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| November 29, 2009, 10:47 pm
JD, when you build... Whatever, a vig or a dio, castle, etc... What do you start out with?
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| November 30, 2009, 9:43 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
Any questions for JD can be directed here.

Any questions? Heh heh heh... Hey, JD, what color socks you wearin'?
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| December 1, 2009, 1:00 am
Quoting Doctor Maxim
JD, when you build... Whatever, a vig or a dio, castle, etc... What do you start out with?


I usually begin with a general idea of what the main focus will look like. Whether it's minifig action or a castle building, I tend to base the entire MOC off the main focus and then build around that. With smaller vignettes I usually use quotes/funny lines, and with larger dioramas I use design/shape ideas.

Once I get the main focus, I somewhat construct the MOC in my head (it's surroundings, landscape, colors, ect.). That way when I begin building, I have a rough snapshot in my mind of what it's gonna end up like.

Hope that answers your question!

Quoting Mechanik .
JD two questions: How do you accomplish such a fine detailed look on castles? What inspires this?

Do you ever use Photoshop?


I suppose most of the fine, detailed look comes from including a lot of the same elements. For example, if you are gonna put 1x1 rounds in a tower, you want to put a good amount of them in it, that way it looks less spotty and more like you meant it. Unless of course you are using them as variations in the stone detail, but that's a different story. In short, I usually get a good idea for detail and use it a lot in that MOC. It gives it a finished look. (Hope that answered your question!)

Most of my inspiration comes from the real deal. Yeah, I drool over works by Rocko, Darkspawn, Eggy, and the gang, but by looking at real life castles, I've gotten the idea some great inspiration for different arch arrangements, windows, and a lot more.

Oh, and yes. I use Photoshop. A lot. =)

Quoting Caleb Cutlass-Crocodile Blanchet Hey, JD, what color socks you wearin'?


Pink. Hot pink. With Heath Ledger's face on the toes.

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| December 1, 2009, 1:37 am
Quoting JD Luse
Pink. Hot pink. With Heath Ledger's face on the toes.

Oh, the only pair you've worn since 'A Knight's Tale' was released? Thought so...
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| December 1, 2009, 2:44 am
Quoting JD Luse
Pink. Hot pink. With Heath Ledger's face on the toes.

Whoo!

Why so serious?
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| December 1, 2009, 9:54 am
Any tips for someone who wants to start building castle?
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| December 2, 2009, 7:02 pm
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Quoting Seth N.
Any tips for someone who wants to start building castle?


Buy grey... Lots and LOTS of grey.
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| December 3, 2009, 1:43 am
Quoting Chris Phipson

Buy grey... Lots and LOTS of grey.

Ha ha! Yeah it seems that is a requirement =)
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| December 3, 2009, 6:17 pm
Yes indeed, buy lot's of grey. And sift through the "castle" section on The Brothers Brick...
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| December 11, 2009, 9:33 pm
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Quoting JD Luse
Yes indeed, buy lot's of grey. And sift through the "castle" section on The Brothers Brick...


Oh, you mean Brothers Flickr... good blog for Flickr users. I guess MOCpages users have coodies or something.
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| December 11, 2009, 9:35 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Oh, you mean Brothers Flickr... good blog for Flickr users. I guess MOCpages users have coodies or something.


Yeah, unfortunately most of the bloggers are primarily Flickr users...though I HAVE seen both Nannan and Andrew blog stuff that were only on MOCpages.

But we do have cooties. That's a known fact. =)

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| December 11, 2009, 9:40 pm
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Quoting JD Luse

Yeah, most of the bloggers are primarily Flickr users, though I HAVE seen both Nannan and Andrew blog stuff that were only on MOCpages.

But we do have cooties. That's a known fact. =)


yeap, and I saw bigfoot once too... of course I couldn't swear that it wasn't Kescenovitz on a camping trip...

This is a topic of conversation that I've had with most of the AFOLs here. Even when Dave Sterling's MocOlympics posts were blogged, they were blogged through his flickr account. Now, I have nothing against flickr or it's users of course, but I mean... come on! It was an entry for the MocOlympics!... on MOCpages! And you can't even link it to the mocpages version?...

I'll get off my soapbox before I say something really naughty.

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| December 11, 2009, 9:45 pm
Quoting JD Luse

Yeah, unfortunately most of the bloggers are primarily Flickr users...though I HAVE seen both Nannan and Andrew blog stuff that were only on MOCpages.

But we do have cooties. That's a known fact. =)

Here are my Questions: Why am I in your Favorites? Are You a CFOL? How old are you?
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| December 11, 2009, 11:20 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Oh, you mean Brothers Flickr... good blog for Flickr users. I guess MOCpages users have coodies or something.

yeah, there is only about 9 or 10 creations from MOCpages, personally I do not like Flickr...
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| December 12, 2009, 7:31 am
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Quoting Keith Goldman
JD I'd be interested in your take on Flickr, and has it changed your view on MOCpages?


Ditto. And what's your take on it, Keith?

I joined MOCpages first, and discovered other arenas later. I still find MOCpages to be my favorite location due to a combo of the way pages are laid out, the groups, and above all, the people (although obviously there's a lot of crossover).

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| December 12, 2009, 8:59 am
Quoting Keith Goldman
JD I'd be interested in your take on Flickr, and has it changed your view on MOCpages?


Well, I would be lying to say that I didn't like Flickr. It is easy to use, has plenty of fun little gadgets, and really nice photo quality. As one who enjoys photography in general, I really quite enjoy being part of it and getting tips from other photographers.

But then it has its downs as well. No moderating system...people are constantly fighting...Lego fads become Lego rules...ect. It really makes one appreciate the innocent love for Lego that makes MOCpages what it is.

Flickr is a cool photo sharing website, but in the way of changing my view, it has only increased my appreciation for good ol' MOCpages.


Quoting Blake Buehl
Here are my Questions: Why am I in your Favorites? Are You a CFOL? How old are you?


You are in my favorites because I want to stay updated with your posts and because I look forward to seeing what you will build in the future.

I am sixteen.

EDIT: After a bit of research on what a CFOL is, my answer is yes. I am a Christian.

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| December 12, 2009, 3:15 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso
...above all, the people.

Amen!! People on Flickr tend to be a bunch of *rudeness deleted*. Well, not everybody...I have made several good friends, had lots of enjoyable conversations, and laughed a-plenty. But due to the lack of authority, anything can be said/uploaded.

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| December 12, 2009, 3:24 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Ditto. And what's your take on it, Keith?

I joined MOCpages first, and discovered other arenas later. I still find MOCpages to be my favorite location due to a combo of the way pages are laid out, the groups, and above all, the people (although obviously there's a lot of crossover).

So did I. (Is this Icon any Better?)
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| December 12, 2009, 7:50 pm
Speaking on the photo-quality of Flickr vs. MOCpages, Flickr is much better. There is not much size restriction there and pictures come out MUCH better. I'd suggest this for those who do not know; you can upload pictures on MOCpages through Flickr's server. Therefore the restrictions and poor quality of photos that MOCpages sets are eliminated. Copy the embedded code from the Flickr picture and paste it in your creation when you are creating the page. It's amazing how much it helps.
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| December 12, 2009, 9:10 pm
Quoting Dylan B
Speaking on the photo-quality of Flickr vs. MOCpages, Flickr is much better. There is not much size restriction there and pictures come out MUCH better. I'd suggest this for those who do not know; you can upload pictures on MOCpages through Flickr's server. Therefore the restrictions and poor quality of photos that MOCpages sets are eliminated. Copy the embedded code from the Flickr picture and paste it in your creation when you are creating the page. It's amazing how much it helps.


You can do that with brickshelf as well, if you don't mind the occasional wrestling with folder names and annual, unscheduled server downtime.
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| December 12, 2009, 9:18 pm
Not that anybody asked, but here's my two dollars on the question of MOCpages vs. Flickr.

Both have their advantages, such as speed, notes, community, etc. I like MOCpages because I have room to flex my writing muscles a little bit. If you've ever looked at much of my stuff (particularly Glomshire Knights or Blockocop), then you know that the storytelling is a big draw for me. I like bouncing back and forth between the two. For me they're almost partners in terms of allowing me to enjoy the hobby.


Now go back to your regularly scheduled program: "Chicken Lips and Sam," already in progress.
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| December 12, 2009, 9:22 pm
Quoting Dylan B
Copy the embedded code from the Flickr picture and paste it in your creation when you are creating the page. It's amazing how much it helps.

You could do that...but several people on MOCpages cannot view pictures that were originally uploaded on Flickr. *cough*Chris Phipson*cough* Personally, after trying it out, I think it's best to use what Sean provides and if you want peeps to see the higher resolution pictures...just give 'em a link!

Quoting Keith Goldman
MOCpages is like having an old friend who's a little slow, and never hip, but a friend nonetheless.

Wow, you just took the words right out of my mouth. I found several great points in your (and Price's) comment - thanks for sharing.

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| December 12, 2009, 10:47 pm
Quoting Commander Hawke
How do you keep it simple and clean but still have many Like-its?

That would be a question for the people who provide those ratings. It could be because of the simplicity...I don't honestly know.

I mean, you could read my answers to the other questions -- that may help -- but such a general question is hard to reply to directly. =)

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| December 12, 2009, 10:55 pm
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Quoting Commander Hawke
I am saying like some people get like 100 like itsbecause it is "mechanized" or "unique" but some of yours get the same with simple techniques


The simple answer is, he gets so many "I like its" because he's one of the best builders here. Not just TFOL, AFOL or other... one of the best, period.
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| December 12, 2009, 11:05 pm
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Quoting Blake Buehl
(Is this Icon any Better?)


Perfect! Thanks, Blake!
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| December 13, 2009, 8:59 am
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Quoting Chris Phipson

The simple answer is, he gets so many "I like its" because he's one of the best builders here. Not just TFOL, AFOL or other... one of the best, period.


My thoughts exactly. He's talented, friendly, and respectful with his activity here on MOCpages...can't ask for more!

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| December 13, 2009, 9:04 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
Perfect! Thanks, Blake!

Is That Sarcasm? I hope not.
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| December 13, 2009, 10:08 am
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Quoting Blake Buehl
Is That Sarcasm? I hope not.


Nope. No sarcasm there. He was serious. It's much better. Thanks.
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| December 13, 2009, 4:49 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

My thoughts exactly. He's talented, friendly, and respectful with his activity here on MOCpages...can't ask for more!


Thanks guys. =) That really means a lot coming from respected builders as yourselves.
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| December 13, 2009, 7:16 pm
I usually develop a strong sense of loyalty to people who are helpful and considerate, and that's what's happened with Moc Pages. I understand all the attractions Flickr might have, but I doubt I'll ever willingly post anywhere but here. All the stuff the fanbots have, do and say doesn't bother me a bit, since I know that there are some real experts here as well. When I was stressing, Mark Kelso and the Architect were quick to jump in, and I appreciate that very much. I doubt I'd have had as good a response on Flickr!
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| December 13, 2009, 9:48 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Nope. No sarcasm there. He was serious. It's much better. Thanks.

Good, What was wrong with the other one? To Cloneish? I noticed It was kind of Typical 'Bad Builder' Status. (No offense to anyone else) This was the Picture for My MOCoff with Matt S. I won. JD Judged.
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| December 14, 2009, 12:57 am
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Quoting robert ball
I usually develop a strong sense of loyalty to people who are helpful and considerate, and that's what's happened with Moc Pages. I understand all the attractions Flickr might have, but I doubt I'll ever willingly post anywhere but here. All the stuff the fanbots have, do and say doesn't bother me a bit, since I know that there are some real experts here as well. When I was stressing, Mark Kelso and the Architect were quick to jump in, and I appreciate that very much. I doubt I'd have had as good a response on Flickr!


That's good to hear that we were helpful. I'll talk all kinds of smack about the die-hards here on this site. But it's all in fun, and the truth of the matter is they're great people. So glad you're enjoying MOCpages, and here's to considerate MOCers everywhere!

Now about your Mom...

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| December 14, 2009, 7:50 am
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Quoting Mark Kelso
Now about your Mom...


Sorry, Robert. But that was just TOO good to pass up! ;)

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| December 14, 2009, 7:51 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Sorry, Robert. But that was just TOO good to pass up! ;)

Well, she's still in Leavenworth as far as I know, Mark. They were gonna let her out on good behavior couple a years ago, but then those missing guards were found. That is, most of them were. Some. A little bit. Okay, a fingernail!
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| December 14, 2009, 11:44 am
Okay, JD, I'm pretty sure I've never asked you this, You might have told me without my asking, but I'm curious right now. For LEGO (In general - Not just Castle) Where do you get inspiration? The world of media and other LEGO creations have a large part of your imagination, as does the great outdoors and things in "real-life", but is there any time you come up with an idea on your own? Not trying to be pesky - not trying to put you down, just asking. So...
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| December 14, 2009, 12:27 pm
Quoting Marie C.
Hey JD, is it possible to build Castle without any gray bricks?

Hi Marie! I think Architect hit it right on the nose. Using your imagination you can make any castle with any color...anywhere! Just because it's a castle doesn't mean it's made of stone...

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| December 18, 2009, 12:56 am
Quoting Caleb Cutlass-Crocodile Blanchet
Okay, JD, I'm pretty sure I've never asked you this, You might have told me without my asking, but I'm curious right now. For LEGO (In general - Not just Castle) Where do you get inspiration? The world of media and other LEGO creations have a large part of your imagination, as does the great outdoors and things in "real-life", but is there any time you come up with an idea on your own? Not trying to be pesky - not trying to put you down, just asking. So...


Yes! There are plenty of times when a creation comes straight from my very own imagination. In fact, I find that when it's coming from my own brain, it turns out better due to the fact that I'm not trying to be someone else (which I tend to do far too often).

But as for where I get my inspiration...As Wikipedia puts it, "Inspiration refers to an unconscious burst of creativity in an literary, musical, or other artistic endeavour". So I think my self-wrought ideas/inspiration is just that: unconscious. It comes at the oddest of times when I'm looking at some completely un-related with Lego. It could be the shape, the colors...whatever it is, something grabs hold of my brain and twists it into a mental picture of a MOC.

And then course there's those times it pops into my head while I'm looking at absolutely nothing. That is likely the most frequent means of "self inspiration".

So again...a short answer would be YES. I come up with ideas of my own all the time. =)

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| December 18, 2009, 1:08 am
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Like I said in this group before (can't remember which thread). You don't go looking for inspiration, it finds you.
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| December 18, 2009, 1:31 am
Quoting Chris Phipson
Like I said in this group before (can't remember which thread). You don't go looking for inspiration, it finds you.

I would say "that's gold", but I think Kelso already did. How's "genius" for now...

That's genius.
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| December 18, 2009, 1:36 am
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Quoting JD Luse
I would say "that's gold", but I think Kelso already did. How's "genius" for now...

That's genius.


C'mon, JD. We're gonna have to stop this. I want Phipson's head to fit through the door when Brick World rolls around!

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| December 18, 2009, 8:50 am
Quoting JD Luse (Only his short answer)
So again...a short answer would be YES. I come up with ideas of my own all the time. =)
Okey-dokey...
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| December 18, 2009, 10:08 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

C'mon, JD. We're gonna have to stop this. I want Phipson's head to fit through the door when Brick World rolls around!

Well, from what I've seen, his ARMS couldn't fit through the door with that wife-beater on...

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| December 18, 2009, 3:44 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson
Like I said in this group before (can't remember which thread). You don't go looking for inspiration, it finds you.

I get my inspiration from Kettle One vodka, now THAT's gold!!
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| December 18, 2009, 3:48 pm
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Quoting Mark Kelso

C'mon, JD. We're gonna have to stop this. I want Phipson's head to fit through the door when Brick World rolls around!


Too late. And never mind about the Santa hat, just noticed Rudolf the red nosed Cylon there... hehehehe
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| December 18, 2009, 4:33 pm
I need you to give me the pros and cons for my Kirk Kristiansen Memorial Stadium before I buy it.
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| December 27, 2009, 12:55 am
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