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MELO R3: Kenton Lanier vs. Disco 86: Passage of the Marshes
Barad-Dur Bracket
About this creation

This is my 3rd round entry to the Middle Earth LEGO Olympics. My opponent is Disco 86 (his entry), and our category was:

Passage of the Marshes: With the exception of some freakish lights, a bunch of dead bodies, and an obsessed/double-minded guide...it's your typical swamp! Show us the adventures of Frodo, Sam, and Gollum as they traverse THE DEAD MARSHES!!! *Beethoven's 5th*

Passage of the Marshes - 01

The new olive green color worked very well for the color scheme I was going for.

Passage of the Marshes - 02

"Don't follow the lights!" -Gollum

Passage of the Marshes - 03

I know it's a little hard to see, but there are actually some of the dead bodies under the water; in this case, a Numenorian soldier.

Passage of the Marshes - 04

Frodo staring at an elf in the water.

Passage of the Marshes - 05


Passage of the Marshes - 06

Another Numenorian soldier.

Passage of the Marshes - 07

I was a little bored with the tree designs I've used before, so I decided to give one of Mark Erickson's designs a try. I followed his Falworth Tree Design Tutorial, and customized it for the shape and color scheme I wanted. Thanks for sharing your design, Mark!

Passage of the Marshes - 08

Back view of the tree.

Passage of the Marshes - 09

I also have a couple WIP photos, showing how I did the snot bricks for the water. I'll add them later (after this round is over). Thanks for viewing!



Comments

 I like it 
  May 20, 2013
Great model!
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  February 22, 2013
I would like to join your team, but actually i got now time, because i am participating in GoH Contest in March. Is there no private messaging system ?
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  February 9, 2013
Wow, this was a close match! I love the use of transparent bricks here. Only the land seems a bit too blocky for me.
 I made it 
  February 8, 2013
Quoting Ian Spacek
Thanks for the comment, Ian, and thanks for putting on this contest! I'm definitely disappointed to not move on, but I realize this was a hard match-up to call. I realize the "blocky" look problem; that was a compromise I had to make for the SNOT to work. While I respect your overall decision, I'm not sure I agree with your other reasoning, though. Just because my opponent used the one (and only) aspect of the scene that you didn't mention in the category description doesn't make mine any "less creative." I deliberately chose the portion of the scene where Frodo is looking into the water, which does not include the Nazgul (at least in the movie). Sometimes I think too much emphasis is placed on thinking "outside the box," and perhaps not enough on building a scene accurately with good build quality. On build quality alone, our two builds were still close (but both unique), but if it was the "outside-the-box creativity" that put my opponent over the top, then I respectfully disagree.
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  February 8, 2013
Amazing!
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  February 7, 2013
You competitors are being merciless to us this round!! I feel torn 51% to 49% every time I judge a pair of you! Kenton, you pulled some incredible techniques out of the bag, what with your brilliant trans-black swamp water and corpses below. You also did an excellent job adhering to the little category description (dead people, lights, etc.), but unfortunately, I did say those were only for context if needed. As such, my vote goes to Disco. In my opinion his marshes look a lot more organic; your land masses were slightly too blocky for my taste. Plus, Disco included an incredible Nazgul and Fell Beast that excellently portray the "adventure" part of the category description. It was a close call, but he won through by a narrow margin. That said, good luck with your other judges!
 I like it 
  February 7, 2013
This was the closest call I have had to make yet, I love the translucent tiles you used, and your fires and everything as such were good, but my vote goes to your opponent. Good luck with the other judges!
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  February 3, 2013
I like you choice of water color. This looks so good. I wish we could see the dead under the water a little better, but this is still really good.
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  February 2, 2013
This is fantastic! Excellent job, man. :D
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  February 2, 2013
Looks awesome! I like the angled tree leaves!
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  February 2, 2013
This is very well done. The use of Snot dark trans with the bodies under is just brilliant.
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  February 2, 2013
wow, this is top-notch! nice job!
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  February 2, 2013
Quoting Disco 86 Nice build ! Mine is actually looking nearly the same. But your water technic is better. I will upload in a couple of hours. Good luck !
I kind of had a feeling we might come up with similar builds, judging by your previous builds and my tendencies. Looking forward to seeing yours, and good luck to you, too!
 I like it 
  February 2, 2013
The water is fantastic! You said the bodies were hard to see, and while I agree, I think it actually adds to the creepiness of the scene. The tree is excellent, but I guess I can't give much credit there, although it is an excellent remake. Maybe some tiles would have helped, but other than that, great job!
 I like it 
  February 2, 2013
Nice build ! Mine is actually looking nearly the same. But your water technic is better. I will upload in a couple of hours. Good luck !
  February 2, 2013
Very nice work! Well done! The water effect and the pics are perfect!
Kenton Lanier
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Emerald Knight
  February 1, 2013
The dark, murky water is great !>.....nicely done
 I made it 
  February 1, 2013
Quoting Justin Knelsen Wow! This is a great entry! I love your mirky water design and the figures under the water is an awesome touch. They were a little hard to see though I imagine they would be hard to photograph. Anyway, Great job and good luck in the competition! :)
Thanks, Justin! They're much easier to see in real life, but the problem is that they're most visible when there's a slight glare on the bricks, which of course does not translate well to photographs...
 I like it 
  February 1, 2013
Sweet!
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  February 1, 2013
Every detail is expertly done! Wonderful! :)
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  February 1, 2013
Wow! This is a great entry! I love your mirky water design and the figures under the water is an awesome touch. They were a little hard to see though I imagine they would be hard to photograph. Anyway, Great job and good luck in the competition! :)
 I like it 
  February 1, 2013
Hey! No problem! Your tree looks great! :D And the rest of the build is ace too! ;)
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  February 1, 2013
Hey man great build love how you did the water and that tree looks great!!! =)
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  February 1, 2013
Yay! I'm the first to comment :D Awesome creation! The guys in the mud stuff is awesome! the tree is quite cool as well! Fantastic build and good luck!
 
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