Very funny video from the folks at Play Well who seem to have a bead on what makes afols tick. I can see Play Well Teknologies taking on a life of it’s own… sort of a very happy and well intentioned Aperture Labs.
Now that the VicLUG silly season is pretty much done, I can get back to my usual routine of whatever it is that I do. Whatever that routine might be, I really hope there will be some quality building time over the next few months! Since LU closed our local club has attended Gottacon ( local gaming convention ), Tillicum Lego Mania ( taking over a mall with Brickville ), the Cherrybomb Toy and Hobby show ( I can’t believe this exists ), and 3 Cherrybomb Lego Kids club days. I still have to post the VicWars rule set, and other loose ends but we can relax until fall now.
For my first LU offering in some time I’d like to share with you an incredible mosaic of the Faction Leaders that Classicsmiley gave me the green light to post.
One of the reasons that LU was so amazing was the quality of the constructions that you would run into all around the game, from the stuff scattered around your property launchpad to the epic Ninja themed buildings and gear, it was all built on a level that rivaled and surpassed what you would see in the official product line. This was due in a large part to the model designers, a couple of which who were recruited out of the LUP program, and they brought the AFOL building techniques and sensibilities to the restrictive gaming environment. Classicsmiley is one of these guys and here is a mosaic that the PlayWell studios cooked up. Instead of paraphrasing, here’s what he had to say about this incredible work:
It was built for a team-building exercise, during the transition when LEGO completely took over the project. The original image was by Mike Rayhawk, and then Duane and I did the prep work to turn it into a mosaic. We used Bricksaic, and the final mosaic pattern was a composite of four different mosaic images, all combined in MLcad. The settings that looked good for the faction leaders looked really bad for the background, and vice versa.
It was built on 16×16 baseplates, and laid out on Duane’s mosaic easel. After the event, we attached it to a piece of plywood, and had it framed at a frame shop. It then hung in the lobby of Playwell Studios, and sadly, I have no idea where it ended up. (Mounting it on the wall was no small task. After framing, I’m estimating the thing weighed around 150 pounds.)
Do yourself a favour and check out the other pics in the set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/classicsmiley/sets/72157629703551543/with/7030232623/
This is also a lot of fun, it’s a timelapse of them making the PlayWell logo:
Wouldn’t you love to have that hanging on your wall??