Friday Night Fights [Round 42]

Welcome back fight fans, to Sin City Nevada for another Haishu Uchi edition of Friday Night Fights! This week’s bout is the battle of Order Lepidoptra, with access to several well stocked walk-in closets and immunity to bug-lights on the line. Without further preamble, let’s go to the tale of the tape.

Fighting out of the red corner, from Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, it’s Stephen “The JuggernautJuby and his “Atlas moth (Attacus atlas)

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And fighting out of the blue corner, from the mean streets of Kurashiki-city, it’s Mitsuru “The Big NastyNikaido and his “Mecha-Moth“.

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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 a self-selected battle battle of the St. Astrid’s Fall, with heavy reinforcements and the blessings of the God Emperor on the line.  In the end, Faber “The Magistrate of MayhemMandragore and his “Blood Angels Captain In Terminator Armour” narrowly eliminated Marco “Mad DogMarozzi and his “Crusader“ to the tune of 9-6.  Mr. Mandragore scores his first victory (1-0) while Mr. Marozzi runs his record to (0-1).

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12 thoughts on “Friday Night Fights [Round 42]

  1. I have to go with Juby on this one. Nikaido’s moth has some clever parts usage and great-looking antennae, but the brick-built patterns on the wings of Juby’s moth (which obviously include some tricky SNOT work) tip the scales for me.

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  2. I like the look of Nikaido’s better and using those sails for wings is pretty clever, but the building skills used for Juby’s moth is much more impressive to me, to get the shaping on the wings. I’m going to have to vote for Juby.

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  3. Juby Atlas Moth all the way! The colors are absolutely perfect, just look up images of the critter. The techniques are crazy and subtle as some of the SNOT work seems impossible in a single layer. The sails for wings is clever but ultimately boring and lazy in comparison. And the Mecha Moth proportions aren’t working for me, just isn’t like the big fuckers we get flitting about my neck of the woods.

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  4. This is a tough one for me, because it straddles one of the great schisms of LEGO building philosophy that I personally struggle with: utilize the one perfectly shaped NPU part vs. building something up with a ton of smaller parts. Per rowntRee, “The sails for wings is clever but ultimately boring and lazy in comparison”… I hear something like this echoing in the back of my head every time I utilize a Bionicle/Hero Factory/Technic panel in a build. The built-up SNOT work is always going to be the more impressive achievement… and back on the other hand, that one perfect part is just screaming at you to be used (and yet perceived to be lazy)… I have actually built a SNOT-y butterfly myself, and appreciate the achievement… as tempting as it is to select it, that would be a vote against my true self. I am choosing the Mikado… I mean Nikaido.

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    1. Lazy little maids from school are we.
      Pert as a builder we can be.
      Filled to the brim with NPU glee.
      Boring little maids from school.

      XDDD

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    2. It’s actually a familiar conundrum. NPU cries for all of us to in some light share. And it is all appreciated. But you bring up an interesting point; looking for that perfect part travels a razor’s edge of falling into using it just to use it. Most of the time in our case, we can call it “greeble” and walk away with a big explosion in slo-mo while we slide on some shades and Daltrey screams out, “Yeeeaaaaaaaahhhhhh!” And the sails here for me venture there, I like the shape and see how they can look moth-y. But in the end, they still say “Arctic” on them and I doubt that any entomologists have found that rare species. But then is the perfect part the one that cannot be used for anything but its original purpose but somehow is? Don’t mean to sideline the fight, but just posing the question of NPU for NPU’s sake instead of an intentional construct. I’m just curious how it matters to people and what it means to me as I see it. Is it really any factor worth noting or is it just a bit of cleverness that only those of us in the Lego language can understand? The inside wink, the finger slide along the nose, the secret handshake that just says, “Yup, we see ya.”

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  5. Nikaido. Nothing lazy about finding just the right part and integrating it properly. No question, there’s some complex snot going on in Juby’s build, but ultimately all that work pales against the 4 parts that achieve both the pattern and the much needed thinness. Not everything needs to be complicated.

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  6. Nikaido for me too. NPU discussions aside, I think Juby’s SNOT work, while efficient, looks fragile. especially where it’s attached to the body. Nikaido’s actually looks swooshable and that’s always a plus.

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  7. Nikaido’s stuff all looks the same to me, especially when it’s all laid out on a convention table. I get that it’s his thing and it’s a series and meant to be cohesive, but the style doesn’t do much for me. The greebly nature of the builds gives him license to grab any white or grey part that vaguely looks like the shape he wants and throw shaping to the wayside when it’s too difficult. I can never be sure if he’s marrying nature with technology or switching between them when one doesn’t work.

    Juby’s wings are low-res and chunky, but you can appreciate all the technique that went into making those patterns, much like a hand-woven rug. I vote Juby.

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    1. Thanks for mentioning that about Nikaido’s stuff. It’s something I was about to reply on my the other comment; You can’t just have one NPU and the rest of the build be a slap-dash “eh, it’s good enough because it’s grey”. The build definitely has its issues. I think the One-Piece-NPU vs built-up comes down to the rest of the build. Laziness is judged not exclusively by the NPU, but how lazy you were with the rest. Guilt by association.

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      1. I was always annoyed when I saw his models pop in my stream that they’re not straight up beast builds. Never thought of the mix as a cop out; but now that you mention it, I can see what you mean. By taking the mech route, the gaps and textures kind of fit, or at least aren’t really that much of a hindrance – on the other hand, on an organic build, they’d stand out heavily.

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  8. Nikaido. I have 8 of those types of sails and nothing to do with them. Anyone who can put them to good use is all right by my book. The moth’s antenna seen more accurate in his model.

    I do appreciate the brickbuilt wings in Juby’s version, but the trade off is that they’re way too thick for the size of the critter. Sometimes aesthetics and proportionality are more important than accuracy.

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