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CCCXI A Man's Work

Postby digger1221 » Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:09 am

As the sun slowly climbed over the hazy horizon, a lone rooster let out a loud crow. The small, rustic town that lay beneath the great manor was alive with people, bustling to and fro. Small, ramshackle cottages were scattered around the outskirts of the village, and farmers and serfs came one by one from their doors, headed towards the fields.
A smiling farmer grasped his pitchfork and small lantern as he pushed open the wooden door of his quaint, rural home. His young son scrambled out behind him, vigorously rubbing sleep out of his eyes. All the while he beamed brightly, excited to join his father for the first time working in the fields.
Behind them, within their cottage, the female members of the family worked also. The boy’s mother grasped a stiff wooden broom, sweeping up pieces of thatch from the rough wooden floor. Meanwhile, a younger girl pulled a brewing pot from the fireplace and mixing it with a large spoon. The sun rose higher as the villagers went to work.


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With a fully furnished interior:

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This is my entry for the CCCXI A Child’s Life Category.
It’s probably pretty obvious that the style of this build was greatly inspired by Derfel Cadarn and Legonardo Davidy. I've actually been wanting to build something like this for a long time, and I'll probably try it again in the future!
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Re: CCCXI A Man's Work

Postby mpoh98 » Mon Dec 09, 2013 3:28 pm

Wonderful job digger, I love it!
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Re: CCCXI A Man's Work

Postby AK_Brickster » Mon Dec 09, 2013 5:23 pm

I particularly like the technique you used for the cut-away portion of the roof. Adding that curve really is great.
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Re: CCCXI A Man's Work

Postby Bruce N H » Mon Dec 09, 2013 6:10 pm

Hey,

As per tradition, I won't comment on the build. The text isn't part of the judging, though, so I feel free to comment on it. That's just a wonderfully evocative description you wrote. You really should expand on that and build a full story on that beginning.

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Re: CCCXI A Man's Work

Postby digger1221 » Mon Dec 09, 2013 7:11 pm

@Matthew and Jordan: Thanks guys! :)

@Bruce: Wow, thank you! I really appreciate that! Storytelling is by far one of my favorite things that can be done with MOCs, someday I do hope to write/build something more full-scale!
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Re: CCCXI A Man's Work

Postby Ronin Dragonslayer » Mon Dec 09, 2013 7:55 pm

Excellent build! Gotta love quaint little cottages. Great job on the cutaway design, too.
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Re: CCCXI A Man's Work

Postby Sir Valiant » Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:50 pm

Commented on this over on Flickr, but I have to agree with Bruce on the description. It wonderfully written. I love all those descriptive words. One day when I have a large LEGO collection, I hope to write a story and illustrate it with my builds. The MOC is great as well. I love the chair in the corner, the stool and the hairpiece used for a broom.

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Re: CCCXI A Man's Work

Postby mrcp6d » Tue Dec 10, 2013 1:20 am

AK_Brickster wrote:I particularly like the technique you used for the cut-away portion of the roof. Adding that curve really is great.

A big ditto on that!

Bruce N H wrote:[...] That's just a wonderfully evocative description you wrote. [...]

I usually skip a lot of the flavor text. But since you commented, I went back and read this one. You're right, the writing here really good. Thanks Bruce, and thanks digger for a great MOC and some good prose!
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Re: CCCXI A Man's Work

Postby Reaver15 » Tue Dec 10, 2013 2:26 am

Great build and story.
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Re: CCCXI A Man's Work

Postby Tower of Iron Will » Tue Dec 10, 2013 2:58 am

Nice story, it sets the right tone. The color choices are what got me next, with the broom (hairpiece use is clever), chair in the corner, and stool very nice.
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