2015-01-25

GoH Minifig Series: Kaliphin


 Cyclops Centurion Graabolk is a mighty man (cyclops) in Kaliphin. He is bit of a strategist but mainly just horribly brave and inspiring leader.
 Smyt Smytsson is a bad-mannered dwarf bandit. He is likely banished by his kin due to his un-dwarfish clothes, manners and choice of weapon, or probably because they envy his pompous moustache. Uses a lot of chewing tobacco.
 Glorp the orc is something like a friend of Smyt's. He is a bandit too, master of mugging bedouins. He wears a head of one of his victims on his head with the turban and all.
Cherbyl is a desert sprite, alluring but dangerous. She seeks the deserts for lost explorers and caravans and misguides them with mirages. She has form of a human, limbs of a bird and mind of a snake.



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GoH Minifig Series: Mitgardia


 Airen of Annugard is a hunter and scout who loves to patrol the borders of his home region. She is not a warrior, but definitely knows how to fire some nasty arrows at enemy's skull.
 Megga McManbata is one of the few highland mammothmen, an odd and mysterious race that is driven near extinction by human and dwarf settler. His fur is to thick that no clothes are needed; the kilt is an status symbol.
 Grimholt the Steadfast is a dwarf colonel (offensive squad). He gives his everything to defend the mines against monsters, hordes and taxmen.
Goltana the Icesaint is one of the sacred white mages of Mitgardia. Her odorous potions and waxes do miracles to frostbites and sometimes even to lost limbs (or not the limbs, not much use to heal those, but the parts where they are lost, you know).

GoH Minifig Series: Nocturnus


 Clarol was daughter of loving parents in Avalonia but dark spirits stole her as a baby and took her to Nocturnus. Years in dungeons turned her into something dark and very dangerous. Fear and hatred gave her terrible strenght and her mind is full of twisted thoughs.
 Bjorn Gurmadon is a Nocturnian dwarf ambassador and an officer. Living in Nocturnus is hard for dwarves, but rich resources have driven his kin into this parts of Historica. Gurmadon tries to negotiate with sorceres, vampires and evil sprites to keep his people safe, and sometimes it deems a use of his greatsword.
 Evorma the Sorcerer moved into Nocturnus in the seek of true dark powers. He has the obligatory iron staff, black robe with occultic symbols and brooding wizard tower. He has not found the true dark powers yet.













Were-Knigh is one of the unnamed evil warrior that patrol the dark valleys of Noctunus. They are strong, restless and have excellent sense of humour. No wait, excellent night vision is what I was saying.


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GoH Minifig Series: Avalonia


Sissa is a elven ranger. She is the master of camouflage and especially loves spring when the grassland and woods of Avalonia are full of beautiful flowers is full bloom.

 Bulgplop the Pikeman Pikeman is one of the guards of the Pikeman tribe that lives in the marshes of Avalonia. His pike's pike is made of pike's fishbone. Pikemen's pikes are also to jack pikes. Pikes are important in pikemen's culture.
 Jetro the Smith is the strongest men in Avalonia. He is not that good in making sharp blades and such, but he can swing hammer (and an anvil too) better than anybody and has enough muscle to bend cold steel with his bare hands.
Bingo von Hinderal is the mayor of the town of Badhammod. He's a nice man and totally not a warmonger, and loves good food and drink. He's mostly very harmless, except during the years of famine.

2015-01-21

Eurobricks Guilds of Historica Collectable Minifig Series

Eurobricks has its Guilds of Historica subforum that has plenty of breathtaking historical theme MOCs. I haven't taken part on it, except for one minifig on one contest a few years ago, but I have intended to do so a few time (one of the creations destroyed compleately during a homeward journey from an exhibit and was never photographed). Now, on their 3rd anniversary, they are hosting a custom minifig series contest, and the best part is that the figs should be purist and that's my piece of cake, exactly!

These are posted on four different "regional" barfs of minifigs so I don't have to put them on flickr during the same day; it's funnier that way.

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2015-01-10

MOC: Ämkoo

Good evening/night/morning/day, dear readers, and good new year! Here's the first MOC on Cyclopic Bricks for 2015: Toa Ämkoo, a Klaanon MOC and about 3,5th take on this character. Ämkoo used to be one of the four leaders of Bio-Klaani, a sort of safe haven organization, but this nasty bastard turned out to be a traitor and a turncoat and joined the Alliance (Or, as some prefer to say, The Evil League Of Evil). Ämkoo is an agile and rigorous Toa from the south and master in sword fighting and martial arts; Turaga Bakmei was his mentor. Losing his right hand didn't stop him - He used some mysterious dramatic powers to create a shadow hand akin to those that Makuta use. 

The previous version of Ämkoo still used Miru Nuva as a mask, but this time I wanted to build the head from scratch to add more emotion, most importantly the circles under the eyes. The design is a bit similar to the newest version of Tawa, which I was very pleased of. But again the new head means a lot more to those who have read Klaanon and know these characters.

The only parts that remain untouched from the previous Ämkoo are the feet with toes and the sword, Aeon or Genesis, can't remember which one it was. The proportions are improved, joints now enable better posing, the arms are more solid, the neck is more natural and there is more green to balance the black. I'm especially pleased with those dinosaur arms on the chest, as they add some nice curves. Or probably he has green hair in his chest, I do not know.

The hand use minifig arms as the fingers here, as I do not have good finger pieces in green or red. But they do not look that bad, especially when in fist. HF or Glatorian fist are out of question, as they look ridiculous on most poses, especially on bigger figures like this.

At the end of this post there is a little surprise, created by Don Delucci, a gentleman who also made the banners for this blog. Available in hardware stores all around the world!

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2014-12-24

MOC: Thráin

 And once again it's the time of the year when the bearded old man in red clothes travels around the lands. But this time the sack full of toys is replaced with a huge brutal warhammer... And instead of "ho ho ho" loud "Baruk Khazad! Khazad-Ai-Menu" can be heard, when Thrain son of Thror rages around the valley of Azanulbizar killing orcs.

Building this MOC wasn't an ordinary experience. I had built the head and beard a few weeks ago, but everything else was done yesterday (with some tweaks today). The thing was, the sad thing, that our dog, Maikki, died yesterday at the age of 9 for a brain tumour. Probably building this was sort of therapy for me, I don't know. There isn't any deeper truth on this, as I'm pretty much down-to-earth type guy, but at least I had something to do.

As a creation, this is sort of a spin-off to my Company of Thorin Oakenshield project. Thráin, played by Michael Mizrahi, is unfortunately almost cut of from the theatrical version of the Hobbit movies, and is only barely seen in the prologue of The Unexpected Journey. In this MOC he wears the suit of armor he used in the Battle of Azanulbizar near the gates of Moria. It is seen in the extended prologue of Desolation of Smaug, and there are great photos of it in Weta Workshop's Hobbit Chronicles book Cloaks and Daggers. It also features crimson fur-rimmed cloak and his huge warhammer.

As usual, I began with the head and beard. The dark grey parts where black are first, but changing them to grey gave Thrain some deserved aging. Wings as a sideburns on his twin-color beard where there from the beginning, as wee the golden fez beard ornaments. Nose and brow tattoos are there too, with the lost left eye.
The armor was easy and pleasing. I got an order from Bricklink store ChromeBricks yesterday, and it had these dark red curved sloped, wedges and wedge plates, with some gold grill pieces (they were very cheap). I'm very happu with the overall shaping of the armor, with its raven motif chestplate and chain mail bits (they are dark red in the movies but TLG doesn't make dark red short chains obviously). The clean studless surfaces with the chain parts and studdy fur trim create the look of different materials, which is always pleasure to achieve. And I finally had a change to use those pearl gold 2x2 rooftop slopes which come in masses in Fantasy Era Castle sets!

And finally, to anybody and everybody alike, merry Christmas, no matter how good or bad it is.

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