One whole year has passed since I became a member of MOCpages and threw down my instruction manuals and attempted my first moc!(actually its two days late, but you know, meh!) I thought to honour the occasion of my anniversary I would attempt a little Ray Harryhausen... alas, creatures are not my strong point... so coincidently in my favourite film from that legendary Master - The Golden Voyage of Sinbad - there is a stunning scene of a mighty fountain! What a wonderful way to have some fun with light and patterns I thought to myself!
Note to all you purists out there, this is not in any way trying to be a faithful rendition of the scene, it is merely inspired by it.
The fountain and pool wall are made with the famous "curved wall technique" that Chris Phipson was kind enough to tutor me in a few months back. Cheers Chris!
I have learned so much in this past year (ten times more than I ever learned at art school!) from the friends I have made and from viewing the incredible mocs all over this site.
The water flows from openings in the cave wall into the pool and raging fountain. A fountain that tall and forceful creates quite a churn in the pool below.
In this scene, Sinbad is fighting the evil one, Koura, in this fountain deep inside a cave. In the movie Koura is invisible as he fights with Sinbad. If only... oh, if only they made transparent minifigs...! When he steps under the water his silhouette is revealed and Sinbad kills him. When Koura's blood fills the fountain it turns red.
Great film, you know you really should watch it! Go on!
"oh, aw, you got me. Ohhhh..."
A token shot of Sinbad fig. Not the star of this moc, but the star of the film of course...
Oh look, some bones in the ground!
Here is a close up view of how I made the water surface. I was at a loss as to how to do it and Chris (again) helped me out heaps.
Here we see the pool without the fountain. (the middle is pink because I ran out of blue) and the surface beneath the water is tiled in magenta as the moment I chose for this moc is just as Sinbad has stabbed Koura. His blood is just beginning to transform the water to red.
I was happily clicking away with my camera for quite sometime until I realised that I was revealing some secrets!
Here is a couple of behind the scene type shots of the lighting effects sneaking past my eye...
The lamp that lights up the trans orange BURPs and the openings for the flow of water is visible in this shot.
And here, inside the fountain you can see two of the four mini LED lights I used to light the base of the water.
That dark bump behind the first layer of waterfall is a red mini LED light, which is lighting the water at Koura's feet to give the feeling of blood flowing.
Well, that is my first year done! I have no qualms in admitting that this has been the best year of my life. I have made many fantastic friends from all over the globe and fallen head over heels in love with these little plastic bricks.
Cheers all ~ Leda
Wow! It's been a year already?! You did a fantastic job (as usual). I really like the way you lit up the fountain! Hopefully your around for many years to come. I don't know what your fans would do without you.
Quoting Yuri Fassio
Hey! I love HH too, I have the 7h Voyage, the Argonauts (my 1st DVD ever), Clash of Titans (still in cassette, sigh!) but I never heard of this! I need to see it!
Yes I own most Ray flicks (except 100mil years BC and Valley of Gwangi) 7th Voyage was the first Sinbad film in the 50s, then this one Golden Voyage of Sinbad in 1974 then the third one is Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977) That one has a GREAT fluffy kitty in it! I like Golden Voyage best out of the three for a couple of reasons. 1) the story is better and 2) Sinbad in this film is GORGEOUS!!!
Wow! I can't believe it's been a year. Congrats on surviving your introduction to all of us numbskulls. So ends your trial, Shark Bait...she's now one of us!!! Beautiful color work with these lights, by the way. Looking forward to another year of madness from our favorite Kat!
Oh how I wish I knew how to do curved walls! I can never figure them out, and I don't quite see the technique you are using... Maybe if I look closer. But for that fountain, I have no words. I can't believe it's been a year already, it seems you have been on the 'ages for many more than that! Cheers to a new year of building! By the way, I cannot believe you can possible have that much trans-clear brick. I have only about six. ~Waff
luv your use of trans pieces, you really nail it every time...
I like it
November 3, 2010
Wowses thats a lot of 1x1 rounds!!! Very cool that you made the fountain as it is, the round wall technique has proved itself here. Lastly a big Congrats on your Anniversary! TBH I also have a MOC to upload, but I might wait till tomorrow to post it ;) ~Thoy
I like it
November 3, 2010
And what a great impact you've had on all of us! You're a fantastic builder. Here's to several more years to come!
I like it
Aaron The EPIC One.
November 3, 2010
WOW! Beautiful. I'm getting all teary eyed at the moment. (And I'm typing this with my dog on my lap.) Remember my Mario Kart Double Dash MOC? I just re-made it and posted it. (Well, posted it yesterday.)
November 3, 2010
First comment, YES, nice one leda, this MOC is a beautiful sight and i honestly think it should be put as MOTD - Mountain Boy
Wow, I can't believe it's only been a year! You've become such a huge part of our little family here and turned in some of the most stunning pieces of work that most would think you were a seasoned veteran! As for the build, WOW! I was blown away with the WIP shots you sent me but then you went and did THIS!??! No need to thank me dear, I may have pointed you in the right direction but this is ALL you! It far exceeded my expectations from the original shots when we were talking. Thank you for sharing it and thank you for a great year! See you in June! ~ Chris.
Very cool stuff, Leda! Yeah, a transclear minifig would be awesome (too bad it would only have limited uses so Lego probably will never do it). The fountain is a thing of beauty -- your lighting really highlighted how nice it really is. Congrats on the one year and all that!
And what an excellent year it's been too! Congratulations on making it a full year with these savages! You've become a dear friend, and an inspiration. I can't wait to meet you at Brickworld next year either! Don't let your family discourage ya! As for the MOC, that is an absolutely gorgeous build! Someday I hope to be a master of lighting as you are, but it may be hopeless for me! LOL Looking forward to another year of spectacular builds!
Congrats! This is truly amazing. I love the mixture of the translucent pieces, and the dark tan and grey. I really wanna try something like this...but I guess I'll have to wait till I'm an adult :P Congrats once again, and I hope to see more great stuff from you!
Hah, I only thought to comment on the creation, how thoughtless of me. Happy late Lego anniversary! In one year you've gone from unknown to celebrated, and are adored by many (although that may have something to do with the gender ratio around here :P). I would also like to say that you really have come a long way since your first post here, and I anticipate an even greater increase in your skills by this time next year!
I agree with Tom Simon, you may need to start planning your second year MOC right now if you want to top this. I actually don't see this so much as a scene as a proof of concept or a fancy trophy, because the light effects steal the show. Did I mention that I also died and went to Lego heaven when I clicked on this page?
This is gorgeous, Leda. You are celebrating by treating all the rest of us with this visual delight. Only problem is, with this precedent, you may have to start planning your second anniversary MOC now.
Congrats on the year! With a little spurt of luck...you'll stay for about 50 more! The fountain and the pool wall are FANTASTIC! I've gotta learn how to do that. Every time I try and make a curved wall, it ends up as a blocky, chunky mess. What set do you get the printed skeleton tile? An Indiana Jones set?~MM
Wow, what a year! I let my 1 year go by without fanfare(back in August), just too busy working and trying to finish those darned ongoing projects. I couldn't agree more about the people and the creations that grace this wonderful site; I consider myself very lucky to call you and the gang my friends! Now, the MOC. See, Chris' wife was wrong, he IS good for something! That fountain is so cool and the lighting is mesmerizing.(I really need to get me some mini LEDs) I can't wait to see what that lil brain of yours brings us over the next year~H
Awesome. The fountain is really nice. I hope you have many more good years on the 'pages. A funny coincidence is that my anniversary was on the thirtieth, so we have been here about the same amount of time.
Wow, you really do have a lot of trans pieces, like a hundred times more than mine. Great first year, youve really made some good stuff. Im really tired, thats why I am not so entusiastic right now. >Eric
Ah yes, mad Tom Baker playing a mad wizard, a fave of mine too. That lighting and water look great (again!)- when you said you were revealing secrets I thought we might spy your laundry in the background! Congrats on a year of great MOCs mate, keep them coming.
I didnīt manage to make the first comment, probably because I was stunned by your creation. How wonderful to look at, itīs almost hypnotizing. Now that I think of it, I probably get used to peeing my pants when I think about our contest.
Oh, and Happy First Year! (I have some more month till my first)