Friday, October 9, 2015

[Lego] ArcFire MOC

Hi guys! Another quick doodle I've made earlier this month.

I wanted to create a MOC out of a combination of Bionicle and CCBS parts, and after one afternoon I managed
to come up with this. I think that both Bionicle and CCBS pulls out the best of its system when you combine them together.

The inspiration came from the character ArcBeetle, if you guys might know the late nineties anime Medabots.
I really love the way how ArcBeetle has the two horns directing forward in a dramatic proportion - which is
used for his signature move called The Prominence.

There's plenty of articulation around the model. The legs and arms use the standard CCBS combination to allow
to form knees. While the legs are covered with your basic CCBS panels, the upper arms are connected to one double cannon each, that are fixated in a 90 degrees angle.

The head can also tilt up. In case you didn't notice yet, the visor of this model is made from a default socket connector in Trans-Medium Blue.

In the stomach of the model, there's two smaller cannons which can be rotated up and down.
The two similar sized cannons below the shoulders that extend all the way to the back are fixated and can't rotate,
by the way.

I wanted to have the model as sturdy as I could build it - and it's hard to accidently break the model because
I've managed to use some friction techniques I've been using in my Hailfire Droid to keep it from falling apart when
it's driving. The Pridak foot piece that is mounted on the head won't budge easy, to prevent the head from falling apart when you pose it (because you would often grab that foot piece to turn around the head).

One thing that I wanted to do right in this model was having the Hero Factory hand piece in combination with
an arm cannon. First I've tried to have cannon arms without hands, but I didn't feel statisfied with the looks in combination with the rest of the model. Eventually I found a way to use those older Bionicle feet to build
those cannons - a method I've actually done in the past a lot as well!

Fun fact: this isn't the first version of this particular design. A few weeks earlier during September, I tried to shape something similar with the use of a small CCBS standard body. However, I had some issues with scaling the character's proportion, so I ended up redesigning it from scratch.

That's it for today! I'll see you guys next post.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

[Lego] #8939 Lesovikk GET!

Whoohoo! Just got this goody from the mail. It's a sealed box of one of the more rare Bionicle sets from LEGO®; Lesovikk from 2007. Another one to tick off my never-ending Wanted List!

Man, this is actually a tough one to get, especially in a sealed box. Not "tough" as in "overpriced", because that wouldn't be an issue for me. But "tough" as in: it's a tough one to find for sale compared to the usual amounts of a set when you browse the internet for one.

Some people may ask why I get sealed boxes... it's especially because of the condition I want a set to be in.
Bionicle sets starting from the Mahri Nui series until the end of the original Bionicle line (approx. between 2007 to 2010) are infamous for having issues with lime-based ball joint pieces and other uncommon colours to crack.
Next to that, sets starting from Metru Nui (approx. 2004) are known to get bite marks on specific parts easy.

So yeah, purely just to get a mint set (or close to new), I have to base on the set's inventory if I either go sealed box or used - which often ends up in going sealed. For me the box doesn't have to be in crisp condition.
I'm totally fine with shelf wear, as long as the box itself is sealed so the bagged parts inside get minimal wear from different environments.

Word of advice: getting an used set from an "adult collector" doesn't have to say everything by the way...
It's a mistake I've made several times before. Ah well, you pay for the condition isn't it?

That's it for today! I'll see you guys again next post.

Monday, October 5, 2015

[YT] 5.000, 500.000, 5.000.000!

Sup guys! Just another recurring milestone update for the ones who are interested.

Straight off the bat, Mario Party 7 - All Mini-Games, has hit 5.000.000 views
a few days ago. This video has been published on the 26st of March, 2013.

It was the third Single-Part-Video to be released that was longer than an hour,
and as many recurring readers know - the most viewed video on our channel to date.

The second video in our milestone update is the Kirby's Return to Dreamland - All Mini/Main/EX Bosses. This video has been published on the 28th of November, 2014. It's the second video of our channel to have reached 500.000 views within a year, next to Mario Party 7.

It was also the third Single-Part-Video to be near to three hours or longer.

Perhaps a bit of underwhelming achievement compared to the previous two
in this post, but Pokémon Battle Revolution - All Masters Battles [HeartGold]
has reached 5.000 views.

One of the main reasons to share this milestone is because this video is actually one of the top 10 videos who gains the most views a month; standing close to [Walkthrough] - Croc 2 - Part #1 -- CROC TO THE RESCUE.

And the fact that I still can be proud of a total of 5.000 and a growth for this fellow of 2.000 views a month! Speaking of another fellow with a similar growth...

Luxatus Patella's first part of his Croc 2 Walkthrough is close to hitting 50.000 views at the end of this year! It would be great to see it reaching that number - I'm looking forward to it!

Lux's Croc 2 Walkthrough is one of the most important walkthroughs on our channel - not only was this part of his major comeback, but the game itself has a lot of value to him. It's also the second most viewed walkthrough from Lux, only being surpassed by his original Tarzan Action Game Walkthrough.


That's it for now. I'll see you guys again next post!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

[YT] Second uploading maintenance (1st of October, 2015)

Pretty much, by just reading the title - you've guessed it right. After three weeks of processing,
Youtube's programming decided to automatically reject our previous attempt to upload.

This actually happened yesterday, but I decided to keep that day for only publishing my 8th anniversary of playing MapleStory Europe - and because I've had to contact Youtube Support through e-mail (so I had to wait for a reply first), I couldn't make a "final" decision of my next move yet.

I've shared the issue of this upload with Youtube Support formally - giving examples that the past few Single-Part-Videos have gone pretty much with barely any issues - and that processing for this situation took over 3 weeks,
which seems odd - which eventually resulted this video failing to process.
I've received a reply from Youtube earlier this morning.

Their reply described what may happen during processing, and that in this case, it could've been either
an issue of a processing delay from their side (and that delay went banana's in length so their automatic server-cleaning-up kicked in without them actually wanting it to happen) or just a transient issue - either of which,
they're sorry for the inconvenience and request me to try reuploading.

Which I of course will, because the last thing I want to do now is to give up on this project after all the effort I've done. Well, for my frequent readers, that's not a surprise isn't it? I'm pretty sure some of you also want to see this video online as much as I do!

I'll start a new upload much later tonight - I'll keep you guys up to date. I'll probably avoid writing another blogpost to avoid spamming on my own blog (and your subscription feeds, 'cuz RSS is OP). Instead, I'll edit this post somewhere later. Just check tomorrow or something I'd say.

EDIT: We've started uploading again since the evening of October 1st, 2015. If there's any change to the upload, we'll mention it here.

See you guys again next post!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

[EMS] 8 Years!


Today is the 30th of September once again. This means I've played another year of EMS on Rayque;
a total of eight years!

As mentioned on various locations where I share about my EMS "career", I've been playing on my Hero
since the 30th of September in 2007. I have yet to quit, I haven't made another main.
It's really the first character I've started with and the very one I still play today.

I'm glad to see that every year there's still plenty of things to look forward, and that there's always something
where I can improve on, or some ongoing chapter that has yet to be closed.
Eight years non-stop is nothing to sneeze at... To 9 years and beyond I'd say!

That's it for today. I'll see you guys again next post!