Another construction toy brand might have the Halo license, but that doesn’t stop LEGO fans from building characters, vehicles, and locations inspired by the venerable Xbox series from Bungie and Microsoft. We’ve taken a look at the top LEGO news stories of 2011, but The Brothers Brick is really about the great LEGO creations built by LEGO fans all over the world. Nick Jensen finished his most ambitious LEGO Halo project yet of building the Sniper Rifle System 99 Anti-Materiel (commonly known as the Halo sniper rifle) for his arsenal of brick-built Halo weapons. One of the first things I worried about when I decided on building the sniper rifle was the length. Tyler shows that you don’t need a pre-designed piece to build a Lego Halo Banshee in minifigure scale.
The armor comes in a sort of steel color that’s rather lovely, along with black that has a similar metallic sheen. One of the few areas in which BrickForge and BrickArms overlap is in items inspired (a safe assumption, I think) by the Halo universe, so minifig customizers have a bit more choice in this area. As fun as a couple squads of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers might be, I had the most fun putting together the Avengers — inspired by the blue helmet with an A and the big American shield that begged themselves to be equipped on a classic Captain America. The ODSTs and Avengers were distracting enough that I didn’t get a chance to do much with the test tubes, bottles, martini glasses, and other new glassware BrickForge has just released. Ben Caulkins (Benny Brickster) didn’t end his Halo building streak on the Master Chief suit, he continued to make the iconic Pelican dropship in minifigure scale. Ben Caulkins (Benny Brickster) built a life-sized costume of the Master Chief from Halo over the past six months.
Some of you may have noticed by now that over the past six months, I have constructed a full size Lego costume of the Master Chief from the Halo series. I put a surprising amount of thought into which part I would construct first, and I finally settled on the helmet because I thought that if I could do a convincing MOC of the Master Chief’s helmet, and be able to wear it, I could do the rest of the suit. So, I had at last finished the first part of my suit, and it managed to garner a lot of attention.
After the initial reaction died down and all the bloggers finally stopped, I got to work on the most time-consuming part of the project: the torso armor. I then managed to squeeze the belt in before Christmas break, but I still had a problem: how was I going to achieve the concave shape of the thighs and forearms?
I’m not entirely satisfied with the upper arms, as they appear a little small when compared to the Chief’s.
Afterwards I bought a pair of nice Master Chief looking gloves, glued some plates to them, and then built the thighs.
At this point the suit was getting pretty close to completion, although there were unexpected delays (Spring break, a small LEGO convention, me getting sick). It was the next week that the suit’s first trial came: the “LEGO fun at Lyndhurst” festival, a small local event organized by Arthur Gugick, which I have been attending for quite some time. I have to say finishing it was sort of anti-climactic, especially considering I had built the coolest part of the suit first, and was finishing with the feet.
Master Chief is neither the most interesting nor my favorite character from the Halo universe, but he is lucky to have the honor of being sculpted in LEGO by Jack Marquez (Ewok in Disguise). Though a bit foreshortened in this photo, the assault rifle is a nice build in its own right.
We’ve featured two Lego Halo grunts in the past, but this one by Nathaniel Shields is perhaps the most accurate.
Ben Caulkins (Benny Brickster) created a faithful rendition of a gray version of Master Chief’s helmet from Halo. The M6D Pistol is a favorite weapon of many Halo players back in the days of Halo: Combat Evolved.
The great thing about LEGO is once you have a decent amount of bricks you can start building anything from large MOCs to small mini builds. This LEGO Halo 4 Master Chief With Battle Rifle was commissioned for Solid Brix Studios by Tyler and looks amazing. The video shows a little bit more in detail the chaos that is the aftermath of a late night building spree. Check out Pelicans, Warthogs, the Master Chief, and more LEGO Halo weapons than you can shake your armored fist at right here on The Brothers Brick.

His latest LEGO Halo model is the M45 Tactical Shotgun, which took almost 2 months to make.
With lots of smooth faces and angles, Eric has done a great job at capturing the complicated angular hull shape of the original. Let’s take a look back at the ones that proved most popular over the course of the year. I asked the builder to share the process of making the SR99 from inspiration to the finished model.
Textures, environments, and character designs all impressed me, but as a LEGO gun builder, I was most impressed with the detail of all the guns. Neither color really matches typical colors available for minifig legs and torsos, but they combine reasonably well with neutral colors like bley and black. I like to mix and match custom parts from everybody, and I have to admit that I personally prefer the BrickArms versions of these sci-fi weapons (including the previously reviewed BrickArms minigun).
Briefly, they complement official LEGO items nicely, and I’m highly entertained by the idea of minifigs squaring off against each other in tiny bar fights with broken bottles. The challenging angles are one of the highlights of this model; you can explore more details in the gallery on Flickr. Those who have followed his Flickr postings have seen the suit develop from the helmet down. The very base of the idea was probably inspired by Simon MacDonald’s (SIMAFOL) Boba Fett costume. I started in late October and spent many hours getting the necessary resources and devising what size to make the helmet in order for it to be proportionate with the rest of my body. It was one the most challenging in that it had to be able to take a lot of punishment and look good at the same time. It was one day on the bus back from school when I had nothing to do that a solution came to me, and boy was I pleased when it did. But I couldn’t make them any bigger, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to flex my arm (plus I couldn’t bear the extra weight). The reason why was that I had made them a little too small, and so whenever I flexed they would come undone. But I still wanted them to be of the same quality as the rest of the suit, so I went about making the toe look nice and curved by using segmented plates. I’m actually a bit relieved it’s done because I was getting pretty tired of it, and I’m not sure how much longer I could have gone on. The builder makes great use of Bionicle parts as well as a few System bricks for intricate small details. This ZK-8 Lao Hu looks really good and features some awesome guns including a 20mm Auto cannon with upgraded optics and Integrated CPU, 12.7mm Assault Rifle and Non-Lethal Sonic Rifle.
Ben had to finish this build in order to be able to ship it off to BrickWorld in the morning.
In addition to its realistic looks, the model also has working features such as a sliding pump and ejecting shells, which you can see on YouTube. I thought about the project from another perspective: building the sniper rifle is like building the assault rifle but with a really long barrel. BrickForge also offers two printed variants, with an eagle on the gray and a flaming skull on the black.
Now that this epic project is finished, Ben shares his thoughts on the process and techniques behind the build.
It required more thought and patience than any of my previous LEGO projects, not that I have done that many anyway. Then it was after I saw some really amazing LEGO creations at my first LEGO convention, Brickworld, that I really seriously started thinking about it. It was one of the most memorable moments in my LEGO building “career”, and I jumped for joy when I saw I was on the Wall Street Journal’s blog, and then GIZMODO, and a host of other websites including the good old Brother’s Brick. It was actually really simple: construct two rings, but make them different sizes, and then construct supports between them that I could put different aesthetics onto. To solve this particular problem, I attached three rings of Velcro to the inside of one section that could wrap around my arm, keeping the section in place.

I always knew that the legs would be difficult on account of their odd shape (take a look at them and you’ll see what I mean). But I am glad I did, because now I can say that I’m the only person to (successfully) build a Master Chief costume out of LEGO. Maybe that is why the stand that the spaceship is resting on is not up to par with the quality of the spaceship itself. I wanted to build more weapons from Halo: Reach and I was debating between the shotgun and the sniper rifle. Breaking the project down into three simple parts (body, barrel, and scope) really eased some doubts I had. I’ll be interested to see how other customizers use these helmets and armor, but I focused on their inevitable use as ODSTs from Halo. At first it was just a fantasy, which is reasonable enough, I mean, come on, a full-blown LEGO Master Chief costume?
After many catastrophic accidents, in which many naughty words were uttered, I decided that I had to use glue.
But, it also would squeeze my arm together, so it wouldn’t bulge as much when I flex, and the other section now stays snuggly attached.
The Master Chief’s leg armor bulges in the back in order to shape itself around the calves, and this was something I had feared doing since starting the project. This proved that I could move in it without too much damage occurring (one lost piece and one part that came undone). If you look closely you can see bits of red and yellow showing through the gaps between plates.
I mean, there are a billion things you could build if you had that many blocks to get creative with. Just the smooth curves and the scale of the build was enough for me to consider writing about this thing.
I’m generally a pretty slow builder, and I went through a lot of experimenting with parts while building it, particularly for the vents on the “cheeks”. But before actually building the thighs, I built the arms first and applied my newly devised technique on them. An idea that I had thought of but didn’t believe would work was to first build a frame for the legs that would follow that actual shape of the Chief’s.
Also, it stood up pretty well against LEGO’s main adversary, the hands of small and curious children. Also, for the rest of the foot, I seriously lowered my quality standards, but you can’t really tell because, like I said, who looks at the feet? In the future we are hoping to get a few more pictures of this build to see it more in detail. I went with the shotgun but got really frustrated when I couldn’t find a way to make the pump slide back and forth in the front. I built the body of the sniper the same way I built the assault rifle, SMG, and pistol: Start from the front and build my way to the back. But when I started to take it seriously, I finally realized that it was possible, and I committed myself to it. I had decided to use a non-LEGO piece for the visor long before I started building, and I had already purchased a sweet looking motorcycle helmet visor with a nice gold sheen to it, and with a few modifications, it fit like a glove. Also, the helmet went through quite an ordeal, having to be placed on the heads of around 100 children.
Those don’t require the same amount of building blocks in order to finish them up, but they probably require more brainstorming than the bigger ones.
After all, you are trying to stay true to what your initial idea is, and therefore, you need to experiment with different blocks and angles in order to get the result exactly as you want it.
And usually there is some intricate interior design in order to support the outer shell of the spaceship that we always think is so amazing.

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