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MELO Round 6: Dune vs. Andrew - Bag-End
Bilbo Baggins, after his long adventure to Erebor and back, returns just in time to find that his beloved Bag-End and all his belongings are being auctioned off!
About this creation
MELO Round 6
Category: As accurately as you can, replicate a scene of your choice from the new "The Battle of the Five Armies" movie.

My opponent for this round is Andrew JN
Good Evening! Here is my entry for the sixth and final round of MELO! For this category I chose my favorite scene from the third and final film of the Hobbit trilogy, the Battle of the Five Armies. There were very few good scenes from the film and this was one of them, the Shire-folk auctioning his estate. This is one of my favorite builds yet, though it looks better, in my opinion, in real life than in the photos. Hope you enjoy! Criticism is always appreciated:

MELO Round 6: Bag-End

Main Pic (Argh! I have trouble with those shadows in the corners)

MELO Round 6: Bag-End

Bilbo, wondering what in Middle-Earth is going on at Bag-End.

MELO Round 6: Bag-End



MELO Round 6: Bag-End



MELO Round 6: Bag-End

Returning home...That door technique took me a while to figure out. It isn't like the LEGO® set, mine is a brick less indented.

MELO Round 6: Bag-End



MELO Round 6: Bag-End



MELO Round 6: Bag-End



MELO Round 6: Bag-End



MELO Round 6: Bag-End

Eating a carrot...

MELO Round 6: Bag-End

Without the figs

MELO Round 6: Bag-End

One of the first scenes of the trilogy, though same setting.

MELO Round 6: Bag-End

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Well that's that! I tried to get it as accurately to the movies as possible, hope you like it! This is my last entry for MELO, now it's time to finally build something for my MA team! Comments and criticism appreciated! Flickr
God Bless!

~The Dunedain98



Comments

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  February 13, 2016
this is quite late to be commenting..... but I think you should have won - this is amazing
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  August 22, 2015
Incredible work here!
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  April 7, 2015
Incredible job! It's a shame you didn't win but you both entered some top notch MOCs. I'm glad I didn't have to judge. :P
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  March 27, 2015
Best bag-end yet! My most critical comment about peoples bag-end creations is that the hill on top is to flat, but you executed that part perfectly! Great model.
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  March 26, 2015
Wow. This is so phenomenal! Congratulations on getting 2nd. You're incredible. And 85 likes?? Insane!! Well done, Dune!!
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  March 24, 2015
Congrats on coming in second place Dune! All of your entries have been fantastic, this one especially. Love the Hobbit hole, and the landscaping is sweet, though I think the grass at the bottom is too uniform and neat. All the same, this is an impressive Hobbit hole, one of the best I've seen. Good show Dune!
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  March 23, 2015
Superb!! Very accurate, the amount of green, plants, vegetation is truely stunning. A delicate and awesome work.
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  March 23, 2015
Well played this contest! And an awesome final entry, but who can beat aesthetics and functions...
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  March 21, 2015
I thought you deserved to win, but 2nd place isn't bad at all!
The Dunedain98
John Smith
  March 20, 2015
Tough loss, but congratulations on getting second place! You've grown into a quite a builder!
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  March 20, 2015
Such a classic MOC, still good every time
  March 20, 2015
You did an incredible job this year and cranked out some of the best LOTR creations I have ever seen! Congrats ~ Mate
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  March 20, 2015
Second place isn't bad at all! Congratulations!
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  March 20, 2015
Congratulations on getting second Dune! Not bad, not bad at all!
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  March 20, 2015
Tough luck not winning, but second is not bad at all! Congrats on an impressive showing this year, Dune!
The Dunedain98
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Graeme Straughn
  March 19, 2015
...What Mate said...
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  March 19, 2015
Let me begin by saying that I didn’t want to be the tiebreaker this round. I saw both of your entries when they were first posted and simply hoped that the other judges would declare a winner rather than force me to laboriously decide between two absolutely incredible entries (Thanks Ian...). Both of you have had excellent runs throughout this year’s MELO and pulled out all of the stops for the finale. There are so many things that are done excellently in both entries, but there were also some weaknesses as well and thus it’s in the balance of these two factors that I have to make my call. Dune, your build captured the essence of the tranquility found in the shire with splendid textures throughout. The stonework on the path was detailed along with the stairs and the little pieces of furniture were crafted with care. However, to my eyes the use of limb elements as grass while excellent in some places was also awkward in others. In some places, such as the middle of the house where the front entrance is separated from the window, the layer of limb elements appears forced rather than natural (though admittedly this is a tiny nitpick). In a similar vein as Ian, I was also not completely convinced with the tree. Andrew, your build featured well-crafted stonework made even better by the incorporation of a layer of snow on top. The contrast between carved stonework and the jagged cliff face was done well and the sheer single pillar of the build captures well the arrogance of Azog the Defiler in the face of any circumstance. However, I found that the rockwork was a bit unfinished or awkward in places, such as the round 4x4 plate on the pillar which the flag rests or the odd bit of rock that shoots off to the left in the middle of the rock face. With these nitpicks and positives in mind, there was one detail that set one build over the other: the incorporation of functions. All things being equal between the two (really, they are both wonderful builds and I can’t praise the creators enough) Andrew’s edges out my vote by the clever incorporation of his functioning signal flag. With both builds being very pleasing aesthetically I had to look beyond the outward appearance for something to tip me one way or the other, for which Andrew’s flags were the deciding factor (amongst the many already listed). So, without further ado, I would like to congratulate Andrew as the champion of the 2014-2015 MELO! My condolences to Dune, who put up one heck of a fight and should feel not the least bit of shame in taking a respectable second place. I look forward to seeing many more builds from both of you in the future and watching you improve as the years go by. You fought well gentlemen and you should both be extremely proud of what you’ve accomplished.
 I like it 
  March 19, 2015
...and its getting annoying...
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  March 19, 2015
...What Graeme said...
  March 19, 2015
Tensions rising steadily.... .....
 I like it 
  March 18, 2015
Amazing foliage!!! Love it.
 I made it 
  March 18, 2015
Quoting Ian Spacek
Wow...thank you for your very long and thorough comment. I agree with you on the tree and foreground. I was going to put some plants there but forgot, thanks for the advice!
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  March 18, 2015
To quote Bilbo: "I've put this off for far to long." And now I have to decide. Wow. I'm not just buttering you gents up when I say you both deserve to win. Particular highlight for me were Andrews functional sails and Dune's incredibly organic looking hill. Both MOCs have an abundance of strengths and both have one or two weaknesses that balance out in my mind. I'll give my nit-picky criticisms (because they ended up affecting my choice), but just know that my compliments far exceed what I'd care to fit in a comment. In Dune's build, I was a little bothered by the uniformity of the grass in the foreground juxtaposed against the randomness of the hill's foliage. And I also wasn't 100% sold on the tree. In Andrew's build, I felt the use of white on dark blay (with the exception of the top) was a tad too excessive, creating an overly busy and speckled look. (You know your judge is getting desperate when he's trying to nitpick the tiny flaws to decide.) Like I said these nitpicks balance out in my mind, but when applied to overall presentation...they did help me. As I looked at both entries as a whole, I had to decide which was more artistically and visually pleasing (taking the nitpicks into account). In the end, Dune inches by with my vote. In terms of overall build, my artistic preference was slightly less distracted by my nitpicks on his build. And I do believe this means a tie! Like I said YOU BOTH DESERVE IT. Now that you're equal, we'll hand it over to the poor Tim.
The Dunedain98
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Black Smith
  March 17, 2015
Georgeously green, well done !
 I like it 
  March 17, 2015
One of the best Lego Bag Ends ever! (and I thought the official lego one was good:P)
  March 17, 2015
You would have my vote if I could judge ~ m8
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  March 17, 2015
Quoting Mark McPeek Wow, Dune, you saved the best for last. Incredible, incredible work. That is the most accurate recreation of Bag End I've ever seen. My hat's off to you. Congratulations on an amazing showing this year and good luck with the remaining judges!
Thanks Mark, accuracy was a main focus when building this.
 I made it 
  March 17, 2015
Quoting Andrew JN Technically I have not won yet, just so you know... I need 4 votes, not 3. ;)
My mistake, I thought it was over :P
 I like it 
  March 17, 2015
Stellar job Dune! This is the best LEGO Bag-End I've ever seen! Good luck!
 I like it 
  March 17, 2015
Awesome! Those are my favorite scenes!
 I like it 
  March 17, 2015
This is the hardest round to judge. Both entries are fantastic. In the end, purely based on personal preference you have ny vote.
The Dunedain98
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Graeme Straughn
  March 16, 2015
Hehehe, amazing work, Dune! I love the windows and doors on Bag End! Great minifigs and cool idea... Good luck man!
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
Wow, Dune, you saved the best for last. Incredible, incredible work. That is the most accurate recreation of Bag End I've ever seen. My hat's off to you. Congratulations on an amazing showing this year and good luck with the remaining judges!
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
Technically I have not won yet, just so you know... I need 4 votes, not 3. ;)
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
Incredible! That is probably the best build I have seen in MELO this time around. I would give you my vote if I was a judge, but I'm not, so, whatever. Either way, this build is the one I think should win. Good luck, and keep it up!
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
Wow, that grass looks amazing. It is so lifelike and awesome, exactly like thick grass looks IRL. Lovely work, and my condolences on the loss.
  March 16, 2015
Awesome MOC as always! Great job!
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  March 16, 2015
Awesome MOC! It's just perfect and so accurate to the movie! I personally like your entry better than Andrew's because I just love the friendly athmosphere of the Shire, but in the end your opponent gets my vote, because I think he used more varying parts wheraeas you used a huge quantity of similar bricks like green leaves and grass parts. This is one of my all time faviorite MELO entries though!
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
Wow, the foliage and whatnot is very realistic! Fantastic build!
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  March 16, 2015
Wow... I think this is pretty close... TOO close. I'm not really sure who I'd vote for. You did really excellently, Dune. Incredible work! (Good luck, too.)
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  March 16, 2015
Quoting Brick Boy I believe this is one of the finest Bag Ends I have ever seen. If my vote was relevant, you would have it.
Thanks! I wish your vote did count ;)
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  March 16, 2015
Quoting Joseph Olson Amazing! I think you pretty much did the best anyone could with this scene, but that this scene just doesn't have as much to build. Great job though!
I'm honestly not sure what you mean. There's Bag-End, Bagshot Row to build. One of if not the most iconic and recognizable locations of Middle- Earth. The place that connects and brings together the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit.
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
Amazing! I think you pretty much did the best anyone could with this scene, but that this scene just doesn't have as much to build. Great job though!
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
I believe this is one of the finest Bag Ends I have ever seen. If my vote was relevant, you would have it.
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
I think I am gonna go with Andrew on this one. Thanks for playing!
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
Probably the best rendition of Bag End yet! Good luck with the judges!
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  March 16, 2015
Incredible Dune!! You have a motherload of foliage pieces :P Good luck against Andrew! P.S. I got rid of the shadow for you http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=&id=/user_images/108963/14265274891 :P
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
Outstanding entry Dune! I really like the use of the leaves to give Bag End that grassy feel. This build is visually gratifying. Nice way to finish MELO, with the last scene in The Hobbit!
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
Sweet!! I love the angled hill with the leaves- looks really accurate.
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  March 16, 2015
Wow! Dune, that's Awesome! I love that Scene! Good luck man!
 I made it 
  March 16, 2015
Quoting Mark Murphy Ok, I loved both entries, but in the end I just liked yours more. I couldn't judge on anything besides preference because they were both so good. You have my bow.
Thanks!
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
Ok, I loved both entries, but in the end I just liked yours more. I couldn't judge on anything besides preference because they were both so good. You have my bow.
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
The best Hobbit set I've ever seen.
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  March 16, 2015
Great work, good luck!
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  March 16, 2015
Well as usual the last round is always the hardiest to decide. while I really like your visual aesthetic. your opponents accuracy and beautiful sails wins him my vote. Good luck with the rest of the judges.
The Dunedain98
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Trevor Turco
  March 15, 2015
Good Job! Im rooting for you!
The Dunedain98
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John Smith
  March 15, 2015
Another incredible build for you! I'm lovin' the foliage in this one! This has to be one of the best renditions of Bag-End I've seen. Good luck! Go on and win this thing!
 I like it 
  March 15, 2015
Just. Wow.
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  March 15, 2015
Wow! Absolutely fantastic Bag-end! It looks great all around!
 I like it 
  March 15, 2015
Too good!
 I like it 
  March 15, 2015
Best bag-end out there! Good luck!
 I like it 
  March 15, 2015
Wow! Very impressive, Dune! You capture this scene very well.
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  March 15, 2015
Fantastic work! The foliage is splendid, and I really like all the little pieces of furniture.
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  March 15, 2015
That's really accurate. I should know because I went to hobbiton.
 I like it 
  March 15, 2015
That's awesome! Good luck!
 
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