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Pacman LEGO Mosaic

May 31st, 2008

Here is the latest in my series of retro video game inspired LEGO mosaics. As with the Super Mario Mosaic, this was also built from plans I found on Sprite Stitch.  It was hard to pick which images from the plans to use, but building the mosaic was simple and took me less than an hour.

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I decided this time to post a thumbnail-sized image which links to the full-sized image. I did this because I think seeing it about the size of actual game makes it look even more realistic.

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Cutting LEGO Base Plates

May 27th, 2008

Generally I’m a purist when it comes to my LEGO projects. Specifically, I don’t usually modify LEGO elements in any way, including bending, cutting, painting or otherwise destroying them. However, I have made one exception to this rule, which is that I sometimes cut LEGO base plates when I use them as mosaic backing.

Shown below is my Packer Logo Mosaic in both its original rectangular form, and newly modified form with cut base plate.

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I very happy with the cut base plate result, and prefer it to the original design. This change also has an added bonus – it frees up the white border bricks for other projects.

Read on for more information on the techniques I use to cut base plates including additional pictures… READ FULL ARTICLE »

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Super Mario LEGO Mosaic

May 21st, 2008

This is my third retro-video game LEGO mosaic, following the Dig Dug and Pengo mosaics. My previous posts featured coin-op games I played in the early 80s. Not long later, I got my first computer (a Commodore 64) and it wasn’t until a decade later that I got back to playing much besides C-64 games. (Eventually I will probably build something C-64 related because it was such a big part of my life for many years.)

Super Mario Bros 3 is the game that pulled me back into console gaming and I’ve played this game on and off ever since (now I play it with my kids on our Nintendo Wii). When I set out to find a good image to use as a guide, I found an excellent website Sprite Stitch, which has tons of retro-video game inspired artwork. I found exactly what I needed for this project along with many other plans and ideas for future projects.

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I built Mario flying past one of those cute clouds with the eyes, which Sprite Stitch also had plans for. This is the same 32×32 baseplate as my other video-game inspired mosaics. After finding this website, you can count on seeing at least a couple more video game related mosaics from me.

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BrickLink LEGO Shop Open

May 17th, 2008

I’m happy to announce my online BrickLink LEGO Shop is open for business!

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I have some LEGO bricks and other elements listed for sale and will be adding much more. If you’re not familiar with BrickLink, it is an online market place with hundreds of LEGO shops selling bricks, sets, and other LEGO related items like apparel and books.

BrickLink is my main source of bricks for the projects I build, and is the cheapest way to get specific parts, often available in massive quantities. Some sellers have millions of bricks in inventory.

As a seller, I will be using BrickLink to help fund my LEGO buying habbit by selling parts I don’t need. I will also use it to sell custom sets based on the projects featured here on BrickPlayer.com.

If there is something you’re looking for and you don’t see it in my store please email me. If I have what you’re looking for (either parts or custom LEGO sets) I will add it to my store and will let you know when it is available for purchase.

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Pengo LEGO Mosaic

May 14th, 2008

After building the Dig Dug LEGO Mosaic a few days ago, I visited a couple retro-gaming websites and reminisced about the coin-op video games I played as a kid.  In doing so, I stumbled on another childhood favorite of mine, Pengo!  In general, this game was a less popular, but still one I loved.  I realized it would make a fun little mosaic, so I built one.

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I’ll probably build a few more of these before I get bored with retro-game mosaics.  There are at least another 5 games from this early 80′s era that always seemed to get my quarters, and they all have the same blocky 8-bit graphics that are so easily adaptable to brick mosaic form.

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Dig Dug LEGO Mosaic

May 11th, 2008

I tend to alternate between streaks of building sculptures, then mosaics. After recently ordering a bunch of LEGO chess boards to use as mosaic backing, I may have just switched over to mosaics for a while.

I’ve seen a lot of Donkey Kong, Mario Brothers, and Zelda mosaics. However, one of my favorite games in the early 80′s was Dig Dug, and I haven’t seen a LEGO mosaic of this theme yet. So, here’s my attempt at capturing several of the Dig Dug characters within 32×32 studs (pixels).

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Cub Scout LEGO Mosaic

May 6th, 2008

Tomorrow evening I will be leading my son’s Cub Scout den in a LEGO mosaic building activity.  This project will meet one of the requirements for the Artist merit badge - and it provides me an opportunity to try out what I’m planning for the Central Wisconsin Children’s Museum workshop next month.  Here is a mosaic I made to use as a sample.

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Each boy will be given a blank base plate 24 studs square (one quarter of an extra large base plate) to fill up with bricks.  The base plates cut easily with a good scissors.  I’m hoping this is a good size for 45-60 minutes of building time.

I will encourage them to create anything they want and offer some suggestions (e.g. collage, geometric or abstract designs, one large picture, letters, numbers, etc.)  I can’t wait to see what they create!

See below for details on the meaning of my collage mosaic and for pictures of the mosaics the kids made READ FULL ARTICLE »

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Smaller LEGO Chess Set

May 4th, 2008

Although I’ve done several Chess related LEGO projects, I’m really just an occasional, casual chess player.  (How could I have time for another serious hobby?)  So far I’ve posted about a couple of Giant LEGO Chess Pieces, a Small LEGO Chess Set, and New LEGO Chess Board for the small set.  Today I’m sharing an even smaller set I just completed.  So far I’ve only built one of each piece, since I don’t have enough of the specialized elements needed for a full set.

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BrickPlayer 100 Days Old

May 1st, 2008

In the past week BrickPlayer surpassed 100 days online!  It’s been fun, and I’ve learned a lot.  So far I’ve resisted the tempation to write posts about running a website, because I want this blog to be about LEGO building.  However, for today I’m making an exception and I will write about being a new webmaster, so if this non-Brick stuff interests you, then read on… READ FULL ARTICLE »

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