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TT R5: Halhi141 vs Toa Infernum: Voyage
Welcome to my best MOC ever....
About this creation
For Round 5 of The Tourney.
Toa Infernum's entry.
Category: "Ye Mighty Sailor".
Guild: Average Gnomes
Be sure to read through all the pictures (and the story, which is pretty important); they show a lot of details and techniques that you'd miss otherwise.




It was a rare sight in those dark days to see an outlaw and a Mythronian walking together; friendliness was usually out of the question. For this reason, it was quite an astonishing sight as the Mythronian soldier and the Outlaw walked together toward the port. Suspicions were naturally arisen; who was this traitor?








Reghof, however, did not notice the attention he and Inigo were receiving, so lost was he in his own thoughts.





"You fought well," he said to the discouraged-looking outlaw.

"So did you," was the reply. "I don't know how you could beat me. Nobody ever has."




He paused. "Maybe my training was too disorganized. I never had a teacher, never a group to train with. I taught myself, and tested my skills on whoever opposed me."




Reghof, unsure of how to respond, remained silent. Inigo continued his reflections.




"I thought joining that band of outlaws was a good thing. A good source of income, friends, help...But I always felt dissatisfied, and now I realize why: there was no way they could help me. They were less skilled than I, and they had nothing to teach me."





Inigo was looking downward, dejectedly this whole time. At the sound of waves, and the smell of salt in the air, he looked up. "Where are we...?"




Reghof led him down the stairs to the dock. "In here," he said, pointing to the Mythronian ship waiting there. "It was the best my money could get us at such short notice; our voyage may not be too comfortable, but we'll survive."




They walked onto the deck.


Several hours later...




The men sat at the table in the cabin, silently. Inigo noticed a picture of a woman on the table. He looked up, startled.

"Who is this?" he asked the Mythronian.

Reghof was silent. Realizing he had touched upon a sensitive subject, Inigo began to apologize guiltily. Reghof stopped him, answering Inigo's question.

"Lucy was - is - my wife. We had been happily married for so long - twenty years.

"Twenty years of love. Twenty years of companionship. All lost in one night.

Inigo shifted in his seat, his suspicions confirmed, as Reghof continued.




"Lucy went out one night, to buy us a meal. She never came back.

"From what I heard, she was probably alive, just captured by some outlaws. But who knows where she is now? And then there's the possibility...is she even alive?"

Reghof's story seemed to have greatly affected Inigo; his face was drained of it's color, his hands twitching nervously. All of the sudden, Inigo remembered his previous, unanswered question.

"Where are we going?" he asked, looking out a window. "It seems like we're going north...but where? Are you taking me to a prison or something? I know I agreed to go with you - it's only right, considering that you bested me - but I'm not going to let you take me in."

Reghof's response was unexpected. "We're going to Meids. Darden was last seen north of there."

"But why?" Inigo responded. "I thought you were trying to protect Darden."

"I won't protect a man I can't trust," Reghof said quietly. "I need to find out what really happened that night. I need to find out if Darden murdered your father."

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As the intro suggests, I'm not even going to try to hide it - this is by far my best build ever and no matter how good the photos are, they can't quite capture how impressive it is in real life. It's absolutely huge, at about 35x70, which made photography pretty difficult; piece count was also an issue, but by mixing different styles and colors, I managed to not run out. I'm really pleased with the level of detail and technique - again, be sure to look through all the pictures to be able to fully appreciate the complexity of the MOC. My goal for this MOC was to make something that looks great both overall and up close, and I think I succeeded.



Here's the full ship again, minus the top deck. I thought adding an interior would add a lot to it, and I quite like how it turned out. This was way out of my comfort zone - I've never built a ship before, and I only have one ship set (Durmstrang ship), so my ship-building pieces supply was pretty low. Actually, along those lines, this whole MOC was out of my comfort zone: Buildings are usually my weak area, but here I think they turned out really well.
Note that it's basically opposite in style from Infernum's ship - his was designed to be more rough and textured, whereas mine was intended to be smoother and more colorful, like a Mythronian ship.




The interior is pretty simple, but it works. The portrait is held up by a helmet visor wedged into the underside of the tile, which creates a nice, compact stand. Also notice the use of the stickered 1x2x5 bricks, which add a bit of detail to the area.




The back of the ship. The shaping was quite hard to get right, but I like how it turned out. The colors of it are probably my favorite part - they work well yet don't seem too excessive.



The side view shows the nice chain details and the overall shape; it also shows a bit of the curved sail...




Some arch details on the side made with 1x1 tiles wedged into 1x3 arches. Also note the working anchor.




The front of the ship features some ropes, complex shaping (with lots of the round tower technique) and a dinosaur figurehead.




And finally the Mythronian Falcon mosaic. It's my first mosaic ever, and considering that I think it turned out quite well. The original design was studs out, but I decided to go with this design instead to get a less blocky shape and less studs on the sail itself.




An overall view of the entire MOC, figless.




The Carthal town section. I really love how this part turned out, especially the buildings and palm tree. There's lots of techniques too, keep reading to see them all :)



Another view of the street.




The palm tree turned out pretty well, I think; I like the windy look of it.




The fountain. Not much to say here other than that those trans-clear plates (the water coming from the top) were ridiculously hard to balance...



This side of the street. The tan building was the first of the four that I made, and while it's probably the simplest and least unique, I think it turned out pretty well. Note the SNOTted dark tan going up the sides.... The stonework also turned out quite well, I like the dark grey at the corners.




Another view of the building.




This white building is also fairly typical, but I made up for that with some interesting techniques, including one I've never seen done before...



Some studs out panels add texture to the walls. They also allow for a 1/2 plate offset so that the wood sticks out slightly...




But how do the studs up sections also have the offset...?



Here's the technique I used for the studs up portion. There's a distance of only two plates between the bricks, which allows for the slight offset needed to match the studs-out panels.





This building was the last I made, and it's probably my favorite. I just love how the stonework came out, and the texturing on the white part turned out well too. There's also some interesting architecture: See if you can find the use of the tan technic axle pins, the white minifigure arms, the brown legs, and the white hinge plate...




The use of the tan here turned out pretty well, I think.




Another perspective.




Architectural details on the upper level of the final dark red building.




Bottom level. Note the use of the dragon head, as well as the stone texturing.



Upper level architecture again.

Well, I really hope you enjoyed this MOC! I'm extremely pleased with how it turned out, and I hope you do too!
Thanks for viewing!



Comments

  May 27, 2014
Is that... Adolf Hitler with long hair and breasts?
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  April 22, 2014
Ugh, 69...no longer. :P
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  April 21, 2014
I hate to agree with your boasting... but this really is great. Stellar work :P
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  April 4, 2014
Quoting Abby Francis Phenomenal build! I can only dream about having that many water pieces. XP By the way, I have recently learned from somebody *coughAlexRodecough* that you give some amazing advice and/or helpful criticism. Well, I need that. So if you could, check out some of my builds and give me your input!
Haha, until this January the only water pieces I had were the clear cheese. :) Will do!
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  April 4, 2014
Phenomenal build! I can only dream about having that many water pieces. XP By the way, I have recently learned from somebody *coughAlexRodecough* that you give some amazing advice and/or helpful criticism. Well, I need that. So if you could, check out some of my builds and give me your input!
  April 4, 2014
WHOA DESTRIAN'S IN HERE
  April 2, 2014
HAhaha, I just realized how nobody else moved in the entire story. XD
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  March 24, 2014
your an amazing builder
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  March 22, 2014
Some very excellent tricks in there to make the model so stunning, I love the look of the Ship's mast!
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  March 22, 2014
Great job man! Love the sail!
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  March 22, 2014
Congrats on getting this onto most discussed. Love the buildings!
  March 22, 2014
Congrats on getting on most discussed man, is this the first time?
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  March 21, 2014
Quoting Halhi I actually didn't even notice the Goodbye Brickville figure... It's a different hairpiece on this one though, even though you can't tell. And there's also the hippy from R3 and my attempt at making Gilbert :P
I could tell, actually, but I figured it was the same fig despite him wearing a bandana. :P Ah, the hippy...hadn't seen her...and Gilbert I noticed, but wasn't sure if it /was/ Gilbert. It...doesn't look too much like him. :P (And here's your 60 back.)
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  March 20, 2014
Quoting Kai Bernstein
Quoting Halhi 141 Easter egg ;) I figured I'd put him here since he's in the area and he's not really busy at the moment. And it means that nobody can tell me that I never use him :P
Ah. :P (And Destrian...and the guy from Goodbye Brickville...and the Skeleton King and Moustached Man from R3...and a classic armless fig...cameos everywhere!)
I actually didn't even notice the Goodbye Brickville figure... It's a different hairpiece on this one though, even though you can't tell. And there's also the hippy from R3 and my attempt at making Gilbert :P
  March 20, 2014
Quoting Halhi 141 Easter egg ;) I figured I'd put him here since he's in the area and he's not really busy at the moment. And it means that nobody can tell me that I never use him :P
Ah. :P (And Destrian...and the guy from Goodbye Brickville...and the Skeleton King and Moustached Man from R3...and a classic armless fig...cameos everywhere!)
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  March 20, 2014
Quoting Kai Bernstein Wait a minute, what's Halbert doing there?
Easter egg ;) I figured I'd put him here since he's in the area and he's not really busy at the moment. And it means that nobody can tell me that I never use him :P
  March 20, 2014
Wait a minute, what's Halbert doing there?
  March 20, 2014
I just noticed that your two newest MOCs lost 1 like each. That happened to a number of my MOCs, too. Strange.
  March 19, 2014
Could you please give me some more detail on a few lines of the review you wrote for your blue-coat buddies? I've selected a few lines that I don't quite follow: "His coloring is also not the greatest - mixes of red and dark red aren't pleasing." I might be partially color-blind, but I don't remember that mix. Which MOC was that? "The first [wall design I commonly use] is a blocky SNOTted tiles design that lacks texture and wastes pieces, the other is an inefficient mix of masonry bricks (often with the backside out - not good) and SNOTted tiled that lacks any consistency." If you would be so kind as to clarify that the first of these refers to the walls on my Tavern, I would be very grateful. If so, I'll give you a hint - it's actually a very parts-efficient technique for poor, broke builders like me who can't build an entire building with greebly studs-up structures with the added advantage that people like new techniques better than the innumerable attempts to copy Luke Watkins. "However, I would humbly say that my AC entry is approaching the level of his Black Knight Tavern (feel free to disagree once it's posted) and I built it in 2-3 days rather than that many months." "Note: he has noted that my buildings are approaching or passing his level of work." Brave words, Halhi - let's see who comes out on top come May. Good luck, because I'm not an old dog yet.
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  March 17, 2014
Quoting Freeling ++ Congratz on the win!
Was that sarcasm...? Infy won.
  March 17, 2014
Congratz on the win!
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  March 16, 2014
Beautiful detail, absolutely stunning work on the village area, I'm surprised more haven't seen this by now!
  March 15, 2014
Quoting Halhi 141
Quoting Gilbert Despathens
If you have the time - any chance I could get that rundown on the buildings that you mentioned? I'm currently working on a building (well, an interior, but still...) for the current UC and I'd hope to make sure that I don't make any of the same mistakes again.
Here goes... The first part that strikes me about the land portion is what you built rather than how you built it. I think that if you had aligned the four buildings in a row parallel to the coast in the style of a waterfront strip, that would allow them to act as a background for the ship (bricks beat poster board any day) and give viewers a full taste of the MOC's details. Plus, that would hide the cut-off back sides of the buildings from view. The shoreline could also use more detail - those rocks aren't your most outstanding even if they are efficient, so something like a dingy or an irregular outcrop could help to complete the scene. Moving farther inland, I'd suggest leaving the green plates out of the central street altogether but especially in front of the doors to the buildings. From here on, I'll do the buildings one by one clockwise from the dark-and-light-tan one.
Quoting Building 1 I think you could take a leaf from Jacob's book for the wall facing the sea - it could use a wagon wheel or something like that to break up the flatness. A window, even a shuttered one if parts were an issue, would have done well. The round plates in the door's arch are another detractor, and I think you could have built something like a pair of grey brick pillars behind the wall on either side of the door to fill the gaps. Maybe you could have had a 1x2 tile layered over one of the sides of the arch brick to break up its smoothness, too, but that's not such an important part. Finally (in the ground floor section), the near corner-stones don't work for me.
The first detail about the upper floor that sticks out is the SNOT vertical framing, which could use some horizontal SNOT to finish it. A band of planks around the division between the floors would go a long way on this building. This is also an issue around the top of the building, where the offset suddenly disappears. In the same area, you used a tan inverted slope to hold up the overhang - not a good idea. It wattle-and-dab construction, the timber does the support work. Going back to the framing, I think that you should use dark brown and printed planks more evenly if you mean to use them, because the color mix isn't as effective with only two representatives of each secondary color or pattern. There are also gaps behind some of these frames where daylight gets through. Finally, if I were you, I would try to add detail to those windows of the overhang of the roof - angled supports, offsets, or even thicker edges for better visibility would all help.
Quoting Building 2 This building had some similar issues, namely gaps around the door, in the walls and between the roof and the walls. I'm not crazy about those stone pillars on either corner, mostly because they look out-of-place structurally, but I appreciate their function in the half-stud translation of the wall (this layout is strangely familiar, though...). Many other details, like the use of minifigure parts above the door and under the windows, looked like they were included to show off how you can use minifigure parts rather than to fit any specific need in the structure. There was a large empty space above the upper windows and under the roof that could have used some details, though.
Quoting Building 3 The red building looks great overall. Someone did comment that it was vastly different from the others, however, so it would have been good to make up an explanation in the story section or even the fourth wall - for example, "The red-and-dark-grey building is no simple dockside shop or dwelling - it is one of five subsidiary customs offices located around Carthal's harbor and was accordingly built with finer materials." My main problems with this structure are the gaps caused by those vehicle arches and the angle plates at the division between floors. However, this is one place where studs in a door arch work perfectly.
Quoting Building 4 No complaints here - the offsets are beautiful, the SNOT is great, the roof aligns with the structure below it, the upper floor appropriately overhangs the lower, those 2x2x2/3 parts around the top of the wall fit in, the masonry looks awesome and there is a hint of widening at the base of the wall. There seem to be a few flaws around the door, but those are the same as in the rest of the street. Keep this design around, Halhi.
I have time for one last criticism - the story would have been much better if you moved the people in the first section instead of just shifting the camera around. That was weird, but not as weird as the feeling I got reviewing these - the feeling that you're catching up to or passing me in this area. This MOC felt like my UCMA entry, but I could see details that beat corresponding parts of my last building without a doubt. I think it's time for me to stop playing around with the same old techniques and find some that you haven't tried yet!
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  March 14, 2014
If this was an architectural competition, you would get the victory in a second. If this was a creature competition, Toa would get it. For better or worse, this was a ship-building challenge and that's what influenced my judging the most. Toa's ship was big and bulky, with prefabricated sails and hull pieces and a few awkward gaps in its forms, such as where the rails on the sides met the front. To its advantage, it had some very tricky shaping and siding. Its splintered-looking side was definitely a surprise. Your ship had the best sail beyond a doubt, and you were going for completely-opposite building styles. Also, those 1x1 tiles in the archways were an interesting detail. However, it was very rectangular and built mostly in a plain, studs-up fashion despite some curves at the front and back. These curves came with issues of their own - the back had visible vertical gaps as seen in the interior (maybe you could have had those walls hinge open rather than a removable deck), and the cylinders on the front did not go well with the smooth sides of the rest. The 1x1 tan studs worked into the rest of the railing, especially under the arches, looked awkward and asymmetrical. I would rather have seen a custom door than a single-piece one, too, perhaps moved to the side so that the wheel would look like it was actually connected to a rudder mechanism. Both ships, I noticed, also lacked access to other decks, whether upper or lower. What really got me, though, is how much better your buildings were than your ship. The same techniques can apply to both types of design, and the same goes for parts. Those dark and light tan color zones could have been applied as sea spray (or something like that), and those timber frames could have given your hull some much-needed variety. Speaking of the buildings... no, I should give a run-down of those another time so I can judge the rest of the entries today. My vote here goes to Toa Infernum.
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  March 13, 2014
Wow, this has been seriously the hardest round to judge so far. To tell you the truth, I've been avoiding it because I knew I'd have to make a decision. Your ship is really good, but your buildings are incredible. The sad thing is that the category is about the ship, so I had to focus on that aspect of it, and Toa edged you out a bit on that, so I'm gonna have to give my vote to him. Still, absolutely amazing work!
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  March 13, 2014
Quoting .: Calvin :. If I were to judge, I'd judge for you. Obviously Toa Infernum's ship was better than yours, but you included scenery and buildings, detailed if I might add. Great work, and good luck.
Thanks Calvin!
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  March 13, 2014
If I were to judge, I'd judge for you. Obviously Toa Infernum's ship was better than yours, but you included scenery and buildings, detailed if I might add. Great work, and good luck.
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  March 12, 2014
Quoting Fraser Robinson This is by far the toughest matchup I have ever had to judge. Both of your builds are so well done, and it's a shame that have to pick only one. No matter what the outcome both of you should be very proud of yourselves for how great you have done in this tournament, and in this round in particular. You both really stepped up to the plate for this round, and built some of the best MOCs that I have ever seen from either of you. Now for my decision. I went back and forth between the two builds for an extremely long time, however in the end my vote goes to Toa Infernum by a small margarine. Although I like Halhi's town slightly more than Infernum's dragon, Infernum's boat is exactly how I would picture a Rainosian boat, and I really like the water technic that he used. To be honest Halhi's boat just seems a bit too plain to me. If the category had been a free for all my vote may have gone the other way, but as it is Toa Infernum wins my vote as the boat portion of each of your builds carries more weight. Good luck with the other judges!
Thanks Fraser. I'll be sure to use small portions of artificial butter in my future builds if that's how he got your vote :P (sorry, couldn't resist). I'd say that mine is also the typical Mythronian boat...but I'd agree that it could use more detail other than just the colors and the probably too subtle arches. Thanks anyway! Yikes, this is close.
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  March 12, 2014
Quoting David FNJ I'll start of by saying that you both put up amazing entries! Your building detailing is great in that encompasses loads of different techniques while still capturing the medieval styling. The boat is also quite nice! In the end, I have to choose a creation. So, you have my vote! The number of interesting things you added to your entry showed a wide the range of skill in the various aspects of the build - all done with excellent quality. But believe me, this was close. I had to step back for a few days before I could ultimately decide between the two. Had I taken your boat as the main weight of your entry, Toa would have had my vote. But your entire town scene plus the nice boat won me over Toa's excellent boat and nice dragon. Good luck with the remaining judges. ~FNJ
Thanks David!
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  March 12, 2014
This is by far the toughest matchup I have ever had to judge. Both of your builds are so well done, and it's a shame that have to pick only one. No matter what the outcome both of you should be very proud of yourselves for how great you have done in this tournament, and in this round in particular. You both really stepped up to the plate for this round, and built some of the best MOCs that I have ever seen from either of you. Now for my decision. I went back and forth between the two builds for an extremely long time, however in the end my vote goes to Toa Infernum by a small margarine. Although I like Halhi's town slightly more than Infernum's dragon, Infernum's boat is exactly how I would picture a Rainosian boat, and I really like the water technic that he used. To be honest Halhi's boat just seems a bit too plain to me. If the category had been a free for all my vote may have gone the other way, but as it is Toa Infernum wins my vote as the boat portion of each of your builds carries more weight. Good luck with the other judges!
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  March 12, 2014
I'll start of by saying that you both put up amazing entries! Your building detailing is great in that encompasses loads of different techniques while still capturing the medieval styling. The boat is also quite nice! In the end, I have to choose a creation. So, you have my vote! The number of interesting things you added to your entry showed a wide the range of skill in the various aspects of the build - all done with excellent quality. But believe me, this was close. I had to step back for a few days before I could ultimately decide between the two. Had I taken your boat as the main weight of your entry, Toa would have had my vote. But your entire town scene plus the nice boat won me over Toa's excellent boat and nice dragon. Good luck with the remaining judges. ~FNJ
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  March 12, 2014
Quoting The Object of Legend Spectacular workmanship through this whole MOC! Some of the buildings look a little over-detailed, but nothing big. I really like the Mythron logo on the ship's sail, excellent touch!
Thanks OoL! I'm fine with overdetailed; I prefer overdetailed to underdetailed/overly clean in general :) Looks like the sail is pretty popular!
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  March 12, 2014
Quoting Jackal :] I'm gonna say it, you get my vote! This is just amazing and I love the ship as well! The best part about to its the sail, I think it looks really great! Yours may look blocky but that doesn't really matter to me! Love it! Oh and the village is just superb btw! Jackal :)
Thanks Jackal! Glad I put the extra work in to revise much of the ship (especially the sail) after the first version; the first sail was, to put it bluntly, pretty bad and blocky :P
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  March 12, 2014
I'm gonna say it, you get my vote! This is just amazing and I love the ship as well! The best part about to its the sail, I think it looks really great! Yours may look blocky but that doesn't really matter to me! Love it! Oh and the village is just superb btw! Jackal :)
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  March 12, 2014
Spectacular workmanship through this whole MOC! Some of the buildings look a little over-detailed, but nothing big. I really like the Mythron logo on the ship's sail, excellent touch!
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  March 11, 2014
Quoting George Marshall Man, I am in love with those buildings! Everything about this is so perfect, great job!
Thanks George!
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  March 11, 2014
Man, I am in love with those buildings! Everything about this is so perfect, great job!
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  March 11, 2014
Quoting Matthew Oh Well done! Great entry, your scenery really takes the cake. Unfortunately, I think Toa edged you out on this one, his boat was better, and as that was what the category was about, he gets my vote. It was a very close round though, good luck with the other judges!
I respect your opinion, and I probably agree that his boat is better, but I don't see how it's right to judge only part of the creation. That's like judging only his dragon in the MA since the category is about the dragon. Sure, the category said to build a boat, but it made it clear that you can add scenery...and since it says to add it, and it never says anything about the scenery not mattering...I don't see how you can judge only off of the boat. Just my 2
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  March 11, 2014
Well done! Great entry, your scenery really takes the cake. Unfortunately, I think Toa edged you out on this one, his boat was better, and as that was what the category was about, he gets my vote. It was a very close round though, good luck with the other judges!
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  March 11, 2014
Quoting Matt W. Wow Halhi, this is good! I just think Toa might have you with his water...sorry for saying I think he got ya....you really did surprise me with this one, it looks awesome!
Thanks Matt! Luckily it seems like the judges disagree :)
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  March 11, 2014
Wow Halhi, this is good! I just think Toa might have you with his water...sorry for saying I think he got ya....you really did surprise me with this one, it looks awesome!
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  March 11, 2014
Quoting Grant Davis I give you my vote. I love your red house. Did pick a brick start having Trans Clear Cheese?
Thanks Grant! Actually I got those about 9 months ago at PaB; when I went earlier this year they didn't have them anymore...
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  March 11, 2014
I give you my vote. I love your red house. Did pick a brick start having Trans Clear Cheese?
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  March 11, 2014
Quoting Stephan N Working like this, particularly impress me. I love all the many details, excellent job
Thanks Stephan!
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  March 11, 2014
Quoting Kai Bernstein
Thanks Kai! I agree on the landscape; for this, I was running out of time on the last weekend, so I basically just put down a bunch of large plates with a few reinforcements beneath for sturdiness and then just threw on a few smaller plates to smooth it out a bit. And yeah, I definitely agree on the pebbles. The rockwork... I like the technique and think it actually worked fairly well here, though I think I'll try to add some panels and more complexity next time I do it. Thanks for the long comment!
  March 11, 2014
Given all the discussion in the Gnomes group, you pretty much know my thoughts on this...but I'll go ahead anyway. :P I'll start with the boat - I quite like the shape and colors: that clean, Mythronian design works very well with the rest of the scene. Those details on the side look great and I love the mast! The front...well, I've harped on the front enough in the past. :P I do like the figurehead, though. Now to the second section - those buildings are fantastic! The textured stonework looks great and the blend of studs-up + SNoT facing two different ways works very well on the front two houses! But my favorites have got to be the back two. The red one has a very unique design; I like the dark bley tile effect on the lower half, and the upper is very aesthetically pleasing with those curved pieces over the gold windows and the gargoyle. The back white one looks awesome as well; the color distribution is great and I love the use of minifigure arms/legs. Now to the landscaping. And, I don't know. It seems a bit bland for you. It lacks pebbles and color/plant variety, and the fountain, while nice, does seem a bit unambitious. And you already know my thoughts on that one section at the edge, so I'll skip that. :P The rockwork...isn't bad. And I know you weren't focusing on it this time. But compared to your usual level of work, it's just "decent". So overall...fantastic build - great buildings, very nice landscaping in general, great boat, nice water - but it does have some irksome elements. Hope this helps to eliminate them in the future, and I'd say you've got this round in the bag!
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  March 11, 2014
Working like this, particularly impress me. I love all the many details, excellent job
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  March 10, 2014
Quoting Stephen Boe Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!
Well...there's still 6 judges left... I'm hopeful though :)
  March 10, 2014
Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!
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  March 10, 2014
Quoting Mark McPeek Hi Halhi. Well, this was a very difficult decision. Both your and Toa's entries were fantastic. I like his ship design better than yours, but your use of parts, detailing, and sail design was able to impress me a tad more than his. It also helped that you had built a town setting for a background. In the end, my vote goes to you. Awesome work and good luck with the other judges!
Hooray! Thanks Mark! Glad my surroundings paid off.
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  March 10, 2014
Hi Halhi. Well, this was a very difficult decision. Both your and Toa's entries were fantastic. I like his ship design better than yours, but your use of parts, detailing, and sail design was able to impress me a tad more than his. It also helped that you had built a town setting for a background. In the end, my vote goes to you. Awesome work and good luck with the other judges!
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  March 10, 2014
Quoting Mr. Cab @ Halhi: The red house is, in fact, one of the two best of the bunch, at least in my opinion. But it doesn't really fit into the environment, is all.
Yeah, maybe you're right on that.
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  March 10, 2014
@ Halhi: The red house is, in fact, one of the two best of the bunch, at least in my opinion. But it doesn't really fit into the environment, is all.
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  March 10, 2014
Quoting Zach Lucia How the heck did I miss this!? Oh well, heck of a build man. The ship is amazing, the town compliments it wonderfully, and the rocks are amazing as usual! Good luck! ~Zach
Thanks Zach!
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  March 10, 2014
How the heck did I miss this!? Oh well, heck of a build man. The ship is amazing, the town compliments it wonderfully, and the rocks are amazing as usual! Good luck! ~Zach
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  March 10, 2014
Quoting Justin M Excellent job man! Good luck! :)
Thanks Justin!
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  March 10, 2014
Excellent job man! Good luck! :)
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  March 10, 2014
Quoting Jacob Pennington Gotta say I like it! The ship I think is spot on for a Mythronian ship, especially that wicked sail. I think the town fits in perfectly with the scene, although the fountain seems a bit rushed. I personally like the red building, its a color not too often used in LoM, so its nice to see it. Also, nice part usage, especially finding places for those fig arms and legs. I think its a toss up this round for all four of us. Good luck! :)
Thanks Jacob! And I'm glad that you understand what I did regarding the style of the ship, I think most people missed that. Yeah, I really need to work on my designs for fountains and other curved structures, I have trouble when it comes to detailing. And I agree about the red building; it was inspired by Gilbert's UCA build (as was most of the MOC) and I think the color looks nice with the scene. Much better than the normal (light) red I was going to use for a different building :P Yeah, I've been trying to find uses for some strange pieces lately; my original design for the white building used the bottom of the feet of one of the Jack Stone (4+) figures for an architectural detail below a window...but I decided to discard it since I didn't have another one with grey legs and it looked odd with just one window. Thanks again, and good luck to you too!
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  March 10, 2014
Quoting Finn tegotash Great little town! The mosaic is excellent!
Thanks Finn! Glad my first mosaic was pretty successful...
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  March 10, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster Great scene. Terrific architecture and I love the sail on the ship.
Thanks!
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  March 10, 2014
Quoting Freeling ++ While Toa didn't have an amazing village behind his ship, his ship was, definitely better. Less blocky, more coolness. Good luck though.
It was also simpler (in terms of shaping), less colorful, rougher, had some somewhat messy texture (with the 1x4 tiles) and had a very simple, uninteresting shape. (and lacked brick-built sails, and I can't tell if the bottom of the hull is a prefab piece; I think it is though...). Thanks for the comment though.
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  March 10, 2014
Quoting T. J. Pownell Nice boat, the rockwork isn't your greatest though.
I thought it was pretty clear that the rockwork in this MOC isn't at all the focus. I purposely made it pretty simple both because of time and so that people would focus on the buildings and the ship, which are the main parts of the MOC. If I had made some complex rockwork, I know that people would keep commenting about how great it is and completely ignore the purpose of the MOC. That being said, I actually disagree; sure, it's simple, but it's pretty realistic. Thanks for the comment though.
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  March 10, 2014
Gotta say I like it! The ship I think is spot on for a Mythronian ship, especially that wicked sail. I think the town fits in perfectly with the scene, although the fountain seems a bit rushed. I personally like the red building, its a color not too often used in LoM, so its nice to see it. Also, nice part usage, especially finding places for those fig arms and legs. I think its a toss up this round for all four of us. Good luck! :)
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  March 10, 2014
While Toa didn't have an amazing village behind his ship, his ship was, definitely better. Less blocky, more coolness. Good luck though.
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  March 10, 2014
Nice boat, the rockwork isn't your greatest though.
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  March 10, 2014
Great little town! The mosaic is excellent!
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  March 10, 2014
Great scene. Terrific architecture and I love the sail on the ship.
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  March 10, 2014
Quoting Adam Brunsting That sail looks sooooo much better now. You sure gave Infurnum a challenge! However, as building a boat had to be the main focus, I think Infurnum's might edge yours out. While your MOC is great as a whole, if you took out his dragon and your village/town, I think his boat would win. Good luck!
I would hope that the judges judge the MOC and not the specific of the category. Otherwise, for instance, in your R3 entry they'd have completely ignored your outside area because it wasn't stated in the category. Anyway, they specifically said that you can add surroundings, so I'd be very surprised if they didn't judge them. Also, keep in mind that the ships were supposed to be different: mine is supposed to look Mythronian, very clean and refined, with less texture and more color. His was supposed to look Rainosian, very messy and textured, but without much actual detail or color, just texture. I see your point though.
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  March 10, 2014
That sail looks sooooo much better now. You sure gave Infurnum a challenge! However, as building a boat had to be the main focus, I think Infurnum's might edge yours out. While your MOC is great as a whole, if you took out his dragon and your village/town, I think his boat would win. Good luck!
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  March 9, 2014
Quoting David . While I don't think I'd want to board that ship in real life, the street/buildings make up for the (Somewhat) odd proportions of the boat. Well done, but I'm still not sure you can beat his water technique/dragon. ;)
I guess we'll see... (although from the people I've talked to, the common consensus seems to be that they like mine better :P). I personally think that a street with such ornate archicture is better than a chaotic water design and a nice dragon, but if you say so...
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  March 9, 2014
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 nice scene and great techniques!
Thanks Frank!
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  March 9, 2014
Quoting Ian ... Definitely your best. Great job!
Thanks Ian!
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  March 9, 2014
Quoting Michael K. Great sail and building sides!
Thanks Michael!
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  March 9, 2014
While I don't think I'd want to board that ship in real life, the street/buildings make up for the (Somewhat) odd proportions of the boat. Well done, but I'm still not sure you can beat his water technique/dragon. ;)
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  March 9, 2014
nice scene and great techniques!
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  March 9, 2014
Quoting Andrew the Jedi Ninja Nice buildings and ships. There are so many things you would miss if you didn't take the time to look at them. Smart about pointing out the offset. I didn't realize until you stated it. Cool sail, that's probably my favorite part. Good luck!
Thanks Andrew! It's the little details that make the difference...like the rubber bands around the crates and the half stud offsets on the white building in the back that I forgot to mention... (hopefully the judges see this comment...)
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  March 9, 2014
Nice buildings and ships. There are so many things you would miss if you didn't take the time to look at them. Smart about pointing out the offset. I didn't realize until you stated it. Cool sail, that's probably my favorite part. Good luck!
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  March 9, 2014
Definitely your best. Great job!
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  March 9, 2014
Great sail and building sides!
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  March 9, 2014
Quoting Eve Daniels A absolutely stunning build, Halhi!
Thanks Eve!
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  March 9, 2014
A absolutely stunning build, Halhi!
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  March 9, 2014
Quoting Mr. Cab When I clicked on this, I must admit I wasn't too excited, the ship looked a little weird from the thumbnail. But I've gotta say, this is one of your best, definitely. I love the shaping of the ship, the architecture on the houses is great. the red house seems a little awkward, though. And the fountain placement is weird, in the middle of the street instead of in a plaza. But still, what an amazing job!
Glad you like it more now :) And it seems that the red house isn't all that popular... Thanks!
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  March 9, 2014
When I clicked on this, I must admit I wasn't too excited, the ship looked a little weird from the thumbnail. But I've gotta say, this is one of your best, definitely. I love the shaping of the ship, the architecture on the houses is great. the red house seems a little awkward, though. And the fountain placement is weird, in the middle of the street instead of in a plaza. But still, what an amazing job!
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  March 9, 2014
Quoting Armon Russ Definitely one of your best. The ship is very nice and clean. Seems very Mythronian to me. ;) The sail is totally a winner. Excellent shaping for the symbol. I like the curved portion at the back. Really realistic. The scene behind it is a great contribute as well. Each building looks fantastic, except the red one. It seems a bit odd to me. Kinda like a firehouse. :P I'm impressed with how you gave them different roofs, too. Excellent work. And we'll see how you do with the judges.
Thanks Armon! Glad you like the clean look of the ship, that was what I was going for; I'm starting to focus on more than just texturing. I'm not sure I entirely agree on the red one - but I do think that it might be the weakest design, maybe. And I can assure you, those roofs were troublesome - especially, ironically, the simple designs of the white and tan buildings, due to piece shortage. Thanks again!
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  March 9, 2014
Definitely one of your best. The ship is very nice and clean. Seems very Mythronian to me. ;) The sail is totally a winner. Excellent shaping for the symbol. I like the curved portion at the back. Really realistic. The scene behind it is a great contribute as well. Each building looks fantastic, except the red one. It seems a bit odd to me. Kinda like a firehouse. :P I'm impressed with how you gave them different roofs, too. Excellent work. And we'll see how you do with the judges.
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  March 9, 2014
Quoting Kai Bernstein Before I give the full rundown, I thought I'd tell you that the bit about the wife is confusing at first; The names were mixed up once, so it's hard to understand who's saying what in the beginning. :P
Fixed it; you're right, I suppose it was a bit confusing. Thanks for letting me know!
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  March 9, 2014
Quoting El Barto ! Nicely done here, Chief! Well built and artistic details! Except for the chick with the mustache...
Haha, that's actually a guy that's having a very bad hair day. Or maybe just a bad hair life, considering that he had the same troubles in my Round 3 entry :)
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  March 9, 2014
Quoting Chi Warrior 0_o Maybe I was wrong Halhi. Best of luck man! You beat me in Round 2. I don't want my loss to go to waste man! Make me proud!!! :D
Like I said, I think I might be proving a lot of people wrong :D Thanks Chi!
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  March 9, 2014
Quoting ~ Brick Excellent work Halhi! The boat, especially it's sail, is beautiful! The town and it's buildings are equally astounding! I have to say I'm not a fan of that fountain, as it looks quite last minute and rushed.... But the build is just phenomenal! Best of luck on advancing to the next round, it seems things will be very close!
Thanks Brick! Glad you like the new sail. I also don't really like the fountain as much as its surroundings, I think something's a bit off with the top layer; maybe I needed something to cover those studs.
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  March 9, 2014
0_o Maybe I was wrong Halhi. Best of luck man! You beat me in Round 2. I don't want my loss to go to waste man! Make me proud!!! :D
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  March 9, 2014
Quoting Stephen Boe Aha! Trying out those Mark of Falworth-esque rocks I see? Well they look great. I just love the buildings! I agree with Lindel about the styles, it's impressive when people manage to do that. The ship is also quite well done, even if Infy's may be better. Overall, a spectacular job!
Haha, yeah, the rocks were done in that style because I was running out of time and I needed a style that was fairly sturdy and could be done quickly. They're actually a bit more complex than they may look, one of the layers is hinged. Glad you like the buildings and ship too, I really put a lot of work into them. Thanks!
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  March 9, 2014
Quoting Lindel Baskin Wow! Truly fantastic work, Halhi! The layout and presentation are wonderful, and your architecture is very well done. Each building is unique, but they match each other fairly well. The weathered look is great. Great work on the ship as well, the custom sail is fantastic. The texturing on the hull is excellent. Seriously impressive work here! Good luck with the judges!
Thanks for the great comment Lindel! I'm really glad you liked the diversity of the buildings, it was pretty hard to find enough different styles and techniques to make them all fairly different; the last especially (the white one at the back) took a while to come up with. I'm glad you like the ship too, looks like all the changes that I made since the "disappointing" first version paid off :)
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  March 9, 2014
Quoting Alex Rode In terms of the ship, Infy has you beat, even though your ship is quite nice. But your bordering details and features really compliment the build. Good luck!
Thanks Alex. Hm, maybe, I think it might be a bit hard to compare them, though, considering that the styles of the ships (Smooth Mythronian vs Rough Rainosian) are quite different.
  March 9, 2014
Oh wait - I see - it does seem to be in order. Just the pronouns' placement makes it seem like Reghof is talking in some places when Inigo really is. :P
  March 9, 2014
Before I give the full rundown, I thought I'd tell you that the bit about the wife is confusing at first; The names were mixed up once, so it's hard to understand who's saying what in the beginning. :P
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  March 9, 2014
Nicely done here, Chief! Well built and artistic details! Except for the chick with the mustache...
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  March 9, 2014
Excellent work Halhi! The boat, especially it's sail, is beautiful! The town and it's buildings are equally astounding! I have to say I'm not a fan of that fountain, as it looks quite last minute and rushed.... But the build is just phenomenal! Best of luck on advancing to the next round, it seems things will be very close!
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  March 9, 2014
Aha! Trying out those Mark of Falworth-esque rocks I see? Well they look great. I just love the buildings! I agree with Lindel about the styles, it's impressive when people manage to do that. The ship is also quite well done, even if Infy's may be better. Overall, a spectacular job!
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  March 9, 2014
Wow! Truly fantastic work, Halhi! The layout and presentation are wonderful, and your architecture is very well done. Each building is unique, but they match each other fairly well. The weathered look is great. Great work on the ship as well, the custom sail is fantastic. The texturing on the hull is excellent. Seriously impressive work here! Good luck with the judges!
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  March 9, 2014
In terms of the ship, Infy has you beat, even though your ship is quite nice. But your bordering details and features really compliment the build. Good luck!
 
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