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MELO Round 3: Brick Tales vs Jacob Nion
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Orthanc Bracket

Category: March of the Ents

Please check out my worthy opponent, Jacob Nion's entry.

And to see tons of other great contest entries, go to the Middle Earth LEGO Olympics.

We come, we come with roll of drum: ta-runda runda runda rom!
We come, we come with horn and drum: ta-runa runa runa rom!
To Isengard! Though Isengard be ringed and barred with doors of stone;
Though Isengard be stong and hard, as cold as stone and bare as bone,
We go, we go, we go to war, to hew the stone and break the door;
For bole and bough are burning now, the furnace roars - we go to war!
To land of gloom with tramp of doom, with roll of drum, we come, we come;
To Isengard with doom we come!
With doom we come, with doom we come!

As with my previous two entries, I wanted to try to illustrate a poem. In part this is to try to come up with an interesting twist on the catebory and also because I think so many readers just skim over the poems. In this case, though, the only relevant poem was the Ents' Marching Song, which is a pretty literal translation of the contest category.

I tried a lot of different solutions to make joints for the arms. In the end I just went with taps at the shoulder and elbow. That made him poseable, but those are pretty weak connections. I used finger hinge parts for at the waist, and the ankles are just a clip attached to a 1x2 plate with bar. I have to say, this whole process gave me a great appreciation for people who build mechs and other sorts of articulated figures.

Here's the micro Orthanc, probably my favorite part of the build. It's unfortunate that photographing black MOCs hides some of the greebly detail.

And here Treebeard poses with Orthanc. Say cheese!

My setup from the side so you can see how I put it together. Closer to the camera we get a section with Treebeard and some taller trees, then two layers of medium trees, then the Orthanc section.

Self evaluation: As I said above, I was happiest with how Orthanc turned out. I'm going to keep the tower together on my desk at work. I was also pleased with how the forced perspective worked, which was my initial thought when I read the category. I have to admit that the weak link is Treebeard's head. I'll probably go back later and play around with different designs, but I needed to finish it up for the contest. Thanks for checking out my MOC. Good luck to my worthy opponent and all of the MELO participants. Thanks to the organizers and judges for a fun contest.


 I like it 
  March 13, 2016
Great build! Could you post instructions for the Orthanc?
Brick Tales
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Aidan Moon
  February 11, 2013
Although I quite like the forced perspective, your opponent gets my vote.
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  February 11, 2013
Thank you to the judges and my worthy opponent. I can't say that I disagree with your decision. If I were judging this I would say that my setting was better, but Jacob's Ent was far better, and that is the focus of the entries.
  February 11, 2013
UGH. I hate to se you go, but your opponent gets my vote due to his detail and texture. I love your style and adherence to Tolkien's poetry. Keep cranking out those "classic castle" style builds!
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  February 10, 2013
Nice Ent and great forced perspective.
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  February 8, 2013
Good work!
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  February 7, 2013
Impressive job with the Ent and the FP is great as well.
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  February 7, 2013
Wow! I'm just glad I'm not a judge for this contest :P Really well done with the forced-perspective. Very nice entry!
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  February 7, 2013
I admire this excellent captured perspective. Until now I always desperate of building microscale in the backround. Good luck to you too
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  February 7, 2013
Thats some awesome forced perspective! I especially liked your tower of Orthanc. Top notch work, good luck in the competition!
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  February 7, 2013
Lovely Entry Bricktales! I love the forced perspective design! The mini Orthanc, with the detail and greeble, is amazing! Best of luck!
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