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Postby Bricksidge » Wed May 19, 2004 8:40 pm

A new article has arrives, written by Bruce. In can be found in the How-To: Creations section.

Comments on this and all articles are always welcome
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Postby Formendacil » Wed May 19, 2004 8:50 pm

Amazingly exhaustive! Wow! I might have to use some of these. I just have 1 question though: why is Bruce's email address have no punctuation marks or the @ symbol? :?
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Postby Mr. D » Wed May 19, 2004 9:02 pm

Neat! Definitely a first stop for all who want to build animals. I especially like the elk by Reed Anderson.
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Postby Bricksidge » Wed May 19, 2004 9:07 pm

Formendacil wrote:Amazingly exhaustive! ation marks or the @ symbol? :?


This is to prevent spam e-mails
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Postby Bruce N H » Wed May 19, 2004 9:40 pm

Hey All,

This is version 1.0, but I'd like your help to make it better. Please reply either to my e-mail (bnh at chem dot ucla dot edu) or just follow up to this thread with any of the following:
--full names for builders that I just have the Bricklink username
--any animal creations that are markedly different from the ones shown. I think this is a fairly comprehensive list of things labeled as animals here, on Brickshelf, or at Lugnet, but I certainly could have missed things, especially if they are buried in huge folders of a LTC's train layout, for instance. Or if you know of things at personal websites that I missed.
--proper attribution if I have given credit to the wrong person
--who should get credit for the sheep design using grill plates that shows up at all the fests

I am also working on a fantasy beasts version (nowhere near completion yet), so if you have links to fantasy beast creations, add those here as well.

I hope that this can help people populate their castle layouts with our furry or feathered friends. I can claim very little credit here, as I only have one MOC on the list. Most of the credit goes to people like Onishi Shinji, Franklin Cain, Reed Anderson, Brendan Powell Smith, etc.

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Postby wlister » Wed May 19, 2004 11:01 pm

This was an excellent idea and another great addition to the Classic-Castle community. Very nice work Bruce, I had bookmarked many of these creations, but when my hard drive died, I lost all those bookmarks. It is great to have them all collected together like this. :D

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Re: New Article: Brick Built Beasts

Postby footsteps » Thu May 20, 2004 1:19 am

An exquisite piece of work. And I'm pleasantly pleased that my horses are at the top of the list -- I know that isn't an indication of importance, just happenstance, but it's nice to see :D

The other fellow linked under horses leads to a bison instruction. Was that a mis-link, or should it be placed with the oxen or such?

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Postby porschecm2 » Thu May 20, 2004 3:43 am

Very nice. Makes me want to try some of those...Hmm...For whatever reason, the Bison and the penguin stood out the most for me. The bison because of how accurate it is for not using any specialty pieces, and the penguin, because, well, it looks funny. Not in a bad way, but rather in a comical way. Excellent work, Bruce. And Heitbrick isn't such a bad name....;)

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Postby Sir Smittens » Thu May 20, 2004 4:19 am

Great job Bruce! I too enjoyed the penguin, I can't wait to build some of those.

I'm definitely looking forward to your next article with the fantasy animals...that too will be great!

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Postby Bruce N H » Thu May 20, 2004 7:35 pm

Thanks for the kind words, all. Alan, the horse link should have been:

http://jacob.sparre.dk/LEGO/Dyr/Hest/

I'm going to put together an updated version soon - I've already gotten some feedback with more links to add - so I'll correct that link when I do.

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Postby Bruce N H » Thu May 20, 2004 7:43 pm

Oh, on the penguin. I almost didn't put him in. I was initially going to make a list of purely European castle animals, but it kept growing. It started out with cows and chickens etc, but then I figured you've got Hannibal bringing his elephants into Europe (and of course Oliphaunts in LotR), so I added those. Then I figured with the Crusades your knights might encounter camels, so in they came. More followed. The penguin was one I really paused on - I mean, how would a castle fig ever encounter a penguin (actually, the bison as well, now that I think of it), but finally I figured I should just include it all.

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Postby PorteusMaximus » Thu May 20, 2004 8:05 pm

Indeed, a most comprehensive article. Kudos for a job well done.
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Postby footsteps » Thu May 20, 2004 8:42 pm


Aha, that makes more sense. I don't think I'd seen that horse rendition before.

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Postby SavaTheAggie » Thu May 20, 2004 9:43 pm

Very well done Bruce. After doing my foliage article (kinda goes hand in hand, now, flora and fauna ;)) I can appreciate how much research is put into a collection like this. Very well done.

The only thing I can think of adding, which I'm sure you've already looked over and culled from the list, is my version of Reed Anderson's Mule/donkey. Normally I wouldn't mention it, but I rather like my version better (go figure ;)). I've shortened the nose and added a mane, which personally I think makes the Donkey look much more natural (yes I realize I put the ears on backwards :oops:).

Full credit goes to Reed, of course, for the design.

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Postby Brickboy » Fri May 21, 2004 2:35 am

This is great! I spent all of last knight..er night findind the pieces, and building as many brick beasts as I could. Thanks a million!
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