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It's been over a month since I last used Steven in a MOC - what can have become of him? This is the first in a series of catch-up MOCs showing what he and his crew were doing in March.
About this creation
What happened in February...

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"You are to sail and march under the banner of the Black Lotus with this ship and your crew, make use of new equipment and recruits provided by my organization, remain in Falmor and take as much as you can from these Mythronians. The world isn't perfect, Steven, but the power to improve it is in our hands."

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Sir Steven George's Son:

With all your quests that happen to take you beyond the reach of my messengers and your talk of peace, I ought to see you tried for insubordination and depleting what little morale my army of bumpkins had to begin with. Fortunately for you, it happens that I need an officer to deal with my new business partner, a noble organization called the Black Lotus.

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As part of the bargain, you will receive a detachment of marines, an improvement on those rags of chain and quilt you wear for armor and training with the Lotus' operatives on the island of Exileseat. In addition, this missive will serve as a letter of marque approved by old Bartok, allowing you to commandeer reasonable amounts of Rainosian supplies and strike our enemies at will. Remember, though, that these gifts are provided through the grace of our allies in the war against Mythron, and if you don't put them to use in this most noble of causes, well, I'll see to it that you regret your cowardice or my name isn't Cedric the Bull!

- Cedric the Bull, Lord and Terror of the Northern Shores


Black Lotus Training Program, Part 1

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As a knight, a term which translated to "servant" in the old tongue of Rainos and "horseman" in the predecessor of modern Mythronian, Steven found that he was expected not only to take arms against the enemies of his liege lords but also to take arms on horseback if need be.

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"Whoa! Betsy, stop, you oversized goat!"

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"Betsy!"

This was by far his least favorite part of his education.


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This was a small build, but I was able to try out three new tricks: a way to make a wheat field without buying a thousand tan flagpoles, a masonry technique that takes away any sort of grid pattern, and the exposure adjustment option in the custom-settings mode of my camera phone. One would think that I would have worked out the latter long ago, but, well, I didn't. Look for some much-cleaner white backgrounds in the future.



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  April 26, 2014
Noooo.....a CAMERA PHONE??? I don't even know if my camera takes photos as good as that!
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  April 20, 2014
Nice masonry technique! I have to agree that the wheat is too clunky, though.
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  April 15, 2014
I was going to say that you had the strangest rocks in this build, until I read that it was supposed to be stonework. I think it works fine as stonework, but in such a low wall I somehow just expected rocks. :P I don't really like the wheat technique. Maybe tiles would work better, but I doubt that. Anyways, since this is just a freebuild, I don't think to much critique is necessary, and for what it is, you did a good job.
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  April 15, 2014
Well Gilbert old boy, you've done it again. Your shears skill over the written word, building skills and style, mastery of literature, creative thinking and story-writing has amazed me yet again. It almost convinces me to stay with LoM and abandon my own project. *sigh*. I look forward to the next build from one of my favourite builders and role-models.
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  April 15, 2014
Very nice stonework!
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  April 14, 2014
It is a good MOC, but the irregular base part irks me. I don't like the two stud thing, and it seems too flat. I like the new techniques you implemented though!
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  April 14, 2014
Quoting Matt W. Nice build, what it lacks in detail, it picks up in creativity! The stone is nice, and I like this simple way of making a wheat field! Well done, lad!
Finally, someone who understands me! I'm not sure why you called me "lad", but thanks.
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  April 14, 2014
Quoting Kai Bernstein Uh...stonework. Right. Sorry, it looks like rockwork. Light grey rockwork with darker veins; very life-like. As stonework, though...I can sort of see it, but it doesn't work well.
I'll make a house out of it just for you.
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  April 14, 2014
Quoting Halhi 141 Interesting ideas, but overall I agree with Kai. There's a much better way to do wheat, or something similar: just a bunch of hands connected by friction in between studs; FNJ's used the technique in the past and it's much more effective. Also, interesting stonework (almost identical to the technique I was planning on using for an upcoming MOC) but it would be more effective without the dark grey. Having a dark grey wall behind it would look much better - it would be seen through the cracks and it wouldn't be so thick. Nice try, but I know you can do way better.
Hands are good for hay in a cart - otherwise they're too short for my liking. I disagree with you on the dark grey mortar, and I'll see if I can't do better next time. Hint: it's back to interiors.
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  April 14, 2014
Quoting Kai Bernstein Interesting build. Certainly not one of your better ones, but nice nonetheless. The wheat technique is interesting, the rocks are...interesting...and the ground is...well, boring. The layering could be much more detailed. I pay special attention to that now, especially as my LOM episode 2, coming tonight or tomorrow, has a ton of it. :P
Yes, the ground was boring. I was a little peevish on Sunday and I wanted to post a creation to blow off some steam, textured ground or not.
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  April 14, 2014
Nice build, what it lacks in detail, it picks up in creativity! The stone is nice, and I like this simple way of making a wheat field! Well done, lad!
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  April 14, 2014
Nice lil builds :)
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  April 13, 2014
@KAI - NO. JUST NO. Anyway, wow, I love that stone wall! I've been striving for a while to create that same kind of texture. Now I have to find a slightly different way to do it so I don't plagiarize.
  April 13, 2014
Oh, and the photography is good, but here's a tip: do a quick bit of editing to completely cut out the background - http://pixlr.com/editor . The curves tool is good for getting most things and adjusting the white balance, the magic wand tool is good in some cases where the curves tool doesn't get everything, and the eraser is good for getting spots off that aren't right next to the creation (and you can also crop the picture...)
  April 13, 2014
Uh...stonework. Right. Sorry, it looks like rockwork. Light grey rockwork with darker veins; very life-like. As stonework, though...I can sort of see it, but it doesn't work well.
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  April 13, 2014
Nice wheat field and little rock wall! I do agree with Kai on the textures, though. Still a good MOC nonetheless!
  April 13, 2014
Correction: those rocks are interesting in an awesome way. :P They actually look really realistic.
  April 13, 2014
Interesting ideas, but overall I agree with Kai. There's a much better way to do wheat, or something similar: just a bunch of hands connected by friction in between studs; FNJ's used the technique in the past and it's much more effective. Also, interesting stonework (almost identical to the technique I was planning on using for an upcoming MOC) but it would be more effective without the dark grey. Having a dark grey wall behind it would look much better - it would be seen through the cracks and it wouldn't be so thick. Nice try, but I know you can do way better.
 I like it 
  April 13, 2014
Interesting build. Certainly not one of your better ones, but nice nonetheless. The wheat technique is interesting, the rocks are...interesting...and the ground is...well, boring. The layering could be much more detailed. I pay special attention to that now, especially as my LOM episode 2, coming tonight or tomorrow, has a ton of it. :P
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  April 13, 2014
Awesome, as always.
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  April 13, 2014
Oh, neat! Nice work Gilbert at another original creation.
 
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