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| October 21, 2010, 8:07 am
*Inserts a stretched penny*
*Inserts ticket: How did you get so many LEGO bricks? Your creations are huge...the job of an artist doesn't seem as if it would pay a ton. Is your secret that you are single?*
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| October 21, 2010, 8:15 am
What do you think of http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/232297?
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| October 21, 2010, 11:35 am
I have a feeling this needs something extra. please tell me what you think http://mocpages.com/moc.php/231053
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| October 21, 2010, 12:22 pm
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Quoting BobaFett 2
*Inserts a stretched penny*
*Inserts ticket: How did you get so many LEGO bricks? Your creations are huge...the job of an artist doesn't seem as if it would pay a ton. Is your secret that you are single?*


LOL! No, actully I'm married to a wonderful woman (in fact, Monday's our anniversary). It's a combination of making decent money with the art sometimes - and I say "sometimes" becasue it varies from year to year - and also working very hard to find good deals on bulk purchases. My Lego work is also a part of my business, which helps me to afford more. ;-)
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| October 22, 2010, 7:46 am
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Quoting BobaFett 2
What do you think of http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/232297?


I'll elaborate a bit on the comment I left you...

I think you did a very nice job on the form, but where you can take the next step - at least in my opinion - is to add a bit more detail. Have a look some time at pics of the Lego sets "Emerald Night" or "Hogwarts Express," or do a search for Lego train MOCs. Hopefully you'll see what I mean when you make a comparison with your own. The use of smaller parts, and just a hint of greeb work mixed in with the larger masses will do wonders for the sense of realism you can achieve.

Anyway, it's a nice piece you've done (I particularly liked the passenger car), and with a bit more detail on your next one, I think it will really go to the next level!

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| October 22, 2010, 7:56 am
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Quoting J .V
I have a feeling this needs something extra. please tell me what you think http://mocpages.com/moc.php/231053


Actually, given the scene you've set up, I'm not sure it does need anything more. I suppose you could play around a bit with other choices for the vine coming into the space, but nothing immediately comes to mind - it's a small MOC which limits your options on what you can use to suggest a vine.

I will say what I would do if it were my MOC...I'd change the walls to all 1 x 2 bricks. This would suggest actual blocks of cement or brick. I'd also make all of the floor tiles the same (for consistency), and cover the studs on the top with tiling - to clean up the apperance of the MOC.

I also think if you were to photograph it in better light, and present it with a clean white or black background, that the better presentation would do wonders.

It's a simple idea, and a small MOC, and you've actually done a great job with it, so I don't have a lot to suggest, but hopefully that'll help a little. Meanwhile, well done!

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| October 22, 2010, 8:06 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

LOL! No, actully I'm married to a wonderful woman (in fact, Monday's our anniversary). It's a combination of making decent money with the art sometimes - and I say "sometimes" becasue it varies from year to year - and also working very hard to find good deals on bulk purchases. My Lego work is also a part of my business, which helps me to afford more. ;-)

Hey that's great! Happy Anniversary. How many years have ya'll been together?
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| October 22, 2010, 10:31 am
anything I could do to improve the main chair?
i feel it's not up to scratch with the rest of the vig.
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/232494
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| October 22, 2010, 3:05 pm
I was wondering, when the I like its on a MOC get to a certain level (I have 50 as my highest) and then the font for the I Like Its on that creation are bold, does that mean it is eligible for MOTD?
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| October 22, 2010, 8:56 pm
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Quoting Mudskipper 4
Hey that's great! Happy Anniversary. How many years have ya'll been together?


Thanks! Thirteen, and it's better than ever. You always hear so many negative things about married couples, and divorce all of the time, yadda, yadda, yadda. But, I love being married, and my wife is amazing...it's beyond words!

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| October 23, 2010, 8:19 am
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Quoting A. A. (A.K.A Noname)
Happy anniversary!


Thanks so much!

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| October 23, 2010, 8:20 am
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Quoting Skior Llessah
anything I could do to improve the main chair?
i feel it's not up to scratch with the rest of the vig.
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/232494


Hmm...well you could get on line and look at some pics of dentist's chairs to see what their proportions, forms, and textures look like. You've got a few options. Initially I'd think you could use plates with clips and handles (underneath tiles), or you could try turning bricks sideways, and using hinge bricks to vary the angles of the chair sections.

I think the light apparatus is a bit large for everything else. Also, I have to say that the surrounding office is just fantastic...clean, beautifully proportioned, enough detail without being over the top...just terrific.


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| October 23, 2010, 8:29 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Thanks! Thirteen, and it's better than ever. You always hear so many negative things about married couples, and divorce all of the time, yadda, yadda, yadda. But, I love being married, and my wife is amazing...it's beyond words!

I'm glad to hear you have been married so many years. I think it's really sad that marriages are taken so lightly and insincere nowadays. There will be problems in any marriage, it's just what happens when two imperfect people do life together! Though I'm sure there have been trials, I commend both of you on persevering and, in the end, finding marriage to be one of God's greatest gifts. Here's to another great 13 years!
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| October 24, 2010, 3:58 pm
How bad at building do you think I am?:
(a)bad
(b)horrible
(c)homicidal
(d)AAAAAHHHHH!!!!!
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| October 24, 2010, 7:48 pm
How bad do you think the design of the chair at the end is? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/232412
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| October 24, 2010, 7:52 pm
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Quoting Minifig Maniac
How bad do you think the design of the chair at the end is? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/232412


psssh, bad? Are you kidding? That's a sexy looking dentist's chair! If I had to go in for a session of oral torture, that's the kind of chair I'd want to be miserable in!

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| October 25, 2010, 8:03 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

psssh, bad? Are you kidding? That's a sexy looking dentist's chair! If I had to go in for a session of oral torture, that's the kind of chair I'd want to be miserable in!

:D Of course it also doubles as a barber's chair. The entry itself is HORRIBLE, because I mainly focused on the chair. I'm writing a fantasy, have any ideas?
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| October 25, 2010, 11:41 am
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Quoting Phazezorz .

Ok, someone make a joke of this, quick!

:P


Oh, Chris is going to be SOOOOO wishing he hadn't missed THAT opportunity! That'll teach him to go on vacation!

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| October 25, 2010, 10:26 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Oh, Chris is going to be SOOOOO wishing he hadn't missed THAT opportunity! That'll teach him to go on vacation!

When does he get back, anyway?

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| October 25, 2010, 10:28 pm
With my WWII comic coming closer and closer, do you mind telling me a little made up story for your character? So far I got you being the captain of the squad, and you die in a heroic manner sometime during the end.
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| October 25, 2010, 10:32 pm
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Quoting Minifig Maniac
I'm writing a fantasy, have any ideas?


Well one fantasy involves Phipson wearing lederhosen with a feather duster, but I'm assuming that's not what you had in mind...

It's your story, give us YOUR ideas. ;-)

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| October 25, 2010, 10:33 pm
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Quoting Brain Eater
When does he get back, anyway?


All too soon! (another day or two, I think - hang in there!)
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| October 25, 2010, 10:34 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

All too soon! (another day or two, I think - hang in there!)

Actually, it's been sort of a relief. Quite a few less "HAHAHAHAAHA"s in my activity bar...


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| October 25, 2010, 10:40 pm
So I was wondering, what do you do with your MOCs when you finish them? I'm sure for things like the invisible hand, you keep put together, but what about things like your mechs and apocalypsis MOCs? And the Dracula MOC?
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| October 25, 2010, 10:44 pm
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Quoting Cade "Jigsaw" C.
With my WWII comic coming closer and closer, do you mind telling me a little made up story for your character? So far I got you being the captain of the squad, and you die in a heroic manner sometime during the end.


My character? Okay...he's an archeologist that finds the Ark of the Covanent and, oh wait...that's been done.

Okay, okay...he's this little guy that finds an evil magic ring and has to destroy it before it's power consumes all of middle...no, wait...that's been done, too.

Ah, I know...he's like this uber-millionaire vigilante who dresses like a bat, and goes around the city...what? That's been done?

*sigh*

Well, none of my ideas are any good. I guess you'll have to come up with something for me. ;-)


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| October 25, 2010, 10:47 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso
Ah, I know...he's like this uber-millionaire vigilante who dresses like a bat, and goes around the city...what? That's been done?


Uber-millionaire who dresses like a bat and is a vigilante going around the city...

Important distinction.

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| October 25, 2010, 10:50 pm
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Quoting Brain Eater
So I was wondering, what do you do with your MOCs when you finish them? I'm sure for things like the invisible hand, you keep put together, but what about things like your mechs and apocalypsis MOCs? And the Dracula MOC?


I've only ever kept one MOC together ( http://mocpages.com/moc.php/26265 ). It's got a special place in my heart. Everything else gets recylced. Yep, even the Hand. That's what Lego is all about to me.

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| October 25, 2010, 10:52 pm
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Quoting Dave Kaleta

Uber-millionaire who dresses like a bat and is a vigilante going around the city...

Important distinction.


Leave it to you to correct me on Batman. LOL!

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| October 25, 2010, 10:53 pm
I had wrote down some non-lego stuff in Mocpages Help, and the comment was pending.
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| October 25, 2010, 10:55 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

I've only ever kept one MOC together ( http://mocpages.com/moc.php/26265 ). It's got a special place in my heart. Everything else gets recylced. Yep, even the Hand. That's what Lego is all about to me.

Wow.

Now, taking apart the hand, did you say:

"This is in the way, and it needs to be taken apart someday anyway..." all at once

Or

"Man, I really need that part for this ship" and just stole parts over time?

(I know these are useless questions, but I'm curious :P)
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| October 25, 2010, 10:58 pm
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Quoting Brain Eater
Wow.

Now, taking apart the hand, did you say:

"This is in the way, and it needs to be taken apart someday anyway..." all at once

Or

"Man, I really need that part for this ship" and just stole parts over time?

(I know these are useless questions, but I'm curious :P)


Nah, these aren't useless questions. Always good to get another builder's perspective...

Anyway, it's a bit of both. When I invest thousands of dollars for parts, I want to get some mileage out of that investment. It drives my crazy to think that all of those pieces would never get used for new ideas. And like you mentioned, large scale works take up a lot of valuable space, so I prefer to scrap them and put those parts back into service.

Now if I were to sell a large MOC for enough to recoup all the parts invested (which I've done a couple of times), then that's another matter.

So right now, probably 2/3 of what was in the Invisible Hand, is now in the Eye of Chaos project. And I couldn't afford to do the Eye without all of the parts from the Hand...so it's all good!



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| October 26, 2010, 7:58 am
Hey Mark, what's worse: building a SHIP or taking it apart?
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| October 26, 2010, 9:35 am
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Quoting ODST .
Hey Mark, what's worse: building a SHIP or taking it apart?


Psssh. No contest! Sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting

*gasp*

...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and...


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| October 26, 2010, 1:23 pm
Hey Mark, what's better?!
Writing you a normal e-mail or a FB-mail?!
:-P
Check you mails - both ;-)
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| October 26, 2010, 1:27 pm
Mark, do you think building with LEGO could help you be a better artist? Like drawing, painting ECT... I think it actually does because you have to focus on the form before details, unlike how I used to draw. Now, all of a sudden I can draw and things actually look like what they are supposed to be, it's amazing really...
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| October 26, 2010, 5:31 pm
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Quoting Kevin J. Walter
Hey Mark, what's better?!
Writing you a normal e-mail or a FB-mail?!
:-P
Check you mails - both ;-)


10-4. Let's move our conversations over to my business email: mark@markkelsoart.com

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| October 26, 2010, 6:45 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Psssh. No contest! Sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting

*gasp*

...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and...

I just lump it into one big box I like it that way

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| October 26, 2010, 6:52 pm
Quoting A steam locomotive
Quoting Mark Kelso

Psssh. No contest! Sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting

*gasp*

...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and sorting...and...

I just lump it into one big box I like it that way

I sort mine all meticulously. They are in boxes by part type, and apart from Minifigures and Accessories, Animal Parts, and Printed Parts, the transparent parts get their own boxes so that they are easy to find.
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| October 26, 2010, 6:54 pm
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Quoting Matthew Novosad
Mark, do you think building with LEGO could help you be a better artist? Like drawing, painting ECT... I think it actually does because you have to focus on the form before details, unlike how I used to draw. Now, all of a sudden I can draw and things actually look like what they are supposed to be, it's amazing really...


ABSOLUTELY! What you're basically doing is sculpting. You're looking at something from countless angles and focused on form. That way of thinking translates to drawing and painting when you attempt to create the illusion of space on a 2-D surface. Though you're working on a flat surface, your thinking in 3-dimensional terms, and your ability to translate that to the flat surface is improved immensely.
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| October 26, 2010, 6:58 pm
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Quoting A steam locomotive
I just lump it into one big box I like it that way


Ah, if only! But then I'd need a small swimming pool for all my parts.

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| October 26, 2010, 7:02 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

ABSOLUTELY! What you're basically doing is sculpting. You're looking at something from countless angles and focused on form. That way of thinking translates to drawing and painting when you attempt to create the illusion of space on a 2-D surface. Though you're working on a flat surface, your thinking in 3-dimensional terms, and your ability to translate that to the flat surface is improved immensely.

Yeah, also may have something to do with the fact I am taking Clay as an elective at school.
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| October 26, 2010, 7:04 pm
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Quoting BobaFett 2
I sort mine all meticulously. They are in boxes by part type, and apart from Minifigures and Accessories, Animal Parts, and Printed Parts, the transparent parts get their own boxes so that they are easy to find.


Yeah, see, that's more like me. I've got 476 drawers, plus another twenty-six large storage containers...I should probably seek professional help!

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| October 26, 2010, 7:05 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Ah, if only! But then I'd need a small swimming pool for all my parts.
Yep

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| October 26, 2010, 7:05 pm
Hey Mark, I know this is a bit random, but could you tell me which MOC of mine is the best one? I'll be uploading more soon.
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| October 26, 2010, 7:09 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Yeah, see, that's more like me. I've got 476 drawers, plus another twenty-six large storage containers...I should probably seek professional help!

*GASPS*
Wow, I've got maybe 8 drawers, a ton of tupperwares, a bunch of half-drawers, and some huge boxes for XxX (both X greater than 2) and XxX (one X=2). Do you prefer to buy sets of parts?

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| October 26, 2010, 7:09 pm
Mark, with your building prowess, I think that you should be considered to become a saint. Building the Invisible Hand had to count as a miracle.
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| October 26, 2010, 7:28 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

My character? Okay...he's an archeologist that finds the Ark of the Covanent and, oh wait...that's been done.

Okay, okay...he's this little guy that finds an evil magic ring and has to destroy it before it's power consumes all of middle...no, wait...that's been done, too.

Ah, I know...he's like this uber-millionaire vigilante who dresses like a bat, and goes around the city...what? That's been done?

*sigh*

Well, none of my ideas are any good. I guess you'll have to come up with something for me. ;-)


I'll take this one: He's a starving artist with a mean streak. When commissioned to paint portraits of a man and wife, he inevitably paints the family dog's head on the woman and puts a Michael Strahan gap between the man's teeth. Having sworn buying off soap and toothpaste years ago to save money for art supplies, he visits the local mall for free squirts of Axe and those nasty breath mints restaurants in the food court leave out. He's the perfect man for the latest government caper: Operation Smell My _____.

How's that?
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| October 26, 2010, 7:59 pm
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Quoting Space Dingo
Hey Mark, I know this is a bit random, but could you tell me which MOC of mine is the best one? I'll be uploading more soon.


I'm sorry Dingo, I know how terrible this sounds, but I just don't have time to look at all of your MOCs thoroughly (you've got over 50 creations - that could take hours). With Mod duties, Chris and Sean both being out right now, I'm swamped. I hope you'll understand.

I can say at a glance I liked Catfish's Little Mall of Lego's, though. The color work was solid (no mixing of colors on that one), and the build was fairly clean. You tiled off the tops of the bricks which was a nice touch. Unfortunately the pics were quite blurry, but it was a good build, all the same.

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| October 27, 2010, 7:31 am
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Quoting BobaFett 2
Do you prefer to buy sets of parts?


Parts all the way!!!

I'm at a point where a set is just a waste of money, with the exception of maybe the figs and a few select parts. If I've got $100 to spend, I can either get exactly what I need from BL, or a set with maybe 20 pieces that are worthwhile. No brainer! The rest of the pieces in most sets are just MORE of what I've already got plenty of.

Yeah...God bless BL and PAB!!!

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| October 27, 2010, 7:36 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Yeah, see, that's more like me. I've got 476 drawers, plus another twenty-six large storage containers...I should probably seek professional help!


I use ziplock bags >.<
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| October 27, 2010, 7:38 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
But, as always, smack-talk is free of charge!


Would you mind taking a quick look at this and telling me what you think? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/233451

Thanks in advance...

*inserts quarter*
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| October 27, 2010, 7:40 am
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Quoting Caboose :D
Hey Mark? How can you get a sloped look, with out the use of sloped bricks? Cause, I'll be making this:
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_qO6GyeAy8-A/TCIuMAQTidI/AAAAAOg/o1bjSnPld_I/s1600/sniper_rifle2_small.jpg
Can I pull this off?


Unfortunately your link wasn't working for me, so I really can't offer much advice. There are other choices for creating slopes, but I'll need to see what you've got in mind to be able to give you the best option. Any other pics you can link me to?

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| October 27, 2010, 7:45 am
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Quoting Tyler Halliwell
Mark, with your building prowess, I think that you should be considered to become a saint. Building the Invisible Hand had to count as a miracle.


Ha, thanks, Tyler! But for sainthood. I'd vote for Phipson with all he goes through for this site!

And the miracle will be finishing this Eye of Chaos project and the Apocalypsis story I'm working on. It's making the Hand feel like kitten play!



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| October 27, 2010, 7:47 am
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Quoting Kount Drakula

Would you mind taking a quick look at this and telling me what you think? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/233451

Thanks in advance...

*inserts quarter*


Finally, some pocket change! Wahoo!

Okay...the MOC, right...Not a whole lot to say, other than I thought it was a nice little post. It was a simple MOC, and well presented. I suppose you could've gone into more detail with a larger vig, but honestly, I liked it just the way it was; short, simple, and to the point - kind of like a good one-liner joke.

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| October 27, 2010, 7:54 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Finally, some pocket change! Wahoo!

Okay...the MOC, right...Not a whole lot to say, other than I thought it was a nice little post. It was a simple MOC, and well presented. I suppose you could've gone into more detail with a larger vig, but honestly, I liked it just the way it was; short, simple, and to the point - kind of like a good one-liner joke.


Thanks ;)
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| October 27, 2010, 7:56 am
Minifigures: Is there a better way to come across a Batman and a Killer Croc Minifigure? Or am I stuck with the only option being to pay 15/35 dollars?
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| October 27, 2010, 8:10 am
Quoting John Drake


Did you check Bricklink? If not you can settle for custom decals. I have a batman fig but not for sale, unless you are willing to pay $50+ and get a free custom set with it but it is only if it allows.

I checked bricklink and that's where that ripoff price came from
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| October 27, 2010, 12:52 pm
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Quoting Mark Kelso
...I should probably seek professional help!


You're just realizing this NOW?

Quoting Phazezorz .
In fact, if you think that's bad, trying paying $20 for a single head.


Now, what were we saying about one liners and missing opportunities?

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| October 27, 2010, 5:54 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso
But, as always, smack-talk is free of charge!

Dang, left my card in my other pants...
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| October 27, 2010, 9:24 pm
Venerable Sir,
I am working with a peer on the construction of a contest, and have been brainstorming a prize to create an incentive to join. I consequently have a question about MOCpages programming and policy. If this is not the place for this kind of question, accept my apologies. Nonetheless, I would like to feature the winning entry from this contest as MOTD. I am assuming this is utterly impossible, but I would still like a response as to whether or not this can be done.
Regards,
-Paul V.
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| October 27, 2010, 10:21 pm
Guess what???! I'm the newest recruit of the Texas Army National Guard! I go to boot in the summer after this year and I'm only 16! So you know what that means! I'm in the military! One step closer to you calling me a Lieutenant.
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| October 27, 2010, 11:19 pm
Quoting Lt. John Harland
Guess what???! I'm the newest recruit of the Texas Army National Guard! I go to boot in the summer after this year and I'm only 16! So you know what that means! I'm in the military! One step closer to you calling me a Lieutenant.

Remember your earplugs, matey. Unless of course saying "Eh!?" every time someone speaks near you is your idea of a fun time.
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| October 28, 2010, 5:42 am
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Quoting BobaFett 2
Minifigures: Is there a better way to come across a Batman and a Killer Croc Minifigure? Or am I stuck with the only option being to pay 15/35 dollars?


That's pretty much it. BL and ebay are basically in the same ball park these days for cost. (I suppose you MIGHT get lucky on ebay if you keep your eyes peeled.) And the prices for individual elements to make your own fig end up costing just as much.

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| October 28, 2010, 7:29 am
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I'm sorry, could you be more vague? I almost understood what you were askig.

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| October 28, 2010, 7:30 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
But, as always, smack-talk is free of charge!

whats your biggest building tip?
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| October 28, 2010, 7:32 am
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Quoting Paul Vermeesch
Venerable Sir,
I am working with a peer on the construction of a contest, and have been brainstorming a prize to create an incentive to join. I consequently have a question about MOCpages programming and policy. If this is not the place for this kind of question, accept my apologies. Nonetheless, I would like to feature the winning entry from this contest as MOTD. I am assuming this is utterly impossible, but I would still like a response as to whether or not this can be done.
Regards,
-Paul V.


Sorry, but MOTD is Sean's call. It's frequently automated, but he'll intervene from time to time.

You're more than welcome to ask him, although I suspect he probably won't go for it. If he allows you to have MOTD, then other's will start coming up with reasons why they should have MOTD, and before we know it, builders are bombarding him with requests.

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| October 28, 2010, 7:35 am
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Quoting Lt. John Harland
Guess what???! I'm the newest recruit of the Texas Army National Guard! I go to boot in the summer after this year and I'm only 16! So you know what that means! I'm in the military! One step closer to you calling me a Lieutenant.


Congrats, John! I hope it goes well for you. Are you thinking of going career in the military?

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| October 28, 2010, 7:37 am
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Quoting tony hafner
Hey mark do you think your eye of chaos w.i.p will be as popular as the invisible hand?


Probably not. While Halo is popular, Star Wars is far bigger. Also, the Hand literally managed to get blogged all over God's green earth.

In addition, the IH that I made was a replica of an actual ship within the Star Wars universe. The Eye of Chaos is NOT a part of the official Halo universe, and so probably won't get quite the attention from that standpoint as well.

Too bad...it's proving to be a better build, (and more difficult!) than the IH.

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| October 28, 2010, 7:41 am
Quoting Lt. John Harland
Guess what???! I'm the newest recruit of the Texas Army National Guard! I go to boot in the summer after this year and I'm only 16! So you know what that means! I'm in the military! One step closer to you calling me a Lieutenant.
Good luck private.

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| October 28, 2010, 8:16 am
Quoting A steam locomotive
Good luck private.

No, he isn't a Private. He hasn't even begun basic training yet. That makes him a civilian, which, I'm sure, for someone like him, is almost unbearable.
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| October 28, 2010, 8:22 am
Quoting Areetsa C
No, he isn't a Private. He hasn't even begun basic training yet. That makes him a civilian, which, I'm sure, for someone like him, is almost unbearable.

Oh ok.
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| October 28, 2010, 8:25 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Congrats, John! I hope it goes well for you. Are you thinking of going career in the military?
I dont know I'll decide that if i go into an ROTC program(Reserve Officer's Training Corps)

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| October 28, 2010, 8:43 am
*inserts quarter*
I'd like some constructive criticism on this, please: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/231911
I tried a lot of new techniques on this, so I'm just wondering what you think.
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| October 28, 2010, 2:15 pm
I dont know if you heard but the Dan Jezek owner and founder of Bricklink(aka CrackLink) recently passed away I'm sure you know as well as I and most of the mocers here that this man has had a profound impact on this hobby. With your permission I'd like to make a thread here to inform the people here of his passing. If you say no that's your call. Honors, Daniel Jezek may you rest in peace.
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| October 28, 2010, 6:44 pm
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Quoting Lt. John Harland
I dont know if you heard but the Dan Jezek owner and founder of Bricklink(aka CrackLink) recently passed away I'm sure you know as well as I and most of the mocers here that this man has had a profound impact on this hobby. With your permission I'd like to make a thread here to inform the people here of his passing. If you say no that's your call. Honors, Daniel Jezek may you rest in peace.


Not a problem as far as I'm concerned. I was never aware of who was the mastermind behind BL, but I'm sorry to here of his passing.

Anyway, feel free to make a thread.


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| October 29, 2010, 8:00 am
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Quoting Drew the Skater
*inserts quarter*
I'd like some constructive criticism on this, please: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/231911
I tried a lot of new techniques on this, so I'm just wondering what you think.


Alright, a great job! Love the fact you went no-studs with the entire MOC. The SNOT work on the sand and water is excellent. You could take the next step in detail by using not only bricks, but plates for variations in the line of the surf, or to show waves or ripples in the water.

The rock form is pretty good. I think it might help you to look at pics of actual rocks or rock walls.

This is hard to describe, but there are actually patterns that I see when looking at rock formations. Most builders don't do this, but emulating those patterns can really make a difference when sculpting rocks with Lego, and the builders that do it, take the believability factor to the next level. Different kinds of rocks, of course, have different patterns...some are smoother, some have diagonal striations, others might be jagged, etc. Decide what kind of rock you want to model, and then pic the patterns of forms that fit with that type of rock.

Anyway, I'm really loving the cleanliness of this build, and some of the diverse techniques. If you continue with this kind of work, you'll be taking a major step forward with your building, IMO.

Nicely done.

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| October 29, 2010, 8:10 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Alright, a great job! Love the fact you went no-studs with the entire MOC. The SNOT work on the sand and water is excellent. You could take the next step in detail by using not only bricks, but plates for variations in the line of the surf, or to show waves or ripples in the water.

The rock form is pretty good. I think it might help you to look at pics of actual rocks or rock walls.

This is hard to describe, but there are actually patterns that I see when looking at rock formations. Most builders don't do this, but emulating those patterns can really make a difference when sculpting rocks with Lego, and the builders that do it, take the believability factor to the next level. Different kinds of rocks, of course, have different patterns...some are smoother, some have diagonal striations, others might be jagged, etc. Decide what kind of rock you want to model, and then pic the patterns of forms that fit with that type of rock.

Anyway, I'm really loving the cleanliness of this build, and some of the diverse techniques. If you continue with this kind of work, you'll be taking a major step forward with your building, IMO.

Nicely done.

Thanks! I'm pretty pleased with the result, and the rocks were the first time I had tried that technique. I'll have to look at some other rock work and see what I can improve. Thanks for the advice!
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| October 29, 2010, 8:19 am
Hey Kelso, I wanted to ask you: Is your invisible hand the most popular MOC on MOCpages?
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| October 30, 2010, 6:22 am
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Quoting magma guy
Hey Kelso, I wanted to ask you: Is your invisible hand the most popular MOC on MOCpages?


It has been for quite a while. I haven't checked lately to see if it's still numero uno. I'm honored that it's held that spot for so long, but to be honest, there are a LOT of MOCs out there that are far more impressive.

The other thing is that the rating system is, unfortunately, no longer reliable. People have figured out how to spam their own creations and it makes the whole system completely unreliable now. You can pretty much tell when someone's jacked up their own ratings, though. If a small car, tank, or plane, or something modest like that has a ton of I like its - you know it's been messed with.

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| October 30, 2010, 6:47 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
It has been for quite a while. I haven't checked lately to see if it's still numero uno. I'm honored that it's held that spot for so long, but to be honest, there are a LOT of MOCs out there that are far more impressive.

The other thing is that the rating system is, unfortunately, no longer reliable. People have figured out how to spam their own creations and it makes the whole system completely unreliable now. You can pretty much tell when someone's jacked up their own ratings, though. If a small car, tank, or plane, or something modest like that has a ton of I like its - you know it's been messed with.

To be honest, ratings are no way of knowing how good a moc is. I've got an armoured car, for instance, that has had a huge number of 'this looks awesome' type responses, but a tank twice the size which I myself am quite fond of has nowhere near as many. There's no accounting for taste, but there's definitely a big random element in there.
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| October 30, 2010, 7:59 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

It has been for quite a while. I haven't checked lately to see if it's still numero uno. I'm honored that it's held that spot for so long, but to be honest, there are a LOT of MOCs out there that are far more impressive.

The other thing is that the rating system is, unfortunately, no longer reliable. People have figured out how to spam their own creations and it makes the whole system completely unreliable now. You can pretty much tell when someone's jacked up their own ratings, though. If a small car, tank, or plane, or something modest like that has a ton of I like its - you know it's been messed with.

Yes, and now people like Flare are making groups. For example, there's this group where every few days everyone has to comment on this one person's creation, getting them tons of likes. That's not popularity... Anyways, most popular is an Abrams tank.
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| October 30, 2010, 8:14 am
Hey Mark, do you know how to join Classic Castle, and if so, would you tell me how?
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| October 30, 2010, 4:19 pm
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Quoting BobaFett 2
...Anyways, most popular is an Abrams tank.


Yeah, that's what we were talking about in not so subtle terms. That rating has been greatly overinflated...

Let the record show that Master Kelso's "Hand" is truly the (legitimate) most popular creation on the pages. And well deserved I might add.
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| October 30, 2010, 4:45 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

Yeah, that's what we were talking about in not so subtle terms. That rating has been greatly overinflated...

Let the record show that Master Kelso's "Hand" is truly the (legitimate) most popular creation on the pages. And well deserved I might add.

Personally, I think it should be that one by Nannan and Legohaulic (no offense to Kelso). Containment is it's name, I believe. Pure epicness in the brick.
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| October 30, 2010, 4:46 pm
Quoting Phazezorz .

Halo (Almost said hello) kiddies would think otherwise, becuz Dey r dah best sharpeez evar!

Ive personally seen way more Clones sharpeed than Spartans.
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| October 30, 2010, 4:48 pm
Quoting Phazezorz .
Well, everyone uses Clonies as the prime example, so I thought I'd mix it up a little ;P

Haha, I personally have never colored or decaled any of my figs.
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| October 30, 2010, 4:51 pm
Just realized ive used 'personally' too much for one day...
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| October 30, 2010, 4:52 pm
Quoting Phazezorz .
I used to, back when I, too was a (GASP) Clonie...

It only lasted a week...

Honest!

Good! you fought off that disease.
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| October 30, 2010, 4:53 pm
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Quoting Eric 'the Zombie Hunter' Mickle
Just realized ive used 'personally' too much for one day...


I personally agree with that personal statement.
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| October 30, 2010, 4:53 pm
Quoting Chris Phipson

I personally agree with that personal statement.

mhmm
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| October 30, 2010, 4:54 pm
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Quoting Phazezorz .

More like it was forcefully beaten out of me :P

Oh, and to get back on topic, I was wondering, Kelso (Or Phipson, I really don't have a preference), I am in the production of writing a novel for my own creative purposes, and was wondering if, once finished, you'd like to read it and kind of assess what's wrong with it.

I do have plans to ask a few other people of differing age ranges (14+, most likely), so please don't be pressured into saying yes...

<.<


Can I get it in audio version? ;-)

Actually, I'd be interested in checking it out, but being able to get through it and respond might depend on it's length and the time of year I'm reading it. Right now, I'm so busy with work that I wouldn't have a chance, but if things slow down a bit, I probably could. Keep me posted.


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| October 30, 2010, 5:02 pm
Quoting Phazezorz .
Alright cool, thanks!

It probably won't be finished until Mid-december or so (I'm starting on Monday for a contest), and the Length for the book is still very much so up in the air, though it should be close to 200-300 pages if all goes well.


I wouldn't mind reading it either.
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| October 30, 2010, 5:10 pm
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