In honor of my Kiwi opponent, I drew inspiration from Middle Earth! I present one of my first micro-scale MOCs: The Tower of Barad-dűr! This 16x16 replication (plus a 1x1 border) was a delicious challenge! I attempted to stay as micro as possible, while maintaining a convincing design.
The Eye of Sauron!
I rigged the build with lights for cinematic effect.
The wires offer proof that it's not Photoshopped!
[Edit: 10/15/14] Clean Edit, courtesy of Simon Liu.
Knowing this tower from every angle and detail, I can just say you nailed it! Working on such a small scale is very tricky and you have done it great! I love it... don't ask me now why ;-) Would you maybe be willed to sell it? I would love to put it once aside his big brother or just enjoying it on the shelf! - K.
Stunning. When I first saw this I thought it was quite large, but when I read it was only a vig I was even more impressed! Excellent parts usage, and the lighting is phenomenal! Congratulations on moving on to the next round!
I forgot to comment on this AWESOME Barad-Dűr! The details are perfect and the lighting feature is astonishing! I couldn't figure out the scale from the thumbnail, and it's pretty rare for a 16x16... Congrats on advancing, Ian!
Quoting The Fellowship of a Brick In celebration of passing the 2000 members milestone and becoming the largest group on MOCpages, the Fellowship of the Brick invites the entire MOCpages community to share in a fantastical undertaking! The objective is for the community to collaboratively produce an impressive archive of 2000 8x8 and/or 16x16 Middle Earth themed vignettes over the next year! Ridiculous? Yes. Unrealistic? Absolutely. But the same was said of Frodo's quest to destroy the Ring, so come and join the fun!
Firstly, you guys should be mighty proud of what you accomplished. Your entries were worthy of a final. The amount of detail you both managed to capture is astounding. I don't think I've seen many micro-scale builds that are better than these two. I wish both of you could advance, but since I have to decide, my vote goes to you, Ian! This was a really difficult decision. Your lighting effect was what won me over in the end. In terms of building, you were equal, in my mind. Your entry is mighty impressive for such a small base! Great PU with the chains as well! Congratulations on advancing and thanks for your amazing entry!
This is another one of those matchups that are just BRUTAL to be a judge in! You guys both knocked it so far out of the park on this one that it's STILL going! I really can't find fault with either build. Both are amazingly detailed and just really, REALLY the top tier of what this competition should be. That being said, I have to put my vote somewhere and as was the case with another matchup in this round, it's coming down simply to one thing. Personal preference on my part. And I just enjoyed Ranger's moc a little more personally. Ranger has my vote. Good luck to both of you! Still one judge to go! ~ Chris.
I like it
October 13, 2014
Amazing rock work, bruthah. XD Very cool idea, I'd love to try micro-building some time... Nice use of the Eye mini-fig head and the chains as rocks! Stellar entry!
I like it
October 13, 2014
Wow! As I noted in my comments to your competitor, this has got to be the toughest match-up for this round of the MOCOlympics. Both your entry and you opponent's are superb. I have a feeling it will come down to the personal taste's of the judges, since you two have picked very different subject matter.
Both you and Ranger created microscale builds that look much larger at first glance. But once you click on the build then rub your eyes a bit you see that they are so much smaller than they look! The level of detail that you and Ranger created is absolutely amazing. I really feel for the judges on this one. Good luck. ~John
Ian you great man, how dare you challenge me, I'm sweating over this match :P Seriously man brilliant work :D The detailing, espically the use of chains as rockwork, is fantastic and the lighting man is that effective. Terrific work like always, I'll just like to say that whoever comes out victorious it was a privilege competing against you :)
Thank you for sharing your thoughts guys! Always appreciated.
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
What's this?! Defeatism?! Only one of us really needs a re-match, just sayin'! But all teasing aside, thanks a ton for the thoughtful comment Lauchlan. You know I have tremendous respect for you as a builder (especially in the micro-scale vein), so your opinion is much appreciated man! Thank you.
Quoting Mark McPeek
You guys are killing me.
And you're killing us! ;)
Quoting Krištof Pučejdl
Btw Ian, may I ask as if you have some Czech ancestors? Your surname points me there :)
You might be onto something.
Quoting Ben Merrill
Don't forget to add it to the M.O. group
Haha, don't worry, I didn't!
Quoting Matthew Oh
Are you going to save it and bring it to BW 2014?
I doubt it, but you never know!
Quoting David Roberts
...deceptively small MOC. It really does look huge until you zoom in....
Quoting Tim S
You did an excellent job reducing the complex angles and spikes from the full scale tower into such a small size without loosing the vision of the whole.
Thanks guys. I'm glad that came across. It was my goal.
Quoting Rocco Buttliere
Lots of nice, surprising details here! Love it!
Thanks Rocco! That's encouraging to hear coming from the master of micro-scale architecture. :)
Hey, you know, are you sure you want a rematch? I mean, I know we're both busy people and I don't want to inconvenience you, so if we both get to the next round how about we shake on a draw. ;) Seriously Ian, this is incredible. The intricacy of the tower makes it look far, far larger than it really is, and the lighting effects are pure gold. You've nailed both the sinister atmosphere and the dark ingenuity of Barad-Dur's design - hat's off. Man, I don't envy the judges for your match-up! Good luck!
Wow Ian, this is breathtaking! So much detail on such a small scale, and extremely realistic as well! The angles are fantastic, on Barad Dur and on the rockwork! Excellent work mate! Are you going to save it and bring it to BW 2014?
A great looking and deceptively small MOC. It really does look huge until you zoom in to details like the chain wrapped around the tower. Then your brain get an idea of the scale and how much is packed into such a small space. The lighting really brings the lava to life.
Breath-taking! I love the texture of the rocks... like what you did with the chains. Excellent work. This is a truly spectacular representation of an iconic Middle-Earth Building. Well done, and good luck!