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MocOlympics Round 3 Group 2 - Steef de Prouw vs. Andrew Colunga
The Signal Towers of Geldermalsen. ('High above the mucky muck...')
About this creation
- Group: 2
- Opponent: Andrew Colunga
- Category: Castle
- MOC title: The Signal Towers of Geldermalsen

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1209 AD. The two signal towers of Geldermalsen float high above the clouds. It's the perfect defence against bands of people trying to quench the flames telling the king everything is alright in this quarter of his kingdom. Legend has it that once the flames are extinguished, the kingdom will crumble and perish.


It is unknown whether the Rock Tower is just a very high tower that cuts through the clouds, or is actually floating, like the Mage's Obsidian Tower certainly is. Either way, the effect is the same though: the lowest entrance can only be reached by birds.


Despite the obvious defense of being higher up than any arrow could fly from the ground, the Rock Tower also sports some dashing merlons. Guards can walk around the tower in what must be the most tedious guarding job in the whole kingdom.


The King's Holy Fire. Although it's function is mostly ceremonial, its blazing light does function as a signal to the other quarters of the kingdom that everything is hunky dory here.


While soldiers stand guard in the way that soldiers that feel they don't have much to stand guard against stand guard, a horse of the extremely rare pegasii race is being saddled up at the gate. You didn't think all the soldiers flew up there by themselves, did you?


A low shot of the Rock Tower.


The bridge between the two towers is half made of regular stone, half obsidian. It symbolizes the joining of the king's realm with the magic realm.


Bowmen on the Rock Tower's battlement. While the guarding of the towers is highly ceremonial, it is also a job of great standing. Soldiers that have fought well in battles past get rewarded this position by the king as a means of gratitude.


Some more honour guards. Nothing much to do than to polish that helmet some more.


The Mage's Obsidian Tower stands on a tiny piece of floating land. A mage's personal Doombringer guard is enjoying this tiny fleck of nature in this world of stone and clouds.


It's really a nice bit of nature, as nature goes. Makes you forget you have a severe case of high anxiety for a few minutes.


The Obsidian Tower in all its overpowering glory. Rather sleek stuff. Impossible to climb or cut with a sword or axe.


The Mage of Geldermalsen doing his daily incantations to keep the towers afloat in the air. He is here accompanied by a couple of his personal Doombringer guards ('If we fail to deliver your doom within 30 minutes, it's free!').


Top of the tower, with its magical Spirit Fire. The Spirit Fire is even harder to quench, but once this is done, legend has it that the end of the world has come.


Another shot of the Spirit Fire. I think those obsidian bats are a nice touch. That old wizard knows how to create an atmosphere of magic and might!


The pegasii horse is being fueled up for a trip to the ground.


But wait, what's that? It's an attack! Some unknown knight is trying to extinguish the fire! Shoot him!


There's more of them! And they're all flying on some kind of magical flying horse.


Quickly! Guards! Get them away from the fire.


These flying horses are nothing like the pegasii horse we know and love. These ones are much more agile, it seems. They have little difficulty dodging our arrows. I suspect another wizard may be behind all this.


Come, my brave soldiers!


Then three of them attacked at once in a flurry of wings. The poor guards could only barely counter their attack.


One of the flying knights rounded the bridge in an act of defiance. The Doombringer guards sputtered with impotent rage.


Oh no! And now they have backup too. It's a Twin Steed Cloud Cart, and it's full of people with pointy bits.


Fly, my pretties! Let's take out those dumb guards.


The whole of the scene. Complete.

I will leave it to your imaginations what happens next. I will now show you some more detail shots and shots of the tower interior.


The Twin Steed Cloud Cart from below.


Flyover with one of the attacking knights. WOOSH!


Close up of the Twin Steed Cloud Cart. It's a bit cramped, but it does carry six minifigs in the back. All armed and dangerous. And the cart has wooden merlons!


Crew of the Twin Steed Cloud Cart.


In the White Room inside the Rock Tower, two obligatory princesses are bickering over breakfast.


Oh dear. The Knight of Geldermalsen is still busy putting on his battle gear inside the armory.


In one of the dungeons, three brave soldiers encounter a slight lingering soul problem.
'Don't cross the swords!'


'No, I didn't get that thing in here! I don't even know what that is!'


A group shot of the flying marauders.


The mage and his Doombringers.


The Knight of Geldermalsen and his men.


Construction of the Twin Steed Cloud Cart.


The tower taken apart to show the different rooms. They are really in there.


'Stumpy.' The tower with two of its floors missing.


Ima shoot yo' fire!

Hope you liked it!

Note: I've left all the transparent supports where they are, in order to show that all the flying horses are not photoshopped in. Also, the Mage's Tower really stands like that on my table. Quite stable too, if you would forgive my equine comment.



Comments

Steef Mediocre
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Pony Lord7
  April 4, 2010
You did a great job on this I realy like how you used the mini fig heads.
  October 20, 2009
Amazing, breathtaking, fantastic.. You are great! You´re not just a kick azz lego builder, love your photo work too!
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  October 18, 2009
Very very very very good. Your flying horses ROCK! Als je wilt, kun je lid worden van N.L.F. Nederlandse Lego Fans. We zijn een actieve nederlandse groep en zouden ons vereerd voelen als jij lid word.
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  October 11, 2009
Awesome!!!!
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  September 24, 2009
Incredible! The concept and the design are exquisite! A well deserved victory. Best of luck as you move on.
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  September 23, 2009
Awesome! Great work!
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  September 23, 2009
Quoting Crimso Giger So much lovely details ! Honestly, to my knowledge, amongst the "space builders" you're one of the best to do other subjects with the same high-level quality. Too bad that you meet Dave Kaleta in Round 4, it means that one of you won't do the Olympics until the end - and you and Dave are really in the best builders...
Quoting Moodswim . Wow! Is there nothing you can't build? The construction and detail is simply breathtaking! I love all the "pointy bits" and R2's cameo:) You should check out my comic when you have time.
Guys, you're making me really shy here!
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  September 23, 2009
Quoting Aliencat * Awesome stuff, looking super cool :D Ik wist niet dat we dit allemaal hadden in Geldermalsen ;)
Ja joh! De dingen die ze daar allemaal hebben... ;)
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  September 23, 2009
Awesome stuff, looking super cool :D Ik wist niet dat we dit allemaal hadden in Geldermalsen ;)
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  September 23, 2009
So much lovely details ! Honestly, to my knowledge, amongst the "space builders" you're one of the best to do other subjects with the same high-level quality. Too bad that you meet Dave Kaleta in Round 4, it means that one of you won't do the Olympics until the end - and you and Dave are really in the best builders...
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  September 22, 2009
Wow! Is there nothing you can't build? The construction and detail is simply breathtaking! I love all the "pointy bits" and R2's cameo:) You should check out my comic when you have time.
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  September 22, 2009
Great build Steef, full of details again. love the perspective photo's up the tower to show off the height. Congrats on advancing.
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  September 21, 2009
Quoting Giovanni Seynhaeve Well, you had me at the steed, and then it kept getting better (R2D2!, a classic ghost!) Congrats on the win!
Thanks ;)
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  September 21, 2009
Well, you had me at the steed, and then it kept getting better (R2D2!, a classic ghost!) Congrats on the win!
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  September 21, 2009
Quoting Mark Kelso Congratulations, Steef...you've just officially beaten last year's defending champion! (but only by the tiniest margin!) This was an insanely close call, but your story line kept things neck-and-neck, while your attention to detail with the interior work put you over the top for me. Beautifully done! See ya next round.
Quoting Bryce & Dave Shaddix I looked at Andrew's MOC first and wondered how you could possibly out do him. Then I saw this! You out did yourself Steef, my vote is with you. ~dave
Oh! Wow! I wasn't expecting to beat him. Not by far. Thank you very much. And also an applause to Andrew and his great dragon.
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  September 21, 2009
Congratulations, Steef...you've just officially beaten last year's defending champion! (but only by the tiniest margin!) This was an insanely close call, but your story line kept things neck-and-neck, while your attention to detail with the interior work put you over the top for me. Beautifully done! See ya next round.
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  September 20, 2009
I looked at Andrew's MOC first and wondered how you could possibly out do him. Then I saw this! You out did yourself Steef, my vote is with you. ~dave
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  September 20, 2009
Thanks again for all the comments, people! They are really appreciated.
Quoting Dr. Alternative excellent build! im loving the rock tower! the flying cloud cart is kind of odd though, as it is the cart that has wings and not the horses in front of it.
Thanks. The cart is MAGICAL though, so it's bound to be a little strange. You think a flying cart is odd, but flying horses are perfectly okay ;-)
  September 20, 2009
excellent build! im loving the rock tower! the flying cloud cart is kind of odd though, as it is the cart that has wings and not the horses in front of it.
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  September 19, 2009
A shining entry. The pegasus... es... Pegasuses? Pegasuseseses? Well, those flying horses were cool, and then you pull a pegasusish chariot? And the towers are amazing.
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  September 19, 2009
The photography is just as stunning as the build! I want them skills! Another awesome MOC, man!
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  September 19, 2009
Freaking sweet man! The wizard's black castle and all the chariots are a thing of pure awesome. Good luck to us man!
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  September 19, 2009
amazing build, steef. the flying horses, the towers, the soldiers, and everything else in this moc is amazing. good luck in the olympics!
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  September 19, 2009
Ok, the comments had me giggling the whole way through but that BUILD! MY GOOD GAWD MAN! Andrew's got his work cut out for him (and only 6 hours left to do it in)! Good luck! ~ Chris.
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  September 19, 2009
Very nice creation, great roof construction.....
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  September 19, 2009
It is a gorgeous build man, very well done. With so many elements to comment on I am not sure where to start. So I guess I will just have to go with 'best of luck with the judges'. Lee.
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  September 19, 2009
Cool idea, like Cloud City goes medeival... Great outline and as usual you always stun me with your eye for details and your ability to build any theme there is. In my book you're the winner of the MOColympics (if not I'm going to eat my daughter's DUPLO - raw;P)
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  September 19, 2009
High above the mucky muck, sitting oh so proudlyyyyy!
  September 19, 2009
Ah. I see.
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  September 19, 2009
Very imaginative! Very cool concept & an epic build with way more details than you even needed. I'll be looking for my jaw on the floor for quite a while.
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  September 19, 2009
B E A Utiful. Excellent MOC! I like the silver armor on that one minifigure. If you have any tips on building the inside of a space ship please tell me. KeEp BuIlDiNg!1!1
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  September 19, 2009
cool,love the Pegasus!
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  September 19, 2009
Awesome ! This is just to good for words ! How do you find the time to make these huge mocs ?
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  September 19, 2009
Thank you all! I had to work really hard on this, as I was away for most of the week. Didn't leave me much time to come up with this ;)
Quoting Maxim . Is there, like, no other nature at ALL on this cloud planet?
It's not a cloud planet. It's just way up high, above the clouds.
  September 19, 2009
Very nice. And I like the reference to Ghost Busters when you said don't cross the swords. Well good luck.
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  September 19, 2009
Nicely done, I like the grey tower with the holy fire in it most, good luck
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  September 19, 2009
Good one Steef. Andrew is going to have to work hard to beat that. GL! see ya. garth
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  September 19, 2009
Lol. You get my vote! Wait... I haven't seen the other entry, nor am I a judge. I'd probably do a baaaaad job. Lol. I love this! Great job, the towers look so nice and sleek, and the tops of the towers are nicely done. Is there, like, no other nature at ALL on this cloud planet?
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  September 19, 2009
Cool nice work.
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  September 19, 2009
You must have had so much fun building this thing. Nice work! Good day
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  September 19, 2009
When the gauntlet gets thrown down you don't pull any punches.
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  September 19, 2009
EXCELLENT!!!
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  September 19, 2009
Wow, in my opinion the best Castle entry so far! Great work with the interior!
 
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