Bart de Dobbelaer is a masterful storyteller, and his latest scene is no exception. Despite being completely devoid of description, the image is so packed with grandeur and detail that it immediately invites the viewer to create a narrative around the picture.
The Sulaco is one of my all-time favorite spaceship designs, a big brutalist box with pointy bits coming out the front, reflecting the aesthetics of the Marine’s pulse rifles without overdoing the similarity. It’s a classic design and has been done skillfully by various builders quite a few times over the years, but this latest by Shannon Ocean might be the best yet.
Vince Toulouse is a master at building curved shapes out of Lego, a consistently difficult feat. His latest spacecraft combines his curved style with a vertical axis to make something that feels properly alien. The variety of manipulator arms at the bottom cement the otherworldly vibe.
Brother Steven artfully captures the moment a home intruder breaks in and steals the owner’s valuables, before subsequently escaping and murdering the wronged homeowner. I never quite got the moral of that story.
The unexpected star of the show is this twistedly twee whaling ship, chasing the last of the pygmy whales across the cold ocean.
On the other end of the grey spectrum is this sleek mech, a study in clean design and smooth lines, every inch exuding brutal intent.
The stakes for SHIPtember just keep getting higher, as Stijn Oom sets the bar up another notch. His Hammerfall GunSHIP is an instant classic; a brutally utilitarian dropship in bulkhead grey, all screaming metal and monstrous engines.
Like all the best SHIPwrights, Stijn sucks you in with the initial enormity inherent to every SHIP, but it’s the details that count and the Hammerfall has those in spades. There are too many to list, so here’s a beauty shot of some of the best.
As if this build wasn’t cool enough, it was based on artwork by the frequently featured Pierre Fieschi. This sort of exchange of ideas between builders is, to me, one of the greatest parts of the FOL community.