So Lego mini fig customization is pretty new to me, prior to this I was a competition winner with various Warhammer custom projects, which involved a lot of painting, sculpting and planning.
My Idea is to create a usable custom mini fig vignette which doubles as a custom minifig chess set. The planned theme for this custom minifig diorama, is the British Army in parade uniform and combat fatigues, the chessboard would also be made of lego, with black square being green and white squares being brown. Layers would be created to give the custom Lego minifig chessboard some depth making it look like terrain whilst still allowing the chess set to be playable.
The chess pieces would naturally be made by custom designed Lego minifigs with BrickArm weapons. These custom minifigs would have accessories and decals to make them fit in with the respective colours of each theme. Each type of minifig would represent a particular part of the British Army, these are as follows:
Pawns would be infantry- Gurkhas minifigs to be specific
Castles would be Para minifigs
Horses – sniper minifigs
Bishops – RPGÂ minifigs
Queen – SASÂ minifig
King – General minifig
all the pawns would be infantry- Guards minifigs
the castles would be artillary minifigs
horses – cavalry – blues and royals minifigs
bishops – Drum major minifigs
Queen – spy (james bond?) minifigs
King – General
Posted in Custom MiniFigs
Tagged Accessories, British Army, chess pieces, chess set, chessboard, combat fatigues, Decals, diorama, parade uniform, vignette, warhammer
There’s been quite a lot of discussion on how to make bullpup designed rifles for custom Lego minifigs. Essentially a bull pup designed rifle have the magazine behind the shooters firing hand rather than at the from, and example with be the FAMAS or SA80A2. Now the problem with this weapon design as opposed to, lets say the M16 for example, is when converted to Lego form, the arms of a Lego Minifig mean that there is an innate difficultly presented by the bull pup design, cheifly because the Lego minifig arm simply wouldn’t allow for a weapon butt.
Now the thing is for my custom minifig project, I want a bullpup weapon, so I’ve thought a (at the moment) theoretical way to get around this. rather than having a formal handle the custom Lego weapon will have a clip of some sort that goes round what would essentially be the Lego minifigs thumb. this would shift a large part of the bullpup weapon to one side which would then allow for a better positioning to allow for the larger butt of the weapon, if more space were needed, then one could carve out part of the minifig weapon so that it fit snugly to accommodate the thickness of the minifigs arm.
There are some short comings to this custom minifig weapon design however, for one, the Lego minifigs arm wouldn’t be able to move, it would have to be straight out in front of the minifig when holding the weapon, so not very good for vignettes. The other glaring challenge is that the custom minifig bull pup weapon will not be a totally genuine replica, for one there wouldn’t be a handle, but a hand-clip, for another there would be a part carved out to accommodate the mini fig arm. But overall, I suspect this is about as close as we can get to a custom minifig Bullpup weapon variant.
Here is a rough computer sketch of how it might work, notice the hand clip
Tagged arm, bullpup, custom, FAMAS, fig, gun, Lego, m16, mini, replica, rifle, sa80a2, vignettes, weapon
– Custom MiniFig says ‘Good!’
BrickArms are one of the most popular online custom minifig accessory manufacturers online, they specialize in producing (relatively) realistic looking military weapons for Lego minifigs and are a pride of place for many minifig collectors due, not least to their high quality finish and strong sense of design. They partnered up with Minifigforlife who are responsible for their UK distribution and marketing.
BrickArms was the brain child of Will Chapman from Richmond WA, and since 2006 has produced a range of over 31 highly collectible weapons, made from ABS plastic, the same type of plastic Lego use. More recently BrickArms caught the attention of the UK media when one of the (small collection of) complete Lego Mini Figures they produced was ‘picked on’ by a reporter from The Sun who clamed the offending Lego minifig named BrickArms Bandit – Mr. White was ‘Osama Bin Lego’, if anything however, the press who clearly didn’t have much to write about that day, actually boosted the sales for BrickArms as their forum suggest, and since the release of this press BrickArms have been so inundated with orders that they had to close shop early for christmas just so they could catch up on orders of various minifigs and minifig weapons.
Here’s a pick of the custom minifig:
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Tagged bandit, brick arms, custom, fig, figure, forum, Lego, mini, minifigforlife, mr white, osama bin lego, the sun
Customizing Mini figures doesn’t need to be complex, it can be as simple and changing the head of a Lego minifig, however to create some of the real master pieces, you’ll want to get properly tooled up.
The basics are-
- smooth grade sand paper
- sharp scalpel and cutting mat
- Milliput (white)
- Super glue
- plastic cement glue
- spare Lego Bits
- metal ruler
- spare loose wire
- small hand drill (micro drills)
- Dentists tools
- acrylic or oil based model paints
- super thin paint brushes
- plastic card
- super small rubber bands
- Kneadatite -epoxy putty
As you can see making more complex mini figures is no small feat it takes a lot more effort and is akin to building full blown models, there are elements of sculpting and painting that are involved and you’ll need a lot of patience, but if you’ve got the mind to persevere, you can create such wonders and these Gears of war Lego minifigs created by Hong Kong Based Hazel, one of the top Lego minifig customizers.
(minifigs by Hazel)
Lego Minifigs are made of 6 parts, the head, arms, hands, torso, hips and legs, allowing for several points of movement, the head, arms, hands and feet all move. The Arms and legs are further divided into right and left sides.
Since the inception of Lego Minifigs, there have been some further variations to this basic Lego minifig design. Most notably in the legs and hips, you can find variations with springs in the feet (from the basket ball series) and ones with magnets (from the movie series). Additionally women with skirts were commonly illustrated in mini fig for by using a 3x1x4 vertical column with an angled side. Additionally a pair of squat legs was designed for shorter Lego minifigs such as yoda, these however don’t allow for any leg movement at all.
Accessories, decals and head gear are also additional elements which make up the standard Lego minifig. Accessories can take the form of objects that fit into the mini figs hand, as well as items that sit on the head plug (such as back packs or capes), or fabric items such as gun holsters and robes. decals are the design element and one of the key ways to distinguish the sex of the Lego minifig, typically decals are found on the front and back of the torso, this along with the decals that go on the face form the basic ways in which a Lego minifigs personality and uniqueness come out. within Custom mini fig circles there have even been decals that go on the hands and arms that have been created.
In addition to these foundations Lego have also produced additional role specific Lego elements such as the ghost and skeleton as well as various other alien elements, and whilst these can be considered minifigs in the broadest sense their use within mini fig customization, at least for the moment seems limited.
Essentially by using these elements you can create totally customized minifigs that reflect a whole range of personalities. Below is a montage of some great examples of customized minifigs.