Tuesday, 30 December 2014

"Not by the hairs of my chinny chin chin!"

Amidst fierce competition and a lot of truly splendid MOCs being built for the CCXII contest on Classic-Castle I'd like to highlight Dubbadgrim's entry. Not only did he  achieve a unique representation of the traditional fairy tale of The Three Little Pigs (my favourite) but did so with great style and design!
CCCXII - The Three Little Pigs

Monday, 29 December 2014

Pine forest

Ulvar
Marco den Besten has really taken his signature tree technique to the next level with this new MOC. The sheer size combined with the excellent build makes for one beautiful pine tree.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Down at the ol' inn


The Blue Shield Inn (Main)
Halhi141 built this beauty scene of an inn and the surrounding landscape. The inn itself is very well construct, but what really draws me in is the landscape. All the colors and angles in just the right combination mech together and flow to create a natural looking landscape, helped by the irregular base.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

More than meets the eye


Monolith
Max_Stav built this awesome mech. It transforms into a cube, for goodness' sake, 'nuff said!

Friday, 19 December 2014

Brick-Built Nightmares


GC IX Vignette - Ot's Dream
I really enjoy Ot_the_Cook's builds and stories. Both are excellently done, his character upon which they are center is an old cook with a mysterious past, seeking adventure in the Lands of Roawia. I love how all of his MOCs are in storyboard style. Case in point is this. I must say the brick-built thought bubble is excellent.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Exporation

 I really can't describe how much I love this creation.  No words are enough, so I'll just let you take it all in.  Brilliant job, Bart De Dobbelaer.


Exploration

Monday, 15 December 2014

Four arms are better then two

Aloha!

Big Mechs are awesome. Greebles are awesome. Jason Corlett combined both things and created an amazing 4-armed mech. I especially like the industrial-looking joints and the small details like the canadian flag on its shoulder.

Overseer assault Mech

Saturday, 13 December 2014

"Long ago, a mighty hall stood here…"


CCCXII - Emerald Creek Ruins
Sir Valiant built this great scene of some overgrown ruins. The creek running through makes it serene, but the mysterious crystal on the pedestal adds a dash of intrigue. The green rubber bands as vines, while not purist, are certainly an effective technique, being curled around the ruined pillars.(EDIT: The builder tells me that those are actually a LEGO part. Hooray for that!) Nicely done.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Reroute all power to engines!

Beyond Sol, Delta Corporation transport vessel
Gideon_83 built this nifty little micro scale cruiser. Especially fab for someone who doesn't usually build space, the hexagonal shape and purple-gold color scheme really make this beauty stand out.

Monday, 8 December 2014

"Only Imperial Storntroopers could be so precise": EXPLAINED


Talented stop-motion animator Brotherhoodworkshop explains to us just why Ben Kenobi would say that Storm troopers are "precise" in this delightful new video made for the HISHE channel.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Sailing Uncharted Waters

This great scene built by Shield-and-Sword-Bricks shows us a small yet complete vessel with neatly designed wooden railings and vast sails. The detail that caught my attention the most was the almost entirely covered body of the sea serpent/monster. Though not entirely shown you get an idea of the huge size of the beast!


[Journey to the Mystic Isles] Ch.III Men Cat. C

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Wait... Thats not a tree....

Aloha!

Newcomer lingonkart brings us a brilliant MOC of a Dryad. Now you might find yourself asking "Hey, whats a Dryad?". Well, Dryads are mythical forest creatures similar to Nyphs. The Builder used some nice pieces to give the creature a brilliant wood look.

Dryad01

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Hands in the air and empty your pockets!

Ambush at Augmar falls
The 12th annual CCC is releasing an onslaught of fantastic castle builds, as it does every year. One such example would be Legonardo Davidy's Ambush at Augmar Falls, sporting beautiful rockwork(Although when are his MOCs lacking such?) and a mind-blowing waterfall.

Monday, 1 December 2014

In the sewers

Galactic Sewers (main)
Brick Productions built this nice little sewer with some clever techniques, inhabited by a  delightfully chunky and greebly little bot.

YOU SHALL NOT PASS!

Aloha!
This new creation by 0nuku shows how much awesomeness lies in those old Barraki pieces. He combines new and old elements to create something really unique.


BFGM - Sentry

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Schatten

Toa Taurho made this fantastic Bionicle creation.  The legs and arms fit together so nicely, and I really like all the various horns and spikes sticking off him.  I'm especially digging the head, those antlers really complete the build.


Friday, 28 November 2014

Stomp, Stomp, Stomp

 Aloha!

Today, a little creation by Intrond cought my eye in my flickr contacts list. The way he placed all those small details into the landscape and the castle is lovely. And that Clockwork Giant, as he calls it, is perfectly posed.


Clockwork Giant

Thursday, 27 November 2014

'I think we have a leak...'

Dubbadgrim's latest creation is a wonderful slice of classic castle, looking like it could have come straight out of an older set. Whilst the black/bley/red combination on the keep is striking, the part that I like best is the underground tunnel - the brown slopes are perfect as the muddy walls.

CCCXII - The Forestmen's Cunning Heist

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Bullseye!

Crossbow
Pepa Quin built this crossbow. It's simple, yet I'm delighted at it's shaping and part use.

Creepily crawling

Aloha! I allways loved giant insects, and I'Ve allways loved good Bionicle builds. legorobo:waka brings us an amazing combination of both. Build for the Battle for the golden Mask this creepy insect instandly cought my eye. All those yummy colors... :D Amblynox_01

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Trial by fire


LoR Heroes Guild - Journeyman 1 - Trial by fire I can't say I'm usually a fan of digital builds in general, but in the case of Becheman, both his skill and more visually impressive rendering program more than make up for the slight off look digital builds can have. Case in point is his latest Lands of Roawia MOC, Trial by Fire. I must say the multi leveled aspect of the MOC and great details on the tower and landscape really wow me. The fig posing is also stellar, especially on the guy shooting the ballista.

Anyone for tea?

Orange and blue. Not two colours you see in a MOC everyday, but David Roberts has sure pulled it off here. I love how blocky the VicViper itself is, and how it can still look sleek. I love it.

Vic Viper Tea Tanker

Sunday, 23 November 2014

An Old Museum

Old museum.
Up-and-coming builder Neomar Dethron built this nice, modular-esque museum scene. The diagonal angle of the MOC and well-achieved, and detail is not abandoned.

It's good to be bad

Aloha guys!
It's me, Dead Frog inc. So, I will be blogging stuff on here now, mostly space and Bionicle.
So I will start this off by presenting you an awesome creation by [Oblivious]. What makes this creation stand out for me its how all the masks are used. The chest, the legs and even the top of the staff are made out of heads.
one more thing worth mentioning is the usage of the sails. Not only do they work really well as big deamon wings, but also as a nice little piece of clothes.


Zaalroth - BFGM final entry

Number 5

We are trying to get this blog going now. We are working on a new logo and a, well, 'advertising campaign', but first we have decided to appoint a fifth member of the TBT team, at least for a short while. Welcome to Dead Frog inc. - we just call him Frog. A builder of mostly sci-fi creations, Frog is a longstanding member of the online community, and we're glad to have him on board.

Writing a dimension

Friday, 21 November 2014

Breach the walls!

While I may not be a huge fan of high fantasy(With the exception, of course, of Tolkien), I, as a castle builder, can really appreciate Vitreolum's new MOC. the trebuchet is exceptional,looking sharp, realistic, and clean. And of course the wall is delightful, having a healthy dose of greebling. I like the design of the mini-tower on the far side of the parapet, very unique.

Siege of Ceòbanach Dùn

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Undashed Spirits

I really like this MOC from Mark of Siloam, mostly because I love the busyness of the scene and how that really makes it feel like a chaotic medieval building site. The posing of the falling perfect, too.

Undashed Spirits

Friday, 14 November 2014

The Osgiliath set that never was


Ideas - Gondor needs you
While the run of Lego Lord of the Rings may be sadly over, there is still hope. Disco86 designed box art and set design for a battle of Osgiliath set. Now I have heard from a LEGO employee that the Middle-Earth license is still held, and if a project makes it on LEGO IDEAS, there is a chance of TLG making it. So follow the link in the photo description on support this one, let's give the Tolkien sets a last hurrah!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Middle Eastern Castle

Vitreolum pulled off this stunning representation of a Middle Eastern castle.  The texturing on the walls is superb, and the lighting and presentation couldn't be better.

Up, up and away

The scale of this tower from Shield-and-Sword Bricks is what really impresses, mostly because he was able maintain a great level of detail as he did so - nothing has been lost whilst making it tall.

GoH: Plot for Peace- Ch.III Men

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Spears and churned-up water

Ian Diller may be one of our own, but I couldn't not blog his latest creation, The Sea-Drake. The dark transparent bricks as water is certainly an effective technique, especially when combined with the clear cheese slopes. There's some great figure posing as well.
CCCXII/LoR - The Sea-Drake

War and peace, side by side

Mitah Val Karem's superb rendition of a city in Lenfald, a medieval-England type faction from the LoR RPG, has no flaws I can think of. Honestly, there is so much good here, from the small wooden house to the tiled floor and the stony path, but what struck me most is how a group of soldiers are assembling right next to a peaceful garden. The contrast couldn't be better.

Lenfald LC XVI - Stonewald City Watch

Saturday, 8 November 2014

The One That Got Away


Fishing on the wharf - Main
The ever-creative Grant Davis churns out another great MOC. I personally think the brown bars for the dock looks great, keep that technique in mind, fellers!


Since when did sea battles look this cool?

Well, many of them look cool actually, and this is certainly one of them. Schmidt has built this beautiful ship with some great figure posing alongside. You've got to love this!

CCXXII - Sea Monster's Ahoy!, LoR Mages Guild M3

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Sabotage In The Colony

Shut down - SfK faction challenge
A couple other builders and I, including TBT's own Jackson, recently started up a new MOC-based RPG challenge called Struggle for Klegon, which you can find over on Galactic-Bricks. One of the most prominent rising stars among the members of this MOC challenge is N-11 Ordo, who, for the game, built this scene, depicting a mercenary sabotaging the interior of a building. I have to say I really like those big glowing screens and the technique used to make the explosives. Well done!

Monday, 3 November 2014

"Eat laser, clanker"

Accomplished castle builder [T]itus dabbles in a bit of Star wars, soaring over the rather bland norm for Star Wars MOCs. The sense of action and posing achieved is laudable, not to mention the floor.  And  a beautiful brick-built custom Westar M5.

Sans titre

Mobile Outpost

Now, I'll admit I'm a sucker for traction cities.  How can you not like them?  Dead Frog Inc. built this mobile outpost for the 2014 Interstellar Outpost Contest over on Flickr.  You can also see his matching starfighter and APC.

Friday, 31 October 2014

The Grim Reaper

Ordo built this spooky Halloween-themed build. I love the cleanliness of the build, and the presentation is top-notch. 

The last lullaby

Pure mechanical awesomness

I really cannot get enough of Octavian43's M-45 Grizzly mech. It's got everything a mech should have: impressive structure, big guns and lots of detail. I love it.

M-45 Grizzly

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

How Bionicle Should Be

This Bionicle MOC by Nick V. is absolutely gorgeous.  The whole creation flows from one part to the next seamlessly, and the result is astounding.

"So long boys, have fun storming the castle!"

That wouldn't be terribly hard with this awesome siege tower. Sam Schmidt built it a few weeks ago, but I feel like blogging it anyway. My favorite details of the Iron Scorpion are the sweet thatched roof and the intimidating chains on the back.

Iron Scorpion Siege Tower

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Pirate Paradise

Grant Davis and Eli Willsea made this beautiful MOC of a pirate hideout.  The rockwork, folliage, and buildings are all amazing, but the shading of the water really makes this creation stand out.


Monday, 27 October 2014

The White Tree of Gondor

Disco86, a prolific German castle builder, brings a great rendition of the White Tree of Gondor from the The Lord of the Rings. The real sweet details, though, are the elegant tree made from plates and lacking more special parts and the slope-cobbled floor.



White Tree of Gondor

Fullnilson

Fullnilson is a LEGO photographer who uses Photoshop and great camera effects to create his scenes. Mostly showcasing Star Wars figures and vehicles, he occasionally branches out into some other themes, such as superheroes and Harry Potter. Here are three of my personal favourites from him:

DAK RALTER
DAK RALTER

CAPTAIN AMERICA
CAPTAIN AMERICA

"GENERAL" SKYWALKER
"GENERAL" SKYWALKER


Saturday, 25 October 2014

The land of Aurora

The dynamic duo of Tyler Clites and Nannan Zhang, known for their terrific collaborations, steal the show once more with the Aurora, apparently inspired by the game Bastion . All the details are amazing, but my favorite is the turquoise  round tower on the left. Take a look for yourself!
Aurora

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

LL-931

Lego Junkie gives us a nice shot of NCS asymmetry in the form of the LL-931. I'm loving the large hull and, for some reason, the antennae sticking out at right angles. Nice!

LL-931

Colours in a garden

This beautiful, beautiful MOC by Joshua Brooks is a wonderful example of how to use colour whilst building. He's not been afraid to mix and match different types and colours of foliage, and so the plant life ranges from orange to lavender. Truly stunning.

State Gardens of Lenfald, LC 16 Entry, overview

Friday, 17 October 2014

Legends in LEGO

I really love this scene by legophthalmos, it's small and rather simple but the execution is perfect. Depicting the climax of the story of Perseus and Andromeda, you don't even see the slain foe, the Cetus, but the carnage all around suggests that the battle has been brutal.

Perseus and Andromeda

Sunday, 12 October 2014

'Black tower of adamant...'

Anyone who's ever seen the Lord of the Rings film will be able to appreciate this build from the great Ian Spacek, myself included. The tower itself is very well photographed, as black is renowned for being a pain to take pictures of, and I love the angle of the rock it's balanced on.

Barad-dûr

Sonic Screwdriver

Fans of Doctor Who should love this build from Victor, who's made a fantastic replica of the Sonic Screwdriver belonging to the Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors. The chrome parts are not all official, but what does that matter - it looks fantastic!

Sonic Screwdriver

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Time for something a little different

Nick V, someone I admire for his crazy spaceships, has built this...thing, that's actually really cool. Apparently it is a mystical shaman called Oobahni Flaxpants, a name that suits the model perfectly! There are loads of cool techniques and pieces used here - spot the clone helmet and the Ninja Turtle shell.

Oobahni Flaxpants

Friday, 10 October 2014

Derfel is back! Enough said.

Yep, he's back, and with another truly stunning castle MOC! Luke's builds are always spectacular, but this could be the best yet. Strange colour choices abound, but somehow they work perfectly. Also...those sloping roofs are incredible! See for yourself.

Loholt Manor

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Battle Beasts

These great little Battle Beasts, based off the old line of toys, were built by Garry (Garry_rocks), and they all look extremely good. I really like the fact that they're all similar-looking but there are specific differences between them, and of course the colours are very nice indeed.

Battle Beasts

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Hold the Phalanx!

Macsen Wleidig, an excellent historical builder, has built this epic confrontation between Romans and Etruscans, and actually historical event. Click on the photo to see a wealth of information about the battle in the description. What I enjoy about this MOC is the beautiful architecture, with the worn stone, the half-Lowell sphere used to create a domed roof, and the sense of action conveying the fury of battle, expertly portrayed by the minifig posing and the rushing water effect. Well done!

Horatius on the Bridge