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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 11:58 pm    Post subject: SteamWars Contest: Discussion Thread Reply with quote

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I've rolled the discussion into it's own thread, so keep the comments here.
Only submissions in the other thread.
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Wow! Why didn't I think of this??

I'll see what I can do.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2008 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Because you're not awesome, like us, of course. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DonSolo you have done it again, brilliant! I may enter with a nice little TIE fighter....

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to clarify, make a plausible real life vechicle that hints toward it's star wars origins? Just want to make sure before I build. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steam punk is a style of building that makes it look like a new version of old steam powered vehicles such as cars or trains. Here are a few good ones:blimp, steamdart, and big flying thing. So do you see? There is a lot of usage of pipes and propellers, there is usually a boiler, or smokestack of some sort, and most have come to associate the color brown with it.

Hope I helped.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Um... not really strwrs429. Steampunk isn't necessarily plausible, but rather theoretical. It's an imagined reality where typically Victorian and early wester era technology has advanced far beyond it's known capabilities, and vehicles are powered solely by steam via pistons, propellers, visible gears and all that exciting stuff. As an example, here are a few choice samples of Star Wars Steampunk concept art images I've found online for you real quick... a funky Tie-plane, this crazy Jules Verne looking Deathstar, these airship star destroyers... it's all open to interpretation. It should look sort of functional, but that's not the point. There are lost of good non-Star Wars steampunk MOCs on brickshelf and flickr - browse around for some inspiration.

And while this wouldn't really apply to the contest as it's just a character, it's the first thing in my mind from Star Wars I wanted to see steampunkified...


edit to add: that "big flying thing" Emp posted would be close enough to a Y-Wing to be an entry, had it not been an existing MOC. Sure, it could be more steampunky and more Star Warsy, but again - it's all up to your take on the style.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Emperor wrote:
big flying thing


Obviously a Y-Wing Razz
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 1:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now this is a contest I can get excited for! I haven't done steampunk in a while, and I still have a week and a half of nothing to do! Hopefully I can come up with something.

Oh, and Emperor, thanks for using my Steamdart, and Iron Goose as examples of Steampunk Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome, I look forward to your entry then Turk seeing what you've already done in the style (I didn't know that Goose was yours). Guys, if you're still not sure what to do, as him! He's got it pretty pinned down judging by those examples. Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 1:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Turkguy19 wrote:

Oh, and Emperor, thanks for using my Steamdart, and Iron Goose as examples of Steampunk Wink


Well your the first who came up on Bshelf that looked good, I am happy to see that you are entering, your other steampunks are phenominal!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another great one from brickshelf that would almost make for a entry had it been scaled different is this Spider Walker, which seems like a nice interpretation of an ATTE. Walkers have a lot of potential in the steampunk genre... this seems like it had a bit of inspiration from the ATST and this could have spouted from the Clone Scout Walker.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 1:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

QUESTION: What's "steampunk stlye?" Wink

I hate to be a pedant, but it's in the freakin' subtitle you slacker. Razz
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 1:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stop the presses... Don can't tpye?! Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 2:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DonSolo wrote:
And while this wouldn't really apply to the contest as it's just a character, it's the first thing in my mind from Star Wars I wanted to see steampunkified...


Why am I not surprised? Wink

Anyway, great idea Don and dW! I hope I can find time to make something for this contest.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 3:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This seems to be a cool contest.

Too bad I don't own any propellers. That sets some limitations.. Razz
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 3:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now this is a fantastic idea for a contest. I normally don't do contests but I might give this a shot (in between my other projects). Don and dW are totally boobs. Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 4:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A really good idea for a contest! Now let's think of a verhicle...
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 4:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Galagoo wrote:
Too bad I don't own any propellers. That sets some limitations.. Razz
This is LEGO man, you don't need to stick to prefabbed parts just because they're there... here's one very nice solution to your problem.

Also, here are some more existing MOCs that have a slightly Star Wars tinge to their dazzling the steampunk veneer... Greivous's wheel bike anyone? I'd love to see someone come up with a steampunk version of the General and a nice ride for him. Also, this is another one of my favorite steampunky walkers out there that hearkens back to the Clone Scout Walker set.

Other ideas that pop into my mind that I'd like to see someone tackle are podracers and landspeeders. I think Ties in general will be hard to pull off, so would large ships like the Falcon or the Blockade Runner. One thing to keep in mind is the whole "minifig/system scale" size is relative... take a look at the official sets to see what I mean. So try not to let that aspect limit you too much, just don't be absurd making a on manned ATAT or anything.

There's just so much potential with this crossover it's mind boggling. I know we'll see some impressive things pop up. Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 4:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And could anyone gve me a list with what a steampunk verhicle should have? like a boiler etc. Thanks in advance. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 4:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DonSolo wrote:
And while this wouldn't really apply to the contest as it's just a character, it's the first thing in my mind from Star Wars I wanted to see steampunkified...

Very nice indeed!

Would one be able to obtain instructions for said work of steampunkery roboticness?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, Steampunk isn't exactly my specialty but I'll try to cook something up. A Steampunk-ified A-Wing perhaps?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are no set things that a Steampunk vehicle should have, it's much more like a genre of ideas. Like Don mentioned earlier, anytime you see something Jules Verne, you're seeing the very origin of Steampunk.

While it is simply a loathsome movie, a great example of Steampunk style would be the movie Wild Wild West. The only thing it got right was the idea of Steampunk. Beyond that... go take a dive through Wikipedia or Google, it has all kinds of ideas.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dWhisper wrote:
While it is simply a loathsome movie, a great example of Steampunk style would be the movie Wild Wild West. The only thing it got right was the idea of Steampunk.

Be less loathsome and stick to the TV series to WWW or in a pinch, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who's judging?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ed, it's gonna be a poll. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, it's two-stepped for judging. The evil MODs (and perhaps some other members of the staff, after we Evil® them up a bit) will narrow down the field and then post a field. It's the second section in the initial post.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For those of you looking for more source material checkout:

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Wild Wild West
The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne (TV)
Back to the Future Part III
Serenity (TV series was Firefly)
Atlantis - The Lost Empire
The Time Machine
Van Helsing

And the list goes on in my head. Also use that thing Al Gore invented... the internet (Ok, that's a joke for those of you that didn't know). For those of you that think that this idea new and amazing let me enlighten you.

ericpoulton.blogspot.com — "I decided I wanted to reimagine the Star Wars universe in a steampunk context. I know, whenever anyone reimagines anything, they either make it a) adult and edgy (99%) or b) steampunk (1%), so I'm not getting any originality points, but it's still a pretty exciting idea for me."

That was posted in early 2007. Sorry Don does not have a monopoly on genius. Applying it to a lego contest is a start.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Count me in! Very Happy
I love steampunk. you might even see some... froggy features Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dWhisper wrote:
Actually, it's two-stepped for judging.


Oops, sorry. I assumed that it was a joke...
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm I might try a tri fighter.
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