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General / Re: 2000AD Lego builds
« on: Today at 11:01:48 am »
Truly outstanding. When you get to the body, I believe Lego do an acceptably-scaled Alan (although you're on your own for the eyepatch...).

Yeah, I had that teddy in mind (we might have that already) - no way to do an eyepatch for Alan short of permanent marker (which is a line I won't cross).

I could add a string for Frank's eyepatch though - impossible to drape this correctly with digital Lego but it would work 'in the real' as number two son would say.

Will probably move on to Nixon's head next, then have a think about the rest.

General / Re: 2000AD Lego builds
« on: 17 October, 2019, 07:09:18 pm »
Started on another one I've had in mind for a while...

General / Re: 2000AD Lego builds
« on: 16 October, 2019, 12:31:50 pm »
Glad you like it!  It's handy doing the renders as I spot some errors more easily that way - fixed the wrong colour plate under the strap on the one above now.

Thinking of something like this for the biochips if I have to go the custom decal route (I have two 1x1 stickers with this skull, but if I can't find an existing white tile with a black number I'd have to opt for black biochip tiles, which I don't like the idea of).  No hurry with this, anyway.

General / Re: 2000AD Lego builds
« on: 15 October, 2019, 08:00:54 pm »
Progress of sorts...  Tried (and tried, and tried) to use a Lego crutch for Gunnar's handle but gave up in the end; bucket handle just sits inside the slope brick, which I guess will do.  Biochip needs sorting but I've had enough for now.  Fairly happy with Gunnar given the size constraints!

General / Re: 2000AD Lego builds
« on: 15 October, 2019, 04:15:52 pm »
Could Gunnar not be affixed to Bagman somehow?

Affixing Gunnar is less of a problem than making him satisfactorily at this scale...  Working on it.

And as an update from me - got all my pieces for Johnny - just waiting for being on a week away at the end of this month to take my time and build him. Photo's will follow.

Awesome - have fun!

General / Re: 2000AD Lego builds
« on: 15 October, 2019, 03:40:58 pm »
Probably some more tweaks to be done but this is the current state:

Might adjust the belly-to-trousers ratio but dunno; not easy to fix, probably.

General / Re: 2000AD Lego builds
« on: 15 October, 2019, 12:43:21 pm »
Looking good, ming!  Will Gunnar get a look-in this time?  Or perhaps just give him a knife... and a Nort to fight against!  I'm already imagining how you'd do the breath-pipes and sack-like hood.

Might try to do Gunnar but it'll need to be big enough to take a 1x2 biochip, so may not be possible to do in a way I'm happy with.  A Nort is an option (and probably doable) but not high on my to-do list (Bland and Brass would be a fun challenge as well).

Shorter arm definitely better. Rogue’s own arms are a bit long, aren’t they? Straps are grand.

Glad you think the short arm is better!  Rogue arm length might be altered once I've sorted the legs but I don't think they'd look good if I shorten them too much; will look at some options in due course.  Legs should be quick, anyway.

General / Re: 2000AD Lego builds
« on: 15 October, 2019, 10:29:15 am »

Rogue Trooper was the very first character I built in this style, made with whatever was lying around*, and I’ve been meaning to go back to see how I can improve on the original for a while.  I’ve really enjoyed this one so far - I’ve learned a lot (well, a bit) since I started these and this is coming together pretty easily.  I’d like Bagman’s straps to wrap all the way around but that might not be possible (at least attempting it caused various other problems so I’ve left it how it was for now).

Lego nerd-mode increase on
Looking into options for the biochips now; might make custom decals if I have to but I’d prefer to go with available tiles / stickers.  I’ve got a pair of 1x1 Lego skulls from the Go Brickme set that would be great, but number-wise I’m a bit stumped.  The 1 and 3 tiles I’ve used for now only come in yellow (meh) and the only alternative is silver numerals on a black background, which is darker than I’d like.  Really, I’d be happy with a plain number on a white tile, or an ‘official’ Lego number sticker…  Ah well, we’ll see.
Regular nerd-mode resumes

Just added an extra touch for Bagman, not sure which of these is better (but I lean towards the shorter arm as it looks more comical somehow):

Long arm

Shorter arm

* see Page 27

General / Re: Things that went over your head...
« on: 10 October, 2019, 12:54:30 pm »
Nasty vicious bitey-bitey things...

Klegg = Clegg (or, in Norwegian, Klegg).


General / Re: 2000AD Lego builds
« on: 01 October, 2019, 03:16:37 pm »
Stud.io and Bricklink are definitely the way to go!  I can supply design files for anything I've done in Stud.io (plus some shonky .pdf build instructions if needed) for anyone wanting to have a go at any of these*.  It's a fun system to mess around with and has improved significantly since I started using it (not just the rendering and instruction side of things, although those are great).

* I'd avoid GBH though - mind-meltingly difficult to put that together and I live in constant fear of dropping the damn thing and having to reconstruct that barnet.

Games / Re: Last game played...
« on: 26 September, 2019, 08:39:42 am »
Latest Switch pick-up: Untitled Goose Game.  Waddling around in stealth mode and honking
at things has never been so much fun.


General / Re: 2000AD Lego builds
« on: 24 September, 2019, 01:28:04 pm »
I favour the two black strips (without having double-checked the progs).

Looking at Progs for reference material only ever gets me so far; there's usually so much variation over the years.  There's nothing like the black stripe look in the early run of ABC Warriors; basically heavy industrial arms with yellow outer plates.  No hazard strips until much later (MacNeil?), and those are similar to the back-right version above (although higher up on the forearm I think).  I'm not dead-set against any of these but ultimately I'll go with whatever the boys choose as it will minimise the chances of them being dismantled while I'm asleep (the Lego, I mean).

General / Re: 2000AD Lego builds
« on: 24 September, 2019, 12:20:44 pm »
Here we come, knucklin’
Down the street
We get the funniest looks from
Ev'ry one we meet
Hey, hey, we're the Mongrols
And people say we Mongrol around
But we're too busy smushin’
To Laaaarrraaaaaaa!


One of these, or tweak one of them further?  I dunno.  I still like the original one.

General / Re: 2000AD Lego builds
« on: 24 September, 2019, 10:55:35 am »
Mongrol with all-the-way-round arm-stripes:

Not sure whether I like this more than the all-yellow arms, so I’ll have a referendum on the subject (i.e. ask the boys) and see how that goes.  The black stripes look fine but I do like a less-is-more approach when possible (part from stuff like GBH’s hair, I suppose).

Loving the ABC Warriors ... but going back to Stickleback - I think he'd benefit from longer legs to make him look a little less penguin-like.

Stickleback leg-length test; original on the right, with leg length increased by 2(1x2) and 4(1x2).  Middle one probably best?

And while I did that I realised that I could remove the plate under the nose (not needed for support) so he’d now look like this:

A bit hunched-up but I thought that fit quite well with the character (but what do I know?).

Official Brickheadz: I’m afraid there’s no room for you unofficial Brickheadz on the shelf. Some of you don’t even follow the specific requirements in terms of space and size.

Mongrol: *looks at massive yellow arms* MONGROL SMUSH!

Official Brickheadz, now in pieces on the floor: Bugger.

Hammerstein: Spread the word!

Relaxing the size constraint (a bit) was the best move I ever made as far as my Lego nonsense goes.  I'd never have been able to take on the likes of Nemesis or Ace Garp otherwise, and I'll probably revisit the earliest builds with this approach at some point (Dredd, Slaine, Rogue, Mean Machine, Judge Fear and Kano have never seen the inside of Stud.io and were just thrown together with bits we had at home).

General / Re: 2000AD Lego builds
« on: 24 September, 2019, 08:46:53 am »
Gotcha - something like this?  (I subsequently extended the black stripes so they wrap all the way around the arms.)

All suggestions and comments very welcome as always - witter away, please!

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