Friday, March 5, 2021

Review: 30579 Easter Chick Egg Polybag

I purchased this at my local Target in the Seasonal section.


Bag.  I paid
 $4.99 for a $0.10 Price per Piece.




Instructions.






Parts.  Half Circle Plates, Studless Wedges, Dish, Studless Slopes, Plates,
Jumper, Mod Plate W/Studs on side, Round Tiles, Printed Round Tiles,
Round Plates, Cheese Slopes, Mod. Brick w/Studs on Both Sides,
Curved Slope w/Cutout, Travis Brick, New Headlight Brick, Cone,
Studless Slopes w/Cutout, and Mod. Brick 1x2x1.6 w/Studs on 3 sides.





Build.  A quick Station.


The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- 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? Yes. (+5)
Score: +15 (A).  There's some good stuff here but, in odd quantities.  I'd buy two.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Micro Mecha 6

It's been a while since I've done one of these.



'Longhorn' Mobile Frame by Malicious Cheesecake.  A neat little build.










Little Ninja Bot by Davis Steeves.  Cute little death machine.














Nano Tie Interceptor by alegospqr.  This could fit in any number
of categories -- Frame Company for IO, drone Attachment for
RA, microscale Frame for RA, etc. -- it's that awesome.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Let's Build Terrain!

There's been a little discussion of Terrain on the Discord lately so I came up with an idea.  A workshop, a discussion space, an experiments lab, and an idea generator for making terrain pieces that people may be interested in.  I'm spreading it out over the Facebook group, the Discord channel, the Reddit Group, the Flickr group, but I think the main anchor point will be the Mobile Frame Hangar Nova.  I'll start a discussion topic where we can all work on and help each other with cool looking terrain bits that we want to build.




Do you want to build a statue?  This one should take about 3 Hits
of damage before being brought under the height limit for Cover.









A Sci-Fi Greenhouse?  By my estimations it will take 3 Hits of
damage before being brought under the height limit for Cover.




An Electro-Fence?  Each post will take 1 Hit before being destroyed
 and each section of "wire" will take 1 Hit before being destroyed.


How about cargo containers?  Stacked vertically these
will each take 1 hit before falling under the height
limit for cover in Mobile Frame Zero: Rapid Attack.



So what are your ideas?  What do you think would look good on a game table?  Let's build them together!

Friday, February 26, 2021

Station-ary Target

Yes, I know I've used that pun before.  Someone asked about Stations on the Discord last Saturday.  Also a post four years ago on the old Hangar asked about instructions for Stations.  Which is something we don't really have.  So let's fix that.

First of all, Stations are meant to fit on a 4 Stud by 4 Stud Plate.  If you build something larger than that footprint, declare a part of that build that fits in the 4x4 footprint to be the Station.  For the last several years I've been building my stations on a 4x4 Round Plate to help set them apart from general scenery and Terrain.  I've also started color coding them so I know exactly which one has been taken when I'm reading my notes for a Battle Report after a game.

As to what you can build?  Anything.  Here's a look at all of the Stations I've created.  Stations can help convey the back story of the squad you've made.  What are the things your people think are worth fighting over?  Is it something they want, or is it something they need?  In a campaign, it is a representation of a resource you're fighting over?

Landshark Stations

 Sometimes I have a clear idea of what I want to build.
  I wanted to evoke
the "levitation effect" from the Landshark Frames in their Stations.



Comm Repeater Stations


 cool after I'm done.  I think I succeeded.  These could be good for a Free Colony unit fighting to maintain contact with the rest of the galaxy.


Sometimes each Station is the same.  I had picked up a lot of the
1x1 Brick w/Handle from the PaB Wall at my local Lego store.




Cyclops Stations


are heavily influenced by Jay Biquadrate's work.  




Ostrich Stations


Sometimes they are complex.  Something else to keep in mind is that  other people may interpret your builds differently than you.  I saw these as "Methane Monitoring Stations", a friend saw them as "Hi-Tech Fracking Stations".




Daemon Stations


Other times fairly simple.  Another way people may interpret Stations
 differently is thinking they're silly when you think they're cool.




While I can't provide instructions, I can provide pictures from multiple angles.

I hope this is helpful for people.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Review: 30568 Skater Polybag

This is one of the new polybags for 2021 and can be found in Walmart.


Bag.  MSRP is $4.99, for a $0.13 Price per Piece.






Instructions.







Minifig.  Sand Blue legs might be useful at some point.











Parts.  Large Axle Plate, Windscreen, Bracket, Plates, Mudguard Plates,
 Rims, Tires, Tiles w/Studs, Studless Slope, Panels, Tile, Round
 Tiles, Bracket 2x2-1x2 Centered, and Minifig Steering Wheel.
 
 

Build.  A quick IO Frigate.

The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio?  Above.  (-10)  (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: -5 (B-).  Yeah, there's a handful of good parts in here but that price just kills any versatility it might have.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Spotlight: The Mugbearer

It's been three years since I've done a "Spotlight" post and it's high time for a new one.

The Mugbearer has been a member of the Mobile Frame Zero community since 2013, breaking in with the "Vandal" frame design.

Robot Power Loader.  Not specifically built for MFZ but I really like it anyway.

His Majesty's Steam Guard.  Another one not built for MFZ but I think a squad of these would look awesome on a table.

Cerebus Fighter.  This is for the MFZ spinoff Dogfight.

Military Grunt.  This one had a lot of influence on one of my builds.

# 16.  This was for the January 2021 edition of the MMMIG.

(Downloads have been disabled because he makes a living off of these designs.)

He has a Ko-Fi, Gumroad, and a MocsMarketHe also does commissions.  So reach out and send something his way.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Purity: Krazy Bricks 8519-4 Review

Back in September of last year, I made a trip down to NYC for the weekend.  As per my usual I stopped in Chinatown.  While waiting for a restaurant to open, I stumbled across some clone brick sets at Lurei Trading Inc. on Mott Street.  This week I'm reviewing them.


Box.  I paid $10.00 for this which is $0.08 per Piece.  I actually
found this line a while ago on a wholesaler's website.  So if
you really want them you just may be able to find them.



Instructions.






Parts 1.  Round Plates, 2x2 Studless Slopes, Headlight Bricks, Plates, Boat Slider, Lampholder, Axle Plates, Brackets, Cheese Slopes, Clip Plates, Round Brick, Studless Slopes, Cone, Wheels, Minifig Telescopes, Clip Tile, and Mudguard Plate.







Parts 2.  Plates, Round Plates, Slopes w/Cutout, Bar Plates, Grille Tiles, Tooth
Plates, Lampholders, Hinge Plates, Mudguard Tiles, Click Hinge Plates,
Clip Plates, Cheese Slopes, Clip Tiles, Headlight Bricks, and Round Bricks.






Build.  Frame, Station, and Battlecart.


The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- 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? Yes. (+5)
Score: +20 (A+).  Like the review on Monday this is a good set lacking only in some regular bricks to bulk it out.