Modular Hat Shop

ModularHatShop

Eliza (Elizabeth Nevemind) has created another gorgeous, 16-wide modular building – the fully furnished Hat Shop.

The Hat Shop is packed with loads of interesting techniques and details, such as the SNOT work in the first floor window trims and balconies, and the technic connectors in the ground floor window frame.

I love the subtle colour variations in the roof tiles, which add depth and character to the building. A similar effect is created with the headlight bricks below the ground floor window.

Eliza also challenged herself (not sure whether intentionally or not) by limiting the floor plate to 16×16 – it’s no mean feat creating this amount of detail in such a small space!

Head to Flickr for more images of the Hat Shop.

Thanks for the inspiration, Eliza!

The Engineers

Castor-Troy has revealed the third instalment of his contribution to the Paris 1889 Steampunk project he is undertaking with his friend Domino39. Needless to say, it is another stunner from one of my favourite builders.

The Engineers - Castor-Troy

Head to Flickr to see Castor-Troy’s “The Engineers” in all its high-resolution glory.

BrickWorld 2016

I’ve just come back from BrickWorld 2016 in Chicago, where I participated in the Eurobricks collaborative display, “Ready, Set, Escargot”:

In case you’re wondering what you are looking at, it’s castles on giant snails that are racing around a track.  Snails aren’t the speediest of animals, so the racers need to build the castles to live in while the snails every so slowly make their way around the track.  We won best group layout and Hinckley, who designed the snail, won best creature.

Here’s my contribution, the Fiercely Girlie Castle:

My snail had a sweet tooth, hence the liquorice all sorts to motivate him forward.

I appreciate that I’m quite slack when it comes to taking photos at BrickWorld, but Hinckley and RedCoKid both took lots of awesome shots. Make sure you check out RedCoKid’s Mollusk Mosque, which was also part of the layout.

I had a blast again this year and am looking forward to next year already!