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Kelso Advice Thread (A.K.A. Useless Mind-Numbing Blather!)
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Yep, that's right. Got a question? Need advice? Building tips? Etc.?

I'll leave such boring-azz, long-winded, drawn out, mindless tripe that you'll surely turn to Phipson for advice next time. But, for now...hey, fire away!

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| August 5, 2011, 5:56 pm
I'm wanting to step this up one more level to make it more professional, any suggestions? The new one i'm working on has a number of differences in formatting, but I'd like to hear what you have to say before I say what I've changed.

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/281783
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| August 5, 2011, 10:44 pm
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Quoting Eber Kain
I'm wanting to step this up one more level to make it more professional, any suggestions? The new one i'm working on has a number of differences in formatting, but I'd like to hear what you have to say before I say what I've changed.

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/281783


*sigh* Can't get the page to load. I'll check in later this afternoon, and HOPEFULLY will be able to get back with you.

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| August 6, 2011, 11:24 am
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Quoting Eber Kain
I'm wanting to step this up one more level to make it more professional, any suggestions? The new one i'm working on has a number of differences in formatting, but I'd like to hear what you have to say before I say what I've changed.


http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/281783


Wow, the presentation on this one is already smokin' good. I think at this point, all I can offer is more of an opinion as to my own personal tastes. Still, here are the things I might suggest for that "next level" presentation...

Color: I might suggest pushing the color of the graphics a bit more, for some additional visual punch.

Lighting: Your lighting is fairly even throughout the imagery. Images with higher contrast lighting (i.e. strong light and shadow) always add some dynamics to the presentation. Also, there are some images where your MOCs seem to be in different light than the background, and consistency will help to tie everything together.

When I add engine light, beams, etc., I also add a bit of reflective light to the MOC itself. that helps to add believability.

Those are my initial thoughts. Not sure if they're much help or not, but for what it's worth. Meanwhile, GREAT work!


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| August 6, 2011, 11:50 am
This one was done in the revised theme.

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/282525

A whole new style to the technical page. White borders for the comics, new font choices, I drew my own chat bubbles, and I took your advice on coloring and worked with that more. Interiors are all with legos this time too.
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| August 7, 2011, 11:36 pm
Does going on this site once a month and building the occasional creation but not posting it mean I'm out of my "dark times/age
I really just need a better camera, because now i have some pretty amazing creations
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| August 11, 2011, 1:32 pm
Question on build Intellectual Property, or more accurately, (im)polite borrowing building.

If I see something nice in someone else's build, can I steal/borrow/use the idea? Should I ask for permission?

This is for something as simple as detail on studless plating, not a whole MOC.

Everytime I put three bricks together in a specific order, I'm sure someone else has done it before me. So where does build IP stop and start?
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| August 14, 2011, 2:35 pm
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Quoting Eber Kain
This one was done in the revised theme.

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/282525

A whole new style to the technical page. White borders for the comics, new font choices, I drew my own chat bubbles, and I took your advice on coloring and worked with that more. Interiors are all with legos this time too.


Nice to finally be able to SEE it (along with everyone elses images that are starting to re-appear!). Absolutely wonderful presentation. Love the hand-drawn talk bubbles, and some great special effects as well. Looking forward to seeing more from you!



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| August 14, 2011, 4:11 pm
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Quoting J .V
Does going on this site once a month and building the occasional creation but not posting it mean I'm out of my "dark times/age
I really just need a better camera, because now i have some pretty amazing creations


I'd say your definitely not in a "dark age." Some people are really intense with their building and posting, while others are much more casual, or slower paced (such as myself). It's all good. I hope you can manage to get access to a camera - love to see what you've been up to.

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| August 14, 2011, 4:15 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

I'd say your definitely not in a "dark age." Some people are really intense with their building and posting, while others are much more casual, or slower paced (such as myself). It's all good. I hope you can manage to get access to a camera - love to see what you've been up to.

I'm also quite slow in building, it seems like I don't ever have time. Though the creations are lining up to be posted.
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| August 14, 2011, 4:20 pm
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Quoting J H
Question on build Intellectual Property, or more accurately, (im)polite borrowing building.

If I see something nice in someone else's build, can I steal/borrow/use the idea? Should I ask for permission?

This is for something as simple as detail on studless plating, not a whole MOC.

Everytime I put three bricks together in a specific order, I'm sure someone else has done it before me. So where does build IP stop and start?


As far as I'm aware, there aren't any rules absolutely set in stone regarding intellectual property, at least until you get into reproducing an entire creation or idea. I think if you see a particular method or technique, that it's not really necessary to mention the builder by name. I tend to, just out of courtesy, if it's something especially unique or a technique that really stands out, but it's not what I would consider a "requirement."

We all post are creations with the knowledge that we're sharing our techniques with the community, and I for one, am always honored if someone utilizes something I came up with, regardless of whether they mention my name.

I'd say just use the golden rule - if it's a technique that you would like someone to credit you for, then I'd credit the builder, if not, don't sweat it. ;)

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| August 14, 2011, 4:23 pm
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Quoting Matthew Novosad
I'm also quite slow in building, it seems like I don't ever have time. Though the creations are lining up to be posted.


I tend to go in cycles. I'll build really heavily for a while, and post a lot...then go for weeks or months without posting much.

This last year, though, has been a rough combo of building monster creations (so very little posts as a result), and too much work. I miss being as active as I've been in the past.

Once I'm done with the Eye of Chaos, though, I think I might spend some time doing smaller, more frequent work.

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| August 14, 2011, 4:27 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

I tend to go in cycles. I'll build really heavily for a while, and post a lot...then go for weeks or months without posting much.

This last year, though, has been a rough combo of building monster creations (so very little posts as a result), and too much work. I miss being as active as I've been in the past.

Once I'm done with the Eye of Chaos, though, I think I might spend some time doing smaller, more frequent work.

Yeah, this year has been hard for me to build. I fit it in whenever I can.
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| August 14, 2011, 4:37 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

I tend to go in cycles. I'll build really heavily for a while, and post a lot...then go for weeks or months without posting much.

This last year, though, has been a rough combo of building monster creations (so very little posts as a result), and too much work. I miss being as active as I've been in the past.

Once I'm done with the Eye of Chaos, though, I think I might spend some time doing smaller, more frequent work.


Once you're done with the Eye of Chaos... and when will that be? **cough** update **splutter**
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| August 14, 2011, 7:12 pm
Quoting J H
Once you're done with the Eye of Chaos... and when will that be? **cough** update **splutter**

No-one knows, but the heat-death of the universe is scheduled to occur somewhere near the half-way point.
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| August 14, 2011, 8:12 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso
Yep, that's right. Got a question? Need advice? Building tips? Etc.?

I'll leave such boring-azz, long-winded, drawn out, mindless tripe that you'll surely turn to Phipson for advice next time. But, for now...hey, fire away!

I've just finished a starship and there's a delicate bit under the engine that extends lower than the rest of the ship and tends to fall of if I put the ship on a flat surface. Do you think I should make a stand for it or use clear bricks and say its using repulsorlift? Or maybe you have an even better Idea?
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| August 17, 2011, 3:59 pm
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Quoting Areetsa C
No-one knows, but the heat-death of the universe is scheduled to occur somewhere near the half-way point.


LOL. I don't know...that's awefully optimistic.


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| August 17, 2011, 7:47 pm
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Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
I've just finished a starship and there's a delicate bit under the engine that extends lower than the rest of the ship and tends to fall of if I put the ship on a flat surface. Do you think I should make a stand for it or use clear bricks and say its using repulsorlift? Or maybe you have an even better Idea?


I'll frequently create a stand for the more delicate MOCs (usually ships), but really it's up to you. The clears function well sometimes, but they can also be a bit inconsistent with the look of the rest of the MOC - it just depends on each creation.

You might also consider going back into the creation and reinforcing the elments that are falling off. There might be a construction solution that gives you the same look, but is much more substantial. Just one other option. If you would like me to take a look, I'd be glad to check out some pics. Don't know if I can help or not, but I'd be glad to give it a shot.

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| August 17, 2011, 7:52 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

I'll frequently create a stand for the more delicate MOCs (usually ships), but really it's up to you. The clears function well sometimes, but they can also be a bit inconsistent with the look of the rest of the MOC - it just depends on each creation.

You might also consider going back into the creation and reinforcing the elments that are falling off. There might be a construction solution that gives you the same look, but is much more substantial. Just one other option. If you would like me to take a look, I'd be glad to check out some pics. Don't know if I can help or not, but I'd be glad to give it a shot.

Thanks, I'll see if a bit of fiddling might reinforce it.
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| August 18, 2011, 7:13 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

I'll frequently create a stand for the more delicate MOCs (usually ships), but really it's up to you. The clears function well sometimes, but they can also be a bit inconsistent with the look of the rest of the MOC - it just depends on each creation.

You might also consider going back into the creation and reinforcing the elments that are falling off. There might be a construction solution that gives you the same look, but is much more substantial. Just one other option. If you would like me to take a look, I'd be glad to check out some pics. Don't know if I can help or not, but I'd be glad to give it a shot.

Actually, I think I'll scrap it, rebuild it, and post it in the MocOlympics. Is that allowed? It would be drastically changed.
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| August 20, 2011, 6:50 pm
I'm sorry you bother you, but seeing that you build so many various large scale mocs and obviously buy a ton of lego bricks, what would you suggest as the best way to get lots of legos cheap? I'm trying to move into larger scale scenes and pick a brick is pretty dang pricing, but bricklink looks like it will get split to too many orders to fulfill all my piece requirements I'm not sure if its worth it. Any advice on how you go about acquiring bulk lego pieces would be great! Thanks
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| August 22, 2011, 3:02 am
Hey Mr. Kelso, I'm interested in military/sci-fi and "Dropship" or transport models are my favorite. I can never seem to get mine to look good, they always turn out blocky with almost no detail, if you could give me a few tips that would be awesome!
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| August 22, 2011, 1:03 pm
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Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
Actually, I think I'll scrap it, rebuild it, and post it in the MocOlympics. Is that allowed? It would be drastically changed.


As long as we're talking about a full re-build that's okay, but no previously built MOCs are allowed. Also remember, there are various categories that you will have to build for...it may or may not be suitable for whatever category you get - part of the challenge. ;)
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| August 23, 2011, 8:19 am
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Quoting Blake Ewton
I'm sorry you bother you, but seeing that you build so many various large scale mocs and obviously buy a ton of lego bricks, what would you suggest as the best way to get lots of legos cheap? I'm trying to move into larger scale scenes and pick a brick is pretty dang pricing, but bricklink looks like it will get split to too many orders to fulfill all my piece requirements I'm not sure if its worth it. Any advice on how you go about acquiring bulk lego pieces would be great! Thanks


Yeah, Lego is expensive, any way you slice it!

Garage sales are always a good, inexpensive option, but take time and diligence to find those hidden treasures. You could also try posting a "wanted" add on Craig's List. These options won't usually get you specific parts, but can bulk up your collection in general.

Ebay is a bit more expensive than garage sales and the like, but can offer specific colors in poundages. Just type in the color and the word "pounds" to see what's available in bulk. No control over what parts you get, but at least you control the color choice.

PAB in a Lego store can be the next step in the econimic scale, but you're very limited as to what the wall in a store might carry. It's still usually more economical than BL or the on line PAB.

BL is probably the most expensive option aside from the on line PAB, BUT it's also absolutely "part-specific," which is why most of my purchases are through BL. You can usually get the best selection there - including old parts and colors - and often sellers will have the volume you need. But like everything else in life, you pay for those conveniences in price per part, and in shipping costs (especially when you have to order from multiple sellers).

Weigh your options and decide what's most important to you, keeping in mind the final goal with your collecting of parts.

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| August 23, 2011, 8:30 am
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Quoting Hayden Brewer
Hey Mr. Kelso, I'm interested in military/sci-fi and "Dropship" or transport models are my favorite. I can never seem to get mine to look good, they always turn out blocky with almost no detail, if you could give me a few tips that would be awesome!


My biggest piece of advice would be to look at other builders in the community that are doing similar creations, and mimic the techniques they use to achieve certain effects. You could even try re-building something of theirs that you see on line.

If you post it, give them credit. But regardless, this will teach you new techniques. Once you start seeing new options in the creation process, you'll almost always find yourself branching off from those who inspired you, to find your own way. And new techniques and ideas will come to you with their guidance, and your own creative interpretations.


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| August 23, 2011, 8:35 am
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Quoting Col. Dwight G. Biscuit .
Hey Kelso. (or Phipson) I have made a fightership, using the new Imperial V-Wing, (and other parts) but I CANNOT think of a name for it. The design is finalized, but no name for it yet. I can post a picture or few on Flickr. I need help with a name! *facedesk*


LOL. Yeah, I know the feeling.

Still, I think would be cool if you could come up with your own name. After all, it's your creation. Here are some tips for naming your ship...

Think about it's appearance. Does it remind you of anything? What about it's shape? Any animal names come to mind? What's the ship's purpose? Does it look aggressive? Defensive?

What about it's colors? What names might be associated with certain colors For example - think of what black suggests. Words like thunder, Obsidian, night, dark, etc. come to mind. Mix that with animal ideas and you've got a name: black venom, nighthawk, prowler, blah, blah, blah.

Ships also often have names refering to history - people and places. Consider that as well...

Finally, think about what you're inspired by. And look for names that reflect that.

All of these can lead you to a name that suits the ship's design. Good luck!

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| August 23, 2011, 8:52 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Yeah, Lego is expensive, any way you slice it!

Garage sales are always a good, inexpensive option, but take time and diligence to find those hidden treasures. You could also try posting a "wanted" add on Craig's List. These options won't usually get you specific parts, but can bulk up your collection in general.

Ebay is a bit more expensive than garage sales and the like, but can offer specific colors in poundages. Just type in the color and the word "pounds" to see what's available in bulk. No control over what parts you get, but at least you control the color choice.

PAB in a Lego store can be the next step in the econimic scale, but you're very limited as to what the wall in a store might carry. It's still usually more economical than BL or the on line PAB.

BL is probably the most expensive option aside from the on line PAB, BUT it's also absolutely "part-specific," which is why most of my purchases are through BL. You can usually get the best selection there - including old parts and colors - and often sellers will have the volume you need. But like everything else in life, you pay for those conveniences in price per part, and in shipping costs (especially when you have to order from multiple sellers).

Weigh your options and decide what's most important to you, keeping in mind the final goal with your collecting of parts.


Ya it is expensive unfortunately! But thanks for your tips!

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| August 23, 2011, 11:16 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

As long as we're talking about a full re-build that's okay, but no previously built MOCs are allowed. Also remember, there are various categories that you will have to build for...it may or may not be suitable for whatever category you get - part of the challenge. ;)

Thanks for the advice, and this will be a complete rebuild, I wouldn't want to cheat. Since I'll be waiting to see what the categories are before building I can always tweak it to fit one anyway.
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| August 23, 2011, 11:49 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
Yep, that's right. Got a question? Need advice? Building tips? Etc.?

I'll leave such boring-azz, long-winded, drawn out, mindless tripe that you'll surely turn to Phipson for advice next time. But, for now...hey, fire away!

I just organized my folders and I was wondering how I can change what creation shows up on the cover of a folder. I would like to show my best creation, rather than one that is alphabetically first. Do you know how to do this?
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| August 24, 2011, 8:39 pm
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Quoting Col. Dwight G. Biscuit .
Thanks. I just came up with a name. Thunder Fox. I hope the pics will post though.


Oh, nice! Great name.

Yeah, loading's been a bit dicey lately. Hang in there. Once everything is fixed we'll see MOCpages functioning better than ever...just gotta get through the new installations and all the tweaking.

Let me know when it's posted...I'd like to see it!

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| August 26, 2011, 8:14 am
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Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
I just organized my folders and I was wondering how I can change what creation shows up on the cover of a folder. I would like to show my best creation, rather than one that is alphabetically first. Do you know how to do this?


Ya know, I wish we had that capacity - I've been thinking the same thing about my own folders. But to the best of my knowledge, there isn't a way to control that.

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| August 26, 2011, 8:20 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
Ya know, I wish we had that capacity - I've been thinking the same thing about my own folders. But to the best of my knowledge, there isn't a way to control that.

Actually, there is: the image on a folder is that of the most recently uploaded page inside that folder. So, unless you've got some really large fluctuations in your building quality, the image will be fairly representative of your current abilities. Unless you don't build in that category very often.
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| August 26, 2011, 10:14 am
I've been mulling over how to best sort out all my pieces. What order I have them in now is not enough for the parts I have. The OCD in me is wondering how to solve problems like this example:

14 x Plate, Modified 2 x 2 with Pin Bottom (Dark Tan)
34 x Plate, Modified 2 x 2 with Pin Bottom (Light Bluish Gray)

Should I lump them into a Plate, Modified 2 x 2 with Pin Bottom box, or individually still part out by colour into two boxes.

I've parted out by colour, but I'm wondering whether (outside of my core colours of LBG, DBG, Black, White, Red and Tan) should I really bother?

The madness that is defining a sorting method for lego bricks is endless.

Oh, and does anyone have an inventory of all their parts? The Bricklink parts list is 24877 lines long. Can someone stop me before I start making one?
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| August 26, 2011, 12:35 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso
Yep, that's right. Got a question? Need advice? Building tips? Etc.?


If use the black-brick background for a page with a dark bley creation, would you advise using a black or a white background for the photos?
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| August 27, 2011, 6:57 pm
Quoting Areetsa C

Actually, there is: the image on a folder is that of the most recently uploaded page inside that folder. So, unless you've got some really large fluctuations in your building quality, the image will be fairly representative of your current abilities. Unless you don't build in that category very often.

Thanks, I didn't realize that, my most recent creations are also closer to A in the alphabet. While showing recent creations is good, I still think it would be nice to be able to choose what is shown. Anyway, thanks again for shedding some light on that.
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| August 27, 2011, 7:02 pm
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Quoting J H
I've been mulling over how to best sort out all my pieces. What order I have them in now is not enough for the parts I have. The OCD in me is wondering how to solve problems like this example:

14 x Plate, Modified 2 x 2 with Pin Bottom (Dark Tan)
34 x Plate, Modified 2 x 2 with Pin Bottom (Light Bluish Gray)

Should I lump them into a Plate, Modified 2 x 2 with Pin Bottom box, or individually still part out by colour into two boxes.

I've parted out by colour, but I'm wondering whether (outside of my core colours of LBG, DBG, Black, White, Red and Tan) should I really bother?

The madness that is defining a sorting method for lego bricks is endless.

Oh, and does anyone have an inventory of all their parts? The Bricklink parts list is 24877 lines long. Can someone stop me before I start making one?



LOL! Oh, my god...welcom to the club.

As for parts like what you're describing above, I tend to just lump them all together in an overflow bin of a given color.

My rule of thumb is to make a drawer for parts that I will use fairly frequently, and to place what I call "non-common" parts into a bin. My recommendation would be to lump together the parts you're describing above.

As for color seperation, I have an overflow bin for each common color, but use only a single bin for the rares. So my color seperation looks like this (and the order is based upon how much I tend to use a color: greys first, less commonly used colors later in the list)...

Light Bley
Dark Bley
Light Grey
Dark Grey
White
Black
Red
Blue
Yellow
Green
Reddish Brown
Tan
Dark Red
Dark Blue
Other colors (brown, dark brown, dark tan, sand green, dark purple, dark green, etc.)

Don't know if that helps or not, but there it is.

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| August 29, 2011, 8:03 am
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Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
If use the black-brick background for a page with a dark bley creation, would you advise using a black or a white background for the photos?


I'd recommend a light grey background for dark bley or black creations. UNLESS you're fairly adept with photoshop...

A pic without much alteration in those colors will leave them fairly dark. This means they'll disappear against a dark grey or black background. White on the other hand may actually be a little stark or too high contrast for the camera to deal with.

Now if we're talking photoshopping the image, you can use just about any background, manipulating the highlights, shadows, contrasts, etc., so there's a good balance and all of the details become visible.

I'll more than likely use a black background when I eventually post the Eye of Chaos SHIP I'm working on. It's almost all dark bley, but once I adjust the values in photoshop, it should come out just fine.

So anyway, long answer to the question, but there are variables to consider. So just try to decide what option works best for you with the non-photo enhanced choice, or the photo-edited choice. (And just personally, I like the black bricked background for a page - makes the light and color of a MOC pop better).


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| August 29, 2011, 8:08 am
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Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
Thanks, I didn't realize that, my most recent creations are also closer to A in the alphabet. While showing recent creations is good, I still think it would be nice to be able to choose what is shown. Anyway, thanks again for shedding some light on that.


Yeah, I'm pretty picky with the whole presentation issue, so being able to select which MOC visually represents a category would be nicer than just the most recent one.

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| August 29, 2011, 8:14 am
Hey, Kelso. Suppose you wanted to put your Moc over some sort of picture(like a forest, or something) without ticking who ever took the picture off. Are you aware of any public domain kind of site where I could get such picture?
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| August 29, 2011, 8:26 am
I thought I'd ask:
How far is too far, even when your MOC has a parental warning? I heard somewhere that even when your MOC has a parental warning, it could only go so far. Is this true?
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| August 29, 2011, 9:14 am
Thanks for the advice, I know this isn't a "dropship" but I'm on my way!
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/285210
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| August 29, 2011, 6:02 pm
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Quoting A Monkey
Hey, Kelso. Suppose you wanted to put your Moc over some sort of picture(like a forest, or something) without ticking who ever took the picture off. Are you aware of any public domain kind of site where I could get such picture?


Hats off to you for taking the trouble to do that! Yeah...type in a search for "royalty free images." You'll have plenty of sites to choose from.

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| August 29, 2011, 8:28 pm
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Quoting Cade .
I thought I'd ask:
How far is too far, even when your MOC has a parental warning? I heard somewhere that even when your MOC has a parental warning, it could only go so far. Is this true?


Very true. The parental warning is there to keep younger builders from viewing what we'd call "mature" content. BUT, vulgar language, blatant sexual content, extreme violence, etc. will be immediately eliminated, with potential consequences for the builder.

How do we define such content? Sean's got a basic guide, but often it's just a common sense thing. We all know when something is over the line. In general I can say that if a post contains content that is similar to a hard core R rated movie (or worse), it's asking for trouble. ;)

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| August 29, 2011, 8:39 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso
Yep, that's right. Got a question? Need advice? Building tips? Etc.?

I'll leave such boring-azz, long-winded, drawn out, mindless tripe that you'll surely turn to Phipson for advice next time. But, for now...hey, fire away!
Could you leave some constructive criticism on my creation. I would really appreciate some tips. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/285230

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| August 29, 2011, 8:51 pm
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Quoting Col. Dwight G. Biscuit .
I am building a Transformer now, and the thing is driving me BONKERS! *facedesk* I've built the head, but the rest is a no-go. It's a crossover of TF and Starfox. (I know a strange crossover) It's Smokescreen, but as an Arwing. This all started as something random. Doing a custom TF makes my head hurt.


You've picked a tough subject. Just keep in mind that not all of the creations we tackle work out. Don't feel too bad if it's not working for you. As long as you're up for it, keep plugging away. But if you're also getting to a point of frustration where it's no longer fun, then you can always scrap it and move on. ;)

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| August 29, 2011, 8:51 pm
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Quoting Michael Sloper
Quoting Mark Kelso
Yep, that's right. Got a question? Need advice? Building tips? Etc.?

I'll leave such boring-azz, long-winded, drawn out, mindless tripe that you'll surely turn to Phipson for advice next time. But, for now...hey, fire away!
Could you leave some constructive criticism on my creation. I would really appreciate some tips. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/285230


Gotta bail tonight, but I'll have a look as soon as I'm on tomorrow. Caught a glimpse of it when I modded a bit ago...looking forward to checking it out!

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| August 29, 2011, 8:54 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Gotta bail tonight, but I'll have a look as soon as I'm on tomorrow. Caught a glimpse of it when I modded a bit ago...looking forward to checking it out!
Thanks. I hoping I can get some good feedback on it.

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| August 29, 2011, 8:56 pm
My newest creation got Across MOCpages, so I thought I'd ask what could make it better.
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/282823
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| August 29, 2011, 9:05 pm
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Quoting Michael Sloper Could you leave some constructive criticism on my creation. I would really appreciate some tips. http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/285230


Alrighty (cracks knuckles), here we go...

For starters, VERY nice job on the presentation. That black background works beautifully for the mood of the concept you're going for. I'm wondering if a bit more light directly on the figure itself would heighten the drama a bit. I'll often use a simple flashlight, shined on a certain spot, to add light in very specific places. You could play around with that a bit. I just think that such a dark subject against a dark background could use a little more contrast to help give it some punch.

I also like the tail element you've created. Not only did you manage to get it to curve, but you set the curve at an angle to reflect what you were seeing in the original image...nicely done. I know you could've gone with a basic black Lego tail, but the brick-built version gives it the texture seen in the reference pic. On the down side it didn't immediately come across to me as a tail, and while I liked the aesthetic of the visual line it created, I was wondering what it was meant to be. How to fix that issue, though? Not sure. That's one of those things were you have to keep trying different options, and settle for what works best. And who knows, perhaps the option you went with would still end up being the best choice...Lego is always about compromise.

The figure itself was quite nice. I don't think I would really suggest changing anything in that regard. For the rock element that he's standing on, I think you did just fine. It might have been interesting to play around with different techniques for the rock structure - something other than the usual upright slopes. Sometimes SNOT work is great for rocks, and keep in mind rocks are very uneven. So try to utilize all sorts of different thicknesses, angles, and directions for the parts.

By the way, in case you're not familiar with my reference to Frazetta. He was a fantasy artist that pretty much MADE the genre what it is today - sort of a founding father kind of thing.

http://frankfrazetta.org/intro0001.php

There ya be...my .02, for what it's worth. Hope these thoughts are helpful. :)

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| August 30, 2011, 1:01 pm
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Quoting Jag .
My newest creation got Across MOCpages, so I thought I'd ask what could make it better.
http://mocpages.com/moc.php/282823


More people seeing it!

Seriously, not much to critisize here - great work. Love the concept, and the building is excellent as well.

Very nice work, particularly on the furniture. If I could suggest anything it might be to have included more color in the "real world" part of the MOC to create a greater visual contrast with the greys of the "game world" part. The brighter color would be eye-catching, but also serve as a visual definition of that scene being a different realm. (This is often used to good effect in movies, for example.)

You did a very nice job with the presentation. If you wanted to push it even farther, you could incorporate some varied lighting effects for each side of the MOC, again, to help them contrast with one another. If anything else, I might just say to try to watch your focus. Most of the images were absolutely crisp, while a couple others seemed a bit softer.

Anyway, REALLY nice creation. Glad to see it hitting that no. 1 spot.

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| August 30, 2011, 1:15 pm
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Quoting Col. Dwight G. Biscuit .
Here's the thing Mark, I can't quit. The head alone took about an hour to make. Even WITH sorting, it's being slow. I will make this fully functional Transformer. No matter what the cost. (suspense music plays)


Right on! Follow your bliss. Or your obsession, in this case. :)

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| August 30, 2011, 1:18 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Alrighty (cracks knuckles), here we go...

For starters, VERY nice job on the presentation. That black background works beautifully for the mood of the concept you're going for. I'm wondering if a bit more light directly on the figure itself would heighten the drama a bit. I'll often use a simple flashlight, shined on a certain spot, to add light in very specific places. You could play around with that a bit. I just think that such a dark subject against a dark background could use a little more contrast to help give it some punch.

I also like the tail element you've created. Not only did you manage to get it to curve, but you set the curve at an angle to reflect what you were seeing in the original image...nicely done. I know you could've gone with a basic black Lego tail, but the brick-built version gives it the texture seen in the reference pic. On the down side it didn't immediately come across to me as a tail, and while I liked the aesthetic of the visual line it created, I was wondering what it was meant to be. How to fix that issue, though? Not sure. That's one of those things were you have to keep trying different options, and settle for what works best. And who knows, perhaps the option you went with would still end up being the best choice...Lego is always about compromise.

The figure itself was quite nice. I don't think I would really suggest changing anything in that regard. For the rock element that he's standing on, I think you did just fine. It might have been interesting to play around with different techniques for the rock structure - something other than the usual upright slopes. Sometimes SNOT work is great for rocks, and keep in mind rocks are very uneven. So try to utilize all sorts of different thicknesses, angles, and directions for the parts.

By the way, in case you're not familiar with my reference to Frazetta. He was a fantasy artist that pretty much MADE the genre what it is today - sort of a founding father kind of thing.

http://frankfrazetta.org/intro0001.php

There ya be...my .02, for what it's worth. Hope these thoughts are helpful. :)
Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. I really appreciate it. I'll definitly take your flash light tip into consideration for any other dark atmospheric mocs.

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| August 30, 2011, 3:39 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Thanks a lot!
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| August 30, 2011, 7:55 pm
Quoting Mitchell Andre
I have a general question. Is there any technical advice you could give me on how to take a better picture?

Tripods are important. Other than that, surely one of your self-declared genius would have figured it out for themselves by now?
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| August 30, 2011, 9:28 pm
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Quoting Darth Lowe :D
Could you leave some constructive criticism on my creation. I would really appreciate some tips although this is my first car:

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/285274


Okay...

For starters I like the integrated dark bleys. I think they help with the look of the vehicle for value changes, even if it's basically one color that you're working in.

I also like the fact that you've taken a step away from working only studs up. By utilizing techniques that use studs in all directions, you'll find yourself able to achieve greater detail, and have more flexibility with shaping and form.

I feel like the wheels need to be worked into the body of the vehicle a bit...in other words, surrounded by fenders. As it stands, they're sitting below the rest of the vehicle, which...in my opinion...is a little awkward.

In general, for your next vehicle, I might suggest looking at some reference pictures and trying to capture what you see in those pics - same angles, same curves, same proportions, etc.

Meanwhile, keep working on techniques that will help you achieve more detail, and more precision with form and surface texture.

You're off to a solid start - keep up the good work!



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| August 31, 2011, 8:46 am
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Quoting Mitchell Andre
I have a general question. Is there any technical advice you could give me on how to take a better picture?


Areetsa's right - a tripod is an essential tool for better pics. Here are some details regarding tripods, as well as some other things to consider...

tripod - Camera shake is one of the biggest problems in photographing a MOC. Most of us photograph indoors, under poor lighting conditions. That means a longer exposure time...and a longer exposure time means blurry pics UNLESS you can set the camera on something fully solid. If you don't have a tripod, try using a desk, chair, box, stacked books - anything solid to rest the camera on. Then, if possible, use a timer. This will eliminate the blur issue entirely.

Light - For the most part we all shoot indoors, with indoor lighting. Unless you can shoot your MOC in a room with a good bit of reflective (not direct) outdoor light that comes through doors and windows, you're better off getting a clamp light that shines directly on to your MOC from a distance (too close, and it will blow out the colors and values). You may have to mess with the angle and distance to get the best effect. Also, I'd recommend using a piece of white foam core to reflect light back on whatever side of your MOC isn't getting direct light. I use this A LOT, and that reflective light really helps to even out the details in pictures.

Photo Editing - If possible, use photoshop, gimp, or some other photo-editing tool to even out lighting, values, and correct and enhance colors. Indoor light turns your pics yellow, so unless you use a special "natural light" bulb, you may need to color correct your images.

Give those things a try, and hopefully you'll see some improvements in your presentation. ;)

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| August 31, 2011, 8:59 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
Yep, that's right. Got a question? Need advice? Building tips? Etc.?

I'll leave such boring-azz, long-winded, drawn out, mindless tripe that you'll surely turn to Phipson for advice next time. But, for now...hey, fire away!

you're good with the ryme's :P, anyway when I post a car moc would you suggest I put the creation's photo first, or the real car's photo?
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| August 31, 2011, 9:37 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
Yep, that's right. Got a question? Need advice? Building tips? Etc.?

I'll leave such boring-azz, long-winded, drawn out, mindless tripe that you'll surely turn to Phipson for advice next time. But, for now...hey, fire away!
I saw on your homepage that your an artist and lately I've wanted to get into drawing and sketching (mainly medieval drawings knights, battles, etc) but I'm not the greatest at it. Is there any techniques or tips you can give me?

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| August 31, 2011, 8:36 pm
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Quoting Marty Ford
you're good with the ryme's :P, anyway when I post a car moc would you suggest I put the creation's photo first, or the real car's photo?


I like to put reference pics in the middle or toward the end of a post. Most of us visit a page wanting to see a Lego creation. The reference image makes for a nice comparison, but if you make it first, or worse - the main image, you put emphasis on the reference material and not the MOC.

At least that's the way it feels to me. ;)

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| September 1, 2011, 8:26 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

I like to put reference pics in the middle or toward the end of a post. Most of us visit a page wanting to see a Lego creation. The reference image makes for a nice comparison, but if you make it first, or worse - the main image, you put emphasis on the reference material and not the MOC.

At least that's the way it feels to me. ;)

Ok thank's.
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| September 1, 2011, 8:29 am
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Quoting Michael Sloper
Quoting Mark Kelso
Yep, that's right. Got a question? Need advice? Building tips? Etc.?

I'll leave such boring-azz, long-winded, drawn out, mindless tripe that you'll surely turn to Phipson for advice next time. But, for now...hey, fire away!
I saw on your homepage that your an artist and lately I've wanted to get into drawing and sketching (mainly medieval drawings knights, battles, etc) but I'm not the greatest at it. Is there any techniques or tips you can give me?


More than I could type out if I had a WEEK to respond. ;)

But for now, some basics might help a little...

Use pencil vs. ink. It allows you to correct mistakes and make constant alterations. ALSO, it allows you to greatly control how dark a line appears - that's important.

When starting a drawing, hold the pencil very lightly in your hand, and put hardly ANY pressure on the surface - so the line barely shows up.

Using a very light pencil mark, start sketching out the entire composition loosely. This is in contrast to starting right in and immediately drawing details - do that and you may find you've run out of space on the paper, or your proportions are off. By lightly sketching in the basic shapes and forms, you get a preview, so to speak, of what you're going to be finishing out with darker lines, and detailing.

I'd recommend going to the library, a local art supply store, or looking on line, for inexpensive books on drawing the human figure. If you can draw people, you can pretty much draw ANYTHING (which is why the human form is studied so intensively in art schools), and books will help IMMENSELY in learning a method.

I could go on and on, but the best thing to do is just start practicing, and look as often as possible at other artists you're inspired by. Try to imagine the techniques they used, and emulate that. Combine that with a book or two on technique, and you should really start to see some improvements in your drawing ability.

Keep me posted, too. If you find you've got more specific questions about technique, materials, subject matter, etc., I'll be glad to chime in.

Good luck!

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| September 1, 2011, 8:39 am
I'm not sure if Star Wars ships are your strong point, but it's worth givin it a shot :) Mind reviewing this?

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/252014

It's kinda old, but I really wanna improve it...
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| September 1, 2011, 8:53 am
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Quoting LegoBob 123
I'm not sure if Star Wars ships are your strong point, but it's worth givin it a shot :) Mind reviewing this?

http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/252014

It's kinda old, but I really wanna improve it...


Unfortunately, none of your imges are showing up right now (at least on my computer). I'll check in later, and hopefully they'll be back up so I can give ya some feedback.

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| September 2, 2011, 7:54 am
Quoting Mark Kelso
Yep, that's right. Got a question? Need advice? Building tips? Etc.?

I'll leave such boring-azz, long-winded, drawn out, mindless tripe that you'll surely turn to Phipson for advice next time. But, for now...hey, fire away!
I recently choose the category fall in the mocolympics and I'm having trouble on utilizing a technique to use red, orange and yellow bricks as leafs. How would you go about doing this?

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| September 4, 2011, 12:44 am
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Quoting Michael Sloper
Quoting Mark Kelso
Yep, that's right. Got a question? Need advice? Building tips? Etc.?

I'll leave such boring-azz, long-winded, drawn out, mindless tripe that you'll surely turn to Phipson for advice next time. But, for now...hey, fire away!
I recently choose the category fall in the mocolympics and I'm having trouble on utilizing a technique to use red, orange and yellow bricks as leafs. How would you go about doing this?


Given that I'm one of the judges, I'll have to refrain from any advice on this for the time being - it might be considered by some as favoritism, or a judge providing assistance to a competitor.

If you'd like to check back with me after Round 1 has been judged, I'd be glad to offer my thoughts, though.

Meanwhile, good luck!

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| September 5, 2011, 8:41 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Unfortunately, none of your imges are showing up right now (at least on my computer). I'll check in later, and hopefully they'll be back up so I can give ya some feedback.

Ah. Okay, thanks :D
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| September 5, 2011, 8:47 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Given that I'm one of the judges, I'll have to refrain from any advice on this for the time being - it might be considered by some as favoritism, or a judge providing assistance to a competitor.

If you'd like to check back with me after Round 1 has been judged, I'd be glad to offer my thoughts, though.

Meanwhile, good luck!
That's understandable. Thanks!

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| September 5, 2011, 12:45 pm
Maybey it wasn't so smart to act like... ME on the LMB. If you know me, you know what I'm talking about. :p Probably will get kicked, I also filled in my own E-mail instead of my parents'.
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| September 5, 2011, 1:06 pm
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Quoting LegoBob 123
Ah. Okay, thanks :D


Grrrrr. Still not very many images showing up. But I could see the main pic. I'd rather not make judgements, though, based on just one image. Let's still give it a little more time.

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| September 6, 2011, 8:35 am
Hey Mark, if you have the time I would love for you to check this out, http://mocpages.com/moc.php/286956.
Thanks -Paulo R. FDNY 343
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| September 11, 2011, 7:10 pm
If you have the chance, can you check out my VW Beetle race car and perhaps comment? The link: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/286172
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| September 12, 2011, 4:25 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Grrrrr. Still not very many images showing up. But I could see the main pic. I'd rather not make judgements, though, based on just one image. Let's still give it a little more time.

Shoot! Ah well, I hope they'll come back soon. :)
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| September 17, 2011, 10:48 am
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Quoting LegoBob 123
Shoot! Ah well, I hope they'll come back soon. :)


There are a couple of images I can see. I'll go ahead and comment on what's there. I feel bad that you've had to wait so long for me to give ya an opinion...

I like the idea of altering the panels for a custom look, for starters. I'm doing something similar in concept right now with a large ship - using what I like, altering it in places where I want to see something different. It's a fun way to build.

Anyway, I like the general idea here. I will say the profile of the wing is a little awkward to me. I might have gone with something a bit more streamlined.

The blue tiling helps with detailing on the wing, so that's nice choice. One thing we see with any tie design is the lighter color always "outlining" a panel section. It's a much more difficult thing to do with Lego, but I think the panel design you've got might function better visually, if the blue tiles were running along the borders of the wing (essentially outlining their shape).

As for the body of this ship, I think it looks just fine. I've never tried coming up with a solution to the body portion. But since it's basically a ball, that's quite a challenge in Lego.

I wonder if a color combo of light bley, dark bley, and black might be a better choice than the blue? I know that's what Lego came up with in the sets, but if you look at the movies, there's no blue in their tie designs. Just a thought.

Anyway, a fun concept and well executed. Keep working on new techniques to advance your skills and detailing. And I'll look forward to seeing more from ya here on the boards.

Cheers!



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| September 18, 2011, 8:57 am
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Quoting The Colonel .
Mind commenting on this till I get my MOCiversary MOC up? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/286511


I left a comment for you on the page, but I thought I'd also just briefly discuss the MOC here, as well...

I love the concept of this with the burning torches, and wall-like rock facade. Brings to mind visuals like Pirates of the Carribean, or King Kong. I think it's mainly just that contrast of elements; the whole fire/water thing.

The pier adds a nice touch of color in this MOC, as do the greens scattered throughout. I think the rock work is an area where I'd suggest pushing for more detail and more complexity in your techniques. While you've got a lot of texture going on, it's very busy, and there aren't any obvious forms that come out of the rock facade. If you've got time, have a look at this for an example of some really nice rock work: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/275413 or (if I may be so bold) this: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/275413

In the mean time, some nice work. Congrats on hanging with us for so long, too! Two years - right on!!!


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| September 21, 2011, 2:06 pm
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Quoting Oliver King
go to my account look at lego machine gun and give me some advice in the comments


Yes sir! Right away, sir! Anything you say, sir!

*sigh*

Look, I don't think there's any malice in your comments here on MOCpages thus far, but you need to learn how to communicate and show respect for others here. If you don't, you won't last long.

In this case, the word "please" helps immensely. It tells whoever you're speaking to that you respect their time and energy, and that you're ASKING them something, rather than DEMANDING it (which is the tone you set with the comment above).

*gets off soap box*

Having said that, I would be glad to have a look and give you some feedback. And I believe you're fairly new here, so...welcome to MOCpages!

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| September 21, 2011, 2:18 pm
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Quoting Mark E
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/288265 Hey Kelso my first tank here! I was wondering if you could give me some advise on it, thanks.


Not much I can offer here. This is a terrific little MOC. Let me mention a few of the things I really like, to start with...

SNOT technique - works beautifully here.

Love the balance of texture in this. You've got some areas with a lot of detail (or some might say "greeb work"), while other areas are left nice and smooth. That contrast makes for believability, and the eye responds well to that kind of surface variation.

Nice color balance for the most part. And to top it off, a very nice picture.

I might suggest a couple of things. While you've got black elsewhere in the tank, the barrel being all black feels a bit odd to me. That's just personal taste, but I might have gone either all bley, or a mix of black and bley.

I also would like to see at least a couple more shots from different angles. You've got a nice creation here, and it's worth showing it from different perspectives. Also, you're documenting your work. So, it's always good to have multiple pics for your own portfolio.

Anyway, great little MOC. Love to see you tackle something even larger and more complex. Keep pushing for more difficulty in your building level - you've obviously got the skills.


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| September 21, 2011, 2:38 pm
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Quoting C.J. Cutrone9
Hey Mr. Kelso can you give me some advice on this:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cutrone/6169661885/in/photostream

There is another picture of it on the left.

It is on another website till it is finished.
I am waiting for parts to continue building cause AON I am out of pieces. There will be an energy fence around the foliage where the ship is crashed. That is why it looks so uniform.


Sorry, C.J., but I'm out of time for now. I'll make it a point to hop over there as soon as I'm on line next time, though.

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| September 21, 2011, 2:41 pm
Hey Kelso! Would you mind giving me some pointers on this: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/286303 Thanks for spending your time if you get around to it.
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| September 21, 2011, 2:49 pm
take a guess :) http://mocpages.com/moc.php/288313
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| September 21, 2011, 8:03 pm
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Quoting C.J. Cutrone9


It is Ok.


Alright, C.J. - thanks for your patience. Let's get to it...

LOVE what I'm seeing so far. For starters, the black base around the MOC frames it beautifully. We've only started seeing that in the past year or so with Lego creations (or at least I'VE only seen it recently), but it's a great technique.

Nice color contrasts going on. Wouldn't mind seeing more color in the bley section at some point, to balance the composition a bit with all of the great color in the natural scenery that lies beyond the structure. Or if you'd rather not have much color in that portion, you could toss in some dark bleys, whites, or blacks for value contrast. I also LOVE the height variation that you've got happening. Don't loose that.

In fact, you've got a lot of contrasts throughout...color, form, texture. That all helps to make the MOC visually interesting.

At this point, I wouldn't change a whole lot. I'd add some detail in the structural parts, and keep the non-greeb portions (walls, floors, roof tops, etc.) smooth by using SNOT techniques or tiling.

And let me know when you're done...this is looking great.

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| September 23, 2011, 1:09 pm
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Quoting The Colonel .
...Also, you posted the same link twice. What was the other MOC you ment to show?


DOH! *facepalm*

Let's try that again...

http://mocpages.com/moc.php/57317

That one's mine. It's a bit immodest of me to recommend one of my own, but it's stood the test of time as builders have continued to improve rock building techniques, so I thought I'd recommend checking it out.

I'd love to do another landscape piece here one of these days and maybe see if I could find some new ways of improving my own stuff.

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| September 23, 2011, 1:16 pm
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/287025
What do you think :p
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| September 23, 2011, 2:16 pm
How could I improve this MOC?
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/290293
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| October 5, 2011, 11:35 pm
Could you give me advice on this: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/288510
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| October 5, 2011, 11:49 pm
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Quoting Seth (Jag .)
How could I improve this MOC?
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/290293


Nice, Seth! I think the biggest suggestion I might have would be to consider more detailing - both on the exterior and on the interior.

The house looks a like a mid century modern design, and those designs tend to favor very clean lines and simple textures. Nevertheless, some surface variety and detail on the exterior - like for example, offset windows and doors, overhanging roof edges, gutters, etc. would add visual interest.

On the inside, tiled floors, shelves with knick-knacks, wall hangings, etc. would also help to take the whole thing to that "next level" we're always striving for.

Meanwhile, a very nice MOC as is. Well done!
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| October 9, 2011, 8:40 pm
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Quoting 12Lego Greendude
Could you give me advice on this: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/288510


I'd love to, but unfortunately Bionicle isn't something I can offer much advice on. I'm really sorry.

It's not so much because I don't work in Bionicle, but more that I have a really bad bias towards it. Unless Bionicle is kept very simple, or mixed with system parts, it quickly gets too visually busy for me.

The creation of yours I looked at here is a perfect example...And please forgive me. I don't mean to sound harsh. Again this is just my personal biases speaking here...but there is so much texture going on everywhere, that the form becomes very difficult to make out. When a lot of really busy parts get put together, the eye can't focus on anything. It gets confused, and the mind can't percieve it clearly. (kind of like looking at things like cole slaw, tree branches, piles of lego, etc...there's too much going on.)

I don't know if you're familiar with Yuri or not, but he's very heavy into Bionicle. Perhaps he could offer better advice than I could on this one.

Sorry - but I do appreciate the fact that you thought enough of me and my work to ask.

Good Luck!

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| October 9, 2011, 8:52 pm
Would you mind giving some advice on this? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/290831
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| October 9, 2011, 9:10 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso
...Again this is just my personal biases speaking here...but there is so much texture going on everywhere, that the form becomes very difficult to make out. When a lot of really busy parts get put together, the eye can't focus on anything. It gets confused, and the mind can't percieve it clearly...

That's the point; it's called camouflage. The idea is that the bionicle avoids predators; cats, small dogs, toddlers, el!73 cl0n3 tr0pr3$ etcetera, by being harder to see.
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| October 9, 2011, 10:17 pm
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Quoting Owen S.
Would you mind giving some advice on this? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/290831


No advice to give, Owen - looks terrific with some really nice parts usage. All I can do is compliment. ;)
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| October 10, 2011, 9:36 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

No advice to give, Owen - looks terrific with some really nice parts usage. All I can do is compliment. ;)

Wow, thanks! Coming from you, that is a huge compliment!
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| October 11, 2011, 7:58 pm
Quoting Areetsa C
That's the point; it's called camouflage. The idea is that the bionicle avoids predators; cats, small dogs, toddlers, el!73 cl0n3 tr0pr3$ etcetera, by being harder to see.

Not to forget you, and your so called funny-ness. :p
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| October 13, 2011, 2:42 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

There are a couple of images I can see. I'll go ahead and comment on what's there. I feel bad that you've had to wait so long for me to give ya an opinion...

I like the idea of altering the panels for a custom look, for starters. I'm doing something similar in concept right now with a large ship - using what I like, altering it in places where I want to see something different. It's a fun way to build.

Anyway, I like the general idea here. I will say the profile of the wing is a little awkward to me. I might have gone with something a bit more streamlined.

The blue tiling helps with detailing on the wing, so that's nice choice. One thing we see with any tie design is the lighter color always "outlining" a panel section. It's a much more difficult thing to do with Lego, but I think the panel design you've got might function better visually, if the blue tiles were running along the borders of the wing (essentially outlining their shape).

As for the body of this ship, I think it looks just fine. I've never tried coming up with a solution to the body portion. But since it's basically a ball, that's quite a challenge in Lego.

I wonder if a color combo of light bley, dark bley, and black might be a better choice than the blue? I know that's what Lego came up with in the sets, but if you look at the movies, there's no blue in their tie designs. Just a thought.

Anyway, a fun concept and well executed. Keep working on new techniques to advance your skills and detailing. And I'll look forward to seeing more from ya here on the boards.

Cheers!



Thanks a bomb! This helps alot :] Your advice is priceless! :D
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| October 15, 2011, 4:28 pm
Can you comment on my Pagani Zonda S Roadster? Thanks!
Link: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/291333
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| October 15, 2011, 10:39 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Thanks! That helps alot!
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| October 16, 2011, 4:03 pm
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Quoting Lego Builders
Can you comment on my Pagani Zonda S Roadster? Thanks!
Link: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/291333


Sorry for the delay - in the process of moving, so my time is just getting gobbled up with all of the house stuff. Anyway...

Left a comment for you on the page. Not a lot I feel like I need to add at this point, either. It's a wonderful MOC with excellent parts usage, nice surface texture, plenty of detailing, and a good presentation.

As mentioned on the comment, I'd love to see you tackle a slightly larger scale where you could do some great detail in the engine and interior. Looking forward to seeing more work from you, in the mean time.

Nice job!

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| October 18, 2011, 12:27 pm
Quoting Mark Kelso

Sorry for the delay - in the process of moving, so my time is just getting gobbled up with all of the house stuff. Anyway...

Left a comment for you on the page. Not a lot I feel like I need to add at this point, either. It's a wonderful MOC with excellent parts usage, nice surface texture, plenty of detailing, and a good presentation.

As mentioned on the comment, I'd love to see you tackle a slightly larger scale where you could do some great detail in the engine and interior. Looking forward to seeing more work from you, in the mean time.

Nice job!

Thank you! I'm currently building a large (21 track width (front) 23 track width (rear) - 53 studs long I think) McLaren MP4/5B. But although I have a decent Lego collection, most of the parts I are still "free" are old ones that my dad had as a kid, so it's mostly 2 by 2 and 2 by 4 blocks. And I really don't want to spend too much on Bricklink, so I'll work with what I have...we'll see how it turns out.
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| October 18, 2011, 6:09 pm
Lately a lot of people have told be that I need to improve my picture quality, any suggestions?
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| October 20, 2011, 6:42 pm
o we have to add creations???
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| October 20, 2011, 8:06 pm
I joined your group the landscapers guild about 3 months ago and it said that a message would be sent to an admin or mod and they would have to approve me first. I still haven't gotten a response. Do you know long it will be before I get a response?
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| October 20, 2011, 8:20 pm
Quoting Ben King
Lately a lot of people have told be that I need to improve my picture quality, any suggestions?

Tripods, plain paper backgrounds. Lighting is a popular one as well.
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| October 21, 2011, 11:45 pm
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Quoting Ben King
Lately a lot of people have told be that I need to improve my picture quality, any suggestions?


Honestly, Ben, I've seen a lot worse! I took a glance at a couple pages, and they weren't bad. There are a couple of things, however, that I could certainly recommend.

Light - Your images are consistently coming across a bit dark, and sometimes uneven in their exposure.

Color - Your color balance often differs from pic to pic. Sometimes the image is cooler, other times warmer.

Value contrast - This ties in with the other two things, and has to do with detail showing up in the whites and blacks.

All of these issues are common for all of us. These days they are most easily addressed with the use of a photoediting application, Photoshop being the most common. There are several free photoeditors available however, and GIMP is one that many highly recommend. I really suggest that anyone who can get access to one of these editors, do so, and learn at least the basics.

In the mean time, I think your biggest issue is the dark quality of the majority of your shots. I'd recommend finding a location that has a lot of reflective outdoor light coming in, and setting up your shots there. Indoor light is usually very yellow, while reflected sunlight is much more pure of color. Note that say reflective light. Don't use direct sunlight, as it will cause massive issues with value contrast (too bright, too dark, etc.).

Hopefully, those tips will help a bit. There's so much to talk about with photographing MOCs, that I could start an entire group on the subject (and I would if I only had more time!), but for now you might look into the options above.

Good Luck!



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| October 22, 2011, 7:47 am
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Quoting Ben King
I joined your group the landscapers guild about 3 months ago and it said that a message would be sent to an admin or mod and they would have to approve me first. I still haven't gotten a response. Do you know long it will be before I get a response?


Hmm...strange. I'm in the group, but haven't seen the request to join. I'll jump over there and have a look.

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| October 22, 2011, 7:58 am
Hey Mark Just finished Medlink Squad 2, love to hear what you think of it! http://mocpages.com/moc.php/292267, -Paulo R.
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| October 22, 2011, 8:25 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Thanks! I'll try out some of those techniques on my next moc.
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| October 22, 2011, 9:01 am
Quoting Mark Kelso

Hmm...strange. I'm in the group, but haven't seen the request to join. I'll jump over there and have a look.

Thanks!
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| October 22, 2011, 9:02 am
Mr kelso, I would love some nuggets of sage advice on this please... your waterfall moc was part of my inspiration, I really like how your falls were three dimensional so I attempted it in mine... any thoughts? http://mocpages.com/moc.php/292906
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| October 27, 2011, 4:20 am
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Quoting Paulo Rodriguez
Hey Mark Just finished Medlink Squad 2, love to hear what you think of it! http://mocpages.com/moc.php/292267, -Paulo R.


Nice little vehicle, Paulo. As mentioned in my comment, I love the amount of detail you managed to work into such a small scaled MOC.

As for nits, or potential improvements, I think what stands out the most to me is the studded top. The rest of the vehicle is very clean with no studs, and I kind of feel like that section with studs is a bit inconsistent with the look of the rest of the model.

The sticker work is a wonderful touch, but when I started looking at the details I noticed some of the stickers to be at slight angles. One way I use to get the stickers to go on completely level is to first attach the sticker (the very corner of it) to a blade of an exacto knife. I then use the knife to put the sticker in place. It gives me a lot more control - just some food for thought.

Anyway, a very nice little MOC. Keep up the great work!

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| October 27, 2011, 8:50 am
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Quoting sma stache
Mr kelso, I would love some nuggets of sage advice on this please... your waterfall moc was part of my inspiration, I really like how your falls were three dimensional so I attempted it in mine... any thoughts? http://mocpages.com/moc.php/292906


Very nice effect on the falling water - I wouldn't change a thing. I also like your transition from clears, to light trans, to darker trans in the waterway.

One technique I almost always use in the rock work around a falls is a variation between bleys. I'll use light bley for most of the rocks, but dark bley for areas near the falls. Take a look at a real waterfall sometime. Usually you'll see lighter, dry rock farther away, and then as the rocks get wet, they become much darker. So by utilizing two values instead of one with the rock work, you can push the realism just one step farther.


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| October 27, 2011, 8:58 am
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Well, gang - I'm going bye-bye for a bit.

We just closed on the sale of our home yesterday, and now need to be out by this Monday.

I'll start a new thread when I get back and answer any new questions at that point, but just FYI, it'll probably be late next week before I'm back on line.

Cheers!

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| October 27, 2011, 9:01 am
Can you comment on this: http://mocpages.com/moc.php/293068? Thank you very much!
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| October 28, 2011, 9:55 pm
Let me start by saying, Kelso, you are awesome. I love your invisible hand moc.
Anyways, I want to become more well known across mocpages. Any tips?
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| October 29, 2011, 8:07 am
Quoting Jake H
Let me start by saying, Kelso, you are awesome. I love your invisible hand moc.
Anyways, I want to become more well known across mocpages. Any tips?

So, I may not be well known, but this was still helpful to me and hopefully to you too.
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/151752
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| October 29, 2011, 3:26 pm
Kelso, I added my latest couple of figs to the group, Mind giving any advice on them?
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| November 2, 2011, 5:43 pm
Hello good sir. I hope this day finds you well. This is my 10th moc since returning from my dark age. Your last advice served me well and I would like some on this please http://mocpages.com/moc.php/293942 thanks so much. ~cheers
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| November 4, 2011, 11:09 am
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