Friday, September 19, 2014

Non-Human 14

Let's finish up the week with something fun.

Boog Unit by Andrew Somers.  Lots of neat little tricks in this one.









Untitled by Stride}.  He claims this is an incomplete
fuchikoma.  I claim it's awesome.  Who do you believe?


Flea by Max.  I think this would make for a
really vicious looking Ijad Scrambler variation.






Cicada by Max.  And speaking of Ijad Scrambler variations.




OMF-G33 Charlotte by Eduty.  Let's finish it up with something by Eduty I didn't blog about.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

TMOH: Crab Mecha 2.0

After a request for not-so-parts-intensive-frames on the Hangar, and my rebuild of my Centauroid Mecha, I got a little inspired to add the new ball joints to my Crab Mecha design.

I figured you can do this in a couple of ways.  For parts we have the 2x2 Modified Plate w/Tow Ball, the 1x2 Modified Plate w/Tow Ball, and the 1x2 Modified Plate w/Tow Ball Receptacle on side.  The smaller Towball Plate only comes in Dark Bley and the Receptacle Plate only comes in Light Bley so you're probably going to end up with a three colors to a build a minimum.

I've got two new builds to share with you.  The first uses the 1x2 Modified plate w/Towball and 1x2 Modified Plate w/Towball Receptacle on side as the base combination to attach the legs.

Brickshelf gallery.







The second uses the 2x2 Modified Plate w/Towball and the Receptacle Plate as the base combination to attach the legs.  This also features another change, the addition of small arms in the form of a Bar Holder w/Clip.  I'll have to go back and see how well they attach to the older versions of my Crab Mecha.

Brickshelf gallery.

As you can see, both builds use three colors as I mentioned earlier.  I hope these inspire people a little bit.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Random Mechs 8

How about we start the week with another set of five mechs for your enjoyment.

BnY Mech by SomethingDistinct.  This one looks
like a headless Chub that's hit the gym.  Nice.








Seraphic Mini Mechs by Nikita Lazarev.   These look
a little tall for MFZ, but spectacular just the same.

Bad Egg by Cath_Bailey.  Can we just call this one a greeble bomb?









________ by Bezor-1.  Way too fiddly in general for my
tastes, this does have a few techniques that I really like.


Transforming Fighter, walking mode by SomethingDistinct.


Yeeaahh.  I think the Transformer-
Pack are going to lose their minds when they see this.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Review: 30226 Police Helicopter Polybag

Let's wrap up the week with another Police polybag.

Bag.  $3.99 at Target.  Price per Piece of $0.08








Instructions.



Parts.  A fair amount of Clips, two lampholders, plenty of Trans-color pieces, my current favorite part -- 1x2 Modified Plate w/Bar (open ends) -- and my favorite part when I was a kid -- 1x2 Modified Plate w/ Handles -- some slopes, some antennas, some plates, and a big Trans-Clear Windscreen that may be useful as part of a station.






Minifig.  Another set of mostly useless pieces.






Frigate.  I'm pretty proud of this.





The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio?  Below.  (+5) (The Golden Ratio is $0.10 per part.)
If you can't build a frame right away, or choose not to, does it have parts you should be able to put into use right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts?  No.  (-5)
Score: A- (+10).  I tried building a frame but it wasn't that great.  Further experimentation might yield some interesting creations.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Size Matters Not

Thanks, Yoda.  One of the great things about MFZ is that we are not limited to a particular scale by the playing pieces (Can we really call them miniatures?) that we use.  There is a continuum across which we can express our preference for play.  All that matters is that the playing pieces be distinct and sturdy enough to stand up to the rigors of play.  While the main choices seem to be 4P and 7P, the latter of which is the nominal scale for the game as published, I've seen battle reports from people who play at 2P scale though!

All of which is a long way of introducing one of my latest creations, the Nano Frame.  I'm declaring this guy to be 1P scale.  Which means that it's 54 feet tall in scale.  Not bad for something three bricks tall.

I have photos of alternate viewing angles at my Brickshelf gallery.

While the Frame designs provided with the MFZ rulebook are 7P scale, maybe it's time to start looking at some of the other scales and seeing how they might look on the gaming table.  I know I use the microfig a lot as a size reference as that's an easy way to establish a 6P scale.  Take a crack at it and see what you come up with.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Review: 30152 Mining Quad Polybag

Another polybag review.

Bag.  $3.99 at Target.  Price per Piece of $0.10.









Instructions.


Minifig.  Ooohh, 1x1 Round Tiles in Trans-Clear.  The mining helmet is interesting too.







Parts.  There's not a lot to work with
here.  Two 1x1 Clip Plates, one 1x2
Clip Plate, one 1x2 Plate w/Bar (open
end), one Minifig Handlebar, two
1x2 Modified Tiles w/Handle, two
Jumpers, and four 1x1 Round Plates.

Kart.  I wasn't really satisfied with this so I rebuilt it.  Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of the new build.


The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio?  At.  (0) (The Golden Ratio is $0.10 per part.)
If you can't build a frame right away, or choose not to, does it have parts you should be able to put into use right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts?  No.  (-5)
Score: B+ (+5).  I struggled to build something decent out of this.  But along with the Repair Lift Polybag and a bunch of other parts you could make a decent looking squad of vehicle frames.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Instructions 5

Paradox Boy has been kind enough to share his Google Drive folder with PDF instructions and .lxf files.  It looks like the PDF instructions are for builds other than his own and the .lxf files are for his creations.  There may be a few PDFs that weren't in the last big instruction set.