Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Create your own minifigs

As I've previously stated, minifigs are the heart and soul of good vignettes. Often you can use the figs that come straight out of the box, but other times it can be important to make your own. By mixing and matching existing minifig parts, you can come up with the fig you want. One of the best builders in this regard, IMO, is Dunechaser. Using existing elements he has come up with instantly recognizable figures from movies, books, and history. Here are just a few examles of Gandhi, Charlie Chaplin, Jimi Hendrix, Admiral Akbar, Ben Franklin and Steve Zissou. The minifig forum on Lugnet is a good place to discuss minifigs.





When existing minifig elements can't give you the look you want, you can alter them with paint, decals, molding clay or even cutting. The Minifig Customization Network is all about this, but forums on customization also exist at FBTB, Classic-Castle and Lugnet. One of my favorite minifig customizers is Norbert Black. He has a great essay on customizing minifigs here. Here are just a few of his custom figs from anime, comics, and other sources.


Stretch out with your feelings, Luke and Chain Gang

Two from me. In a Star Wars theme I have Stretch out with your feelings, Luke, and in a Town theme I have Chain Gang.


Ariel and Kasasu

New vigs from Stabo9832 include Ariel and Kasasu.


Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Bricks in my Pocket (BimP)

Bricks in my Pocket, or BimP, is an audio blog in which Steven Combs puts out ~weekly podcasts (or BimPcasts) in which he discusses all things LEGO. VignetteBricks got mentioned in the June 11 show. You can listen to the show here or read the show notes here.

Weapon Investigation

TheHordesman presents a vignette called Weapon Investigation. Something's amiss in the weaponry room.

Windu versus Palpatine

Fallen Phoenix presents a series of Star Wars vignettes, including Windu versus Palpatine.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Medieval Street scenes

More classic vigs. A while ago, Steve Bishop started a project to build a medieval street in vigs. So far he's made a Barber and a Blacksmith. Maybe we could get him to take a break from studying for the bar to make some more scenes.

Cold Winter's Knight

Here's a classic vig--Anthony Sava's Cold Winter's Knight.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

BrickJournal

BrickJournal has been released! This is a PDF magazine by Joe Meno and other AFOLs about all aspects of the LEGO hobby. While there is nothing (yet!) :) directly about vignettes, a blog entry by your friendly neighborhood vig-blogger got transmogrified into a magazine article (Thanks, Joe). Anyway, download it now.

In the Hand of God

As a memorial for the son of a fellow AFOL, Nelson Yrizarry created In the Hand of God.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

More Moko action

Moko is certainly one of the most prolific vig-builders out there, building in 8x8, 6x8 and 6x16 VLC modes. He's recently added several new creations, including Ghost and Stamp Factory vignettes and a vig-like-creation, Usiwakamaru.