My BrickFair experience, featuring a travelling reliquary of Omicron MOCs.
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The HARDLUG BrickFair 2008 After Action Report.
B-Day plus 1. 1345hrs. Kassandra Rutherford has just completed setting up her MOC. It is a depiction of the original Jamestown colony as it looked in 1608. This is her first fest, yet she copes well with the combined effects of sleep deprivation, anxiety, and hunger. Moments after this photo was taken, she ate some crackers and proceeded to harass me for not being done with my own set up.
Historical accuracy is Kassy’s touch stone. Here we see John Reed, who according to historical records was the actual black smith during those first terrible years in Jamestown. The figure was supplied by world reknown Kenyan Olympic Women's Soccer coach Keith Goldman. Mr. Goldman had offered to perform a Chautauqua of Pocahontas in concert with the display, but Kassy was having none of that.
B-Day plus 2. Like me, my dio looks pretty rough from behind. If you had X-ray vision, you could see that my vertebrae have been replaced with Duplo bricks. It’s not as bad as people make it out to be though.
B Day plus 2. Gaze deeply into the eyes of terror! Valintina Neblet puts the Hard into Hardlug. She doesn’t know pain, or fear…she won’t give up…and she absolutely will not stop until you are dead! And she likes Town stuff…and she is actually a very nice person…and she can answer all your HARDLUG questions…and she is AN IRON MADEN!
B Day plus 2. Valentina rolls up on Kassy with the HARDLUG quality control officer. There were pointed questions, detailed photos, bright lights…it wasn’t pretty. Kassy dealt with it as well as any 10 year old could. As a result, she was allowed to live. It’s a very HARDLUG.
B Day plus 3. Drafting the agent car chase kit is conducted in the shadowy seclusion of a mezzanine. Rare metals mogul Derek Schin, is not seen here, in his man portable stealth system. To his left, Armor Tsar Carter Baldwin secures vital components. Next to him, some low guy with A Duplo spine waits expectantly for the promised free booze. Next to him, English Privateer, Sir Francis Drake throws a quizzical glance over the litigious cranium of DCs premier barrister, Dan Rubin. And of course, on the far left of the image, the perfectly tanned occipital lobe of Nick Kappatos.
B Day plus 3. HARDLUGs Team Cleland in their NXT bunker. This family arrived in strength and brought their A game. They did well, scoring two door prizes, and winning the chess tournament thereby capturing the massive Lego Chess Kit as the prize!
B Day plus 3. If you want to maintain control of the battle space, YOU WILL EAT AT YOUR POST! A professional outfit like BRICKARMS knows this. My son fell in love with Brickarms products at this event. I remain internally conflicted. The guns are impossibly cool. The quality and selection are dazzling. And yet…I can’t let go of the “Lego Pure” mentality. My son however, entertains no such doubts: “Brickarms rocks!”
B day plus 3. Peddlers proffer their goods to an insatiable public. Despite some new and interesting products, like on the spot brick engraving (seen in the lower right of this image) prices were sobering across the board. While AFOLS could find some rare items for princely sums, there were few bargains to be had. Further, the merchants were intermixed with the other fest participants on the main floor, resulting in unnecessary tumult during public days.
Team Rutherford is insufferably pleased with it’s accomplishments. Two members of the team are still high fiving each other every morning at breakfast. We are already planning another creative offensive for next years BrickFair . We hope to see you there. Attack!
My bro and sis are doing a unit on Jamestown and virginia (we just visited it, :)
and they built a fort model with popsicle sticks and twigs and a load and a half of paint....
They loved the one shown here!
Great to meet you at the 'Fair. Kassy's model was breathtaking and yours was so nicely detailed as well. SNOT trees... Mmmmmm.
We'll need to talk historical MOCs sometime soon; take Brickfair by force with Military History next year!
The purity bit needs to include your passionate speech from Sunday night comparing the contrasting opinions on Lego purity as espoused by the 2008 US presidential candidates. Probably the highlight of the weekend for me. It was either that or when I scored those two Lego minifig t-shirts on the last door prize drawing of the entire event...
I like it
Heather LEGO Girl
September 9, 2008
All I have to say is "you rock, Kassy. You rock." Oh, and how can you go through life with a name like Michael Rutherford and not get nicknamed Lumpy? Just a little Leave It To Beaver reference. Now just pack your swag and send it to me ASAP. ;) Keep It SNOTty Sir!
Rutherford! You Duplo spine man, and I thought we where going to get a full report! I mean, what happend to all the tragiclly overlooked MOCs? The Todd? THE TODD! The man who organized the whole geek show? The castle? Not the full report. Terrible Jokes aside, how did Cadem Towers make it back? Oh, a never gave a proper "thank you" for that classic spaceman. Sweet deal. However, I do want to see more action, like the Agents build off. However, thank you for the memories of a great time.
But Shannon, you don't know the POWER of the dark side! And speaking of sides, Michael...don't sweat the back side looking rough when the front is soooo sweet. (I'm refering to the MOC, of course.) And thanks for a bit of play by play from BrickFair. Always a treat to see the migrational herds whenever we gather at the major watering holes!
I hear you. As an avowed Lego purist, acceptance of Brickarms is the first step onto a slippery slope I don't care to slide down. And why do I have the sinking feeling that, not only could I not have built a fort that good when I was ten, I'd be hard pressed to equal it now? Go Kassy!