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Honest Review: BrickForge Hexibrix

11 February 2018 - 06:48 PM



Ladies and Gentlemen of SSLF, today I present a review on the BrickForge Hexibrix. I hope to shed some light on this relatively new custom piece. I won't be covering the huge specifics about this piece or its usage, I'll be covering my opinions on it as a whole. If you want more information on it, please see the links below:





Let's begin!


Why did I buy these things?

- I personally bought them because I've wanted a hex shaped brick specifically for army building. As of now, I can say I own close to 400 of these little bricks (if you ever check for the 2 stud, black ones, you'll notice they're always out of stock).


What are some uses for it?

- Minifig display, army building, board game building, and MOC displays.


How durable are these things?

- Pretty darn durable. They hold a very similar quality to TLG bricks. 


Are they expensive?

- For $0.85 you get a hexibrix, hexibrix link, and either a 2 or 4 stud plate for the center. I should also note that the center disk can be swapped out for TLG pieces. You can also buy a pack of 6 for $5. However, if you buy a 6-pack, be aware that you get 3 2-stud disks and 3 4-stud disks. So, if you're looking for one or the other, I would not recommend spending the $5.


How big are these things?

- Slightly bigger than a typical hex based unit in a tabletop game. If I had to compare it, they are probably about the size of a standard Heroscape hex.


Any cool features?

- Yes! First off, the disk in the center can be popped out an exchanged for other pieces. This includes other round plates that are the size of a 2x2 round plate or tile. Also, 1x1 round pieces can also be placed in the center. Using the hexibrix link, you can connect hexibrix together from the underside, creating group minifig displays. Furthermore, they can be stacked on each other, so no minifig gets stuck in the dark, blotted out by the more popular figs! You might have noticed that I mentioned board game building earlier. Because of the way these pieces work, you can actually create a massive landscape for table top games using the different colors of the hexibrix. Also, you'll notice 2 studs on the pad that: one in the front, one in the back. These allow for other cool uses such as additional accessories. I personally use them for flag poles for commanding units and an inventory slot.


So, is there anything wrong with them?

- Yes! This is where I have to drop my, "Buyer Beware!" First off, the disk that goes in the center is advertised as being able to rotate easily when a minifigure is on it. From the +350 units that I own, I can easily say that is false. The round disks are firmly in once they're inserted. If you happen to set it at a weird angle, you will need a standard pipe (like a lightsaber pole or a medieval axe) to poke out the disk. On rare occasions does it actually work as advertised. It should also be noted, like other BrickForge items, they sometimes don't stick to minifigs as well as they could. Now, this could just be the individual minifig part, so don't rule that out; I've found that swapping out a set of legs sometimes solves the problem. Some people might also be put off by the overall size. While this does not bother me in particular, I would make sure to check the measurements against your standard hex pad.


Would you recommend buying one?

- For a custom piece, it has a lot of potential. Furthermore, for $0.85 you have a pretty cool piece. Yeah, it has a disk flaw, but I can personally overlook it because of the overall quality of the product. However, if the rotating disk is one of the main points you were looking forward to, you might want to give it a pass.


That's about it for now. Feel free to leave any questions. If you all want, I can post some pictures!


Auric Khasmin

29 January 2018 - 12:00 PM

Full Name: Auric Khasmin
Aliases: None
Sex: Male
Race: Human - Aethiopi
Birthplace: Axa
Affinity: Earth
Deity: Astra Aeterna
Faction: Venatori
Talents: Finesse Combat, Monster Lore, Education (Common/Imperial), Survival, Acrobatics
Strength: 5
Agility: 8
Constitution: 7
Perception: 7
Intelligence: 8
Spirit: 5
Luck: 2
-          Hair Style: Shaved Hair
-          Hair Color: Black
-          Height: 6’0
-          Eye Color: Brown
-          Body: Slim with pretty good physique
-          No real distinguishing features such as tattoos, scars, or an oddities
-          Wears the standard Venatori outfit
Venator Pack (steel scimitar and Bow w/ arrows)
- Compass
- Small Journal
- Bloodstained Astra Aeterna pendant
- Although he was born and raised in Axa, Auric has always found himself more at home on the road than at a single location. Because of this, he left his home and family to seek adventure, taking nothing more than the skills he learned from surviving during excursions into the Blasted Lands. Though he traveled many roads, he always found himself in the Empire in the end. This eventually led to a growing interest in understanding the language and culture of the Imperials. He accomplished this by befriending a wandering Achaean scholar, who joined him on many adventures. It was not until his friend’s death, at the hands of an unknown monster, that he sought out to join the Venatori, hoping to avenge the fallen scholar. 
- Auric is a quiet and reserved fellow. He prefers to talk, only when he has something of use to say. Whenever he does speak or act, he is quite charitable and friendly. He isn’t prone to violence, but is more than ready to scrap when the occasion calls for it. It should also be known that he is a patient man, and not susceptible to sudden outbursts of anger. 
Campaign History: None
Relationships: None

Review: Brickfair Virginia 2017 - YEAH BOI!

13 August 2017 - 02:31 PM



Ladies and Gentlemen of SSLF,


It has been yet another amazing Brickfair Virginia. Unfortunately, I didn't get to meet any of you all this year, but then again, there is always next year. Now, I know you're use to seeing the swag I got, but this year, there ain't anything new to show off.


"Wait, you didn't get anything this year?" Apart from a ton of figs, no new gray market items. That means no new BrickWarriors, BrickArms, or BrickForge stuff to show off. Instead, I'm going to show off some cool MOCs from this year! So, grab a snack, and get ready to see some amazing stuff!!!


First off, my badge!




New Additions:

- Brickfair 2017 Brick

- Word of WarCraft Tile

- Cute Genji Tile (yes, I have this one in-game)

- Cute Mercy Tile (yes, I have this one in-game)

- "is not Saber-Scorpion" Brick (Was still asked if I was Saber-Scorpion once)

- New EclipseGrafx Brick

- Genji's Ultimate Quote


With that out of the way, let's start off with what I brought:




This is Fort Asdale. What you are seeing here is an attack on an unaware Ankoran outpost. Three factions are currently represented in this battle. First off, you have the Ankora, which is led by none other than Prince Melanes. Their force consists of 42 units. The second force is the ambushing Altrairians, who are led by Kagaz Urgol. Their force consists of roughly 58 units. Lastly, the third and final force is... *drum-roll please* the Lizardmen! Their force consists of two units.


This MOC consists of three main highlights:


1) Kagaz Urgol and the Vorgan




Built in 1hr30min on Wednesday (first day of BrickFair), this dragon caught the eye of a lot of folks during public hours. Now, a quick note about the vorgan. First off, this was built as a request from Dalton. He wanted to see one of his favorite dragons in LEGO form. Now, stop and go look up what a vorgan looks like. 


*Readers realize this doesn't even look close*


BINGO! So, something I failed to mention was that I am pretty terrible at building creatures. That being said, I wasn't going to back away from a challenge. Despite it not looking close, I still liked how it looked!


2) Dwarf "Big Boomer" V2




So, this was not suppose to be in the build, but it still ended up here. This is V2 of a cannon I made long ago. This time, it is more detailed and looks better than the original. More importantly, I was able to make it look like it was firing, which seemed to impress a lot of viewers.


3) Saleena and the Water Hydra






With the display finished, my bro suggested that I add something into the water. Seeing as how Ankora was outgunned, I decided they needed a bit of Black Lance support. In comes Saleena, who is summoning a water hydra to lash out at the big trolls.


Now, let's get some battle pictures!











That's all from me this year! Next year, I'm hoping to run a massive, fantasy battle for a collaboration. But more on that at a later date. All you need to know is that I'm planning for it to be bigger, badder, and more violent than any other collab I've been in!


Anywho, let's take a look at some cool stuff from this year!


Micro City











Best Castle MOC - Beorn's Hall



My Favorite Lighted MOC - ET's Home






During the World of Lights, an event that happens at 11:00pm during exhibitor hours only, all the lights go off and light up MOCs and show off! This MOC was my favorite light up one this year. It utilizes a black light, which causes certain transparent colors to light up. This is what it looked like during the event.


<Stay tuned for Part 2... coming tomorrow!>

Brickfair Virginia 2017

17 June 2017 - 09:52 AM

Alrighty ladies and gents of SSLF,


Brickfair VA 2017 is coming up!. As usual, I'll be there showing off one of my bigger builds yet. More importantly, like every year, any SSLF folks that I meet may get some cool swag from me. Unfortunately, my usual crew of folks aren't making a massive battle display, but it should still be pretty darn fun!


So who's coming out on August 5th and 6th?


Custom Minifig Resources

05 May 2017 - 04:25 PM

Hello denizens of SSLF!



I noticed we didn't have a solid list of custom minifig resources listed out, so I figured I'd go ahead and set one up. Hopefully this will inspire some additional creativity when it comes to making cool figs. I'll also go ahead and give a couple of interesting little details about each vendor (especially since I've ordered from all of them).


This will be an ongoing list, that I'll add to in the OP overtime.

Let's get started!


1) Saber-Scorpion Decals

Link: Listen, if you made it this far into the forum, I really hope you realize where the, "Shop," button is.


Examples: Again, if you made it this far, I'm certain you've searched the rest of the site by now.


- I can't create a list like this without recognizing this site first. In case you somehow missed it, this website primarily sells custom minifig decals. They range from various themes from military, sci-fi, fantasy, medieval, and so much more. The decals are similar to that of a regular sticker, the only exception is that you have to cut them out rather than peel them off of a sticker sheet. They're also pretty durable enough to stand light playing (i.e. not dunking minifigs in water or throwing them across rooms). Another bonus about this site is the ability to create commissions! Both minifigs and decals are always made at the same standard as the other decals. All you have to do is provide a detailed description and/or images to assist in the process. Depending on the complexity of the design, and Scorps availability, designs usually take anywhere from one to two weeks. You'll also receive a screen shot of the commission, prior to it being shipped, just to make sure it looks right. Overall, if you're looking for a quick way to spice up minifigs, this is a great solution!



2) Brick Arms

Link: http://brickarms.com/index.php


- Saber-Scorpion: Again, if you're looking for the link, you haven't tried looking that hard on this site.

- Others: http://brickarms.com/resellers.php







- With the ever growing popularity of military themed builds, one company still stands pretty tall for delivering some of the best firearms and armor on the gray market. That is Brick Arms! You'll find products ranging from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I & II, Vietnam, Modern Wars, and Sci-fi Wars. Their products have the best quality you can find in the gray market. The weapons and armor are durable and intended for play; they're basically on par with TLG products.Usually, if you're looking to grab some heat, I'd start by checking out the various re-sellers for specific goods. It is also worth noting that many of their products come in various colors, allowing for a diverse array of colorful weaponry. Another thing to mention is that some re-sellers carry the coveted prototype weapons. Keep an eye out for those, because they sell quickly!



3) Modern Brick Warfare

Link: http://modernbrickwarfare.com/






- You might not have heard of these guys before, but they're pretty darn good. Modern Brick Warfare is a re-seller of Minifig.cat products, specifically their modern weaponry and gear. They sell a wide variety of products including body armor, custom headgear, custom weapons, custom accessories, minifig packages, Tiny Tactical mods (allow for modification of minifig gear), and so much more. The gear is made of high quality plastic, so you don't need to worry about it breaking. If you ever take a look at a lot of the military figs being made today, you'll probably see some of their products being shown off. I specifically like how advanced their weaponry gets, simply because it's one product without the need of any modification. The other thing to note is that they also have other unique items such as dog armor, drones, gas masks, watches, and other gear to make your figures get as tactical as possible. I've picked up some of these goodies at Brickfair, and I can say you won't be disappointed!