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The Grey Havens
In one of the final scenes in the last Lord of the Rings movie The Return of the King, Frodo, Gandalf, Elrond and Galadriel depart from middle earth back to the Valar. Their boat leaves from a port city called the Grey Havens which I have created here.
About this creation
Team: Team Flickr 2012
Category 27: Forced Perspective
Builder: Infomaniac

Links:

Mocathalon 2012

Team Flickr 2012

Build a moc using forced perspective. The differing scales can be anything you wish as long as we are given the illusion of forced perspective.



Hello everyone, I figured that I would share a look behind the scenes for my scene the Grey Havens. Here are a few photos that I took along the way. Hope this helps shed some light on any questions you might have. If you'd like to know anything else, feel free to comment below.



This was one of the first pictures I took, and it has the foreground started and scaled. The left side was built in 2 different scales, which can be tricky to pull off, so I made sure that I could make it look authentic.




I left the foreground and mid ground, and started in on the background in this shot. The angles and depth change slightly from picture to picture, but everything is pretty much where I want it.

-There is a gap from now until the finished product, because I was working hard on trying to get this thing done before the end of the competition. However, you should be able to reverse engineer some things from the shots that follow.



Back view, with all the supports and duplo revealed. I always love the messiness of this part in my creations. The entire scene is tilted to make the angles easier on the eye, but it also means that you need a lot of supports and hinges to make everything fit where you need it.



An overview, which highlights the bowl shape, but also how small the creation is. It was only about 70x60 studs, and most of that were the supports behind the scenes.



An overview of the sunset technique. The sun is made of orange bricks, but the reflection in the water is a mosaic of orange, yellow, light blue and dark blue underneath a clear layer of bricks. The angle of the shot allowed me to do this, because the clear bricks distorted the colors like actual water. The clear bricks also made the water seem less blue which is good.



The sky background was made from medium blue 1x2s and a handful of 1x2 blue tiles. I don't have much in that color besides those 1x2s so filling the gaps was no easy task. The clouds are a mix of white plates and my new favorite color, medium grey 1x1s which I found at Legoland California when I visited last week.



Side view, and how I achieved some of my angles. Exoforce Ball jonits are incredibly useful in these types of prejects.



Boom Crash! this is the last photo that I have of the whole thing together, because as you can see, my light source fell on the sky and crushed about 1/2 of it.

Thanks for viewing, feel free to leave questions or feedback below.

Links:

Mocathalon 2012

Team Flickr 2012



Comments

 I like it 
  April 9, 2014
Wow. Fantastic job! Everything is so well done! I especially like the sun's reflection on the water. And those buildings! All of this blows my mind away!
  April 9, 2014
May I ask what is this new "Medium Gray" color you speak of? :D
 I like it 
  February 15, 2013
I love the sky background and the sun. Good job on the architecture too.
 I made it 
  November 11, 2012
Haha, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! Thanks for letting me know, but I kind of hope they leave it up. I'm glad that someone liked it enough to go through the trouble of cropping it and posting it to Lego.com. I just wish they'd give credit.
 I like it 
  August 21, 2012
Wow, that sunset is incredible
 I like it 
  April 13, 2012
I'm with Mr. Leven's, I want to live there! This is such an amazing build! The level of detail and all the brilliant techniques, it's just so amazing! Great work :D
  April 4, 2012
Score = 5
 I like it 
  March 31, 2012
uhm, where to begin... Stunning, I want to live there.
 I like it 
  March 31, 2012
Really, you did a very beautiful job on this. The sunset is absolutely perfect. As are the three-dimensional qualities of the scene. Great work! This is a stunning build.
 I like it 
  March 31, 2012
Truly an awesome creation. 5/5
 I like it 
  March 31, 2012
Sweet build, man! :)
 I like it 
  March 31, 2012
Wow, nice! Score = 5
 I like it 
  March 30, 2012
Simply amazing! Score= 5
 I like it 
  March 27, 2012
An instant favorite after seeing this on the Brothers Brick. Well done!
 I like it 
  March 26, 2012
Brilliant. Your score = 5
 I like it 
  March 26, 2012
Gorgeous! I like the way you added the whip to the upper-left tree and the technique you used to make the sunset reflection.
 I like it 
  March 26, 2012
5 points for using duplo bricks to hold up the MOC! Excellent FP!
  March 26, 2012
I see, thanks. (You're so lucky! :D)
 I like it 
  March 26, 2012
excellent build, the back drop is great. as for the angled base very hard to pick it out by eye alone even when you know its there. great FP build.
 I like it 
  March 26, 2012
excellent build, the back drop is great. as for the angled base very hard to pick it out by eye alone even when you know its there. great FP build.
 I like it 
  March 26, 2012
Definitely my favourite FP scene out there. Not only is it the perfect scene, but it is also set in the Lord of the Rings!
 I like it 
  March 26, 2012
Great details, mindblowing moc :P
 I like it 
  March 26, 2012
I saw this on TBB or some site like that the other day and was blown away. Great job!
 I like it 
  March 25, 2012
I don't know what to say... All I know, is that this is pure ART!
  March 25, 2012
Wow. Phenomenal. The forced persepctive is about as effective as I have ever seen in any medium, not just LEGO. Love the reflections in the water. It looks like a living model, just moving slow enough to seem as though it's a still frame.
 I made it 
  March 25, 2012
Quoting Blake Baer NON-Judge's Comment: "Medium-grey" 1x1s? Are you talking about "Very Light Grey"? ( http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?colorID=49&itemID=381 )
Yeah, that's it. I was lucky and found a bin full of a mix of 1x1 plates in that color, bley and a bit of old grey. Its a great color for showing rust or filth on both grey and white.
 I like it 
  March 25, 2012
wow that is so awesome
 I like it 
  March 25, 2012
I wanna live there!!!
 I like it 
  March 25, 2012
Mega Awesome!!
 I like it 
  March 25, 2012
Here, you have created something extraordinary. All the techniques that you used are stunning. Really a work of a great Master.
  March 25, 2012
NON-Judge's Comment: "Medium-grey" 1x1s? Are you talking about "Very Light Grey"? ( http://www.bricklink.com/search.asp?colorID=49&itemID=381 )
 I like it 
  March 25, 2012
Wow, stunning!
 I like it 
  March 25, 2012
Oh wow. Amazing job! The suns reflection in the water looks perfect. :)
 I like it 
  March 25, 2012
Great MOC! I love that movie!
 I like it 
  March 25, 2012
What do you mean I can't give more than five points!??! Alright fine... Seriously, this is by FAR the best FP I've seen and like Blake, this build has REALLY made my day today. Thank you and here's your 5 points ~ Chris.
 I like it 
  March 25, 2012
Excellent indeed! :-)
 I like it 
  March 25, 2012
For those of you out who were asking questions about their FP attempts, I tell you to take note. This is THE BEST example of FP I have ever seen in a LEGO model. Mr. Infomaniac, this creation has made my day. I could write on for days about this, but I shall simply fulfill my comment with this. Score: the most well earned 5 in the games.
 I like it 
  March 25, 2012
Excellent job!
 I like it 
  March 25, 2012
I'm amazed at how small this is! I also like the reflection of the sun on the water.
 I like it 
  March 25, 2012
B-e-a-utiful!
 I like it 
  March 25, 2012
Like I said on Flickr, this is Awesome!
 I like it 
  March 25, 2012
Oh wow, this really is amazing! Nice perspective, and I'm sorry to hear it broke...
 I like it 
  March 25, 2012
I am actually at a loss for words. Wow.
 I like it 
  March 25, 2012
Just great!
 I like it 
  March 25, 2012
Just great!
 I like it 
  March 25, 2012
Glad this found its way to MOCpages .. Its Awesome .. :P
 
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