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Behind the Deep
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I took some additional "behind the scenes" photos of Eggplant's Deep before tearing it down. I've debated in my head for awhile whether or not to show these.





I've called the set a "diorama". Now you know why. By using just the right camera angles, all of this stuff is invisible from the front and side-angle views.

By only building 3 sides, I was able to spread out my bricks to build a rock structure much larger than it is. In my current WIP MOC (expect to finish early September), I'm using the same amount of rock pieces but it only looks about 1/3 as big.

The castle, on the other hand is solid as a rock. It took about 4-5 hours to take it apart and re-sort the pieces. I'm definitely not going to build anything this big again. Talk about a pain. Because its on this low table, I had to sit on my knees the whole time while building. Wayy too much work. But it was fun to do once.

The other problem with big builds is that in photos you can't really appreciate the size. A detailed 32x32 looks the same as a raw 160x100 to the untrained eye.



Originally I wanted to put in a blue waterfall, but it clashes with the BLEY rocks. The big tree kept falling apart, so I ended up using a smaller one. The one in the photo below is about 200 leaves. Also the caves idea in the back was a bit different in the final version.



Some people were asking how I go about building stuff:

1) The first thing is to make sure there is a stereo with good sized speakers.
2) Next, piece together a skeleton frame of BURPs and Walls.
3) Then drink about 4-12 beers while listening to music and think about how things are going to fit.
4) Build in some details on a section
5) Go back to step 3. If necessary, tear down parts that don't look good.
6) Order more pieces from Bricklink, and repeat step 3 until pieces arrive.


Thats about it. The photo below is was about two iterations into the "creative" process. Sometimes I get too "creative" and think something looks good until the next day. I think thats what happened with the blue waterfall and palm trees in the photo above.

I wouldn't recommend building something big in front of your TV. The problem is once it gets high enough, you can't see the TV anymore. I only left the Deep built for 2 days because it was in the way... Well and I wanted to build something else and it was locking up all my pieces.




Comments

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  November 7, 2010
these are really interesting pictures!
  July 17, 2009
holy %$&# on a %$&# sandwich with %$&# on top! lotsa bricks! aargh! *sob*
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  February 4, 2009
Quoting Clan Father Tom Olivieri: S.C. I just have to replace beer with Orange Juice, and I'm set! Oh, and what music should I listen to while I'm building? Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, or Van Halen?
Well, it sounds like you're at an advantage if you're going with OJ. Normally I run out of energy after step 3 and have to pick it up the next day. I typically go with Pink Floyd. You might try Jeff Buckley as an alternate pick.
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  February 4, 2009
Thanks for the tips Professor. I just have to replace beer with Orange Juice, and I'm set! Oh, and what music should I listen to while I'm building? Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, or Van Halen? This whole "Chinese Democracy" Album is very distracting.
Eggy Pop
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  December 7, 2008
cool! random messages but cool! looks like helms deep. aprox price?
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  September 1, 2008
Okay that's weird. I'm sitting here watching pictures change on your home page and you just added a few more things that your MOCs have done. (Brickbrothers, MOCies) I like your main picture!
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  September 1, 2008
Hey, I was just looking around on your homepage and you still say that you have had 0 MOCotd. Didn't your ring thing get it? =)
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  August 23, 2008
I know the pains of bricklink ... feels like Christmas Eve. Thanks for the extra shots and the building tips. 5/5
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  August 20, 2008
Sorry I missed this for a couple of days. I've been busy with my own step three. They have groups for that don't they? Now then, do I go with the joke about you working a lot on your knees or do I take the high road? Nah, Low road all the way! What was it that Mark was calling me again...? ~ Chris.
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  August 19, 2008
Ah ha! The truth is revealed! I don't blame you for using the multicolored pieces, my Californian friend. I would have done the same and WORSE! You were honest about it, so you get an imaginary pat on ye olde backside. C ya~ElNickre
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  August 19, 2008
sweet! will u check out my stuff again!
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  August 18, 2008
WOW, I think almost all builders of LEGO listen to music while building! I know I do, from building massive MOCs to making custom figs I always turn on the "'ol jukebox"!
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  August 18, 2008
Lovely. I have to build a castle or a capital ship or a base or or a...um yeah. Do ya mind to leave my Velandril Church a comment? my biggest castle thing so far...heh.
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  August 18, 2008
beautiful, great castlewalls and details, awesome, very nicely done
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  August 18, 2008
Yup, music is a big part of my building too...I just try to stay away from the solid screaming stuff. That gets me mad. =)
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  August 18, 2008
Ahh no! This killed the illusion for me! It is still a great MOC despite the cheating, Haha, I have no-where near the amount of LEGO's or skill to create such a MOC, so its still getting a high rating. How do you order your LEGO's? H
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  August 18, 2008
Even though it is on a much smaller scale, the colors and the castle were very well thought out and executed. Very nice work!
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  August 18, 2008
I like seeing where people build and their thoughts behind the action. I was also interested in what books you have on your shelves. Building dioramas with unfinished backs etc is a great way to spread out the parts. Building big has it problems, especially transporting it. It's why I wouldn't want to develop an interest in LEGO trains. Thanks for the backstory. see ya. garth
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  August 18, 2008
Always fun to see how these things are built. My process is somewhat similar, but I've a few more steps...step 3 1/2 - take a nap...step 4 1/2 - email Phipson or Shaddix and call them filthy names...step 5 1/2 - bathroom break (thanks primarily to step 3)...step 7 - call credit card company and ask for more money...and step 8 - get p*ssed off, tear everything down, and start all over.
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  August 18, 2008
Well, Maybe I should check out bricklink once.... too bad I'm too young for step 3, does coca-cola work? And please try armed peasants next time. (you recomended bricklink yourself...)
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  August 18, 2008
If I ever build something this big, I'll be repeating step 3 5-6 times.
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  August 18, 2008
Nice to see how one of the pros does it. Like the building steps as well, mabey i've been missing out on step 3 a bit to much, in fact i'll start now.
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  August 18, 2008
great job as always. hey, you mind leaving a comment on my new mocs?
 
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