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Isengard
Do you like hot bathwater?
About this creation
Just thought I'd ask. Welcome to my 61st MOC. It's hard to believe I have been on only a little more than a year. This is my 32x32 entry to Christopher Baldacci's The Great Lord of the Rings Contest. This MOC is mostly based off my imagination of the book, but Orthanc is mainly off the movie. One of the clearest images that I have in my mind from reading The Lord of the Rings, is this picture of Isengard, Saruman's ancient city. In the movie, the first time you see the inside of Isengard, Gandalf and Saruman are strolling through an orchard of trees. Later however, you see that the the River Isen has been dammed up and there are large cavernous holes in the earth inside the perimeter of the city walls. I imagine that even after Saruman starts manufacturing the Uruk-Hai, the visible part of the city is still beautiful. This, I think, parallels how Saruman's voice soothes the mind although evil is at work. Likewise, as Saruman used to use his foresight for good, Isengard too was once a stronghold of freedom as the "headquarters" of the White Council. Here, Isengard is depicted as the city it once was, before Saruman's addiction to power. As you can see, the Isen is not yet dammed up. Enjoy!


Here stands Orthanc, a tower of impenetrable stone built by the men of Numenor long ago. I don't imagine it quite like this, but it serves it's purpose. I believe that the only way to reach the caverns underneath the city is through the bottom of Orthanc.


Here lies the westernmost edge of the Gap of Rohan. One key characteristic that gave Isengard a claim to power, was that it connected the Fangorn Forest, Rohan, and the Misty Mountains. I am not entirely happy with the way the grasslands of Rohan turned out, but I was pressed for time, and it works. At least it looks good from far off.


The pinnacle of Orthanc. I am real happy with the way the tower turned out, even though it is not quite how I imagine it.


Here, you can see the road to Isengard, the White Stair (yes, I do imagine them literally white), and some of the gardens of the city.


The Forest of Fangorn. This took an INCREDIBLE amount of dark green cheese wedges. Ugh. Not only was I forced to do a last minute bricklink order for more wedges and grass stems, but I also ended up having to borrow 15 from Christopher Baldacci himself. Thanks so much to the bricklink store I ordered from (BrickAThon is the best store I have ordered from, and the prices were not only great, but the shipping was ridiculously fast), and Chris.


The Isen river, falling from it's source in the Misty Mountains, to the earth beneath.


Paul's Peak. Named after Paul Vermeesch who re-convinced me to add snow to the peaks of the mountains.


Here, you can see more of Isengard as a whole. If I were working on a bigger scale, I would have made the circle of actual "sheer rocks." To get an idea of the scale, the average person would be about as tall as the "O" in the word lego on the normal lego stud. Yes, I imagine Orthanc HUGE.


Another peak. The mountains, being hollow on the inside, have many small parts that a clumsy builder dropped to the bottom. I don't know how many parts the peaks have claimed.

Do you like hot bathwater?










Fred doesn't.





Sorry, I just felt like being random. This easter egg was just a fun waste of time. I do like the way my bathtub turned out though. Thanks for viewing!


AS OF 10/31/2011:
While listening to Schoenberg's "Transfigured Night," I took the entire thing apart. Not two pieces are still together. I did, however, count all of the many cheese wedges.


Here sit all 192 cheese wedges used in the dio (except for the 15 that I borrowed from Christopher Baldacci).
Thanks again!



Comments

 I like it 
  May 23, 2013
"They're taking the Hobbits to Isengard!" lol :p
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  December 25, 2011
Merry Christmas, Max!
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  December 16, 2011
Beautiful microscale! Looks great and the easter egg was cute and unexpected. Great work! :)
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  November 1, 2011
Quoting Nathan Oh .....Okay back to Rhetoric homework :P.....
That is the story of my life...
Quoting Surduk Vergl Excellent work! Did you use Photoshop for colors?
Nope. Everything is (or was) exactly how you would see it in real life. The white backgrounds too are not edited beyond exposure tweaking.
Quoting Martin Geistefeldt Good work! The best MINI-Isengart ive seen yet.
And to tell you the truth, it's probably the only mini Isengard you've ever seen! Of the whole city at least.
Quoting Decker . Am I supposed to know who "Fred" is? =)
Whadoya mean "Fred"? Quotes? He isn't fake. ;^)
Quoting The Grey Man Another fine creation from House Pointner
My name is House?
Quoting Yapdap The Elite I wanted to thank you for the appreciation of my comment on Deus's creation. It's good to know that there are other wonderful Christians here. Peace be with you!
Yes, its sad that some people are seeking for things that they think will get them somewhere. But thankfully, there are many of us that can encourage belief in Christ, even if it just means planting a seed.
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  November 1, 2011
Another fine creation from House Pointner
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  October 27, 2011
Great work! To tell the truth, I also love classical music. I also wanted to thank you for the appreciation of my comment on Deus's creation. It's good to know that there are other wonderful Christians here. Peace be with you!
Max Pointner
Aidan Moon
  October 24, 2011
Accuracy: 25/30 Miniscale:15/20 Originality:10/10 Creativity:34/35 Pictures:5/5 Overall:89/100
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  October 22, 2011
Way to go, Max! Here is your score! (ACCURACY TO BOOK OR MOVIE) - Totally recognizable and I love the forest of Fangorn: 28/30;(ACCURACY OF SCALE) - Isengard is a little big compared to the mountains, and the plains of Rohan are a little big compared to the trees. I think doing the plains with studs instead wouldn't helped: 15/20;(ORIGINALITY) - Totally original, but second Isengard in the contest: 9/10;(CREATIVITY/TECHNIQUE) - Awesome techniques here, and I wouldn't docked you a bit for the oversized hands for the plains of Rohan, however I realize that technique itself is difficult and your awesome easter egg works like extra credit here to boost your score :) : 33/35;(PICTURE QUALITY) - Great work, as always: 5/5; TOTAL: [90/100] Sweet work!
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  October 21, 2011
Very Nice.
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  October 21, 2011
Accuracy: 27/30 Microscale: I don't know what the lego hands are, but the green plant parts are trees, right? Clever building techniques!! 16/20 Originality: 9/10 Creativity: I love the rocks 34/35 Photos: 5/5 Total: 91/100. Highest score, so far!!
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  October 20, 2011
That....is genius. Orthanc is genius. how you managed to fit a guy in a bathtub on the back is genius. your rock formations are genius. I would go on, but I think you get the picture...
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  October 19, 2011
DANG! just when I thought I had a chance of winning this comp!... awesome entry!
  October 18, 2011
accuracy 30/30 micro 16/20 orig 10/10 cretivity/tech 35/35 pics 5/5 96/100 great job i like it alot
Max Pointner
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Soap .
  October 17, 2011
Very impressive. Bravo, well done!
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  October 17, 2011
The bathtub is genius, I love that tiled floor, and the steam looks so realistic! That guy's expression is priceless. I want that hair so bad. Wait... what's this about Isengard?
  October 16, 2011
This is very impressive. Accuracy: this is very close to the book: 25/30 Microscale: you sized this very nicely though maybe the grass is a bit too tall: 15/20 Originality: 7/10 Creativity: I love the grass: 30/35 Photos: 5/5 Total: 83/100
Max Pointner
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LEGO Lord
  October 15, 2011
Very good job on the model; and I praise you for the great quality pictures. Also on another note, you definitely got a laugh out of me from that random part. ;D
Max Pointner
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Darth Lowe
  October 15, 2011
Wow, thats detailed, also the bath looks great :D
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  October 15, 2011
Great job Max!!! this is one of the best micro-scale MOC's that I have seen!!!
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  October 15, 2011
Great creation, the tower it's fantastic
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  October 15, 2011
Max! This is awesome! I love the forest, wouldn't think that green cheeses would look like trees, but they look great! You should enter this into the Micro castle contest on classic castle.
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  October 15, 2011
Great! Though the bathtub is random, I like it!
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  October 15, 2011
Oh-my-goodness-gracious! This is way better than I imagined it would be. I am going to have a tough time against this!! Great job though. I really like the Fangorn and your rock work is incredible!!! Love the easter egg!!!.....Okay back to Rhetoric homework :P.....
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  October 15, 2011
Beautiful rendition of a majestic place. You might have used 1x1 round dots for Rohan's grass to differentiate from the forest, but crunch time is just that. Great build!! ~cheers
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  October 15, 2011
Beautiful rendition of a majestic place. You might have used 1x1 round dots for Rohan's grass to differentiate from the forest, but crunch time is just that. Great build!! ~cheers
 I like it 
  October 15, 2011
Excellent work! Did you use Photoshop for colors?
 I like it 
  October 15, 2011
I like hot bath water...
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  October 15, 2011
This is really cool! It is not quite how I imagined it but it is very well built and the bath thing is funny!
  October 15, 2011
That tower of orthanc is epic! This is the best mini scale lotr scene I have ever seen! good luck in the competition!
  October 15, 2011
Good work! The best MINI-Isengart ive seen yet.
 I like it 
  October 15, 2011
AAAHHH! Wow MAX! This microscale has got a real chance. I see you put my beautiful cheese-wedges to good use. :D The easter egg is classic, and the whole forest looks awesome. The plains of Rohan confused me a bit, mostly becasue they were the same size as the trees. (That would be some TALL grass) but the rest is simply stunning. Love the tower. Good luck!
 I like it 
  October 15, 2011
Oh WOW! This is one of my favorite creations from you! Orthanc looks amazing! Great job :)
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  October 15, 2011
this is epic
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  October 15, 2011
This is really cute man ! I love such middi scale things. very well tought out !
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  October 15, 2011
Nice! I like the outside!
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  October 15, 2011
Nice job
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  October 15, 2011
Amazing MOC, Max! (I also like the hidden bathroom)
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  October 15, 2011
Awesome! I don't like bath water. The mountains are very well done.
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  October 15, 2011
I like bath-water...
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  October 15, 2011
Great microscale work! I really like the tower, and I like that you've portrayed Isengard in its state before the corruption of Saruman. Keep up the good work, and good luck with the judges!
 I like it 
  October 14, 2011
This is so awesome! I really like it a lot, great job! Also, am I supposed to know who "Fred" is? =)
 
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