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Arkham Asylum MOC - I need your help.
I have recently embarked on a rather ambitious project which involves constructing a Minifigure scale version of Arkham Asylum. I am hoping to base my interpretation of this fantastic building on the Batman: Arkham Asylum video game which some among you may be familiar with.
I have however hit upon a snag which you might be able to help me with. Having worked out how to configure the Asylum itself and the sheer cliffs surrounding it which form Arkham Island, and worked out what parts in what volumes I will need, I am left with just one problem. That problem is how to create the wrought iron sign which looms over the main gate which reads 'ARKHAM ASYLUM' or more simply 'ARKHAM' depending on which version you look at. It is a mainstay of all the various Arkham Asylum incarnations over the years so I really want to include it on my model, but despite an exhaustive search I have found no Lego versions of the sign which achieve what I am looking for.
Here are a couple of images of the ironwork from various sources: http://anastasiacatris.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/batman-arkham-asylum-gate.jpghttp://www.wackyowl.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/1-arkham-asylum.jpg
Any suggestions on how I might go about recreating this iconic feature in Lego would be much appreciated. If it is indeed possible that is.
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The easy way is to take a lego hose and cut and glue it into letters, but I guess that is out of the question.
Most of the MOCs I can find online just settled for the sticker approach.
@iccarus - I would like to keep the height of the lettering less than 5cm if possible, but I will have a play around with parts and see what sort of size is perhaps achievable.
If you go for just two tubes so forming a simple arc, you might still need to cut the tubes to length, so they can be inserted into holes to attach them to the top of the gate. I guess it depends which length tubes you have got available.
The angle would be good for the As and M. Then you could use skeleton arms, robot hands an unattached minifig hands where you need them
You could build it with straight hoses at the top and bottom and then try to bend them to see whether it still looks okay. Or using the curve might make the angles that come with the minifig hands more appropriate.
I'd definitely only do the ARKHAM.
Those minifig hands are tough to get in hoses- you'll need pliers and be ready for hurting fingers.
I've used a bent skeleton arm for the cross bar on the A, but you could easily use robot hands/minifig hands (which are by construction at the right angle).
This technique would work for the angled bit of the letters: uprights on the As, M, legs on the K and R. You'd need something different for the uprights on the K and R, and heaven knows what for the curve on the R.
The problem with mixing tubes and rods with robot arms for the letters is that the former have a round cross section and the latter have a square cross section, and it looks a little odd when put together.
It would probably be OK with a horizontal grip skeleton arm 93609, but you would need it in black. Yeah, it avoids the curvy S.
It may be that you can heat a tube and deform it and let it cool for things like the R. I haven't tried it, but it might work. Again, not very lego-like, but for a one-off and a cheap piece, it might be worth a try.
I've been the same with tubes/hoses.
My feeling is that you get a load of the kind of pieces that clip on - skeleton arms, minfig hands, robot hands, maybe even skeleton legs, exoforce clips in black. Then get the top and bottom hose in place and experiment one letter at a time until you're happy.
I checked bricklink. It seems that skeletons come with both skeleton arms and mechanical ones. The mechanical ones are square cross section, some of the others have a round cross section.
Any other suggestions on what I could include in the design of the MOC as a whole are welcome, what do you imagine as being some of the main features of Arkham Asylum which I might incorporate?
If you are mixing the references a bit then I would start at the bottom and construct a basement and sewer network where Dr Crane can poor his drugs into referencing Batman Begins.
Cells obviously and various treatment rooms, Arkham has always been shown as 'old' and I am sure in some of the Grant Morison run in the comics there are electroshock rooms and sensory deprivation chambers (Wayne subjects himself to one of these willing in part of the story)
There would be staff facilities and specialist detainment rooms but I guess the big part will be the architecture.
Looking forward to this though. Keep the updates coming.
For the gate cut hoses seem a great solution. Im stealing that idea. You can buy them cheap too.
It will likely be some time before I get on to the asylum itself, but I will make sure to keep you posted when that starts.
@monkey_roo I completely agree. I would also suggest looking atthe haunted mansion as well. That is very similar.
I am looking to get my Arkham model to a similar scale as this recent model of the Batcave (my favourite Batman MOC): http://www.brothers-brick.com/2012/10/10/epic-lego-batcave-brings-batmans-secret-lair-to-life/. I decided that if Batman's base had such a fantastic model, I would try to equal that and build an equivalent home for the villains! I am actually hoping to draw up some detailed plans for my MOC tomorrow, so I will make sure to post an image if I have time.
@Redbullgivesuwind - I don't think posting frequent updates will be a problem, I will no doubt be eager to document my progress :) It sounds to me like blog is the way to go.
Any suggestions or advice on blogging from anybody else are welcome.
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I have just posted my fifth article and opened a poll on which style of Arkham is your favourite, all is going well so far I think. Nevertheless if anybody has any suggestions or advice on how to improve, any help is welcome.