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My first year on MOCpages . . It was my first anniversary of posting LEGO creations on MOCpages this Monday (14 January) and as such I thought this would be a good opportunity to revisit my year of frenetic building. And what a busy year it has been; when my wife unearthed my childhood collection of LEGO last Christmas, I donít think she realised what she would unleash. Here I am one year later and 138 MOCs built Ė the hobby has taken a grip. I want to echo Tim C a fellow AFOL and returnee to the bricks at roughly the same time as me, and note what a great community the LEGO community is. The support, friendship and inspiration online is fantastic. Perhaps it is something to do with the fact that for most of us, LEGO is a pure creative outlet. Having started out at Art College and wanting to be a commercial artist, I really appreciate the absolute amateur status of the hobby (it is liberating creatively for all of us I think). I also love how free it is with distinctions. You can dive from one genre to another, from serious to silly and no one minds, in fact people appreciate the diversity of your imagination. Anyway, I am not going to run through all 138 MOCs, just a handful that stand out as important to me. The Retro Robot Walker was the MOC that prompted me to share what I was doing with the world in general, and remains my buddy icon still. (Cover Image) The Dune Buggy was the very first build and officially ended my dark age. The Scarlet Firefly and Planet Walker my first proper takes on a red Neo Classic Space theme that I continue to mine. The Worker Bee saw me start pushing my piece usage with the Xpod case, and develop my first theme, the Refinery Rangers. A brief foray into the Post-Apoc genre as part of the Post-Apoc Vehicle contest saw some interesting builds; I always liked this little plane most. Then I made my first major breakthrough with the development of animal sculpting, which would inform many later builds. This 50 piece squirrel is where it all started. This helped me step up my scale and produced my first diorama, a MOC of the Balrog from LOTR. All of this led me to develop what I think is my most popular theme to date, the Outer Reach Research Team - a group of hapless CS astronauts beset upon by a variety of nasty Venusian wildlife as well as a rouge member of their own team, the evil General Amadeus. Here are a few of what I consider to be the best. The other area around this time I think I started to master was microscale building. The starships St Jarma and Rhesus, as well as my Martian City are the most successful I think. I have also built quite a few more CS vehicles, walkers and bots. AHere are a few which I think capture my work. The largest breakthrough I made though, was the ability to make more artistic pieces. This developed out of the challenges of the MOC Olympics. The sequence below shows some of the progress I made here. All I can say is that I am looking forward to year 2 now.

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