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The fact that you've come to Phippy for help means you've hit rock bottom... so go for it!
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Hey all.

Well, over the next few weeks we've got the MocAthalon going (starting in March but the group will open next week) and then after that we have the MOCie Awards. In between all this I "may" do another "Spring Fling" contest and then there's getting ready for Brickworld... man it's going to be a busy couple months.

But enough of my blah blah, whatcha got that I can help with? Fire away!
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| February 12, 2011, 12:31 am
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Ha! Best thread title we've seen in a while!

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| February 12, 2011, 8:23 am
I have decided that I would like to be on a good team this year for the mocathalon.
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| February 12, 2011, 8:44 am
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Quoting Tyler Halliwell
I have decided that I would like to be on a good team this year for the mocathalon.


Well, I'm pretty sure Kelso's playing... Oh, and from what I hear in the rumor mill, we may have some VERY special guest players this year. We'll see what happens next week when we open the group. Good luck man!
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| February 12, 2011, 11:15 pm
Hey man, thanks for the help. I'm gonna for sure try and do the moc-athalon, better start brickin cuz i'm a little rusty. Is there any group or anything for getting your teams together yet?
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| February 13, 2011, 3:47 pm
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Quoting Brian P
Hey man, thanks for the help. I'm gonna for sure try and do the moc-athalon, better start brickin cuz i'm a little rusty. Is there any group or anything for getting your teams together yet?


We're going to open it on Tuesday. I'll put a link here in this group when it's open. Good luck!
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| February 13, 2011, 10:55 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
Well, over the next few weeks we've got the MocAthalon going (starting in March but the group will open next week)
Which reminds me- someone's gonna have to inform our little darling Matt David about this year's MocAthalon, or else he's going to have another tantrum...


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| February 13, 2011, 10:59 pm
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Quoting Andrew Somers
Which reminds me- someone's gonna have to inform our little darling Matt David about this year's MocAthalon, or else he's going to have another tantrum...



Matt's fully aware of the games starting, thanks for remembering him though. I'm sure he'll be tickled pink haha
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| February 15, 2011, 12:08 am
Quoting Chris Phipson
I'm sure he'll be tickled pink

That's our little Matt-berry alright!
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| February 15, 2011, 2:12 am
Quoting Andrew Somers
That's our little Matt-berry alright!

... little ... berry ... ahaha ... haha ... ha ...
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| February 15, 2011, 2:57 am
Quoting Country Biscuit
Every time I tried in the Mocathalon/Mocolympics, something happens. (sigh) Anyways..... Is there a way to make good anime eyes? I'm trying to make a MOC based off of a picture on my homepage I drew. (please look)

Single word: Exo-Force.
Might be two words, actually.
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| February 15, 2011, 3:28 am
YO PHIPPY! Over here!

Besides my horrible picture taking, what can I do to make my BUILDS better?
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| February 15, 2011, 3:36 pm
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Quoting Country Biscuit
Every time I tried in the Mocathalon/Mocolympics, something happens. (sigh) Anyways..... Is there a way to make good anime eyes? I'm trying to make a MOC based off of a picture on my homepage I drew. (please look)


First question I have is how big do you want to make this? If you've got the space to make the eyes brickbuilt with lots of elements there's (more than) one way to do it, if they're going to be small we'll try another.

Give me some size on what we're going for here and I'll see what I can do.
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| February 15, 2011, 11:09 pm
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Quoting luke peterson
YO PHIPPY! Over here!

Besides my horrible picture taking, what can I do to make my BUILDS better?


I gotta tell ya man, I just checked out your page and your stuff isn't really that bad. Not bad at all. You've already got a good basic handle on how the bricks go together and I can see that you're working on "parts usage." Really, and I always hated this when people told me when I was younger (not just Lego, but everything), just keep practicing man. You're on the right track. It just takes time to improve those skills, and you've got the basics so keep it up!
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| February 15, 2011, 11:15 pm
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Quoting Country Biscuit
The eye's are around the 3x4 area, and 1 high. Not very big.


For something that small you really don't need a lot of detail. I'd suggest using white brick around the outside then brown (or whatever color) as you move in. I'd also suggest using plates instead of brick as this will give you a more rounded look when you're done. Then for the center, don't forget the pupil. Maybe black (duh) with a splash of trans clear for the "glint" in the eye. Good luck!
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| February 16, 2011, 10:10 am
Hey Chris. Could you check out this video I made?
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/253602
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| February 18, 2011, 10:12 pm
Hey Chris
I need to use the Mocathlon group symbol for a moc of mine. I'm planning on putting it in another photo so technically it'd be "my photo".

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| February 22, 2011, 12:34 pm
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Quoting A Monkey
Hey Chris
I need to use the Mocathlon group symbol for a moc of mine. I'm planning on putting it in another photo so technically it'd be "my photo".


Are you talking about the MOCathalon group icon for the main group? If so, that's a no no. That image belongs to Mr. Xenomurphy who is allowing us to use it for the group.

The only images you're allowed to use are ones that you made yourself or got permission to use from the owner. As it's not my picture, I can't give you permission to use it.

Sorry, but using other people's images without permission is a "delete your account" type of offense. Thanks for understanding.
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| February 22, 2011, 12:49 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Are you talking about the MOCathalon group icon for the main group? If so, that's a no no. That image belongs to Mr. Xenomurphy who is allowing us to use it for the group.

The only images you're allowed to use are ones that you made yourself or got permission to use from the owner. As it's not my picture, I can't give you permission to use it.

Sorry, but using other people's images without permission is a "delete your account" type of offense. Thanks for understanding.

Thats kind of the point, I was trying to get permission... Ah well...
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| February 22, 2011, 1:10 pm
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Quoting A Monkey
Thats kind of the point, I was trying to get permission... Ah well...


Yeah sorry, it's not my image so I can't give you permission. Sorry.
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| February 22, 2011, 1:43 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Yeah sorry, it's not my image so I can't give you permission. Sorry.

Thats ok.
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| February 22, 2011, 1:45 pm
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Quoting R.E.D. Code
Wellll, I'mtrying todo a Volcano, how would you do it, on any size base.


For something like that I'd suggest starting at the top and working down. That way you don't get half way up the build and realise you don't have enough brick to finish the top. If you start at the top and work down, when you start to run out of brick you can just finish it there.

Good luck! Gimme a link when you're done, I'd like to see it.
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| February 22, 2011, 1:47 pm
Ooh ooh, pick me pick me!
I question, sorry that you have not heard anything out of me lately, but just as everyone else is, I have been busy. But I thought about reviving a small old ship of mine I years ago and turn it into a vic viper ship. When I made it it was all grey, so when I make it again, it is also going to be gray. My question is what kind of theme is gray? I have seen a gray theme before, but I cant remember. Im talking like graytron or gradian or something like that. If there is not a name, I think I have a good idea, like "Pioneer Space", or something to that effect. Also, could you vote on this? Not alot of people have so far. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/253852
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| February 22, 2011, 4:48 pm
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Quoting Master N the Making
Ooh ooh, pick me pick me!
I question, sorry that you have not heard anything out of me lately, but just as everyone else is, I have been busy. But I thought about reviving a small old ship of mine I years ago and turn it into a vic viper ship. When I made it it was all grey, so when I make it again, it is also going to be gray. My question is what kind of theme is gray? I have seen a gray theme before, but I cant remember. Im talking like graytron or gradian or something like that. If there is not a name, I think I have a good idea, like "Pioneer Space", or something to that effect. Also, could you vote on this? Not alot of people have so far. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/253852


I think the "grey" theme you may be thinking of is "Dawn Forge" created by Mech Master Brian Kescenovitz. Just type Dawn Forge in the search bar and you should be able to find what you're looking for.

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| February 22, 2011, 11:41 pm
Hey Chris, out of curiosity, is it possible for a Moc to get MOTD two times?
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| February 27, 2011, 7:27 pm
Quoting Joshua Christenson
Hey Chris, out of curiosity, is it possible for a Moc to get MOTD two times?

I believe it has happened before...
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| February 27, 2011, 7:37 pm
Quoting Joshua Christenson
Hey Chris, out of curiosity, is it possible for a Moc to get MOTD two times?

Yes, they can. I think I might have even seen a creation or two that have had it three times.~H
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| February 27, 2011, 9:31 pm
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Quoting Joshua Christenson
Hey Chris, out of curiosity, is it possible for a Moc to get MOTD two times?


As far as I know it is possible. Haven't seen it myself but since it's a random thing (once the criteria for meeting MOTD are met), I don't see why not.
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| February 27, 2011, 11:08 pm
What are the criteria?
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| February 27, 2011, 11:17 pm
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Quoting Leon Powalski
What are the criteria?


Basically, it's number of hits plus number of smileys. Then, once it hits those numbers, it randomly chosen from the pool.

...

...

No I'm not going to give you the numbers. It's a lot.
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| March 2, 2011, 12:05 am
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Quoting Country Biscuit
BTW Chris. Is there any reason as to why Heber's page is still up? Doesn't a person that gets banned everything of their's gets deleated? The reason I asked is I just recently talked to him on my Wii. (not typing acuattly speaking with him)


Hmm, that is strange... Gonna look into that...
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| March 2, 2011, 12:05 am
I'm trying to create a new winter environment for my WWII comic series by coating my entire lego table in 6x4 white plates I'm almost done with the coating but since the Ardennes Forest has pine trees and I'm pitifully short on 'em should I buy pre-fab lego pine trees or spend the extra time and money to brick-build them (bear in mind that I've never before made pines)? What would you suggest I do? By the way do I still have to call you Supreme Overlord Commander?
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| March 2, 2011, 7:04 pm
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Quoting Country Biscuit


Well, lots of other things happened with him that you don't know about so no, he's not coming back.

Sean decided to leave his page up so that people could see his creations, but he's not welcomed here anymore. Thank you.
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| March 3, 2011, 4:16 pm
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Quoting Lt. John Harland
I'm trying to create a new winter environment for my WWII comic series by coating my entire lego table in 6x4 white plates I'm almost done with the coating but since the Ardennes Forest has pine trees and I'm pitifully short on 'em should I buy pre-fab lego pine trees or spend the extra time and money to brick-build them (bear in mind that I've never before made pines)? What would you suggest I do? By the way do I still have to call you Supreme Overlord Commander?


If it were me, I'd go brickbuilt. When you're done you'll have the brick to use in other types of builds where as if you go prefab, you can only use it for one thing, a tree.

But I'll also echo what Kelso said. It's all about how much money you want to sink into it and how much time you want to devote. You have to weigh these things together and find out what's best for you.

And it's "Your royal highness Supreme overlord commander" now. Keep up will ya!??!
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| March 3, 2011, 4:20 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

And it's "Your royal highness Supreme overlord commander" now. Keep up will ya!??!


Thanks for the advice, Your Royal Highness Supreme Overlord Commander. I think I'll go with a brick-built style if I can. Wouldnt it be easier to have me make a sacrifice or something every time I address you.
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| March 3, 2011, 6:16 pm
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Quoting Lt. John Harland

Thanks for the advice, Your Royal Highness Supreme Overlord Commander. I think I'll go with a brick-built style if I can. Wouldnt it be easier to have me make a sacrifice or something every time I address you.


WHAT? You mean you DON'T?!!? Bow before me now worthless worm!
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| March 3, 2011, 11:36 pm
What would be the best way to make water for a calm stream? Thanks!
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| March 5, 2011, 8:09 pm
I'm building a Microship in your honor. I'm calling it the HMSS Phipsion. (HMSS Stands for "His Majesties Servicable SHIP), I told you about the W.I.P comic, not going to do that. I also made one back in the summer, but alas tore it apart before I took pics. So now I am crafting my largest microship ever and it is going to be awesome. I'll hopefully have some W.I.P shots up soon.
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| March 5, 2011, 8:29 pm
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Quoting Matthew Novosad
I'm building a Microship in your honor. I'm calling it the HMSS Phipsion. (HMSS Stands for "His Majesties Servicable SHIP), I told you about the W.I.P comic, not going to do that. I also made one back in the summer, but alas tore it apart before I took pics. So now I am crafting my largest microship ever and it is going to be awesome. I'll hopefully have some W.I.P shots up soon.

Well heck, let me know when it's done! Can't wait to see it!

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| March 6, 2011, 11:43 pm
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Quoting Brickster ~
What would be the best way to make water for a calm stream? Thanks!


Easiest way is SNOT blue. The other way you could go is tile. Maybe add some white in there as well to give it a "flowing" effect. Calm water is actually easy, it's the rushing or rapid stuff that's the trick.

I've done a few water surfaces in my mocs in the past. Check em out to get some ideas. Good luck!
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| March 6, 2011, 11:45 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Easiest way is SNOT blue. The other way you could go is tile. Maybe add some white in there as well to give it a "flowing" effect. Calm water is actually easy, it's the rushing or rapid stuff that's the trick.

I've done a few water surfaces in my mocs in the past. Check em out to get some ideas. Good luck!

Thanks! Here's what I used it on if you want to check it out. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/256618
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| March 7, 2011, 4:43 pm
do you know how to embed youtube videos into a mocpage. It tells me I cannot use iframes. do you know of anyway to put in videos of any kind?
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| March 11, 2011, 4:55 pm
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Quoting Lt. John Harland
do you know how to embed youtube videos into a mocpage. It tells me I cannot use iframes. do you know of anyway to put in videos of any kind?


I'm sorry but I don't. Never tried myself as I've had no reason to. Remember, you're not allowed to use videos that aren't yours. I'm pretty sure you're going to use your own stuff but as a mod, I just have to say it. Good luck and I wish I could have helped.
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| March 13, 2011, 11:00 pm
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Quoting A. A. (AKA Noname)
Hey, I would like to have some criticism on this one:
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/256750


You've got some nice little builds there and the room itself is nicely done. Very clean and crisp looking. That goes for the pics as well. Good lighting and clear shots. All looking nice there. Next step is to take those skills and bump it up to the next level. Make it bigger. As for ways to improve the only piece of advice I can give at this point is this... the writing. Now, don't get me wrong, it wasn't that bad, but in a few places it was a little hard to read. The words just didn't flow in a couple of spots. My advice is to read it outloud to yourself. I know this sounds silly and a lot of people SAY that they do it but they don't. They'll kinda mumble through it and skim and think it's all fine. No, read it, out loud, like you're reading it to an audience. That way your ears will pick up mistakes easily that your eyes and brain miss. Again, it wasn't "bad" so don't think I'm harping, just hoping to show where you could do just that little bit better. Good luck!
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| March 13, 2011, 11:07 pm
Hey Phippy to the zippy. Any way I can improve this?
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/259983
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| March 27, 2011, 3:50 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

I think the "grey" theme you may be thinking of is "Dawn Forge" created by Mech Master Brian Kescenovitz. Just type Dawn Forge in the search bar and you should be able to find what you're looking for.

Actually, I was thinking of Neo Classic Space, I just discovered that. I saw something today that would probably be interesting to you and could possibly be a basis for a moc. Look at the bottom of the requirements for Googles autocompleters, it is REALLY funny!
http://www.google.com/intl/en/jobs/uslocations/mountain-view/autocompleter/index.html
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| April 1, 2011, 9:27 pm
Do you know of any way to provide a fog effect without the use of photoshop? Preferably using bricks.
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| April 5, 2011, 4:22 pm
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Quoting Lt. John Harland
Do you know of any way to provide a fog effect without the use of photoshop? Preferably using bricks.


Fog effect with bricks huh? Hmm... can't say that I do. There's a few lighting tricks that you could try to make things seem "darker" but a fog effect, that's a tricky one.

I've been thinking about adding a fog effect to a moc myself for a while and the way I was going to do it was to just use a fog machine (I've got one in my garage for halloween).

I'm sorry I can't help out more with this one, but if you figure something out please let me know, I'd love to see it!
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| April 5, 2011, 11:49 pm
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Quoting Sam The Tasty
Hey Phippy to the zippy. Any way I can improve this?
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/259983


Honestly not too much. Your picture taking is good, you've got some nice staging and you've got a good grasp on how the parts go together to create nice lines and so on. The only thing that would really make this better is to up the size on it. But that's a parts inventory issue, without a lot of parts you really can't go bigger. Maybe, since it's star wars, you could also add some control panels and what not just to give the area a sense of purpose but overall, a nice job.

I think you've got a nice basis for your buiding skills that will only get better as you aquire more parts and get in some more practice.

Good luck!
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| April 5, 2011, 11:53 pm
Quoting cj cutrone9
Not with bricks but if you give your camera a little shake it sorta looks like fog.

That makes for really blury photos. Maybe you have a different kind of camera.
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| April 6, 2011, 10:07 am
Hello, I've been looking all over Mocpages for this answer, will there be a 2011 MocOlympics? I figured you would probably know.
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| April 8, 2011, 7:30 am
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Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
Hello, I've been looking all over Mocpages for this answer, will there be a 2011 MocOlympics? I figured you would probably know.


All over mocpages you say? My young friend, come to the source next time. Much easier. And to answer your question, yes, there will be a 2011 MocOlympics. Preperations for that usually get started in September but keep your eyes peeled as I will be making the announcements (I'll make one in this group as well as other places around the pages) when it gets closer with actual hard dates and what not. Hope to see you there!
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| April 8, 2011, 12:11 pm
Thanks, I'll do my best!
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| April 8, 2011, 4:24 pm
Quoting Lt. John Harland
Do you know of any way to provide a fog effect without the use of photoshop? Preferably using bricks.
I know how to make fog using bricks.
Maybe if you have any large transparent pieces, you can breathe on them and put them in front of the camera, it will become a little blurry, but makes a nice fog.

Some of these pieces:
http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?colorID=12&itemID=72940
http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?colorID=12&itemID=1816
http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?colorID=12&itemID=1235

I hope this helps. You can also use dry ice, but I don't really know where can you get it.

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| April 10, 2011, 5:52 am
Chris, I'm thinking of starting a "Star Wars Athalon", also a contest with the same concept as the Mocathalon, but with Star Wars, and now I would like to know if I do have permission to use your idea or not?
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| April 27, 2011, 2:18 pm
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Quoting Caleb S
is it Sean kenney?


Yes.


Annnd on to the next topic...


Quoting Fox .
Dear friends,
Although I am not an admin or a respected MOCer, I really wanted to say that I am a very happy and proud American, now that Osama bin Laden is dead. God Bless Navy SEAL Team Six, all men and women of the US military, and God Bless you all.


I'm just gonna move this convo over here.


Please, for the newer members, do not start new threads. It makes it so much easier for the moderators to keep track when there's a limited number of threads to check. Thanks!
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| May 3, 2011, 10:28 pm
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Quoting E.K.O .
Chris, I'm thinking of starting a "Star Wars Athalon", also a contest with the same concept as the Mocathalon, but with Star Wars, and now I would like to know if I do have permission to use your idea or not?


Sorry it took so long to answer. I've been out of the loop for a few days so my apologies.

Of course you can use the concept. Have fun with your contest and thank you for asking!

Good luck!

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| May 3, 2011, 10:29 pm
I've got a water question.

I often see (sideways facing) stacked bricks used for smooth water/tidal foam. Only very occasionally do you see people using tiles on a base.

Is this a question of available parts or is there some long standing unwritten rule water should be make with bricks?

Brick examples:

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/251835

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/254825

Tile example:

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/187734
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| May 8, 2011, 6:19 am
Quoting J H
I've got a water question.

I often see (sideways facing) stacked bricks used for smooth water/tidal foam. Only very occasionally do you see people using tiles on a base.

Is this a question of available parts or is there some long standing unwritten rule water should be make with bricks?

Brick examples:

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/251835

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/254825

Tile example:

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/187734

Well, JH, you will find that it's more about style and supply than anything else. Many advanced builders use a layering of tiles to create water effect, such as white under trans-blue (http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/246285 or http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/226845), while the SNOT style gives you thinner (1 plate) detailing options (http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/255786). Either way produces cool water effects, it's about which you prefer and which one you have the bricks to pull off.~H
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| May 8, 2011, 10:29 am
Hey Phippy,
I don't know how much you build with bionicles, but can I have some advice on this:
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/266438
Thanks
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| May 8, 2011, 10:54 am
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Quoting J H
I've got a water question.

I often see (sideways facing) stacked bricks used for smooth water/tidal foam. Only very occasionally do you see people using tiles on a base.

Is this a question of available parts or is there some long standing unwritten rule water should be make with bricks?

Brick examples:

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/251835

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/254825

Tile example:

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/187734


Short answer, what Hans said.

It's really about personal tastes here. I've done both tile and SNOT (Studs Not On Top) brick to make water and I personally prefer the brick option but am not opposed to the tile look either. Both can have their flaws and merits and it really boils down to what you have on hand or what you can get within your budget (also what you'll use more again later).

Tell ya what, I've been doing SNOT brick for so long with the water thing, next time I try to put water into a moc I'll do it with tile (if I remember) and you can see the difference. I think I've used tile a couple times before but can't remember where.

Again, back to the short answer... what Hans said.

Hope that helps!
~Chris.

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| May 8, 2011, 12:41 pm
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Quoting Sir Killsalot Stick Knight of the Stick Table
Hey Phippy,
I don't know how much you build with bionicles, but can I have some advice on this:
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/266438
Thanks


Well you're right, I don't build with Bionicle a lot BUT, I do know what I like and what looks good. Your moc isn't all that bad but there's some things we could do to make it better.

I'm sure you've heard my "presentation is key" rants before so I won't go too much into that now but if I were you, I'd find a nice solid white background (poster board or a nicely ironed sheet) to shoot your pics against. It really ups the asthetic value a LOT and even if the moc is the exact same, with a better background it'll look 100 times better.

As for the moc itself... I dunno it looked... "unfinished" to me. It was like you made a good base structure for it but didn't finish it off. Almost like it's a WIP (Work In Progress) of a moc and not a completed one. Maybe try to flesh out the arms and legs a bit next time. The head was also part of this "unfinished" look. It looked like it was a placeholder for the face you were going to add in later.

I did like the overall concept you had going and I think that if you just took a little more time and tried to make it look a little "beefier" it would really bring the whole thing up to the level you're looking for.

Don't get discouraged though, you basically asked for ways to improve it and that's where I gave my advice. It DOES look good, I'm just hoping that the direction I gave you can make the next one even better!

Hope that helped and good luck!
~Chris.
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| May 8, 2011, 12:49 pm
Thanks a lot!
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| May 8, 2011, 1:28 pm
Quoting Hans DendauwNPD
Well, JH, you will find that it's more about style and supply than anything else. Many advanced builders use a layering of tiles to create water effect, such as white under trans-blue (http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/246285 or http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/226845), while the SNOT style gives you thinner (1 plate) detailing options (http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/255786). Either way produces cool water effects, it's about which you prefer and which one you have the bricks to pull off.~H


Putting different colours under trans tiles is an interesting idea.

Cheers!
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| May 9, 2011, 1:09 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Short answer, what Hans said.

It's really about personal tastes here. I've done both tile and SNOT (Studs Not On Top) brick to make water and I personally prefer the brick option but am not opposed to the tile look either. Both can have their flaws and merits and it really boils down to what you have on hand or what you can get within your budget (also what you'll use more again later).

Tell ya what, I've been doing SNOT brick for so long with the water thing, next time I try to put water into a moc I'll do it with tile (if I remember) and you can see the difference. I think I've used tile a couple times before but can't remember where.

Again, back to the short answer... what Hans said.

Hope that helps!
~Chris.


Thanks. The following picture linked by Hans is an eye opener for me.

http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=246285&id=/user_images/46434/1294561414m_DISPLAY.jpg

It looks like the illusion of depth could be achieved with different brick shades underneath trans-blue tiles.
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| May 9, 2011, 1:12 pm
Hey Phipson!
Can you please give me some advice on this?http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/267499
Especially the fighter. This is first time , I'm asking for advice in this group. I hope it will help. I'm sure it will :)
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| May 9, 2011, 2:17 pm
Yo! Phippy! Get your Butt over here and give me some advice on my Brickfair Dio!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mango_train/5708884102/
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| May 11, 2011, 6:22 am
Hey Chris! Remember that project of mine, the H.M.S.S Phipson? Well, it's done! I uploaded one unofficial shot to Flickr, here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthew_novosad/5711049043/

Came out pretty grainy, but the official pictures won't be :D.
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| May 11, 2011, 6:47 pm
I would like to ask for critique. I haven't asked since last year I think, But I figure I need a little pointers every now and then. I've posted a few links. You don't have to use all of your time looking at all of them considering they are all pretty much the same. The first one is good on visual effects, the second good for lighting effects, and the last is good for good old fighting scenes and a little experimentation. If you wish, you may look at them all. So click away, and thanks for your time!

LINK #1: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/268273
LINK #2: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/248555
LINK #3: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/246146
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| May 13, 2011, 12:23 am
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Quoting magma guy
Hey Phipson!
Can you please give me some advice on this?http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/267499
Especially the fighter. This is first time , I'm asking for advice in this group. I hope it will help. I'm sure it will :)


Ok, here we go. First, presentation, lighting and all that jazz is good so no problems there. The mech and hardsuit are nice as well. You've got a good base on the techniques for when you up it to a bigger size.

As for the fighter... really not all that bad but it does look a little... I dunno... plain. I run into this problem myself when building space ships. Lots of flat, straight lines with no greebles or anything. Now my problem with my builds comes from the fact that when I look at a "real" plane or something, it's sleek and aerodynamic without all the mumbo jumbo that goes on it. Problem is with Lego you NEED all that stuff to make it look "real." Ironic isn't it? I would say to spruce up the body on it a bit. Make it not so "square" and add some greebles to it to really bring it to life. I did however like the wing design and would like to see you take that to the next level when you do another fighter or ship.

Hope that helped and good luck!
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| May 13, 2011, 3:54 pm
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Quoting Matthew Novosad
Hey Chris! Remember that project of mine, the H.M.S.S Phipson? Well, it's done! I uploaded one unofficial shot to Flickr, here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthew_novosad/5711049043/

Came out pretty grainy, but the official pictures won't be :D.


Went there, saw it, left a comment! Looking good man!
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| May 13, 2011, 4:01 pm
Ok, I know that some system builders might not like Bionicle Stuff, but i need advise about this MOC.

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/258859

I have tried to upgrade it, but it only comes out worse. I would like to make it look more like an owl, and less like some, i don't know, creature. Can you help?
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| May 13, 2011, 4:04 pm
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Quoting Green Man
I would like to ask for critique. I haven't asked since last year I think, But I figure I need a little pointers every now and then. I've posted a few links. You don't have to use all of your time looking at all of them considering they are all pretty much the same. The first one is good on visual effects, the second good for lighting effects, and the last is good for good old fighting scenes and a little experimentation. If you wish, you may look at them all. So click away, and thanks for your time!

LINK #1: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/268273
LINK #2: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/248555
LINK #3: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/246146


Good, good and good!

I really like the lighting effect pics on the second post. Nice work there. My only piece of advice so far would be to try to make the table (in the third one) a different color than the floor. It needed contrast to show up more. Other than that, you're well on your way man! The pics are clear and the use of Comic Life really brings the whole thing to... well... life!

Just keep doing what you're doing and you'll see drastic improvements in no time!

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| May 13, 2011, 4:12 pm
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/268660

Please give me some advice on this...I dont think they are quite right, but i dont know what the problem is....
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| May 13, 2011, 4:12 pm
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Quoting Owl The Owl
Ok, I know that some system builders might not like Bionicle Stuff, but i need advise about this MOC.

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/258859

I have tried to upgrade it, but it only comes out worse. I would like to make it look more like an owl, and less like some, i don't know, creature. Can you help?


I wish I could help but really I know about diddlysquat about bionicle. However, I'm not going to leave you high and dry here either.

The best advice I could give you is to go to Yuri Fassio and ask his help. The man's a genious with bionicle. Just tell him I sent you his way and hopefully he'll be able to give you some advice on beefing up your build. Good luck!
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| May 13, 2011, 4:15 pm
Thank you Mr. Phipson. I look forward to the next time! *Poof* (disappears in a cloud of dust.)
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| May 13, 2011, 4:19 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

I wish I could help but really I know about diddlysquat about bionicle. However, I'm not going to leave you high and dry here either.

The best advice I could give you is to go to Yuri Fassio and ask his help. The man's a genious with bionicle. Just tell him I sent you his way and hopefully he'll be able to give you some advice on beefing up your build. Good luck!
Thanks, i appreciate your help. Ill go ask right now. Hopefully ill be back with questions on System Stuff.
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| May 13, 2011, 4:29 pm
Chris, what do you think of this: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/267505? It's my best moc ever but I would like to know what I can improve on it.
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| May 13, 2011, 4:32 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
Just keep doing what you're doing and you'll see drastic improvements in no time!


Thank you for the advice, Mr. Phipson!

I nearly finished my another fighter, in which I followed your advice. Will upload today or tomorrow. I'll give you a link when I post it.
Thank you once again!
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| May 14, 2011, 11:21 am
Here: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/269261
As promised :)

I'll also ask Kelso for the advice. He sure knows a LOT about fighters.
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| May 16, 2011, 8:53 am
Quoting Chris Phipson
Hey all.

Well, over the next few weeks we've got the MocAthalon going (starting in March but the group will open next week) and then after that we have the MOCie Awards. In between all this I "may" do another "Spring Fling" contest and then there's getting ready for Brickworld... man it's going to be a busy couple months.

But enough of my blah blah, whatcha got that I can help with? Fire away!

Every one tells me that I need better landscaping,got any tips?
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| May 20, 2011, 10:58 am
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Quoting E.K.O .
Chris, what do you think of this: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/267505? It's my best moc ever but I would like to know what I can improve on it.


You're right, that IS your best yet! Really nice work there!

Ok, you specifically asked on where to improve so I'll have to get picky here (there's not a lot that needs improving).

To me, it kinda looks a little stubby. I think if you elongated the mid section (before the down slope at the front) it would have stretched it out a bit. But really, that's just getting nitpicky about it. It's really a VERY nice piece of work!
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| May 20, 2011, 11:36 am
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Quoting Magma !
Here: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/269261
As promised :)

I'll also ask Kelso for the advice. He sure knows a LOT about fighters.


You're right, that one is much better than the last. I really liked how you're starting to use different techniques there.

Now, where to improve. I know the fighter is supposed to be in space and aerodynamics really have no say in what the ship should look like, but there was something just a bit "off" about the wing placement to me. I think maybe if you either raised the wings a bit (closer to the middle of the ship) or made the wings larger, either one of those would have given a better "balance" to the look.

But like I said at the start, I like where you're going with the concept. Good work overall!
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| May 20, 2011, 11:43 am
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