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For the LOM History challenge, I promise you something that you have never seen before and events that will, for all intents and purposes, be a first in the history of the Lands of Mythron. The past can be a nice place, but I've already been there.
About this creation
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King Bartok of Rainos
Sir Ballen of Gimletsport
Longbowmen and longbowwomen of the Dark Valley
An anonymous Enalican

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The black knight fell backwards and his opponent sighed, allowing his planned counterattack to die in a graceful stop. His gleaming broadsword did not waver by a hair's breadth as he held it.

"Ballen, you can never hope to kill a king if you keep fighting like that. If we should ever go to battle with the king across the water, you will never make it as far as his honor guard."

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Now, to quote the originator of LOM History...

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Booyah.

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King Bartok's castle, Iremons, is built into a mountain overlooking the capital of Rainos. Its builders, the best and brightest of Mythron's corps of engineers, had the idea to make use of the steeply-sloped terrain and built many of the defenses as a combination between curtain walls and retaining walls.

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These fortifications encircle the relatively-flat crown of the mountain, leaving space for a farm or camping grounds for the colonial army. In those days, of course, Rainos was newly-conquered and even the most massive of armies did not like to rest unprotected.

Back to the story...

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"It's your quickness that does you in, Sir Ballen. You try to move your body faster than your broadsword allows, and that spoils your balance. Practice your defensive stance until you understand how to protect with both your blade and your footwork - that should help you."
"Thank you, my liege."

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"Come, have a drink. We will resume when we are rested."

One of the castle guards, a bowman of the Dark Valley, coughed politely.

"King, an Enalican wants to speak with you. Says he represents Lukas Spine."

"A messenger from General Spine? Bring him out here - this is too good a day to waste in council rooms."

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"Here he is, your Highness."

"Well-met, sir. What news of the Dragon?"

"The General is well, sir. In fact, he's more than well - he leads a host to Elpis with strong hopes of taking the city for Rainos, and is asking all across the land for strong warriors to join his cause."

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Sir Ballen rose with an expression of outrage.

"What? Mythron is all but defeated, and this Dragon takes an army to fight Outlaws? Why fight them when they are already doing our work for us? I am no expert, but I have heard whispers of their Organization, and what I have heard tells me that they will descend in all their masses on us if we move against them."

Bartok lifted a hand to calm the knight.

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"Peace, Ballen. Rainos has a long tradition of raiding where it will, but this move will do us more good than ill. I know of the man who holds Elpis - a scholar with the valor of a lion, who is a greater friend to the king in Reedus than to our countrymen. To diminish his threat would benefit us greatly, not the least because it would add a growing city to our lands. A city siege requires an army of great size... and what is Elpis but a premium foothold for an invasion of Mythron? I tell you, Spine is guided by more than hatred in this."

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The knight subsided.

"Aye, my lord. I must return home and consider if I should join my banner to this endeavor. Fare thee well."

"May fortune shine on you, Sir Ballen." The king turned to the pirate.

"Tell Lukas that I will raise my forces and bid the Lord of Guaire to do the same. If Spine can force a path to the city gates, Lord Rego and I will be close behind him in the first true invasion our country has ever led - truly, history in the making."

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Fourth Wall

Here are a few pictures of the landscaped section on a black background to make the trees stand out (even if there is a glare on the stone):

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Now I get to explain that ostentatious introduction of mine...

This is not the first time someone has built a round tower, but I hope that it is the first time one has been built in the manner I used for the tan-and-dark-tan section (hence my promise). If anyone else has tried it, he or she must have been crazy - the technique is ridiculously complicated and difficult to pull off. I had my doubts in the building process, but fortunately I am a bit crazy... and the structure is remarkably stable once it's finished. If you want to know how I did it, please watch for my technique page, where I will both discuss the structure of this tower and any other interesting trick I've found over my time on MOCpages.

As for the second boast and the challenge fit, this is my representation of a historic moment in the Lands of Mythron - the first-ever city attack, instigated by Asad Brunsting, alias Adam Brunsting alias General Spine. The challenge description doesn't say that entrants have to build for a previous challenge or part of the LOM's past - it says that they can build "an event that changed the course of the LOM's history" - e.g., a city attack. With luck, there will be another such entry to the challenge with a considerably greater ripple effect before the month is out... (muahaha). Now that that's settled, I can go back to discussing the MOC.

Whereas the majority of the castle segment is SNOT architecture, the battlements are a traditional studs-up curve. The only aspect that sets them apart is their width - I wanted a good, strong castle wall, not those one-stud-wide, one-to-two-studs-high structures you see on official Lego castles. Behind this wall there is a section of floating light-grey tiles and a longer wall walk made of the same material fixed onto plates behind them, and in the curve of the tower you can see a barrel table with drinks on it. I would like to make sure that Halhi 141 gets credit for the stools you can see beside the table, with he invented in



Comments

  June 24, 2014
I noticed this a while ago but didn't feel like saying anything - looks like you never finished that last sentence :P Did you leave to find the link and forget to come back, or something like that?
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  May 27, 2014
Awesome! I like the curved portion of the tower. It looks very well done. The wall at the top of the tower looks very good too.
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  April 8, 2014
This is true artwork. I love the tower, and the character of Bartok.
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  April 1, 2014
Ha ha, all of Halhi's critiques put this on the Explore page.
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  March 31, 2014
Quoting Ian Spacek Excellent MOC. I like that tower face.
Thank you. I'll try to make more like it.
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  March 31, 2014
Excellent MOC. I like that tower face.
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  March 31, 2014
Quoting David FNJ A masterpiece! That tan/dark tan tower is amazing! Excellent work Gilbert!
Thanks. It would have been better with some of your landscaping.
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  March 31, 2014
Quoting Freeling ++ I figured out the technique, or one that looks like it anyways. Use dem Lego nets. I'll definitely be doing that. GENIOUS! Perfect for the tower of the Assassination.
Nope, no nets involved. It has a hard structure, but both strategies will probably work. Who are you assassinating?
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  March 31, 2014
Quoting Halhi 141 Hey, I think I just figured out the tower technique! (or something that would look the exact same, anyway). Feel free to wait as long as you want on that technique page - if I use the technique I want to make sure it's my own idea, even if it turns out to be the same as yours.
I explained it on my Tourney intro... or at least the very rough draft of it. You can check with that if you like.
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  March 31, 2014
Quoting Professor B. Masterfully done, sir. I'm in awe of that tower! The amount of detail on it is incredible! The trees are awesome too. Very well done.
Thanks, Prof.!
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  March 31, 2014
Quoting Fraser Robinson Nice build Gilbert, the tower is very well done.
Thank you, Fraser.
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  March 31, 2014
A masterpiece! That tan/dark tan tower is amazing! Excellent work Gilbert!
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  March 31, 2014
I figured out the technique, or one that looks like it anyways. Use dem Lego nets. I'll definitely be doing that. GENIOUS! Perfect for the tower of the Assassination.
  March 30, 2014
Hey, I think I just figured out the tower technique! (or something that would look the exact same, anyway). Feel free to wait as long as you want on that technique page - if I use the technique I want to make sure it's my own idea, even if it turns out to be the same as yours.
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  March 30, 2014
Masterfully done, sir. I'm in awe of that tower! The amount of detail on it is incredible! The trees are awesome too. Very well done.
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  March 30, 2014
Nice build Gilbert, the tower is very well done.
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  March 30, 2014
Quoting Halhi 141 I'm guessing that said person isn't you since I saw you use a bunch in Falmore town...
Oh, wait - you did say "plates," didn't you - that's why Kai's comment wasn't making sense.
  March 30, 2014
I'm guessing that said person isn't you since I saw you use a bunch in Falmore town...
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  March 30, 2014
<<<<Quoting Gilbert Despathens I was looking at that MOC only a minute ago, and I was wondering how you did it. I can't tell you for sure for that reason, but I know that my technique creates a very thick wall, so a combination of an inward-curving wall and an exterior wall would require a lot of bricks to account for the changes in radius. I'm nearly sure it could work, though.
My own technique page is coming soon, then you'll see... ;) The combination would certainly require a lot of pieces though. I am sure of that.
  March 30, 2014
I don't like being a bother, but *Lukas, not Lucas.
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  March 30, 2014
Quoting Halhi 141 I do agree that round plates work better than tiles, though.
Guess who doesn't have any of those...
  March 30, 2014
I do agree that round plates work better than tiles, though.
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  March 30, 2014
the scenes and character design are super!
  March 30, 2014
Quoting Gilbert Despathens
There should indeed. But as I [never] say, square or round - or both - 1x1 plates work better. Dark tan with reddish brown...hm...I may have to experiment with that, regardless. :P I look forward to the picture and I'm glad all this criticism has been taken so well.
Quoting Halhi 141 Haha, the irony. Kai loves the concept of a MOC about attacking the outlaws? :P
Build-wise, not story-wise. You knew that. :P And though Ganner probably couldn't care less...I actually do care about the Outlaws' cities. :P
Quoting Gilbert Despathens He's a true lone wolf - those poor saps in Elpis have nothing to do with him. As long as there are belligerent vagabonds, trees and open roads, Kai's character is set.
At least for now. :P
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  March 29, 2014
Quoting Nanoc H Really nice build I personally like the tan and grey together but thats my opinion. The trees are really cool as well, nice work!
I share your opinion on the tan and grey! Thanks for the support and the praise.
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  March 29, 2014
Quoting Stephen Boe Wait, you're in GoH? Can I see your builds?!
I'm on the brink of joining, and I plan to do what Toa Infernum does - use the same builds in both places. The LOM will probably drive the decision-making process of MOC planning, though.
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  March 29, 2014
Really nice build I personally like the tan and grey together but thats my opinion. The trees are really cool as well, nice work!
  March 29, 2014
Wait, you're in GoH? Can I see your builds?!
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  March 29, 2014
Quoting Halhi 141 Haha, the irony. Kai loves the concept of a MOC about attacking the outlaws? :P
He's a true lone wolf - those poor saps in Elpis have nothing to do with him. As long as there are belligerent vagabonds, trees and open roads, Kai's character is set.
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  March 29, 2014
Quoting Toa Infernum Wow! I love it Gilbert! While I agree that it would have been better with a base, it looks great as is! I love the mix of tiles and plates on the wall, and the windows and details are great! The story was great too! I love the tree on the right, but I don't really like the top of the one on the left. Anyway, great job! I love it! :D
Yep, I'm going to do a base now. Watch for it in the GoH.
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  March 29, 2014
Quoting Kai Bernstain
Thanks, Kai! Believe it or not, I had my doubts about those bley tiles in the dirt, too... until I saw what it looked like in plain brown (eurgh). It's not perfect, but it is rocky terrain, and it's only natural that there should be some small, half-buried rocks around (that, and Halhi already got me for using dark tan with reddish brown). Good idea on the shot from the back - I'll take one of those. I kind of thought about the issue, but nothing clicked until you wrote it down for me. I was also wondering when someone would mention the pine tree, and you did it! Fortunately, I was braced for it. I think Halhi already covered the other details in your comment, so rest assured that I have those firmly in mind.
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  March 29, 2014
Wow! I love it Gilbert! While I agree that it would have been better with a base, it looks great as is! I love the mix of tiles and plates on the wall, and the windows and details are great! The story was great too! I love the tree on the right, but I don't really like the top of the one on the left. Anyway, great job! I love it! :D
  March 29, 2014
Haha, the irony. Kai loves the concept of a MOC about attacking the outlaws? :P
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  March 29, 2014
Well. After having looked at the moc multiple times, read Halhi's comment, looked some more and thought some more...here we go. In concept, the moc definitely is one of your best. The curvature on the wall is simply fantastic and the landscaping behind it is very nice. (But honestly, it seems like everyone is sticking those abhorrent 1x1 square tiles as pebbles in their mocs just to ànnoy me. :P) I can see what Halhi meant about the tans next to bley, but I don't think it's that much of an issue. Less studs on the light tan would indeed be nice, but I understand piece constraints. As for the top of the wall, it does look a little too repetitive. I'd have added a few dark bley masonry bricks or some tile texturing patterns to keep it unique and eliminate the need for technic bricks. still looks alright, though; it's nothing major. I also don't mind the stone floor too much, though, sure, a few greebles would be nice. The rocks and landscaping, again, look really good, but there are far too many 1x1 tiles laying around. I really like the tree on the right; the left one, not so much. The 1-brick-high gap between each layer of leaves is too large, and the cheese pattern on top does not fit in. Now that I'm past everything minor, I think the moc as a whole looks unfinished. It needs to have a base, or be higher, or part of some other structure...that's what it looks like, a section of something much larger, and something about that is really ànnoying. The other big one is that there aren't many good pictures of the area behind the wall. We get glimpses. They're either from the wrong angle or a minifig is in the way or both. We need an "overall shot" taken from the back! :P
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  March 29, 2014
Quoting Halhi 141
Whew. I thought about every fault on that list either when I was making the MOC or when I was taking pictures of it and I agree with you almost completely (the colors still look fine to me). Some of the issues (the studs on the exterior wall, the round-holed Technic bricks) were due to parts limitations, as I'm sure you understand, but I confess guilt for the major flaws. The paving stones do need more greebles and the texturing on the battlements could use some work. Fortunately (and thanks to you), I can fix those before I post this on Eurobricks if not for the UC. Unfortunately, I've realized that putting the wall in front, while it does explain why I didn't make a wall that runs all the way down to the ground, divides the MOC into two sections - the top half, with its view restricted by the rampart; and the lower half, which consists of a stony face and shows none of the details on top. I originally meant to put a smaller, taller tower and a wall of castle buildings behind the battlements to shift the focus, but I ran out of parts. I'll satisfy myself with building a border that runs along the edges of the forward face and hope that eases the eyes. Thanks for the feedback, positive and negative. It makes me feel guilty that I haven't given you a breakdown of your tavern's pros and cons yet.
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  March 29, 2014
Quoting Mr. Cab We need that technique page... Great job here, Gilbert! I actually expected it to be larger. But this is better than anything I could have expected. Also, I have a thought: Do you think that your tower technique is compatible with my inwards round wall technique (seen here: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/380875. That moc wasn't great, but the technique is good...). Again, awesome job here!
I was looking at that MOC only a minute ago, and I was wondering how you did it. I can't tell you for sure for that reason, but I know that my technique creates a very thick wall, so a combination of an inward-curving wall and an exterior wall would require a lot of bricks to account for the changes in radius. I'm nearly sure it could work, though.
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  March 29, 2014
Quoting Alex Rode Wow - absolutely impressive! Really great stuff Gilbert.
Thanks, Alex!
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  March 29, 2014
Quoting ~ Brick Once again Gilbert, you have created a marvelous piece of art. As the others have said, I too anxiously await you technique page to be posted.
I'll get on that. Of course, I see that up ahead Halhi has some opinions and critiques I need to account for first.
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  March 29, 2014
Quoting JP Creations Incredible job! The curvature of the castle wall are superb. The picture quality is excellent. The minifigures are great.
Thanks. This was the first time I tried a two-handed grip on a sword - that was fun for me and my minifigure learning experience for the MOC.
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  March 29, 2014
Quoting toa taile fine work gilbert! i love that wall, and the tree on the right is fantastic. by the way im going to post my first lom moc soon.
Yes! More players! More people to attack the cities of! I look forward to it.
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  March 29, 2014
Well, I just had a really long critique typed out and accidentally deleted it. Anyway... Good colors (for the most part), good techniques, and good details, but I think the overall look isn't as pleasing. It seems a bit unfinished due to the lack of a base (and a few other things which I'll go over in a minute...) Anyway, I'll start on the top. This is probably the more successful, if simpler, section of the build; the colors flow together well, the landscape blends well with the tiles, and the trees look amazing. The rockwork is also pretty good, although it could still use some refinement. My only critique on this section is the tiling, which seems too plain and repetitive. You could really use some studs in there, or at least some different colors like dark grey and dark tan, to break up the monotony. Ironically, you did that too much on the wall itself; the colors look fine (sorta...I'll get into that later) but there's too many studs; if you had used a lot more light tan tiles and a lot less light tan plates, it would be better. That's kinda a minor thing though. My main problem with that section (and the entire build, really) is the stonework; it's too repetitive with all the masonry bricks - and then on the left side I think I see 1-2 regular bricks which make something look out of place. The technic bricks are a good idea but if you had used the ones with the axle hole (+) then it would probably look better. Now for the tan section...really good, for the most part. I love the windows, and the cheese slope pattern works pretty well. The round wall technique looks promising as well. What's bothering me, though, is the colors, which don't look right: I think that while the tan looked good on your Fairytale Rescue build, it just doesn't work for a castle wall like this, especially next to all that grey. I can't pinpoint why since that's exactly the setting of Fairytale Rescue...but it just doesn't work here. Anyway, nitpicks aside, I do like this build. Not your best by any means, but still quite good. Oh, and thanks for giving me credit for that technique. I was about to report you in the Brick Busters group for stealing my design before I noticed the last line :P
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  March 29, 2014
We need that technique page... Great job here, Gilbert! I actually expected it to be larger. But this is better than anything I could have expected. Also, I have a thought: Do you think that your tower technique is compatible with my inwards round wall technique (seen here: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/380875. That moc wasn't great, but the technique is good...). Again, awesome job here!
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  March 29, 2014
Wow - absolutely impressive! Really great stuff Gilbert.
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  March 29, 2014
Once again Gilbert, you have created a marvelous piece of art. As the others have said, I too anxiously await you technique page to be posted.
  March 29, 2014
Incredible job! The curvature of the castle wall are superb. The picture quality is excellent. The minifigures are great.
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  March 29, 2014
fine work gilbert! i love that wall, and the tree on the right is fantastic. by the way im going to post my first lom moc soon.
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  March 29, 2014
Quoting Stephen Boe Awesome round tower! I love how the landscape blends into the tiled floor.
Thanks, Stephen.
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  March 29, 2014
Quoting Ian ... Most excellent! That tower is definitely beautiful, and I really want to see how it was done. It looks really good. Wish you were a Mythronian...
You're always welcome to change to MY side. Thanks for the praise, Ian - I'll try and have the explanation up next month.
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  March 29, 2014
Quoting Asad Brunsting This MOC is great! I love the round tower at the begining, and it looks really complicated, yet deceptively simple. The Enalican is ok, but I won't complain. The one think is though, *Lukas, not Lucas. I like the little landscaping there is, and I really enjoy the MOC as a whole. Cheers!
I'll edit that at once! Thanks.
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  March 29, 2014
Awesome round tower! I love how the landscape blends into the tiled floor.
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  March 29, 2014
This MOC is great! I love the round tower at the begining, and it looks really complicated, yet deceptively simple. The Enalican is ok, but I won't complain. The one think is though, *Lukas, not Lucas. I like the little landscaping there is, and I really enjoy the MOC as a whole. Cheers!
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  March 29, 2014
Most excellent! That tower is definitely beautiful, and I really want to see how it was done. It looks really good. Wish you were a Mythronian...
 
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