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One Fine Year
Inspired by "the Golden Voyage of Sinbad"
About this creation
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



Comments

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  May 12, 2012
nice effect with the water!
Leda Kat =^..^=
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Cligra ?
  April 3, 2011
Awesome movie, awesome creation! Also..I AM WATCHING THAT MOVIE AS I WRITE THIS!!
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  November 7, 2010
Wow thats amazing you have alot of studs
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  November 6, 2010
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.
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  November 6, 2010
Yeah, one year of churning out awesome creations! Happy anniversary
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  November 5, 2010
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!!!
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  November 5, 2010
I like it a lot. I have never seen a fountain like that, it looks wonderful. Keep up the good work!
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  November 5, 2010
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!
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  November 5, 2010
Nice work Leda, and wow one year! Great work!!
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  November 4, 2010
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!
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  November 4, 2010
It is a lovely build, and certainly one of my favourite movies. Lee.
  November 4, 2010
Thanks Leda. I will be sure to order some next time I have some money. ;)
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  November 4, 2010
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
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  November 4, 2010
Quoting Minifig Maniac What set do you get the printed skeleton tile? An Indiana Jones set?~MM
Quoting Brick -(Reaper)- Star Btw, were did you get the skeleton tiles? I would love to order some!
Ha, I knew I'd forgotten to answer something this morning, its been bugging me all day. Thanks for the second prompt Brick. It comes from the HP Graveyard Duel set http://www.brickset.com/detail/?set=4766-1 which I do not own :( Very pricey. However, I just purchased the tiles from Bricklink http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=3068bpb87 and http://www.bricklink.com/catalogItem.asp?P=3068bpb88
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  November 4, 2010
luv your use of trans pieces, you really nail it every time...
Leda Kat =^..^=
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Thoy Bradley
  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
Leda Kat =^..^=
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Espen Stålder
  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!
Leda Kat =^..^=
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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.)
Leda Kat =^..^=
ontopovamountain perry
  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
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  November 3, 2010
Here's a word better than the word Epic: Opic.
  November 3, 2010
Btw, were did you get the skeleton tiles? I would love to order some!
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  November 3, 2010
This is so cool! I am so going to have to try that water fountain technique! Great job Leda!!
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  November 3, 2010
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.
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  November 3, 2010
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!
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  November 3, 2010
Congratulations on a wonderful year. You have completed another master lesson on presentation and lighting. I can't wait to see what you'll come up with in this next year! -Dave
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  November 3, 2010
Wow! Saw this in an early morning haze and thought it was awesome, but now I've had the chance to give it a proper gander it's even more amazing. Happy one year, here's to many more to come.
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  November 3, 2010
That fountain is stunning! Really brilliant work here, you have quite the collection of studs. If only schools taught the art of Lego...
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  November 3, 2010
Happy MOCday to you, Leda! Glad to have you around, spill some beers, have some cheers, stay some more years!
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  November 3, 2010
Haha! We were both two days late in posting our Mociversies! Extremely excellent build, I really like the lighting work you did!
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  November 3, 2010
Happy anniversary! It's wonderful fountain, but the behind-the-scene secrets are even more exciting! Looking forward to more of your amazing builds!
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  November 3, 2010
I remember his movie! I love the water.
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  November 3, 2010
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!
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  November 3, 2010
WOW, only a year!?! (have a look at this link, I think you'll like it) http://www.lifelites.com/ :)
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  November 3, 2010
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!
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  November 3, 2010
Quoting Lee Hardwick Where do you get your LED lights from? .
From the store I work at. http://www.kathmandu.co.nz/Accessories/Active/60881/Dual_Mini_LED_Light.html though we are only in NZ, Australia and UK. Don't know where you can get a similar product elsewhere.
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  November 3, 2010
Quoting Mr. Xenomurphy I probably get used to peeing my pants when I think about our contest.
Oh man, our contest. I wrapped this up fast so I can have a clean schedule for that build... best of luck Xeno, I can't wait to see what you and Blake can produce with your mean skill!
Quoting Stuart Delahay Ah yes, mad Tom Baker playing a mad wizard, a fave of mine too.
He's great ey! Mad ole Dr. Who. I hope in this next year I can skill up enough to do a proper Ray Harryhausen homage, one that actually focuses on his creatures and animation skill... we'll see.
Quoting Hans DendauwNPD 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!
Me too, shame you all live so gosh darn far away!
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  November 3, 2010
Wow, thanks everybody for your kind comments and encouragement! I know, I know, its kinda soppy, but you all are the ones who make mocpages work. Cheers!
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  November 3, 2010
I want to thank YOU for this fabulous year! Your mocs are really inspiring and you improved your building style a lot. I am looking forward to the next decades :D Keep on =^..^=ing
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  November 3, 2010
Very nice, I love the fountain, I often wonder who could have invented the technique... great job !
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  November 3, 2010
Indeed it has been one fine year! Congrats on making your way through it!
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  November 3, 2010
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!
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  November 3, 2010
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?
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  November 3, 2010
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.
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  November 3, 2010
Wow! I never thought someone would attempt this movie with the ol bricks, but you did a fantastic job!
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  November 3, 2010
Congratulations Leda! One year of great builds. Hopefully many more to come!I'm goin to use your siggy again shortly, I'll tell you when I do. Great work, and happy anniversary! Cheers!~Swift
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  November 3, 2010
Beautiful. No other word can describe this. I love the transition from the heavenly blue lit fountain, to the sinister red lava and skulls in the background. Amazing, Leda.
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  November 3, 2010
Hey, I just saw this movie for the first time two days ago! Awesome build and Congratulations on you're first year!
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  November 3, 2010
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
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  November 3, 2010
Nice!
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  November 3, 2010
Very nice. Congrats on the 1 year. Must have taken ages to put all those trans studs together.
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  November 3, 2010
Fantastic! The colors and techniques in this literally blew me away!
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  November 3, 2010
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
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  November 3, 2010
Nice work, i like the water! Congrats on one year, mine is on november 30.
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  November 3, 2010
Great design on the fountain, love the lighting effects. Where do you get your LED lights from? Oh and a happy first anniversary on mocpages.
  November 3, 2010
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.
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  November 3, 2010
fantastic, the fountain looks great as does the lighting.
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  November 3, 2010
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
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  November 3, 2010
that fountain is awesome, excellent build
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  November 3, 2010
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.
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  November 3, 2010
Congrats on year one. Hope you have many more. Wonderful build.
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  November 3, 2010
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)
 
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