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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby Mister Ed » Tue Sep 18, 2012 12:52 pm

XD I love Eeyore.
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby Ultron32 » Tue Sep 18, 2012 12:55 pm

I'm surprised no one else has submitted any entries yet. (except jackal76)

also, could we Pleeeeeze have some comic con figures (green lantern, maybe?) in the prizes?

Solo wrote:Don't make me quote Yoda in here.

"Size matters not." XD

Mister Ed wrote:Say what you will, I doubt anybody will be able to convince me that it wouldn't be a LOT easier to knock up something good, be it big OR small, with a larger selection of pieces to draw from.

I agree completely. It is more of a challenge building with a limited supply. much easier when you have whatever pieces you need. (it's also easier if everything is organized)
Thought you'd like this about the Vatican cameos.
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby buriedbybricks » Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:46 pm

TBH, I only ever enter a contest if it's outside my comfort zone. If it seems easy, I usually pass regardless of the prize.

Also, I generally don't bricklink any parts during a contest build because, to me, it feels like cheating. I try not to think about the prizes, I just do the very best that I can with what I have and let the chips fall where they may. Don't look for excuses to give up or fail, push on and use any perceived handicap as a chance to become a better builder.

If you aren't challenging yourself, or at least enjoying yourself then you're missing the point.

Most importantly, don't let anything distra.... ooooh tacos!
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby Mister Ed » Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:15 pm

buriedbybricks wrote:If you aren't challenging yourself, or at least enjoying yourself then you're missing the point.


Plenty challenging, it's the enjoying part that starts to wear off after pretty much every idea I have runs into a wall of lack of needed parts.

I need to find a new process, I guess, where I start with the parts, not with the idea. Hard to do when I'm shooting for a themed build, though.
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby onions » Tue Sep 18, 2012 3:32 pm

it's always been my philosophy that limitations can inspire the most creative solutions.
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby Olymprix » Tue Sep 18, 2012 5:21 pm

Ultron32 wrote:
jackal76 wrote:Hello all,
I humbly submit my entry for Mech Madness.
I chose the Crimson Dynamo, a villian from the Marvel universe.


That thing is awesome! I love it! So much detail...can't wait to see the rest!

meanwhile, I still have the bottom half of mine to finish...and the arms to correct...and I have very little time to work on it each week... :facepalm:

You're better off than I am... I still need to start!
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby jackal76 » Tue Sep 18, 2012 6:56 pm

I would definitely agree that having a large parts pool to pull from makes it easier, provided it is organized. However, mine is not even completely sorted by color.

Mister Ed, Your parts first idea may have merit. Typically I focus on a part of the design, what pieces I need for it, determine what I have available, If I don't have enough pieces in one color, then I tend to use multiple colors to achieve my goal. My suggestion is to just start building. Sometimes the end result of my work is affected by not having the parts I would prefer. (even with a large collection it happens).
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby MotionOTheOcean » Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:21 am

To be honest, when it comes to art, it's not about the materials or the medium, it's about the artist. Photography is one of my hobbies and I can honestly say I have taken considerably better photos on my friends point and shoot $100 camera than on my $1000 SLR. Yes it is more of a challenge to build with less pieces, but that is where imagination and creativity are harbored. As in the old adage "Necessity is the mother of invention." I myself have a tiny Lego collection compared to the big boys, but I will still enter this contest with the best I can come up with and I wont complain about it.
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby Ultron32 » Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:25 pm

Olymprix wrote:You're better off than I am... I still need to start!

not too bad...you still have about a month and a half...just make sure yours isn't too ambitious. I'm personally hoping to get mine done by comic con...which is in 20 days! I'm sooo excited, can't wait. who knows, you may even see my mech there. (if you're going, that is) XD
Thought you'd like this about the Vatican cameos.
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby Lego junkie » Fri Sep 21, 2012 11:21 am

I'm guessing that I'm about a week out from completing mine!

This project is turning into a rather huge Mech. My largest to date actually!
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby bartosza6m » Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:34 pm

Ok, here is my entry: "MAD HATTER'S MECH".

Inspired by the character from "Batman: The Animated Series".
I wanted to build a robot that could really exist in the series
and this is how I imagine it, with big rabbit's face as a torso
(Mad Hatter is really the brain of the robot)
and big gun that generates hypnotizing waves, or shoots laser beams.

I have dark purple parts only from two Zurg's sets
so this was really hard decision for me to built it
in this color sheme.

Mad Hatter is obviously bad guy in this contest...

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Mad-Hatter by bartosza6m (War-C), on Flickr
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Mad Hatter's Mech, interior by bartosza6m (War-C), on Flickr
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Mad Hatter's Mech by bartosza6m (War-C), on Flickr

Good luck Everyone!
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby Ultron32 » Fri Sep 21, 2012 1:06 pm

bartosza6m wrote:Ok, here is my entry: "MAD HATTER'S MECH".

Awesome! I LOVE that color scheme, and the bunny face looks awesome. The purple and light-blue go very well together. very nice, overall, in my opinion.
Thought you'd like this about the Vatican cameos.
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby Olymprix » Sat Sep 22, 2012 4:09 pm

Ultron32 wrote:
Olymprix wrote:You're better off than I am... I still need to start!

not too bad...you still have about a month and a half...just make sure yours isn't too ambitious. I'm personally hoping to get mine done by comic con...which is in 20 days! I'm sooo excited, can't wait. who knows, you may even see my mech there. (if you're going, that is) XD

I'm probably going with Captain America... still need to order some parts and the Cap minifig...
"Size matters not." -- Yoda

Until you get stepped on, buddy...
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby Ultron32 » Sun Sep 23, 2012 5:09 am

Olymprix wrote:I'm probably going with Captain America... still need to order some parts and the Cap minifig...

That sounds cool. I can just imagine a giant mech for him. can't wait to see it!
Thought you'd like this about the Vatican cameos.
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby Master Beef » Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:18 am

Well, I'm done! But that doesn't mean the hardest part is over... The mech's really sturdy, but 10 pounds of bricks on legs is gonna be a big problem. It can stand up by itself, but just to be safe, I'll probably lean on something when I take the pics.

Can't wait to see all of the entries! :)
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby Ultron32 » Sun Sep 23, 2012 2:29 pm

Master Beef wrote:Well, I'm done!

Ooh! Another one done! Can't wait to see it! :D
Hopefully I'll be able to finish at least the bulk of mine by Wednesday. Perhaps. Maybe. :roll:
Thought you'd like this about the Vatican cameos.
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby Darth Mitz » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:09 am

does anyone have any tips on photographing the Mech? - generally speaking my presentation is shocking and always last minute...
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby Morgan19 » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:32 am

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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby Mister Ed » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:46 am

Still plugging away. Oddly enough, I seem to have fallen into starting at the extremities and working my way in. I've got hands, feet, and most of a head, with the beginnings of arms and legs (as well as a chest plate of sorts that I'm quite happy with...provided I can figure out the best way to integrate THAT). Still I'm developing a cautious optimism that I might actually finish this thing some day.

Biggest problem now is turning out to be figuring out how to attach all this stuff and make it at least moderately poseable. Connections are tough. Kind of makes me wish maybe I had bought more technic or Bionicle-type sets in the past.

Arming this thing is going to be another challenge. I feel like armaments look better the more INTEGRATED they look, but I've got no real ideas on that score.

Sadly, it turns out the timing is bad for me personally. Apparently I'm going to be working pretty much double shifts at work (including Saturdays) up until just about election day. :(
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