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MO Round 2 MortalSwordsman vs Heath Flor
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"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."
About this creation
My Round 2 entry for the 2012 MocOlympics.

My very talented opponent: Heath 'kik36' Flor.

Category: From the Works of Charles Dickens: Choose a scene from one of Author Charles Dickens' classics and bring it to bricky life

This moc is based on the book A Tale of Two Cities. The book is set in London and Paris during the French Revolution. It follows the lives of three main protagonists; Sydney Carton, Charles Darnay and his wife Lucie Manette.

I have decided to depict final scene of the book where Carton has decided to pretend to be Darnay and to be executed in his place. He does this to atone for all his past wrongdoings and out of love for Darney's wife Lucie.

My thoughts: Meh! This moc looked much better in my head than in the brick. I wanted it to look like an illustration in a book with the guillotine as the main focus of the scene. The figures and buildings are slightly out of focus to force the perspective, but I am not very pleased with the outcome.

If you consider this worthy of comment please note that if you type ‘Dickens’ in your comment it will go to moderation haha.

Any way I hope you like it, I don’t. Good luck in round 3 Heath ;)




Comments

 I like it 
  July 30, 2013
awesome! can you take a look at my groups and join them
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  March 11, 2013
Dude, I have the book in my lap while I'm writing this! I'm reading A Tale of Two Cities for school and I thought I would take a break from reading to see what was on MOCpages and that stuff, and I saw this. Wow.
 I like it 
  December 16, 2012
Just noticed this one and HAD to comment :-D I have never read the story but the scene is quite nice and that guillotine looks great!
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  December 4, 2012
it s a nice scene, it was a great idea to go for forced perspective, and the building that looks like a bank works, but, the other needs some work, and maybe a little background greenery would have completed it well, it s really not the kind of thing I know you for,so, I d say I m impressed that you could do that well! congrats ms!
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  November 9, 2012
Sorry Joe, a bit late to this, er, party! Don't know much about the criteria of the MO, but I like it. The guillotine is amazing, and it has an atmosphere.
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  November 2, 2012
Although you don't like it too much, I still think it's a very nice and illustrative creation. Those little white triangles in the lower left and right corner disturb the effect of an illustration a bit. Adding a bit of sky would have been awesome, but I like this vig nevertheless.
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  October 26, 2012
Superb use of colors. I like the blood effect.
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  October 16, 2012
Thank you for the kind words! It's a shame time wasn't on your side, as I think you would have created a great piece and moved on....and then you'd be stuck with this Rube Goldberg machine! LMFAO I just got back from vacation, so now I will be facing the same time challenges you did last round. Yay. LOL I look forward to seeing your awesome creations in the future!
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  October 16, 2012
Commiserations on not advancing Joe, it's a shame you had time constraints messing with you. I love the guillotine and the little details like the red grille for blood trails. Props too for not going for a Christmas Carol - it would have been my choice as i'm woefully lacking when it comes to Charles D.
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  October 14, 2012
Great work on the Guillotine! I like it!
 I like it 
  October 10, 2012
ravishingly beautiful!
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  October 10, 2012
Nice build, but your opponent's was more comprehensive and detailed. My vote goes to him.
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  October 9, 2012
nice!
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  October 8, 2012
Wow, this is really nice Joe. Best of luck from me ;)
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  October 8, 2012
Good work on this. Best of luck in the Moc Olympics!
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  October 7, 2012
And chop chop they go!
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  October 7, 2012
You definitely succeeded at making the guillotine the main focus, brilliant design. Best of luck!
  October 7, 2012
Ok, I understand now that this is the final version... I thought that I read earlier that it was a WiP. Maybe I'm wrong. Anyway, perhaps not as cool as your take on 'the ring of fire', this is still a decent MOC. The guillotine looks pretty real. I wouldn't put my head under it...
  October 7, 2012
It's not that I know this book, so I can't give appropriate criticism, but to me this looks quite promising! Will wait till the final version, before I rate it. Oh, and btw, you were right about me building Scrat the squirrel from one of your favorite sets, 4884. I had a lot of fun making him and his precious acorn. :-)
 I like it 
  October 7, 2012
While you may not be totally happy with your build, I am! I really liked it and could see exactly the tone you were going for! Good luck with your judges! ~ Chris.
 I made it 
  October 7, 2012
Quoting Nick Barrett Hi it's nick and alex on the blacony at steam, are you here yet?
Hi Nick and Alex, I doubt I will be able to make it afterall, I just have too much on at the mo. I have left a message on your home phone. So sorry Nick my biggest regret is not being able to meet up with you two.
  October 7, 2012
Hi it's nick and alex on the blacony at steam, are you here yet?
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  October 7, 2012
Quoting Chris Roach In my opinion, although that is my favourite quote from the wrath of khan, and i luv the guillotine, i think the less is more approach here didn't work in your favour. Being completely honest, it looks like your entry was a victim of real life and responsibilities. There's not always enough time for bulding because life gets in the way... especially in a timed build situation. I understand this all too well but I am going to have to give my vote to your opponent in this round, good luck with the other judges! chris
Thanks Chris, I appreciate your comments. I don’t like to make excuses but you are absolutely right.
 I like it 
  October 7, 2012
In my opinion, although that is my favourite quote from the wrath of khan, and i luv the guillotine, i think the less is more approach here didn't work in your favour. Being completely honest, it looks like your entry was a victim of real life and responsibilities. There's not always enough time for bulding because life gets in the way... especially in a timed build situation. I understand this all too well but I am going to have to give my vote to your opponent in this round, good luck with the other judges! chris
 I made it 
  October 7, 2012
@ David, David and Parrington. Your comments have only just made it through moderation. Thanks guys I am glad you recognise that I have chosen a lesser known C.D. book. This is a very poignant and serious scene which was very hard to recreate with minifigs – those little guys always have a comedic quality to them. Glad you like the moc even though it is not my best work.
 I made it 
  October 7, 2012
Thanks for the comments guys. Yes I was pressed for time but the main problem for me was the limitation of the category – to recreate a scene. I would have preferred broader parameters. For example to build a moc inspired by C.D. rather than to recreate a specific scene (not really my style). Any who I wish my opponent and everyone else the best of luck. What’s that I can hear? I think it sounds like a rather large lady starting to sing ;)
 I like it 
  October 7, 2012
This is cool Joe, it does look like it was built in a bit of hurry and is not your best work but it has a chance. Never give up mate I can't hear the fat lady singing yet lol ;-)
 I like it 
  October 7, 2012
great work!
 I like it 
  October 6, 2012
A really poignant scene, brought to life brilliantly in bricks. It's a shame that Dickens couldn't segue into Baroness Orczy and have Carton rescued by the Scarlett Pimpernel as a reward for his selfless act. Then again, who would Carton then marry. Goodness, life is complicated :)
 I like it 
  October 6, 2012
You drew a really interesting category there. Can't say Dickens is my favourite writer, but at least there are plenty of evocative scenes. I'm glad you chose something other than A Christmas Carol. The work on the mini-fig crowd and stage scenery (I presume this is a staged version) gives it an appealing theatrical feel. Good luck.
 I like it 
  October 6, 2012
I think my comment got lost in the approvals, so I'll have a second go. Really like the stage design feel of this. Dickens adapted should one say.
 I like it 
  October 6, 2012
Wow, I need to read some Dickens, what a noble sacrifice!
 I like it 
  October 6, 2012
This is looking great! I agree with everyone so far; sometimes it just takes a little bit of extra time to get that spark of inspiration ;)
 I like it 
  October 6, 2012
Nice set! Good luck, Dude!
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  October 6, 2012
"…Ride on! Rough-shod if need be, smooth-shod if that will do, but ride on! Ride on over all obstacles, and win the race!" ~from David Copperfield by C. D.
 I like it 
  October 6, 2012
Looks good so far!
 I made it 
  October 6, 2012
Hi Everyone, thanks for your comments and feedback. I have amended my text slightly and changed the photo. Unfortunately I just don’t have the time to alter this moc any further but I really appreciate everyone’s ideas. Heath – Phew! I had an idea for Christmas Carol too (I won’t say it now) but then I remembered this scene. Good luck, I can’t wait to see yours.
 I like it 
  October 6, 2012
Very well done !!!
 I like it 
  October 6, 2012
Don't give up man! Keep polishing away! You still have until tomorrow to post.....so why not, right? Mad props for not taking the easy way out and doing the Christmas Carol....like I did. :P
 I like it 
  October 6, 2012
The forced prospective was a bit rough around the edges. But as Leda said, "Don't give up!" There's always hope;)
 I like it 
  October 6, 2012
Don't give up yet! You've still got a little bit of time left. Extend the base back towards the buildings and raise them a little so they will be seen in shot. Maybe build the façade of a building beside the guillotine? I don't know, do something! I hate seeing people give up. This scene is actually really nice, you've made great figs and a superb guillotine, just give it that extra final push of oomph.
 I like it 
  October 6, 2012
Aw, seriously? I was going to right "This is worthy to be praised by Mr. 'You know who himself..."
 I like it 
  October 6, 2012
its nice, but that's about it... still, some very cool touches here and there!
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  October 6, 2012
Yeah, I agree with you as far as your opinion on the build. -LB Jr.
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  October 6, 2012
I really like it! Although I agree on your FP.
 I like it 
  October 6, 2012
It's a bit.... figs on a plate, although I do like the guillotine. If the background buildings were bigger and less reliant on grille tiles it would be an improvement. Keep at it, Joe, it won't take much to give it your usual awesomeness. Looking forward to the show tomorrow :-)
 I like it 
  October 6, 2012
not bad
 I like it 
  October 6, 2012
This is a really great scene and i love the FP!
 
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