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Chachapoya cliff tomb
Time to get all National Geographic on yer a$$es!
About this creation
After doing the "tricky bit" vig I wanted to do an abseiling one.
But it seemed kinda boring: a minifig on a bit of string, so I thought
I'd put it in some sort of scientific context. I remember a
National Geographic article about a mummy in a cliff side cave
that the archaeologists had to abseil down to examine because
the cliff was too steep to ascend. My memory is a bit hazy;
I also remember being shot at by snipers after leaving the plane
in Bosnia so I may just be misspeaking again...

The bones sit in a wooden cradle. I know it looks a bit dodge but
I was determined to build a container rather than just use a prefab one.
I'm not at all happy with the rock-face. I nearly didn't post this cuz of it.
I went for a faint sedimentary effect. I thought about adding
a white, chalky layer or a tan, sandy one but I couldn't make it work
so I kept it safe and boring. I think I found the NG story on their website
but strangely there's no pictures (curious for a publication that prides itself,
rightly so, on it's photography). So you'll just have to take my hand
and trust me. I've cut and pasted a few sections from the article
that were relevant but here's the link if you really feel like reading:
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/print/features/world/south-america/peru/tombs-text

First build with boring, straight light/dark bley layers.



Marginally less boring.



"From a distance the most interesting thing about this centuries-old crypt is its location: a ledge two-thirds of the way up a thousand-foot cliff in the Peruvian cloud forest."

"Now, viewed from the end of a thin climbing rope—and after a four-day trek through dense forests and rocky mountain passes—the tomb lies tantalizingly close."

"Just inside the opening, a shaft of sunlight illuminates two basket-like bundles. They look to be mummy coffins. And they are undisturbed."

"Exciting as the sight is, it is nonetheless frustrating. Our team does not have permits from the Peruvian government to take one step inside the tomb or touch a single item. So we swing from ropes, catching glimpses of its contents."



"Through the shadows, more artifacts become visible. The long wooden shafts of Chachapoya weapons stand in one corner. A green-tinted, star-shaped object appears to be the metal head of a mace. This is probably a warriors' tomb."







Er..little help?...

The hideous back.









Comments

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  September 13, 2010
cool creation i am from bosnia XD
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  July 15, 2008
cool! keep up the work! piz check out my page!
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  July 15, 2008
Very nice. I never bothered to look at it before it became MOCotd, and I am glad I did. This is really good. I want to to something like this.... or I could just keep doing what I have been doing, that works too. Anyways, great job, Ocean, you do brilliant work.
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  July 15, 2008
i made somthing like this for my lego club at school but some fat kid broke it because he didnt want me to win so it didnt get judged and i couldnt fix it. but you did a grat job!
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  July 15, 2008
Sweet to see THIS as MOTD!...WELL DONE MATE!
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  July 15, 2008
I forgot to mention that this story in particular is neat(what a strange location for a tomb)! I don't find interest in many Nat. Geo. articles, but this is cool. Great job! C ya~ElNickre
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  July 15, 2008
Congratulations on MOC of the Day! Don't go National Geographic on my...ya know, because I can't stand that magazine! This is way better than that! I have seen this before, yet I never realized how tall it really is! <:O C ya~ ElNickre
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  July 15, 2008
you said you were debating on posting this? it's MOC of the day now. nice job.
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  July 15, 2008
Congrats on MOC of the day! I enjoyed looking at it again. It's still one of my favorites.
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  June 28, 2008
Really neat!
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  June 7, 2008
only thing you should do is make a cavern going all the way through,and have people climbing about the inside
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  April 21, 2008
Hooray for National Geographic!
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  April 2, 2008
Now this is classic. The only way this gets more National Geographic is if you included bare chested tribal ladies. But seriously, it looks great. The layered effect really worked out.
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  March 30, 2008
I like the stripes & how they are slanted. A lot of cliffs and outcrops have those. The surface sediment ontop is another nice touch. Without that you couldnt have trees!
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  March 30, 2008
I was there when Hillary landed, and you know who it was shooting at her? It was Obama. *If my memory serves me correctly* Anyways, this is a very nice vig, except for the coloration...but your ideas that you get for MOCs are mind-boggling...you take them from every reach of real-life. And this is still worthy of a 5/5.
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  March 29, 2008
Nice idea! You don't see too many vertical MOCs! I really like the guy climbing the rocks. The top looks great with all of the trees and the other fig. Nice work!
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  March 29, 2008
Not bad, Shannon! Not bad at all! I've been toying around this week with some color variations on rock striations, too. It's a really tough thing to get when the values are so high contrast (and don't get me started on forms!), but I think this is looking good. I love the storyline behind this, and the long verical format looks great! How cool would it be to see a whole series from Nat. Geo. adventures!!! How do you say it...Good on ya, mate!
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  March 29, 2008
I think I red that article once upon a time,I have well over 50 NG magazines.This is really awesome,especially the crack in the rock face.It's kind of weird to think how the ancients got that guy in there...Nice Moc Mr. Ocean :-)
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  March 29, 2008
WOW! such a great vignett man!! i love it! keep up the good work
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  March 29, 2008
Nice one! And you could do a turn around vignette with this one. Using the backside as a mineshaft, it already looks quite like one... But what was most intriguing to me is that abseiling is a proper english word - I just checked the dictionary cause I couldn't believe it - because its the german word for rappelling/roping. Fascinating :)
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  March 29, 2008
the highest vignette I have ever seen, very nice
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  March 29, 2008
Minifig on a string... isn't that an Aboriginal delicacy? As always, great stuff. hey, check your e-mail I left ya a ramble. Later ~ Chris.
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  March 29, 2008
Never would have thought that Hillary's sad and desperate -- how shall we put it -- "resume padding" would be news in Australia as well. Never heard of "abseiling" before either, we call it "rappelling" in the States. That's why I love Professor Ocean's class, I always learn so much!
 
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