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Brickfair Virginia 2020: The Brickfair Build that Never Was...

12 June 2020 - 12:45 PM

Hey folks!


Due to the current events of the world, BFVA 2020 is cancelled! Sucks that I don't get a fun vacation, but don't worry, I still got a fun LEGO related thing in mind to share around that time. More details on that a bit later though!


Hope everyone is doing well in these hectic times. When I have more info on that THING, I'll leave it here!

Hero Forge: Colored Miniature Review!

29 May 2020 - 10:46 AM

First off, huge props to my brother for letting me post these pictures. These are pictures of some of his OC characters. With that aside, let's get onto the review.
Hero Forge is a lovely little company that allows you to create some of your own minis for things such as DnD, Pathfinder, Shadowrun, or any other commonly played tabletop RPG. Link below:
Recently, within like the past 3-4 months, Hero Forge ran a Kickstarter to support colored minis. These are minis that come fully colored and don't require the customer to do any painting. This is accomplished by using a coloring tool, which is currently in beta right now, and coloring your mini. Both my brother and I backed them and got access to this tool. He went ahead and ordered several of them, and well, the pictures above are the results. So, let me answer a couple of questions that you might have, in case you're wondering whether they might be worth it in the future, when these features go live.
How much does it cost?
- The price may be subject to change when no longer in beta, but the current cost of one figure runs about $45. It seems costly, but when you compare it to a premium figure, which runs about $30, the difference is really do you want to paint the figure or not.
How durable is the mini?
- It is just as durable as the other plastic options!
Why do the figures look a tad fuzzy?
- My terrible photography aside, there is like a slight rough, grainy like feel to it. It varies from figure to figure, but it isn't too heavy. At least to me it isn't...
About the colors...
- Again, this will vary from figure to figure, based off of how they are colored. For example, metal colors when using the tool look really shiny and reflective, but they don't actually come out that way. That might be able to be manually fixed with metallic paint, but chances are that they will improve overtime. Glass colors also don't appear to come out 100% correct at the moment either. Other than that many of the other colors, shades, etc. come out pretty solid. Both him and I were impressed at well they managed to to do on their first batch!
Are there any flaws?
- Yes. Your figure will have faint layer lines and look like there's a weird gloss over them. That comes from the printing. I have no doubt that the more of these figures they print, the better they will get towards improving the quality.
Other things to note
- When using the coloring tool you can go quite deep with eye colors, nail colors and other small, intricate details. Keep in mind that these are small on the actual minis and may not fully appear the way you expect them to. Again, that's because they are small details!
How long does it take for them to get printed?
- The orders may take several months to fulfill, but I will note that Hero Forge typically under promises and over delivers.
Do you think they're worth it?
- Yes! For $45 dollars you get to create a one of a kind character that you cannot order anywhere else. Oh, and did I mention that the coloring tool is not even 100% complete yet. There are still tons of features missing, so it is only going to get better. Also, as someone who has a bunch of minis to paint (stares at the pile of shame of WH40k figures), this gives me the chance to basically design the perfect character without having to worry about taking the time to paint.
That about does it for some of these figures. Feel free to ask me anything if you have questions! If you also want to see it, I'm more than willing to show screenshots of the coloring tool!

Dwarf "Fury" Siege Tank 2.0

20 April 2020 - 09:46 AM

Sooo... hey there!


With BFVA2020 more than likely cancelled, I decided it was time to start this lovely little project. Because of how scatter brained I am, I decided to do this with Stud.io on Bricklink. Surprisingly, it works pretty darn well.






Here's what I have so far for the main cannon. I've been taking inspiration from a couple of sources:




I'm trying to give it a nice war like feel, but not leave it too blocky looking. One of my biggest concerns is not having it look too modern.


That aside, the barrel can move up ever so slightly for some elevation. A roll, telescope, ladder, and hatch were also added for additional details. And no, there will not be a minifig sized interior. There will be decals eventually, but that's going to be further out.


I'd love to hear any feedback, especially criticisms!


Hope you enjoyed!



- Nick

Pertaining to the Titan Dream

22 October 2019 - 03:29 PM

I don't really talk about it much, and I keep saying, "More on that at a later date," but I think it's time to finally start. A few folks have asked about it in the past... so I might as well start somewhere.


Let me introduce, my mythic fantasy universe... The Titan Dream.



Part 1 - Introduction



Before anything ever was, they were there. The three Titans have always existed as all powerful, all knowing, and all seeing beings.. The easiest way to think of them is to think of three, very powerful siblings. Leik, the Titan of Light, is the embodiment of everything good and wise. His brother Mehrunes, the Titan of Darkness, is the embodiment of everything evil and profane. Their sister Lydara, the Titan of Balance, more or less ensures that the war between her brothers evens out in the end. It was through their will that the Titan Dream was formed, and it is through their will that it still exists into the far reaches of the future.


But why the Titan Dream? Truth be told, very few are privy to the name of their domain. From what I am allow to speak of, it was named this because it was always their vision to create a universe to their design. It would bear the marks of all three from the celestial bodies to the very mortals and immortals that would exist within it. However, these answers still elude the true reason for the name. Their dream, was to create a place unaffected by chaos. That, my friend, is why they chose the name. After all, what is a creation without a name? It denotes something is special.


Now, with that being stated, there are many places where I could start. I could tell you about the Eternal War of the upper realms, or perhaps you'd be more interested in the stories of great heroes. Regardless of what you're interested in, I believe that for true understanding of future events, the past must be understood first. And where better to start than the founding of The Dream.



Part 2 - The Beginning of the Dream



Long ago, the Titans created the space that would become the Dream. Simply by speaking, did they turn nothing into something. However, Their creation did not go unnoticed; a being, born from the remnants of something foul, made its way into the Dream. This being was known as a World Eater, and it sought to quickly destroy anything that the Titans would create. However, the Titans foresaw this intrusion, and set forth a plan to be rid of the intruder. The three spoke, and in that moment created a being to go forth and destroy it. To this being they gave tremendous power to fight this beast. Adorned in black armor and wielding two weapons forged by the Titans, he stepped forth into the emptiness in the realm and fought the beast.


The two fought, and in the end, the Titan's creation triumphed. With the World Eater destroyed, the Titans withdrew him, and brought him back to dwell among the Aldaari, which were Lydara's own people. To them, he became a revered champion. Some referred to him as, "The Ebon Knight." Others simply called him, "The Elder Wolf," whom various Aldaari prophets had spoken of in the time before the existence of the Dream. 


The Dream was secure for now, and creation could begin again. But this intrusion would not be forgotten. They knew that their realm would not be safe. They saw war coming for their creation, but also an end to it. That, however, would take time, until then, defenders needed to be established. And who better to form these defenders then the Elder Wolf himself? This would be the Titan's next course of action.  



Part 3 - In Defense of the Dream



While the Ebon Knight had succeeded, his job was far from over. The World Eater's attack on the Dream would not be the only attack; the Titans could see this. To secure the Dream, the Titans called upon the Elder Wolf once more. However, this time he would not be alone. To this end, Lydara chose ten thousand from the Aldaari, who would be trained by him. Moreover, these chosen would be gifted with the Wrath of Lydara, which took form as powerful, lightning magic, and the Aegis of Lydara, which took form as powerful arcane magic, capable of protecting. Similar to their mentor, they too donned black armor. To further complement their Titan magic, they were gifted with executioner swords, each of which would alter its form  based off of the current magic flowing through them. These chosen were called the Templar of Lydara, or Templar for short.


However, an army alone would not do. Together, the three formed a powerful seal around their domain, which would force any invaders into an even ground where the Templar would fight them. Anyone seeking entrance into the Dream, would pass through them first. Fortunately, the Titan's did not see defeat in the Templar's future. This battlefield also became home to their fortress, where they trained and lived. This place, would become all they would ever know; it became known as the Border Realm.


The Dream was now secure from outside intervention. Well... perhaps that is too broad a statement. There would be exceptions in the future. Certain entities would discover other ways into the Dream. But those would come much later, and appropriate countermeasures would be in place by the time that would happen. Besides, it was time to begin creating the Dream. And that would require a more personal touch from the Titans.



Part 4 - The Beginning of Creation



In its current state, the Dream was mostly a void, with the exception of the Border Realm and the Aldaari Realm. It was now that the Titans would begin their creation of the third realm, which would house their creation. This realm was simply known as the Mundane Realm. Before they began, the three combined their power to form an object that would allow them to sculpt the realm with a more hands on touch. The object the formed was called the Orb of Cyl (Creation), which was a manifestation of their power. Could they have simply spoken the Mundane into existence? Of course, however, there are reasons that they keep themselves out of the realm.


Light and darkness were the first creations, each one from their perspective Titan. Lydara intervened, simply with the desire to ensure both remained at balanced levels. Stars, moons, and planets followed shortly, with each Titan sculpting the various terrain that would define planets. Their number was finite, but to both mortal and immortal alike, the number of stars alone seemed infinite. Everything was beginning to shape up nicely. Each world had a unique feel to it, and no planet was ever the same as another. Because of the creation of light and dark, each planet naturally possessed day/night cycles.


However, the planets were empty, and so was the universe. To fill the worlds, they began to craft creatures. Fish, birds, mammals, bugs, and pretty much any other creature was designed by them. Each one had its own characteristics and designs; all creations had a touch of light and dark within them as well. Once a basic set of creatures were designed, Leik and Mehrunes split off to design more specific creatures. These creatures, we classify as light/dark creatures, which are creations that lean closer towards the light or dark. For example, a pegasus is a light creature where as a displacer beast is a dark creature. Both adhere to a strict alignment, which would come into play later.


Once all creatures were created, the Titans decided that a powerful guardian was needed to keep an eye on the Mundane worlds. However, this being would be different. It would be able to command beasts, yet it would be one in as well. I, of course, speak of the creation of dragons. It all began with the creation of one dragon, the Eternal Dragon. Unlike all other creations, the Eternal Dragon was more or less like a person. A small spark of Cyl was placed into it, allowing it to create more of its kind, though they wouldn't be nearly as strong. All dragons were created on a neutral level; they chose not to lean towards the Light or the Dark. This means that friendly red, black, green, blue, and white dragons actually existed. For the most part, dragons inhabit most planets, and upon creation possessed the ability to fly from planet to planet. Their task was simply to ensure that the planets remained in order (which varied from place to place).


With the planets now filled with animals and other creatures, the Dream no longer felt empty. Something was still missing, and the Titans knew it. From the moment they started, they knew that the time would come to create beings that were in their own image. These beings would possess characteristics of them, but at the same time, they wouldn't be Titans. More importantly, they would be different from animals, they would be able to make choices and forge their own paths. They knew this choice would cause issues within the Dream, ones that would plague the Dream forever, but it was their choice to make. But where would they start? Many planets were capable of supporting life, but some were better than others. However, when they created the planets, they created one planet much better than the others. This planet, was known as Rythar. 



Part 5 - Rythar



< coming soon >



Part 6 - Of Magic and the Great Helpers



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