I chose the category wind in the free-for-all round of the MOColympics because of its overall obscureness and I sort of expected that it would be a smaller category. I chose to depict the recent hurricane "Irene" which whirled its way up the east coast not too long ago.
I am choosing to explain the build in one paragraph this time instead of annotating each picture separately. I think this will be a bit less tedious and a bit easier in the long run. Anyhow, This took approx 6 hours to build and is on a 48x48 baseplate. One thing I really tried to do in this creation was work on my angle-ing. I tried to fit as many obscure angles into the creation as possible. It wasn't quite as tough as Fort McHenry but it was still a challenge filling the gaps. I have always had a sort-of-fascination for ApocaLEGO and so I tried to translate some of my interests and techniques that I have seen into this creation in effort to make it look really storm-struck. Some more new details that I have included are some puddles using trans clear, an overturned garbage can, and a bent stop-sign. Try to find them all!
The water was definitely the most difficult part due to its rather obscure idea as well as painstaking placement of plates. I tried to design this creation so that it would be easy and pain free to take down, and I think I did a pretty good job. Still, The water isn't the best I've seen but it fits the scene very well in my opinion.
The broken roof was partly out of technique, but mostly out of necessity. I was running out of black slopes and I had to *ahem* minimize things a bit. All things considered, it turned out pretty well.
I took this picture just so you can see some of the angles that I was working with.
The tree design is one of my favorite parts of this creation. This is also perhaps the first time I've had a use for those ugly palm leaves!
This shot is a really good one of the blowing trees.
A back patio, with a grill and an overturned chair.
Once again here is the link to the MOColympics for convenience for the judges.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Just amazing! The best MOColympics entry so far. You found so many great uses for those clear bricks you bought for Amon Hen - from the puddles in the street and on the patio to the crashing waves on the shore. the uses for those palm leaves were SO creative and I love those palm trunks. Where did you get those? The power lines are awesome and the tree crashing into the house looks so natural I never would have guessed it was spawned from piece deficiency. the broken glass techniques are great and the feeling of motion is just amazing. Great photographs, writeup, and good luck in round two. Nothing to criticize here. Just fantastic! Just as a question, are the water-trans-clears in the 'ocean' actually fixed down or just 1/2 fixed 1/2 placed? I think this is one of your best creatoins. 5 stars!
I am overwhelmed (in a good way) by the detail and creative techniques in this MOC, it is absolutely brilliant! The feeling of movement through the large palm trees and the waves crashing are so realistic.
Congratulations, Blake, on this beauty. The realism is astonishing, just like the dynamic. It's hard to point out my favourite part of this MOC, but it's probably the elimination of many right angles. Nothing to critise here, excellent work.
I like it
September 16, 2011
Well Blake your hard work paid off, this is the second highest score handed out! Only second to Stormbringer - fantastic effort and the result reflects that! ~Thoy
Wow! Great stuff! I love all the details! The broken roof is fantastic with the pylon through it and the waves are brilliant! And I think that the blowing trees are pure genius!
love the waves. And You can see that you have put al lot of time and effort in this MOC, hope that you will go on to round 2 (not that you won't).
And would you also check out my entry?
Are you trying to win this in the first round by demoralizing everyone else into quitting? ;) Those trees and the water are brilliant! I look forward to seeing what you do in the head to head matchups.
Excellent job! The water is my favorite part, but the tree is awesome as well! I live in NJ, so we got quite a bit of rain, wind, and flooding in my area, but I was not directly affected by any of it. I hope you do well in the contest!
We have the tail end of Irene here in the UK, very gusty so no climbing trees for me today lol I would not want to experience the full force, pretty scary stuff, but this moc is beautiful in a destructive way :)
As I like to put it: limits trigger creativity. What a great entry! The trees are amazing and wind effect is perfect. Not to mention the broken windows and the waves! Jawdropping... Good luck with your judges!
What can i say...
we have created both in the wind category, and we had the same idea.
I want to congratulate you, Blake, your creation is amazing, a true master work of Lego. Mine is very simple and unsophisticated technically. Yours is much better.
I hope that you and I will overcome the Round.
I have no doubt you will make it to round 2 for two reasons,1 because this moc is awesome, especially the waves and blowing trees, and 2 because you are one of the few who was brave enough to attempt a wind entry. 5/5