I think a lot of us read the Brothers-Brick, so you probably know that Nate Nielsen, known to us as nnenn, passed away recently. He's known for his innovative space MOCs, but in looking through his Brickshelf this morning I was surprised to see a few castle MOCs also, in this folder.
In light of this month's build challenge, note that he also has a couple of different chess sets: He's actually got several other chess sets based around sci-fi MOCs also:
I didn't know him IRL but I thought he made some nice MOCs. What tore at my guts was reading about the family he left behind. As a father of young kids I always appreciated the joy he took in building with and for his kids. I hope they are reminded of good times and his love as they play with "his" bricks and that they are able to pass on some of that joy and love along with some of those bricks to their kids.
Personally I don't know Nnenn much better than from a few messages sent back and forth, but man I was shocked to read what happened to him. The LEGO community has lost a great pillar, a place that can never really be filled in, even if we wanted it to. Nnenn will always be a phenomenon. My thoughts go out to his family and friends.
Between plotting to kill you all and chasing balls of yarn, I also build MOCs
It always breaks one's heart to hear something like this. Moreso when you consider that he leaves behind a loving family. I really wish his family the best in what is obviously a very difficult time. He is definitely a builder who will be missed by the AFOL community.
It's sad when any father/husband leaves a family behind. I wish I had the chance to know this master builder, who if I could only come close to his building level I would be a happy person. I can't help be awed and humbled by the MOCs in his Space LEGOverse. Very sad day. -Tower
Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely!
Despise learning and make everyone pay for your ignorance.
The water that floats a ship is the same that sinks it.