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MELO Round 6: Andrew JN vs. Dunedain98
Attack the city!
About this creation
My entry for Round 6 of the 2014-15 Middle Earth Lego® Olympics.

My opponent, The Dunedain98 and his amazing entry.

Category: As accurately as you can, replicate a scene of your choice from the new "The Battle of the Five Armies" movie.

First off, thank you judges for hosting this contest and taking time to judge between all the entries (I know some rounds were really tough!). This has been lots of fun! Dunedain, you have built many outstanding creations! May the best build win!

Now, one to the build! Azog is atop Ravenhill overlooking his armies, and giving them commands through his various battle flags... I had fun building this one, completing 90% yesterday and today! Here is a reference picture. Enjoy the photos!










































The coolest thing about this large flag is this function. If the video does not work, here is an explanation. Each side of the flag, top and bottom, moves at the same time. For example, if I lift the right bottom flag, the top flag moves as well, and if I push the top flag down, the bottom moves with it. Hopefully, the video works, if not, I hope the above comment makes sense. :)









I know the judges do not like photo edited pictures on Mocpages, so here is over on Flickr that was edited by my brother, David.



Thanks for looking! God Bless!



Comments

 I like it 
  January 26, 2016
Hello Andrew! Congratulations again for winning the 2014/2015 MELO! After one year this MOC is still stunning! Anyway, I would like to ask you if you want to participate in MELO 2016 as a judge. (Because you're the winner of the last year and it's a MELO tradition to give them a spot if they like. The quality of you winner entry is a strong sign for good qualities as a judge, so we would really love to have you in the team this year!) Please tell us your decision in the MELO planning group: http://www.moc-pages.com/group_conversation.php?id=25590&topicid=103641
 I like it 
  August 1, 2015
Wow
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  April 6, 2015
Incredible! Very nice build!
  April 4, 2015
Hey Andrew, would you be interested in judging NLO this year?
 I like it 
  March 27, 2015
This is a great build man you defiantly deserved to win!
 I like it 
  March 24, 2015
Those flags are perfection. Fantastic work throughout the entire contest Andrew! All of your entries were amazing and you impressed me with every build. Congratulations on taking first place!
 I like it 
  March 23, 2015
Congratulations champion!
Andrew JN
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John Smith
  March 20, 2015
Congratulations on winning the MELO, Andrew! All your entries this year were spectacular!
 I like it 
  March 20, 2015
Congratulations on winning MELO! You deserved to win! :D
 I like it 
  March 20, 2015
Well done, and congratulations! All your entries for your categories were phenomenal, and it didn't end in the final round. Great idea for a MOC and splendid execution, from the rocks to those signal flags! It's really cool that they actually work! My favorite part though is probably the detailing above the doorway at the base of the MOC, I can't really tell what the bricks are you used but they really add to the presentation! Again, great work Andrew! :)
 I like it 
  March 20, 2015
congrats Andrew :)
 I like it 
  March 20, 2015
Congrats on the win! It was well deserved!
  March 20, 2015
Congrats Andrew!
  March 20, 2015
congrats!!!!
 I made it 
  March 20, 2015
Quoting Tim S
Thanks Tim!
 I like it 
  March 20, 2015
Congratulations on winning the 2014-2015 MELO! A well deserved win!
  March 20, 2015
Congratulations Andrew!
 I like it 
  March 20, 2015
Congrats on the win, Andrew! Well deserved.
 I like it 
  March 19, 2015
HOLY BRICK!!!!! Dune's entry was awesome, but, in my opinion, (no offense to Dunedain98), this far surpasses it. You'd have my sword if I could give it to you.
 I like it 
  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 made it 
  March 18, 2015
Quoting Ian Spacek
Thanks for the comment and advice, I do agree with the speckled rock-work being a little chaotic...
 I made it 
  March 18, 2015
Quoting The Dunedain98 Excellent work throughout the whole contest! The rock work is fantastic, and the flags are expertly done. Though, like someone said before, I thought the whole thing a little strange in the film, but your LEGO version is great! That the flags actually work is very cool, you chose a very good scene!
Thank you Dunedain!
 I made it 
  March 18, 2015
Quoting Michael Kringe I have never seen a MOC like this before! It's amazing and you used some very clever and unique building techniques for it. I personally like Dune's MOC better, because I just love the friendly athmosphere of the Shire, but in the end I think your build is the more interesting one. You have my vote!
Thanks!
 I like it 
  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 highlights for me were Andrew's functional sails and Dune's incredibly organic 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.
 I like it 
  March 17, 2015
Excellent work throughout the whole contest! The rock work is fantastic, and the flags are expertly done. Though, like someone said before, I thought the whole thing a little strange in the film, but your LEGO version is great! That the flags actually work is very cool, you chose a very good scene!
 I like it 
  March 17, 2015
Great work, good luck!
 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 your opponent has my vote.
Andrew JN
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Graeme Straughn
  March 16, 2015
Great work, Andrew! This is stellar! I love how you did the function! I wish you'd had Fili and Kili in there, or maybe Thorin at the bottom... Just for the effect. :) Good luck and great work!
Andrew JN
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Trevor Turco
  March 16, 2015
I have been wanting to do this for a long time! great job!
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  March 16, 2015
Wow, now that's amazing. Perfection here, Andrew! The architecture, the rockwork, those sails ... all outstanding! Good luck!
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
I was just making this yesterday! Cool
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  March 16, 2015
Well, I found this whole battle flag stuff kind of odd in the film (actually the whole film is one of the worst I've ever seen, and as both Tolkien enthusiast and fan of the lord of the rings films that hurts deep in my soul). But your entry is nonetheless brilliant and incredibly accurate. The whole rockwork is great and the use of the sails is smart. I wish you good luck
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
Oh wow. That is just... Awesome! No other words to describe it. And in that case, I will stop talking. (Or writing, or whatever.) Good luck, and keep it up!
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
I have never seen a MOC like this before! It's amazing and you used some very clever and unique building techniques for it. I personally like Dune's MOC better, because I just love the friendly athmosphere of the Shire, but in the end I think your build is the more interesting one. You have my vote!
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
That signal thing was actually kind of disturbing to me while watching the film... It was kind of ominous and foreboding, you captured it excellently! Amazing work.
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
Cool build. I particularly like the snow, and the entrance as well.
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
Very nice! The stonework, the snow-scaping, the flags, amazing!
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
The functional sails are just awesome.
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
That rockwork! That...snow work! Those sails! LEGO Peter Jackson need to put you on speed dial. (There is a LEGO Peter Jackson, right?)
 I made it 
  March 16, 2015
Quoting Grant Davis Good luck andrew! You get my vote.
Thanks Grant!
 I made it 
  March 16, 2015
Quoting Lee Muzzy Well as usual the last round is always the hardiest to decide. while I really like visual aesthetic of your opponents build. your accuracy and beautiful sails win me your vote. good luck with the rest of the judges.
Thanks Lee!
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
Good luck andrew! You get my vote.
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
Beautiful! I love the sails! I hope this wins! ;)
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
Awesome work with the functions! Good luck with the judges!
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
Fantastic work Andrew. There's plenty of wonderful textures and details throughout the build and it's a great capstone to what has been a stellar run this MELO. Good luck with the judges!
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
Wow! Excellent job man! I love the rocks on this! Good luck!
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
Oh man. These are both stellar. I have to say that this year has certainly been the hardest overall. The technique and accuracy of your build is stunning, I love every bit. But I love Dunedain's too. Ughh. In the end, it really is just coming down to preference: I liked his more. I can't really say why, I just did. He has my bow. Good luck with the other judges.
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
That's pretty accurate if I do say so myself!
 I like it 
  March 16, 2015
Well as usual the last round is always the hardiest to decide. while I really like visual aesthetic of your opponents build. your accuracy and beautiful sails win me your vote. good luck with the rest of the judges.
 I like it 
  March 15, 2015
Amazing work, Andres! Spot-on!
 I like it 
  March 15, 2015
incredible!!!!!
 
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