Today we're going to discuss the 1/2 offset using jumpers. I developed this technique (or maybe copied it, i don't know) in the process of building darkwater keep, which was built on dwarf scale. The main photo above uses this to add a bit of dimension to a tight area.
(Edit) Ah yes, now I remember where I got the technique. The town house creator set uses jumpers to sink in its windows: Link
In the macro scale, you need to use a 1 brick offset for ledges. in micro scale, you should use no offset. However, there are situations when you probably aught to be on 1/2 offset.
Below is an example of 1 brick offset when 1/2 may be warranted.
And here is an example of no offset. Not saying these don't look cool, but I think it would be better with 1/2 offset.
And we come to the test subject. I used all light bley. Typically this works better with plates blending colors in there so it isn't so bland. Also, it seems like arches and rounds seem to make a tower more interesting than just grey bricks. BGWS = big grey wall syndrome. I got criticized quite a bit for the back of eggplant island over at classic-castle for not making the back walls more interesting.
This view is to show what I'm talking about in the 1/2.
And heres how you do it. The jumpers are the tiles with the single stud in the middle. They're called jumpers because you can jump a 1/2 stud over.
Thanks for the technique, Prof. I found that using jump plates for the base of interior walls solves some critical problems when using hinge pieces to create angled walls inside either a building, moon base, or spaceship. Using either smooth hinge or click hinge pieces to create angled interior walls creates a problem of having those walls meet flush with other walls and also with getting the "just perfect" angle. the "1/2 stud offset" created by using these jumper plates at the base solves this problem, most of the time - depending upon the angle. I got the idea while reading your tutorial and wondering how this technique you are showing could be used in space ship building.
Oooh, oooh, oooh, could this be used for space ship building, Professor? I bet it could! Let me think... ... ... *fizzle* *schnap* *burnout* uugghh, I can't figure it out. But I bet someone smarter than me could figure it out. Would I still get extra credit if I figured it out but sent in my work a few months late?
oh Wow ... i LUV that main pic ! ... and that minifig in the second pic (or 3rd) is hallarious !!! ... omg, i was laughin' for about 5 minutes ... *Whew* ... btw, check out my 9 ft 6 inch tower and tell me wat ya think at http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/96166 ... Thx =)
I'm sorry I'm late. Can't I just copy the homework off of Kelso or Heather (You know that's how Phipson got his done).
Seriously, very nice. I'm going to try this in my next castle MOC. Thanks and keep 'em coming!
HEY! Just cause I xeroxed these hall passes at kinkos doesn't mean they're not still good! I've been busy in the gym checking out the girls vollyball team... I'm sure teachers pet Kelso took good notes here. I'll just steal them when I take his milk money after class. And Garth... NO MERCY! (Thanks for the tips Professor. Been off for a couple of days, Gotta go check out your other update post.) ~ Chris.
Nice lesson Professor. I tried that technic on one of my micropolis buildings. I wanted the windows set back from the face of the building. You should sneak up behind Kelso and give him one of those super wedgies for sleeping in class. The kind that bisect his nether regions worst than the division of the Ottoman Empire. see ya. garth
Okay, okay. Joking aside, this is a solid tip. Even if you're not interested in a particular scale, these jumper plates (Bricklink calls them "plate 1 x2 w/ one stud") help to create textural variation in a surface area. The hardest thing to do with LEGO is to break that square, one stud distance that EVERYTHING measures out to, and these jumper plates are great for doing just that. Thanks, Prof. (Now if I can just remember to USE this technique!)
*ZZZZZ... SNGGFF... SNORT* Phipson said she was 18!!!!! Huh? Wha?...Oh...uh, yeah. One stud plates, right... yes, great idea professor. Thank you. They're just the right tool for the... for the... twwwrrrr...*ZZZZZ*