I haven’t been around much lately, and I do apologize about that. I got it in my head, somehow…sorta…ish…to build some ships inspired by Battlestar Galactica. I built the Menoetius and was happy with how that worked out and went right into the next build. I was determined to build something that looked nothing like a Battlestar, but still looked Colonial. In a matter of days, I had a set of engines that looked sufficiently 70’s-y, (if I may), then spent the next two weeks staring at those engines, with no workable idea of how to expand on them. It got very frustrating, and I had to step away and put my collection aside for a while. A while turned into about two months. Not really a dark age. More like a dim age...faint age? A dull age, maybe? An age set to a romantic ambience? Whatever. I’ve digressed. I am happy to say that I am now in the closing stages of my new Colonial build that I will hopefully be photographing within the next week and will finally have something new for you.
2015 has otherwise been a turbulent year for me. I lost my Grandmother to cancer at the very beginning of the year. A few months later, lost my colleague who had been wrestling with a cancer of his own. Near the end of the year, got the news that a dear friend of the family developed a very aggressive cancer as well.
I don’t like cancer. What a terrible thing it is.
Professionally, I have spent the last four years being surrounded by good people, peppered with a number of poisonous ones, and right in the middle of the year, all but one of the negative contributors left either voluntarily or involuntarily, and the remaining one is actively searching for a new job. It was made apparent by most of those that left by their own choice, as well as the one that temporarily remains, that they no longer wanted to work to my expectations, and, my fellow FOLs, I take no half-a-helpin’ of pleasure in that fact. Off with ya, then. HA!
Furthermore, I got to see Ireland, y’all. THE best vacation…ever. Or, so I’m told. That’s an alcohol joke.
So there’s the silver lining of 2015.
With all this going on, I barely noted the passing of an entire year. But that is all behind us now. Onward to 2016, where I hope things will only improve, and will hold on tenuously to the confidence that it was the events of the previous year that made it appear to pass so quickly, and not just my age making the passing of a single year less noticeable.
But, hey, I was able to push out six MOCs since last January, and although the number is small, they may very well be my favorite six MOCs of my body of work. Let’s have a look, shall we?
Things More Precious
Stanley - This is my first commissioned work, my first LEGO mosaic, and first MOC that isn't somehow sci-fi related.
Stretchbot and Diminudroid - This was my entry to the 2015 Brick-Built Figure Contest.
Scallywag - This MOC was part of the Mining Frenzy project. A LEGO collaboration on a global scale.
Juggernaut - Might be my favorite ship that I've built. My most ambitious undertaking as far as windscreens are concerned.
Finally, Battlestar Menoetius. Part of another long project. This build will make an appearance at BrickWorld 2016 in June. If you're around Chicago between the 15th and 19th, stop by and say hi.
Thanks for looking back with me, my fellow FOLs. Happy New Year, and here's to a great 2016!
Sorry to hear about the people you lost to cancer and to be completely honest, I can relate. My mother, and 6 aunts and nephews all passed from various cancers, so I can understand how hard the year has been for you. Im glad you are still with community, despite the year and I look forward to your work this year.
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January 8, 2016
Such a beautifully refined body of work to be proud of indeed, my friend. Hard to have a year go by without hiccups and speed bumps, some have more than others to be sure. Couldn't agree with you more about the cancer thing, hard to watch that happen every time. But here's to a brighter 2016, looking forward to BW and many more rounds of Jameson's with you. Leave your liver at the door, it'll just get in the way. ;) Fantastic showing for the year, really top notch work!
Time goes so fast - and yet you somehow still put out such beautiful work. A shame about the negative events of 2015, no doubt 2016 will be much more positive. Looking forward to seeing your unique take on the BSG universe!