That's right, I will soon be building my part of the Rainosian collaborative! I took my time, but my builder's block has been vanquished. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, join the Lands of Mythron group at once!
About this creation
~ ~ ~ Cast of Today's MOC ~ ~ ~
- Steven the Bull Clan legionnaire, my protagonist
- Argo, a shirtless elf recently returned to the surface world
- Gormeing, Night Reaper's currently-Rainosian hero
(I was too lazy to dig out my Rego Arian and Harek Russel figs)
- Two orcs, two Iber Clan soldiers and two Dragon Clan soldiers
Check out that view. Not everyone has something like that in the back yard. Yes, I went for natural lighting this time.
"So, we're kind of like family, but we're not technically related, you know?"
"I mean, we've spent our whole lives together, right, but it's still okay for me to like her, is what I'm saying."
"But the trouble is, even though I don't want a brother-sister type relationship with her, she doesn't see me as anything more than a little sibling."
"Oh? Hey, hold on a minute - we're stopping."
The guide addressed the expedition.
"It's too hot to keep moving! Five-minute rest stop!"
"Thank the spirits. Black armor isn't all it's cracked up to be," muttered Gormeing, but no one heard him because of his helmet.
Argo was much louder, and continued to speak as he settled down against the low wall.
"Nice to be off my feet. This is a beautiful place; what is it?"
"You don't know? This is the Elven city of Clovenhill."
"Then where are all the elves?" Steven asked. His second - and now dominant - personality didn't like the silence.
"Gone. Relocated by the King of Falmore to make room for human settlement."
Steven noticed his short companion's silence.
"If this is Clovenhill, then this is my home. I remember days in the sunlight before our descent into the caves; I was born somewhere nearby."
Safety rather than sentiment occupied the center of Steven's mind.
"If this was going to be a Mythronian city, where are all the people?"
The knowledgeable Dragon soldier laughed.
"They were relocated in turn by our friends the Ibers. This is no man's dwelling-place now."
Now that the history had been explained, the cliff-side walkway no longer felt threatening. It only felt sad.
"That's a rotten story."
"Maybe, but it's true. My mother used to live here, and she told me all about it."
"Perhaps you can tell us later. It looks like our five minutes are up."
"On your feet! Daylight's a-wasting, and we want to make the outpost before the second column!"
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Well, that was a short story for a long build. The foundation for this scene was originally intended as a corner of the outpost build (which I started in July), but once I realized that my Lego collection can't adequately cover a 44 by 44 custom baseplate I set the project on the back burner. I finally found a good use for the curved outer wall two weeks ago and laid out the path, following that with a retaining wall and eventually the tree, garden, and guard post. Enough of that - I want to write about the scene's techniques.
There's a major glare, but it is still possible to make out the new shingle system I invented (also originally intended for the upcoming haunted outpost). Basically, 2 by 2 smooth, black plates are attached by one edge to a larger plate, creating a staggered effect that looks really good when the sun isn't blinding my eyes or camera. I will fix the unattractive edges the next time I use that style.
Here you can see the curved wall technique, a trick that predates my Lego days. Not that outstanding, but it still looks nice.
These shots show off the curved walkway without any minifigures. I'm sure that someone has used this bricklaying technique before, but the only other MOCs of this kind that I have seen are Disco88's stud-filled naval scenes (which were the inspiration for this mad foundation in the first place).
THESE are my absolute favorite parts of the build: the two incredibly-delicate triangular archways. I dare you to build an arch of your own. It's lots of fun.
Nothing much in this photo - my jumbled rock pile and inner retaining wall are the only major features.
This is a good picture of the vegetation and the wall of the building. I love that SNOT timber technique.
This is my tree. In fact, it is my best tree yet. I'll let you form your own opinion on it. Oh, and yes, I did use BURPS for the back wall of the second story. Out of sight, out of mind....
This is the little tree. Come to think of it, it might be the better of the two.
Another angle of the archways
I suppose this picture is here to show off the landscape... and the wall with the window. Most of my MOCs are poorly laid-out for photography, but I did my best to cate a self-contained scene here.
Toa Infernum had a very good question, as you can see below (I love questions; they're almost as good as suggestions). How did I make the plates curve with the brickbending?
First of all, they aren't plates. I'm not rich enough to afford that many 1x2 flats; what you see on the walkway are actually bricks floating on a SNOT surface that hugs the curve. This stud-free surface extends to the boundaries of the MOC except for the foundations of the block house; in the garden section, I used larger bricks with the same technique and relied on the green stuff to cover up the cracks,
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~ ~ The tournament approaches. Is your guild prepared? ~ ~
Hey, I was wondering if I could use Cedric the Bull (Bull Clan leader as I called him in my MOC xD) in my Character's back story. I planned to make the two of them enemies from a long time back, and show what has caused this and how they have fought throughout the years and such. Would this be alright? And if so, would I need to make Cedric look a certain way? Please respond in the Rainos group =)
Great build by the way =)
This is fantastic! That curve technique is wonderful, and the house wasn't to shabby either! The trees looks great too. And no, I will not try the arch technique. I tend to break things when I get mad. ;)