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MO Round 6 : Tom Remy Vs Stuart Delahay - Dance On A Volcano
My entry for the 2012 MocOlympics Round 6
About this creation
The link to the 2012 MocOlympics
The entry of my worthy/scary opponent from across the Channel : Stuart Delahay! Good luck man, and may the best Mocist get in the finals!!

“Storm of the Century: Build us a moc showing nature at her worst! Is it a hurricane, a blizzard, a tornado? Any natural disaster you wish. It MUST be an actual type of disaster. No “acid rain” melting the buildings or anything like that (that was a different category).”

In order to show Mother Nature at her worst, I decided to venture in a microscale build. I also wanted to do something different from my round 2 entry which featured… a tsunami! Therefore, this is a volcanic eruption. I’ve been listening to Genesis while building, so the title came out naturally…

Since it's very very late, I'll let the pictures do most of the talking.

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The Old Quiet is a small shield volcano. It’s been quiet (!) for tens of thousands of years, but on December 5th 2012, it suddenly decided to spill out all of its lava on the lands, threatening the little coastal town of Pleasant Beach.



The massive lava flow has already torn the highway apart...



A shot from above. The MOC is 80x64 studs (64x51 cm).



The forest is starting to burn.









The streets are jammed with people getting away as fast as they can...



The town features a 1970 theater, residential buildings from different eras, a Hall of Justice, hotels and bars by the port.





Lots of vapour as the lava touches the sea.









These cars have avoided the deadly dive... for how long?



A giant lava bubble forming...



The highway and lava field from above





Each side of the MOC is finished, and displays the layers of lava and ashes the volcano's previous eruptions left.







Two bonus pics:





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Commentary : As Stu already said, we both didn't have the time we needed to complete our MOCs... Nevertheless, I hope we give you a good matchup to enjoy! I wanted to include many more details, and work on the mountain shape a little more. I also initially planned it 16 studs longer, but shortened it to make sure it's finished... or at least nearly finished! Whatever the result may be, I thoroughly enjoyed my first MOCOlympics! But it will also be a relief to have the time I want to complete my builds again... Stu if you make it, I'll be rooting for you in the finals!
The deadline is in thirty minutes, so I'll stop editing the page now, and get me a couple hours of sleep...

Thanks everyone for viewing and especially the judges! Good luck to all the Final Four! Please rate and comment…



Comments

 I made it 
  May 14, 2014
Quoting Lego Jim .... Great MOC. Microscale is awesome. You've got so much detail in this. It's amazing, just amazing. I like the added detail on the back side. Nice touch. Details like this is what turns good MOCs into great MOCs. Truly great job.
Thanks a lot! There are also microscale builds in my MO R2 entry if you want to check it out!
 I like it 
  May 13, 2014
Great MOC. Microscale is awesome. You've got so much detail in this. It's amazing, just amazing. I like the added detail on the back side. Nice touch. Details like this is what turns good MOCs into great MOCs. Truly great job.
 I made it 
  December 21, 2012
Quoting Marc dZ I will end with this one, you're an impressive and very talented builder, your style is very efficient and unique! The volcano's cut is one of these "little" things that add to the -already- highvalue of your build. It's so hard to build microscale vignettes... so a large microscale scene. WOOOOOW!! The higway torn by the lava is so well done. AND NOW you're the finalist!! GO! GO! GO! Tom. French AFOLs are behind you.
Thank you so much! Where are those French AFOLs? ;) Enchanté de faire ta connaissance, Marc! Dès que j'aurai fini cette petite compétition (hum...) je prendrai le temps d'aller voir ce que tu construis... Merci pour les encouragements, j'en ai besoin!!
 I like it 
  December 20, 2012
I like this beautiful build; that is great!
 I like it 
  December 16, 2012
I will end with this one, you're an impressive and very talented builder, your style is very efficient and unique! The volcano's cut is one of these "little" things that add to the -already- highvalue of your build. It's so hard to build microscale vignettes... so a large microscale scene. WOOOOOW!! The higway torn by the lava is so well done. AND NOW you're the finalist!! GO! GO! GO! Tom. French AFOLs are behind you.
 I like it 
  December 15, 2012
tu gères !
 I like it 
  December 9, 2012
WOW! This is really Amazing! Anyone else feel that there should be 10 choices for rating? Then for 5 and up it pops up as a like. Very awesome! You even added details to the side! Simply (or should I say complicated) Amazing!
 I like it 
  December 8, 2012
This is a very dramatic scene - greatly build!
 I like it 
  December 7, 2012
WOW, that is fantastic, incredibly detailed and full of fantastic techniques. Great job.
 I made it 
  December 7, 2012
What is that?? I'm away 24 hours, and everyone takes advantage of it to write me fantastic comments, add 41 likes and vote for me? ;) Just kiddin'... I don't know where to begin... Well, with what I forgot to say in the page (lack of sleep...) Thanks again Marie for the support, ideas and help in sorting and tidying! And also building dozens of cars and windows... I realize I really enjoy microscale, but when you're a beginner, it's very time-consuming. I'll edit this page after Xmas because I have a few more pictures of the city, and I want to photoshop the others a bit. Thanks judges and admins for this marvellous contest that truly gets the best out of us! You're doing a fantastic work and really make Moc Pages a special place... Now to Daevster, Ian, JS, Mitchell, Chris, Nick, Stuart (the other Stuart), Mike, David, MSM, Blake, Brady, Elk Guard, Superspy, Bart, Cody, Sebeus, Topsy, Luke, Tiom, Daniel, Eamonn, A M, Paul, Heath, David (another one), Chris (er... another one again), LWC, Frank and everyone: you guys rock! Your comments were a real pleasure to read, and I appreciate that you spotted every detail! I can't answer to everybody, but be sure I read your comments carefully, even if I don't have enough time to comment back on your creations as much as I would like to (especially during the MO). And yes, the back part is my favourite too :) @ Stu: thanks again for a good matchup! @ Gio: So that's where I stole the cars idea from! I couldn't recall where I saw them... Thanks mate, take it as a tribute!
 I like it 
  December 7, 2012
Congratulations Tom, you're in the final! Well done to you and let me wish you the very best of luck. Your build this round was a great depiction of the category full of excellent details and effects and is a deserving winner. I do wish I had a little more time at mine and maybe I would have been able to put up a bit more fight but honestly, from the first round you have been knocking these categories out of the park and shown great skill, humour and imagination so you are a deserving finalist. Bon chance!
 I like it 
  December 7, 2012
beautifuly impressive!
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
Not enough time to complete it? Yeah, I know about that :) Tom, this is epic! The details are really nice, the angled streets, burning trees, disintergrating (spelling -_-) highway, I can see it happening right there! It's like you've cut out a piece of Earth like a cake and shoved it on a baseplate. You know, like these pictures you see in science books, and the inside of the volcano really adds to that feel of the build. You've done exceedingly well for your first MOColympics, and only one more vote will put you in the final round! I wish the very best of luck :)
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
both builds conveyed the topic well, the crossection (rear view) of this MOC showing the layers was the final sell for me! You have my vote!
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
very cool! love the cutaway pick of the back of the MOC
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
This really is an amazing build Tom! I really enjoy the colors and most impressive to me is the broken up highway! I don't think anyone is envious of the judges right now, as they have to make some tough decisions. Good luck with the rest of the judges!
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
You knocked this one out of the park, Tom! Not only do you have a brilliant merging of city and nature, but the micro scale evokes an impressive sense of the sheer terror of the scene. The highway breaking apart is perhaps the coolest element of the dio, though the stratification/cutaway of the volcano's interior showed a serious amount of forethought and attention to detail. The lava and nature has an almost impressionist feel to it, yet you've balanced it well with the sharp edges of the city, and complicated techniques to angle your roads. Though Stu may have gone a bit broader with his interpretation of the theme, your consistency, style, and impressive execution has earned you my vote. Good luck with the rest of the judges!
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
I really love that despite the time-constraints you included the inner layers of the volcano. Everything is perfectly represented in miniscale and marvelously executed. Both you and and your opponent put out fantastic builds, I am quite anxious to see how it turns out... though not as much as you I am guessing! Best of luck.
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
awesome! that inner volcano shot really did it for me
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
I love how you used color to capture such a high level of liveliness even while using only simple bricks.
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
Wow, there's a ton of amazing details here, so I'll bring up some non-mentioned details here. The section where the lava meets the river is incredible, with that steam rising, which looks great! also, that broken up road, and miniscale objects are brilliant!
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
Phenomenal work! The volcano and landscape are awesome, and the civilized section is awe-inspiring as well. A truly excellent micro build!
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
Lava luscious! I never thought I would say that about an erupting volcano! But, this is wonderful in its colors! Good Luck to you with the other judges! :)
  December 6, 2012
I love it, it's so complete, you did a great job chosing one disaster and go all out on it. It's a brilliant diorama. You have my vote. Good luck
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
Tom, this is outstanding! Your feel for detail is legendary: different techniques for windows, crossroads in unregular angles, mutiple layers of rock and earth, great PU here and there, just wow. All of that in ten days? Your cars took me back to my R6 entry last year, nice! Good luck with your judges!
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
I agree with Chris, this was a really close one. However, Stu showed his ability to work creatively in a pinch, whereas you built a little more within the topic. All things considered, that little edge of whimsicality earned your opponent my vote.
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
Awesome build, Dude! That town is great with all the different buildings. I especially like that sailboat design. Well done, and good luck!
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
Dude...that cross-section of the volcano is awesome! I think that alone won it for you!
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
Fantastic job, lots of great details! I particularly like the volcano cut away and the steam effect at the edge of the water.
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
I agree with Blake. Even before I saw the town I thought this was amazing. I really like the way you managed to blend it from dark red to red to orange to yellow and still have it look amazing!
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
The strata on the back is the best part IMO. Great work Tom! :)
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
Devastatingly beautiful. Good luck
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
I thought that the natural disaster category was really tough, lots of organic shapes and destruction to fit in. You have to build fire, water wind etc. tough. You nailed it though. The scene is engaging and the micro scale option inspired. The movement of the lava and the text book view from the rear are neat design elements. Could easily be a winner.
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
brilliant work... awesome ! the micro city, cars, the broken bridge all is done very well!
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
Big AND beautiful. Your landscaping skills were already in evidence in previous rounds, but here you've added microscale to your repertoire. The variety of buildings is particularly pleasing. I really like Stu's MOC as well, but the fact that you've even shown the rock strata may give you the edge here... could go either way, good luck!
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
Brilliant work, on the town, landscape and especially the volcano's interior. I said 'wow' out loud when I saw that. Good luck!
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
Both you and Stu turned in some amazing work this round and it was a REALLY tough call for me. I'd say the split was easily 49 to 51% but I think you edged him out and got my vote! Could go either way here so good luck with the other judges! ~ Chris.
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
Wow, amazing! I love the lava and other great details.
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
Baby's got back! Very cool MOC and I love the back of it. Good luck.
 I like it 
  December 6, 2012
Now this is way cool (or should I say hot?)! For one, it's a solid micro-build. You've also created an excellent erupting effect with piece placement and color selection. I particularly like the 2D back of the volcano, and the cloud of steam rising where the lava meets water is a stroke of genius. Well done and good luck!
 I like it 
  December 5, 2012
The back of the volcano is way too cool :D
 
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