style vehicle of some kind and a city carved from a cliff in the style of Dinotopia.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pirate Ship Solomon

The ship is named Solomon because we own a tile that says Solomon from the Solomon R. Guggenheim art museum set. Click to enlarge.
We had very limited options for the ropes, rigging, and masts. I didn't like the first sails I tried-- they looked like they were made of cast iron-- so I went with rolled up sails.
I don't know what the witch is doing on this ship. Apparently some of the sailors used to work for the British navy?
The ship base is the same one as we used for Noah's Ark.

The cannons are made from palm tree stem pieces.

The captain has 6 different maps in his cabin. It is a cutaway view so you can see inside. Either that or cannon damage. His blankets are made of fabric robes.

The figurehead is made of gold. I think the ship should really be called Solomon's Gold. Because let's face it: these guys are pirates.

This is the captain, up in the crow's nest. He's allowed to go up there any time he wants because he's the captain.  

I don't really know why Princess Leia is on this ship.

This is the pilot.