The Life Modular, with Huib Versteeg

In today’s installment of The Life Modular, we will be investigating a modular turret system developed by Dutchman Huib Verteeg, who you may remember from such famous models as: HA-1 field recycler, Restituens, and Obnoxiously Yellow Landship.  In 2014 the builder experimented all too briefly with a generic turret platform designed for a Sci-Fi setting.  I stumbled upon these when searching for something else entirely on Flickr and I dig them so much that I want to share them with you, constant reader.  Huib only built two modules to go with his platform but both of them kick substantial ass. Of course, this is the Manifesto so I’ve found something to complain about, in this case it’s the 1×1 clip on the single-barrel gun.  It looks like the clip it would get blown off the first time the gun fired, it makes my brain itch every time I look at it.  That’s as bad as it gets though, I’m quite taken with the design.  Sure, I would make changes to fit my complex lifestyle, but these things make me want to build turrets!  I can envision them looking great in a number of contexts: on boats, flatbed train cars, truck beds, space stations, being assembled by a crew of minifigs…the list goes on and on.  It also occurs to me that they would make great artillery pieces for table-top Lego games like Mobile Frame Zero.

The models were inspired by the concept art of SC4V3NG3R, whose impressive catalogue of images can be seen at Deviant Art.  The weapon systems look like units from a computer strategy game that I’d love to play.  After checking out the source material, I was suddenly disappointed that Mr. Versteeg stopped with just two variants.  Given his considerable skill, I would love to see his take on the Hive or the Missile modules.  I also appreciate his decision not to build precise copies SC4V3NG3R’s designs because there are elements of Huib’s work that I actually prefer, like the black steering wheel, the gray details on the sides and the 2×2 round tiles.  The round tiles suggest that there might be wheels behind them, to aid in moving the platform into place, which is kind of cool.  The only thing I like better about the source material is the color scheme, I happen to prefer orange and dark gray to yellow and light gray.  The designs are so strong though, they would probably look good in any decent color scheme.  Mostly what I want to see is more of these things, they rock and so does Mr. Verteeg, whose name is fun to say out loud.


I also want to take moment to praise the builder’s visual effects. I prefer that kind of subtle lighting effect that doesn’t obscure the parts or look too unnatural when used on Lego.  It’s just the right amount of effect in proportion to the rest of the model.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our examination of the Life Modular, with Huib Versteeg, tune in again next time, when we will examine the work of a modular castle builder.

12 thoughts on “The Life Modular, with Huib Versteeg

  1. Very nice indeed. The was a competition a while ago on a concept art site (can’t recall which) centered on designing an auto turret that folds up into a box. The boxes would be parachuted in and once landed would unfurl into a turret. Seems like the concept would translate well into Lego. BOOOAAAATTS!


    1. That concept sounds completely rad and would probably make for a great Lego building challenge. BOOOAAAATTS indeed, we need more sci-fi boats, there is simply no question about it.


  2. Well, this is quite a nice surprise. I’ve been reading some of the posts on here since the one about your legoratory, but didn’t expect to find some of my stuff here. I just tried taking the itchy clip off, which does actually improve the overall look. For some reason I always thought of the color in the artwork as yellow, though it does look a lot more like orange now that you mention it. I probably wouldn’t have enough orange pieces to make it work regardless. Also, even though my name in the title is correct, you seem to have omitted an s from my last name in some subsequent places. (it’s a Dutch name, which might make the pronunciation slightly more fun)
    Also, I thought I had linked the artwork, but I can’t seem to find any mention of it near my photos, where did you find a reference to it?


    1. Huib! Welcome to the Manifesto, I always consider it a small victory when the subject of a post manages to wander over here to leave a comment. I’ve been a fan of your work for a while and it’s great to hear a new voice around here, Rutherford and Rountree are always sucking the air out of the room. I hope you stick around and comment if you’re motivated to do so. My apologies for dropping the ‘S’ in a few spots, I’ll make the appropriate changes when I’m done with this comment. You’re right, the correct pronunciation of your name is even more fun to say out loud.

      You did indeed link to the source-art on this photo, through one of the notes on this picture. Hurray for the return of notes or I never would have found it.

      So…Huib…any chance you’d be willing to take a shot at the Hive module?


      1. Thanks for the kind words, it means a lot coming from someone who was already making awesome dio’s and ships before I was even making stuff like this.
        I’ll give the hive a shot when I have some time at hand, though that plasma charge also looks appealing to build. (maybe both, no promises)


      2. Plasma charge? Oh, yes please. ON A BOAT!

        I love these modular little bits o’ death. I do have to agree about the color scheme, although the yellow and black do in some way relieve the wearer of said color scheme of any wrongful death or mutilation as a result of not heeding said yellow and black warning color scheme. Kind of handy in any weapon platform if you think about it. The light grey is almost a background color. I love the limited palette and the colors actually work quite well in spite of being easily spotted on any front. “Where is that flak coming from!! Oh wait, never mind, I see it. Focus all firepower on that big yellow thing hiding poorly in the treeline!”

        I like how these things are like a precursor to all the tachikoma/walking tank things of late. Sort of got plopped down or rolled in, did some damage, then got hauled out. Well, hauled out if they didn’t get destroyed because they couldn’t hide for shit in the damn treeline.

        Fun stuff, good find!


      3. Good call on the flattened tachikoma comparison, it does look like it might pop-up and roll off to go protect a little girl assassin in a catholic school dress.


  3. Huib, these are a delight! Very cruel looking weapons, and very well photographed. I know they were not built for vessels, but as Keith mentioned, they would look absolutely excellent as deck guns on boats! You have captured a lot of visual impact in very small builds. Again, these are great!



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