Improved Covenant Ghost with battle damage feature! OMG! It can also seat my new Elites and Brutes.
About this creation
(Version 3 first posted 9/17/2007)
I actually was going to build one of those crazy new Brute vehicles that
have been announced... the Brute Chopper, etc., but I got sidetracked with
this little guy. I saw that piece that you see being used for the hood
(it's from the giant squid in the Aqua Raiders sets) and just HAD to make
a Ghost with it. This is the result.
Of course, many of you are probably already noticing the cons of the
model. These are obviously the main two:
- The hood is too small. It should go up in front of the driver's face.
- The color is wrong (it's STILL not purple).
However, take a step back for a moment and you may notice a few pros:
- It's sleek, smooth, and compact. It's got style! At least, I think so.
- It's unique. I certainly didn't steal this design from anybody.
- It's cute. That's a good thing in a LEGO, I think.
- Dark blue is way, WAY cooler than purple anyway.
- Do you really want to drive a vehicle where the hood goes up in front of
Here's a comparison shot so you can see just how much more awesome this
new LEGO Ghost is than my old Version 2. In fact, it hardly looks like a
LEGO anymore! Studless designs tend to do that. Okay, so there are
actually two studs showing on the new Ghost, but I think they look better
than it did with an ugly tile sticking up right there. Besides, you need
some studs there so you can stick on a minifig for boarding action.
Playability is always something I strive for.
Next to my Warthog. Yes, the same old Warthog. The new Elites can't sit in
it. In fact, the only things different about it are:
- I finally gave it silver tusks instead of white ones, which is rad.
- The suspension is starting to sag because the rubber bands need
replacing. Hey, they've only been on there FOUR YEARS!
The unassuming little red dots from my previous models have been replaced
with more accurate decals (plus a couple more). Some of you may, like me,
see these as an improvement. Others may not. Oh well, can't please
Of course, here it is seating its intended pilot: my new Elite design! And
unlike regular minifigs, his legs actually go around the sides of the
vehicle like a real bike. Speaking of which, how is it that 4-foot-tall
grunts, 6-foot-tall humans, 7-foot tall Spartans and Elites, and 8-foot
tall Brutes can ALL reach the same exact pedals to control this thing? It
must have some great adjustability! Which is good, since this LEGO is
adjustable as well. I remove one of the 1x1 bricks that connects the front
to the back when seating a regular minifig, and add it back in when
seating a Brute or Elite.
Personally, I love this model. Have you ever had those moments where
you're building a LEGO model and everything just somehow works out right?
You find all these great ideas and they actually work perfectly, as if
through the magic of LEGO? This
entire model was like that (save maybe one idea that I scrapped). It all
just... came together. I can't help but like it as a result. In fact, I'd
be willing to say this model has a more ingenious construction than
anything I've built so far. Maybe I'm finally starting to be able to even
touch the bar set by other, far more professional adult LEGO builders? I'd
like to think so.
And finally, here it is with a Brute at the helm. He actually fits in the
vehicle the best, as his feet actually reach all the way to the pedals (as
you can see in the next image). By the way, my Grunts can also drive the
vehicle but I forgot to take a picture...
EDIT: Okay, here's one...
In the original Halo, the Ghost had this great hovery-ness to it that made
it a thrill to drive. It bobbed up and down and often flew everywhere when
you went over a jump! But in Halo 2 that entire hover feeling was lost on
all the Covenant vehicles. They had this traction to them, sticking to the
terrain, as visualized by the purple glow under the bottom. Not nearly as
fun! Here's hoping in Halo 3 things will be more like the old way.
By the way, here's the belly. Not much to see here, but hey, it's still
smooth. I could have put some
purple lights along the back of those flaps there to represent the
thrusters that you can ignite in the game with the secondary fire button,
but there was one obstacle to that plan: I couldn't find any purple
The Ghost in battle! By the way, the purple dishes I keep using to make
the vehicle hover is really just a little stand I built, not part of the
vehicle itself. Although, I suppose it could have been...
ZOMG BATTLE DAMAGE ABILITY!!!!1
Seriously though, is that cool or what? This was another of those things
that just jumped out at me while I was building the vehicle. I suddenly
realized I could put a little greebling under the hood and make a great
easy battle damage feature!
Honestly, if this battle damage playability feature doesn't endear you to
my little Ghost at least a bit then there's just something wrong with you,
and you shouldn't even be playing with toys. Anyway, here's another thing to note about the battle damage
feature: you can easily rotate the cannons to make them crooked. Did you
know the cannons become bent in the game when your Ghost gets damaged,
which even causes them to fire off-center? Well yeah, they do. Next time
you get your Ghost beat up in Halo 2, try firing off into the distance.
And just for fun, I thought I'd finish off the page with my favorite photo
of the whole bunch. Enjoy!
UPDATE: If you're interested, here's what the Ghost would look like in
Some people use red for their Covenant LEGO vehicles instead of blue
(besides those who actually use purple), but personally I don't think it
looks as close. For some reason, blue just looks closer than red to
purple, in my eyes, and a red Covenant vehicle looks strange...
But hey, in the color spectrum, purple is between red and blue... so I
guess either way is equally accurate or inaccurate. The only correct color
would be purple. True, some of the vehicles look more reddish purple and
some more bluish, with the Spectre being the most red and the Wraith being
the most blue... but the Ghost is pretty much in the middle if you ask me.
And besides, I like to stick to one color so that my Covvie vehicles match
each other. Since I started with blue, that's what I'm sticking with for
Still, red IS my favorite color, and I just happened to have the right
pieces to make my ghost in dark red, so here ya go!
As you can see, I didn't make
decals for this version, so you also get to see what it looks like without
decals. Also note that while I wasn't able to find the 1x1 slopes on the
wingtips in dark red, I WAS able to find a piece I wanted to use for the
nose from the very start, but was unable to find in dark BLUE! Ah well,
you win some you lose some.
Another wild idea:
The Ghost was the very first Halo LEGO creation I made. It was posted on
the website, along with the Banshee, on 10/27/2003. This sloppy
original was the most basic creation imaginable, as you can see below...
Needless to say, this was not adequate for long. So when Halo 2 came out,
I built this... It was posted on the website about a year later, on
September 19, 2004:
A pretty big improvement, at least until everyone else started coming out
with better ones... again.
Please note, by the way, that the pinkish dots on the wings are actually
red; my camera just made them look weird.
Again, here's what the vehicle would look like IF it were purple. Which,
it isn't. Sorry.
I'm not sure if anyone else posted this, but when i was playing Halo 2, The ghosts hood goes up in a Marine's face cause they're 6 feet tall,But when MC gets on the hood does not go in his face cause he is 7 feet tall.
Sorry, but this in no way deserves THIS many I like it's.
I like it
Halo 2 builder .
July 17, 2010
This is off topic but I am trying to make a halo 2 scarab but I don't exactly know how to make a good joint and it stands only for about a minute before it collapses and falls apart so I was just wondering if you could tell me how to make them on my page for the scarab prototype and sorry if you accept it won't let me post the shortcut to my page and nice work on the ghost by the way.
OMFG!!!! Is it possible to send instructions to:firstname.lastname@example.org? And no, I do not want to steal the design. I just live in an area where electricity periodicly blinks out, and can't watch your exelent ideas.
Awesome!! Can you please see my lego ghost? I don't think it's as good as yours, but I want to see if you like it.
P.S. FYI, you probably already know this, but your like a celeb on the web!
P.S.S. Hehehe..... That rhymed.
I make fun of most halo MOCs cause i'm tired of halo on MOC pages, but this? AWSOME! THE AWSOMEST THING I HAVE SEEN IN A LONG TIME! WHY ARE YOU NOT A LEGO AMBASSADOR?!??? everyone vote for saber scorp right now!!!!!
AWESOME!!! you rule! this makes my ghost look like... well heh heh.. lets just leave my ghost out of this lol... ok by FAR the best on the web!! you rule so bad!!! oh.. and consider lowering the price on your instructions just a tad please.. you'd get waaay more buisness... just a thought...
anyhow GREAT job!! keep it up! (pro)
I like it
March 24, 2009
The ghost was always my favorite vehicle. But over Halo 1 (PC) to Halo 3 they beefed it up too much. I used to like being the only person on the server who was effective in a ghost.
i've been a fan of yours for a while, but i'd like to make a suggestion: if you angle the seat part down and the "wings" slightly back it would raise the hood up a little bit. oh, and ya know how you say "who wants to drive a vehicle where the hood comes up in front of your face?" there's actually a camera on the front of the ghost and a purple glowing screen under the hood that covers the drivers face. I'm assuming this is to protect the driver from oncoming fire.
I actualy think this is the best ghost on moc pages. I mean it's the right size, the real ghost is the size of a warthog, it's hood is acurate and it's accesable for grunts, spartans marines, elites, brutes... Come check out my creations saber scorpian. Your an amazing builder and I LOVE your decals, I don't use them on moc pages, bevcause it's stealing.
This is the best ghost out there, probably because of the battle damage feature!Have you heard about the new Halo game?It's called Halo 3 Recon where you're an ODST and you do stuff like in splinter cell, except it's an FPS.BTW, i sent you an XBOX Live friend request, but i think my XBOX Live ran out.
SO DANG AWSOME!!!! dude, you rock. when are you going to work on your HORNET? and are you going to make sdtuff from halo wars too? man, you are so dang good at building halo lego! yoiur becoming a role model!
Justin- you are famous for your dedication and your ability for making better legos than anyone else, and I hope you make more Halo 3 vehicles such as the Hornet, Chopper, and Prowler. But, even though you have soo many different universes for making legos in, I would recommend building lego vehicles from Warhammer 40k- they present a challenge for someone of your building sattire.
a very accurate design, this is atleast the second best ghost on mocpages, Brian Kescenovitz made a very accurate design too but It's hard to compare them I must say, you used different pieces, both ghosts are unique
Nice work as always. A few things to point out, 1. Zealots do not use vechile, the Zealot AI is programed to only use phantoms (I am a Sanghili fanboy). 2. You cannot see over the ghost's hood in the game, there is a screen that shows what is in front of you at all times (look at it in theater, it is only a stationary image in Halo2). Other than that it is a very accurate and well made model.
my god........i want to cry now.........
this is so kool
can i be cheeky and ask your highness for instructions haha :D
this is the most ghosty-like ghost there is......
ever to be made out of lego anyway
(plz review my stuff in return)
I like it
chronichler177 The spartan!
March 10, 2008
DUDE THATS FRIGGIN SWEET just like the rest of your stuff. Instant win!
Plz check out my Ghost and the rest of my stuff! You inspired me to make Lego Halo and I would really like a review from you.
Beautifully Done Saber, I remember when I first saw this, I thought it was beutifull, keep on building.
Silver skulls don't give you achievements, only gold one do, but they can give you point multipliers when thier on during the meta score portion of campaign, making it easier to get the 15,000 points achievement
Very cool. You got most of your character heights right, lol. Elites are 8.5 feet tall and brutes are about 8 feet. Hunters standing straight up are about 12 even. The Chopper has two large wheels, the Prowler is a more of a Brute Spectre, and both tanks have their secondary, driver operated armament removed. I assume that it was done to enhance the multiplayer action.
Not only a great and supremely articulated model, but also a great page to display it on. Very engaging, and all of the features you discussed on the page were awesome, (decals, battle damage etc.) two thumbs way up!
great improvement from you previous two. best ghost i've ever seen. (I recently red your Halo fan ficton and I think you should add pictures of legos acting out the scene.) anyways Awesom moc you have gotten me interested in lego again
I like it
September 20, 2007
Holy snap on a stick!!!! How do you do that?! Its the apex of the Ghost MOC tree. Anyway, instructions will be nice but just pictures of the parts and the body without the wings etc will be nice. Keep it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This may be he first ghost I have actually reviewed as it is the first that looks accurate. Brilliant job. I may have to copy this one for my son (who is now counting down the days until Halo 3's release). Lee.
this is an excelent improvement from the original model. you've always seemed to have a good feel of the lego brick system(but like you've said on my page, no skill with technic :P) this is probably your best Halo creation, and is something i'd deffinately buy if it were a set. this is also the first Ghost that can change into a damaged state! keep up the good work. try a technic model next :P
I like it
September 18, 2007
I don't really even like Halo, but I have to admit, this is a damn good design. It doesn't even look like it's made from LEGO.
I would make one using your design, just so I have a damn cool looking hover bike. A slight mod to make the wings in the front fold back or something for transport on a ship, and it would be perfect.
Wow, this is pretty slammin'. I'd say it rivals Brian's Ghost, and his is really sweet, too. I agree that Dark Blu looks better than Purp-l anyway. I think you are getting better, Justin. I didn't use to like your models; thought they were overrated, but you are beginning to prove me wrong. Keep it up, man.
You just set the bar higher for those lego halo fans and i dont think anyone else could build a better ghost but you.Ps where did you buy the "hood" piece i now its from the aquarider set but i dont have $$$ to buy the 70$ set so do you have a specific (online)store that you buy the pieces alone.Also again 6 more days to H3!!!!!
Hey, this looks pretty swift! very sleek and clean. I see your still convinced that blue is more accurate than red..., controversial topic...lol. As with both your ghost designs, I think they are too long and low profile. But I like the new ideas youve come up with for the body, Its an obvious build up from you old version judging by the familiar style. Overall, its a great representation. Ps. 6 more days till Halo 3! Cheers!