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MocOlympics Round 1: Poppy . My Hound Dog . Category: Hound Dog Compliance to rules Here No story to spin here today, just a bit of history. Anyone who followed the Mocies and endured my half-time skit may recall reading about my dog. No, I genuinely wasnít joking, my beloved dog Poppy went to sleep for the last time a few weeks ago due to ill health. The jokes were just part of the way I cope with things. We had Poppy from a rescue home 12 years ago when she was already 3. She had been mistreated by her first owner, given up by the next family who took her and we knew she was difficult to home. Scared of men, nervous, hyper-energetic, an escape artist fully capable of scaling a 6í tall fence. English fox hounds, as the name suggests, are pack-hunting dogs, not really pets. She was brilliant. Friendly and eager and so happy to see you all the time. This is my little tribute to my hound dog. Iíve never tried mosaics before and I can see why some people get into them as their LEGO niche Ė they are really cathartic and watching the picture come together is very rewarding. The idea was suggested by my wife when I read the categories out and from that point it was obvious what I would do. I knew I lacked sufficient small brick or plates to do a full-colour or very high def picture and likewise I lacked baseplates. Therefore I assembled a 72x72 stud backplate to work on Ďstuds-upí and narrowed it down to the four or five colours I had more brick of. Using paintshop I Ďposterizedí the original image to just a few colours. Then I used 1:1 scale grid paper for sketching out the regions and turning into brick shapes. I finessed the build from a print of the photo as I went along. The original image I worked from With my daughter. The brick papers can be downloaded Here as a PDF and are a great resource Ė this is easily the most planning work Iíve done on a build but entirely necessary when I had to translate my brick resources into a palette. I realised after I had half-completed this that there is a mixture of new and old greys in there (been building at night, but saw them straight away in daylight) but decided against trying to change them out. I like the effect and lacked enough dark bley anyway. With my son. The flowers were just a way of lightening up that corner of the frame and a play on her name too. My kids miss her and weíve had to have the talk about not coming back from Doggy Heaven. I liked the mosaic but wanted something light-hearted too. As my kids love Scooby Doo (as do I, same initials and everything!) and our pampered Poppy was a canine dustbin, I wanted to try and somehow get a bit of Poppy and a bit of Scooby in there too. Itís also only the second time Iíve tried larger-scale fig construction - my mole from last yearís R1 was popular though so I thought I would give it a go again. I was aiming at cartoonish proportions and some posabilty too. I think I did OK. Thanks to Chris and his judges for running this once again and to Dave Kaleta and the Brickworld team for their generous prize sponsorship Ė your contributions in time, effort and financial support are greatly appreciated folks. Good luck to all the competitors in this yearís contest. Letís try and make it bigger and better and keep the spirit of friendly competition and mutual support going. I hope to see you in R2. If you want a dog, get one from a rescue home. Itís hard work but the most rewarding thing Iíve done aside from starting a family. I miss my walkies. Thanks for looking.

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