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Albert Einstein once said, "I do not know with what weapons the third world war will be fought, but the fourth world war will be fought with sticks and stones." Thus was born two Lego vignettes. Enjoy!
About this creation

This first vignette represents World War III. Both vignettes take place on the same geographic "background," and there are many interesting cross-overs, metaphors, and contrasts.


I do not know with what weapons the third world war will be fought with either, but I took a guess.


For the first vignette, I wished to give the look of a technologically and artistically profound warfare in contrast to the rocky cliff terrain. The first vignette suggests a lot of movement and intensity. This contrasts sharply to the second vignette.


A quite gruesome translucent explosion of some futuristic grenade that incinerates this poor soldier.

I somehow envision a union on style and warfare before the third world war. Both this soldier and the pilot in the fighter are wearing those wonderful new sailor caps.


I'm not quite pleased with my pictures in this post, but hey! They beat Phipson's! :-)

This is my awesome futuristic fighter that soars above the rocky battlefield. I'll cover the ship at the end of the post.

I just HAD to fit an artistic shot in somewhere. It's more of a splattering of lens flares, but it does look neat!


This is the second vignette, representing World War IV. The scene takes place on the exact same ground as the previous war, but many years in the future.


This scene has a quiet, evil, apocalyptic feel to it, yet there are some interesting artistic connections to the previous vignette.


For instance, a wrecked piece of the fighter ship lies entangled with vines, and there is a disturbing reference to the explosion in the first vignette.

Also, the catapult mirrors the angle of the fighter ship in the previous vignette.


We see an interesting confluence of old helmets and modern clothing on these figs. The catapult operator looks like a grim and hardened soldier.


The evil-looking wielder of sticks. (And the requisite Brickforge mushroom.)

And finally, a dead or wounded infantryman, lying at the bottom of the cliff. Let us never forget those who died in the first two world wars, and let us pray it never happens again.

Here's a brief series of pictures on the fighter ship featured in the first vignette. This was a really interesting build, and, in the words of Max Pointner, "random space ships are so fun to build once in a while."

Aerial shot. Shows the awesome curvature at the back of the ship. Let me tell you. This thing has a major swooshability factor.

Thruster shot.

The curves on the ship were what made it fun to build. I just has that slick feel to it.

The cockpit and side cannon.

And, to end, the pilot.

This was a very fun project, and it's concept made me want to do a vignette or diorama series based on Thomas Cole's "Course of Empires" paintings. But for now, I'll leave that to the more talented Legoers out there. I hope you enjoyed these vignettes as much as I enjoyed building them!



Comments

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  August 27, 2011
Well... he warned us.
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  August 16, 2011
Love these so much! All the high-tech stuff is so cool!!
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  June 10, 2011
Excellent, some really deep ideas and clever execution... oh and can we start a group called 'random spaceships are so fun once in a while?'
Paul Vermeesch
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Soap MacTavish
  May 19, 2011
Paul, this is fantastic! Excellent ship, I see it is SNOTed (Studs not on top). Excellent work overall, it is very interesting, the way you binded all these details together. Great work Paul!
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  May 16, 2011
Quoting Christopher Baldacci Haha! Great work! Now I know how you did those awesome lens flares on the artistic photo. (Thanks to your comment on your "globetrotter" fig). A great concept. 2 questions. (1) You play 'Age of Empires'? I love that game! (2)(Which is somewhat urelated) How do you get your solid, pure white backgrounds (on other MOCS) that seem to be the exact shade of white as the mocpages default white?
Thanks for your comments and questions! No. I do not play "Age of Empires," I have heard of the game and it does sound fun! I am assuming that you made that connection from my mislabeling of Thomas Cole's series of paintings. I had previously called his series "The Age of Empires," but it's actual title is "Course of Empires." That is now edited and be sure to check out those paintings! There's some awesome symbolism and metaphor in them that I find very interesting. As for your second question, my answer is: LOTS OF LIGHT. In my (previous yet sadly dismantled) darkroom studio underneath the stairs in my basement, I typically had somewhere between 5 - 6 incandescent lights, and two construction grade halogen lights. Even then, many of my photos turned out gray in background. This was especially true when photographing white creations where the camera set the white point based on the plastic, thereby graying out the background. In these cases, I have to rely on post-editing. In iPhoto, I have the ability to increase the exposure of the photo, but in many cases, this washes the color of the plastic out with the grayness of the background. A lot of times, I have to revert to actually painting white around the creations in Gimp. Each photograph in my post "The Fellowship," for instance, was painstakingly whitened in Gimp using a digital paintbrush. "Streets of Jaffa," "Unscathed," and "New Hope Tower Vig" are all MOCs where I used this procedure. This method takes a whole lot of time, and I sometimes wonder if it's worth the effort. But again, thanks for your questions! I love answering them!
Quoting Deus Otiosus Well done! Very artistic! Do we share the opinion that the people that created the nuclear bomb deserved a nobel prize for peace?
No. I don't think we do. While I agree that the atomic bomb was necessary to end a war, It also ended thousands upon thousands of innocent lives. Whether it was right or not, I do not think determines if it should be rewarded.
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  May 12, 2011
Great job, this is very interesting.
Paul Vermeesch
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Mark E
  May 11, 2011
Wow good job loven the minifgs!
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  May 11, 2011
Awesome! The ship is great and the vignettes are epic. Also, I love that blue laser blast - very cool!
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  May 11, 2011
The fighter is very cool, and both Vigs have a lot of character. Very nice job on both! ^Blub^
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  May 11, 2011
Amazing! Very artistic!
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  May 11, 2011
Dude..... amazing! I will definitely be checking out some of your stuff!
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  May 11, 2011
Well done! Very artistic! Do we share the opinion that the people that created the nuclear bomb deserved a nobel prize for peace?
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  May 11, 2011
A fabulous creation based on one of the best quotes of the century! I love how both vigs are based on the same plot of land; it makes the creation all the more creepy. Great job!
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  May 11, 2011
Epic!
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  May 11, 2011
Very well done, you did a good job on that apocalyptic vignette, and the fighter is awesome.
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  May 11, 2011
There is something about building randomly awesome space ships that can't be compared to any other kind of building. That is an awesome example. Great idea for a MOC. I still think the WWIV guys don't look rugged enough.
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  May 11, 2011
Haha! Great work! Now I know how you did those awesome lens flares on the artistic photo. (Thanks to your comment on your "globetrotter" fig). A great concept. 2 questions. (1) You play 'Age of Empires'? I love that game! (2)(Which is somewhat urelated) How do you get your solid, pure white backgrounds (on other MOCS) that seem to be the exact shade of white as the mocpages default white?
 
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