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Bag End - Miniland Scale
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EDIT: This was the winning entry for Christopher Baldacci's Great Lord of the Rings Contest! Thanks to Christopher for hosting the contest, and to all the judges for their scores and feedback. It's an honor to compete with such great builders, much less actually win a contest! A lot of the credit really goes to many of you. I've learned a lot from all the amazing creations here on MOCpages, and I hope to continually improve my skills, inspired by all of you. Thanks again and God bless!


This is my entry for Christopher Baldacci's Great Lord of the Rings Contest. When I first heard about the contest, it took me a while to come up with an idea of what to build. My first idea was to make the Council of Elrond from Rivendell, but I would have had to make a lot of custom figs, which would have been rather expensive. I had also recently been experimenting with making Gandalf in various scales (inspired by this). I tried doing him in miniland scale, and once I made the hat, I was sold.

I'm a little surprised that there aren't any other Lord of the Rings creations in miniland scale yet (that I know of). Hopefully this will inspire you to make some of your own! I've chosen the scene from The Fellowship of the Ring movie where Bilbo and Gandalf are sitting outside Bag End, smoking their pipes and enjoying each other's company for the first time in a long while. Here's the complete view of the MOC.











Here are a couple close-ups of Bilbo and Gandalf.






A closer look at the stone steps (one of the trickier parts of the build to pull off).



A somewhat artistic shot, I think.



I hope you've enjoyed it; thanks for looking!




Comments

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  September 4, 2013
Wheel window is nice idea, whole creation is fantastic.
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  September 2, 2013
Quoting Tom theBrick Very nice! May I use the wheel-window technique please?
Sure! I don't hold copyrights on any techniques. ;)
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  August 11, 2013
Very nice! May I use the wheel-window technique please?
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  July 11, 2013
AWESOME!
Kenton Lanier
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Emerald Knight
  February 22, 2013
A pretty picture !>.....well done
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  February 22, 2013
Thanks guys! It's nice to see some revived interest in this one. :) This is actually one of my few creations that is still put together (I don't plan to take it apart anytime soon, either)!
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  February 22, 2013
One of the best... in any scale! :)
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  February 22, 2013
A fantastic looking build!
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  June 3, 2012
Fantastic work!
Kenton Lanier
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White Knight
  May 29, 2012
Super !>.....well done
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  May 22, 2012
Quoting King's Ranger (Formorly Ranger, Just Ranger) I looked at it again,I forgot you were such a great builder! How did you do those steps?
Haha thanks, I'm glad you've remembered now. ;) Just wait until my next creation is finished (which will be very soon); it will probably top this! If I remember the step technique correctly, I used a 2x2 turntable plate under the top end of the steps (obviously with a pretty good-sized stack of bricks going up). The bottom end is just resting on tiles. The steps are reinforced underneath with more bricks, of course.
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  May 16, 2012
I looked at it again,I forgot you were such a great builder! How did you do those steps?
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  December 19, 2011
I'm surprised that I never saw this before. The door is impressive, and the window looks amazing. The landscaping is excellent, and I really like all the texture in the ground. Your miniland figs are awesome, and I especially like Bilbo's shirt. Great work!
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  December 12, 2011
Quoting Ian Spacek Wow! I just watched the movies again and was even more blown away at how accurate this is!
Thanks, Ian! I want to watch them again soon, too, but I don't have 11-12 hours of free time just burning a hole in my pocket, unfortunately... :)
 I like it 
  December 12, 2011
Wow! I just watched the movies again and was even more blown away at how accurate this is!
  October 27, 2011
very nice!!!!!
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  October 27, 2011
Hey CONGRATS!!! you really deserve it!! just keep building like that !!! It was awesome!!!
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  October 25, 2011
Well, I say you SHOULD have sooo beat me.
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  October 25, 2011
Quoting Christopher Baldacci WOW! I think, despite the flak, that the miniland figs are the best part of this. Here we go! (ACCURACY TO BOOK OR MOVIE) - The whole landscape and hole looks JUST like the first film. Way to go!: 29/30;(MINIFIGS) - : These are spectacular, I think the scale is fine. Only my only thing might be to adjust Gandalf's hands a bit. They look a little on the rigid side, while the rest of his body is capured in a totally natural pose. Kudos for that!: 17/20;(ORIGINALITY) - I mean, I never would of this!: 10/10;(CREATIVITY/TECHNIQUE) -Just a spectacular use of techniques, and I love the hobbit hole. There maybe could be some more detail involving the stairs, making them smoothed over or adding some knobs in the grassy slope: 31/35; (PICTURE QUALITY) - The sheet in the background is a little crumpled: 4/5; TOTAL: [91/100] Awesome job!
Thanks for the vote of confidence in the figs; personally, that's my favorite part, too. I'm not sure how I could adjust Gandalf's hands any, but OK. I agree, the steps could have been better, but I tried tiles on them and didn't like the look of it against the studs on the rest of the MOC, and that was about the only other idea I had for that. What do you mean by "knobs" in the grass? Anyway, thanks for the score, and thanks again for hosting the contest!
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  October 25, 2011
Quoting Max Pointner I just had to comment again. I love the scale! and the pipes. You will SOOO beat me. Nice work.
Sooo beat you?! By my count, our total scores are different by a grand ONE point! I wouldn't call that a decisive victory at all. Nice work yourself; it's been a pleasure competing with you!
 I like it 
  October 24, 2011
I just had to comment again. I love the scale! and the pipes. You will SOOO beat me. Nice work.
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  October 24, 2011
Shoot! You came up with the window idea I had before I had a chance to use it. Anyway, this is great! Glad to see another Bag End on MOCpages, there aren't enough. One of these days I'll get around to making one.
Kenton Lanier
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Aidan Moon
  October 22, 2011
Accuracy: Looks wonderful! 28/30 Scale: The scale isn't perfect but looks great all the same. 16/20 Originality: Very good! 10/10 Creativity: Great! 34/35 Pictures: 5/5 Overall:93/100
 I like it 
  October 22, 2011
WOW! I think, despite the flak, that the miniland figs are the best part of this. Here we go! (ACCURACY TO BOOK OR MOVIE) - The whole landscape and hole looks JUST like the first film. Way to go!: 29/30;(MINIFIGS) - : These are spectacular, I think the scale is fine. Only my only thing might be to adjust Gandalf's hands a bit. They look a little on the rigid side, while the rest of his body is capured in a totally natural pose. Kudos for that!: 17/20;(ORIGINALITY) - I mean, I never would of this!: 10/10;(CREATIVITY/TECHNIQUE) -Just a spectacular use of techniques, and I love the hobbit hole. There maybe could be some more detail involving the stairs, making them smoothed over or adding some knobs in the grassy slope: 31/35; (PICTURE QUALITY) - The sheet in the background is a little crumpled: 4/5; TOTAL: [91/100] Awesome job!
 I like it 
  October 21, 2011
This is just excellent! Accuracy: 26/30 Minifigs: 15/20 Originality: 10/10 Creativity: 32/35 Photos: 5/5 All in all: 88/100
 I like it 
  October 20, 2011
Are you sure you didnt steal this from Legoland :). Nice job, I love Bilbo and his pipe
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  October 19, 2011
Thanks for all the comments, and thank you for the scores from the judges so far! I just wanted to make a couple comments as far as the figs, though, as that seems to be what's losing me the most points. :) I agree, I think the figs might be a little large for the rest of the build, but really not that much. Considering a hobbit at about 3-1/2 feet tall and Gandalf maybe about 6 feet, Gandalf should be quite a bit taller than a hobbit-sized door (or anything else hobbit-sized, for that matter). So Bilbo might still be a little big, but that's more because I couldn't really make him any smaller (he is standard-sized for a miniland child), and I couldn't make the door any bigger (those are the biggest arches there are). Also, as far as the size of the figs relative to each other, keep in mind that since they are seated, the height difference is not as pronounced as it would be if they were standing. If they were standing, the height difference would be about twice as much, as Gandalf's legs are longer than Bilbo's. Anyway, no big deal, but I thought I would give an explanation since I was getting some comments about that.
  October 18, 2011
accuracy 30/30 figs ( kinda big compared to the rest of the moc) 15/10 originallity 10/10 tech /creative 35/35 pics 5/5 total 95/100 good job
  October 17, 2011
This is fantastic! Accuracy: 28/30 Minifigs: I like your miniland figures but they are not really to scale with the rest of the build or each other: 10/20 Originality: 10/10 Creativity: 30/35 Photos: 5/5 Total: 83/100
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  October 15, 2011
very nice!!! I think you are gonna win with the great lord of the rings contest. also I like all the details you put on it. keep building like that! its fantastic!!
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  October 14, 2011
Very nice!
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  October 14, 2011
Quoting Josh Hall great job! how did you connect the 1x1s to the door frame?
The top and bottom of the frame are just large tan arch bricks, and the studs on the 1x1 plates fit into the open space inside the arch. I saw it on other MOCs; I might not have thought of it myself otherwise... :P I've learned a lot from looking at other people's creations!
 I like it 
  October 14, 2011
great job! how did you connect the 1x1s to the door frame?
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  October 13, 2011
Great!!
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  October 13, 2011
Nice! It has great folaige. Bilboe and Gandalf look a little strange, but their still neat!
Kenton Lanier
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Darth Lowe
  October 12, 2011
Wow, this is the best entry I've seen, the figs look epic and the build is amazing, no point in me competing against this :D
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  October 12, 2011
Great! I LOVE that window design aswell.
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  October 12, 2011
Simply amazing.
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  October 12, 2011
Quoting Yuri Fassio This feels peaceful just like the movie sequence :)
Thanks for the comment! The epic battle sequences and all are nice, but it's these kind of moments that make the battles that much more meaningful.
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  October 12, 2011
Quoting Christopher Baldacci The technical, completely scientific and calculated word for this creation is: "HOLY COW!" This is so cool! What a great Idea and I love the mini...(oops!)...MIDIfigs. Gandalf is totally sweet. This is such a great idea. 5 stars!
I like your scientific calculations... ;)
 I like it 
  October 12, 2011
I've seen quite a few renditions of this scene now, but I think it may be this one that captures the scene best. I love your miniland figures, and the whole build feels very serene.
 I like it 
  October 12, 2011
This feels peaceful just like the movie sequence :)
 I like it 
  October 12, 2011
The technical, completely scientific and calculated word for this creation is: "HOLY COW!" This is so cool! What a great Idea and I love the mini...(oops!)...MIDIfigs. Gandalf is totally sweet. This is such a great idea. 5 stars!
 I like it 
  October 12, 2011
Great work! Finally, someone remembered to put the doorknob in the middle of the door. Great job!
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  October 12, 2011
LOL in pic 4, it looks like Bilbo's hairs smoking! :P great moc!
 I like it 
  October 12, 2011
Now there's a cool MOC! Nice work!
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  October 12, 2011
How cool! I don't think this scale has ever been done before, and your execution is beautiful! The figures are fantastic as well! Great job, and good luck!
  October 12, 2011
wow brah.... this is gona be hard to judge a lot of great entries
 I like it 
  October 12, 2011
Wow! This is just perfect! The wagon wheel window works great!
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  October 12, 2011
Bilbo: "Gandalf, this is going to be a night to remember!"
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  October 12, 2011
Nice. I think Bilbo might be a tad too big, though. Still really nice. I like all the cobble stones you've added and such. Looks great.
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  October 12, 2011
Oh my word! I think it's pretty safe to say that you've got a winning entry here! I have next to no doubt you'll be in the top three! Well done!
 I like it 
  October 12, 2011
This is excellent! I love the window. Great work on this! :)
 
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