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MEMO R3: Kai Bernstein vs J-Rod Smith
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Category: A Long Expected Party
And to my opponent's entry.

So since I have no Hobbit minifigures and almost no food pieces, I clearly could not make this scene accurately. First, the Hobbits: I had no minifigs and so built my very first macro-figure! I also had to look at the scene in a different way. Remember, Bilbo puts on the Ring here. And whenever Frodo put on the Ring later, everyhting went black and white and Sauron, the Nazgul and dakness engulfed him. Here I have depicted the scene when Bilbo is finished with his speech and disappears - but little does he know that the darkness of Sauron approaches ever closer.

Also, I built this in under two days and set up the lighting and took the pictures in under 30 minutes. Just so you know. The build is better than the pictures say it is, and it should have been better than currently is: I was pretty rushed near the end. As usual. :P


A REALLY rushed mood lighting attempt; I took this picture minutes before the deadline (all the other pictures you'll see have been updated since the day of the entry) so forgive the lack of my usually impressive skills in makeshift mood lighting. :P


It's best if you inspect the individual sections, as you can see. As a whole, no picture can do it justice.


There, that's better.


Dramatic shot 1.


Dramatic shot 2. :P


The eye of Sauron. I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out. Actually, really pleased. Do you like the tooth pieces used to taper the ends of the pupil?


The ground. Those "floorboards" are brown, but when you have the Ring on everyone and everything is in black-and-white. Except the wearer, Sauron, and the Ring. Therefore the brown floorboards are black-and-white, while Mordor is entirely black.


The crazy right side.


The crazy right tree! My very first of this type. I quite like how it turned out. I do realize there's lots of room for improvement, though.


The crazier left side.


The not-as-crazy left tree. :P


Skull 1, Halhi!


(Not yet, Bilbo! Get out of the frame!)


That's better. Now, skulls 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 AND 9! (...wait, what?)


That's right! The cake's second layer is comprised entirely of...


Skulls! And a VERY clever rubber band trick, if I do say so myself. It was a pain getting all those heads in without it exploding...which it actually did a few times.


The cake from above (minus the second level). Mm, bones.


And the back, showing how I made it. I stuck a radar dish in the middle so it would retain its shape and contain the filling. Clever, right?


And finally, Bilbo Baggins! My very first macro-figure. I'm really happy with how he turned out, considering my time crunch.


I really like this shot.


The head is actually upside-done. SNoT to the extreme!


And behind the scenes.


Back in the scene.


The whole build again.


I SEE YOU...





So that's it for now! Thanks for looking. Do rate and comment - feedback of any kind is appreciated!



Comments

 I made it 
  January 11, 2015
Quoting Mate Paton Made him and destroyed him in October :P
Haha, well, better late than never. And now you have permission, and would have then, so there it is. :P
  January 11, 2015
Made him and destroyed him in October :P
 I made it 
  January 11, 2015
Quoting Armon Russ Very cool. A shame you didn't win. But now I have so many techniques I can steal--I mean choose--from! ;P That mood lighting pic is odd to say the least. I thought Bilbo had a rabbit ear on one side of his head before I realized it was the eye's pupil. :P Your macro-figure is superb, though. Love the extreme SNOTted head. And that vest is fantastic. All those complex black pieces are very eye-catching, and the cake is just 'exploding' with skulls. ;) Great work, Kai.
It is indeed a shame. Lol, yeah, I was super-ultra-duper-rushed photographing this, so the mood lighting didn't work so well. I'm glad you like the details so much, though! I do too. :P
 I made it 
  January 11, 2015
Quoting Mate P Once again fantastic! Do you mind if I do something like your Bilbo?
Not at all! Just credit would be nice. :P
 I like it 
  January 8, 2015
WOW, awesome!!!
 I like it 
  October 30, 2014
Very cool. A shame you didn't win. But now I have so many techniques I can steal--I mean choose--from! ;P That mood lighting pic is odd to say the least. I thought Bilbo had a rabbit ear on one side of his head before I realized it was the eye's pupil. :P Your macro-figure is superb, though. Love the extreme SNOTted head. And that vest is fantastic. All those complex black pieces are very eye-catching, and the cake is just 'exploding' with skulls. ;) Great work, Kai.
  October 14, 2014
Once again fantastic! Do you mind if I do something like your Bilbo?
 I made it 
  September 7, 2014
Quoting Julia LeeP Realllly nice build, Kai! You invented so many impressive new techniques- quite frankly, I think you should have won this round.
Thanks Julia! So do I...
 I like it 
  September 7, 2014
Realllly nice build, Kai! You invented so many impressive new techniques- quite frankly, I think you should have won this round.
 I made it 
  September 7, 2014
Quoting Halhi 141 I think David used chain links (the ones in technic motorcycle sets and such)
Ah. Cool, so I invented a technique then. :P
 I like it 
  August 26, 2014
Wow Kai this is good! Love the brick built Bilbo and the eye also.:)None the less this is a great build even if you didn't win. :)
 I like it 
  August 26, 2014
Awesome job, Kai! Sauron's eye is perfect!
  August 26, 2014
I think David used chain links (the ones in technic motorcycle sets and such)
 I made it 
  August 26, 2014
Quoting KW Vauban WOW! - I'm really impressed by the building techniques you have used. Great MOC and an interessting view at this scene.
Thanks Vaub - coming from you, that's some high praise! :P
 I like it 
  August 26, 2014
WOW! - I'm really impressed by the building techniques you have used. Great MOC and an interessting view at this scene.
 I made it 
  August 26, 2014
Quoting A. J. S. This was a really difficult decision. I love Sauron's eye peering over Bilbo's shoulder; it's very well done and puts a new spin on the scene entirely. The rest of the build is also quite good. Unfortunately my vote goes to your opponent's build, for I feel it encompasses more of the assigned scene. Fantastic job nonetheless!
I can't say I fully agree - J-Rod's build may have encompassed the scene as a whole, but it was done with fairly basic techniques and a lot of minifigures as opposed to more intricate designs and improvisation. I'm not just complaining because I don't like being eliminated; I think a better look should be taken at the methods and details of each build as opposed to how much of the scene it covers. Because believe me, if I could have done more of the scene, i.e. if I had a collection even close to the size of J-Rod's, I would have. :P
 I like it 
  August 26, 2014
This was a really difficult decision. I love Sauron's eye peering over Bilbo's shoulder; it's very well done and puts a new spin on the scene entirely. The rest of the build is also quite good. Unfortunately my vote goes to your opponent's build, for I feel it encompasses more of the assigned scene. Fantastic job nonetheless!
 I made it 
  August 26, 2014
Quoting A. Sargent This was an insanely close matchup for me to judge. Both of you had spectacular entries, and I wish I could hand my vote to both of you, or simply walk out on the judging here, but alas, I cannot. :P Your build was much more creative and figurative than his literal entry, but his landscaping was much better. This is a really, really hard decision to make, but in the end I have to give J-Rod my vote. This took me about 10 minutes of going back and forth between your entries to pick, and he narrowly edged you out. Good luck with AJ!
I'll admit my landscape could have been better - and would have had I had more than two days to build (:P) - but J-Rod's just seemed a little blander and is a type that I've seen a lot of people use. Nevertheless, thanks for explaining the vote and I'll be sure to keep that in mind for future builds!
 I made it 
  August 26, 2014
Quoting Finn tegotash Great eye of Sauron design! Clever overall idea too!
Thanks! And how would you say Bilbo is? You have a lot of experience in that style of building.
 I made it 
  August 26, 2014
Quoting Halhi 141 Interesting, never thought of putting tiles on rubber treads, even though I have some of those...I'll have to try that out...
I actually first saw it on David .'s Tourney Round 2 (I think). I couldn't quite tell what it was, though, and my pride wouldn't allow me to ask - and then a type of tread just popped into my head, and I knew it was the one. I then stuck a radar dish in there, both to hold all the white pieces and to make the cake retain its shape.
 I made it 
  August 26, 2014
Quoting Alex Rode Woah. The technique is more advanced in your build. I love it - great job!
Which one? :P
  August 25, 2014
Interesting, never thought of putting tiles on rubber treads, even though I have some of those...I'll have to try that out...
  August 25, 2014
Woah. The technique is more advanced in your build. I love it - great job!
 I like it 
  August 25, 2014
This was an insanely close matchup for me to judge. Both of you had spectacular entries, and I wish I could hand my vote to both of you, or simply walk out on the judging here, but alas, I cannot. :P Your build was much more creative and figurative than his literal entry, but his landscaping was much better. This is a really, really hard decision to make, but in the end I have to give J-Rod my vote. This took me about 10 minutes of going back and forth between your entries to pick, and he narrowly edged you out. Good luck with AJ!
 I like it 
  August 25, 2014
That is very unique take on the assigned theme. I wouldn't have though of that, but it is a very fitting MOC for that chapter. Pure awesome. Good luck in the contest.
 I like it 
  August 25, 2014
Wow! Bilbos awesome!
 I like it 
  August 25, 2014
Excellent take on the category! Bilbo looks perfect!
 I like it 
  August 25, 2014
Wow! That's Amazing! I love the Bilbo figure! The trees Are spectacular, along with they eye! Good Luck!
  August 25, 2014
Wow! This is pretty incredible!
 I like it 
  August 25, 2014
Great eye of Sauron design! Clever overall idea too!
 I like it 
  August 25, 2014
Yum yum Skull cake! =)
 I like it 
  August 25, 2014
That's extremely inventive. Very nice work.
 I like it 
  August 24, 2014
You get my vote - I love the overall feel of your entry, so amazingly effective. It may be smaller than J-rod's but I liked it better in every other way - technically, aesthetically, and creatively. Great work! Good luck.
 I like it 
  August 24, 2014
Awesome! It all looks great, the eye, the trees, and especially Bilbo!
 
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