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Minas Tirith . . Minas Tirith by Chris Phipson and Myself I'll have to ask you guys to forgive me for this post being a bit raw in its appearance, but circumstances didn't allow me to get the usual shots of my work, and I wanted to post these images in a timely manner, along with eveyrone elses... A BIT OF BACKGROUND At Brickworld 2010, several MOCpages members were inspired by George Kemper and his collaborative Matrix display (of which several of us participated). Led by Phipson, and his indomitable enthusiasm for the grand, we started scheming to do a large MOCpages group collaborative of Middle Earth, based upon the film (more than the book), The Lord of the Rings. This post is essentially my perspective. Several of us who participated are posting pages with slightly different images and thoughts on the experience. Here you'll get an idea of my portion of the collaborative, but if you have a chance, keep your eyes peeled for other LOTR posts from the various conspirators! NOW...ON TO THE MAKING OF MINAS TIRITH! Phipson and I agreed early on to tackle Minas Tirith together. I would handle the bottom portion, and he'd do the top (make your own jokes on that one!). So after a good bit of research, measuring, and yammering on the phone with my brother of brick, Chris and I began the project. For my part, I started with the main outer wall. For those familiar with my Lego-lair and my work, you can get an immediate idea of the proportions we were dealing with. The ship hanging overhead is the Eye of Chaos (which I essentially put on hold last year for this undertaking) and it's about seven feet long. The outer diameter of the wall turned out to be about six feet, with the depth being a bit over three feet. Chris and I had a lot of discussion about the style of MOC. We wanted our two portions to be visually consistent, and the MOC to look as though it only had one builder. Phipson convinced me to simplify my approach a bit - as I tend to work in extreme detail - to give the MOC the look of being just an oversized set. It was a brilliant idea, and I used the design of the Harry Potter sets as a guide to some of the early buildings. Over time, I was able to start seeing some progress. By this point it was early spring of 2011. The main outer wall had been finished, and already delivered to Chris in Chicago (thanks to Xandegars for the delivery!) awaiting the con in June. I moved the MOC to the center of my basement, started arranging buildings, and continued to crank out structure after structure... Here you can see that the central rock element is completed, and the interior wall is started. I was actually pretty happy with the look of the rock forms, which were built in two sections, and then stacked one on top of the other. Little did I know that leaving it in the hands of UPS for delivery to Chicago would turn it to complete rubble!!! Fortunately the MOCpages team, led by Shannon Ocean, were able to reconstruct this section...and I mean COMPLETELY RECONSTRUCT it!!! Thanks Shanno...I owe you BIG TIME! And finally, after countless phone conversations to organize proportions and measurements, months of planning and building, it all comes together. Way to go Chris...we did it, man! A HUGE thanks to Jones for his amazing contributions to the collaborative! Along with his stunning creation of the Mines of Moria, he also contributed countless figs to form the armies that populated a Middle Earth MOC that spanned over SIXTY FEET OF TABLE LENGTH!!! (and at this point, I should mention Lee's wife, Danette, who - along with Tyler Halliwell, Shannon Ocean, and others - helped to rebuild my work that UPS so kindly delivered to Chicago with the delicate hands of a cave troll!) So there ya have it folks - my portion of the mind-blowing collaborative that we came to know as "The Journey of the Fellowship 2011." My heartfelt thanks goes out to all who joined in and welcomed my participation. I'll remember this amazing experience for the rest of my life! And now...if I can ever get my house's finally back to the Eye of Chaos. Until next time!

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