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Elven Gondola

Postby Sibley » Tue Jun 03, 2008 12:06 am

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In my dream, minifig Elves paddle swan-boats on idyllic midsummer rivers, and LEGO Castle sets include plants and landscaping! And everyone gets free ice cream!
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Postby smcginnis » Tue Jun 03, 2008 12:20 am

Wonderful. I especially like the angled foliage on the tree. [iSlang]insturcshns plz? kthxbai.[/iSlang] But seriously, its great. Really like that swan boat too. And the flowers on the water. And the oar.

Funny choice of head for the elf though; it works, but I never pictured Cary Grant (who that head has reminded me of since the first version way back in '02) as one of them.

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Postby Voran_the_Scholar » Tue Jun 03, 2008 12:57 am

Is that a vision? Or some serious wishful thinking? :wink:

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Postby The dark tide » Tue Jun 03, 2008 1:52 am

Excellent work. Do I see inspiration from Lord of the Rings? It looks a lot like the ones in the movie.
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Postby Sibley » Tue Jun 03, 2008 3:19 am

Thanks for the comments guys. I'm glad you like it. And yes, there probably was some Lord of the Rings influence.

smcginnis wrote:Wonderful. I especially like the angled foliage on the tree. [iSlang]insturcshns plz? kthxbai.[/iSlang]

The tree is real simple. On top of the three slopes which you can easily see in the picture, there is a stack of old-school finger hinges radiating randomly in all directions, with one large leaf piece on the hanging partner of each hinge pair. Then at the top I just slapped on two more leaves. I wasn't sure it would work when I tried it but I think it looks good!

As for the face (if you'll allow me to wax poetical) I think it looks wise, aged (but not elderly), and handsome, with a touch of sorrow, which makes it about perfect for a Tolkienesque Elf. Different interpretations may of course be valid!

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Postby The Blue Knight » Tue Jun 03, 2008 6:11 am

Very nice. I immediately thought of Lorien. I like this very much. And ah yes, the free ice cream. Right after the free beer no doubt.
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Postby Heir of Black Falcon » Tue Jun 03, 2008 6:16 am

I love it! That is an awesome small set. I think the swan boat is very well done!

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Postby Kurojaki » Tue Jun 03, 2008 6:25 am

The tree is beautiful, piece of art! And the swan-boat is pretty nice.
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Postby Lewa Rocks » Tue Jun 03, 2008 7:20 pm

That's very nice. Now to truly make this an awesome set the Elf should come with a bow and knife and there should be a Ork hiding behind the tree.
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Postby Quickblade22 » Wed Jun 04, 2008 12:31 am

I love this great little MOC. I love the brickbuilt-ness of it, but I wonder how the hippogriff wings would've looked on the sides of the gondola. Nah, forget it, it's perfect the way it is. When do we get the free ice cream?
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Postby Sibley » Wed Jun 04, 2008 1:45 am

Quickblade22 wrote:I love this great little MOC. I love the brickbuilt-ness of it, but I wonder how the hippogriff wings would've looked on the sides of the gondola. Nah, forget it, it's perfect the way it is.

Now there's an idea. I had played around with a few wing ideas, but I couldn't find any that I liked that worked. I didn't consider hippogriff wings because (a) I don't own any and (b) they don't exist in white, but maybe they can add it when this becomes a set! Haha!

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Re: Elven Gondola

Postby footsteps » Wed Jun 04, 2008 3:26 pm

Very clean MOC. Small, but says a lot with a few pieces.

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Postby Aharown » Wed Jun 04, 2008 11:44 pm

A boat!

I always like any kind of Lego boats or ships, and this one is particularly nice.

Like others here, I immediately thought Lorien as well, especially with the malorn tree.

I don't mind the elf's face - in fact, it's one of my favourites of the newer "expressive" faces Lego seems to be doing now.

The railings are very well done, but how did you attach the bow and stern pieces? This is a technique that I'd like to try with some of my boats.
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Postby Sibley » Thu Jun 05, 2008 1:11 am

Aharown wrote:The railings are very well done, but how did you attach the bow and stern pieces? This is a technique that I'd like to try with some of my boats.

Same old finger hinges that I used on the tree! The railings and the other hull pieces keep them from flopping about randomly.

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Postby dragonblade24 » Thu Jun 05, 2008 1:40 am

hey this is really creative my picture is to the left of yours on MOC pages. cool creation. 8)
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