As questions arise in this thread, we will answer them, and number the answers (to make it easier to refer back to questions that have already been answered.
josdu wrote:I built a castle that is in ruins and I like to enter it since I haven't published it, should I enter it in Misc. or Castle? The build also has a statue which might seem like more the focus. I'd like to put it in Misc. ideally.
I'm going to address this as two questions, even though the first wasn't really asked as a question.1
- As long as something has not been posted online or displayed in public at an AFOL event before today, you are free to enter it. Please note, this rule also covers things that have been posted online as WIPs. You are allowed to re-use some technique you've used in a previously posted MOC, but you shouldn't be re-using MOCs.2
- We're not going to do a lot of directing of where you should put your entries, but if something doesn't fit the spirit of a category, it won't score very well in the judging. IMO the spirit of the castle category is more about complete castles, so I think you're right to put a ruin into the misc. category.
Okay, let me ask and answer some questions myself that I'm pretty sure will come up.
How do I enter? I don't see any place to do this
- Our contest entry page is not yet posted. When it is done being coded, we will post an announcement here.
(This question will only apply once that contest entry page is up.) Okay, I've entered my MOC, but I don't see in on the 'view entries' page. Where is it?
- Have patience. The admins have to check the MOC to see if it complies with the rules, and we have lives. It might take a day or two before we get to it. Also, be sure to check the Naughty List
thread. If something doesn't comply with the rules, we'll post that there.
I've fixed my entry that was on the Naughty List. Now what?
- Please put a post in the Naughty List thread saying you've fixed it.
What sorts of things can I make for the Arthurian Scene category?
- Anything from any version of the story of Arthur, from the 6th century poet Aneirin, to the more standard version by Malory, to modern rewritings like the Once and Future King, the Mists of Avalon, or the Fall of Arthur. This also includes movie versions, including Monty Python and Disney versions.
What sort of artificial lighting do I use for the Dark Age Illumination category?
- LEGO has a number of official elements that light up, like the light brick and the fiber optic lights. You may also use lights by third party dealers such as LifeLites or others. (-edit- Or from other toy products, see question 17
below). You can also string your own wires and lights through your MOC. Just a word of warning - I have melted bricks before by using the wrong sort of light and leaving it on too long inside a MOC. You are allowed to modify bricks in order to introduce lighting elements. The lights should be part of the MOC, rather than just taking photos with external lighting.
soccerkid6 wrote:First, for the Secret Hideout category, do we have to use official Castle factions for the outlaws in the hideout? Or can we create our own outlaw faction (using all official LEGO parts of course)?
- You can always mix and match official elements. Indeed, I would think that a group of outlaws would not have set uniforms, so there'd be mixing. Of course that raises the question of customs, but I'll put that as a subsequent answer below.
soccerkid6 wrote:Second, and this applies to all the categories except Miscellaneous and Castle, if we wanted to build a border around our build should that be within the 64x32/48x48 size limit?
- Consistent with previous CCC's, fancy-shmancy borders should still be within the size limits.
soccerkid6 wrote:reasonable overhang?
- I'm breaking this out as a separate answer, just because I know people will ask about this. "Reasonable overhang" refers to situations such as having a tree in your MOC, and some of the leaf pieces go over the boundary, or you have a fig holding a spear, and the spear extends beyond the boundary, or other situations like that.
Okay, some more anticipated questions:
Can I use non-LEGO or customized elements
- As with previous CCC's, this is a LEGO building contest, so you should largely focus on official purist elements (i.e. no customized elements or parts made by customs dealers). Except:
The two custom figs categories have no such restrictions, of course.
The custom faction category can use customized figs and their accessories.
The lighting category can use lighting elements from customs dealers or just non-lego wires and lights, as noted above. -edit- Or lights by other toy manufacturers, see 17
String and paper/cloth sails generally allowed.
Custom animals generally allowed.
Customization of fig torsos, flags and shields generally allowed.
No restrictions on the misc category.
Mega Blox get you fed to the dragons.
In those customs categories, do I have to customize, or can I be purist?
- Sure, you're always welcome to be purist. There are a few builders out there who put together official elements in very creative ways to make great figs.
Can I put some building around my custom fig in those categories?
- As in previous contests, a little bit to give some context is okay (e.g. put the fig on a horse, or next to a piece of furniture, or in front of a wall), but the judging will be about the custom fig, not the room he's in. So keep it to a minimum.
-Edit- Just to highlight this again, since I see an entry on Flickr
that sets the custom fig in a cool background surrounding. Judging will be based on the fig alone, not any surroundings. So no surroundings are required. If you do build a little surrounding for your fig, could one of your three photos please be of the fig against a blank background? That will make it easier to see the customization job. Thanks.
Can I post more or larger pictures of my entry elsewhere online? Can I post these in the forum?
- Of course, and you are encouraged to do so. The three-picture limit is only for the Flickr set/Brickshelf gallery/MOCpage/other that the judges go to to evaluate the MOC. Even if you post additional pictures in a different
set, we will not look at those for judging (actually, I personally just avoid looking at the additional pictures altogether until after judging is done).
Alright, that's all for now. Happy building.