My build for the 6th and final round of the 2017 Middle Earth LEGO Olympics. The category was ĎSwitched Teamsí; so someone who was a villein would now be a good guy, and a place like Rivendell would be evil, etc. I decided to do Minas Morgul, which is the fortress of the Witch King in the Lord of the Rings, so in my version the Witch King is now a noble leader with a valiant force of warriors guarding the splendid fortress. In order to make it look less scary/bad guy-ish, I opted for a white/grey colorscheme and changed the architecture to be slightly less pointy (though I did keep the buttresses and battlements rather spiky), while still keeping the same general layout. Iím quite pleased with the result, and although I didnít plan on it getting quite this big, itís now my heaviest build to date, weighing a smashing 31.2 pounds!
There are also a few things you can try to find in this build, if you would like (though not many of them are very well hidden, I admit!):
1 bird in a birds nest
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Thanks for looking, C&C welcome!
Were I still a judge, you'd have my bow. A close and beautiful match, but (to balance the scales a bit) I'd go so far as to say yours better represents the category. I immediately recognized it as Minis Morgul. Your presentation and composition look a bit more complete as well and take it up a notch in my humble opinion. Good luck with the remaining judge.
I don't feel like it doesn't fit the category, just not as well as Classical's. That being said I spent close on a week going back and forth on which one to vote for, so it was a very close call. You have a build to be very proud of, good luck with the last judge/s.
Thanks a lot everyone, very glad you like how it turned out!
As far as not fitting the category, I have to respectfully disagree. Minas Morgul is one of the most evil places in Middle Earth at the time of LOTR. So if it switched sides, wouldn't you expect to be incredibly pure and clean? Even in this round's category description, it suggests 'a white Barad-dur with a beautiful woman's eye instead of Sauron's Eye'. Would that not seem 'out of place' in LOTR? The category also specifically said 'Really crazy builds are welcome!!'. So I felt this easily fell within the category prompt.
First off we have two amazing builds. I am going to write up the reviews/vote all in one.
Classical better captured the original feel, his really feels like Dol Guldur, where John's feels less like Minas Morgul. However with no stipulation to base the build off of the movies or Alan Lee/John Howe's painting, this doesn't impact much.
John wins in the presentation of the build. His build presents itself well, with the white walls, and the very blue water. Classical's is a little more monochromatic. Which has its own charm, but doesn't stand out as well.
Classical wins in rockwork, his seems more natural and varied, where John's seems more repetitive.
I'm calling it a draw on the brick work. Classical's is more old/worn and detailed, but John's is new and clean with nice crenellations and color variations.
Classical wins foliage, more detailed, diverse, and natural looking.
Classical wins, fitting in the category. Although neither one of you really emphasized the implications of the sides being switch. Classical covered it better , with the Black council figures and the overall feel of the build. Classical's feels like a good guys castle in LotR, where John's feels more out of place in LotR.
John: You have a phenomenal build, it is clean, picturesque, and dynamic. It is an overall amazing build.
Classical: You have a great build with lots of good details and nice techniques. It is not as striking as John's, but fits the contest better. For this reason Classical gets my vote.
This was a really tough call and you both did absolutely fantastic. Thanks for entering.
Both of your entries were excellent. I had a VERY hard time deciding which one to vote for, but in the end, I voted for John. I felt that he used more unique and interesting techniques than Classical, though I felt that Classical captured the feel of his chosen place better. Excellent work both of you!
Impressive work here, John! I love all the little details you added and I really like your battlement design. The colour scheme also works very well and sticks out in a good way. My only critique is the rockwork. For some reason, it doesn't seem to match the rest of your build and seems rather out of place - a blocky section in an otherwise very refined and polished MOC. Good luck with the judges! I have a feeling it's going to be close.
Let me start off by saying that both of you have built an exceptional set of entries in this contest, and it was an honor judging them. While both of you equally deserve this title, I have to decide on one winner, so let me start nitpicking. Both of you transformed an evil fortress into a more peaceful, majestic castle, and you both excelled at that. John, your choice of using white bricks gives the castle a more "noble" feel. I rarely see white in a castle, but you made it work. Also, your battlements were the best part of the build for me. Meanwhile, your opponent went for a standard light bley castle, however he did a better job at adding texture. While your opponent had more complex rockwork, he did leave one edge untouched which was not to my liking. Both of you did well on scenery, but yours was far superior. In essence, you have my vote in what was an extremely close match. Good luck with the remaining judges, even though you probably won't need it! :P
To your credit, the first thing I thought of when I saw this castle was Minas Morgul, even though, without knowing the category or that this was for MELO, I imagined you'd just built a cool looking castle that happened to be reminiscent of the Witch King's fortress.