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Welcome to Epsilon Zeta, one of the coallition's most advanced outposts located in the Seran outskirts.





Don't let the serene scene fool you. This outpost is on the front lines of the war that has been wagged in our galaxy far too long.





The call has been made and the defense force stationed here has been mobilized.





The research facility on the Seran moon was destroyed and the attacking fleet is en route to our location.





Epsilon Zeta is the last line of defense before civilian targets become our prime concern.





But that's not going to happen... not on our watch. And certainly not with the pride of the fleet, "The Diligence" leading our defense.





The fighters are scrambled to form the front line while the Mechs patrol the launch area.





The newest top of the line Gunship, "Retribution," begins it's launch procedures. Not as big or powerfull as the destroyer "Diligence" but as far as gunships go, there aren't many out there that can match her. Those scum don't know what they're in for.





The hovertanks are rolled out to backup the mechs and planatary blasters. We're under no delusion that the fight won't make it to the ground.







Fourth wall commentary with bonus pics:

Here's a shot of Epsilon Zeta without the vehicles. I'd been giving some advice recently on microscale ships saying that I would love to see them in a "base" type setting. It was time to put my brick where my mouth was I guess.





Some closeup shots of the "Retribution."






This ship was made after the Diligence as a support ship for it's big sister.






I kept the same basic engine design to show that the same engineers built it.






Here's some shots of the hover tanks. Awww, aren't they cute?





I've had a lot of fun working in this scale and may come back to it again in the future. I really like this shot. Kinda has an "Oh yeah, what are you gonna do about it?" look to it.






Here are the fighters. I really wanted to make more than 7 of them but believe it or not, I ran out of the plates with the studs off the side (used for the engine pods) and couldn't make any more... may have to get some more of those at some point.






The mechs were a last minute addition. I had all the other vehicles in place but it just seemed like the layout needed something... more.






I hadn't built a micro mech in a while and wanted to try some new designs (as opposed to chicken walkers). Again, fairly pleased with these.






And finally, our crown jewel... the Diligence.






So the story goes, I was watching Starship Troopers over the weekend at like... 2 in the morning and I thought "Hey, those ships are kinda cool."






I really liked the quad engine design and wanted to see what I could do with it. Of course this was 2 in the morning and I was drifting off as I watched it so...







Come Monday and I've got the itch to build. I get the ship done using the basic "quad engine and sleek hull" design (not using any reference pics from S.T. mind you. It's inspired by the movie, not copied).







Then I decided to build the base for it. Of course I couldn't use bley for the rockwork because then the ship would blend in with it's surroundings.







I went with more earthy tones for the base and it's landscape and used the bley for all the "man made" stuff. Added the support ships and other vehicles and voila, Epsilon Zeta. Those buildings coming out of the mountains came out nicely if I do say so myself... and I just did.






Thanks for checking it out everyone! I hope you enjoyed the tour!
Till next time true believers!
~Chris.



Comments

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  June 20, 2012
This is great! keep it up =)
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  March 27, 2011
Epsilon Zeta... Wait a minute, that sounds alot like a MOc I'm gonna build this summer called the Epsilon Friday. :-) Good stuff Chris, that freighter is excellent.
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  March 15, 2011
The landscaping and the robots are pure money. this ship, well... Hey look over there a girl in a bikini. Lee.
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  February 25, 2011
I'm a wee bit late, but... oh well! This is quite the setup! The ship are great, but the landscape steels the show, IMO! The lakes and bases are awesome!
Chris Phipson
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Oli "shroom" Harding
  January 25, 2011
brilliant, love all the ships.
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  January 25, 2011
Nice.
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  January 24, 2011
The harsh bunker like buildings are pleasing to the eye. I like the deep slot windows. Very heavy, very brooding. The little trees are neat too! Gives the whole thing a consistent scale. I would like to see more of the buildings. Maybe in a giant volcano crater. As always, expertly photographed and documented from every possible angle. Ah...war...and trees. I miss trees…Attack!
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  January 24, 2011
A truly great micro, "Phipps style": clean, essential yet complete. Love the trees :)
  January 23, 2011
Cool! You might want to edit the ships though. If you have time, can you check my group out? The link is http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/15325
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  January 22, 2011
In reply to a post on my marscorp remote command truck, 26
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  January 21, 2011
Wow, nice job here. Now I am wondering why it took so long for me to view this... >Eric
  January 20, 2011
Dude, you've been blogafied: http://brickpop.com/
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  January 20, 2011
Chris turns to Classical MOCing ! surprising, but very, very GOOD ! The "Retribution" is a bit...hmmm... you know, like a... but maybe it wasn't intentionnal (I've got doubts lol) Very cool diorama !
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  January 19, 2011
I see your creation was blogged at brickpop.com - congrats! :)
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  January 19, 2011
Hey, I'm not sure, but it looks like the AFOL brick turned up in a few photos in between a building and some rock scenery. I saw a white piece in the 16th from bottom, and the 10th from the bottom. In the 10th from bottom, you can see it a few pieces above the tank furthest away from the camera. Like I say, I'm not sure, it could even be a random white piece!
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  January 18, 2011
A real diorama we can play for real !! Your child spirit is in this build I'm sure....
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  January 17, 2011
Love those trees! A fun scene mate, nice to see scale well laid out as such, and all those mini-vehicles, fun as...
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  January 17, 2011
Quoting alex reynolds you know, you will be very good at making lego tabletop games, make two armies, some rules and a battlefeild and you be there in a flash. i realy like the space ship, and i like the robots, you have a very artistic vision.
I actually did make a tabletop miniature game for Lego. It was what got me looking for Lego websites in the first place that brought me to mocpages. Maybe someday I'll break out the rules for the pages again... maybe (but probably not). Thank for the comment!
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  January 16, 2011
you know, you will be very good at making lego tabletop games, make two armies, some rules and a battlefeild and you be there in a flash. i realy like the space ship, and i like the robots, you have a very artistic vision.
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  January 15, 2011
Sweet ships and AWESOME rockwork!
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  January 15, 2011
Brilliant micro-scale build, nice work!
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  January 14, 2011
The first moment I saw this I said Starship Troopers and look what popped up in 4th wall ;) Even the buildings are great on this one, Chris. The only thing that bugs (pun intended) me is the lack of enemies! Get some roaches on there man, and don't get your brain sucked out!
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  January 14, 2011
Well done!
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  January 14, 2011
I see Mr. Young did a plug for you and me. I must say, the size and the look of this is just great. Yes, the ships could use some work, but that's a minor fault. Great job on this overall!
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  January 14, 2011
Outstanding job. Amazing I really like all the detail
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  January 14, 2011
Your skills are indeed improving Chris. I dig the whole smoothness of the scene. I think Shannon makes a good point about some detailing to break up the ships grey-ness, perhaps some highlights, facet bricks, greebling etc will aid in this. The bas itself has some great lines and looks sweet. The way the buildings are built in to the surrounds is good, and the writing on the ladning pad works well. Great stuff.
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  January 14, 2011
Quoting Shannon Young (Super long comment that I've sorely missed
Great to hear from ya! Hope you can make it back to being a regular soon. Get your stuff in order and we'll be here when you get back. We miss ya round here. Thanks for the comment! I'll take the advice for my next one! ~ Chris.
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  January 14, 2011
Oooooh wow, this is very nice :) I'm liking every part of it; the scenery is great, the buildings are cool, and the ships are fantastic; lovely designs and put together it's just fabulous :) - Dan
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  January 14, 2011
Oh, wow. That's all I can say, this moc blows my mind! The micro ships, rocky mountains, cities and plot are outstanding.
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  January 14, 2011
Awesome
  January 14, 2011
Quoting Kelso ...did Young just pretty much APPARATE OUT OF NOWHERE, OR WHAT!!!?
Yeah, something like that. Haven't had a chance to just sit and surf the 'pages lately, don't know when I'll have that chance again. I build when I can, but when I get my life in order and can get back to posting, you'll know. Oh, you'll know... My comeback will be a brilliant ABS campaign of shock and awe! But for now friends, I must disapparate.
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  January 14, 2011
Okay, for starters, I know I've been busy with work for quite a while, and so on, but did Young just pretty much APPARATE OUT OF NOWHERE, OR WHAT!!!? Hope the man's building, too! Okay, on to the MOC...Love this one, Phippy! Of course it's space, ships, dark bley, and landscaping; so I guess it's no surprise I'm diggin' it. Still, some nice work all around. Gotta give a special shout out to those buildings - a simple approach but REALLY effective! Nice one, CP!
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  January 14, 2011
As far as the diorama itself goes, I think this is some of your best work. On the landing pad, it's good to see you graduating to a SNOT approach with the opposed slopes in the lettering, rather than the square font of tiles you've gone with so many times in the past. The slopework on the mountains looks good, the buildings look great -- that signature monolithic military/industrial government facility. Your straightedge coastlines still bother me, but the rounded corners do help to soften the blow here. The bays look like they were a manmade (or at least man-modified), rather than a natural feature. That being the case, I can't help but miss a little dock or platform of some sort there. While the mechs are very nice for being a last minute addition, along the lines of "needing something else," maybe some little hovercraft or gunboats too? The one element that I think really falls short is the ship itself (the smaller one too, to a lesser extent). It suffers from a form of what castlers call Big Gray Wall Syndrome -- you have a lot of flat blank surface area. It just looks drab. Some textural variations, some antennae, gunports, docking bays, even just a stripe of some accent color would do wonders. I can't help but compare it to a ship Andrew Somers uploaded about the same time as this -- http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/247000 -- roughly the same size, same monochromatic dark blay. His may be a little too busy at that scale for my personal tastes, but no one can accuse it of being drab. Anyway, some fine work all in all. Sorry to appear out of nowhere with a longwinded, unasked-for Vig/orama style critique, but in my enforced absence from the 'pages, I just can't trust anyone else to keep your swelled "AFOL of the Year" head in check!
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  January 14, 2011
Great work Chris, your skills are improving with every new moc. Loving the the mountains and buildings sticking out, nice work on the ships and tanks too. Watch out Kelso "PHIPSON" is after your title of greatest builder, LOL
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  January 14, 2011
Yeah, Starship Troopers! Only a real bugstomper like you could come up with such a cool micro dio. I especially like the mechs; they have a slapstick kind of look in the pics. Probably not your intention, but they are fantastic.
  January 14, 2011
amazing! and you ran out of a piece? Impressive collection of smooth boards (is that what people call them, or do they have a name like "cheese slope"). Again great work, until next time keep your eyes open--PT
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  January 14, 2011
Great composition, well balanced (and not only the ships)! The story line leaves a bunch of open entries for further developments. Very impressive!
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  January 14, 2011
Excellent work, Chris, the diorama is excellent and I especially like the mountains and buildings (the ships are great too!)
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  January 14, 2011
Excellent work, Chris, the diorama is excellent and I especially like the mountains and buildings (the ships are great too!)
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  January 14, 2011
I dig those bunkery buildings.
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  January 14, 2011
The ships are cool too!!!
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  January 14, 2011
Those buildings coming out of the mountains are just food for the eyes! I couldn't stop looking at them. I need to go back and look at the ships and stuff now...
Chris Phipson
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Benjamin McRobert
  January 13, 2011
Very Good. Kinda looks like something Keith Goldman would make ('cept his would be mini-fig scale).
Chris Phipson
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That LDD Guy
  January 13, 2011
Very nice job, I am not very good at microscale myself, the end up looking like blobs, but this is pretty awesome!
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  January 13, 2011
This is a great build I really love all the details you put into it. outstanding job
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  January 13, 2011
This is a great build I really love all the details you put into it. outstanding job
  January 13, 2011
I'll echo what Ludgonious said, LOVE that base in the mountain but the whole moc is very cool, especially the landing pad. Nice one Chrissy!
  January 13, 2011
Great microscale! The feel is one of impending attack. The ship is quite well built, as well as the hovertanks, mountains, and the base on/in the mountains. Just one small detail bothers me: Isn't waged spelled with one 'g' not two? Unless the war was wagging like a dog's tail. . . EDIT: Sorry about the brief flurry of multiple posts. My account just freaked out. No idea why though. That is very disturbing. . .
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  January 13, 2011
Great rock work and ships. The ships standing on their ends...hahaha. Absolute awesomeness! Cheers!~Swift
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  January 13, 2011
Great! One of your best imho. The rock work and buildings look great (I need to steal that building design). The micro-scale ships, mechs, and tanks are all outstanding. Nicely done.
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  January 13, 2011
I was going to say that the Diligence looked like it was inspired by S.T. I just watched it, too, love the blood and gore! Anyway, awesome fleet, but the buildings and rock work are the best. Killer!
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  January 13, 2011
The ships are super cool and the layout is great!
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  January 13, 2011
Pretty snazzy! Only issues I have with it are; the planetary blasters are too blocky, the engines on the "Retribution"'s engines aren't too in-sync as far as the slopes go, and the "Retribution" needs to be more modular. Overall, 4/5!
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  January 13, 2011
I really like how the buildings are kind of built into the mountains! This is some fine micro-scale building here!
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  January 13, 2011
wow this is extremely awesome!!
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  January 13, 2011
Very nice, this is a great display! I might have to build a shipyard or something like this too!
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  January 13, 2011
Very cool man! I like how you made the man-made elements dug into the hills. Now we need to see the enemy invasion force!
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  January 13, 2011
The rockwork and the buildings mesh nicely and provide a nice contrast (my totally non-artistic opinion), and I like mini-mechs and hovertanks quite a bit. May have to borrow some ideas from those for my own excursion in microspace base in the future. As for the Compensation Class starship, I thought Kelso had that technique copyrighted.
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  January 13, 2011
Very cool man! I like how you made the man-made elements dug into the hills. Now we need to see the enemy invasion force!
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  January 13, 2011
Nice scene. All of the ships have a certain quality to them that makes me feel like I'm staring at an angry bull, and the text further deepens that experience. My personal favorites are the hovertanks though– if there was going to be one word to describe how they look, it would be "tough."
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  January 13, 2011
Wow, Chris! I don't recall seeing many micro things from you (that's what SHE said!). I love all the designs, but that landing pad and various rock formations are the icing on a beautiful cake!
  January 13, 2011
The artist in me thinks that the brown rockwork doesn't go well with the dark bley buildings, but the rest of me is telling him to shut it because this is just plain awesome. Great use of SNOT technique, and the landing pad with the big "ZETA" on it is great. I love those trees and lakes as well, great work there.
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  January 13, 2011
Those are some sweet ships, phallic class are they? Nice micro work Chris, the whole MOC looks grand.
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  January 13, 2011
LOVE IT! My favorite would have to be the "Retribution", something about small ships with LOTS of guns just wins me over.
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  January 13, 2011
Quoting Hans DendauwNPD You just can't get away from it, can you? What's that, you ask? Stand the 'Retribution' on it's engines and tell me what that looks like. LOL Subconsciously or not, that's a twig and berries!
Both ships do stand on their ends quite nicely... There was a brief second when I considered having them launch vertically but... why do you think I didn't do that? HAHAHA
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  January 13, 2011
You just can't get away from it, can you? What's that, you ask? Stand the 'Retribution' on it's engines and tell me what that looks like. LOL Subconsciously or not, that's a twig and berries! The scene looks awesome, from the lettering, to the rock work, to all the micro machinery goodness and finally, the buildings. Fun stuff!~H
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  January 13, 2011
Chris built sci-fi military? Chris PHIPSON?! $hut up!
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  January 13, 2011
Nice one.
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  January 13, 2011
Whoah, nice work Chris. You kept it simple, you kept it awesome. There are many aspects here that I like, but the buildings in the mountains and that gunship really stand out for me.
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  January 13, 2011
Chris, this is a really cool set-up! I love every aspect and detail on it (hovertanks, ships, etc.) and the giant ZETA is really nice! - Kevin
 
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