Here it is, my entry for the final round of The Tourney!
This round I build against the very honorable W. Navarre.
Here is the category: Last Man Standing:
After a pitched battle, there are only two survivors left: You and the commander of the enemy forces*. Engage in a final duel to the death. The scenery can be anything, with only one requirement: it must be epic. We are looking for steep cliffs, lava rivers, crumbling castles and the like, but anything goes, as long as it matches your perception of epic.
A little story as well: After a big and bloody battle, Jack Briggs was the only one who survived, or at he least, he thought he was the only one who survived... So when the battle was over, he filled his ship with treasure, and sailed back home(as far as a pirate has a home...).
After sailing for hours, Jack Briggs came into a peacefull area, with beautifull nature. And when Jack Briggs looked at the surrounding, he felt really tired... The last weeks were full of fighting and he didnt had a lot of rest. And when he was this far from the battle field, he felt pretty safe, and decided to take a lot of rest, before continueing his travel through this magical landscape.
Jack moored his ship, and went inside to take a long sleep...
While Jack was sleeping quite peacefully in this peaceful area, At once, he startle awake, as the ship is shaking! What could that be?
Jack tries to stand up, but he falls over when he tries... He tries again, and this time his head goes kicked against the wall...
When he can see clear again, he notices that he is laying at the ceiling of the captain's cabin...
That's pretty weird, as that means that his ship is upside down!
But he don't get the time to think about what the reason behind it, as his ship is shaking again, and Jack Briggs is falling out of his ship, through the air and hitting the ground.
Jack looks up, and stand eye in eye with The purple assassin.
That moment he knew realises he might already have lost the battle before it really started...
He graps the whit flag, and sits down between all the interior of his ship and all the treasure, hoping there will still be a change to beat his last enemy...
But if he has a chance... The judges mey decide!
So here's the build:
For the final round, I really wanted to go something personal, so I hope you all can recognise the hints to Navarre's fig and building style a bit..
It's by far my biggest entry in the tourney, with a base of 70 by 30 centimeters... The height is almost 50 centimeters, so quite 'epic' as well in my opinion...
But size isn't the only thing that is epic to me...
I think that a walking/fighting house is quite epic, and that it fits the category really well for that reason.
But my build has more: The colorscheme is pretty unique in a castle setting(although I have used it more times before myself), so that is also quite interesting.
The inner structure, (that should be complicated as stated by the category) is really complex I can tell... The weight of the top part is quite heigh, and is pressing on the legs, that aren't straight below the body. This causes a lot of friction, and combined with the height of 50 centimeters, I can tell you that it was very frustrating to make evering fit and stand up together.
As for the design, I used parts of any of my other entry's of earlier rounds in some way:
Round 1: The house is some kind of 'a creature' / 'a beast'
Round 2: This one is visible in the choices of teh surrounding, as well as the concept that the house is hunting for the pirate.
Round 3: I did a complete redesign of Navarre's ship, to make it fit in my own moc.
Round 4: The luxery of each shop of the bazaar is now in the treasure of the ship(weapons, food and bottles). Theoratically you can call the pile an interior as well xD
Round 5: The design of the house is similar to the design of this build..
AS for the design of the ship, I wanted to do something that fits with the sigfig of Navarre, so I took his ship design, and made my own version in another scale, and changing some designchoises. But i think it's really reconisable...
In the end I had some busy weeks while finishing my entry, but in the end it just fitted right in my schedule. But it was a race against the clock, as the structure of the house was so complex, it took way more time than planned. And because of the size, my backdrop for photography wasn't big enough, and the weather wasn't perfect as well. So in the end it took me 2 hours to get decent photo's and almost 4 hours of editing.. But I'm glad it's finished now.
Anyway, here are the pics:
The ship, based on the amazing design by W. Navarre Credits for the esign to him...
A shot of the house without the boat, so the design of the front of the house is better visible:
Navarre's sigfig(or at least as far as I had the parts to recreate it), in the pile of goods from his ship:
So here is the result, I hope it will be enough to beat Navarre, but his entry is pretty amazing, so I'm not sure if I stand a change, and should celebrate him with the victory in advance...
Now it's up to the judges to decide!
Have a nice day!
P.s. I hope you,re not angry at me now for this entry, Navarre :c
You each took a very different approach to the category, and each approach was effective. As Reese noted, there were some things about each entry that could be improved, in your case I think centering the tower-house more, and having the ship being dumped out right into the river with items still falling and some splashing into the water would have made the scene much more dynamic.
Your walking tower is quite an impressive build: the various roofs, stonework, and tudor sections all come together well and create a very convincing fantasy contraption.
Incorporating your own version of Navarre's ship is quite a fun touch, and also well executed. Also your scene is detailed on multiple sides.
You have my vote.
This was an incredibly tough decision; before I begin I would like to congratulate you both for making it this far. These are two excellent entries from equally talented builders. Iíll go over each MOC individually to help streamline my thoughts: Navarre - This MOC basically encompasses what I had in mind for an epic duel. Overall I like everything; all the little details and angles are excellent, especially the burning section and minecarts and rail at the bottom. The main issue with this build is the layout. It is very cluttered, which isnít always bad, but in this case it detracts a bit. What I think you should have done is stretched the build up and out toward the viewer/camera more. Then you could have pulled out some of the scaffolding and given it more depth. Also, I probably would have cut back on some of the scaffolding; thereís so much it takes a while to understand what all is going on with it. Secondly, the building on top is almost entirely covered up by the scaffolding. I think it would have looked better if the building played a more prominent role and was lifted up higher and possibly enlarged. Basically, now that i think about it, your build didnít have a focal point; the closest thing would be the duelists themselves. That is why the clutter doesnít work here; your eye gets drawn all over the place. Anyway, onto Jaapxaapís build - While not what I was picturing in my head, your concept is excellent and is pulled off very well. The walking house is an incredibly cool idea and is built well; Navarreís micro-ship is also amazingly built. However, your the landscaping definitely detracted from the build in this case. While it is built decently, the focus of the MOC (the two contestants battling it out) is in the back right side while a large river and some trees litter the left side. It would have been better to center your focus more, I think, and then add in details like the trees and river in the background. My only complaint with the actual house is that the arms are somewhat stumpy; basically they kinda just emerge from the body and sit there, but there isnít much feeling of movement. In the end, my vote goes to Navarre; despite the clutter of the scaffolding, there is an immensely high level of detail throughout the whole MOC. Keep in mind that this is only by the slimmest of margins; once again, thank you for entering and good luck with the other judges.
I truly love the overall concept of this one. A building (kind of your signature, next to purple of course) against a ship, (part of the signature of W. N.) And I think you are one of the most talented builders in this contest. I liked your creations best every round. This one I like as well. I like your opponent also very much. I do not know who is going to win, I'm not a fortuneteller...
I wish you all the best luck!
I love it!! This is such a fun and cool idea, and you executed the plan brilliantly. A walking house shaking a pirate ship like a toy!! I think you two gave the judges a real tough one here, so good luck!