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The Goblin Menace
Reclaiming the Ruins of Karadan
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“Reclaiming the ruins of Karadan”

Three centuries ago the Tasher Empire stretched from sea to sea across all Kingdoms of men. The Emperors built outpost and highways to connect even the most remote corners of the Empire, as far north as the Black Mountain Highlands. Endless slopes of pine forests and wilderness cover this area where wild beasts roam the land, and remote mountain villages are the only trace of human activity.

The fortress of Karadan was erected to mark this remote Imperial border, but after the Empire's fall to barbaric invasions two centuries ago, it was overran and has subsequently fallen to ruin.

Legends tell of a highly prized Tasher relic known as the "Conduit” which was hidden at Karadan before the Empire's collapse. An object desired by treasure hunters and royal courts alike the Conduit has been the goal of many expeditions into Karadan; all of which have ended in failure. “The Order of the Crown of Thorns” (The Kingdom’s major religious sect) has hired Asparuh of Leon and Vanek Irongut (heir of Omurtag) to reclaim the relic for the temple. On their way up the mountain they have joined up with Morgan; the witch of the Highlands, who has agreed to help recover the relic in order to save two village boys who have foolishly wondered into the ruin the previous night. Upon their arrival they have found a gory and frightening scene; a goblin camp.

Goblins are a smaller; more conniving breed of orc that lives high in the mountains. Tunneling underground and launching raids from remote campsites, few creatures in the mountains are as deadly as a band of goblins; especially when they are led by a chieftain head-taker.
As fate would have it; the goblin horde has made a permanent camp in Karadan’s ruins, and corrupted creatures have infested its every crevice, making short work of hapless explorers who wonder by. As Asparuh and the goblin Chieftain lock eyes across a field riddled with the remains and impaled heads of those who have come before, time begins to dwindle down for the boys lost in the ruin. Will the party of heroes be able to remove the goblin Menace, save the villagers and recover the mythical conduit?












The poor peasant boys who went exploring in search of treasure in a goblin camp; bad ideas always come in two's...



"There's not end to them!"



The party of Heroes, Vanek the Dwarf, Asparuh the warrior and Morgan the witch are a tough trio, but are they tough enough to defeat a full gang of goblins?







Locking eyes with the Goblin Chieftain Head-Taker is an intimidating experience





The fortress was build on a mix of hard rock and limestone, and a century of neglect and tunneling are slowly eating away at its foundations





The Legendary "Conduit", the prize for which many explorers have paid with their lives



The Highlands are a beautiful, and dangerous place





A Norsemen explorer who succumbed to the hail of poison arrows






Comments

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  November 13, 2013
thats so cool!
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  May 9, 2012
Nice job, what head did you use on the goblins?
  May 1, 2012
I meant like king of Omurtag. Now I get it, thanks!
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  May 1, 2012
Quoting Vohfur Serterun Hey how did Vanek end´s up like king Vanek?
Do you mean as a position or as a mentality? He is heir to the king of Omurtag in Dwarven Clan Wars. So he just inherits the throne after his father passes. If you mean why does he go from being Asparuh's friend to his enemy that's what chapter 8 is all about ;) Thanks for reading!
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  May 1, 2012
Hey how did Vanek end´s up like king Vanek?
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  March 4, 2012
The whole thing is amazing and by the way i see two star wars elements, c-3p0's head and aura sing's hair the use of the zombie heads is great i wish i could do stuff like this ~Josh P.S. can you look at my creations i would be really greatfull
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  March 4, 2012
The whole thing is amazing and by the way i see two star wars elements, c-3p0's head and aura sing's hair the use of the zombie heads is great i wish i could do stuff like this ~Josh P.S. can you look at my creations i would be really greatfull
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  January 24, 2012
Amazing!!
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  November 18, 2011
This is really cool!!
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  October 16, 2011
Fantastic! I especially like the leaning tower!
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  September 9, 2011
My favorite part is the trees. Never seen that technique before and it looks great! Ill have to try it out for sure. Good use of grass! Love the leaning tower. Favorite scene is the peasants trapped in the ant cave. lol. So true.
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  September 3, 2011
Gotta love those goblins! Skillfully laid out, nice landscape and amazing minifigs! Keep it up!
A P
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Doctor N
  August 29, 2011
...wow. Just, wow. Those pine trees are amazing! And those caverns! And the detail to show the slow decomposition of the fortress foundation! And..well, everthing else.
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  August 29, 2011
Wow I love the leaning tower but why is c3po's head a treasure?:)
A P
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Maither Cruz
  August 21, 2011
sweet good job. how do you make the stairs curvy like that?
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  July 13, 2011
I love this and want to know how it's made
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  July 11, 2011
Hmmm, I know I've looked at this before, but no comment and you're not on my favorites list; what's up with that? Oh well, both have been remedied. This is a beautiful bit of work, loving the rocks and landscape.~H
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  July 10, 2011
Good job like the building and the trees and Morgan the witch reminds me of Morgan from Dragon Age Origins
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  July 6, 2011
i really like this its a great moc but i dont like how you didnt use troll heads for the people
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  June 17, 2011
WoW... Extermely well done! Love your way to do the trees. Also many excllent tecniques for texturing the walls, converting them into real ruins. Absolutly fantastic job!!!
  June 17, 2011
This is beautyful! I love the ruined tower!
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  June 8, 2011
I love how you made the trees and hey you show all of us unecated people how to make that tower!
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  June 8, 2011
Thought I had commented on this last month, I was wrong! Anyway, what I really like about this is the parts usage. You really did a great job giving a normally square shaped building piece a sense of curves. Brillant....and cool! ~UC
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  May 29, 2011
A beautiful creation. LEGO has finally reached its peak in detail and beauty. In other words, its FRIKIN' AWESOME!!!!!
A P
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NasterBoyen Astar
  May 23, 2011
Nice i like it.
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  May 20, 2011
love the idea of it the ants under it are a brilliant contribution could you please look at my creations i have just put my old fort up cheers.
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  May 20, 2011
love the idea of it the ants under it are a brilliant contribution could you please look at my creations i have just put my old fort up cheers.
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  May 11, 2011
Wow! You made me cry! :O (Thumbs up) - Keep MOC n Roll!!!
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  May 11, 2011
WOW!!!!! This is amazing! I love the tree technique and the leaning turret design, it's ingenious! =)
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  May 11, 2011
Nice! Thats a very cool creation!
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  May 11, 2011
Clever trees! I really like all of the different skeletons. They are all very diverse. The dwarf is the best. Great work with the ruins too!
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  May 10, 2011
That is so cool! The trees look so real! And it's all so awesome!
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  May 10, 2011
That is so cool! The trees look so real! And it's all so awesome!
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  May 10, 2011
That is so cool! The trees look so real! And it's all so awesome!
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  May 10, 2011
Wow, now THIS is how you do a diorama! This is something that even AC Pin would love! I love how you made not only such a good story but that it also makes me want to see more of the story, too. I'd love to see more of these sorts of things with the characters, as well as some new ones, with your diorama. Oh, and by the way, you did an awesome job with the diorama. The fortress looked and felt like the old and crumbling fortress that it is and you did an excellent job making LEGO pine trees. Even though TLG has had pine trees for years, yours looks to be even more impressive than what TLG makes. Also, it looks like AC Pin and you seem to be tied for MOTM in my book.
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  May 7, 2011
Well Done! You did such a great job!
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  May 7, 2011
great build, love all the great detailing!
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  May 7, 2011
It is simply awesome! Nice details and the fortress is perfect!
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  May 7, 2011
AMAZING nice decals
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  May 5, 2011
This simply gorgeous! The trees are fantastic, but the castle itself is awesome as well! Sure wish I could build stuff like this!
A P
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Babism Pie
  May 4, 2011
I like the leaning tower.....
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  May 4, 2011
AAAAAMMMMMAAAAAZZZZZIIIIINNNNNGGGGG
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  May 4, 2011
This is such an awesome creation! I really like the tunnels under the fortress with the ants crawling in them. I sure would hate to be one of those peasants! I also think the corpses everywhere are really cool. It really adds a nice touch to see that poor guy dangling from the tower (though I'd be seriously creeped out if this was real).
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  May 4, 2011
Beautiful trees. Such a great technique that will certainly be put to use in some future MOCs. Great work! A stunning display of detail!
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  May 4, 2011
Beautiful trees. Such a great technique that will certainly be put to use in some future MOCs. Great work! A stunning display of detail!
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  May 3, 2011
Very inspiring details. And i like the fantasy part.
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  May 2, 2011
Another amazing creation. The water is nice the texture of the ground is great and I really like the trees!
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  May 2, 2011
Quoting Harry Orsborn I really like this it's awesome. Also i sense that you have used pieces from The Captain's Cabin Set. Am i right?
Hello Harry, you are right, there are a few pieces from the new POTC sets that arrived just as I was getting ready to shoot this, so of course I felt I had to use the neat new parts.
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  May 2, 2011
Awesome. Great technique!
A P
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Harry Orsborn
  May 1, 2011
I really like this it's awesome. Also i sense that you have used pieces from The Captain's Cabin Set. Am i right?
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  May 1, 2011
Awesome! I really like the trees!
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  May 1, 2011
Fantastic, lots of cool details.
A P
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Spaztastic the Diabolical
  April 30, 2011
So many pieces that I've never even seen before...
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  April 30, 2011
Quoting Matt Hanson Very atmospheric and fun! That is some of the best looking water I've seen. Let me guess, white underneath some of the trans blue? Oh, and nice cameo of C-3PO! ...Poor 3PO, always getting picked on... :-)
Thanks for the comment Matt, actually the secret to this effect is layering 3 layers of plates, the bottom-most is medium blue, on top of it a layer of trans-clear, and on the very top a few details whenever they are needed of trans clear @X1 plates and cheese slopes. ;)
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  April 30, 2011
Very atmospheric and fun! That is some of the best looking water I've seen. Let me guess, white underneath some of the trans blue? Oh, and nice cameo of C-3PO! ...Poor 3PO, always getting picked on... :-)
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  April 30, 2011
Thank you for the great comments guys! :) I'm happy that my ideas are received so well, indeed the trees are my own design and were the inspiration behind doing a scene in a natural setting. The Goblin heads are from the Space Police III line, I believe from the biggest set; I just brick-linked them so I'm not 100% sure. @ Grant W: Of course feel free to use the water technique, please just reference this model if you do. ;)
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  April 30, 2011
Nice PU, and I really like the variety of curves and angles.
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  April 30, 2011
I love how you made the water and the trees! Do you mind if I use your water technique?
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  April 30, 2011
Amazing, I never saw anything like it, excelent view on the theme, I love the detail in it, great job
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  April 30, 2011
Very nice work, especially the trees and tower.
A P
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Thoy Bradley
  April 29, 2011
Im diggin' your building style here. This is very cool looking and paked with details. I agree with Shifu that those trees are great. ~Thoy
A P
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General Asher S.
  April 29, 2011
Nice job.! Those are some cool trees.
A P
General Asher S.
  April 29, 2011
Somehow reminds me of LOTR: The fellowship of the ring.
A P
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Lucas .
  April 29, 2011
Beautiful work, this moc is just absolutely fantastic, this is probably one of the best mocs I have ever seen, Great job!
A P
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Mark Eckerson
  April 29, 2011
Like the figgs and the tower! Man those trees are awesome.
A P
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matt brody
  April 29, 2011
AMAZING!!!
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  April 29, 2011
Really nice model and great presentation. I always like it when a model is put on some sort of platform like this. I like the tunnel, the falling tower, and the trees and overall landscape look really good. I have not seen trees like that before. Great stuff all around.
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  April 29, 2011
I wonder if "The Goblin Menace" is dwarfish for MOC OF THE DAY! This is brilliat! Whenever people pull stuff off like this I just go...WOW! The troll/goblins are really good and I like all the little details and use of pieces. I saw some little elements from POTC Captain's Cabin, as well as Indiana Jones and the Medieval Market village. But they all come together to make a really stunning fig that flows smoothly from set to set. Nice build! 6/5! :P
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  April 29, 2011
You are my hero.
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  April 29, 2011
awesome creation! the leaning tower is brilliant, the custom trees and sarchophagus are perfect!
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  April 29, 2011
Fun + Detail = Excellent!
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  April 29, 2011
Incredible build, from the leaning tower of ruin to the most unique trees I've seen in a while, a very high quality build. Out of curiosity, where are the goblin heads from?
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  April 29, 2011
Wow! Awesome creation!
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  April 29, 2011
I love it, when people put out things like this im amazed
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  April 29, 2011
This is an amazing MOC. I wish there were more MOC like this out there! These MOCs give Lego a great name.
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  April 29, 2011
Awesome! I love the river and the trees, and the ruined castle is also very good.
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  April 29, 2011
Wow, you've built many amazing contours here.
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  April 29, 2011
Quick! Patent those trees! Everything else is great, too, don't get me wrong. Excellent quality, here, Dude!
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  April 29, 2011
Awesome!!
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  April 29, 2011
Very good! Almost amkes me build castle again. Would it be much to ask of you to look and possibly rate this creation http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/266209 ?
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  April 29, 2011
Excellent build! I've never seen trees built that way.
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  April 29, 2011
amazing! The tree's, the water, that tower! The goblins look very good too! Stunning all around. You're one of my favorite builders, and you really earn your place next to Goldman and Derfel Cadarn.
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  April 29, 2011
I think that the adventurers are definitely tough enough. Especially the dwarf with the blunderbuss. Nice ruins as well.
 
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