Due to the positive resonance, presenting the newest creation from Hudson Cosmic Engeneering,
the Hot Chocolate!
Retro 80s sci-fi with a dash of Syd Mead.
Occasionally things take time…
…so now we can finally kick off the results of our collaboration work.
Some time ago Shobrick and I collaborated for this project. Shobrick is a great photographer and director. After an introduction by Nicolas Forsans, Shobrick got in touch with me. He sent me a few images and asked if I can make a mech for a scene he had in mind. Somewhere between Shirow and Kojima. He told me about the setting and stuff, so I could get the vibe and the direction he was heading to.
After a few versions this 6-legged walker tank | Hexapod was finally designed. You can find the stand-alone images of the tank and building notes further down >>>. After attaching some decals to it, the Hexapod was sent to Shobrick.
Shobrick then did his magic. He gathered his crew of set designers (Paul de Laroche, Frédéric Mercier and his son Anton) and other great people help designing, creating and staging the setting. This was great to follow along while the ruins started developing with other details such as the neon signs and billboards. Once the setting was developed Shobrick took the photos at at an impressible high end performance.
And the result is breath-taking!
For Shobrick this was his last project with the bricks for now as he wants to further follow his path of being a film director. I am proud to have been able to work with him.
Enough foreword, without further ado here comes the show:
– image credits and copyright by Shobrick –
The model needed dynamic posing alongside articulation combined with a plausible and aesthetic pleasing design. Getting the right balance between form and function was the leading light for this build.
The first inspiration led to a direction with a dog or animal like mech. Taking a different direction, the former body was replaced by the Hexapod design later on. Only the head and the color scheme were adopted from the prior version. One reason was that there to be some kind of heavy artillery as it should be a designated war machine, staged in combat scenes. This and a plausible, functional design with ‘play’ features directed the frame to be highly articulated and moveable. The special play feature is the rotating weapons platform which in reverse direction can snug together with the head, giving it a compact and heavy armored feeling. Once rotated the cannon moves into action. Two weapon slots on the front legs allow close range combat, 8 launchers attached to the sides of the platform allow additional performance.
The final image series have been published in the Geek magazine S09E03
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Some time ago I made a spaceship for a blind-pass-along-game. That was a great opportunity to dwell into the depths of deep space reconnaissance.
That was the first version. Later I made another version, featuring a different colour scheme alongside some minor tweaks.
In addition I gave this version a sticker job with various decals.
Due to the increasing popularity I made another version with a custom paint job, meaning that I painted several elements.
Following my soft spot for cutting edge farming machines in terms of design and functions I made an adaption of the Claas Xerion. This one was built in addition to the John Deere Forwarder I presented previously.
The challenge was to make it minifig-suitable, that means quite small. In addition I wanted to incorporate the rotating cabin.
(click the image to see the rotation in action)
In addition here are the break down shots if you would like to build your own version or just see how the construction looks like.
A redesign of a creation from 2010.
Now with more accuracy, details and functions:
Another robot adaption from Ghost in the Shell. This one is from the Arise series. The original is called a Logicoma, which derives from Logistics Conveyer Machine. The challenge was to make the robot minifig size, while being able to fully retract as seen on screen.
I have a full gallery of breakdown shots if you are interested. Shoot me a mail for details.
You might already know that I have a soft spot for state of the art land machines. The first machine I saw when I was about 10 years old was a Mercedes Benz tractor MB 1000. I really liked the unconventional and stylish design.
When doing the brick thing I came across the John Deere Forwarder back in 2010 and made a brick version. Now I managed to make some better photos alongside an interactive digital 360° view for anyone interested.
Disclaimer: The Forwarder is my interpretation. Copyright of the original source material of course owned by John Deere.
These Star Wars models from the Freemaker Adventures and Rogue One were commissioned exclusively by Blocks magazine and have been showcased in issue 22 & 27 in 2016. The Freemaker ships have also been featured at The Brothers Brick.
Disclaimer: The Star Wars models are my interpretations. Copyright of the original source material of course owned by Disney and Lukas Films.