About Tromas

TR Brownridge (aka. Tromas) has been a LEGO maniac all his life. After lurking various LEGO fan sites for years, he first joined the online community in 2007 via Classic Space Forums and then becoming more active with the community on Flickr in 2010. TR builds a little bit of everything, focusing primarily on sci-fi themes…and always with playability in mind. He already has his three young sons well on their way to becoming LEGO maniacs themselves.

Posts by Tromas

TBB presents an Oldie But Goodie – Peregrine

We at The Brothers Brick were recently talking about whether there should be a statute of limitations on blogging a model. We obviously want to keep the majority of our posts fresh and new, but we all agreed that there are a lot of models in people’s back catalogues that deserve the spot light. Whether you have been around the community since LUGNET or are new this year, we think everyone will appreciate seeing these again or for the first time.

I will start us off with this classic by The Grandpappy, the Peregrine Multi-Role Starfighter. This has long been one of my favourite starfighters of all time. The combination of space superiority fighter and mecha will make any geek giddy. I also love the idea of treating the mecha frame as a weapons component as opposed to a permanent part of the design.

Peregrine - Multi-Role Starfighter

Peregrine - Multi-Role Starfighter

And I am always a giant sucker for an ordnance loadout shot:

Peregrine - Multi-Role Starfighter

So keep your eyes peeled for further OBG posts from time to time and join us in a trip down memory lane.

Brute – Bionicle and System never looked so good.

Seamlessly integrating System elements with Bionicle/Hero Factory elements is something I have been struggling to master for quite a while. This is apparently not such a struggle for Ian Barreto (~Ian) as evidenced by his Brute.

Brute

Ian says this was inspired by the Igor suit from Iron Man 3, which is apparent…but I prefer Ian’s.

Unique Starfighters are some delicious brain juice.

brain juice (breyn joos)
n.
1. Something awesome that inspires you creatively.
2. Concept art that makes you want to play with LEGO elements

I am continually blown away by how creative people can be with designs of starfighters. They certainly are my favourite subject to build in, but I tend to stick pretty close to boilerplate styling. But seeing designs like these make me want to get more creative with my own builds. So on this chilly Wednesday morning, pull up a chair and sip on these steaming cups of brain juice…

P-Wing by Bartosz Sasiński
P-wing

U-wing by halfbeak
U-Wing Polling Shot

XADHOOM by xiei22
Fly view! "XADHOOM" - Central industries Sky Ruler.

In the Studio With Orion Pax...Literally.

On the various LEGO fan sites, people will often share photos of their build spaces. Well, I think I am going to crown the winner of the absolute coolest LEGO workspace outside Billund. And it belongs to none other than TBB regular Alex Jones (Orion Pax).

Alex recently posted this amazing 360° view of his studio, and of course coupled it with some nice beats. So click the image below and be prepared to be wowed.

Alex told me that 5 years ago he couldn’t imagine himself having a space like this to work in, but he worked hard for a long time to get it. He also added, “Believe in your dreams and all that!” Which I think are wise words.

So now we know where Alex works his magic and creates goodies like his most recent piece…an ode to Snoop.

December 2013 Cover Photos

Well the Cover photos have once again been updated on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Heading into the holiday season I chose two images that seemed appropriate.

For Facebook, we get this hilarious representation of the absurdity that takes place on Black Friday by Gregory Coquelz. I know none of our wonderful readers would eat the brains of fellow shoppers just so they get their undead hands on that last LEGO Friends set, but the image is fitting of the season nonetheless.

Brick Friday

Twitter gets a brighter, happier image by Adam Dodge. Wouldn’t it be great if the world really were made out of LEGO and we were all little yellow minifigures? Just think of the peace and harmony. And if the armies of the world were only armed with flick fire missiles, war would be pretty ineffective and harmless.

We are the World