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Review: BrickFair Virginia 2018 - Featuring Cool Swag!

06 August 2018 - 11:15 AM

Hello once again folks!

 

BrickFair Virginia 2018 is officially over! And man, was it a blast! Apart from displaying a build with some assistance of the SSLF forums, this year was full of great things!

 

So, for starters:

 

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I received a visit from both Admins (2nd time we've met)! If you ever get the chance to meet Justin and Maegan, do so! They're both really awesome people! Thanks for paying me a visit, and I hope you both enjoy the minifigs!

 

That aside, here are some highlights from this year!

 

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These are just some of the pictures of things that made me go "WOW". You can see the rest of the album here:

 

https://www.flickr.c...th/42065530040/

 

Please note that pictures of my build will be posted in the topic located here:

 

http://forums.saber-...e=3#entry487820

 

With that done, time to cover some neat swag!

 

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First off, my badge. It has officially grown to the point where I need a frame to contain it.

 

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BrickWarriors Arabian Scimitar and Head Cover

 

- Like all other BW items, these are made very well! This offers up a new curved sword and headgear for making some fierce, desert warriors. I'd like to eventually see the head cover in Tan and Brown, but as of now these are some solid items to add to the line up.

 

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BrickWarriors Busker Hat and Trumpet Flags

 

- Bards rejoice! This stylish hat was made just for you! It was available in dark red and blue and is a nice addition to the musical specialists. I rather like its look and it definitely adds more to an area that hasn't really been covered by TLG.

 

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BrickWarriors Paladin Sword, Paladin Armor, and Paladin Helmet

 

- So I might have gone overboard with this, but this is going to easily become my favorite armor set. Arched pauldrons on a clean torso and a very nice helmet (kinda looks elven) and the very clean sword easily make this a great addition to the fantasy line up. It even comes with a stud on the back for placing additional accessories or weaponry.

 

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BrickWarriors Paladin Shield, Conquistador Helmet, and Dwarven Sword

 

- Oh, I forgot to mention the really awesome shield design for the Paladin Set! This shield will make tanking blows even easier. For those into pirates, you'll notice the nice Conquistador helmet. It's more detailed than TLGs but also bigger. It also goes along well with the Paladin torso. Last in this picture is the Dwarven Sword. I'm going to start by saying that I shouldn't actually have this piece. It was accidentally in the Paladin Sword pile, and I completely wasn't paying attention to it when I picked it up. That being said, this prompted one of my buds to do some research:

 

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What we found was a full set of Dwarven Accessories including an Axe, Sword, Hammer, and Shield. So yes, more custom items will be coming for Dwarves!

 

So, when are these coming out?

Here's a rough time line based off of a conversation with Merrie (writes BW's blogs).
Paladin Accessories are roughly 3-4 months out.
Busker Accessories are probably 6-7 months out.
Dwarf Accessories currently have no release date.
That being said, these items are more than likely available from the Rewards Exclusive Pack (200 BW points). If you have the points, make sure to request a Medieval/Fantasy pack.
 
Overall, BFVA2018 was a blast! It gives me an even greater reason to look forward to BFVA2019!
 
Thanks for viewing, and hope to see you next year!
- Nick
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Custom Miniatures!

07 May 2018 - 11:34 AM

Alright,

 

I know I have absolutely no reason to be posting in the art section! But here me out on this one, because it's cool!

 

Among the many things on SSLF that I see are ads. We all hate 'em, especially me! However, on a random whim I decided to investigate one of them. That one link was for Hero Forge, a site where you can design your own miniatures. I played around with it for a bit, because it's a neat little site.

 

Then I showed my bro (who will be referred to as AfroMan)...

 

Let's just say, he took off with this and is loving this! It has given him a fun little hobby, and honestly, I rather like his work! So I figure, why not show you all, and hear some feedback!

 

While I won't give away who these people are or the stories behind them, I will say that are from a work of his own creation.

 

So without further ado, here they are!

 

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Brickfair Virginia 2018: A Day at the Arena

27 March 2018 - 12:10 PM

Alrighty ladies and gents of SSLF, it's that time again!

 

Every year I attend BFVA and generally show off something SSLF related (except last year). This year, I feel the need to bring us all together for a little bit of a bloodbath. That bloodbath being the arena! However, as with all SSLF related builds, I need you to make this build what it is!

 

So, how can YOU, the great folks of SSLF, help me? Glad you asked! Here's what I'm going to need:

 

1) Spectators (Everyone)

- What is an arena battle without a crowd of spectators? For every forum member, I will take up to a maximum of five different spectators. Just build a minifig (or five), and post a pic in this topic. If you don't have the parts, feel free to head on over to bricklink.com, find some pieces and give me a list. If your minifig requires decals, please just give me a description so I have something to request from Scorp. Given that this build will be 48x144, I'm going to need a lot of figs! If your figure is someone special, please feel free to include the following:

 

Details:

- Name (including title)

- Piece list or picture

 

Current Spectators

1. Nobleman Dalton - (Dalton Westmoore)

2. Nox - (Maverick-Werewolf)

3. Caiden - (Maverick-Werewolf)

4. Perky - (Burger Warrior)

5. Agnar - (Sephsekla)

6. Dargnin - (Sephsekla)

7. Yel - (Sephsekla)

 

2) Combatants (Novas and higher) - ALL POSITIONS ARE FILLED - NO LONGER ACCEPTING ENTRIES!!

- Okay folks, this is going to be a tad different than spectators. For starters, as to avoid any issues of bad character representation, all combatants will be on the same team. So, if you were hoping to slay another member's minifig, you're out of luck there. The other thing to note is that I will only be accepting a total of 15 10 combatants (technically 13 8, because of Admin reserved spots). So here's what I need from you guys:

 

Details:

- Name (including title)

- Crest: This is an emblem that will appear on a triangular shield. Feel free to use an already existing emblem, or come up with your own! Again, if it is custom, I'll just make a decal request!

- Picture or piece list

 

Current Combatants

1. Hawkin - (Saber-Scorpion) - Ellipsis Crest

2. Tom Drake - (Maverick-Werewolf) - Family Crest

3. Amanon - (Dalton Westmoore) - Amanon Alliance Crest

4. Sigmar Oathbreaker - (Lord_Capulet) - Broken Hammer Crest

5. Garandros - (Sephsekla) - ???

6. Althenia - (Nightstalker) - Twin Axe Crest  

7. Rynne - (Thrawnie) - ???

8. The Black Knight - (Mystery Entry) - Afro Crest

9. Edorin Gwyn - (Nightstalker) - Lion Knight Crest

10. Kain Talon - (Nightstalker) - Black Lance Crest

 

- In the event of receiving more than 15 10 combatants, I'll sort it out by rolling a d20 for each spot. Feel free to use gray market items as well! If you are using a character that I've already made for you, just let me know!

 

3) VIPs (Mods)

- Among the many spectators, there will be very important people. This follows the same rules as the spectators, with the exception that I'm limiting it to one person per Mod. Just need a name and picture/parts list.

 

Current Mods

1. Inquisitor Marcus Capulet - (Lord Capulet)

 

4) Honored Guest (Admins)

- As always, our Admins will have a specific spot designed for them. At the current moment for Scorp, I was thinking of using a variant of King Scorp (from SYWBAA) and an entourage of Scorpion Guard. For Mav, well, I have my Wolf Queen Mav fig and an entourage of werewolf guards that will be supplied. If these sound good, just let me know, if not, just tell me what you want!

 

Current Admins

1. King Scorpion - (Saber-Scorpion)

2. Wolf Queen Mav - (Maverick-Werewolf)

 

5) Out of Place Minifigs (Everyone)

- For this category, just leave a minifig that sure as heck shouldn't be in a fantasy setting, or is just plain out of place. Given the high amount of figs I want to have here, I have room for some cameos. The number I use ultimately depends on how easy it is to sneak them in.

 

That's it for now! If you guys have more questions, feel free to ask! If not, then get building! 

 

- Nick  


Honest Review: BrickForge Hexibrix

11 February 2018 - 06:48 PM

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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:

 

https://www.brickforge.com/Hex.html

https://www.youtube....I9Vni-fg/videos

 

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!

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Auric Khasmin

29 January 2018 - 12:00 PM

[AURIC KHASMIN]
 
 
 
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
 
Attributes
Strength: 5
Agility: 8
Constitution: 7
Perception: 7
Intelligence: 8
Spirit: 5
Luck: 2
 
Appearance:
-          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
 
Inventory:
Venator Pack (steel scimitar and Bow w/ arrows)
- Compass
- Small Journal
- Bloodstained Astra Aeterna pendant
 
Biography:
- 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. 
 
Personality:
- 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
 
Currency: