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Etude in Water
My first try at both a roughly medieval/pre-modern scene, and a watery one. This was fun. I would have no objection to revisiting either.
About this creation








Why does Arnulf look so bummed? Do you want his job?





Roland: I hate life. The landlord takes most of the crop, my back and feet
are aching, and I don't understand the meaning of existence.




Pippin: Life is great. Fresh air, good hard work, fresh eggs in the belly.




Maybe you should raise taxes just one more time. For one thing, your golden sword
looks pretty ratty, kind of like it has been chewed on by a 5 year old.




They came because they heard this was a pleasant place to settle down.
I cannot imagine why they believed it.





I briefly considered using MegaBloks for the poo, attempting to get an
authentic smell into the MOC. But then I figured, after my 5 year old starts
playing with this, it will smell of something.




The water wheel. To answer your question: no it does not actually work. I can't
get the little plates to flow down the headrace when the sluice gate (not shown) is
opened. They just stay attached to the studs of the mill pond (not shown). I have
to go bone up on my Technic skills, and I probably need to get more universal joints.




The mill.





The waterfall. Like the wheel, it does not work either.





The cliff. The minifigs are fortunate they were not around during any of the events associated with that. It's been quiet for a long time. Too quiet. (Hint: follow the sedimentary beds and note the thrust fault and drag folding.)





I'm guessing you are the kind of person who would climb up there to pick that.




Alpaida does amazing things with cauliflower and cabbage. She's my kind of gal.




The squirrels always seem to get to the cherries before they ripen.





Why are these trees flowering and fruiting at the same time? I'm not a botanist,
someone will have to explain it to me first. In any case, I love the color it's
injecting into the MOC.




Oh for crying out loud, that cat just sleeps all day.




Well, at least someone is going about their business.




No, this is not the swamp of despair. It's just some dead pine trees.




The river.





The road, if you can call it that.




The best part of this MOC is surely deep inside the cave. I'd love to get in there
and get some pictures for you, but the bear is easily irritated. You can see what
happened to the last spelunker who tried that. He used his flash one too many times.



So what lessons did I learn from this study? Principally that the contrast between
dark and light transparent blue is annoyingly great. Bummer that. I also may have overdone the texturing of the stone half of the mill. I've looked at it so long, I cannot tell.



Comments

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  October 18, 2011
This is truly a beauty. Those water effects are supreme. Well done!
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  October 15, 2011
:O.... WOW!
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  October 15, 2011
:O.... WOW!
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  September 11, 2011
Wow just Wow!!
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  July 3, 2011
Just beautiful!
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  May 17, 2011
This looks absoulutly amazing! the water effect really caught my eye. Keep up the good work
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  April 6, 2011
can I just say something.... WOW!!!!! I love the waterfall, the water, the cliff face... the list is endless! every detail is perfect, and there is so many of them! great job!
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  March 28, 2011
Quoting Surduk Vergl Wow! This is one of the first MOC's i've found on internet while coming back from the "dark ages". I was searcing lego water and this MOC realy stood up. I will hardly forget it.. Thanx for inspiration!
That's very kind of you. Thanks.
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  March 28, 2011
Wow! This is one of the first MOC's i've found on internet while coming back from the "dark ages". I was searcing lego water and this MOC realy stood up. I will hardly forget it.. Thanx for inspiration!
Tom Simon
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Soap MacTavish
  March 8, 2011
WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW!!!!! Can you check out my modern warfare 2 task force 141? please?
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  March 8, 2011
!!!...(speechless!)!!! Perfectomondo!!!!!
Tom Simon
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Andrew AKA Hump-Free
  February 16, 2011
This Is An Excellent Scene, It Flows If You Will, The Colors Are Accurate And The Details Are Breath Taking, Good Job.
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  January 20, 2011
Wow... There are no words I could use to describe this... Creation.
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  January 14, 2011
Wow! This totally deserves a comment, it is incredible! Well done 5/5!!!
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  January 10, 2011
I can't believe I haven't already commented on this... the gradients in the water and the waterfall are done with uncommon skill. This is sure to be an important reference for many future MOCs.
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  December 21, 2010
On second look...terrible.
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  November 20, 2010
looks so realistic!
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  November 20, 2010
This is one of the best landscapes on the pages. You are an amazing builder!
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  November 12, 2010
Amazing, the detail. Like looking at a photo.
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  November 1, 2010
DUDE! I'm assuming you work for Lego, or, at least are a professional artist! If not, quit your job and get a job at Lego or become a professional artist! Too many mouth-watering (get it?) details to comment on...
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  October 25, 2010
I figured I ought to come check out "the new guy". Hmf, so it seems you're one of those "skilled" builders, eh?
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  October 20, 2010
I know that I have looked at this before - I think a link from Heath's page if I remember correctly (but likely I do not). However, it would seem for some reason that I forgot to comment on this while here. Lovely job on the scene overall, and the waterfall is certainly my favourite element. Lee.
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  October 17, 2010
Wow... you're an amazing builder. Well slap me around the face and call me a raccoon! Shame... when you said you were just new to mocing I was expecting something like the sad little attempts at creations I try to make. I'm in the presence of genius.
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  October 16, 2010
This is just... this is... no other words...Genius!
Tom Simon
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Elite Predator Wolf
  September 24, 2010
awesome!one of the best moc creation i've never seen, i love the waterfalls, everything is cool. please check it out my mocs and (if you want) leave some comments
  September 19, 2010
Very cool creation. I like it!!! Check out my creations and comment it, please!!!
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  September 15, 2010
Quoting Chris Phipson How long you been doing this... 2 weeks and already blogged twice?!!?
I started back up in Feb after a 20 year dark age, but I guess it never left my heart.
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  September 15, 2010
Simply awesome! And congrats on getting blogged by TBB! How long you been doing this... 2 weeks and already blogged twice?!!? HAHAHAHA great work man! You totally deserve it! We're proud to have you here on MOCpages! ~ Chris.
Tom Simon
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Thomas N
  September 10, 2010
The waterfall and rockwork in this one is absolutely stellar. ~T
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  September 10, 2010
Quoting Mudskipper 4 I like the rocks. Though quite different, they look very real, and they speak of many years of rain that has corroded the face. The river also stands out, and the rest is quite well done. I remember seeing this on TBB. Congrats on that!
Thanks skipper. Now being an unwashed newbie, I had not discovered TBB yet. Thanks for the tip.
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  September 10, 2010
I like the rocks. Though quite different, they look very real, and they speak of many years of rain that has corroded the face. The river also stands out, and the rest is quite well done. I remember seeing this on TBB. Congrats on that!
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  September 9, 2010
Tom, your rock work is the best I've seen. I love the layering and colors. The rest of the MOC shows you have an amazing attention to detail. Regards, Eric.
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  September 9, 2010
Quoting Areetsa C As for the texturing on the cliff... eh, it's about right. Wouldn't stand up as its own moc, but then, most dio parts wouldn't.
Yeah, I just needed something for the water to fall from, and then mission creep took over.
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  September 9, 2010
That must be one small bear, to fit in that tiny cave. As for the texturing on the cliff... eh, it's about right. Wouldn't stand up as its own moc, but then, most dio parts wouldn't. As it is, the mill is quite nice, the wagons are well done and generally there's a lot of attention to detail. Particularly the waterwheel. I thought the round bit was one piece, initially. Which is a good thing.
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  September 9, 2010
I commented on this when you posted it, but alas, my comment never appeared! This is simply stunning. Your attention to detail is quite impressive.
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  September 9, 2010
Wow, so many great details! I will reserve this comment for the colored layering in the rock. Fanfrakkintastic!~H
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  September 9, 2010
Wow!! I'm speechless!! Brilliantly done! The entire thing is amazing! Good Work!
Tom Simon
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Manthan Dutta
  September 4, 2010
AWESOME!, Briliant.
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  September 3, 2010
Well, the sluice gates are currently closed. The miller does not want his hands crushed while he maintains the gearing inside. As far as studless design is concerned, I satisfy my cravings for smooth results by whittling hickory.
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  September 3, 2010
I think the water wheel and sluice should be studless and that some clear and trans-blue plates should be inside the sluice, as well as in the little stream at the bottom of the water wheel. Some of the colors on the cliff just don't look right. Other than that, this is beautiful.
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  September 3, 2010
Wow, I could never build anything this big, due to my small collection size, but this really must have taken a while to build. I mean a long time. A month maybe? This deserves more than an excellent. ~Waff
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  August 31, 2010
wow this isawesome, love the water mill and well, the water! :D great build
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  August 22, 2010
This is an amazing MOC. There is attention to detail in every brick used. Fantastic!
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  August 15, 2010
Quoting Zane Houston So.... i've taken my share of geology classes in the last three years, when i saw the main picture i thought "is that a reverse fault?!" and sure enough it was, and for that, this is my favorite creation of all time. well done!
Bingo! It is indeed a reverse fault. Thanks for noticing.
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  August 5, 2010
So.... i've taken my share of geology classes in the last three years, when i saw the main picture i thought "is that a reverse fault?!" and sure enough it was, and for that, this is my favorite creation of all time. well done!
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  August 5, 2010
It's a scene of beauty!
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  August 5, 2010
Outstanding. The landscaping his awesome, the mill is perfect and I like all the little details, the longbow for example.
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  August 5, 2010
This is really good. I especially like the waterfall and the way you used light and dark round 1x1 plates to get the effect of depth in the water. Good work!
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  August 5, 2010
It looks so realistic with the color.
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  August 4, 2010
The water looks amazing. Great use of lighter and darker colors to create a sense of depth and motion. Wonderful job on the rest as well. Keep it up! -Drew
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  August 4, 2010
That water looks like the Caribbean. Pretty... Keep on brickin'!
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  August 4, 2010
I love the realistic detail of this creation. Were you working off of a photo or anything?
  August 4, 2010
this is the best moc i have ever seen
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  August 3, 2010
Awesome! Great water effect. - Hector
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  August 3, 2010
Ooo.... nice water! That is certainly the most eye-catching aspect of this scene. Great medieval farm you have here!
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  August 3, 2010
Thankyou for building something so beautiful. I have spent many pleasurable moments admiring the detail and form of this wonderful creation. Naturally the very best thing in it has wheels.. but then I would say that.
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  August 2, 2010
Awesome build, the river is very well done, and so is everything else!
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  August 2, 2010
Absolutely fantastic. The water is perfect, the falls are beautiful, and I could go on and on. This is stunning work!
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  August 2, 2010
Well done, fabulous detailing, a beautiful river and waterfall, the crops are perfect, everything about this build is stunning. Good work!
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  August 2, 2010
Wow the strata in the rock is absolutely brilliant! Love the water as well. Incredible build here.
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  August 2, 2010
In my opinion;It could not be better.(Or could it? dun dun duuun!)
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  August 2, 2010
Amazing, I love the scene.
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  August 2, 2010
Quoting Yuri Fassio Beautiful work. Now, if only you added water to the mill... :D
God I tried. I was aiming for a second little waterfall dripping from the lower buckets. But it's a non-starter. The angle and spacing of the blades is both constrained and visually desirable. Leaves no room for water in the buckets though, much less falling from them.
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  August 2, 2010
Beautiful work. Now, if only you added water to the mill... :D
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  August 2, 2010
Oh, it's so beautiful. I wish there's a place like this where I live.
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  August 2, 2010
Simply too awesome. I love all elements of this MOC. It's fantastic. Utterly superb.
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  August 2, 2010
i love the colored bands in the rock face! great waterfall, great river, great water wheel, and a really really nice job on that covered wagon! the whole scene has so much color! beautiful work
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  August 2, 2010
Hey, this is awesome! One of the best pieces of landscaping I have seen so far. I love the mill and waterfall, and the color scheme you gave to the log house. Me, too, Iīm surprised this didnīt get more attention yet - it definitely should! Best regards, Steffen
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  August 2, 2010
Marvelously detailed.
Tom Simon
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Nicks Bricks
  August 1, 2010
This is really cool, must of taken some time to build.
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  August 1, 2010
The whole display is fantastic in its entirety; however, the covered wagon is amongst some of the finest lego design I've seen in the past year. Great work!
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  August 1, 2010
I really like the water effects...
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  August 1, 2010
Quoting El Barto ! This is really impressive. If I look at the water any more, I'm going to have to go to the loo. And the scale--this thing is massive. This should be getting a lot of attention. Well done, Dude!
;^} Just so long as it does not make you want to pass kidney stones the size of the 1x1 plates.
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  August 1, 2010
This is really impressive. If I look at the water any more, I'm going to have to go to the loo. And the scale--this thing is massive. This should be getting a lot of attention. Well done, Dude!
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  August 1, 2010
This is some brilliant landscaping I see here, the layers of rock are very nice in, good job on the water too, good too see lots of studs, fantastic job !
 
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