Friday Night Fights [Round 26]

Welcome back fight fans, to Sin City Nevada for a very special Thanksgiving Day, pants-ripping edition of Friday Night Fights! This week’s bout is the battle of Black Friday, with door buster specials and access to leftover turkey sandwiches on the line.  Without further preamble, let’s go to the tale of the tape.

Fighting out of the red corner, from the high atop the walls of Jericho, it’s “The Gentleman” General JJ and his “Outbreak Chapter 16: Splitting Up”.


And fighting out of the blue corner, from inside the Atomium, it’s Gregory “The Belgian Bruiser” Coquelz and his “Brick Friday”.


As usual, constant reader, you are tasked with deciding the outcome of this pugilistic endeavor and determine who will receive a week’s worth of bragging rights.  Simply leave a comment below and vote for the model that best suits your individual taste. I will tally up the votes next Friday and declare a winner.

Last time, on Friday Night Fights….

It was the battle of the Victor Vipers, with control of the snake-pit and NoVVember bragging rights on the line.  In the end, Don “The DragonWilson and his “Devil’s Advocate“. edged out Andreas “Lionheart” Lenander and his “Dragonfly“. by a slim margin of 7-5.  Don Wilson scores his first victory (1-0) while Andreas Lenander runs his record to (0-1).


I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving, the Manifesto is certainly thankful for all of you constant readers, including those outside of North America where the holiday is celebrated.


15 thoughts on “Friday Night Fights [Round 26]

  1. Brick Friday would get my vote if it wasn’t for that ugly baseplate (love the dynamic shot and the logo), so I have to give my vote to Outbreak.


  2. Outbreak, easily. Those shopping carts are primo and the stores look exactly like any suburban, pancake design, shopping center nightmare that can be found in every damn corner of ‘Murica. If there was a Jamba Juice and a Starbucks in there, it’d be frightening on every level.


      1. Ha! I couldn’t see it in Black Friday and there it sits squarely in the middle. derp. I still vote Outbreak, that baseplate is too distracting.


  3. I like the dynamic feel of Brick Friday. Yes, the baseplate is an unfortunate choice, but the realism of the Walmart parking lot outweighs that for me.


  4. Really torn on this one. The only thing I can really point to that’s unfortunate about “Black Friday” is that baseplate. I think the buildings in each are about equally well-executed, though General JJ ran with a more interesting aesthetic with that late 2000’s faux brick facade. I have issues with “Outbreak” though because aside from the guys with the weapons, there really isn’t anything that would tip you off about the scene without reading a giant wall of text. “Black Friday,” on the other hand, “sells” a very obvious social commentary without needing to read as far as the title. The dutch angle is a nice touch as well. So in the end I’ll go with “Black Friday.”


  5. I like and dislike both of them. Even though the lighting and color is better in Outbreak, the focal blur annoys me. I guess I’m feeling more Black Friday than I actually did on Friday, so Coquelz gets my vote.


  6. Outbreak – for the parking lot striping, and for the fact that the figs are too lazy to put their shopping carts back in the “cart corral”. Realism at its finest…. for the W*M build, it’s not good when 1/3 of your photo is of a gray baseplate. Should have just used butcher paper instead.


  7. Gotta vote JJ on this one.

    Coquelz offering is visually powerful, but also seems to be a grab for some low hanging fruit. I mean, who isn’t up for zombie Santa in a parking lot? I also like how clearly he captures the notion of Wallmart with color and shape, while never actually spelling it out. Clear as can be, without being a brutal letter by recreation. It’s a skill I want to develop myself (caus I sure as hell can’t do it right now!).

    But JJ takes it today with that brick work and those burnt orange columns! Those colors and shapes draw me into a real shopping center parking lot so quickly that I was blown away by it. Just a quick glance at the image… the shapes, colors, and proportions… and I was recalling details from similar “instant architecture” from all over the commercial world.

    So while both builders nailed the imagery, the scales really tip towards JJ for me because he captured my attention with a completely mundane scene. No zombies, no giant robots, no catastrophe. Just a parking lot and shoppers… but very well executed. The cars, the shopping cart… all quite mundane, but all done with a real eye for detail and credibility.

    Good choice this week Keith, and as always, I hate you!


  8. Outbreak, hands down. Brick Friday has nice vending machines and a Redbox, but suffers from an uncovered baseplate and a patently obvious facade. Custom printed parts are a crutch for weak builds too, in general. Outbreak’s buildings are facades too but because of the backdrop or the fact they are further back helps them blend in better. Also, I see this strange type of neo eclectic architecture ( in new developments all over Phoenix and Tucson and it irritates me to no end. If a lego model can elicit any kind of emotion, it’s a winner.


    1. Neo eclectic? New styleless?! That’s what they call that shit officially now? jeezis. They need to call it what it really is. Bland that appeals to the elderly. Buick! That’s it, it’s Buick architecture.

      A fellow Arizonite, eh? My condolences. 😉


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