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Postby wunztwice » Thu Mar 16, 2006 5:15 am

Lord_Of_The_LEGO wrote:You know, I really need to get my rear in gear and throw together an entry. Stupid schoolwork.


Precisely my predicament!
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Postby Peppermint Pig » Thu Mar 16, 2006 6:23 am

Precisely my predicament!


We're now half way through the month, so if you're considering entering, now might be a good time to start. ~20 Days left, which may be more of a factor for someone doing a large and detailed setup...

Incidentally, I have not started, but only because my brother is not done using the table for his. At least he's at the photographing stage. I hope to put a good first step forward since I've yet to post any of my work and I need to shake the rust off of my skills.
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Postby The dark tide » Thu Mar 16, 2006 5:35 pm

I am still debating which scenery I should use for my battle.A fight in the town or one on the countryside.lol
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Postby Peppermint Pig » Thu Mar 16, 2006 6:04 pm

Well, most of the entries have been in the untamed wilderness, so perhaps you can go against the grain and do a battle with settlements on it: could be as simple as a beaten path and a road sign, hunting camp, or a stone foundation to a burnt out home.

I'll give it away that my brother did a wilderness (that's all I'm going to say about it), and I'm going to see about a civilized landscape to counter what the majority seems to be doing.
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Postby Sir Dillon » Thu Mar 16, 2006 7:19 pm

Well, here is my entry...

http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=172875

The back story is that a band of outlaws kidnapped the princess and are holding her for ransom, while part of the King's army tries to take her back.
For a name, I guess you could call it 'Outlaws last defense". :wink:

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Postby Histo-Sci » Thu Mar 16, 2006 8:12 pm

Histo-Sci: Entry #1: Viking Fortress Diorama

Hello guys,

Here is my entry:

http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=173728

I hope you guys like it! I spent over an hour last night uploading the pictures onto Brickshelf (It actually worked! A computer working for me? What now, is it going to blow up?). Many thanks to all the help from Josh Wedin--sorry for all the annoying questions! (You know Josh, this is the strangest thing, you posted that link a while ago with your MOC pages, and I saw your Viking faction, and you had a beserker, and guess what? You see my guy with the black cape and Fright Knight bat helmet (picture 10)? He's battling a beserker! I wanted a beserker before I even had the sets, I think! That's twice we have independently come up with the same thing! What's next?)

There are 52 pictures, and please note that there are two pages. The premise of the battle is that the good guys are attacking the Viking fortress. The Vikings and the barbarians (who are mostly in SW shirts) are allied, as well as two Bulls (Cedric among them). The two Bulls are all that is left of a once-grand horde of evil pillaging raiders. The wooden obstructions in front of the position of the good knights were constructed in the night, and dawn is just breaking. The good Knights (under King Leo, with his second-in-command, the Bat Lord, along with William Wallace and Robert the Bruce) are prepared to batter at the castle with their two catapults (there are holes in the fort in places) and one piece of stationary (as they were in medieval days) artillery. Hey, I know the cannon is not accurate in style even for the 15th century, and in the period of the Vikings it was simply non-existent, but Lego mixes hundreds of years of medieval styles, with the weapons and armor and all, so why can't I? Of course, an attack by storm perpetrated by the good knights might also be a good idea, since the Fortress is armed with some nasty catapults itself, and also some mobile weapons. On the extreme right of the diorama, you can see the Viking boat and water with white waves.

The noble lady has been captured and is chained to the baby Fafnir's cage (she can be a princess if you want, or just some nobleman's daughter, although I think that she seems to be more like King Leo's daughter here), and you can see the head of a dead comrade placed on a horn on the front of the fort by the Vikings (under Jarl Siegbert, who is also in overall command--please excuse me using one of G.A. Henty's character names, from The Dragon and the Raven, I like the name too much!). It is interesting that Sir Dillion also has a captured princess. Funny, I built this right after Christmas, and Sir Dillion just posted his! Great minds think alike!

Anyway, just after the battle begun, the Vikings started to sally out with their mobile ballista (the ballista driver has a custom shield, as do many other guys, its shape was inspired by those nice Roman shields, and why oh why does Lego call this a catapult?) to do battle with them, but out of the blue the dragons attack! The Mama Fafnir is quite angry for having her baby captured, and the Nidhogg, Wyvern, and X-Pod dragons, and the two old-style dragons (the black one and the green one) and the small custom horned one (I made that one myself, see pictures 24-26) are accompanying her. "Why?" you ask? I don't know! They definitely aren't "allied" so-to-speak (Who ever saw dragons working together?), but I just wanted to use all my dragons, because it makes a fun diorama in my opinion. You will notice in a few scenes that the dragons are having a few snacks, and also see if you can find the dead barbarian (in white). Also you might look for the custom hut inside the fortress, it has a catapult on top and it is a dining hall, with a table inside and food all around. If you look, you will find barrels of weapons, treasure, gold blocks (those 50th anniversary bulk box bonus pieces), and even a dog! Because I do not have enough baseboards, the extra green stuff under all the fort walls and things was achieved by green scrapbooking paper.

Well, I think that that is all, if I missed something I might post again. Sorry this is so long though!

I will most likely be entering a few more times, that is why I have numbered this and given it a distinct name. Hope you all like it! (Of course, it only matters if the Admins like it, doesn't it? LOL!)

Enjoy!

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Postby wunztwice » Thu Mar 16, 2006 8:19 pm

Looks good, I like the multi-battle idea. These guy's day just keeps getting worse, first a regular battle, then dragons show up?
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Postby The dark tide » Thu Mar 16, 2006 8:48 pm

I liked both dillons and histos, they were both full of action.Dillon i liked how you have such nice scenery in your battle[lil detaisl r the best].Hitso how did u get a black viking dragon?lol
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Postby Histo-Sci » Thu Mar 16, 2006 10:01 pm

Hi there,

Hey, thanks wunztwice! You're right, my figs are having a tough time of it!

Dark tide, I'm not sure what you mean by a black Viking dragon. My only black dragon is not a Viking one, it's old style, but the giant dark green one with dark red accents could be mistaken for black, although only in some photos. Perhaps you mean my custom little one in pictures 24-26? Or maybe the baby Fafnir in the cage? Please tell me what picture number the dragon is in and I can tell you where I got it!

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Postby ZIGGY! » Fri Mar 17, 2006 12:38 am

Oh-uh,Dillion my scenery looks much like yours but smaller,tighter,and more rag-taggy. :cry: Oh well I dont think I lose points for that its just taking me a while to get the pics on BL.
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Postby Moroder » Fri Mar 17, 2006 2:26 am

Histo-Sci wrote:and you can see the head of a dead comrade placed on a horn on the front of the fort by the Vikings
Man, you're mad! :lol:
I love the action going there! And looks like you put a little of story background on your entry. That might add 'value' to the creation. Some of my minifigs would run away or get a bigger weapon after seeing so many dragons working together...
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Postby The dark tide » Fri Mar 17, 2006 2:58 am

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"Dark tide, I'm not sure what you mean by a black Viking dragon. My only black dragon is not a Viking one, it's old style, but the giant dark green one with dark red accents could be mistaken for black, although only in some photos. Perhaps you mean my custom little one in pictures 24-26? Or maybe the baby Fafnir in the cage? Please tell me what picture number the dragon is in and I can tell you where I got it! "

I believe it was picture number 50.And Moroder I dont think we get extra points for having a backstory.Correct me if I am wrong.lol
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Postby Histo-Sci » Fri Mar 17, 2006 3:49 am

Oh, easy, that picture has the dark green dragon in it! Sorry it looks nearly black in the photo (for I confess that even to myself it looks nearly so), I didn't think that my pictures were that bad....

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Postby The dark tide » Fri Mar 17, 2006 4:37 pm

The angles of the pics are well done and everything, I think its just the camera.
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Postby The dark tide » Sun Mar 19, 2006 5:00 am

Hey, Histo-Sci I like the Job qoute, its a really interesting book, as is Revalation.I have a favorite verse from Job but I cant think of it at the moment.By the way thanks for clearing up the black dragon think[or more like green dragon thing].lol
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