These are Jangling Millipines. Named for the sound the male's testicles make when moving (each adult male has some 50 pairs of testicles). The males walk with an exaggerated sashaying undulation during mating season. The market for wind chimes is not well developed on this planet. The one with the red spines is a female.
This is a Raven Haired Mint Bush. I am aware it does not actually have a minty flavor, but I did not name it, nor am I aware of the history of its naming. I'm just going by what the locals told me.
This is the tent of a native merchant. He is not particularly prosperous. Mosty trades in wind chimes, and spends a lot of his time chasing millipines away from his prospective clientele. Yes, the tent is pretty much just mosquito netting. Why is it reinforced with steel cabling? You should see the mosquitos! (What do you think brought down my ship?) [I would have very much liked to make the black string netting denser, but I just don't have the parts. This will have to remain a demo of the concept. I hope I can be given some leeway for that.]
Where are all his furnishings? Again, he sells wind chimes on a planet rife with jangling testicles. Don't get me wrong. He does alright. But he invests most heavily into the display at the top of the tent, meant for the females of his species, of which he is quite proud. Is it doing anything for you?
These are rock monsters. They eat other rocks. They live at the bases of cliffs because they cannot move and thus only get food from rock slides. Note that they are not cannibals. The two species originate from the two different rock strata in the cliff, and each only eats rocks falling from the other strata.
The lighter top layer is the country rock, Absurdite (Molybdenum-Osmium-Cobalt-Arsenide) (shut it Zane) while the darker bottom layer, Ridiculite (Strontium-Uranium-Cobalt-Krypton-Sulfide) (shut it Zane), is a pluton formed from a magma plume 350 million years ago. In order to avoid confusion (I don't want Leda coming back and laying on me what crazy rocks they have there in Middle Earth), judges please note that the Strontium-Uranium-Cobalt-Krypton-Sulfide in Ridiculite is in its rare face-centered cubic crystal form, not the common, lower energy, rhombohedral structure, because the plume rose and cooled too quickly to make the thermodynamically favored rhombohedral state accesible. (I'm serious Zane, either stop your uncontrolled guffawing, or go to another room where the judges can't hear you. Please disregard Zane everyone. He is earning his PHD in Scientificness from Learned University of Southern Texas and thinks he knows everything. This despite his needing help balancing his Lego X-Wings' landing gear from his roomie, who is studying Knowledge Aptitude.)
This is the rare Giant Silvery Lemon Orchid. Actually tastes very minty. (I'm starting to suspect the locals here are dim.)
They call this an Aardvark Bromeliad. Again, dim.
This is a mouse. Doesn't look alien to you? You have a keen eye. It was stowed away on my ship. (As if I wasn't freaked out already, the darned thing ran across my foot while I was trying to crash land my ship after the giant mosquito attack.) I greatly fear what introducing the mouse will do to the native millipine population. Mice will eat anything, as you well know.
Silvery frond tree seen elsewhere on the planet. [Notes:
1) this tree could not be included in the diorama because I do not have enough parts to have had it built at the same time as the orchid. In fact, I did not have enough parts to do the tree properly, but you get the idea.
2) for the purists out there (I'm looking at you W.), this tree isn't. Small bits of paper help stiffen the grip of the bar clips that hold the longer fronds in place.]
Finally: SOMEONE GET ME THE HECK OF THIS PLANET! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, GET ME OFF!
In all seriousness, and to make the above up to Zane, I again tried my hand at making a cuesta (a steep cliff face displaying gentle tilting), as seen in the interface between the 2 rock strata. (In fact, I do believe I made the tilting too steep.) I'm really digging geology, even if my chemistry is just a formula for mirth. No time for a fault line here. Maybe a type of fault that does not exist in the crazy landscape category.
Muchas gracias to the judges and Sterlings for organizing this trip inducing shindig. Hans will be kind enough to notice this fulfills my MOCAthalon obligations, as I promised genitalia and science humor. Done and done.
“Lost for words” you aren’t and for sure to this one reviewer’s delight. To the sound track comment I would like to add that besides the jangles I hear some chomping coming from those sharp black jaws. Could I be hallucinating or are your critters that expressive? The multitude of your tentacled species is worth the Great Barrier Reef. Great imagination. 5+ at least.
I once tripped over a millipine, varying levels of fun... but I stumbled across a 5 pointer staring up at me! Yah! somebody finally did the perfect Lost in Space moc. See everybody, this is how its done!!! 6.5 points... can I do that? No? oh darn. 5 points then with a big toothy grin and a hat tip to you as well.
A tonne of thought went into this MOC. I love creations that have as detailed a back story as this. It make you want to believe its all real! So cool. Terrific job on the plants, and the tent/hut. Loveing the spins! ;D Keep on bricking! -Brick S.
Quoting Zane Houston
i know a guy who is studying the behavioral effects on rock monsters who ingest too much Absurdite, ill let you know if he cites this MOC in his post-doctorate thesis. One thing you forgot to mention is that due to the covalent bonds present in the isometric structure of Ridiculite, the teeth on the Absurdite rock monster have been dulled over time;
This is the kind of stuff that should make everyone rejoice at higher education. Good luck with Learned University of Southern Texas. (or Colorado, whatever floats your boat).
everything here is amazing! the plants are very characteristic of your unique form. And the rock monsters are great! i know a guy who is studying the behavioral effects on rock monsters who ingest too much Absurdite, ill let you know if he cites this MOC in his post-doctorate thesis. One thing you forgot to mention is that due to the covalent bonds present in the isometric structure of Ridiculite, the teeth on the Absurdite rock monster have been dulled over time; other than that everything is perfect. Great work!
Well, I think Heath called it: I've looked high and low for a builder crazier than I, and, you sir are insane in the membrane (insane in the brain). Whatever you're on that lets you travel to other worlds to build such things as these, please continue, for I am far beyond my burnout years. Nice work!
Wow, I have way too many builds that need finishing to spend my time reading that entire thing, though I did catch a couple chuckles. Crazy landscape and creatures, I'll be back to catch up on the reading. I may even have Ben Stein narrate it for me like Chris did.~H
You non-purist barbarian! Interesting method for improving the grip on those elements... I'll have to find a purist way to do it now that you've done this. I like the landscape, although the raised area seemed a little flat and boring to me... there were lots of nice large details, but not nearly enough small ones for my tastes. I did really like the cliff face, though... nice work with it.
Quoting Deus _
Sadly, the weird square cloning disconcentrated me. Why is there no ground/rocks below?
Hmm. I'm not totally sure what you are referring to. I painted over the supports of the upper level because it is a meaningless rainbow. I had to use a large part of my small collection to build up that high. Is that what you were talking about?
Very good, you truly are the master of the landscape. Sadly, the weird square cloning disconcentrated me. Why is there no ground/rocks below? And the green grass could be better (dark blue or something), but I digress. I knew you'd build in this category and make the best entry.