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Questions to experienced builders.
I am hoping that some of the more experienced or well seasoned builders on this site will be able to point me in the right direction. I am trying to get more serious about my lego building and really do something I am passionate about. I, up until recently have been buying complete sets. While these are great, I would like to start being more creative and take on more of a challenge. I do have a few questions:
* Could you recommend a great starter set up or quantity of certain bricks I should accumulate before I really start designing and building?
* Is there any tutorial available on how to use the LDD program?
Any tips or tricks you have for a beginner like myself are also greatly appreciated.
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Creator sets are a good source of general bricks, also try searching ebay for "lego kg" or "lego lb" -depending where you are- and just start building up the numbers of bricks.
The problem that a lot of builders have is that they immediately want to build REALLY big REALLY fast. They want to build a huge castle, or a giant starship, or something else spectacularly large, without having a large collection to back it up. The result being that they don't put in nice detail work, and often put in things that they feel are "good enough", given their collection size. So my advice will be to build what you CAN build-- not necessarily what you WANT to build (until later).
As for what to buy, that depends on what you want to build. Do you like building landscapes? Buildings? Vehicles? Do you build SNOT? Studless? Organic? Once you figure out the types of things you like building, discovering which sets you should buy actually becomes a no-brainer. You'll just naturally gravitate towards particular themes and elements that look appealing.
Stock up on many discounted sets to fill your parts bin too.
and has loads of grey so is good if you want to build castles in particular, also star wars and general town stuff - basically anything with a lot of grey - which is the most useful colour to start with IMO.
It has lots of 'cheeses' - small triangular pieces which are great for finishing a model. search on bricklink.com to find out the pieces in each set, e.g.
Just do this for any set you see on offer and you'll start to get a picture of what you'll get from each.
I reckon you need at least at least 50000 pieces to build with, but you can cut this down considerably if you specialise in a particular theme.
More recently, I bought a few lots on eBay (assorted brown, tan, and dark red pieces), plus a Log Cabin, made a couple small Bricklink purchases, and filled a few PickaBrick cups at the Lego Store. I set up my own building spot away from the "family Legos" where the kids do all their stuff. I probably don't have any more than 3,000 or so pieces in "Dad's Legos," but I've made a little house and car, and part of a castle tower. Plus I've done a small schoolhouse in MLCad that I may get parts for after Christmas ... and the kids and I are making my wife a Lego jewelry box as a present.
I've found that there is a lot I can do with not too many pieces. I plan on expanding over time, and maybe someday I'll get around to building that giant cathedral.