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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby etcknight » Mon Oct 29, 2012 6:30 pm

On a personal note:
“Bananas” was born out of two ideas. #1 – it would’ve been great to get a Bizarro mini-fig. #2 – Lois and King Kong.

This was a really fun build. :D Coming up with the idea and building brought back memories of competing in Kaybee Toys’ Lego contests in the early 80’s. This is my first FBTB contest and I had a lot of fun – strained a lot of brain cells using creative methods, offset studs, and SNOT + SNIR to finally realize my idea. It was a challenge using ball joints - but the ratcheting joints just didn't give the look and articulation I wanted. Can you pick up all my “inner-geek” homages? Thanks to the Staff for organizing the contest and providing the prizes. :cool:
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby Ultron32 » Mon Oct 29, 2012 6:41 pm

^Cool. I'll have to use that minifig design.

^^That mech looks pretty cool. Nice.
Thought you'd like this about the Vatican cameos.
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby davedude » Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:04 pm

Solo wrote:
Ultron32 wrote:@Davedude: isn't that the lex luthor mech?
Pretty much. A few parts are rebuilt but it's still clearly a modified official set. I'm sorry but that does not qualify for the contest. I've PMed him just to make sure he sees this in case he wants to try again before the deadline.

InsaneJames10: check your messages as well.



sorry just dont have many parts will try to get another one in.
thanks!
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby MotionOTheOcean » Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:52 pm

ETCKnight, I hate to be a naysayer, but you might want to post a different main photo for your bizzaro mech that does not include the structure in the background. I love your design and I would hate for it to get disqualified due to mistakes of basic photography FBTB contest rules, i.e. "
no composite views, additional special effects, text, graphics, or scenery will be permitted. -onions
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby exia » Tue Oct 30, 2012 9:38 am

Hulkbuster (Hero)
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PeteCorp.Hulkbuster by Pete Corp, on Flickr

Tony Stark built this monstrosity in case he ever needed to go toe to toe with the green giant, or show off to the ladies.
Perhaps one of the biggest Iron Man armors, in actually the Hulkbuster was a module that went over the existing modular armor Iron Man suit. That canon concept for a super hero in a mech makes this a great candidate for the Mecha Madness challenge.

Weapon(s): Freshly uprooted tree
Why? Sure Iron Man has a plethora of repulsor rays but it it seems like whenever the Hulk starts fighting, some innocent trees get violently yanked from the ground and swung around like baseball bats. So Mr. Stark might as well do as the Romans do and join in the arborfest.



Cockpit
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PeteCorp.Hulkbuster.Cockpit by Pete Corp, on Flickr

I know it's just a picture but I feel like I hear a loud earth-shattering roar whenever I see this image. Maybe Tony has a Hulk roar on mp3 and uses repulsor speakers to amplify it across the land, then rock out to some Black Sabbath afterwards.



Minifig Tony Stark
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PeteCorp.Hulkbuster.Tony.Stark by Pete Corp, on Flickr


It was fun watching this buff guy take shape before my eyes. I adopted the basic shape of the Marvel Universe Hulkbuster action figure. There were significant challenges while building this, and also lucky breaks. The yellow cables for the stomach I just happend to bump into in my Lego bin and were a perfect match for what I wanted to do. I also had trouble deciding if I should do dark red or regular red. Ultimately it is a blend of both reds to give more detail and depth (and because Technic didn't have a dark red helmet). More behind the scenes details on my Flickr page.
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby Darkblane » Tue Oct 30, 2012 12:35 pm

Igginz wrote:It seems to me that eighty percent or so of these mechs can barely stand on their own, if at all, from what I've seen of the hips and legs.


The thing that I found with mine is that whilst I used the ratcheting joints to allow for posable limbs, I've come very close to their ratcheting tolerance. Other than these and the ball joints, there aren't a lot of other parts suitable for adding multi-axis pivot points to a mech.

Whilst the mech stands up on it's on when there's at least some friction between the bottom of the feet and the surface it's stood on (i.e. a carpet), it's fine, but on anything smooth (like the acrylic stand I use to photograph my models on), if the mech is knocked, the feet slide outwards and the ratcheting joints basically give way.

If you look on the set on Flickr, there's one photo which shows mine standing on it's on. The base I added is only connected to the mech by two friction pins, which simply prevent the feet from sliding, which made it a lot easier to rotate the entire mech for photographing it at different angles.

I don't mind if any of the mechs have additional support structures to hold them up. I'd rather see a mech which is slightly unstable, but can be repositioned into interesting poses, than one which is permanently fixed into a set pose.
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby zhouston » Tue Oct 30, 2012 1:30 pm

Darkblane wrote: Other than these and the ball joints, there aren't a lot of other parts suitable for adding multi-axis pivot points to a mech.


Well the problem with that is if you're using a ball joint with heavy arms, the arms are going to drape to the side under the force of their own weight and you will be left with absolutely no articulation. So, in the end, the use of ball joints with heavy limbs is ironically the most limiting joint you can use due to the small amount of friction. You will be completely defeating the purpose of the ball joint, regardless of how many potential pivot axes there are. So it might be better in the end to use something stronger that will allow at least one pivot axis to give your mech some articulation.
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby Mister Ed » Tue Oct 30, 2012 2:13 pm

There is a difference between articulation and poseability, IMHO. Articulation does not require things to stay where you put them, just that they be able to move that way. Sometimes, I think, it is preferable for a toy to be able to move flexibly while one plays with it, even if it can only stand one way when it sits idle on the shelf...
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby Solo » Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:18 pm

That's some interesting minutiae you've just dished out there Ed. I've never stopped to think about the difference between articulation and poseability, but you're right. Just because some part is adjustable (and really that's all it takes to count something as an added point of articulation it seems) doesn't necessarily mean it will help you pose a toy any better.
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby zhouston » Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:24 am

Juggernaut and Atlas (Villain)

With the mysterious object hurling towards Earth, Cain Marko desperately searches for a way to overcome his scheming allies and harness the energy of the space entity. As the human Juggernaut, Marko has always been unstoppable but is still limited by his own size and strength. Upon the final construction of his mech, “Atlas”, Marko engineered the massive machine with a perfect combination of strength and durability.

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Juggernaut by zane_houston, on Flickr

Marko named his mech “Atlas” after the powerful titan known for his extreme physical endurance. From the cockpit, Marko can control Atlas almost as if it is merely a larger version of himself. Although tempted to add advanced weaponry, Marko preferred hand-to-hand combat to ranged attacks.

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Atlas by zane_houston, on Flickr

While testing out the controls, Atlas was clocked running at just over 210 kph. While running at full speed, the multiple layers of hardened steel armor allow Atlas to shrug off most ballistic attacks smaller than a large explosion. After a massive charge to knock anything to the ground, the strong arms and legs are more than capable of smashing and tearing other mechs to pieces. In addition, Atlas’ back is equipped with four separate thrusters, giving Atlas heightened acceleration and the ability to jump short distances.

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Atlas Cockpit by zane_houston, on Flickr

Juggernaut and Atlas will let nothing get in their way!

Huge thanks to the guys at FBTB for putting on the contest and offering amazing prizes! I wish everyone the best of luck!
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby ArzLan » Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:52 am

Hi all,
I humbly submit my entry for Mech Madness too.
Batman is my chose.


Minifig:

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Mech:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/32161137@N ... hotostream
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Proof that pilot fits in cockpit:

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More picture on:
http://forum.legendbricks.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=15209&extra=

Thanks for watching. XD
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby Solo » Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:34 am

ArzLan: You'll need to replace that first pic with one featuring only the minifig.
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby ArzLan » Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:44 am

Solo wrote:ArzLan: You'll need to replace that first pic with one featuring only the minifig.


Thanks ! :)
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby volumex » Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:51 am

Wonder Woman- Krystale
The Secret Crisis unfolds, many have gone and structured various mech's in hope of dealing with 'whatever' is coming our way soon. Some have formed partnerships, yes I'm looking at you Blue Beetle and other's have strayed. The only thing I know is alot guys are not talking. And in my books thats not a good sign, it seems this is a job only a woman can handle and finish, I know I'll be needing more than my lasso of truth to counter the events that are ahead. I just really dont want another 'Infinite Crisis' as that would be too much to go through again...


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WW by : VolumeX :, on Flickr

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COCKPIT by : VolumeX :, on Flickr

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Krystale by : VolumeX :, on Flickr

Thanks guys for an awesome contest and Good Luck to all!
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby Olymprix » Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:39 am

Captain America fell through... gonna make Blizzard (villain) and his mech tonight
"Size matters not." -- Yoda

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

Postby Olymprix » Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:40 am

I love the Hulkbuster mech! Good job and good luck!
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby Darkblane » Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:30 pm

zhouston wrote:Juggernaut and Atlas


That is pretty awesome!

I love how clean and defined it looks, and very solid.
It's one of those builds that from a quick glance, you wouldn't realise was LEGO.

The only change I'd make would be to have the feet slightly larger, they look a little overwhelmed by the size of legs, but otherwise, very best of luck in the contest.
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby captain sambuca » Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:01 pm

I don't know as much about superheroes as some might imagine, and this is my first ever mech.

but here goes. I've chosen The Penguin.

The Penguin's backstory is, of course, a matter of contention. I can't quite remember.

Geeky troubled teen Oswald Cobblepot gained supervillain powers when he was bitten by a radioactive penguin.
No wait.
Former speciality male escort and antarctic animal fanatic Oswald Cobblepot chose to follow a life of crime and named himself after his faithful pets and companions.
No that's not it.
After deciding on a life of crime, orphaned millionaire Oswald Cobblepot was pondering a suitable fear-inspiring super villain name, when a giant winged creature smashed through the window of his late father's study.

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P1040424 by captain sambuca, on Flickr

"I have seen it before, somewhere. It frightened me as a boy. Frightened me. Yes father, I shall become... a penguin"

Or something like that.

Most mechs boast of their superior firepower, and The Penguin's is certainly tooled up enough to be able to match anything that's thrown at him. In mech to mech combat though, The Penguin's excels, as it's low centre of gravity make it a formidable foe. The penguin's mech can be a clumsy mover on land, but in water- or in space, this mech is hard to beat.

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P1040428 by captain sambuca, on Flickr

Pre-Secret Crisis, The Penguin had been planning to create a whole army of these menacing machines: they were to wade out of Gotham's harbour en masse to take the city. Oswald knew that neither Commissioner Gordon nor Batman would have the power to stop him. The secret crisis though has meant that Oswald's plans have had to be altered, and he allows himself to pilot the deadly prototype to engage with both his oldest foes and rivals, as well as the most powerful of intergalactic strangers. Boy. Go get 'em Penguin!

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P1040427 by captain sambuca, on Flickr

Great challenge FBTB, thanks again. Who'd've thought how important those choices of joints would be to maintaining balance and stability.

More Penguin goodness here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/65507488@N08/

Creativity all the way, that's what we like to see. Good work everyone: there's a lot of class here.


Yo ho ho, fellow builders, Yo ho ho.
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby mandalorian_marshall » Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:27 pm

Just to make sure he's not too obscure, does everyone know who Forge is?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forge_%28comics%29

I've already nearly finished his mech, but there are a couple other X-men characters that it could be associated with.
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Re: FBTB Mech Madness 2012 Building Tournament - Secret Cris

Postby Ultron32 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:47 pm

^I know Forge from the X-Men Destiny video game.

^What?! No way! I'm working on a Penguin-bot! Anyway, it looks pretty good, and has way less joints than mine. Also, your pilot looks like alfred. (No offense) The Penguin should have a monocle. Aside from that, yours looks pretty good. It's actually pretty interesting: yours looks more like a mech, mine looks more like a penguin (with rocket launchers) IMO.
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