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2013 Builder Triathlon: Round 1: Gunpowder
I chose the category: Blowing Up Buster: Show a scientific experiment going horribly wrong; with the result being an explosion! It could be anything from modern day science, or it could be from Ancient Egypt! You decide the timeline!
About this creation
First off, I would like to say that this is my first real contest and that I really enjoy being able to enter. So far, it didn't really stretch my abilities, but it did stretch my collection and tought me some things about rockwork, landscaping, incorporating light bricks and building larger castle like builds. Anywho, let's get to it!

I did a medieval take on the lab. Most of this was clearly in my comfort zone, but I had some real fun with the explosion and the lab…

In a medieval tower, there lived a lord. He often sent merchants to trade in faraway lands, and it was like that that he managed to acquire a new, mysterious powder…

"We have received a new, mysterious black powder from a merchant" the Lord spoke. "We know nothing of it's properties or of it's origins."

"I assume I must study this powder and find it's use?" the scientist of the Lord asked.
"Right you are" the Lord said.

As soon as he was back in his private chambers of the tower, the lord wondered. He certainly hoped the black powder wasn't dangerous…

The scientist headed to his lab.

*Credit for the opened scroll design goes to Shawn Gibson. I hope it's OK that I used that technique here.

First, the scientist made a wide range of calculations and a list of thing to experiment with.

Then, he closely studied a small heap of the powder.

After a while, he decided that something extraordinary must happen when he would burn the powder. His only mistake, he should have burned a sample instead of the whole barrel...


*Blurry pictures are blamed on the explosion.

The explosion burst the barrel and sent the scientist flying. It broke through the ceiling and the wall of the large hall.

The Lord, whom had been taking a stroll around his tower at the time, was thrown back by the explosion.

The explosion wrecked the wall and sent pieces flying. And this was only the beginning: all the rugs and the doors would catch fire. The grass and nature would burn down. The tower, lacking support on one side, would eventually crash. The scientist would have been in big trouble... But he was already dead.


Now, for lots of additional pictures!

The explosion, lit up.

The Lord, flying. The upturned cape makes a good flying effect.

The explosion is not seen from all angles. But, as said, even an explosion of this size is only the beginning.

The tower is still removable, as proven here.

How the explosion lights up.

The whole lab with the explosion. The scientist is about to land in his large chemical experiment which just happened to be way ahead of it's time… Oh well. Let's rediscover that a whole lot later.

Showing only the top part, with the hole of the explosion. It was really hard (emotionally) to rip apart that part and put a big hole in.

The tower, removed from the bottom, with the explosion-hole.

The Lord; angry, but not hurt.

The scientist; peaceful, and most definitely dead.

Hooray for my first real movable fig!!!

More views of stuff in the lab. As you see, the stove does light up. Who knows what he's cooking in there? Further features of the lab, in case you didn't notice, are barrels, a shelf with potions, a scriptorium with unlit candle-holder, an awesome wall design, an experiment table, and the crate of gunpowder.

Comparison of the two light bricks. The oven one is really weak, and it's battery is most likely used up or broken, but I just thought that was fitting for it's role.

The top level, which you didn't see in the storyline. The window (especialy the outside) has a very nice shaping, in my opinion.

The experiment table, again. I really liked this, just because it let me use those blue chima crystals.

The lord's flag. If you look closely, you'll see that the carpet and banners in the big hall both had the same colors.

Shrubbery. The one coming out of the rocks can be pressed to activate the light brick in the lab.

The River. I used the river technique that Derfel Cadarn shows in his guide on how to build a medieval village on eurobricks.

A knight on the road. The road is actually a loose piece. It's just wedged in there.

The top tower, without a hole in one side. Let's just pretend this were rotated the right way, shall we?

The bottom part. The whole build is on a tan 36 by 36 plate, but you can't really tell which color the base has, because it's all covered.

*A blurry pic, and no explosion to blame it on! Oh no!

The Minifigs say bye!!!

Well, this was a cool build! I daresay it was my best yet! I really love that I managed to tile all of the castle. The contrast between the nature and the building really stands out!

I really enjoyed building this, and i hope you enjoyed seeing it, too!


Cab ~
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Tirrell Brown
  December 8, 2013
Loved the explosion scene. Good Job overall
 I made it 
  November 19, 2013
Thanks for all the good comments! I'm very proud of this, and I think the fact that it is my most liked creation so far is well deserved. I think it it my very best so far... and I'm glad you think so, too. Thanks everyone!
 I like it 
  November 19, 2013
  November 17, 2013
good looking scene, funny, and I love that fire, well done!
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  November 14, 2013
Nice styling on the landscaping, it's very unique. Great explosion effects with the light bricks as well.
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  November 13, 2013
You're improving so much! Great work!
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  November 13, 2013
Awesome work! Great explosion! The castle and road are really good too! Also, I liked how you used tiling for the floor. Good luck!
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  November 13, 2013
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  November 13, 2013
Nice explosion.
Cab ~
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Stormjay Rider
  November 12, 2013
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  November 12, 2013
great light up method.
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  November 11, 2013
Great job! I love the story.
By Cab ~
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