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LOM: Last Blossom of Hope
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Entry for my Moc-off with Mr. Cab.

LOM: Hope's Blossom

Footsteps. 
A dark silhouette flowed smoothly across the path, broke swiftly through the frigid snow and biting wind, walked briskly toward its destination. Its shadow was invisible; the man, too, was invisible, hidden by the veil of darkness. If not for the soft sound of the footsteps - nearly inaudible next to the howling wind and the whispering snow - he may have been nonexistent. Disappearing for a moment as his footsteps stopped, he came back into existence as he walked up the stone steps of an ancient manor.

The harsh clang of the door knocker punctured through the night. Silence. The man tapped his foot impatiently. More silence. As the man began to mutter a string of harsh words condemning the owner of the manor, the door finally creaked open, and the visitor turned to the man standing in the doorway, who stared at the visitor with a vacant gaze.


LOM: Hope's Blossom

"What the hell's the matter with you, banging on my door in the middle of the night?" The angered man turned back toward the door, clearly intending to leave the visitor behind, when a soft metallic noise leads him to spin around, wide-eyed, staring at the knife that the traveler had suddenly procured.


LOM: Hope's Blossom

Grinning at the apparent fear flooding the other man's face, the visitor lowered the knife slightly as he spoke softly. "You are to come with me... Obey me... Instruct me..."

Recognizing that under the threat of the knife, his negotiation authority was severely limited, the homeowner nonetheless hesitated. "Teach you what? You've got the wrong guy; I'm just an old man."

"Just?" The traveler chuckled. "You are certainly...amusing. You, of course, know as well as I do that you are the most skilled wizard in Morkerna. But yes, you are just an old man." Suddenly becoming irritated, he raised the knife again and shouted, "Go, fool! You do not want to waste my precious time."

LOM: Hope's Blossom

The supposed wizard walked slowly down the stone steps, passing his guest. At the bottom, he paused momentarily, as if to speak again, but another minute movement in the visitor's hand made the knife visible once more, and so the homeowner continued on, as the younger man, once more reduced to a silhouette behind the curtain of darkness, followed closely behind.

And the two shadows went forth, one trailing the other, to be swallowed by the maw of the night.

_____________________________________


This was my second and final entry into the CCCXIII, in the category Medieval Manor, as well as my entry to my MOC-off with Mr. Cab in LOM. I'll be posting the first entry sometime later...

The main technical challenge in this MOC was the rounded wall - it's a technique I've used only once before (in Zelpunra's Tower), and the fact that I had at most 2 days to build that section made it particularily difficult. The right wooden section also had some tricky offsets.

Quite pleased with this one overall, despite being a semi-rushed build. Enjoy, and don't forget to enter The Tourney! (on Flickr and on Mocpages.

CCCXIII - Hope's Blossom (2)

CCCXIII - Hope's Blossom (3)

CCCXIII - Hope's Blossom (4)

CCCXIII - Hope's Blossom (Main)



Comments

 I like it 
  July 13, 2016
I just realized this was the only creation in the MOL group. :P
 I made it 
  July 6, 2016
Quoting Armon Russ Probably the most original-looking build you've ever made. Very refreshing. ;P Great stonework. Love that curved portion. And the snow is well-placed. Wooden section on top adds a lot, too. Although I have to say that I prefer plates over grills for roof textures any day. :P And those pictures are waaayyy too dark, man. *shakes head* :P :P :P
So, months later I see this and realize I hadn't responded...anyway, round bumps don't look right on a roof - thinner lines (as in cuts in the roof tiles or holes or whatever) are much more natural looking and blend in better, to the point where they aren't too noticeable in an overall view yet still give some good texture.
 I like it 
  July 2, 2016
Awesome job Halhi! Thanks for posting them in the group!
 I made it 
  March 21, 2016
Hey, at least the story was only a few months late :P Anyway, it's finally finished.
 I made it 
  February 11, 2016
So much for posting the story "later" :P I might try to catch up on my story and post another MOC or 2 this weekend. Maybe.
 I like it 
  February 11, 2016
Great job again!
 I like it 
  January 16, 2016
On the other hand, the build is excellent with the pink flower ignored. I am impressed with the smooth transition between the rounded SNOT masonry and the studs-up orthagonal structure. Not only is the seam beteeen the two walls, where the tower's side matches the right angles of the rest of the structure, a subtle transition zone between the two techniques, your use of the same colors in both sections and small, studs-up patches in the tower and SNOT plates on the rest of the build unite them so well that it's easy to forget that there's a difference at all. More importantly, though, the overall form of the set is eye-catching. It's original, it's diverse, and it feels a lot more solid than "The Forbidden Castle". You packed a lot of detail into it, ensuriing that no part of the castle is boring. Aside from the Mythronian shield-and-sword sets embedded in the wall (another nice addition), it feels very Mitgardian (especially with the timber upper floor with the green-and-yellow windows) and it's good to see you branching out into a brighter style more often seen on GOH than MOCpages. You could still improve it (likely if you had more pieces) by extending the landscape out a bit farther and building far enough back to reinforce the illusion that it's more than a facade, but this is a bold new step forward nonetheless.
 I made it 
  January 16, 2016
Quoting Gilbert Despathens This may be my new favorite build from you, but I don't really see that whole contrast between the pink flowers and the rest of the scene that you brought up in your essay. The flowers are off to the side and very, very tiny; they look out of place, yes, but not important. If you want to highlight contrasts like that in the future - which I think is a very good idea - then you want your bright color to actually be bright and big and obvious, even if you want to point out that it's fading. For example, you could have built a tree in the foreground with bright pink flowers clinging to some of the branches in a clump while the rest of the tree shed its buds and faded into darker, bleaker colors, like black and grey, or you could have taken a completely different road and opened with a shot of the victim minifigure lighting candles or putting up a wreath, only to have the nice symbol of hope and peace extinguished or despoiled in a conflict with the kidnapper.
Thanks! I felt like a larger bright bit would take away from the idea of hope disappearing, but I see what you mean - a couple more flowers at least would have worked. I wanted to use these magenta flowers, but yeah, the pink ones would have been better, plus I have more of those.
 I like it 
  January 16, 2016
This may be my new favorite build from you, but I don't really see that whole contrast between the pink flowers and the rest of the scene that you brought up in your essay. The flowers are off to the side and very, very tiny; they look out of place, yes, but not important. If you want to highlight contrasts like that in the future - which I think is a very good idea - then you want your bright color to actually be bright and big and obvious, even if you want to point out that it's fading. For example, you could have built a tree in the foreground with bright pink flowers clinging to some of the branches in a clump while the rest of the tree shed its buds and faded into darker, bleaker colors, like black and grey, or you could have taken a completely different road and opened with a shot of the victim minifigure lighting candles or putting up a wreath, only to have the nice symbol of hope and peace extinguished or despoiled in a conflict with the kidnapper.
  January 14, 2016
My vote goes to you. I think everyone was expecting it, though. :P Very refined and well shaped.
 I like it 
  January 8, 2016
Well done, Halhi! The stonework and textures are very good, the tower is very cleverly made, and the wooden area is quite nice. Despite the fact that I can’t see a visible access to the top of the tower except via ladder from the outside, you have my vote. :P I enjoyed the story btw. :P
 I like it 
  January 7, 2016
You nailed the look of snow on a rooftop. Love the great build!
 I like it 
  January 5, 2016
Another stunning build Hahli! Nice work with the stone work, I saw the WIP pictures and was simply astounded. That takes some serious effort, patience, and skill to pull off, but the end effect makes it all worth it. I like that enclosed entry area and the brown visual highlight on top. Also, those rough columns on the right side tower look perfect. Well done! God bless and keep on brickin', ~Promar~
 I like it 
  January 4, 2016
Gorgeously textured! ~Phoenix Rose
 I like it 
  January 4, 2016
Such a cool build - wow!
Halhi 141
 I like it 
Argo ~~
  January 3, 2016
I gotta say, after seeing lots of whitewash in your builds, this was really really cool! I love the curved wall, and the snow is in the right areas. I'd love some tips on stonework sometime! ~Argo
 I like it 
  January 3, 2016
Beautiful work, Halhi! The layout of the building is very nice and I especially like the rounded section. Great job on the snow as well :)
 I made it 
  January 3, 2016
Quoting Kai Bernstein Overal shape and deisgn is nice. However, Hensel+Halhi+Infernum+Brick is not a good masonry mix. The woodwork is nice but is a clear graft from the Kaloyan tree. The roof is simplistic and the facade too visible (me, talking about obvious facades? The irony. :P) But like I said...overall shape and such is good, especially considering your time constraints.
Thanks! The mix of the stonework styles was for several reasons: the battlements were relatively untextured because of technique issues (to attach those SNOTted tiles, I had to use technic bricks, which meant not much texturing); the majority of the stonework was my normal style; and the curved wall was the most textured technique I could come up with while keeping in mind that I was running very low on parts by that point. As to the wood buildings...I have no idea what you mean about "graft from the Kaloyan tree", but the facade look was on purpose - if the buildings were any thicker, then their sides - rather than their fronts - would draw the attention, and thus it would lessen the effect of the aesthetic I was going for. Roofs were simplistic because: simple can be good; I had to build the roofs and the wood buildings on the last day (and technically the night before); they were too small to have nets or anything like that on them (and those kinds of techniques would be too thick); and including the snow would be difficult and less effective on another technique. Anyway, thanks for the feedback!
Halhi 141
 I like it 
~Elduin (Andrew Alex.)
  January 2, 2016
Originall! Explendid. Nice wall texturing!
 I like it 
  January 2, 2016
Overal shape and deisgn is nice. However, Hensel+Halhi+Infernum+Brick is not a good masonry mix. The woodwork is nice but is a clear graft from the Kaloyan tree. The roof is simplistic and the facade too visible (me, talking about obvious facades? The irony. :P) But like I said...overall shape and such is good, especially considering your time constraints.
 I like it 
  January 2, 2016
Probably the most original-looking build you've ever made. Very refreshing. ;P Great stonework. Love that curved portion. And the snow is well-placed. Wooden section on top adds a lot, too. Although I have to say that I prefer plates over grills for roof textures any day. :P And those pictures are waaayyy too dark, man. *shakes head* :P :P :P
 I like it 
  January 2, 2016
The architectural diversity compared to most of your other builds is what really sets this apart.
 I like it 
  January 2, 2016
Magnificent work. A real feast for the eyes with all of the fantastic texturing. BOAJEWD.
 I like it 
  January 2, 2016
This comment thread just prompted me to look through way too many of those lego-color-pictures you linked to. :P Great build, by the way.
 I like it 
  January 2, 2016
Wow... just wow!!
 I made it 
  January 2, 2016
Quoting jonnylegoboy911 . I told you we shouldn't get into that... I need to look all this up.
Just memorize all this :) https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/126975831@N07/sets/72157649729890049/ And maybe the modulex colors too...
  January 2, 2016
I told you we shouldn't get into that... I need to look all this up.
 I made it 
  January 2, 2016
Quoting jonnylegoboy911 .
Quoting Halhi
Heh heh, woops :P You have to admit though; these pictures are dark. Or maybe I'm LEGO colour blind. :O Just wait till we get into things like MDF and nougat... D: Also, thanks for that link. I'd seen a picture of the interior view of the technique before but only a zoomed out one. These should be much more helpful. ;)
They looked fine when I was editing them, but yeah, now they look a bit dark. These are still better than the originals though :P And MDF is the same as one of the nougats - you just mentioned two different naming systems (TLG names vs BL names)
 I made it 
  January 2, 2016
Quoting Deus "Big D." Otiosus This looks very good. No complaints nowhere.
Wow, that must be a first. Thanks!
 I like it 
  January 2, 2016
Very nice! As usual, I will be looking at this for inspiration for a long while.
  January 2, 2016
This looks very good. No complaints nowhere.
 I like it 
  January 2, 2016
Woah, this is excellent! I still have no idea how you pull off such amazing builds and techniques... Keep it up!
  January 1, 2016
Quoting Halhi
Heh heh, woops :P You have to admit though; these pictures are dark. Or maybe I'm LEGO colour blind. :O Just wait till we get into things like MDF and nougat... D: Also, thanks for that link. I'd seen a picture of the interior view of the technique before but only a zoomed out one. These should be much more helpful. ;)
 I like it 
  January 1, 2016
What? How? I'm going to go weep over my lego collection now.
 I made it 
  January 1, 2016
Quoting jonnylegoboy911 . C'est genial! I don't suppose there's any sort of easy explanation for that round wall technique is there? I've been marvelling at it since I saw Zelpurna's tower. Is it just a lot of SNOT bricks being used in random places or is there some system which can actually be explained? Aside from that, the build is very enjoyable. The dark brown looks nice here I think and the stonework and snow look awesome; they have a crisp and clean feel to them.
Thanks! I have behind the scenes pictures for this and Zelpunra's tower on Flickr: https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/halhi141/sets/72157660681630624/ It's fairly random and chaotic, but this one has a bit more of a pattern to the structure than Zelpunra's tower did. Btw, it's just brown, not dark brown (unless you're referring to the bits of dark brown on the ground :P)
 I like it 
  January 1, 2016
C'est genial! I don't suppose there's any sort of easy explanation for that round wall technique is there? I've been marvelling at it since I saw Zelpurna's tower. Is it just a lot of SNOT bricks being used in random places or is there some system which can actually be explained? Aside from that, the build is very enjoyable. The dark brown looks nice here I think and the stonework and snow look awesome; they have a crisp and clean feel to them.
  January 1, 2016
Great work!
 I like it 
  January 1, 2016
Nice picture account. :P And great build too!
 I like it 
  January 1, 2016
Really nice job! I like this a lot! :)
 
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