Halo - Eye of Chaos Construction Journal: Entry 7 . . Entry 7
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...(Yeah, I know it's a Star Wars reference for a Halo topic, but the phrase seems appropriate given how bloody long this project is taking!)
...I had stopped construction on the Eye of Chaos to join with MOCpages own illustrious Chris Phipson in building...this:
Of course, after displaying a creation it gets recycled, right? With Phipson that often means a very dramatic tear down involving the launching of creations temporarily into low orbit, to where they land several days later with an earth (and Lego) shattering explosion! Inevitably, my portion of Minas Tirith ended up in several garbage bags...like this:
So, now you might be asking yourself what does this have to do with the Eye of chaos ship that I've been so excruciatingly slow to produce? Ah...glad you asked. This brings me to my latest (and perhaps most pathetic) excuse for taking so long. See, once you tear down a Lego creation, you need to sort it...like this:
And yes, I'm STILL sorting! Add to that a move last winter, a huge creative slump, and the most challenging year I've ever encountered with my business (self-employed artist for those that don't know me)...and the Eye of Chaos lay dormant for a full twelve months. But, you can't keep a good Lego addict down! With that, I rolled the 3 inch layer of dust off the MOC like so much dryer lint and got back to work...which brings us mercifully to the end of my long-winded excuses, and on to this post:
We pick up with continued work on the bottom portion of the ship. Given that this will have to be mobile, I'm attempting to make some elements modular. Here I've attached a couple blocks for a modular section to fit over...
The new portion then slips over the permanent blocks...
...Pins lock the section in place...
...The bridge section snaps in over the new portion, helping to secure it...
...and finally, a panel snaps over the pins and exposed substructure to finish out the modular element.
Here I've included a couple close-ups to show some of the detail work, including interior docking bays in the right close-up image...
...and a shot of the detail work on the top (which will actually be the bottom, since the whole bottom half of the ship will eventually get flipped over when displayed).
The next portion, which is shown here, is permanent. In the process of taking some creative license from the Spirit of Fire - this being a sister ship, after all - I was toying around with some detail to add to a relatively simple area of the ship. Nnenn's notion of the "most useless Lego part ever invented" came to mind, and I couldn't resist incorporating it as a tribute to Nate. Hopefully, I can find some place as well, for a small tribute to Heather Braaten. Both she and Nate are no longer with us, but certainly not forgotten.
The arrow points to space left for the next modular element...
...I attached a modified plate with handle to the permanent section, then the next modular portion fits into place, and the modified plate locks it down.
And so the journey continues. Here's hoping I can avoid the pitfalls of last year...especially Phipson (just kidding pal - nothin' but love!)...and keep up the pace into the fall. If so, one more WIP entry, and then we should be just about ready for the final show and tell.
Thanks for all who've hung in there with me for soooooooo long. And to all who stopped by here...thanks for taking the time to have a look!