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Morbie19
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 10:23 pm    Post subject: Creepy Halloween minifigs Reply with quote

These are my entries for Kam's "creepy Halloween minifig" contest over at Fine Clonier.

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[Removed the direct thumbnail links since it's getting image-heavy.]

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I enjoyed this a lot, great concepts and parts usage. It's overall very interesting and satisfying.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 12:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

These figs are both creepy and amazing at the same time. Great work and quite a collection. The backgrounds are exquisite and add impressively to the overall presentation. Thanks for sharing!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow some very inventive creations you've got there.

Kudos Morgan.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Way cool work, Morgan! I love them all. Keep it up! Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that an actuall mini fig head for Ibiel The Gatekeeper? If so, I want one.

Also, I love your Bionicle/Mermaid crossover. You've given me some interesting ideas for new Sith.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Epic x 20
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

enchantedknight56 wrote:
Is that an actuall mini fig head for Ibiel The Gatekeeper? If so, I want one.


Indeedydoo, it's a Deatheater's head from 2007's Hogwart's set. Last year when LEGO was first doing the minifig PaB, they had that head, among others, available. I love it, it's one of my favorite faces they've produced.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well im not even going to enter now... Rolling Eyes
These are all really nice! I wish i had all those great pieces!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Drowned is ridiculously awesome. That's all I really have to say.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ladies and gentlemen, this is how to celebrate a holiday!

Whatup with da aryan zombies, though?

And Wolfhunter there, that's an official head, isn't it?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They just aren't as scary in LEGO form. Wink

Nice work Morgan.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Whatup with da aryan zombies, though?


You don't think undead Nazis are scary? Laughing

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And Wolfhunter there, that's an official head, isn't it?


Yessir, it's the witch's head from the Castle advent calendar (and the giant chess set, I belive).

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Updated the first post with a few more...

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 11, 2008 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nicely done! Awesome work! Your skill and imagination are lightyears ahead of mine. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now, these are all characters you have made up? I'd run out of custom names after my fourth fig.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 12:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

enchantedknight56 wrote:
Now, these are all characters you have made up? I'd run out of custom names after my fourth fig.


He has a wookie bang his head against the wall till a new name pops out. Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The one with the Joker head. I can totally see Joker going to some Egyptian tomb just to steal the powers of "I seem to be having tremendous difficulty with my lifestyle"-fest.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2008 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The naming/history/backstory parts are actually some of my favorite exercises. I like messing around with names and words; eventually it just "feels right" and I know I've reached the right name for each one. The proverbial "clicks".

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 9:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr. Corriveau, the Unspeaking: Did you use photoshop to remove Doc Ock's mouth, or was that Brasso? And did you really cut off a Gamorrean's head for Oogapooga, the one-eyed gremlin?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2008 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I partially Brasso'ed Doc Ock, just the mouth. To be honest I'm not really used to Brasso'ing much, let alone such a small area, so it looked a little rough. I tried to clean it up a bit in PS afterwards, including adding the black shadows on the head. I think the shadowing makes the color there look a little "floaty", but I wanted that dark alley feel and was having trouble getting it in with real lighting, so to speak.

The Gamorrean's head isn't cut up at all, it's just turned around with that one area painted white and black for the eye bits, with some black sharpie along the bottom as a border. (The top shadow on the eye was added in PS.)

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

(Mods, lemme know if you want me to change the first to all links or something instead of a bunch of images... I know it's getting to be a lot of them embedded up there.)

Another day, another batch. Wink I'm really happy with these, in particular Goba's Monster.



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice! Goba's monster is clever, I like how you used Rotta's butt for the face! Razz
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the explanation!
You are really on a roll with these! Indeed, Goba's monster is just too funny if you realize what the head actually was intended to be by Lego.

A few of the figs (mr. Gnole, Pestilence, John Booker) are maybe slightly less inspired than others, if I might be so bold as to criticise. But the vast majority are superb, original and actually creepy! As a collection, it is outstanding.

Which is your own favorite figure of this collection?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good critiques are always good to get, they're absolutely welcome– not everything can be "oh hey that's neat" and the range of reactions can help a builder (or anyone, for that matter) think different ways. Here's a spew of thoughts on that:

Since I'm so close to the entire imagining and creation process, my take on "some are less inspired than others" is probably way skewed. Wink Some you mentioned, like the Gnole and Pestilence, started out simply because I was fiddling with piece combinations and liked how they looked, and wanted to try building a complete character around them. And yet each is given the same amount of creation and refinement time as others. I imagine the simplicty of the process or "only official parts used" is probably what you see as uninspired?

Others like the Ruined Maid or the Hands of Ruination are more intensive and probably come across as more thought-provoking because of construction or design techniques. I can assure you, each and every fig goes through several iterations before I settle on the final ones– none are "thrown together", so to speak. Folks' reactions to the Drowned in particular have thrown me for a loop– it's one of the simplest creations, parts-wise, and one of the easier ones to come up with for me. And yet, a lot of of people have commented to me that it's their favorite. To me, it's simple. To them, it's refreshing. Sometimes I just can't predict it!

It's funny you mention Captain Booker as a weak point, in particular. I've always wanted to make a cyborg pirate in some form or another. Has it been done before? Sure, in multiple media. But I'm still happy I have a spacefaring half-human bloodthristy robot corsair to call my own. Laughing

My favorite? Out of these so far, I think Dr. Brayne (for the creepiness factor), Jack O'Lantern (classic Halloween evilness), and Rataveritak (Lovecraftian vibe) are my picks. I'm pleased how each turned out as a figure but also as a completed piece, with the background included.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 15, 2008 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First of all I in no way at all meant that I thought that some of these figures were "thrown together". But yes, you are right: the ones I think are less "inspired" are the ones that use official parts in the (more or less) official, regular way. That's why I think that the Cyborg Pirate and the Ghoul Groom are some of the less interesting ones, while I think figures like the Shattered Maid, Grinling, the Brass Man and especially the Drowned have a more significant "wow" factor: the unexpected combination of pieces makes these figures even more interesting, refreshing and indeed thought-provoking.

Again, you are also right about my opinion of the Cyber Pirate in this respect. I guess because it has been done before in multiple media, to me it just misses the "freaky" factor which is so evident in a lot of the other figures.

All in all, I guess I have to say that I used the word "uninspired" for mentioned figures purely in a relative sense and only when compared to the other figures. Because they all are superb, including the ones mentioned above. The backgrounds and the names only add an amazing finishing touch to all these figures. It is clear you put a lot of thought and refinement time into all these figures.

And my own favorites? Well, some do stand out exceptionally when compared with the others. The Zombie Rifleman, Mr. Corriveau and indeed the Drowned are figures which I find to be amazing and frightening at the same time. So those, I would say, have to be my favorites.

I wish you the best of luck with Kam's creepy Halloween minifigs contest!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 16, 2008 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think any of them seem any less inspired than others, though some may have involved more creativity (like the painting a backwards Gamorrean guard piece). I like some of the ones with official parts in ordinary usages more than some of the ones that are heavily painted or have custom pieces. It's all about the end product, and some of them just click as being awesome when I look at them, regardless of whether or not the pieces were official and ordinary or modified and custom.

The Drowned is still my favorite by far. It blows me away with how awesome it looks. Some other ones I really like are Jack O'Lantern and Shira Camatu.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 3:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not going to post thumbnails to each individual one (because it's getting somewhat unwieldy), but I've posted a bunch more over the past week:

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 20, 2008 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

These last few are pure class... Menalacus, Nillithi and Kettahkeg: all belong to the best ones in the whole collection, in my opinion.

Keep up the good work and good luck with the pulled wisdom teeth: I've been there (2 x 2, not 4 at the same time!) and it wasn't funny!
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