to BRICK COMMANDER!
me, BattleTech always meant novels, tiny collectable miniatures
and computer games, based on a board game using robot designs
lifted from Japanese anime. It was a nice hobby to have, though
it never fully got me. Until summer '98, when the Mechcommander
PC-game hit the stores. What a great game! I played the demo on
a weekend and couldn't wait to buy it on Monday. Mechcommander
got me more involved with BattleTech, but the gap between BattleTech
and LEGO still remained to be closed.
first step was taken in early 1999, when stunning news intruded
my mostly Lego-free adult's life: The LEGO Group had signed a
merchandising contract with Lucasfilm. LEGO and Star Wars!
This had to be the coolest combination of two hobbies in human
history. When the sets came out I got them all. Not for messing
around, just for eyeballing and owning them. It definitely terminated
my "Dark Age", my life without LEGO. There it was again,
the seductive rattle of bricks in a box, known from childhood.
But this time the boxes were significantly larger and far more
numerous - there actually were really good sets to pick up, not
just some toys: models pleasing both adults and kids.
A few months later I discovered Ron Perovich's LEGO Mechwarrior-website.
And that was even better: LEGO and BattleTech! Incredible
LEGO-models of 'Mechs and great photography. Even building instructions!
Suddenly all kinds of LEGO-sets became desperately needed supplies
of spare parts for new 'Mechs. When the source of new models at
Ron's page dried out eventually, I started designing myself. My
first own 'Mech was the Shadow Cat, which came off much better
than I dared to anticipate - fortunately I seem to have some artistic
talent in this direction. April 2000 my website premiered, featuring
3D-renderings of Ron's models, as well as a couple of my own.
I went on designing models, and just never stopped. By keeping
up this building frenzy with an output of about four or five new
models each month, the website has grown to what you see now.
The fact that visitors enjoy my website as much as I do drives
me on coming up with more cool stuff over and over again. Enjoy!