2016-08-24

The Fantastic Fantasy Figbarf

Here's the last figbarf for now. This one has some fantasy figs, being successor of this one from 2014. Some Nexo Knight heads bought via Bricks&Pieces are used here, alongside with recent CMF parts; the newest series didn't make into this one, though.

-Eero

Angalone Brondellier, Hussar-Centurion of Mugnusmanfieston. Has incredibly silly but showy suit of armor. She's of the ceremonial guard and doesn't participate in real military manoeuvres.
Golaf is a happy norseman. Laughing, along with walrus meat and dried cod makes him warm (at least mentally) during the long months of winter. He's got attitude.
Aberdineck Husmurckël is an ancient lorde that has returned to avenge his killers. He doesn't want to, but no one asked him. His sword is to ethereal he can't even stab anyone with it. Poor man. Or ghost.
Nielonna, forestwoman shaman of the cult of the Enormous Moose. A friend of all-things-living. Well, not really. Dislikes woodcutters and Diprion pini. Likes a good pair of boots.
Omlesh Curmeier, a chorister nun of the temple of Ran-Forlon. Knows about gold, incenses and chrism. And all them religious sing-songs.

2016-08-16

New Era of Steampunk Figbarf Vol. 2: Rogues

Here's the second steampunk barf - this time it's a bit edgier. Most of these figs aren't "new", only never published. Remnants of past two years, so not much new parts here. Enjoy.

-Eero

Captain Baufel Sumstanz Cheps-003, an automaton pirate captain. Ol' good robot that has developed self-consciousness and founded an air pirate fleet. Dangerous and power-hungry.

Golbart Frans-Nickel, a pirate looter of Captain Cheops-003's crew. He's not quite sure if it's wise to follow a machine leader, but he just tries to gather enough gold and retire.
Anomia Bungerbonnet. Self-employed pirate, or, as she prefers, "highwaywoman of the skies". Ridiculous clothing, good guns.
Raulz-Rörig Pumppernikkel, a lone survivor. Of course there hasn't been any apocalypses to be survivor of, but he's sure there will be and it's better to be ready.
Reveleyeé Bonfrost, a chemist and vile and vicious poisoner. She knows all venomous snakes and poisonous toads and toxic plants and doesn't fear to use them. Beware her.

2016-08-09

The New Era of Steampunk Figbarf Vol. 1

Wellllcome back to the odd and always surprising world of minifig barfs! It has been a while since my last barf.  There are several reasons. Most importantly I've been focusing on brick-built figures (well, I still am! No worries!) and been building things on larger scale. Another thing is that minifig barfs are sometimes frustrating to photograph (I used black backdrop this time), and thirdly minifig parts are expensive, and I've been trying to cut down brick consuming a bit, as I'm moving out on Friday; Here we go, Tampere!

But I made this and two other barfs (steampunk rogues and fantasy castle figs) after getting a Bricks&Pieces order tomorrow. Some of the figs and combos are from barfs never posted during couple of years. The best ones have survived.

-Eero


Elizabeth Rye, hunter of all abominations under the sun and the moon. She's a former exchange student in Miskatonic University. Banshees are her speciality.
Laura Mansher-Crossbye, a geologist and an adventurer. She graduated from Cambridge in 1882 and is one of the empire's leading young scientists.
Astromus Grandbugle, expert on occultism. Some think he's a mad old man or a con man, but at least he's super serious with his studies. He says his leg was bitten off by Kappa in Japan. This geezer is ready to teach his knowledge on demon folk to anyone serious enough to fight them.
Baron Carl Heyrichburrough (pronounced "hrimbo") is a modern gentleman of the New Era. He has been part of many charities, funded several airship expeditions and promoted the importance of education for the lower classes. His passion is different, though: He dreams of building an underwater vessel to discover the Loch Ness Monster.
Claysia Bellringer, a self-made engineer, tinker and mechanic. She has no education, but she have looked and learned. She can do pretty much anything from crochet to crowbars.

2016-07-28

MOC: Sergeant Littlebottom

 Yep, sticking on the Discworld character builds. This is my sixth Watch officer so far, Sergeant Cheery Littlebottom from the forensic department in Ankh-Morpork City Watch. She's a former alchemist (having left the Guild through the roof, as usual) and the first dwarf to express his female gender openly: Traditionally all dwarves are automatically male, despite having their real sex hidden under layers of beard, chain mail and leather. But Cheery started using some make-up, leather skirt and weld-on heels on her iron boots, causing fury among more conservative dwarves, but eventually encouraging other dwarf girls to show their gender.

I though it would have been harder to make Cheery 1. female 2. bearded and 3. watchman without making her look ridiculous, but everything came out pretty nicely! Beard style is almost copied from my Thorin II Oakenshield MOC, but I lengthened it using one of those claw pieces and a golden ornament to tie it up; Movie Thorin's beard was always a bit too short for my liking, even for modern female dwarf like Sgt. Littlebottom. The tied beard made it possible to show the Watch badge, which is connected in rather unorthodox way here! I even managed to build a conquistador-style helmet I tried to make to Commander Vimes but ended up using a KK2 armor piece instead.

The arm design is almost exactly the same than on Lu-Tze, as there were similarly sized characters. Cheery has one glove to hold hot (al)chemisty equipment; This is due I having only one reddish brown boat stud (I'll soon get 150 from LUGBULK). But I think a bit of asymmetry is nice, and it made it possible to give her also a less dangerous equipment for the other hand - Now it's a clipboard with some fingerprint samples and an alchemy scroll: That's Discworld to you!

-Eero

 


2016-07-23

MOC: Lu-Tze

 Aaand we're back to the Discworld. This time our destination is the valley of Oi-Dong at the Ramtop mountains where the secret monastery of The Fighting Order of Wen - also known as History Monks - is located. Lu-tze is the most legendary of these monks, though he probably isn't a monk after all. He's a Sweeper, because no-one notices a sweeper, and therefore he can go where he likes. Lu-Tze is several thousands years old and an incredibly skilled martial artist - Always remember the Rule One!

As a small wrinkled old man Lu-Tze is one of my favourite Discworld character. Well, to be fair, I have dozens of favourite Discworld character anyway. As a MOC, he wasn't a particularly hard one: Around two hours, I'd say. I began with the head. I had some strong visuals and it took couple of versions to get it right. There had to be smile, and way to get his rollup inserted into it (see the last picture). Making a bald head of a old bearded man reminded of building Cohen the Barbarian: But Lu-Tze didn't have to look angry so it was rather easier. I'm particularly happy with the beard. The third horn is attached between the clips and stays there surprisingly well.

Lu-Tze is other portrayed having a orange or saffron robe; After all, the monks are referred as Men In Saffron, and remind of Buddhist monks clad in orange. But Lu-Tze is just a sweeper, and Thief of Time clearly states that he has a dirty white robe tied with a string, so I went with it. I even managed to use those basketball player arms without moving hands as the ends of the knot!

Lu-Tze also has some of his accessories: The broom, rollup and couple of Bonsai mountains. The other one had even developed a glacier! The bush as the broom bristles and the snake as a smoke are both old tricks stolen from other builders; But both of them are widely used, and who knows who came up with the first.

And least but not last: Do not act incautiously when confronting little bald wrinkly smiling men!

-Eero


2016-07-19

MOC: Agatha of Four Colours

This is an another old WIP finished. You might recognize the overall shape from another creation, Foraois from February. I mentioned back then that I built a black version as a prototype to see what pieces I had to bricklink in white. I didn't know what to do with it, and I didn't really want to finish or publish it very soon due to similarity.

The dress developed arms rather quickly, but stopped there. I tried several patterns, finally setting on black-and-white whirly design, but it took several attempts to make it right. The defining touch was the white ornament on the right shoulder; I was developing a natural feather/bone ornaments for a Zyglak character in Klaanon (Coming soon!!) but it turned out too big; But it looked good there! Another one was put on the elegant handbag.

The hair had been another problem. I ended up with a slightly dreadlock-like thing utilizing mostly only 1x2 plates in dark red. I don't think they are actually dreadlocks, as they would be rather strange choice for a character like this; But who knows? I like how the hair pattern is very different from the swirls on the dress - as those tail pieces are often used in hair.

There's also a glass of red wine to go with the red hair - I'm happy with the simple four-colour scheme.

-Eero





2016-07-15

MOC: Arrogant Lieutenant-at-Arms 955

It's time for some Klaanon. This character, Arrogant Nazorak Lieutenant-at-Arms 955 is from 2010, when Klaanon was pretty much only an another text-based RPG and 955 was its first "Enemy boss". He fought Suga and Matoro, destroyed Manfred's armor, wounded Kepe and Snowie and was ultimately killed by Ämkoo. 955 has earned a nickname "Ass" among the readers. It's partly due to his idiotic nature, but origins from edition 1.0 hand-written SALSA (Klaanon card game) card, where "955" looked unmistakeably "ass".

The starting point was the head. 955 had been describer wearing a round helmet remind a German helmet from WW2, but with some sci-fi flavours. I though Thornraxx/Black Phantom spider launcher's head piece was just perfect. It has organic looking occiput and insect-looking jaws, so it fitted the insect theme these roach-like warriors have. Couple of lime green viking horns looked nice as the eyes, and I fought to get two reddish brown minifig heads under them as a circles to create badass and arrogant feel. I'm also very happy with the skate teeth that pair nicely with the small teeth on the helmet piece.

The torso is quite ordinary CBBS build. There is standard torso bone there, though the hip joint is separate to add more height and make the stance more interesting. I really liked the Stormer XL attachment piece as the chest plate, and the extra arms (Nazoraks have 4 arms) clustered nicely under it. There's one interesting connection though: This odd 4Juniors winch seems to snap tightly around double ball cup piece. 955 was described having a wire weapon on his wrist (among chain weapons, missiles, guns and blades) but I moved it to a belt in sake of rationality.

The legs have chicken-style ankles, like on my other nazorak creations, 001 and Hands of Blue, but they are somewhat bulkier. 955 had rocket boosters in his legs, as Nazorak wings aren't strong enough for decent flight, especially with an armor. I though that the bulky upper legs could hold gasoline for the boosters on lower legs. The toes are Skull Spider legs - an another piece I like a lot.

-Eero