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Brick Tease Round 13 LEGOmation

22 Jun

Hey, Brick Heads! I’ve just finished another weeks episode of Sportsbet.com.au Brick Tease

another marathon animation session, almost 28 hours on 2 hours sleep. It was hard but we got there. I would like to thank Dragonframe software for making my life so incredibly easier. Great piece of software and i am looking forward to getting to know it much better. We’re going to be spending a lot of time together I think.

LEGOMATION

15 Jun

Its been an interesting month at the Broken Body Clock Studios with the sounds of LEGO bricks being shuffled and sorted and bright lights burning late into the night. I have begun producing a series of web videos for Sportsbet.com.au to help promote their special offers by creating a LEGO sports TV show. This show is called Brick Tease and the first two episodes feature various LEGO reenactments from recent Australian Rules Football games. You can view the first 2 episodes below.

Episode 1

Episode 2

These represent my first attempts at Legomation and its been a very steep learning curve with tight deadlines and epic animation sessions. Overall I am stoked with the results and there is no doubt in my mind that I will be creating many, many more different Lego videos in the years to come.

The project came about through the display I had created in the shop window of my studio. At various times I have different dioramas and displays and the one of my pirate LEGO collection attracted the eyes of a passer by and BAM, a LEGOmation project is born.

To assist with camera placement, to introduce camera movements in to the animation as well as to help keep the camera as stable as possible I decided to attempt to build a motion camera rig out of my Technic collection. As yet the footage that I have shot using the motion rig has not gone live but I will post some footage in my next post. Until then here is a short animation of the rig in action that I shot as part of a series of test using the Dragonframe stop go animation software.

After about 5 hours or so of tinkering I had built and refined the design a number of times to the point that I was ready to start testing it out. I was very pleased with the results and the fact that I made something that worked. I used pieces from the two Technic sets that I have and plan on building in a tilt function in the near future to assist with shot composition.

Im am planning on editing together a tutorial on how to build and operate the motion rig as well as a series of other videos on how I’ve gone about starting out as a LEGOmator and some of the things I’ve learned about the process. If people are interested in seeing a series of video tutorials on LEGOmation then please leave a comment

Below are some raw production stills, these images have not been colour graded and you can see quite a difference in the final edits with the colours being much brighter and saturated.

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Stay tuned for more on the Brick Tease LEGOmation project as it develops

Melburn – Miniatures in close up

23 Mar

This week I’ve just received a few new lenses in the mail, a canon nifty 50 and a macro lens and it was with great glee that I took to my miniatures for some sweet camera love.  With the lenses I had available I was feeling too removed from the miniatures and wasn’t totally happy with how I was able to frame the shots and control the depth of field.  I was struggling to convey the drama that I wanted to in each shot and I am very happy with how the macro lens enables me to fill the image with mighty close up.  I was able to position my lens a mere 2-3cm from the model and by playing with aperture and shutter speed, plus a bit of trial and error was able to choose what part of the image I wanted to be in focus.  I will be going further in depth with some discussions of how I go about my miniature photography, equipment and sent up as well as image post production.

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Imperial Guard Apocalypse Army – 4500+ Points

20 Mar

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I have recently been working on expanding my Imperial Guard army list using a range of unpainted miniatures out of my bits box. I’ve fleshed out my 2000pt army to over 4500pts and have included a range of cool old miniatures that I acquired 8 years ago or so from a bloke I went to Uni with. He was relocating to Sydney and when he found out I played Games Workshop he dropped off a huge armload of his old miniatures. These miniatures ranged from original Rouge Trader multi part Space Marines to the Adeptus Titanicus board game.

I love these miniatures which date from the dawn of 40k and help give my army a real unique flavour, whilst also helping me boost it up to a sizable Apocalypse force.  With these additions I can now field over 200 men, spread out between the following.

4 platoons

2 Storm Trooper Squads

Ogryns

Snipers

Rough Riders

16 Sentinels

Demolisher

Chimera

Veteran Squad

I am turning these original Space Marines into a Platoon of Imperial Guard Veteran’s equipped as grenadiers. They will be armed to the teeth with heavy flamers, flamers and meltaguns.

Adeptus Titanicus Sentinels

This collection of Adeptus Titanicus miniatures will be converted into a full company of Scout Sentinals, They will be split up into 5 or so squads with different weapons in each squad, hopefully giving me a wide range of tactical options and a company of 16 sentinels!

The Army is also going to include a few miniatures from the old Space Hulk board game, some early Ogryn models, some Necromunda gangers and more.  Check out the gallery below to see out the full army broken down into squads and stay tuned for more updates as I work at converting, painting and playing with this new expanded army.