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MO Round 2: Heath Flor Vs. MortalSwordsman . My Round 2 entry into the MOC Olympics against MortalSwordsman...a scene from A Christmas Carol. . Heath Flor vs MortalSwordsman From the Works of Charles Dickens: Choose a scene from one of Author Charles Dickens' classics and bring it to bricky life! You can find my worthy opponent's entry HERE You can find the Moc Olympics homepage HERE Note: MortalSwordsman said his entry is a draft at this point....if he enters something else, I will change the link accordingly. WARNING: Do not use "Dickens" in your comments, or it will be moderated! This is due to the MOCpages language filter and NOT my doing. You've been warned. Once I saw my category, I immediately thought of A Christmas Carol as my theme....and for once I received a category I truly could immerse all of my energy and feelings into! I had originally planned a huge dio with various scenes throughout, but work said I might have to fly to Germany and France for an emergency trip just a day or so in. With my timeline in jeopardy, I quickly decided to narrow the scope....but I still was able to capture all of the elements I wanted to. Here we find Ebenezer Scrooge being confronted with Marley's ghost. I wanted to capture him cowering in fear. I'm pleased with the results. He was the first figure I built. I wanted to capture the dark feel of the story, so used subdued lighting. Scrooge was rich, but he hardly spent a penny, and his bed chamber was nearly empty. This is the Ghost of Christmas Past. While I wanted to do a special scene for each figure, I had to make do and decided to put the spirit in the corner to represent things we forget....I just always find the corner of a room to be unused, and uninspiring. This figure in the books is neither male or female, and carries a candle on top of its head. A grandfather clock. If you notice, in ever version of the story there's always a clock which of course represents time (forgotten, lost, yet to be, etc.). Therefore I made the clock a dominating factor in the room. The Ghost of Christmas Present is always seen with a feast, a torch, and a ring of vegetation around his head. He's also a very large figure, and I made sure he dwarfed the others. The Ghost of Christmas Future (or Yet to Come) is a menacing figure where only a white ghostly hand can be seen. Even his face is cloaked in dark robes. I made him behind the clock and the entire scene looking on, as the future is beyond time. The fireplace lights up to add ambiance to the scene! A shot of the entire scene from overhead. One of my favorite shots! BONUS BUILD!!!! And what happened to little Timmy you ask? Well, "T-Dawg" (as his mates call him) turned into a low life street thug. By day he plays crippled, and snatches coin purses to feed his filthy habbits of whoring, drinking, and gambling. Here we've caught T-Dawg posted up against the wall, smoking a blunt. He's ditched the crutch...it's hard to look gangsta with one of those anyway. I hope Charles Dickens has a sense of humor! :P Commentary My Mom's husband had an old book with Dickens' classics. It smelled musty, and had gold pages. I remember his stories were very dark and disturbing! His social commentary was a bit outdated, but still rang true in various situations. They were powerful stories, but it was A Christmas Carol which captured my heart, and I continue to enjoy it in various forms yearly to this day. The classic has been credited with influencing our current traditions....and while some (like myself) enjoy it, others feel it has done nothing more than create huge wasteful spending and corporations watering down the meaning and spirit of Christmas. BAH HUMBUG to them, I say! Lastly I want to thank my own mates, Leda and Hans for showing me -- through their creations -- there's no limit to what the brick can do. I didn't give up until everything looked just right; thanks to their inspiring builds. Hope you all enjoyed, and good luck with your entries!


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