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When people say that purist weapons are too big I laugh! (not really but you get the point) Have you ever taken a look at a minifigs head? It's as wide as his shoulders! Sorry for starting another topic but I couldn't find a place to fit it in!
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| January 12, 2011, 5:58 pm
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Minifigs in general are either too wide or too short. That's why it's not really practical to make accurately scaled "minifig scale" vehicles: if it's minifig scale, it's not going to be accurate to the original. Or it'll be too big. Either way.
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| January 12, 2011, 7:07 pm
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Minifigures are so bizarrely proportioned that you can get away with murder in regards to scale. Brickster, I would say that your minigun is just plain too big in any proportions, but frankly it looks cooler becuse of it.
I think my favorite scale is probably around two plates = one foot, but of course you can vary the scale quite a bit and still have things look natural, simply because minifigures have different scales across different parts of their bodies.
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| January 12, 2011, 7:11 pm
Quoting W. Mark
Minifigures are so bizarrely proportioned that you can get away with murder in regards to scale. Brickster, I would say that your minigun is just plain too big in any proportions, but frankly it looks cooler becuse of it.
I think my favorite scale is probably around two plates = one foot, but of course you can vary the scale quite a bit and still have things look natural, simply because minifigures have different scales across different parts of their bodies.

Honestly, I don't care about scale. I just build what looks best. Well, I do care about scale, but only when they're drastically different. People need to realize that its LEGO. A childrens toy. Not supposed to look real.
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| January 12, 2011, 7:24 pm
Quoting A Monkey
Not supposed to look real.

That's where rubber meets the road for some LEGO artists.
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| January 12, 2011, 7:46 pm
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Quoting Blake Baer
That's where rubber meets the road for some LEGO artists.

WE ARE ALL ARTIST

Really, you can't use the word "artist" in reference to Lego these days. Not after the clone kiddies decided that they were being "artistic" and "expressing themselves" and that the colours on the clone commanders are related to their maker's emotions at the time.
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| January 12, 2011, 7:55 pm
Quoting Blake Baer
That's where rubber meets the road for some LEGO artists.

I meant lego isn't supposed to look real. Its art, yeah, but simply the figure (as areesta said) make it impossible for a minifig "scale" model to be proportionate. Plus the great thing about lego is that you don't really have to worry about whether it makes sense or not.
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| January 12, 2011, 8:01 pm
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Quoting A Monkey
I meant lego isn't supposed to look real. Its art, yeah, but simply the figure (as areesta said) make it impossible for a minifig "scale" model to be proportionate. Plus the great thing about lego is that you don't really have to worry about whether it makes sense or not.

Well, many out there view LEGO as a medium for artwork, just like paint or marble or charcoal. Like any other art, it can come in a variety of forms, like abstract art (aka Conceptual Builds), impressionism (sci-fi and fantasy builds, primarily), and realism (car models, architecture, and other models of real stuff). So in some cases it's supposed to look real.

There are also people that view LEGO as a toy, and the builds aren't about looking a certain way but about behaving in a certain way. Rather than focus on looks, they focus on making things go "vroom" or "pow" or "swoosh!"

People that combine the two are, I think, the best builders. So in some cases LEGO building is about realism, but in others it's about going with your imagination and coming up with new things.
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| January 12, 2011, 8:21 pm
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