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M.O. Round 1 - The Hound of the Baskervilles
Category 'Hound Dog.' Or possibly 'Thriller?'
About this creation
An entry in the first round of the 2012 MOC Olympics. Let the games begin!


"Holmes and I had been engaged by Henry, newly Lord Baskerville, to investigate the death of his father Sir Charles Baskerville under mysterious circumstances. At Holmes' behest I travelled ahead of him to Dartmoor while he tied up loose ends in London. On arrival I found that Baskerville Hall was a house bleak in aspect and full of foreboding."


"Sir Charles had been found dead on the moors just outside the walls of the estate, having gone out late one night without telling the servants where he was going.
There were no marks on the body, but his face was fixed in a mask of terror. According to his family physician Sir Charles had a weak heart; it seems that he was quite literally frightened to death."


"A dark legend surrounds the Baskerville family, that some two centuries ago Lord Hugo Baskerville had sold his soul to the devil in order to seduce a farmer's beautiful daughter. Both the Lord and the girl were found dead out on the moor; according to the legend, a great black Hound, glowing hellishly from within, stood over their corpses. Some of the more superstitious moorfolk hold that this devilish creature still stalks the Baskerville line, and that its appearance on the moors heralds the death of each Lord Baskerville."


"As a man of science I know that such a creature cannot possibly exist, and yet I find myself discomfited by the eeriness of this place and the obvious tension and fear among the staff. Footprints of a great hound were found near Sir Charles' body, and rumours abound of a spectral creature being sighted. Even I have been woken from my sleep by spine chilling howls from somewhere out on the moor. There must be a rational explanation, but I cannot fathom it. I hope that Holmes arrives soon."
- Excerpt from the journals of Dr. John H. Watson


Commentary:

I toyed with ideas for several different categories before settling on this one - and it turns out someone else had the same idea! I recommend you check out LB Junior's really nice entry if you haven't already; it turns out that we've built complementary parts of the story, which is cool.
My basic idea was to try and create a scene a bit like a movie poster or book cover, with the macro-scale hound in the foreground and the microscale Hall in the background. I then decided that it needed the strip of moor in the middle distance to unite the scene. If I'd had enough green plates to put the hound on them as well, it might have helped to create the illusion of depth.


I spent ages playing with camera and lighting setups to try and create a spooky night-time shot where you could still actually see the MOC - the black-on-black hound in particular was a nightmare! Apologies for the grainy images, and any advice on this will be much appreciated.
As shown here, the light brick in the Hound is activated by squeezing the jaws together, so I had to paste the glowing mouth into the previous pictures.


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a friend of the real-world Baskerville family, and visited their home at Clythro Court in Herefordshire on several occasions. It was one of the inspirations for Baskerville Hall, so I used it as a visual reference for my version as well.


Building this has given me new respect for people who do micro-scale buildings all the time - it's a lot trickier than it looks!


Baskerville Hall is basically hollow with a light brick inside which is activated by pushing down on the chimney. Two studs inside connect to hold the light on for photographic purposes. I didn't have time or parts to do a detailed back for the Hall, but hey, it's only Round 1!


The angled strip of moorland.


Poor old Sir Charles! Doomed to be written out of the story in the second chapter.


Now for my favourite part of the build - the Hound. Building animals is challenging, but fun.


Howling!


Prowling!


and Growling!

Thanks for taking a look and good luck to everyone else in the contest!



Comments

  September 29, 2012
How's your entry coming along? Mine is about 30% complete. -LB Jr.
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  September 26, 2012
Quoting Stuart Lucas Who'd have thought it - we built the same theme in Round 1, then got drawn against each other in Round 2??? Just in case you haven't seen the thread yet, we've got to build something to do with the Bionicle Universe. This is going to be challenging as I've never bought any Bionicle. Judging by your homepage neither have you, so I guess that makes it a level playing field! Good luck and I'll look forward to seeing your MOC.
Strange, isn't it? My brother showed me the categories/matchups yesterday so I know our assignment. Haha it's lucky for me that you're not into Bionicle either because I've only built a Bionicle once and that was when I was 7 (if I remember correctly). Good luck. ;-)
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  September 26, 2012
Congrats! Have fun in round 2! :)
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  September 25, 2012
great score of 52 you are off to round two good luck!
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  September 23, 2012
Fantastic work and very atmospheric. Great work on the hound, it does its job well and fits perfectly in the creepiness of the MOC. Good luck!
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  September 21, 2012
Wicked hound....and the house is amazing! Good luck with the judges!
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  September 20, 2012
This is great! I love the micro house.. Best of luck with the judges! :)
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  September 20, 2012
Fantastic micro house, and nice dog, Buddy! Good Luck!... ;O)
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  September 19, 2012
Very, very impressive work here. Well done!
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  September 19, 2012
Love the microscale! And the hound! You deserve to get to round two. :)
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  September 19, 2012
While the hound is amazing, the house really stands out. Magnificent work, all the details are captured brilliantly. Best of luck in the games, not that you'll need it if you continue like this.
Stuart Lucas
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Thoy Bradley
  September 18, 2012
Great atmosphere in this, the photography lends well to the presentation. Excellent job! ~Thoy
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  September 18, 2012
Fantastic builds. The micro scale house is really good. Love the hound too
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  September 18, 2012
Great work! That's one scary dog, Dude!
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  September 18, 2012
SO creepy :O
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  September 17, 2012
great entry!
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  September 17, 2012
The hound is just plain, flat out awesome!
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  September 17, 2012
Impressive micro building, dawg, and lighting! The mood is captured perfectly!
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  September 17, 2012
'Effect'ive melding of different scales producing a grand scale moc! Luck(and talent) is definitely on your side! :)
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  September 17, 2012
Very nicely done! I really like the forced ferspective idea. Your hound is very cool too, though I think its legs should blend in more with the rest of the body. But it might be just me. It's nice to see how other people build similar things. I also think Annie Corder (have you heard of her?) is also making a scene from this story too. And thank you very much for mentioning my entry. ;-) 5/5 -LB Jr.
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  September 17, 2012
Brilliant. The microscale house is very good; the hound is awesome and the way they go together is supremely effective. Good luck!
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  September 17, 2012
Epic build Stuart! As I'm an avid fan of both Sherlock Holmes and Lego, this entry really hits the spot for me! Fantastic work on the forced perspective/micro mansion and the hound. Incredible!
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  September 17, 2012
Really atmospheric build! The microscale house and vicious hound provide the perfect contrast to each other!
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  September 17, 2012
Pretty much what the other Stuart said. Great job on the micro
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  September 17, 2012
Very atmospheric, the hound is fantastic!
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  September 17, 2012
Glad there are loads of well lit photos. My eyes struggled with the first ones but they're really atmospheric and just what you want for this subject. I like the parts usage on the house, especially the black teeth to make the upstairs windows. The hound is brilliantly sculpted and the idea of moving the jaws to light up the mouth is a great bit of playability.
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  September 17, 2012
Quoting Stuart Delahay Lovely job Stu! Glad to see some of my favourite things here - Holmes, giant ferocious dogs and Lego! Love the spooky atmospherics but i'm really glad you provided the fully lit shots of the component parts as they are brill. The microscale Baskerville hall is great and that last shot of your excellent hound growling looks marvellous. Well done my old semi-final nemesis, and good luck.
Thanks for the vote of confidence Stu, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what you've come up with! I'd love to go one better this year but there's some top builders in the contest...
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  September 17, 2012
Lovely job Stu! Glad to see some of my favourite things here - Holmes, giant ferocious dogs and Lego! Love the spooky atmospherics but i'm really glad you provided the fully lit shots of the component parts as they are brill. The microscale Baskerville hall is great and that last shot of your excellent hound growling looks marvellous. Well done my old semi-final nemesis, and good luck.
 
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