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MELO R4: DH vs Carter Witzenberg
Category: The Black Gate Opens
About this creation
MELO 2016: Round 4

Bracket: Barad-Dur

Judges: Mark Murphy, Kevin Moyer, and Hildigrim Took

My amazing opponent is Carter Witzenberg and here’s his excellent entry.

“Ere noon the army came to Osgiliath. There all the workers and craftsmen that could be spared were busy. Some were strengthening the ferries and boat-bridges that the enemy had made and in part destroyed when they fled; some gathered stores and booty; and others on the eastern side across the river were throwing up hasty works of defence.” The Return of the King pg 866

For Round four I chose to build Osgiliath. Aragorn’s army passes through there on the way from Minas Tirith to the black gate. The passage in the chapter is very brief as quoted above, but Osgiliath, and Gondor in general are two of my favorite locations in the series due to my love of the fantastic architecture. And Osgiliath presented the additional challenge of being in a state of ruin which I have never tackled in a build before. I hope you enjoy!

Overview pics:

















Nice view for a day's work!


Dutch angle... super artistic.


Wait is that Pippin? Helping out while the army moves through, such a considerate hobbit!


Yep, Pippin.


Herringbone bricks, great for temple floors, or maybe your patio.


One of the heralds leading the column. Later in the chapter Aragorn has them say "The King Elessar has come!" Let all leave this land or yield them up!"


Fixing the orc boat bridge.


Bringing more wood for the bridge.


One of the orc ferries.


A building!


Wood and stone happily living together. The orcs kindly left some of the stained glass unbroken.


Perspective.


Fixin stuff.


A box full of wood sitting on a balcony.


Putting up a door and breaking a sweat.


Jimmy, help daddy with the step ladder. (Jimmy is Timmy from Dale's cousin).


Still workin on that door.


A pretty cool ladder technique someone else invented :)


Stairs to the basement. Orcses were too busy to come down here.


Sweeping up the dust.


Where they're keeping the "stores and booty."


Aragorn and Prince Imrahil of Dol Amroth


Looking over the army's progress.


The broken bridge.


Another view of the broken bridge.


Chunks of the bridge fell in the water.


There's also a few weeds.


Uh oh, looks like the orcs dug a pit and left something nasty. Remember how they flung the heads of Faramir's soldier friends into Minas Tirith? Well, the headless bodies had to go somewhere.


Deep!


The skeletons.


Top down view.


Patriotic flags of Gondor picture.


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Sorry there's so many pictures! I had too much fun building this, and wanted to show all the little bits.

As usual to start the round I read the chapter and picked out all the potential scenes that seemed interesting. I’m very glad Carter decided to go with the black gate (and he did an incredible job) because very early on I decided my lego supplies couldn’t do it justice. So now we get two different scenes! I enjoyed trying out some new techniques like the herringbone bricks, the SNOT wood floor of the basement, and for the rocks at the top of the hole that the orcs dug. Gotta thank Isaac Snyder for the idea for the wood building segment with stained glass. Good luck to you Carter!

And finally, some WIP shots.












Comments

 I made it 
  September 19, 2016
Quoting Győri János Congratulations, great job
Thanks Gyori!
 I like it 
  September 19, 2016
Congratulations, great job
 I made it 
  June 19, 2016
Quoting Hadden Kurtz Awesome job! Nice representation!
Thanks Hadden! It was really fun trying to sort of invent my own version of a ruined city.
 I like it 
  June 19, 2016
Awesome job! Nice representation!
 I made it 
  June 1, 2016
Quoting Cameron Wilson That is absolutely stunning! I love all of the detail you put in! Well done! =)
Thanks Cameron!
 I like it 
  June 1, 2016
That is absolutely stunning! I love all of the detail you put in! Well done! =)
 I made it 
  May 24, 2016
Quoting Andrew JN Nice ruins!
Thanks Andrew!
 I like it 
  May 24, 2016
Nice ruins!
 I made it 
  May 23, 2016
Quoting Chris . Great build! I was really hoping to enter this year, but alas. Btw I really enjoy the WIP pictures included in every post, gives me some inspiration to build more:D
Thanks Chris! Well hopefully you do get back into it for next year's MELO, this has been a really fun experience, what a great community!
 I like it 
  May 22, 2016
Great build! I was really hoping to enter this year, but alas. Btw I really enjoy the WIP pictures included in every post, gives me some inspiration to build more:D
 I made it 
  May 21, 2016
Quoting Lego Beethoven You made it! :D
Yahoo!!! Very exciting!
 I made it 
  May 21, 2016
Quoting Kevin Moyer First, let me say this: you and your opponent both did a great job. But you have my vote, due to the sheer amount of thought and detail you put into this. It definitely seems like you logically thought out what to include in this build, and I like that. As far as the building style goes, it looks like a combination of Classic-Castle and more "modern" techniques, like the herringbone floor and the rickety bridge. However, I'm not quite sure how I feel about the combo of new and old techniques; it might be better to try and stick with just one. But overall, your build won me over. One thing, though: yellow minifigs are totally fine, but I would recommend against having one fleshie (Pippin) in a build with all yellow figs. :)
Thanks kevin!! Really appreciate the vote. You know, it's funny I totally agree and I was a bit worried that I sort of threw the kitchen sink at this in terms of techniques and styles. Carter's build was a lot cleaner but I am glad you guys were entertained by the many details I toiled over :) Also the yellow vs flesh Minifig thing is a tough one for me, I prefer the more "generic" and traditional yellow but some of the new printed faces are phenomenal. So great advice!
 I like it 
  May 21, 2016
You made it! :D
 I like it 
  May 21, 2016
First, let me say this: you and your opponent both did a great job. But you have my vote, due to the sheer amount of thought and detail you put into this. It definitely seems like you logically thought out what to include in this build, and I like that. As far as the building style goes, it looks like a combination of Classic-Castle and more "modern" techniques, like the herringbone floor and the rickety bridge. However, I'm not quite sure how I feel about the combo of new and old techniques; it might be better to try and stick with just one. But overall, your build won me over. One thing, though: yellow minifigs are totally fine, but I would recommend against having one fleshie (Pippin) in a build with all yellow figs. :)
 I made it 
  May 21, 2016
Quoting Lego Beethoven One judge left! I hope you make it!
The suspense!!!
 I made it 
  May 21, 2016
Quoting Mark Murphy Well DH I liked your entry, but sadly I'm going to give it to your opponent. Yours was well built, but it was a bit of a stretch off the category. It was clever, but his swayed me.
Fair enough, Carter kicked butt!
 I like it 
  May 21, 2016
One judge left! I hope you make it!
 I like it 
  May 21, 2016
Well DH I liked your entry, but sadly I'm going to give it to your opponent. Yours was well built, but it was a bit of a stretch off the category. It was clever, but his swayed me.
 I made it 
  May 20, 2016
Quoting City Creator ~ Well, looks like you've made it into the semis. Good luck!
Thanks City Creator! But I think two more judges need to weigh in before we know the result!
 I like it 
  May 20, 2016
Well, looks like you've made it into the semis. Good luck!
 I made it 
  May 19, 2016
Quoting Parrington Levens Incredible detail here mate. At first glance it goes unseen, but wow, all those photos you took were actually needed to showcase the work that went into this awesome build. Even if you don't advance, this build is still a winner!
Thanks parrington!!
 I like it 
  May 19, 2016
Incredible detail here mate. At first glance it goes unseen, but wow, all those photos you took were actually needed to showcase the work that went into this awesome build. Even if you don't advance, this build is still a winner!
 I made it 
  May 19, 2016
Quoting Hildigrim Took Alright, to give you a favor and not keep the suspense up for to long I'll start by saying D H has my vote! Sheesh! You guys don't like making this easy, I know it sounds like we've said that all throughout the contest but we mean it! Both builds are fantastic and attract my attention... Doug: Your build is fantastic and like people have stated before, your attention to detail doesn't disappoint, there's so much to see! I could name a ton of cool little details, such as the nice flooring in the tower and the trumpeter leading the troops... Carter: You've put on a colossal show the whole time, And I love it! I like the gate and function, but I love the rocks! You have had impressive rocks in a majority of your entries! I like the overall but I think if you had gone smaller scale with a little more quality that would've done you wonders, the build is great and is most definitely noteworthy but if I were to get real nit-picky it feels a bit square/bland :/ I understand that at this scale that is a difficult thing to work with, but as I stated earlier if you went smaller you might have been able to include a small dead tree etc... In the end D H has my vote! His clever inclusions and attention to detail won me over...
Thanks so much hildigrim!
 I like it 
  May 19, 2016
Alright, to give you a favor and not keep the suspense up for to long I'll start by saying D H has my vote! Sheesh! You guys don't like making this easy, I know it sounds like we've said that all throughout the contest but we mean it! Both builds are fantastic and attract my attention... Doug: Your build is fantastic and like people have stated before, your attention to detail doesn't disappoint, there's so much to see! I could name a ton of cool little details, such as the nice flooring in the tower and the trumpeter leading the troops... Carter: You've put on a colossal show the whole time, And I love it! I like the gate and function, but I love the rocks! You have had impressive rocks in a majority of your entries! I like the overall but I think if you had gone smaller scale with a little more quality that would've done you wonders, the build is great and is most definitely noteworthy but if I were to get real nit-picky it feels a bit square/bland :/ I understand that at this scale that is a difficult thing to work with, but as I stated earlier if you went smaller you might have been able to include a small dead tree etc... In the end D H has my vote! His clever inclusions and attention to detail won me over...
 I made it 
  May 19, 2016
Quoting Geology Joe Beautiful build! I could get lost in the details for hours. Great job!
Thanks Joe!!
 I like it 
  May 19, 2016
Beautiful build! I could get lost in the details for hours. Great job!
 I made it 
  May 19, 2016
Quoting Lego Beethoven Yet another awesome entry from you! I'm still routing for you for the rest of the contest! ;) Good luck!
You're the best LB!
 I made it 
  May 19, 2016
Quoting ~ Saequis Hey man! I really like all of the little details you've populated this build with, not to mention the great perspective you've achieved with all of the levels. Good luck!
Appreciate it Saequis!
 I made it 
  May 19, 2016
Quoting Carter Witzenburg Really great build! You have a ton of detailed scenes packed in this build. You have good chances to go to the final round. Good luck!
Thanks Carter! I am very curious what the judges will say for our builds!
 I made it 
  May 19, 2016
Quoting Michael Kringe Oh, wait, forget what I said in my last comment. I just noticed I am not in the Barad-dur Bracket. Sorry again...
Ha! You had me goin for a minute there! But no worries, your positive comments were really great to read!!
 I made it 
  May 19, 2016
Quoting Reese Hawthorne Great work! Your attention to detail (as Stucky pointed out) is very apparent with all the little details in the MOC. Keep it up, and good luck in Round 4!
Thanks a lot Reese!
 I made it 
  May 19, 2016
Quoting C Stucky Great MOC! I love your attention to small details. It really was an interesting read (and look).
Appreciate it Stucky, I'm glad you were able to make it through the lengthy post!
 I made it 
  May 19, 2016
Quoting Werewolff . Very nice work! Lots of great rock and stonework within this model. Best of luck.
Thanks Werewolff!
 I made it 
  May 19, 2016
Quoting Stephan Niehoff Oh, a lot of details and very beautiful one at that.
Thank you Stephan!!
 I like it 
  May 19, 2016
Yet another awesome entry from you! I'm still routing for you for the rest of the contest! ;) Good luck!
 I like it 
  May 19, 2016
Hey man! I really like all of the little details you've populated this build with, not to mention the great perspective you've achieved with all of the levels. Good luck!
 I like it 
  May 19, 2016
Really great build! You have a ton of detailed scenes packed in this build. You have good chances to go to the final round. Good luck!
 I like it 
  May 19, 2016
Oh, wait, forget what I said in my last comment. I just noticed I am not in the Barad-dur Bracket. Sorry again...
 I like it 
  May 19, 2016
This is not what I have expected, but I think that's exactly what's so great about the chapter categories: There can always be some surprises! ;) Osgiliath looks really great, I especially like the many little details you added, like the brown floor of the big tower or the round yellow 1x1 bricks (it feels good to see an Osgiliath which doesn't follow the boring sad athmosphere most people connect with it :P) You have my vote!
 I like it 
  May 19, 2016
Great work! Your attention to detail (as Stucky pointed out) is very apparent with all the little details in the MOC. Keep it up, and good luck in Round 4!
 I like it 
  May 19, 2016
Great MOC! I love your attention to small details. It really was an interesting read (and look).
 I like it 
  May 19, 2016
Very nice work! Lots of great rock and stonework within this model. Best of luck.
 I like it 
  May 18, 2016
Oh, a lot of details and very beautiful one at that.
 
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