Here it is, the special exclusive Brickworld build. Hope you guys enjoy!
About this creation
During the MOCathalon, I tackled the category that had us duplicating one of our favorite builds. I happened upon JD Luse's micro scale city and decided to give it a go. I was able to duplicate it fully, and during the time I really started to get into the scale and designs that JD used. I started to research it a bit more and of course came upon Shannon Young's creations as well. Together they helped to inspire this build. I hope that they enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it and studying their builds.
In 2036, Earth plummeted into what has become commonly known as the "Dark Period" when a super volcano erupted in Yellowstone National Park, USA. By 2037 the United Space Agency of Earth determined that Europa, Jupiter's 6th moon, would be the best suited for colonization.
Scientist set off a 500 megaton nuclear warhead underneath the hard crust of the surface. What resulted was a mushroom cloud of liquid and vapor that quickly hardened, and the surrounding surface crystallized into a rainbow of beauty. The colonists were able to create a city on top of the hardened mushroom cloud and it now inhabits nearly 5,000 people.
It pretty much took up all of my brain power to come up with the backstory, so describing my thoughts on the building might be a bit weak. LMAO One thing to note is that the central monument is actually a solar collector that powers the whole city.
Even though the new colony tried to do away completely with racial profiling, the colonists were designated by their living quarters. In order to make sure they could find their homes without any problems, the engineers inlaid colored tiles. Yellow, red, white, and blue quarters still found a way to quarrel and bring up color.
I don't want to ramble too much here....but let's just say I sat down and tweaked parts and tried to throw together odd patterns that normally I wouldn't think of. I probably trashed 15-20 buildings that didn't make the cut.
A better shot of the crystal lake.
I really wanted to make a rainbow of color here with the crystals. They are NOT cheap, but I bought as many as I could from bricklink. I hope that no one snuck off with any at the show! LOL Someone asked me what inspired me to build this particular model.....The Crystal Lake in Final Fantasy XIII and a few beers.
By far the greatest compliment this weekend was when the great Goldman came up to me and told me how amazing he thought it was. He even said he was wondering when Shannon Young had arrived. I was very flattered, and hope that Shannon takes it as a compliment as I studied his builds greatly.
Hey, I was thinking about doing a Micro City tribute for MOCpages and was wondering if I could use one of your images? Right now I have permission for Shannonia, Luseville, and a few others. You would receive full credit and a link to your page. Whatever your decision, thanks.
By the way this is outstanding!
While I was planing out a post on sculpture, I started thinking about how I learned the technique, and then it dawned on me what I should show you. Email me at email@example.com and I will send it back with an attatchment. And by the way sweet build.
Very nice, Heath. I think you served the mini-scale town crowd well. It's apparent you put plenty of thought into the actual layout, and I think that went a long way towards the build's final impressive-ness. I'm right there with you on "burning yourself out on backstories." After I spent the good part of an hour generating a backstory for my theme, I needed a double-dose of Advil.
This is pretty impressive! The whole thing has an awesome 'other world' effect, most of which comes from the crystal lake. It's a fantastic splash of color, even if the MOC wasn't lacking it to begin with. Also, you did a great job on that mushroom cloud. I have to say it's the most unique location for a colony I've ever seen.
Nice job! I love the building! The backstory is almost perfect, except for one thing. Wouldn't the radiation from the nuclear explosion eventually kill everyone? Anyway, keep up the great work. God bless, Drew
Way to shake up the microcity genre by putting yours on a frozen rainbow-colored mushroom cloud pedestal. I mean, if that ain't original I don't know what is. The only drawback - that makes it pretty hard to expand your city!
Sorry I didn't comment earlier! This is a really cool creation from you, and I really like the idea. I've always loved the inverted-mountain look, and the crystals look really great. I can't believe there's that many Final Fantasys! Also, how come Goldman resign from the pages? I was never told...
FFXIII has inspired many ideas in me, as well. Beer more so. The whole thing came out nicely, but I am intrigued most by the lake. I'd give up my most prized minifig to see that on some trans clear baseplates and a light table. Thanks for all the BW coverage you gave us tonight.
I was just commenting on Alex's creation that we need a new acronym: IAFOL, Inebriated Adult Fans Of LEGO< and this is just further proof. Awesome build, my friend, and congrats on the Goldman fluffing your marshmallow!~H
Beautiful! I specifically like the symmetry of the center and those wonderful roads, but the entire creation is great. It's always refreshing to see a new take on any genre, but this one is especially cool. Very, very well done.
That's no solar collector, it's a space station. This was a great build to see in person, but you've presented it quite well here. I enjoy all the detail you put into the mircoscale city, but the presentation atop the lake makes it a winner. As I said before, great work.