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MCN Shield Design Contest 2by Redbean (MCN News)
Since our first MCN shield contest was such a great hit one year ago, MCN is proud to announce the 2nd MCN Shield Design Contest, which begins today!
The rules are as straightforward as last time around. Basically, all you have to do is to come up with a flat 2D design for the new Knight Shield (available here) by using this template. We are looking for designs that best epitomize originality while at the same time retaining a certain mercurial Lego-esque feel, with the eventual winner being determined by a panel or MCN mods. Grand prizes will be awarded!
Here are the rules:
1. Each person is allowed a maximum of 3 entries, each of which must be submitted via this form. (failure to observe this rule can result in disqualification in this contest).
2. The design must be applicable to the Knights Shield. Template can be found here.
3. The following entries are accepted: hand-painted, computer program-aided or hand-drawn and scanned.
4. Contest deadline is 15 October, 2006. Winners will be announced at the end of the month.
The Grand Winner will receive a special custom-made minifig, either designed by the winner himself/herself or by Redbean at the winner's request. This fig will be an absolutely unique sig-fig that will not available anywhere else (just like MicBean from the previous contest).
Two runner-ups will receive an actual Knights Shield printed (by water-slide decals) with their own winning designs. This is also a collector item that is not available anywhere else.
If you have any other questions regarding the details of the contest, please post them in this thread.
Ladies as Minifigsby Redbean (MCN News)
Because of the slight chubbiness (which we all find cute) of a minifig, making a custom female character with a 'figure' is usually much more challenging than doing a male one. Therefore, the latest section of my article on Conceptualising a Minifig deals with the elusive art of making a female figure:
Although, as is always the case, what is written is inevitably subjective and represents only my personal taste, beginners may nonetheless find it useful as a general guide to the thinking behind the process. The full article can be viewed here and comments and further questions are welcomed as always!
Recent Posts?by Ramus (MCN News)
Where is the "Recent Posts" Link?
No, you are not going insane. Please check out this forum topic:
MCNStore Update - Silver Items Now Availableby armothe (MCN News)
Silver is in this season!
As we continue to run out of dark-gray items we thought it would be a nice treat to forge some new weapons for all the warlords and warladies out there looking to equip their masses (okay, okay - maybe this was just an excuse for the artisans to play around with colors a bit). Never-the-less silver stockpiles have been uncovered and are shipping now through the MCNStore. We are quite pleased at how the silver turned out, but did notice that silver-flake tends to accentuate inherent flaws in the mold - more commonly known as "flashes". Still, we don't think you will be disappointed!
Front to Back: Laefburogh Sentry, Dougal Wolfbeard (w/ modified viking helm), Hoplite Hal, Warlord Gaelrath
Because we've finalized the transition from RedBean Studio to MCNStore you'll note that our stock of items has greatly increased. This has allowed us to reduce some prices on certain items. With Dark Gray quantities diminishing - now is the time to pick them up. Keep in mind that once an item (color) sells out, it is for all intents and purposes; discontinued.
We continue to work for a more customer-friendly shopping cart with the hopes of integrating it into the MCN community website. Please bear with us as this venture is fairly new and for now - remains purely a part-time hobby. Rest assured that most (99.9%) of the sales collected over the past three months we've been in business has and is currently going to the development of some new ground-breaking minifig accessories. Check back here for further monthly updates and announcements.
-The Artisans (RedBean, Armothe & Ramus)
Updateby Redbean (MCN News)
First of all, I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize for having been absent from this community for so long, as well as to assure those with a sensitive soul that I am indeed well and have no intention of forsaking the customization world in the foreseeable future.
The truth, however, is that I have been away for too long and I don't deny that... but at least I have good reasons for doing so. Firstly, my real life job had lately been taking a great toll on me, which unfortunately translates to having less time to spend online. Until this sorts itself out probably in two months or so, my presence will likely continue to be limited.
Secondly, and this may be good news to most of you, in order to provide better services in regards to the sales of my custom accessories, I have been working closely with armothe to relocate my distribution hub to the US. I am happy to annouce that Red Bean Studio has now finally and officially arrived in America. This means shipping rates will be much cheaper and US checks will be accepted from now on. The URL of the new shop is located here, but visiting us at the old address will re-direct you there also. Please continue to support us in the future.
So as you can see, my absence is not totally inexcusable. However, just to show that I haven't at all forsaked the art of customization, I have just uploaded my latest Sabertooth figure (with an all-new custom hairpiece) to show that I still enjoy doing what I do best. Comments, as usual, are welcomed.
And lastly, a big round of applaud should go to Ramus for updating our server and fixing the speed issue which had been troubling us for so long. Thank you for not forsaking us during that difficult period of time. As I understand, more changes (positive ones) are going to come for MCN in the future, I hope we will all stick around to enjoy the future of MCN as well as the art of customization.
See you all around!!
First Pic of Batman and Two-Faceby Redbean (MCN News)
The following picture was brought to us by onerois on the forum:
Please join us on our discussion of this set here.
2006 Lego Catelogueby Redbean (MCN News)
Clicking on the picture will bring you its full content, but sadly, Batman is still a CG.
Torsos and Arms and Legs Oh My...by Ramus (MCN News)
After much work and colaboration from some of MCN's finest customizers we are proud to present to you... MCN Template Central (The mysterious button on the left that has never worked)
Here you will find an ever growing database of templates available to download use for your designs. Browse the categories to find the right template for your project. Each template is free of charge and available for public download, all that is asked of you is that you give proper credit to the designers when you use them in your designs. They deserve it!
As with the other section releases, public submissions are not yet enabled. We are working on getting the system to that point. For now, browse & enjoy.
Minifig Accessories Section Open!by Ramus (MCN News)
The Minifig Accessories section is now open! Check it out.
Minifig Customs Section Open!by Ramus (MCN News)