TBB received a message from LEGO Ambassador Juan Macias yesterday with a link to the Web site of a new LEGO mosaic tool, PicToBrick by Tobias Reichling and Adrian Schütz:
PicToBrick converts digital pictures to a format you can use to create mosaics. For LEGO fans, the software offers several cool features, including color and brick type selection.
Tobias and Adrian are releasing PicToBrick under the Free Software Foundation’s GNU General Public License. In addition to executables that work on Windows, Mac, and Linux, they’re making the source code available. Since they’re releasing PicToBrick as “donation ware,” if you like PicToBrick, be sure to support Tobias and Adrian! :D
I have been meaning to blog this for a while and finally got myself in gear!
Paul Brassington has created a true masterpiece! Not only are his building skills something to die for, but he has taken great shots of the entire scene. Also, check out the nifty video of the flailing tentacles!
See his website here!
Remember that this is purely my opinion and not a complete list of seeworthy things. There are plenty of good space builders out there – these are just my personal highlights. Also good to know is that I do this off the top of my head, so a better name might be “most memorable of 2006”. But anyway, let’s get to it.
First off, I’d like to recognise a certain individual as the most impressive newcomer. Jerrec is a builder whose works I hadn’t seen before 2006, and indeed, after he joins Classic-Space in February and begin to show his models there, they come at an increasing rate. With a wacky sense of steampunk humour, a great eye for microscale detail (as well as one huge great eye) and a very rapid improvement – compare this to this to see how he’s polishing his already distinct style – he has quickly established himself as a top builder in a short time. Good show Jerrec – I look forward to see what you bring us next.
And naturally after that, we get to best comeback. Molly was a few years ago active in the space community, building landmarks such as the Benevolent Grace and the Ves-X. She dissappeared for a while due to personal reasons, but now she’s back with a bang! Having already shown what she would have done had she recreated the official classic space line today, we anxiously await her big ship in the same theme. Stay tuned to her flickr account for more on that. Good to have you back with us, Molly!
And now that is done, we move on to some specific models. These, to me, really defined the space of 2006.
Best minifig scale: Don Wilson’s Hadrian’s Blade.
Many build minifig scale, but few manage to pack fun playthings and nice details in a good shape. Don did just that with the Hadrian’s Blade – traditional yet still unconventional, he managed to do what I’ll strive to achieve for the rest of my building career. Other nominees: Joel Larsson’s Ceasar, Mr. Stenz’s Kaiser.
Best steampunk/alt. tech: Adrian Drake’s Thomas E. Dewey.
I’m always a bit more critical when it comes to larger spacecrafts – oftentimes, they get hyped more than they deserve just because they are big. The Thomas E. Dewey is definitely not such a case. I don’t know if it is the Highwind-vibes, the unusual sculpting or something else, but this really is an outstanding model. Other nominees: Jerrec’s Monostomper, Jamie Neufeld’s Steamwheel.
Best organic creature: Nannan Z’s Cyclopean Virtue.
The Cyclopean Virtue does what it is supposed to do: being freakishly scary. Its unconventional shape and building techniques is something to admire, and since Nannan is turning it all into a series of creatures, who dares look away? Other nominees: Kevin Wurstner’s Alien infested corridor, Matt Forcum’s Void Jellies.
Best building: Keith Goldman’s Electric Boogaloo 2.
While there were many good structures and buildings built during the year, none combined sterility, few but well-placed colours and uncanny anglework like the Electric Boogaloo 2. Other nominees: Legohaulic’s Floating Rock, Gary McIntire’s Atmosphere factory.
But after such an amazing year, is there any chance at all that 2007 could ever be equally good? Of course there is. As long as good builders like those above, Giddens, Moko, Soren, Dennis and so on and so forth continue to produce good output we have a good base. But what is really exciting is the builders that are up and coming – e.g. Barbarossa – as well as those rumoured to get back into it again soon – e.g. Joseph Kazmo. These three categories of builders combined with those not yet seen promises a very interesting year – probably even more interesting than 2006.
Regardless, you can still count on TBB to bring you the best. See you in the spacey year of 2007!
Classic-Castle member and Brickshelf user Martin Jaspers (Marakoeschtra) is very well known for his detailed construction of minifig-scale creations. His inspiring gallery recently has a new section: furniture. I wish I had access to such rare parts like he does. Also check out the Classic-Castle.com thread.
Wow, I hadn’t realized how much I’d missed Martin Jaspers’ castle characters, but we haven’t blogged any of them since last May! It’s nice to see an update from one of my favorite minifig builders.
Over at Classic-Space, Taylor and Lukas is hosting a creature contest. The contest is easy to enter – the categories are divided by piece count, so everyone should be able to whip up something within the limits of their collection. The categories are as follows:
Bug: 2-12 pieces
Creature: 13-25 pieces
Beast: 26-60 pieces
So far there have been several nice entries with very innovative parts usages. Look for instance at Matt Hamann’s Ice Scarab:
Or Nick Dean’s Gnawer:
Adrian Drake’s Skitter Slug:
Aidan O Deligh’s Ankleshredder:
Or my own Spunk:
There are several more entries, and likely many more to come. I look forward to see a complete list of entries from or hosts. The creature contest ends at February 13, so there is still time for everyone to build and enter their own little critter. Get to it!
So many fantastic models, so little time. Here is Chris Malloy’s futuristic plane, called the Red Hopper:
Excellent shape, colour scheme and detailing – this thing lacks little. I especially like that while futuristic, Chris takes it retro with the propellers. Lovely.
CG LEGO is really growing on me, thanks to Tim Gould. Here’s his latest, ED-209 from the Robocop movies: