MO Round 2 - James McKinnon VS. P. Voranc . My Category: Wild West; Give us a scene from the old west. It could be a shootout at high noon, a prospector in the woods by the river, a saloon complete with a drunken brawl... your choice, just set it in the old American western style. . Wow, round 2. This is first time I've made it on to the next round out of all two years I've entered. I'm quite amazed honestly that I did so well the last round. This round was a challenge. First off I'm terrible at building outside my comfort zone and am immensely grateful for getting a chance to do just that. Secondly I'm terrible at building trains, trains are my figurative kryptonite. At first I was quite pleased with my category, seems quite simple enough. The wild west, takes me back to my childhood (all of those ten years ago) in kindergarten when the one game we played was cowboys and indians and would spend recess shooting each other with our fingers whooping and madly. I soon realized that this was indeed going to be a huge challenge. There are so many different options to choose from: a saloon, complete with bar fight; a gold mine, being robbed with local sheriff in hot pursuit; a tired cowboy collapsing in the desert, with vultures circling overhead, waiting for a fresh meal. I decided to go with a train, with two bandits in chasing it, trying desperately to hijack it, and the poor engineer doing all he can to change the laws of physics. I had a tight schedule for this build as I had camp the first weekend (and spent my Saturday falling out of trees and almost busting my tailbone or spine) and am currently in White Rock as I write this and had barely enough time to finish everything before heading out to school this morning as I went straight to the airport after school. So armed with almost no knowledge, one reference picture, a tight building schedule, a good collection of bricks, some pride from the first round and a slight bit of hope after researching my opponents build strengths; I started to build.
A cactus calmly looking on wondering what all the fuss is about.
The cow catcher, it was a stroke of genius that led to the creation of this thing last night. I had been mulling over in my brain how to build this thing for the past hour when I picked up a gun and suddenly realized it had potential. After a quick five minutes I had this thing assembled and looking spiff on the train. An hour later I accidentally kicked the train over and spent the next twenty minutes remaking it.
A tumble weed, also calmly looking on wondering what all the fuss is about. I'm also quite proud of this because it took a while to build this and shows that battle droid heads have another use other than, well, battle droid heads.
The engineer who, as previously mentioned, is doing all he can to change the laws of physics, to escape from the dynamic duo of desperate desperadoes daringly darting directly towards him (I tried).
The aforementioned dynamic duo.
The wicked leader, purveyor of crimes, with a posted bounty of $2,500, wanted for stealing horses, disturbing the peace, killing the odd sheriff here and there, and jumping the line at the bank. And his horse who is also wondering what all the fuss is about but is so used to it that he doesn't really care.
Well this was a fun build and commentary. Thanks to those of you who actually bothered to read all this, all three of you, that is. Good luck to my opponent and before I go I will leave you with two links one the the home page of the MocOlympics and the other to the home page of my rival . Good luck to my opponent P. Voranc, and good luck to everyone else in the second round of the 2012 MocOlympics.