A second take on the Mage Tower theme, I always wanted to redo a Mage setting after getting all the new bricks over the last 6 months.
About this creation
This is just a quick upload of the build I've done to be displayed in the local toy shop.
I wish I could sit here and write the background, but as I have left mini-figures out of the build at this stage, the story wont make any sense. :)
So instead i'll just let you all gawk at some more scenic Lego sculpting. This build features the vine technique which I recently posted instructions on. Let me know if i've reached the effective look I was going for :)
Now that the build is done I can get back to my Solidworks Castle designs...
As always, thanks for stopping by! ~Thoy
SPECTABULOUS!!! This is the stuff that wallpaper is made of. That one shot that shows the blue waterfalls, the vines, and that beautiful white blossomed tree is just incredible. I think this is your best build, and they're all pretty mind-blowing, but this one, man, this one, is way over the top in terms of creativity and obvious voluminous effort!
Oh, My, Gosh, This is Amazing! Though I probably would have still chosen Pirates Remorse over this just because this would Definately distract the eye away from the water. But this is still beautiful and I love all the plant work. :D
Nice MOC, good color scheeme.
@Stuart Kahler: Some trees do grow very mathematicaly correct in shape (mostly coniferus trees follow fractale equasions if not disturbed). It realy does not look very 'organic' but it is up to the author's imagination what kind of a tree he is building.
Blah, blah, rocks, water, beach, vines, I like it a lot.... I just wanted to add some suggestions to what Dave Kaleta said.
As to the rocks, I'd suggest adding one or two smaller rock formations jutting out of the sand. Maybe around 4 studs wide. Or maybe a tiny island with a little protrusion of rock just a bit off shore. Make a strip of shallow water to connect it to the main island. But it didn't pop out at me until Dave mentioned it, so I think it's pretty minor.
But the main detractor is the trees. They remind me of tiered dessert trays, even when viewed at an angle. Real trees don't have symmetrical groups of four branches spaced at regular intervals. Most natural trees aren't round like suburban ones that never have to compete for light.
The branches coming out from the trunk should be staggered, and each one needs to be leafed out a lot more. Attach leaf pieces directly to others in groups of three or more, and don't be afraid to bend them, as they flex a lot.
These two have fantastic leafing:
And most of all, your vines should be growing all the way up the tree trunks (attached, not simply hanging from the branch tips). In real life, that's how vines stretch from place to place, usually chocking a tree to death in the process.
I do like the pine trees a lot. They came out really well.
I'm slightly puzzled, where is the water coming from, and where is it going to? You'd think that much water falling down would leave a pool of turbulent water in the beach below. Does it all come from a spring in the middle of the rock spire, or a magical well somewhere?
Quoting Lee Jones
I have had this open for a couple of days now before commenting, and have looked at the pictures multiple times. Thanks for sharing. Lee.
Hey Lee, thanks. I am curious to know if you saw my Vines tutorial, or if you were using these photos as your learning reference? If you havn't seen the tutorial make sure to check it out on my page, its third on my most recent. Thanks again!
Vine elements noted, and will be plagiarized for a future design. Some very interesting techniques to be sure. I have had this open for a couple of days now before commenting, and have looked at the pictures multiple times. Thanks for sharing. Lee.
Wow, beautiful stuff as always. Those vines look A+! :) I agree that the spacing between the different tiers of the trees is a little regular, although it doesn't detract from the overall build for me - gives it a vaugely cartoony feel which i feel is appropriate.
Very beautifully done! Dave makes some good points about the trees and rock/sand transition, but they are minor and in no way take away from the overall visual appeal of the piece. I'm no purist, but I too would like to explore other possible solutions to your very clever vine technique.~H
Quoting Dave Kaleta
The other issue is have is the transition between the sand and rock on the base.
I am so glad you didn't let me get away with this, this is because the centre base plate lifts up and out of the base for transportation. Another geographic in-consistency that no one has mentioned, the two islands which are completely floating with only vines connected. Thanks Dave!
I like it
June 28, 2011
This is probably the greatest creation of months to come! I thought your MOCiversary MOC was unbeatable, but you have proven well once more, oh great one!
I like it
June 28, 2011
Excellent. I really do like how the vine looks from here. Really astounding Thoy. I love how the water looks. It really gives that feal of depth under the water.
So, excellent work here. Those vines and the rock work along with the waterfalls are really nice. Although you've probably heard it enough from other people, I do have to say that your tree design does look somewhat unnaturally rigid and symmetrical. However, other than that, a brilliant piece of work.
So I can just sit here and gush over the build, or I can offer some thoughtful critique. First, I just want you to know that even without the figures, I really dig the composition. You have a wonderful eye for spacing and color. The vine technique is so detailed and natural and you've really accomplished your goal with it. One of the issues I'm having is with the trees. From most angles they look fine, but when you look at them in profile, the repetition of arch elements and the leaves all at the same level make them look very mechanical and unnatural. The other issue is have is the transition between the sand and rock on the base. It's a little too abrupt for the scale of the rock formation. Maybe if there were some sand drifts or sand specks near the bottom the transition might be more effective. Regardless of these things, this is an outstanding build and I enjoy seeing and learning from it :)
My girlfriend and I saw the presentation picture and the world stood still. O M G, this is so beautiful!!
The waterfall effect alone is so amazing (but how on earth did he do that!?!). Your mastery of water and beach with wet sand is so natural now. It's a little lost paradise.
Ok, I read the comments and gave a closer look to those trees... which did not strike me first. Ok, there is still improvement in blablabla... I will open my mouth when I will be able to do even better.
10/5 just for the pleasure of watching your MOC.
Keep on making us dreaming.
Quoting Sebeus I
Very nice, the trees are a bit monotone, static but the vines completely make up for that, love the waterfalls, great job, now where's that mage ?
You know, Flesh and Dark Tan coloured leaves would be awesome to mix together - get that Autumn look. Having a look at these pics I think I shoulda waited till daylight to photograph it... Oh yeah, the mage is on holiday ;)
Very well done! Really the only thing that could be improved is your tree design. When seen from head-on, the leaves are very flat and leveled. Try making those branches a bit fuller by stacking more of those branch pieces on top of each other.
You, sir, are a Lego sculpting GENIOUS! Every detail here just makes my mouth water. Oh, and the vine technique definately works to great effect here; they give this moc less of a "bricky" feel, if that makes sense.
Definitely deserving of over 5 heads. Superb work! I love all of the foliage and the feel to it. It has kind of a fantasy/medieval feel to it. Mind taking a look at this? http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/277341. I am not trying to be annoying, if you don't look at it it is fine with me. I want it to be popular for a group it is in. Back to the moc, amazing build quality and I hope to see more!
This is amazing but sorry I'm purist so I cant give you 5 because of the vines.there are surely better ways of doing the same thing with out cutting up the stems of the flowers so i can only give you 4.The rest is stunning though.