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.