Rivendell . Built for the Journey of the Fellowship collaborative at Brickworld 2011. . Being invited to this project was quite and honor, but also a responsibility. After the MOColympics, I must admit to being a bit burned out. However, I had committed to be part of this collaborative at Brickworld 2010. What I didn't know then was that I would be starting grad school in January while working full time.
My co-collaborators began working furiously on their builds while I sat with the daunting task of building the upper half of Minas Tirith; that's right true believers, I was supposed to work with the illustrious Mark Kelso! I soon realized that this was far to daunting of a task for yours truly and asked Mr. Chris Phipson if I could switch with him and take on some elvish architecture (he graciously agreed).
So, the months went on and WIP pictures were shared over email. Meanwhile, I had little to no time to build. I'm fairly sure everyone thought I might flake. I planned to start on my Spring break in late March, but ended up having way too much fun doing other things. One weekend in late April, I finally sat down and started to plan. I found a few images and came up with a basic idea. This is one of the first builds I've even done any kind of sketch for.
The major theme was the balance of organic architecture with the natural surrounding world. The plan I drew up included the shape of the rock structure I would build atop and three buildings. Following the great Bryan Hanley's 6 step plan for castle building, I began by laying out some BURPs to get an idea for the shape. The 1x2 brick and cylinder technique was used for the curved wall that would face the 'front' edge. I had some great help and moral support from a friend in creating the 'rock vomit' on the edges. One day of building and the skeleton was complete!
The next step was to cover the irregular shape with plates on which to build. The entirety of the understructure is actually hollow, with no supports. A VERY sturdy plate top was constructed with the help of one of the students I tutor on Saturdays (thanks George). The next step was vegetation, because I really was afraid to start on the buildings. I used a three sided technique for the trees, it's not very stable, but creates a wonderful curved effect. The trees remained to the side waiting to be placed among the buildings.
The buildings began construction in mid-May. I looked at some of the reference photos for ideas, but they were generally of my own design. I tried to create a balance of structure and open space. The architecture was quite challenging, particularly the roofs. I tried to incorporate as many natural forms, curves and texture as possible.
Finishing up the school year used up quite a bit of time and I was building right up until the Sunday before Brickworld. I still had not shared ANY WIP photos with my co-collaborators, but had assured them it would be completed. The build never actually stood complete until it arrived at Brickworld.
None of the buildings were build directly on the base, each one had a specific location and a few jumper plates to connect to. Everything was carefully wrapped up and transported to Wheeling on Thursday. The base was a little bit perilous to move because of the lack of understructure, however it made the trip quite nicely. The buildings were place and the vegetation and water effect was added on site. The pictures you see are the only time the build was intact, so please excuse the background noise.
It was wonderful to see my small part of the collaboration among the amazing builds of my peers. I was honored to have Rivendell nominated in the Best Large Building category and to stand against a build as epic as Barad-dûr by Kevin Walter. I learned a great deal from this build and was very pleased with the result, I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I enjoyed building it.
Rivendell from above
Another top view
This view was the most similar to the reference photos I looked at
The view of the river as it flows among the buildings
Back edge with conifer
More of the back edge
Aragorn entering from the east structure
Legolas and Gimli along the cobblestone path
By now we've seen many photographs of the Journey of the Fellowship collaborative build, but here's my version. We as a community should celebrate what MOCpages was able to accomplish. It was an honor to build along side Tyler & Mike Halliwell, Leda Kat, Lee, Danette, Maddie & Dano Jones, Dennis, Mitzi and Kelsey Price, Chris Phipson, Shannon Ocean, Mark Kelso, Mr. Bones, Dave Sterling, Heath Flor, Anthony Dunne and Kevin Walter. Thank you to all of you for allowing me the privilege of being part of this group.
Bag End by Tyler Halliwell
At the Sign of the Prancing Pony by Leda Kat
The Black Riders by the collaborative
The Mines of Moria by Lee Jones
Isengard by Chris Phipson
Treebeard by Shannon Ocean
Edoras by Dennis Price
Helm's Deep by Tyler Halliwell
Minas Tirith by Mark Kelso, Chris Phipson etc.
The Orc Army by the Jones family etc.
Minas Morgul by Dave Sterling
The Black Gate by Heath Flor
Mt. Doom by Anthony Dunne
Barad-dûr by Kevin Walter
Oh, don't worry about Rivendell not winning, I was very pleased and honored to accept this award for my Lego Dissected Frog