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LOM May UC: Watching the Borders
For the May Universal Challenge in the Lands of Mythron.
About this creation
The Black Lotus have declared an attack against the Mythronian capital city of Reedus. The Mythronian's, with other forces from Nerogue and others against the Black Lotus, prepare for the siege on the outskirts of the city's region. Destrian also heads to a large Mythronian camp to prepare for the imminent onslaught.

Watching the Borders

Watching the Borders

Watching the Borders

Watching the Borders

Watching the Borders

Watching the Borders

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 I like it 
  June 15, 2014
Great build! I like both bridges!
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  June 13, 2014
the rock work is great, as always!
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  June 2, 2014
With my new water pieces, I am very inspired to try your type of waterfall technique. Great build!
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  June 1, 2014
Nice job! I like the angle of the defense atop the rock wall and the rickety bridge that passes over the waterfall. The waterfall looks good but I think it should be a bit closer to the rocks, real waterfalls of that size don't shoot out so much. Also I think the bridge should be raised off the river a stud or two as it looks like it's just floating there on the water.
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  June 1, 2014
Very attractive scene, love that waterfall!
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  May 31, 2014
Quoting Kai Bernstein
Thanks Kai! I do agree with you about the color distribution on the rocks. For the most part, when there's no water, I use both colors because I think using only one color can look a little bland. And the reason I built the stone bridge was because I needed brown parts for the defenses and such. There was also no curve because I would've built it with studs for the walls, similar to the one on Halhi's Pursuit moc, and you wouldn't have really liked that. Now I see that I could have built it with other materials. *Facepalm*
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  May 31, 2014
Great work! Now for that rundown you ordered... the shaping of the lower half of the rocks is awesome; it's much like that LoR entry that you so masterfully made. The upper half is still nice, but the abrupt change of style looks a little weird. Whereas the bottom half is almost studless yet very jagged, the top half is stud filled and yet has these smooth, almost repetitive sloping patterns. Then the area to the right of the waterfall is all smooth again... So consistency would be good there. Also, having have the rocks dark and half light only works when there's water - here, there's only water by 1/5 of the rocks, so the color separation looks a bit weird. In addition, the color separation is done with a straight line, making the contrast...even more weird. However, despite all this criticism, the rocks do look really good overall. :P The path is good in concept but needs to be more consolidated. Tiles only look good when flanked by rounds, in my opinion. The Foliage is good, but a little repetitive; even some differently colored flowers would be nice. The water is great, but the stone bridge is...bad. It needs to arch, and it isn't tall enough to have that style of masonry. It would look best if the sides came up to a minifigure's hips at least. In short, and overall, I agree with Halhi. Nice build! :P
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  May 31, 2014
I really like the rockwork!
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  May 31, 2014
Quoting Asad . Wow, nice! Do you mind if I use that waterfall technique?
I don't mind at all, go ahead!
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  May 31, 2014
Great job!
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  May 31, 2014
Awesome! I'm glad that it's fully made now(you know what I mean)!
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  May 31, 2014
Lovely scene. Sweet waterfall and bridge.
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  May 31, 2014
Wow, nice! Do you mind if I use that waterfall technique?
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  May 31, 2014
Nice landscape!
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  May 31, 2014
Yeah, I agree with you about the water. The rockwork…eh. The transition from light to dark grey is too straight, and the textures are too inconsistent. The overall build is pretty good, though, so I'll give this a 4/5 - you've done better, but it's not all that bad.
 I made it 
  May 30, 2014
Quoting Ranger Brady I really like this! The stonework is phenomenal, and I like the way the road looks like it was paved at one point but has been worn away over time. Really makes it feel like it's an important, well used road. The only strange part is how far out the waterfall is arching. In real life, it probably wouldn't go out that far, and would most likely go pretty much straight down on the rocks. Other than that though, this is really good!
I think I did make the water stick out a bit too far, but water rushing this fast would still probably make an arch.
 I made it 
  May 30, 2014
Quoting Thomas of Tortuga
Thanks for the feedback! I don't quite see what you mean about the rockwork, which is supposed to be natural, but thanks anyway!
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  May 30, 2014
I really like this! The stonework is phenomenal, and I like the way the road looks like it was paved at one point but has been worn away over time. Really makes it feel like it's an important, well used road. The only strange part is how far out the waterfall is arching. In real life, it probably wouldn't go out that far, and would most likely go pretty much straight down on the rocks. Other than that though, this is really good!
 I like it 
  May 30, 2014
Nice rockwork and wooden structures.
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  May 30, 2014
Excellent details and texture in your creation.
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  May 30, 2014
Very nice work here! There are a few weak spots, such as the stone bridge, but the majority really conveys the mood here. The earth wall's rockwork looks too small and detailed over such a wide area: if you meant this to be a natural fortification, I would advise changing the depths and working with slightly larger pieces and panels. However, as a man-made wall, it really looks like small rocks were piled together to make this. Also, don't listen to Brick- the pilings sticking out of the wall look great, and are dead-on accurate for this type of defense.
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  May 30, 2014
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 great scene, nicely detailed, it seems tainted bluish somehow, is it photoshoped or something? or is it sunlight?
Yes, I took my photos outside. Thanks!
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  May 30, 2014
great scene, nicely detailed, it seems tainted bluish somehow, is it photoshoped or something? or is it sunlight?
 I made it 
  May 30, 2014
Oh, and those are torches.
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  May 30, 2014
Quoting ~ Brick
Thanks for that analysis! I built the bridgish thing in order to conserve parts for the palisades and other wooden structures, although in the end result there aren't very many, I was also not too happy with the lower landscaping, but I didn't know how I could improve it, and I didn't really have any more time to get advice. :/
  May 30, 2014
@Mark It could be that, but why so high up? :P
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  May 30, 2014
Looks fantastic, Stephen! I really like the rocks and the waterfall. Excellent detailing as well! Very nice work! @Brick: I'm pretty sure those are not rockets. It looks to me like a palisade/defence structure. I've seen similar ones before.
 I like it 
  May 30, 2014
This is really a great scene! Very well done. I like the rocks and the area on top the best.
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  May 30, 2014
I feel like writing a long critique in Halhi/Gilbert style.
Quoting Rock work
Your rock work is top notch as always! You've done an excellent job distinguishing your own style! I feel like you've found the perfect balance of studs and tiles! It flows so well, and the color variation feels so natural! I'm gonna give the rock work a 4/5!
Quoting Lower landscape
The lower part of the land scape is a bit disappointing. The stream is very blocky. I understand that it you used one large plate...but why not just use blue plates and get much finer shaping? However the stream line (haha, that sounded funny:P) does;t matter all that much because of the bridge covering most of the river. I've never been all that original with the techniques that I use for MOCs, but that bridge was one of the most basic. I'm not sure why you made it so simple, perhaps part restrictions. Also, the road. It might be just me but I really am not fond of the tiles scatter across the road. it's fine to have a few, but it looks like someone delivering bricks dropped a few on the way. Over all I'm gonna five this section a 3/5
Quoting Upper landscape
The upper landscape is actually pretty cool! The rocks finish of nicely, the river actually looks like its coming from somewhere. (As opposed to the common coming out of the rock) I don't have a problem with the bridge up here because it fits well. Its obvious it was put there clearly for necessity and not for long term use. My only problem up here is the rockets (?) I'm not sure what they are as you didn't explain really anything about it. They look cool, but I'm pretty sure gun powder was banned from LOM. Overall I'd give this section a 4/5
Quoting Final comments
Good work! The build is nice and large for a collection of your size, but none of the details are lacking. Well almost none, I'm not to keen on that bridge. Other than that everything is excellent as usual, although I do wish you gave more of a story. It was like three sentences:P I also hope you survived the fires safely! May God Bless you!
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  May 30, 2014
Quoting Mr. Cab Nice! I am not quite sure what the stone thingy in the river is, but it looks great!
Obviously, it's some sort of bridge like structure....
 I like it 
  May 30, 2014
Nice! I am not quite sure what the stone thingy in the river is, but it looks great!
 I like it 
  May 30, 2014
Very cool! You have a very distinct style among my various favorite builders. :) Great rocks and road! I love that bridge thingy. XD
 
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