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Rocks 101
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We've all seen some nice rocks built for castles to sit ontop of on either Brickshelf or MocPages.

Before starting, I wanted to point out some nice rocks that a builder Stone Goblin has done. Note he also has a MOC page, but I use the brickshelf one because of higher resolution. I notice that a lot of people have DarkSpawn as a favorite castle builder, yet I rarely if ever have seen Stone Goblin on these lists. In my opinion, he is one of the best. I've attached a photo of his rocks below. If my memory serves me correctly, Stone Goblin tied DarkSpawn as best overall builder in the last Classic-Castle Contest V.



Now that we've got that out of the way, I'll demo how I've been building rocks. It starts with the basic pieces below.



I like to have a whole lot of extra pieces when I build, kind of grab-bag style. Actually, for the Helm's Deep model though, I used every single Dark Grey piece shown and every light grey piece I owned.



Normally, I start by laying out the BURPS and LURPS in some type of pattern as a base.



Then I add in bricks and slopes to disquise the Ugly Rocks. The most important thing to me is not to cover every stud along the way, but to cover the hollow studs. These really stand out if you leave them uncovered. If you do leave some studs visible, you can go back later and add snow or grass if you want. I haven't done that one yet, but will probably on my next time.





When I'm about half way done adding bricks and slopes, I like to add the next level of BURPS and LURPS. Usually, I'll regress these one or two bricks backward to give the rockface a slight slope.

For those who dont know, follow these links to figure out what BURPS ard LURPS are:






For the rest, I'll let you just follow the pictures. Note that I'm spinning the model to show the different combinations available with these pieces. In my opinion, variety is important, especially as the rock gets larger. For small models, you don't need the same amount of variations.
























On the top, I'll usually add some plates. This makes it easy to build a castle ontop of.







If you decide to do this, make sure to get enough pieces. This little rock took 267 bricks. It is deceptive how many pieces you'll use. With bricklink, its better to get some extras because you're already paying for shipping & handling and if you don't get enough, you'll have to pay those fee's again. I learned that one the hard way.

With these type of style things, practice makes perfect. It took roughly 15 minutes if that to build and photograph this model. Its very easy once you get the hang of it. But, that said, I've been working on this style since my first MOC (the Crown Castle) and it wasn't until Eggplant Island that I really started to get the hang of it. Having the right pieces definitely helps.




Comments

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  November 27, 2010
nice people in the online lego shop wil ask 50 for this, go and take a look by yourself: http://shop.lego.com/ByTheme/Leaf.aspx?cn=627&d=70
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  October 22, 2010
Great technique! It would be useful, but, unfortunately, I won't be able to get anywhere NEAR that amount of pieces... *sigh* Anyway, could you go to my Bridge of Khazad-Dum, and help me with my Rock-Wall building? With the limited number of bricks that I have? What you see there is my entire collection of D. Gray and L. Grey Bricks... And I could really use your advice... Thanks.
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  July 22, 2010
Great lesson, I think that I'm one of those people that has to put a slope on every stud and clearly it looks better to leave some.Cheers
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  January 10, 2010
Very helpful lesson from proffesor egghead, I will be rocking out soon!
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  December 13, 2009
cool
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  November 12, 2009
I only have one BURP and one LURP.....
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  August 28, 2009
too complicated =P i would need to make it up as i go
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  August 18, 2009
cool can you comment on this http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/144042
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  July 14, 2009
thanks this might help me for my lego stop motion movie! precision work!
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  May 28, 2009
Very Nice, unfortunetly i have used the last of my slanted pieces in a MOC i have recently finished and your idea of using the ugly rock walls as a modular build was genius
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  January 1, 2009
Thank you so much! I've seen the creations of your's with the rocks. And I could never figure out how to build them. Great tutorial!
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  December 2, 2008
Amazing tutorial. And finally, a use for BURP pieces other than filling up the my useless parts bin. Thanks!
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  August 12, 2008
Thanks.
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  August 3, 2008
that's very interesting, the rock looks great
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  July 20, 2008
I'm glad to see this at 5/5 again! If I had the landscape design ideas that you had, I would feature all of my MOCS on them! I thank you for your comment on my walker! C ya~ElNickre
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  July 20, 2008
This is the sort of thing that helps make better builders. Great that you made this tutorial. I appreciate it and it looks like others do to. garth
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  July 20, 2008
That's really cool! It really looks like a rock! I've always loved how you did rocks. Keep MOCing!
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  July 20, 2008
Nice! If I had the pieces I'd do it your way. ''Rock'' on! :P
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  July 20, 2008
Looks professional dude! Thanks for sharing.~Joris
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  July 19, 2008
Great technique for rock building! That's the most realistic non-SNOT rock that I have ever seen! I have not seen many on Brickshelf(mainly because I only go there to upload photos of my creations)or MOCpages for that matter. Enjoy your eggplant soup! C ya~ElNickre
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  July 19, 2008
Now thats my kind of rock!
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  July 19, 2008
a rock...........its a rock........AWESOME
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  July 19, 2008
COol tutorial, watch my creations.
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  July 19, 2008
Hey thanks!! Now I have directions along with my info. =)
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  July 19, 2008
I WAS NOT! THAT'S AN OUT AND OUT LIE KELSO! WHY I'VE NEVER BEEN SO INSULTED... ok i did it. sorry sir. i'll report to detention on friday after class.
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  July 19, 2008
hey.thanks!I wanna try this sometime....
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  July 19, 2008
WOW, Thanks DR.Eggplant! This will help boost my LEGO skills mucho! OH, one minor note, the mens room, kinda' smells, and Kelso plogged a toilet.
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  July 19, 2008
By the way professor, I think you might want to check the men's room...Phipson's in there smokin' again!
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  July 19, 2008
Some great tips! One thing that I like here is that not every bit of the area is full of busy angle changes and slopes. You've broken up the space, with some areas visually busy, and others smooth. It's a more natural appearance than having slopes everywhere, and you've avoided the sense of repetition that sometimes happens when building rock foundations. Good tutorial!
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  July 19, 2008
Umm, Professor Eggplant sir, can I have a hall pass? I need to go to the bathroom. Thanks for the demo. I basically used the same technique but you showed me a few new ways of doing things that I'll be sure to plagiarize in my upcoming build. Keep it blocky or Burpy, whatever ~ Chris.
 
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