Lego Keith Hernandez 1986

I’ve been working on this one for a while and it’s finally done: Lego Keith Hernandez 1986.

This was my first face decal. Thank you everyone who reviewed the variations. I also did decals for the stripes. I had a hard time getting the colors of the stripes right (because of the color of the plastic underneath) but other than that I’m pretty happy with it. Helmet emblem, belt, socks, and shoes are hand-painted.

The glove is made of Green Stuff putty. He’s got interchangeable right hands so he can hold the glove or the bat. The bat is from BrickArms.com

Full-size photos in my Lego flickr set

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I’ve been a slacker about posting my projects lately, so here they are all in one lump:

Kathy is from Maine and she and her mom are Red Sox fans. Her mom requested a Jonathan Papelbon, so here he is. I tried to capture his weird facial expression but it didn’t come out so good.
While I was at it I did Kevin Youkilis too. I think his trademark grimace came out pretty good. I gave him a black eye but got rid of it, it made him look like a zombie or something.

Here’s Brandon Dubinsky of the Rangers. This was a tough one because the Rangers’ uniforms are so intricate and stripey. Eventually I decided to just try to capture the feeling of it rather than reproduce it exactly. I think it came out ok. The socks are sort of sloppy but by that time I was mentally done working on it.

Lego David Wright

Here’s David Wright, complete with orange t-shirt and sticking-out tongue. This is the first time I’ve used decals.

Up to now I’ve painted everything by hand, but the pinstripes, logo, numbers, etc were just too detailed so I decided to give decalling a try. I used MicroMark clear inkjet decal paper.

You just print the decal right onto the paper and give it a clear coating (MicroMark sells some special decal stuff but I just used Krylon clear matte spray). After that you apply it like a regular water-slide decal. After the decals dried I painted over them with gloss varnish to match the lego sheen. It was easier than I thought, and I’m pretty happy with the results.

Now that I’ve done Wright, I have a uniform template I can use to make other Mets really easily. All I have to do is change three text layers (front number, back number, and name) and I’m ready to go.

Really the only problem I have with it is it raises the Minifig Race Issue. If I were to make Reyes, if I used a regular yellow head, it would look weird and I don’t think he’d be identifiable as Reyes. But if I use a darker skin color for Reyes, then yellow becomes “white” and now Wright looks weird.

I went through this same mental dilemma when I was thinking about making Firefly minifigs and I never resolved it (or went forward with the Firefly stuff).

I’m not sure what other customizers do. One guy who makes Halo minifigs uses yellow for everyone, but the Sarge just doesn’t look right to me.

Maybe if I continue I’ll go back and redo Wright with pink skin, but as a standalone piece I like the way he came out.

Lego Brett Favre

I put this together for someone at work who’s a huge Favre fan.

To be honest, I’m not very happy with the helmet, specifically the face mask. I had tried slicing the chin piece in half on another helmet, to make it look like the bars of the face mask but it didn’t really come out right. Maybe on the next one I will cut the chin piece off entirely and make it out of wire.

I did a lot of googlage before starting this project, and I haven’t been able to find another customizer who’s made a minifig football helmet, which is pretty surprising. Maybe one of the knockoffs like MegaBlok or Best-Lock makes one.

Giant Fighty Robots

This weekend Rick and I went to Dreamation, a gaming convention in nearby East Brunswick. On Friday we played in a couple of excellent indy RPGs (Primetime Adventures and Mortal Coil). Saturday we met up with a bunch of the excellent nerds of NerdNYC, and in the afternoon we played Mechaton.

Mechaton is a wargame of giant fighting mechs – BUT – everything (the mechs, the scenery, the ruler) is made of Lego! We were lucky enough to get into a game run by Vincent Baker, the creator of the game. (He’s also the man behind the indy RPG Dogs in the Vineyard, which I didn’t find out til later!)

We were joined in the session by Gaming Steve and a young woman whose name I have unfortunately forgotten. When we arrived Vincent had already set up an array of sweet-looking mechs and vehicles, bristling with weapons, for us to choose from. I immediately yelled out “I want that red one with the axe!” I wish I had brought my good camera – the pictures I took don’t do justice to how cool the mechs and scenery looked. Once we had selected our forces, we placed them amid the ruins and got down to the business of smashing each other’s robots to pieces.

Vincent explained the rules as we went along. The first turn was a little bumpy with all the different kinds of dice flying around, but once everything clicked I realized what an excellent system it is.

To summarize, you can have up to 4 attachments on a mech: weapons with various ranges(red dice); movement like wings, jump jets or wheels (green dice); defensive like armor, ECM, or camoflage (blue dice); and communication like radios and spotlights (yellow dice). Every mech also gets 2 white dice which are “wild”. As you take damage, you lose attachments and the dice that go with it. As the mechs get damaged you break the pieces off and scatter them around the battlefield. If you lose your 2 white dice, you are completely destroyed.

The game lasted several hours. It was a blast as we tried to hold our objectives and take each other’s away. The system held up to everything we tried to do (and of course having Vincent there made it a breeze). I just barely squeaked out a victory. I’m really itching to play again so of course the next day I was scurrying to BrickLink looking for the perfect mech-building pieces.

For the full rules, download them from the Mechaton site above, or even better, support indy gaming by buying a printed copy from Indy Press Revolution!

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Here’s Starbuck and an improved Adama (now with receding hairline!)

Colors are a little funky. I need a full-spectrum lightbulb.

(Lego is its own category now, since I’ve got a ton of stuff in the queue.)

Lego Starbuck Lego Adama (improved)