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LOM: TT Round 4: Gawain and the Green Knight
Arthurian Legends: Take a tale of King Arthur, his knights and the other fantastic characters from the stories and legends, then build a scene that is important to that story. You don't have to set your build in medieval Britain - using LOM characters and settings is also acceptable as long as there is an obvious parallel. Finally, please provide enough information so that we know which legend you are using.
About this creation
The Tourney 2015.

My Guild is the Adolescent Chicken Foundation!

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Elias looked up. "Why are we doing this again?" Qinon was shooting arrows at his student. They all passed harmlessly a few inches from his head, but Elias couldn't help but flinch.
"Let me answer with a story that I was told when I was training," said Qinon. "It is the story of Gawain and the Green Knight.

"Once, a long time ago in a distant land there was a glorious castle called Camelot. In this castle there was a gigantic table that could seat a hundred and fifty knights. It was a peculiar table: It was round. The ruler of Camelot was King Arthur. He had decreed that only the best knights may sit at his table. All the knights of the round table met yearly to tell the tales of their quests.
"One new-year's day, a green knight came clattering into the room. His shield was green. His armor was green, His skin was green, his hair, everything. Even his horse was green. And he carried in his hand a giant green ax. 'Welcome, stranger!' called King Arthur. 'Do you wish to dine with us?' 'I can dine in my own castle,' spat the knight. 'No, I have come here for a challenge. I challenge any knight at this table to an exchange of blows. One blow from my ax at me, in exchange for one blow of my axe at them.' None of the knights rose to the challenge. Only when he mocked the cowardice of those present did a knight named Gawain accept the challenge. He gripped the huge green ax and swung it at the Green Knight's head. He sliced the head clean off, but the knight simply walked over to it and picked it up again. Then he said, 'I give you one year's time until I return the blow. Meet me next new-year's day at the green chapel, if you are brave.' Then he left.
"Gawain searched the whole year for the green chapel. Finally, the last week of the year, he found it. He decided to stay at a nearby castle until new-year's day. The owner of the castle struck a deal with Gawain: He would go hunting and give Gawain what he caught. 'In exchange,' he said, 'you shall give me what the day brings you.' After the man left, his wife went to Gawain's room. She fell in love with him, and when the time came to exchange what the day had brought the two men, all Gawain could give his host was a kiss. The same thing happened the second day, and the day after. On the last day, the host's wife gave Gawain a green sash that would protect him from danger. That night, Gawain gave his host all the kisses the host's wife had given him. But the sash, he kept for himself.
"On new-year's day, he made his way to the green chapel. And there was the Green Knight. 'I see you have kept your promise,' the green man said. Then he swung his ax. Gawain flinched. 'Not so brave, are you,' said the knight. 'Strike again,' Gawain said. 'I will not flinch this time.' The Green Knight swung again. 'Better,' he said. But you still moved.' 'Strike again,' said Gawain. And before he knew it, the ax came down right at his neck...
"When Gawain reached up with his hand, he saw that his head was still attached. 'You have kept your promise,' said the Green Knight. 'However, I have given you a small cut. This is for a second promise which you did not keep.' 'What?' 'You stayed at my castle for the past week,' said the Green Knight. 'My wife gave you kisses as I told her to, you gave them dutifully to me. But when she gave you the sash, you kept it for yourself. And for that, I drew blood.' Gawain told his story in Camelot, and King Arthur had green sashes made for all of his knights. 'It is an honor to wear the mark of a Knight so brave as Gawain,' he said."
"What does that have to do with what we are doing right now?"
"When Gawain flinched, he didn't get hurt. But when he didn't flinch, the Green Knight drew blood."
"So I should flinch?"
"Yes. It is a natural reflex, not a sign of fear. It has gotten me out of many tricky situations."
"That's it?"
"There is also another lesson. Out of the one hundred and fifty best knights in the country, only one was brave enough to face the challenge of the Green Knight."
"And?"
"Knights are not as brave or strong as you think you are. If you really want to survive, you need to be quick, agile and always think three steps ahead. For all their flamboyant shields and banners, knights are useless."
...
"Qinon?"
"Yes?"
"The chapel wasn't really green, right?"

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Detail pictures...



















Have I mentioned that I love this landscaping? Even though you can tell where I started rushing it, it still looks awesome.



This is what it looks like without cropping the picture.




I built about a third of this moc today (most of the landscaping and backdrop). I wanted to try creating a cool atmosphere like in this moc by Nick V. I didn't really succeed, but I didn't edit the pictures, either. I took a good look at Derfel Cadarn's stonework for the chapel (I didn't outright copy his style though). The windows and the door were very tricky, but they payed off in the end. I didn't make the chapel green for obvious reasons. I am also entering this into both Symphony of Construction and Beautiful Lego 3.

I hope you liked it!



Comments

 I like it 
  May 27, 2015
Love that landscaping.
  March 21, 2015
Umm i think the moral of the story is to not fall to temptation and stay true to your word....but great MOC!!!!!
  March 12, 2015
Will there really be a Beautiful Lego 3?
  March 2, 2015
Hello! I'm continuing my quest to critique every successful Round 4 entry, because giving more help to the semifinalists is good for everyone. On your entry, I had a lot of conflicting opinions. First and foremost, the backdrop was beautiful in some places - I was stunned by the relief-style forest floor with all of its monochrome detail, but the canopy level became a wall of bricks that I wasn't too fond of - at least from my point of view, the slopes used in the second layer of treetops would have been better spent adding some scattered gaps to suggest branches in the forward layer. The next detail was neither positive nor negative, but the four shades of green - the knight, the vines, the sand green and the dark green - did not mix and had an unnatural, eerie look to them. I feel like a little more olive green in a solid clump on the ground and maybe some inentionally-alien-looking plants would have made the effect feel more like it was a design feature than an accident. Also, I've noticed that your ground, while textured and colorful, often lacks specific details. You might try fitting in some scattered rocks, plants and other features so that every 8x8 patch has an interesting feature. Moving on to the chapel, the stonework is good and I am very much in like with the windows - triangle-topped openings are very true to the pre-Norman British style and are tragically underrepresented in quality compositions. However, almost everyone who made it this far can make some decent stone walls (and most did so in this round) so the rest of the masonry sadly didn't stand out that much. Finally, although I hate to end on a flat note, the roof was fairly meh - while again better than at least Kai's, it mostly made par with the other builders (this was not a good round for roofs). Overall, my advice for you in the next round and possibly the finals as well is to keep detail density high, whether that means adding features to your landscape, building in a small extra structure or adding some more gaps and quirks to roofs or 2D leaves, and, as always, not to stress.
 I like it 
  February 28, 2015
Epic job! I really like the stonework!
 I like it 
  February 28, 2015
excellent! I really like the stonework!
 I like it 
  February 27, 2015
There is just something about this build that draws the viewer in...maybe it is the chapel, maybe it is the green night that stands out from the rest of the scene, or maybe it is the sense that you are in the scene with those trees in the background. In any case, each one of these elements work so well together to create something that captures one's attention. My two favorite parts of this build are those windows and the trees in the background. Beautiful work man!
Cab ~
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John Smith
  February 25, 2015
Wow, this is impressive! The landscape and masonry look fantastic! Great job and good luck!
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  February 24, 2015
That forest is so epic. It's all epic.
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  February 23, 2015
I love it, man! A fascinating story (one of my favorites) and an excellent execution of it. The background really helps and the chapel is spectacular.
 I made it 
  February 23, 2015
Quoting Gabe French Grea build, the chapel looks awesome, my only problem is you hole "Knights are usless" and "think three steps ahead" 1, Knights where the marines of the medieval times, the started training when they where 6 or 7, they where the best of the best, 2, yeah, some times thinking three steps ahead can help, but not all the time, this isn't cheast, you can't see the hole board and know your enemy's option, it's better to be ready for anything, trust me, I've done really sword fights, and I've also done sparing at my karate class. Sorry if I miss interpreted what you wrote.
I see your point. ;) I put that in because it really sums up the way in which my character thinks. It's not my personal opinion though. I appreciate the feedback on the story, it's not often that people critique my writing and it's always welcome. :)
 I like it 
  February 23, 2015
Very impressive. I like the idea for the round, because look at everything that's come out for it! I wish that you could all move on! Keep it up!
 I like it 
  February 23, 2015
The forced perspective works incredibly well and both the landscaping and the texturing are top-notch.
 I like it 
  February 23, 2015
Also erst mal habe ich 5 minuten gebraucht um alles zu erfassen. Und mir fällt spontan dazu erst mal WOW ein.Wirklich TOP, die Fenster sind genial, das Dach ist himmlisch und die Gebäudearchitektur ist bombastisch. Das gesammte Set sieht dank des Aussenarials nur genial aus. Wie lange hast Du daran gebaut ? A unique perfect job
 I like it 
  February 23, 2015
Very nice build! I have read the story of Gawain and the Green Knight before, and I believe that you reflected it rather nicely! Good luck in Round 4!
 I like it 
  February 23, 2015
Oh my word! THAT FOREST! Such a win by any standard. Those chapel windows are splendid too! And I always enjoyed this story. Excellent work! :)
  February 23, 2015
Grea build, the chapel looks awesome, my only problem is you hole "Knights are usless" and "think three steps ahead" 1, Knights where the marines of the medieval times, the started training when they where 6 or 7, they where the best of the best, 2, yeah, some times thinking three steps ahead can help, but not all the time, this isn't cheast, you can't see the hole board and know your enemy's option, it's better to be ready for anything, trust me, I've done really sword fights, and I've also done sparing at my karate class. Sorry if I miss interpreted what you wrote.
 I like it 
  February 23, 2015
Welldone likely style all over the built! I am impressed, because the effect is more real, than in real. Best Regards!
 I like it 
  February 23, 2015
I love that backdrop!
 I like it 
  February 23, 2015
Magnificent! One of those MOCs that keeps getting better the more you stare at it!
 I like it 
  February 23, 2015
Great job! I love the stonework! The colors in the landscaping are great, though it's a little flat overall... Great build none the less!
 I like it 
  February 23, 2015
Very cool - i'm a Fan of your stuff - Your work inspires me very much. Wood, Rocks, Stones are always very cool.
 I like it 
  February 23, 2015
I love this build so much. The moods, the colors, the textures, and especially that black backdrop-LEGO-thing are all perfect. My only critique is that some of the landscaping is blocky, but since that was rushed, I suppose you couldn't do much about it :P I doubt you'll need it, but good luck! :)
 I like it 
  February 23, 2015
Dude, this thing is frikkin awesome. I LOVE the colors, the chapel, the backdrop, everything. Really nice work.
 I like it 
  February 23, 2015
The window and door frames look amazing! Love the backdrop too :)
 I like it 
  February 23, 2015
I still love those landscaping colors. ;D That chapel has great textures, and the windows and doors are awesome. The background adds a lot to the mood, making this a very unique build. I think this might place in first for the round, if it weren't for Isaac's entry. :P
 I like it 
  February 23, 2015
Very nice! I remember reading this for school, and I think you portrayed it well. I also like how you fit it into your LoM story. As to the build, the landscaping is superb, and the stonework is quite good as well. Stellar build!
 I like it 
  February 23, 2015
Still beautiful.
Cab ~
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Tirrell Brown
  February 22, 2015
The windows and doors are really inventive. Good job sir.
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  February 22, 2015
Dude. That's friggin awesome. I LOVE this thing.
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  February 22, 2015
Wow.
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  February 22, 2015
Ditto what Halhi said. I love this build so much. The stonework is fantastic. Long live the Chicken Foundation!
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  February 22, 2015
This build is fantastic! The stonework is fantastic, the mixture of colors in the landscaping works so well, it's just great. My favorite part is the backdrop. It is something you don't see on most builds and adds a unique and creepy aspect to this build.
 I like it 
  February 22, 2015
Oh my - Wow. The stonework is just top notch, and the 2D-ish forest afds a somewhat creepy atmosphere.
 I like it 
  February 22, 2015
So much awesomeness.
 
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