Friday, November 30, 2012

V03 Shardstar

Chis (Ironsniper) is usually known for his awesome mechs, but I think he has some serious skills in the space ship department! :)

I love the shaping, and the detail is great as always. 

Check it out on Flickr.

A Day at the Mill

Flickr user Captain Flint has built a beautiful entry to the CCCX.

The bright, cheery, simplistic style of this MOC is refreshingly unique in a contest full of massive entries. 
See it on Flickr. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Falworth Fir Tree Tutorial

Okay, This post will show you how to make the "Falworth Fir Tree."  

To start, You will need a stable platform for building.

For the base of the tree I'm going to use a palm tree base and two palm tree trunk pieces.

Although two 2x2 round bricks will do the trick nicely, too. :)

For the "trunk" or main part of the tree I use a long "flex tube" or "rigid hose" (found here on bricklink).

Attach the rod to your base, as shown.

No we can start to add the branches of the tree, For the first layer I used a combo of one large palm leaf with one small palm leaf attached on top, as shown.

I slid it down the trunk of the tree to the very bottom, just above the base. 

Next I'm adding another palm leaf pair and placing it on the trunk as well, just slightly to the left.

Then, I'll add another pair, (Yes, you will need lots of pairs! ;)

And I'll keep adding until I've made a whole circle. 

And we want the tree to be nice and bushy so, we'll add a few more pairs... 

...Until you have about two layers on the base of the tree. 

Okay, next we'll create a new combo, this one is exactly like the first except both leaves are small. 

So I'll begin adding some of the new combos where we left off.

I added a whole layer of the smaller pairs.

All right! Next we'll one medium sized palm leaf on top of another one.

 then we'll attach it to the trunk.

...And add another one.

I stop doing the doubles at the third one.

From here I attach them one by one.

Try to keep them evenly spaced, so the tree doesn't have any gaps.  

More and more...

Continue to add palm leaves...

Heh heh.. 

I usually add leaves until I get six studs from the top. 

Then I'll add a 1x1 round brick on the inside, and a "bamboo" piece on the outside of the top of each palm leaf. (On the top of the tree.) 

I also add 1 "bamboo" piece on top of each 1x1 round.

Next I'll slide a 2x2 round plate down the trunk.

 Notice I've removed one bamboo piece from one of the branches to make a more level place for the 2x2 round plate.

Then I'll add a few bamboo pieces to the top and there you have it! :)

This tree technique can be done in any shape or size, I've simply given you the basics with which you can make your own variations. 

Thanks for taking the time to look at this! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment. In fact, leave a comment if you like the tree. :)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Forestmen's River Fortress Redux

This lovely scene from 74loulete has the great feel of the original classic forester set it's based on. 

I also like how the back opens up, a very cool feature! :)

Check it out on Flickr

Cwelderæde Castle

The CCCX is certainly bringing out the best for some of the top builders on the internet.

This splendid castle created by James Pegrum Has some impeccable detail,
I particularly like his brick walls. :)
Check it out on Flickr or Mocpages.

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Gunslinger

This very creative and funny scene by Karf Oohlu,
shows how taking a word, or saying, literally can lead to a hilarious scene. :)

Check it out on Flickr.  

Sunday, November 18, 2012

300 in LEGO!

Simon Pickard, (Brick.Spartan on Flickr) has been working on a huge diorama showing the battle of Thermopylae as it was in the novel and movie "300".   

This thing is very impressive. The size alone is staggering to the average LEGO builder. 

The amount of figs included is a sight to behold.

Simon states that the project is nearing completion! And we may see some pics of the finished build on Flickr soon. :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Eben Manor

This is one of those builds were I just want to stare for hours on end.
Fraslund has incorporated some fantastically intricate detail combined with an impressive scale make this one of the most beautiful castle builds I've seen in a very long time. :)

Be sure to check it out on Flickr.  

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Asca Duin

This huge build by ZCerberus is a fantastic example of SNOT rocks and superb trees and foliage.
Plus, the building is a work of art in itself.
Be sure to check it out on Flickr!

Medieval Mill

My friend on Flickr, Kyle (or K.Kreations, as he's known) has built for the CCC a very appealing little design. The water itself is very quaint, and I very much like the structure of the mill itself. The smoke discs are a great touch. Be sure to check it out on Flickr.

Friday, November 9, 2012


Derfel Cadarn, (Luke Watkins) has created another awesome build!

The stonework is some of the best you'll see anywhere and everything else blends in so nicely.

Be sure to see it on Flickr.