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Postby Blueandwhite » Mon Dec 11, 2006 11:21 pm

Very nice. Your previous MOCs have been quite good, but this one is on a completely different level! Your work has become utterly stunning! I have nothing but praise for this wonderful MOC.

That being said, I'm not keen on your choice of background. The green photoshop background really flattens the image, making it look quite dull. It really takes away from the photos, making the MOC appear drab next to this overwhelming sheet of green. Personally, I feel that your work would stand out more if placed against a pale background. A neutral white, or faded green would work well here, allowing the vibrance of the MOC to stand out that much more!
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Postby Norro » Tue Dec 12, 2006 3:00 pm

Sir Terrance wrote:One question, what brown piece is sticking out here on the side of the building?


'they' are two brown lego birds. Ever since lego released the bird piece in brown I have been thinking 'carving', so they became a sort of lost emblem for the mine. There is also one next to the entrance, this time carved in stone, in this pic.

@Blueandwhite: I tried a few designs for backgrounds (this was my first ever attempt) but ending up liking these about the best. Maybe it is just my own taste. Also I was looking for a mood similar to the old pre-computer lego images, something that draws you in to its world to look around rather than jumping out at you.

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Postby The Blue Knight » Tue Dec 12, 2006 9:08 pm

Welll Nathan this is quite a model. I have held off commenting as I keep going back and seeing new things. Much has been said already that I won't repeat (but its all true!). I think my favorite part is the "monochromality" (I think you coined a term Bruce) of the caverns. In the dark, human eyes do not register colors, only shades of grey. This has the feel of being the first person to peer into a dark frightening place for the first time in many years. This is quite an achievement, you should be very pleased at the result.
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Postby smcginnis » Wed Dec 13, 2006 6:29 pm

I've been wanting to review this since I first saw it, but it'll take so long that I didn't previously have time! Anyway...

The House: Although it's only one floor and doesn't have a lot of furniture, I really like it. The beams hanging from the ceiling are great, and the furniture that there is is very nice. The walls, both inside and out, are a nice texture and color. I like dark tan because it means you can make roads and still have tan (I've gotta start calling that beige, 'cause that's what it really is) buildings! I also love how the tree is carved out for the path, and how the roots hang off the side of the cliff, and the whole look of the tree itself.

The cliff and outside: The cliff under the house is really good, but it kinda seems like there are a few sort of 'columns' there, and they make it look odd... although looking at the caves, maybe you wanted columns out there. The tall cliff above the house really looks like an ancient curtain wall. I like the railing next to the path, very nice. The sort of scooped-out arch-y tower things at both ends of the bridge are great. They really look like ancient buildings that have been overgrown by rock (not that that could happen). The bridge itself is nice looking, and appropriately rickety. The waterfall behind it is very nice, I love the transparency, but the clear radar dishes at the bottom look weird. The stairs leading down to the river bank are wonderful, I like how you made them look older and more natural by covering the edges on some of them, and making them crooked, but they mainly stand out by being light grey, while a lot of the rest of the stone is dark. I also like the tree on the stairs. The bank is great, it really looks like a hill, and I like how the rock goes under the ground.

Inside the caves: The main cave reminds me of what I picture Moria like when I'm reading FotR, but on a much smaller scale. The pillars and gallery are very nice, and I love all the tracks everywhere, they make it look like the people were very advanced miners. The end of the gallery looks a lot like a cave-in, and that's cool. The treasure room is very nice, I really like the stone chests and especially the wagon.

Overall: Overall this is a beautiful creation, and it's nice to see the vikings portrayed peaceably. The legend is great, and I really like the feel of the whole thing. I hope you continue this series (which I'm guessing you will). This is my favorite picture, because even though the clarity isn't that good, I love the angle and the lighting. The only things I don't like are the cut-away corners, although if this is a series, you might've made those to link to more sections....

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Postby Norro » Fri Dec 15, 2006 2:25 pm

@The Blue Knight, I'm so glad you also got the 'feel' of the caves, they really seem to translate the image and impression I wanted to others...

smcginnis wrote:the furniture that there is


I was going for a long abandoned look, only the useless or heavy is left ; )

smcginnis wrote: The waterfall behind it is very nice, I love the transparency, but the clear radar dishes at the bottom look weird.


I quite like these as a splash solution, but I'm sure I'll come up with something better in time...

smcginnis wrote: even though the clarity isn't that good, I love the angle and the lighting.


For the record : ) The fuzziness of this shot is intentional for mood... (I know my picture taking track record doesn't back that up, but it's true : )!

Thanks for taking all the time reply!

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Postby DARKspawn » Sat Dec 16, 2006 4:05 am

I really like the clear rader dishes - they may look a little odd really close up, but from a distance they work great
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Postby The Panther » Sat Dec 16, 2006 10:41 pm

:shock: My heart skipped. WOW! one of the greatest things I've seen.
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Postby Norro » Tue Jan 30, 2007 6:08 pm

Hey all,

Just wanted to say that I've added a story page to the gallery.

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I'll try to do this for each MOC in the story.


Also re Bruce, after a long search I couldn't find a better pic of the stairs, blame the cameraman : )

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Postby Spongey » Tue Jan 30, 2007 6:16 pm

I really like the story page. It really adds to the entire quality of the MOCtale.
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Postby MrTS » Thu Feb 01, 2007 6:41 pm

indeed thats a nice story you added there. I normally don't care much about stories behind lego creations but this one is nice.

I also wanted to say i think your moc is one of the greatest mocs i've ever seen.
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Postby CAI » Fri Feb 02, 2007 12:59 am

MrTS wrote:indeed thats a nice story you added there. I normally don't care much about stories behind lego creations but this one is nice.

I also wanted to say i think your moc is one of the greatest mocs i've ever seen.
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You can almost sense the atmosphere in this MOC. Just awesome man!
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Postby Norro » Fri Feb 02, 2007 2:17 pm

Thanks all! I'm glad the story page blended in so smoothly...

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Postby kelderic » Sat Feb 03, 2007 6:15 am

This story indeed adds another layer to this MOC. Very nice.

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Postby The_Vanquished » Mon May 21, 2007 2:22 am

Someday I hope I can build a fraction of the way to can. Breathtaking.
wrap me in a bolt of lightning,
send me on my way still smiling,
maybe that's the way i should go:
straight into the mouth of the unknown....
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Postby Maedhros » Mon May 21, 2007 6:21 am

Well, it sets a nice athmosphere, and you fit the pics in very well, with the bridge being my favourite part. There was some green visible around the torch though, and the pic at the top looked a bit odd.. always room for improvement, no? ;)
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