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MELO Round 2: Josh Walter vs.Martin Geistefeldt
About this creation
Bracket: Barad Dur

Links: The Illustrious Martin Geistefeldt aka. "The Opposition"
MELO aka. "HQ"

Mission: The Gates of Durin

The main photo gives away some of the build progression up front but, it turned out too nice not to use right up front. Below are photos of how the scene plays out as well as some detailed shots. Hope you enjoy.

Gandalf touches the smooth rock wall between the trees...


slowly, faint lines appear like slender veins of luminous silver running through the stone. Itidin...it mirrors only starlight and moonlight.


Merry and Pippin are tossing stones into the lake. Black Rippling rings slowly fan out. Pippin is about to throw another stone, but Aragorn grabs his arm. Do not disturb the water.


It's a riddle... Gandalf raises his eyebrows... Speak, friend, and enter. What's the Elvish for friend? Oh...mellon. With that, the rock face silently divides in the middle and two great Doors swing outwards... revealing a blackness deeper than the night. As the Fellowship enter the Blackness, something in the water stirs....


So, master elf, you will enjoy the fabled hospitality of the dwarves; roaring fires, malt beer, red meat off the bone. This, my friend, is the home of my cousin, Balin...and they call this a Mine...A mine!




A Glow from Gandalf's Staff suddenly lights the chamber...The Fellowship recoil in Horror! Many dwarf Skeletons are strewn about, clearly the dead of some old battle...the rusting armor and shields are peppered with arrows and axes.




This is no mine...it's a tomb!


Meanwhile...Frodo is suddenly PULLED TO THE GROUND. A long sinuous Tentacle is wrapped around Frodo's ankle and is dragging him towards the lake. FRODO CRIES OUT as Aragorn and Boromir rush forward!






And there you have it.



Comments

 I made it 
  January 21, 2013
Quoting Martin Geistefeldt Josh my friend, until now I was not sure what to say. I liked your creation right as I saw it, it's overall look and feeling are just amazing. We went about this challenge in two totally different ways, and eventually the way I have chosen has been determined to be the better one. We both know how close this call was and I would have totally granted you to make it into round 3. I hope that you had as much fun in this contest as I had, and maybe someday we'll meet again in a contest round. I'm really looking forward to see your next creations. ~Martin :D
Martin, Congrats and good luck in round 3! -Josh :)
 I made it 
  January 21, 2013
Quoting Martin Geistefeldt Josh my friend, until now I was not sure what to say. I liked your creation right as I saw it, it's overall look and feeling are just amazing. We went about this challenge in two totally different ways, and eventually the way I have chosen has been determined to be the better one. We both know how close this call was and I would have totally granted you to make it into round 3. I hope that you had as much fun in this contest as I had, and maybe someday we'll meet again in a contest round. I'm really looking forward to see your next creations. ~Martin :D
Martin, Congrats and good luck in round 3! -Josh :)
 I like it 
  January 21, 2013
Josh my friend, until now I was not sure what to say. I liked your creation right as I saw it, it's overall look and feeling are just amazing. We went about this challenge in two totally different ways, and eventually the way I have chosen has been determined to be the better one. We both know how close this call was and I would have totally granted you to make it into round 3. I hope that you had as much fun in this contest as I had, and maybe someday we'll meet again in a contest round. I'm really looking forward to see your next creations. ~Martin :D
 I made it 
  January 21, 2013
Quoting Mark Murphy As the other two judges have said, this is a close call. I am going to vote for your opponent though, his build is cleaner, and he did the battle, and not just waiting at the gates, your interior is much better, but I thought his was better done.
Thanks Mark! I'm sure you will have much harder decisions in the upcoming rounds.
 I like it 
  January 21, 2013
As the other two judges have said, this is a close call. I am going to vote for your opponent though, his build is cleaner, and he did the battle, and not just waiting at the gates, your interior is much better, but I thought his was better done.
 I made it 
  January 21, 2013
Quoting Christopher Baldacci The closest call I've had to make...it'll be a shame to see either of you two go. Yet even though you interior was better, your opponent presented a well thought out artistic masterpiece, with wickedly difficult angles, SNOT, and a creature (which in my opinion is harder than just 'brick on brick' work.) So, with that in mind (although the vastness of your creation and stellar foliage were enormously impressive) his refined MOC won my vote. And at a 1-1 tie...the third judge prepares...
Christopher, Thanks for your comments, I certainly do not envy you judges and some of the tough call you have to make. Keep up the good work :)
 I made it 
  January 21, 2013
Quoting Ian Spacek This was a very difficult call to make. I went back and forth between the two builds numerous times. While I like Martin's rock-work a tad better, appreciate his clearer pictures, and am intrigued by his angled base and monster, you've got my vote Josh. I really like how you worked with foliage to give an aged look to your entire build. I also appreciate the spaciousness of your entry (Martin's looked a little too cluttered IMO), it helps capture the vastness of the walls of Moria. On the subjected of Moria, I like your interior better too (very "tomb" like) and the use of the white arch pieces. Once again, it was a very tough call. This could still go either way. Good luck with the other two judges!
Ian, Thanks for the feedback and more-so, for the tremendous amount of work you put into this contest!
 I like it 
  January 20, 2013
The closest call I've had to make...it'll be a shame to see either of you two go. Yet even though you interior was better, your opponent presented a well thought out artistic masterpiece, with wickedly difficult angles, SNOT, and a creature (which in my opinion is harder than just 'brick on brick' work.) So, with that in mind (although the vastness of your creation and stellar foliage were enormously impressive) his refined MOC won my vote. And at a 1-1 tie...the third judge prepares...
 I like it 
  January 20, 2013
Awesome work.
 I like it 
  January 19, 2013
This was a very difficult call to make. I went back and forth between the two builds numerous times. While I like Martin's rock-work a tad better, appreciate his clearer pictures, and am intrigued by his angled base and monster, you've got my vote Josh. I really like how you worked with foliage to give an aged look to your entire build. I also appreciate the spaciousness of your entry (Martin's looked a little too cluttered IMO), it helps capture the vastness of the walls of Moria. On the subjected of Moria, I like your interior better too (very "tomb" like) and the use of the white arch pieces. Once again, it was a very tough call. This could still go either way. Good luck with the other two judges!
 I made it 
  January 19, 2013
Edited to link to Martin's most excellent Round 2 creation :)
 I made it 
  January 18, 2013
Quoting David the Fire Ninja Jedi Wow, this is awesome! The pictures aren't the best, but the build is incredible! The vines, the water, the tree, the rocks, awesome! I like the thing hanging from the roof of the cave.
David, Thanks for the kind words! I do need to work on my photography skills...or lack there of :) The thing hanging from the roof was supposed to be a chandelier, it turned out a little weird though.
 I like it 
  January 18, 2013
Wow, this is awesome! The pictures aren't the best, but the build is incredible! The vines, the water, the tree, the rocks, awesome! I like the thing hanging from the roof of the cave.
 I like it 
  January 17, 2013
Amazing work on this! The mountain itself is great and I love the foliage in it. I like the cutaway of the interior but it's two scenes I.M.O. I wish the photos were larger, too. Great job and good luck!
 I like it 
  January 17, 2013
Most impressive! :)
 I like it 
  January 17, 2013
Most impressive! :)
 
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