This is my first foray into the minifig scale/town buildings. This was inspired by Nooroyd‘s use of the whips to spell “Cafe”, but I didn’t quite like how the ‘f’ turned out, and it kept on coming back in my mind how to do it differently. Not that I ended up improving on it, but just that’s where the inspiration came. I had been tinkering with the idea of just creating another cafe of my own and redoing the words, but I was just so fascinated by the use of the whips. I began to think what other letters could be formed and then I started thinking about all the variations of whips too. Then one night, the idea of a cowboy or western themed coffee shop hit me. My wife didn’t quite leap to the western association with whips, but I thought it worked. I love a good pun too.
As for the color scheme, I’m terrible with colors. I got a bunch of elements in olive green from a LUG parts draft we did, but I had no idea what I was going to do with them. I had even asked Rich, a color expert Steel City LUG member, what color would go with olive green. It’s a good natural color, so it goes well with dark tan and brown.
I tried for some good part usage to compliment the whips by using the horns as handles, the new plants as steam, and especially a Duplo piece for the sign.
I spent way too much money on figures for this one. I bought 16 Larry the barista just so I could have the coffee cups for everyone to have. Then, I bought a slew of western figs, hats, torsos, the lone ranger figs, and whatever else I could get that was western. Ridiculous, considering I’m going to end up using all of 4 of them.
I’ve updated it a bit since this picture, like finishing the railing on the 2nd floor balcony. There is still no finished interior, but it’s all ready for one. The main drive for this build was to have a MILS building for our LUG displays. I’m happy with how the first iteration turned out. I’m sure I’ll be tinkering with it for a bit, but it’ll show for now.