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Orc Siege Tower
Team G.A.I.A. (Gall-Ample Incorrigible AFOL (coughparringtoncough) in MocAthalon category 5: Lord of the Rings. Enjoy!
About this creation
Team GAIA
2012 MocAthalon


The category asked how I would design a Lord of the Rings set. At first, I was hesitant to take this category, thinking that all there would be to build would be silly little vignettes of Moria and Gondor and such. I'm not much for building castles, so I didn't find this at all appealing. Then it hit me: orc vehicles! Yeah, much more interesting. Bad guys get all the cool stuff.

Gondor Cavalry included to enhance battle potential.

The tower is fairly sturdy, as should be expected for a Lego set.

The tough part was making the build look like it was thrown together by the Orcs while still keeping it be a fairly clean and basic build. Accuracy to the real thing and set-like building style are difficult to balance.

There's a ladder for the Orcs to climb up.

This poor guy is all that's left of the last fortress the Orcs ransacked.

The wheels really spin! Thank you, thank you. Okay, now on to the real features.

The three-leveled tower can fit troops in all stories.

The walls of stories 2 and 3 can be opened for easy access.

Implements o' destruction.

The opened walls can also act as shields to keep arrows off the surrounding army.

And what would a siege tower be if it couldn't get the invaders over a wall?

Turn a crank and down comes the drawbridge!

But wait, that's not all!

Flaming arrows (flick-fire missiles) to clear the way!

The arrows fire simultaneously with the help of a thingy (Thingy: noun. A device that, when pressed, slides along a track until it reaches flick-fire missiles, which are activated for ballistic effect).

The set includes four minifigures, two horses, and a skeleton.

The Orcs laying siege to a smaller set, the Gondor Watchtower.

The Gondor Watchtower is complete with three minifigures (two soldiers and an Orc prisoner), a firing catapult, and a prison cell.

Here we see the prison cell, located inside the open back for increased playability.

The Orc is trapped inside!

Help him escape by activating the eject button!

Gives a whole new meaning to sprung from jail!

The nearly all-tile surface that the cell sits on.

The Orc in his cell.


Thanks for viewing, let me know what you think!



Comments

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  April 17, 2012
This is excellent work. Can't say it better than Jon, this is indeed very Orcish. It has the curves and contours to match the movie just perfectly. The added little missiles and stuff are just fun bonus toys that add to the awesomeness of the set. Very well done overall. You have given great thought to every aspect of the lego process.
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  April 16, 2012
Nice build, very 'Orcish', and good playability too, good stuff!
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  April 16, 2012
Very cool Siege Tower! The different functional little extras are pretty cool too!
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  April 11, 2012
cool tower, plenty of functions, looks realistic, very nicely done cody!
  April 6, 2012
This seems like it could actually be a set! it as everyhing correct including how the dimesions are inaccurate. =P
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  April 2, 2012
Nice, love the working drawbridge
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  March 29, 2012
Nice seige tower!
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  March 28, 2012
The judges must have a full stock of the funny thing to smoke... The playability of this set is at least the same of TLG sets and the tower is amazing! Judges: No, I'm not participating in MA and I'm not criticizing your votes, you may score it as you wish. IMHO this should be better rated.
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  March 25, 2012
Lovely seige tower! You definitely said it - the bad guys always get the best toys... (unless you're Tony Stark i guess) ;)
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  March 15, 2012
Thingy FTW! Very cool!
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  March 14, 2012
I usually don't care for MOCs with such chaotic texture and color variety. But it really suits this one. I also like the set feel that this one has with its functional elements and studded aesthetic. Nice work, score of 4.
  March 13, 2012
Score = 3
Cody G
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White Knight
  March 12, 2012
Great job on the siege tower ! >.....well done
  March 12, 2012
Good work, your score = 4
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  March 12, 2012
I was thinking the same thing as Dave. Excellent design....how much is the retail, and when will it be available in the store? Score= 4
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  March 11, 2012
Wonderful siege tower, this would have been perfect in our LOTR build at Brickworld. ~Dave
Cody G
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Pure Epicness
  March 10, 2012
Awesome!!! I am relatively new to the world of LOTR but is that supposed to represent parts of the battle of Helm's Deep?
Cody G
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Suspicious Chicken
  March 10, 2012
Nice Lego set-type MOC! Kind of a pity the actual LOTR sets aren't out quite yet. Then you could have used the official minifigures for it.
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  March 10, 2012
This is great, Cody! Awesome job! =D
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  March 10, 2012
Great work! The playable features take this model up a notch!
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  March 10, 2012
Wow, it's brilliant! I love all the features!
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  March 10, 2012
This is excellent. I'd buy it if it were an actual set.
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  March 10, 2012
Kinda ugly but the playability is excellent. >Eric
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  March 10, 2012
this is amazing!!! the cell gimick is so clever!
 I made it 
  March 10, 2012
Quoting StoveTop Creator Nice and sturdy wheel design. I hope Bones will note the 'playability factor' in all those moving door parts as well as the wheel action... hee, hee! Lotsa Luck! :)
I'm looking forward to the innuendos he can come up with here. Honestly, I wonder if the other judges didn't hear him snickering when they said that "playability" is an important factor. Haha thanks for the comment!
 I like it 
  March 10, 2012
Wow Cody! Excellent job on the tower. This is great! If this were a set I would buy it! Great playable feature!
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  March 10, 2012
See now, this is what we asked you guys to do, build a set that Lego would make (only a bit better) and that playability would be a factor. You delivered! Score of a SOLID 4 points. ~ Chris.
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  March 10, 2012
This is very cool Cody!
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  March 10, 2012
Instantly recognizeable! This is a great idea for a set, hopefully TLG will release something like this sometime!
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  March 10, 2012
Great stuff, full of playability and looks very 'orcish!'
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  March 10, 2012
I don't know much about system, but I sure can tell it lacks detail on the floors, especially on the Orc's cell floor. I would have tossed a rat or two in the cell. I just could tell the detail could use work. but I recognized it from the movie right from the first picture! You captured your category very well! I'm not hating, I love your tower!
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  March 10, 2012
Wow! This was almost my exact idea for this category (minus the watch tower and flick missiles). Hehe, great minds think alike. I must be off to finish an entry and ponder over what to build for this category so I don't look like a copy. Anyways, this is a great entry. I like the whole concept. Still can't believe that Blake only gave you a 3 it certainly deserves at least a 4 since it's built for younger as well as older kids, which is exactly what Lego does. Good luck to your team!
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  March 10, 2012
Cool tower mate, great playability:)
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  March 10, 2012
Hehe, this definitely captures the style of Lego sets these days. Great job, I really like all the playability elements. Go Lord of the Rings!
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  March 10, 2012
+1 point for figuring out a way to incorporate flick-fire missiles into LOTR
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  March 9, 2012
Score: scraped up a 3
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  March 9, 2012
Cool, there really is a whole new meaning to "sprung out of jail"!
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  March 9, 2012
Awesome!! Orcs r the best!!
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  March 9, 2012
Haha. Very nice, love the playabilities. ;D
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  March 9, 2012
test
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  March 9, 2012
Very nice! I believe this deserves a good score, but I'm not a judge...so good luck in the contest! =D
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  March 9, 2012
Very nice! I believe this deserves a good score, but I'm not a judge...so good luck in the contest! =D
 I like it 
  March 9, 2012
Nice and sturdy wheel design. I hope Bones will note the 'playability factor' in all those moving door parts as well as the wheel action... hee, hee! Lotsa Luck! :)
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  March 9, 2012
You've done a really great job of making this look neat yet made-in-Isengard(?).
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  March 9, 2012
Great rig here, Chief! Some nice details, looks like a potential official set. Just needs a troll. Well built!
 I made it 
  March 9, 2012
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist Very nice! All the features are superb, especially the winch. The siege tower looks very orc-ish while still being a good MOC, and I could see it being a product. The other tower leaves something to be desired, but still has cool features. Great work!
Yeah, that was more of an extra. Not really meant to be judged as more than a simple demonstration, really.
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  March 9, 2012
wait how? oh never mind
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  March 9, 2012
it is really good and FIRST COMMENT woot!!!
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  March 9, 2012
Very nice! All the features are superb, especially the winch. The siege tower looks very orc-ish while still being a good MOC, and I could see it being a product. The other tower leaves something to be desired, but still has cool features. Great work!
 
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