Saturday, July 1, 2017

LEGO tech Battletech with LEGO Constructs

This is me at work.  I am piloting a LEGO Giant Stompy Robot.  Built mostly of white common bricks and some cool add on weaponry I am entertaining a summer camp class of 15 boys 1 girl and three teenage paras that are assisting with the camp.

This afternoon's build objective was a giant stompy robot that would fight in the arena of doom using a controller built from a specific attributes set of bricks.

One of my teaching assistant's builds.  Kind of reminds me of a MadCat from battletech.


This delicate little model did some mean fighting but was constantly coming apart into bits when it was moved.

The controller was built from a panel piece with three green, three red, and three blue 2x2 bricks.  Green means Go and that was the move allowance brick.  Red means fire so that told how far  the robot could shoot in board map squares. Blue was used as armor and hand to hand stats for punching.

The squares on the map allowed for movement and measuring range to target.

My Samurai Robot being ambushed from the side.  You can also see my tiny recon drone tracked robot on the ground at my feet.

Thanks for looking in.  Leave a comment or question to encourage more LEGO tech!!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Collecting Toy Soldiers American History Summer Camp


I had a great week at Barstow Summer Camp with a group of kids that I got the opportunity to share the hobby of collecting toy soldiers.
This week long summer camp featured the American Civil War as our topic of discussion and gaming.  I used the BMC civil war plastic 54mm troops to explore the collection aspect of the hobby and to teach the kids to paint miniatures.

We set up a simple map campaign game.  Each student got to be an army commander.  I had 12 students during the week.


The campaign map.  Click to see a larger image.  I have used this map for three summers.

The battle of Quincy Crossing.  An encounter that occurred on the campaign map.


The miniatures started out as unpainted plastic obviously, but we explored the painting part of the hobby.  The students engaged in this at their discretion and some developed an interest in this part of the hobby.








At the end of the week we had a battle royale with all of the commanders take home army on the map.