Yes, the wagon is reprised from Etude in Water. I'm breaking it out by itself for inclusion in a western theme group. It was pushing its luck in a medieval scene, where it was tucked away in the back anyway.
I'm also using this as an excuse to mess around with foliage one last time before moving on to other subjects. I know this is not an elaborate diorama, but I've got 2 unrelated projects I'm slobbering after, and I'm getting burned out on this stuff. The
only thing I will allow is that there may be an English Garden MOC in my future.
Strangely, the wagon is my only build to date that I have not taken apart. The home front tells me it reminds them of the Chuck Wagon dog food commercials. Dog food. Well, how could it not earn a special place in my heart.
I would not hazard what most of the foliage is exactly, but the pink thing is a rhododendron. For other examples of great trees, among many other things, you are encouraged to visit Anu Pehrson's MOCs. I would encourage him to add more close ups of the novel trees. It is currently hard to make out what is going on with some of them, and they are worth studying, I'm sure. While all my foliage designs have so far been my own, I realized after the fact that it is not out of the question I got inspiration from Anu. Nor would I be the least distraught if I had. Anu has another, which gives the hint of a weeping willow, which I do later plan on trying to run with in some way.
Yes, Zane, we both know which part of this MOC has your name on it. I keep trying to get away from playing that card again, and I keep getting sucked back in. I thought the initial idea was groundshaking, but now it seems like hot stuff that keeps on giving. I may have to put my finger back in the dyke though. This theme is becoming intrusive. ;^}
Anyway, I have to go bone up on my Technic skills. I'd like to turn a knob and have some of the flowers go to seed. Good thing I now have a bucket of universal joints. I feel so empowered.
Rhododendron tutorial added later by request: in a 4x4 stud square, arrange 4 corners (shown in the first sequence below), 4 sides (second sequence), and 1 center. There will be some mildly annoying placing of the parts from inner layer to outer layer, and it should be noted that alternating corners or sides may need to have one of the flower triples omitted, to fit. It should also be noted that the process is scalable. My first shot was one layer smaller radius, which was quite pleasing as well, and while it gets precarious as it gets bigger, I can still see one more layer added. If you add varying spacers vertically, you can also produce a more rounded shape up top. BTW: rhododendrons (or other flowering bushes of this rough shape) come in any conceivable color, so don't feel bound to pink.
This is really pleasant, a peaceful scene. I'm surprised that you commented on so many of my nature MOCs and yet you didn't comment on the Serpent's Mouth, wich is my best. I know I sound like the biggest kiddie here but it just feels like I should honor the landscape by promoting it in this shameful way.
There are two sets of backing plates to hold the slightly offset white parts on each side (the offset is 1/2 plate). And there is another set of two angled to hold those at the top, on each side. So the inside of the wagon does not look good or have room for things. Mine, at least, is a rats nest of supports. However, I did not attempt to compress that. You might do better if needed.
I really like how you have created your tree. Very different than what is usually done.
I saw your comment on Thoy's wip and invited you to "Epic build illustrators" my new group
I am trying to get a bunch of people who a- like to build these kind of mocs, but also who will be willing to give actual feedback not just awesome and cool. (not that those comments are bad or anything)
Wow, Tom, the greenery here is just amazing! I will definitely be trying some of those techniques. I saw your question to Leda about taking pics and thought I'd offer up some hints if you'd like. My e-mail is on my homepage, just shoot me some questions and I'd be more than happy to help. Hope I'm not being too forward=P~H
A great exhibition of very cool plants. The wagon is of course very well done. Gotta say, though, I respect the amount of work that went into the thick, layered base; that pink thing that I'm going to call a fossil is well placed.
That rhododendron is awesome! All the foliage is just really, REALLY impressive. Small sure, but the technique is where it's at! Oh... and where exactly are you going to put your finger again? ~ Chris.