My 100 point Rainos rank challenge: Green blooded Rainosian.
About this creation
"Son, tonight, I will tell you a tale about Gyllfore, the most patriotic Rainosian of all."
It was a dreary day. The lord of Guaire had found all of his diamonds were missing! He sent Gyllfore and a squad of Dragon clan soldiers to stop the outlaws responsible. Gyllfore found an underground tunnel, and saw that the outlaws had a small camp underneath. No outlaws were there. Then, since he knew the outlaws would comeback, he ordered a barricade to be constructed. As he assumed, the next day, outlaws came to escape with the Guaire diamonds. Gyllfore did his best to stop them, and was a true green-blooded Rainosian that day. He killed many, but the outlaws prevailed. Once the outlaws reached Bodus Minor, they were grieved to know that the Diamonds were a fake! I want you to know so, that Gyllfore is my best friend. Besides your mother, of course.
My main criticism of this MOC is that the detailed rockwork at the bottom is hidden from sight when it looks like it may have been the strongest part of the model. As for what Halhi and Mr. Cab said, you don't need anyone's help but your own. I've often been in your shoes - I have a high where I come up with something new, and not long after I have two weeks of mundane builds where I'm trying to find the same golden glow as before. I've found out through this that the secret is not to find a formula, but to take your parts and put them together in a way that you have never tried or even never seen before. Indulge your whims and shape your story around what you feel like building rather than the other way around. All you need to do to tap into a source of infinite learning is to break out of your pattern.
My advise is to try something different. A lot of the time it seems like you tend to build the same type of things - green landscapes. They turn out well, but some diversity (making some cottages, ruins, interiors, etc) might help. That's what I've been working on lately - I realized that most of my MOCs are just landscapes with some rockwork. Then I tried out some fancy buildings...and realized how much I love building them and that I'm better than I thought at them.
@Adam: I could give some help if you want to. ;) But since I am not that fabulous of a builder myself, I think others could give you better feedback.
I think the main thing is actually your choice of colors more than anything else. Your landscapes almost always look the same with that green. I think that sometimes putting more foliage in would spice it up a bit. My other main qualm is actually more your presentation than your building. Although your background looks good, the build itself is often too dark in the pictures, I think. The best time to take pictures is in daylight, but especially in the morning just before the sun comes up or on an overcast day. ;)
To be honest I kinda agree with Mr Cab, aside from the Outlaw superiority part (unless it's opposite day). It seems a lot of the time that you just go for quantity over quality, I think it would be better for you as a builder to work on maybe decreasing the quality and spending more time/effort on your builds. That's not to say that you're not a good builder - just that more time would help you improve more rapidly. That being said, this is quite a nice MOC, I like the dual layers.
Huh. You know, another reason that Outlaws are -EDIT: should be considered- --2nd EDIT: COULD be considered*-- a better faction is because they challenge their members more. The 50 point challenge already requires the entrant to make a build better than their average. I don't even know how hard the 100 point challenge will be (it has not been revealed yet).
As for the build itself, I think it is not bad, I love how action-filled you made the barricade scene...
*don't want to be too competitive or hurt anyone's feelings... :P ;)