After postponing it for many months, today I proudly release the next chapter in my Nar Eurbrikka tale: Episode XV – Top Of The Class. This is, as of yet, my most ambitious chapter, considering the scope of the editing. It required heavy post production for practically every shot, and additonally launched with an introduction video in true Star Wars fashion, so please have a look and enjoy it:
If you want to see how Cody's involvement in the Battle of Coruscant plays out, check out the new chapter here: Episode XV – Top Of The Class
I am sure all of you remember the iconic ending scene of The Force Awakens, yes? Where Rey finds a certain Jedi on a desolate island on the planet Ahch-To? Nobody could forget that.
Well, strangely enough, we never got a Lego set of this legendary scene, even though it seems like a no-brainer. Which also means that we never got a TFA Luke Skywalker minifig. What a shame! Well, since I am into decals anyway, I decided to rectify that. Actually, I started working on this decal over a year ago, shortly after the movie's release, in fact. Believe it or not, it took me almost one and a half years to finally put together a version that I am satisfied with – I didn't work on it all the time, but I revisited the design every few weeks to tweak it a little bit, sometimes for better, sometimes for worse. If my progress resulted in a satisfying design, you can decide for yourself:
This was partially inspired by a design seen in the Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens video game. But ultimately, it was largely my own design choices, based on his actual movie outfit.
I guess I am not 100% content with it, as always, but I feel that it is as good as it's going to get for now. Maybe I will return to working on it at a later point, but I wanted this decal finished and posted for the time being. The face decal could be used on a flesh background for white decal paper, too; as you can see in the images, transparent decals tend not to be too opaque in the beard and eyebrow region.
As requested by TK-1776, I updated the arms of my current Boba Fett decal to be in line with his changed outfit in Return of the Jedi:
I think I know why the arm design was requested by TK-1776, as this year's 75174 Desert Skiff Escape set comes with another Boba Fett minifig, but like in 2016's Carbon-Freezing Chamber 75137, he comes without printed arms:
Which is a bit of a bummer, but can hopefully be fixed with this decal! Have fun, TK-1776, and if you put it to use, make sure to send me a picture of the applied decal so I can show it off in the guest content section!
The Mara Jade decal is done!
This was a decal request and my first try ever at a "full body" decal, i.e. torso, hips, legs and face (and arms, but that wasn't much of an effort). Combine those decals with a minifig with red hair, a lightsaber and maybe a cape and you've got yourself a nice Mara Jade minifig, I assume!
As there is no definitive canon depiction of Mara Jade, I based her design on this ArtFX figure:
Today, I finally finished Episode XIV: Day Of The Spectacle! It took me longer than expected to upload it, as photography was wrapped up almost three weeks ago... but like so often, life interfered and put my efforts to a halt for a while. I hope you enjoy this new, 36 panel chapter and as always, I dearly appreciate comments & criticism!Head over to the Nar Eurbrikka section to check it out!
Scratching yet another decal request off my list, I finished working on a young version of Admiral Yularen, as featured in the Clone Wars animated series! I wasn't sure if the right tone for his uniform exists as a torso, so I designed one opaque and one transparent decal:
Admiral Yularen features the same rank insignia and uniform style as seen in the show and two different expressions, one standard sceptical military expression and one more friendly, humorous one. Like Ahsoka Tano, this decal was requested by Florian and I hope it will serve him well in complementing his Lego Grand Army of the Republic!
Today, I finished another decal request – The Clone Wars star heroine, Ahsoka Tano!
The idea was to have a face decal of young (Clone Wars era) padawan Ahsoka Tano that's in line with the normal minifig face designs and does not have the unique The Clone Wars designs Lego used for that line of minifigs (cartoony proportions, overly big anime eyes).
Interestingly enough, there exists an official design that I could use for it! It is not used for the physically produced minifigs, but instead, it is featured in the Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars videogame:
This gave me a template to work with, but only for proportions sake. I then proceeded to tweak the design based on stills from the show to make it a little more authentic. Also, to keep in line with Ahsoka's grown-up face design from the Star Wars Rebels sets, I decided to give her blue eyes instead of black ones for continuity's sake.
The neutral expression on the left was the first design; I knew that a character like Ahsoka called for two expressions, so I wanted a basic one as a template first. In hindsight, it now appears to be rather boring looking, when the smiling expression on the right looks so much more lively and does the character way more justice. So in the future, the neutral expression might be changed to a fiercer, more aggressive battle expression, but for now it will have to do. This was the first of two decals requested, and before I update this one, I want to be done with the other decal as well. There's always a chance to go back to a finished design and make tweaks and enhancements at a later point in time.
With all the work for Nar Eurbrikka, working on decals is not my top priority right now; still, I try to get the requests done at a somewhat satisfying pace. So today, I finished a face decal that was requested quite some time ago depicting beloved Return of the Jedi-sidekick Nien Nunb!
This decal should work well enough on a flesh head, I think, even though I didn't get around to testing it live myself yet. If I do, I may post some photos depicting this iconic Sullustan.
When I get a request, I usually check if there exists an official design, first. In this case, Nien Nunb's puppet was so unique and iconic that I didn't even bother to look it up until I was finished with my own version. I just used still images from the movie as a reference and made this entire design from scratch.
Checking Brickipedia, I then was surprised to find out that there was never an official Nien Nunb minifig released physically. There exists a face decal design, but it only appears in videogames so far. Also, I find it worth mentioning that this is one of the rare instances when I actually do like my custom design more than the official one. But since the latter has been around for a decade, it is, naturally, rather dated and nowadays, Lego would probably release a more sophisticated revision of it if they were to produce an official minifig. But then again, with his unique head, big ears and custom cap, Nien Nunb's head virtually screams for a custom mold... let's cross our fingers that Lego will create one someday. Until then, feel free to use this face decal and enjoy your own custom Nien Nunb minifig!
About a week ago, the 13th episode of the Nar Eurbrikka met its deadline and I submitted my entry. It both fulfilled the mission's parameter as well as continued my own story satisfyingly. Check it out in the Nar Eurbrikka section: Episode XIII – Quantum of Sunrise! Also, apart from the detailled Making Of for Episode XII, it is the first episode with a lengthy commentary – so make sure to check that out at the bottom of the comic page if you are interested in some background details such as the building time or where the episode's name stems from!
The continuation of Episode XII is finally online! The next big episode hosted by Nar Eurbrikka will soon release, so Part XII-I serves as an interim chapter to bridge the gap between both episodes. Head over to the Nar Eurbrikka section to read Part XII-I: Sowing The Seed!