Harry 863's 1st (and belated) MOCiversary! . . Well, it may be laye, it may be cheesey, but everyone has to have a celebration of their MOCiversaries!!
So here goes nothing!
A long time ago, by a Lego fan far far away...
On the 25th of January 2011 I was innocently scanning the internet fro new Lego sets and cool custom figures when I stumbled across the pages.
So on that fateful day I dusted off my camera, created my account and published my very first MOC, Jedi Master Cin Drallig.
Cin was to be the first in a very long line of Star Wars Minifigures and although I received very few comments at first, more and more people began to notice my figures and I soon became well known for my apparent skill.
I love making figures, painting has always been one of my hobbies and I enjoyed combining it with my love of Lego. One of my particular favourites was my recreation of my famous Sith Lord, Darth Nihilus.
Little did I know how much I would soon come to rely upon this simple Sith Lord...
Of course a lot changes in a year and some Minifigures haven't survived this long. With the recent release of official figures such as Darth Malgus, I have decided to dismantal my own figures in the ever desperate need for parts.
Though my collection is largely focused on Star Wars I have dabbled outside this range. One of my very best customs was my Ezio Auditore figure from the Assassins Creed games.
I also explored some Lord of the Rings figures such as Gil-Gilad here. Though I have never taken these very far I think the upcoming release of Lego Lord of the Rings may change that...
Though I have infinite patience when it comes to Minifigures I am severely lacking when it comes to vehicles and big builds. However, after seeing a few very good Jedi Starfighters I was inspired to do my own.
Although not what I originally intended the two seater Jedi Starfigter was eventually born and my hatred of building vehicles was partially overcome.
I did a few vigs pretty early on in my time on the pages. Clearly I have improved a lot since then and my pictures are no longer adorned with random Simpson's mugs lurking in the background...
On the 26th of March 2011 I finally bit the bullet and made my Star Wars Sig-Fig from an idea I had had for several years. Since then Harash has come a long way...
It was in August that Harash Soru got a makeover. I changed his skin tone and gave him some nice robes from MMCB, one my favourite stores.
Little did I know but Hara was nearly ready to start his Legend.
Going back a bit to May 2011 we stumble across my first truly popular MOC. After finding the wonder that is Arealight I threw what I thought were a pretty average group of Galactic Marines together.
The MOC became quite a big hit and is now my most popular MOC and launched me into the eyes of the pages.
Going on to September, Harash finally picked up a bit of respect for his appearance in a trio of dioramas depicting his power with the Force. I engoyed trying new techniques in this stage, techniques that would go on to serve me very well.
Finally, on the 8th of October 2011 I released my first ever comic. The four "Confronting Vader's" became quite successful and I enjoyed putting myself up against Star Wars' biggest villain.
By the 10th of October I had gathered a decent number of fans so decided to show case what I had been up to before I had been found. Displaying all the minfigures was great, even if it took ages to get everyone's names down...
The MOC became one of my most popular at the time and still sits at number three on my list.
November 22nd, 2011.
FOr several years I have always wanted to write a Star Wars novel, I know it is hard to acheive but I'm still working on it. I'd been hesitant to do any continous series but I realised that this was an excellent chance to tesk out my writing skills.
And so it was, The Legend of Harash Soru began.
I loved every minute of it.
This perhaps one of my favourite episodes and also my favourite picture I produced. It comes from the Empisode where Hara is forced to sacrafice himself to Nihilus in order to save a planet of innocent beings.
I left many people shocked at this point especially since the following sub-episodes showed the Sith crippling Soru's Order. But Soru never left of course and he returned soon after, lightsaber in hand and ready to fight back against the Dark Side.
But as always, all good things have to come to an end and on the 19th of February 2012, The Legend of Harash Soru finally came to a close.
But no way was I done yet. I decided to carry on Soru's life, dropping back into his time as a Padawan in a new series entitle Rise of the Legend.
Though I know it was not as good as The Legend of Harash Soru it filled a hole in the story and I am now ready to start the next chapter in Hara's life focusing on the Clone Wars.
I'd made hundreds of new minifigures since my last showcase, so a little while ago I pulled them all together again and did another showing. It took a long time, but the result was worth it.
So whats next I hear you ask? Well at the moment I'm still working on the new series whilst also running my new competition group: The Great Force War and my own ggroup Star Wars Minifigures.
As for Harash Soru? Well lets just say that the Soru family has a legacy fulfill, and there are plenty more stories yet to come....
Of course I wouldn't be where I am today were it not for the help of some excellent builders and very good friends. Here's to you guys!...
Michael Kringe has been with me since I joined the pages and has helped guide me through its workings. I owe an awful lot to him, especially since he has commented on practically every creation I have come out with. His two characters in my comics have always given me an interesting perspective to work from.
Thanks a lot Michael!
Deff has also always been there to lend a comment and a like when I need them. He's been such a big inspiration to me and again, I owe him a lot.
LB 12 has provided me with two figures for my comics, happily taking on the main villain who Soru faces in his younger years. He always comments and its good to have a friend like him.
LegoMan 123 has also come out with some great customs and a very useful figure for my comics. He's a great builder and a good friend.
Commander Hawk deserves a big chunk of credit for his role in The Legend of Harash Soru. Darth Levid, the main villain, is Hawk's Sig-Fig and I instantly began to mould him into an Anakin type character. Levid became deeper and deeper as the stroy went on and I don't think the final duel would have been as good if I hadn't had Levid.
Kyle Peckham is a great builder and I am so thankful that he finds the time to comment on my stuff. His character allowed me to develop Hara's Padawan a little further during my comics and he has a new sig-fig on the way soon.
Commander Ben has stuck with me for every comic that I have put out there and has always left a comic. It's bee useful to have his feedback and he's give me a few ideas over the process.
Josh. O Shadeslayer has also always commented on my stuff and he's currently judging in my new group, The Great Force War. I've watched him develop as a builder in the time I've been here and I'm pleased to have him as a friend.
E.B. is a superb builder and still manages to comment on my comics. He's been a great inspiration to me and I hope I will be able to show a bit more of his character off as the new series starts.
Admiral Varkov makes excellent comics. He is a genius when it comes to surprises and suspence and has inspired me a few times. I'd urge all of you to check out his Balance of the Force series.
And finally Ben Cossy is a superb builder and leaves incredibly helpful comments. I'm truly grateful for his advice and very happy to have him as a friend on the site.
To those of you I haven't mentioned, Liam Morriss, Fraser Haltringham, General Jake, Commander Chain, Timmy Sterkel and the rest of you. I'm sorry I couldn't give you your own bit but there are so many of you!
Anyway I wouldn't be here without any of you either as it is your comments that often make me want to go on and make the next episode in my series.
Thank you all so much for the support you have given me and here's to another successful year of MOCing!!!!