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Most humorous - Some really fun ideas, like TMC's battle of the bands
, Crises' Knight-o-matic
, and DarkTemplar's Humpty-Dumpty
. The one that made me literally laugh out loud, though, was Nanuck95's Ted Thug
Nanuck gets the title 'Court jester'
Best use of the color purple - This one goes to Bluesecrets for her Violette Étoile
Blue gets the title Vermillion Knight Templar
Innovative building technique - This one was really tough. One of my favorite things about this contest is how it brings out creative ideas in our participants. There were so many new techniques here to choose from, like Dave's thatched roofs
, Jediknight219's round tower technique
, cobblestones by Legohaulic
, Legolord's undergrowth
, Slyowl's use of dragon wings
, and so many more. In the end, though, I'm going with a tie between Busboy489
for their use of forced perspective. Of course incorporating some microscale in a MOC to imply distance has been done before, but in addition they stepped their MOCs down from wider close to the camera to narrower further away. For instance, the Humpty-Dumpty one goes from 14-wide to 12-wide to 10-wide as you move further from the camera.
They each get the title 'Leonardo'
Best use of a classic faction across multiple entries - Sadly, this one goes to no one. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't see anyone who consistently used a classic faction over multiple entries. Derfel does have Black Falcons prominently featured in two of his entries, but he's already Master Builder. I was tempted just to make Pijani 'Bag of Hot Air' on principle.
Best use of a "useless" part - The one that jumped out immediately came from Jalkow's lone shepherd
. I suppose we may have expected to use dinosaur parts in a castle setting to make dragons, but as a sleeping bag?!? Such a cool idea. The boat hull as base is also very clever.
Jalkow gets the title Wandering tinker
Most educational - Again, so many good entries. Accurate representations of real historic structures are great, like Legacek's Orlik
and Peter Yule's Borgund Church
. LokosuperfluoLEGOman's Da Vinci's flying machine
is great and should be paired in a scene with Diidy's Leonardo
. Marco Polo also turned to historic figures with Emperor Frederick Barbarossa
and Eleanor of Aquitaine
. The one that I went with, though, was Tastymuffins' keeping out the cold
, for the insight into how walls were constructed and some of the issues involved. Btw, his other MOCs
are also well rooted in historical designs.
Tastymuffins earns the title 'Geoffrey of Monmouth'