"Give Me Something to Chew On," She Said
Anyways I'm thinking about entering this year's Classic Castle contest, though I didn't manage to eke anything out for last year. The competition is never that stiff, so it's relatively easy to "prize-snipe", but I'm up against my monumental lack of motivation. And even if I did manage to build a little something-something, there's no guarantee the radical anti-fantasy contingent over there would find it acceptable. So we'll see.
The first offering for today is an Amsterdam canal house by Lowlug member Patrick Bosman. It strikes me as a very uneven MOC: some of the details are exquisitely rendered, but others are lacking. For example, the baroque frosting on top of the front façade is well-done, except for the baroque curlicues in the middle. Now the belville plate serves well though it's not an oval, and the balustrades are spot-on, but the sparsely placed white plumes don't do the original justice. I do appreciate the half-stud offset, and the two-tone parquet floors are a nice touch, but the greater part of the baroque detail is bafflingly unreadable. Given that it was in a recent Lowlug show, I'm going to guess it was rushed. I can certainly sympathize, as every year before Brickfest I half-assedly scramble to (almost) finish everything that's been lying around incomplete for months. He seems to be leveling up though, so I'll have to keep an eye on him.
The worryingly prolific izzo has done up an excellent steampunk train engine, which has single-handedly given me an inferiority complex. Just look at that cow catcher. It's a little slick and black for my tastes, but damned if it doesn't have style. Concerning izzo himself, I'm a little concerned. He's been churning out MOCs at a dizzying pace, and it leads me to wonder if he's just lost a job, or become a hikikomori. Don't lose hope, izzo! Be sure to get proper nutrition!
Okay, am I the only one thoroughly creeped out by this town MOC? Tile siding, geometrically perfect roof trim, rectangular flower bed where they buried the leftover limbs? Seriously though, the flat baseplate landscape and the way the driveway just sort of ends makes you think that the world stops along with it. Like in The Others. So "matija", if that is your real name, stop kidding yourself and put a knife in that classic smiley fig chick's hand. We won't feel bad for her Gilderoy-Lockhart-coiffed hubby, who's clearly cheating on her with his secretary, never mind the fact that he takes the convertible to work and she's stuck bringing the groceries home on a bicycle.
This new train-car-I-mean-engine by Japanese Brickshelfer mumu nicely triangulates peachtree and sekiyama to form a triumvirate of Japanese town-themed bizarreness. Despite its name, nobody actually lives on the "house of train"; it merely looks "house-y". Points for incorporating that damnable Belville arch, and I really like the "spine" on the roof. I'm going to let the doors used as windows slide, but the simple slopes on the undercarriage strike me as a cop-out. I do love the engineer in front of this thing: it has no room for a diesel engine, and it doesn't have the pantograph to be a trolley, so it's clear he's not going anywhere. But he's grinning like a fool nonetheless.
Lomero (known as "sir" on Classic-castle) did up a Civil-War-era-looking steamship not too long ago, and it's cool, but got all the details wrong. First off: the green crenellations. Is it because he's a castler and instinctively put them along the edge? It would have been much easier to make it look like a proper ship hull by continuing the 1x2 curved-wall technique through to the green layer. The paddlewheel doesn't seem to be actually connected to anything, though it's a good rendition of a paddlewheel. Also, the firebox is in the pilot house instead of deep down in the ass-end of the ship where it should be, which means the poor helm was relegated to the roof. I do however have to give Lomero props for making the tile deck match up to the curved hull, and for the understated smokestacks, and for that nice little flag. Its heart was in the right place, just not its boiler. Also: why is it hauling rubble?