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Origins of the Archon
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My very first Lego Brick set was this one:

This little toy was the gateway that initiated me into the Way of the Brick. I love Science Fiction and so bought, begged and bartered for any of the classic space, blacktron and related sets I could get my hands on. I was also rather strange because unlike some of my friends, I would use the instructions to build the set but instead of letting it gather dust on a shelf like some kind of model, it would promptly get taken apart and join the other bricks in the box and get used to build bigger and better versions of speeders, space craft, buggy's and military all-terrain vehicles.

I never had a dark period. I kept at it and built, and built. Even in college I would go home and the first thing I would do, after sleeping in, would be to pull out the box of Lego bricks and make something. I do have to say that the discovery of MOCpages and the community on Flickr has been one where I have been learning much. There were techniques of which I had never thought, creations I had never attempted and now can say, I did that.

I never built a mech until the pages, never joined a contest or knew about Bricklink, knew that there were conventions and, I may never have had a dark age but certainly I had been in the dark!

Builders like ElBarto inspire me. I try to figure out the techniques they use and make things of a quality that are MOCpages worthy. Then the Barto man got me into GIMPing and a new monster was born. I build regularly but post seldom unless Mr. Rutherford is leading a charge, then I jump in with both feet.

Both of my kids know my hobby and for Christmas and for Father's day it was system sets and mini-figs as presents. Did I say I love my kids? My wife of 25 years smiles benevolently at me when I now pull out the BOXES of bricks. She will tolerate my use of the living room as a studio for a couple of days, but eventually she wants "her" room back...oh well.

I will keep building and being creative as long as I can and my medium of choice is Lego, my theme is Sci-fi, and I am Ron "the Archon" Mitchell of Caledonia.
| June 24, 2012, 2:44 pm
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I love to hear about how having a mentor like El Barto can help push builders. Thanks for sharing. ~Dave
| June 25, 2012, 9:08 am
I have several people here and a few on Flickr who I view as mentors or at least inspirations. Most of them are in my favorite builders! Thanks Dave!
| June 25, 2012, 11:36 pm
Quoting Michael Rutherford

Dude, you gotta get your own building room. It's the only way to fly!

When you can leave stuff half built for weeks at a time, then you can begin to tackle larger concepts. Towns, ports, airports, whatever.

Ask the wife for permission to build a shed in the back yard. Something. Building like yours has the potential to grow into the bigger stuff.

It is the home owner association that refuses the shed idea...
| July 3, 2012, 1:21 am
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