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Ice Age . . Built for the MOCOlympics. Blake Baer vs. Thoy Bradley(His Entry) Category: "Melt Down" : HELP! It's so hot everything is melting ! The sidewalks, the buildings, the pigeons... This one may be a bit tricky but build us a moc where everything has melted. I wasn't very happy to see I was matched up against Thoy Bradley. My mentality with the first round was to do really well so I would have an easy opponent in Round 2. Not the case. Thoy, being the trickster that he is, naturally underplayed his talent so he would end up in the lower end of the top 64. I have for a long time been a large fan of Thoy's creations, so it is an honor/horror going toe to toe with him. He's a brilliant builder and I would've liked to have seen us both perform to our limits instead of our talents being removed by this category. Like many of you have likely noticed, Thoy and I received a doozy of a category. In some ways it leveled the play field for us both, so it made the "match up of the century" into more of a mud puddle (pun intended). The Build This creation presented a ton of challenges that most people wouldn't normally catch (take note judges!). Some of the more perceptive viewers will note that the base trim is actually angled conically. This gave the tiles on the trim the ability to overlap inward. In addition to the water, the characters were also challenging, not only for their personalities and faces, but because each one's essence needed to be captured. The ice was simply difficult because all my white slopes were in piles of unsorted Rivendell. I approached this category from the standpoint of the movie title and content. I thought the movie "Ice Age 2: The Meltdown" would give me tons of challenges and opportunity to present my skill in a fun and animated way. I may end up doing a series of animated MOCs for the MO (assuming I move on). Anyhow, for those who aren't familiar with the movie, the heroes are escaping out of the iceage because everything is melting (I think that's how it goes. I haven't seen this movie in a long time, and I don't recall being blown away by its quality either). This creation was one of the hardest that I have ever done to date. I kept getting so frustrated with my sorting system because I was continually digging through bins to find trans blue tiles and white slopes that were in leftover Rivendell. At this point, I am glad this is done. Win or lose, I am content to see this one go. Anyhow, thanks to you judges who selflessly sacrifice for the good of the community. I know how it feels to be in your shoes. Best of luck Thoy! Win or lose, you're still going to be one of my favorite builders on MOCpages. It has been an honor! Enjoy! Sid the Sloth, one of the major characters, is known for his lishp and indefatigable personality. Manny the Mammoth, and Diego the... Tiger. Scrat, in his relentless pursuit of the acorn. This shot gives a good perspective into the intense water design. Honestly, that is where the majority of the creation is. Few people in the world have had the opportunity to shade water (especially shade with trans dark blue) though my opponent is, ironically enough, among them. There were about 10 different LEGO colors used as the shading behind the trans tiles. This shot should give some perspective on the type of base that I was working with here. The outward angle supplied a ton of tough challenges that all had to be surmounted. Here is a picture of the brick built logo. ...And one more for the road. Well fellas, there she is. Awesome job on your entry, Thoy! Best of luck with the judges and God bless you, mate! And as always, SOLI DEO GLORIA! -Blake

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