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August 2010
Vayland Dragon redux
Bruce 31 VIII 10

In 2008, Patrick Biggs was invited to enter the BBC Contest 50: The Big Show, an invitational showdown of the best Bionicle builders on BZPower. Entrants were voted on by BrickFair attendees, and Patrick's Vayland Dragon came out on top. He still wasn't quite satisfied with it, so this year he tore it down and rebuilt it, largely from scratch. The resulting Vayland Dragon 2.0 is even better, and once again he's taking home prizes, winning "Best Bionicle" at this year's BrickFair. As you may have guessed, the title is a tribute to Bryce McGlone, who Patrick credits with helping him out and inspiring his building. Patrick is an active member of BZPower. His MOCs can be found in his Flickr stream and his Brickshelf gallery.

A use for the semi-circles...
Trevor 26 VIII 10

We have become quite familiar with Katie Walker's (eilonwy77) elaborate patterns but castle builders really need to stand up and take notice this time. Stained glass windows have long been a large part of many castle MOC's but in the past we have had to use transparent colour brick and plate; the more ingenius builders have done some wonderful but Katie's cheeseslope stained glass window is one of those developments that only come around once in a while.

Alternate Model Re-Review: Armor Shop
Ben E. 15 VIII 10

Join the Classic Castle alternate model review discussion. Please post your opinions on the model play ability, piece selection, design, etc. Which models stand up to our catapult of critique and which ones crumble in shame!

This week’s set is 6041 Armor Shop.

Armor Shop was released in 1986 and has four alternate models. These four alternates are different Armor Shops with features such as allures, weapon racks, and a horse stall. Each shop is modular and can be connected to a larger castle.

Japanese Tea House
Bruce 11 VIII 10

A couple of months ago, Aaron Andrews, AKA DARKspawn, posted his Ninja Showdown at the Japanese Tea House. If you didn't see it at the time, be sure to go back and check out all of the details. Aaron hails from the land down under, Brisbane, Australia. All of his creations can be found on Brickshelf and Flickr.

While distance prevents Aaron from attending BrickCon 2010, this is a great opportunity to remind those of you who will be attending of the collaborative Big in Japan display hosted by the Brothers Brick. C'mon, castle fans - our ninja fortresses should be way cooler than those other guys' mecha and anime MOCs! You've got just about two months to build.

Ajax the Great
Bruce 4 VIII 10

Lino Martins is an AFOL from Seattle, where he is a member of SEALUG. He's also one of the founders of LUGNuts, the automative building group, so you may find it surprising to see him featured here, as his regular genre of building is models of cars. Recently he entered an Iron Builder competition hosted on Builders' Lounge. He and his opponent, V&A Steamworks, were each provided with 24 white 1 x 6 x 3 1/3 curved arches to use as the basis for their creations. Lino's most recent is Ajax the Great. Lino writes:

"For Ajax, I wanted to build a centaur for a long while now but wasn't quite sure how to execute it. When the white curved arches arrived I could see that they might be able to be shaped into a horse-like body. I definitely wanted a strong warrior and wanted him to stick close to his Greek mythological roots so I began to research Hoplite armor and helmets. I started with the head and while there was a lot of trial and error involved, I liked how it was shaping up. I was most pleased with the plates that protected the face and the large crest of bristles along the top. Once the head was finished, I knew I was off in the right direction. I wanted him mostly monochromatic but I used a few coppery elements as a salute to Guy's steampunk leanings."

All of Lino's MOCs can be found on Flickr, and his older work is also on Brickshelf.

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