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Smaug the Magnificent
In honor of my induction into the fellowship of the brick, I decided to make a LoTR themed creation: a tribute to one of the most iconic dragons of all time. It's Smaug the Magnificent!
About this creation
Bricks used: 3558
Acknowledgments:
Dave Benson's Imoor the Dragon inspired me to make a full-size posable dragon.

AP's Lord of the Dragon Riders gave me good ideas for the scale and color that I wanted for my dragon and I used some of their techniques in the snout and head.

Photo acknowledgments:
I used the following sources for backgrounds for the photoshopped pics.
Lonely Mountain
Laketown
Other Laketown
Treasure Pile



Look out Bilbo! After stealing the cup, the burglar flees Smaug's lair as the wyrm searches for the thief.









Laketown is toast!





And now for some un-photoshopped pics. Although the dragon is quite posable, it is time consuming to pose him in LDD. As a result I just did three poses for the pictures, (standing with wings folded, flying, and roaring) but the potential is there for many more.









The technique that I am most excited about is the one used in the neck and the tail to achieve their flexibility. They are both composed of several overlapping segments, each with its own universal joint and flexible flaps around the exterior in a conical shape. All of these movable parts makes it a real pain to pose in LDD, but would be easy to use in real life.



















All in all, the only things that I would change if I could figure out a better way to do it is the leg design (particularly the forelegs) but I'm very new to bionical. So, if any of you bionical fans have some good suggestions, I'd be glad to hear them. Also, if I were to build this out of real bricks I would forego the bricks in the wings and just use some red translucent fabric for the webbing.


Building instructions
Download building instructions (LEGO Digital Designer)

Comments

  April 15, 2014
It really is magnificentwell done ; )
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  November 3, 2013
I don't know, but I'd love to find out! Build it for me and let me know.
  November 3, 2013
Congratulations Nice build.I've downloaded the model file. Wonder if this construction can live up to the gravity laws...
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  May 20, 2013
definitely magnificent cant wait to see more
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  January 7, 2013
OMG
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  October 18, 2012
This is ama-ze-zing. Speechless since I cannot (and will not) use the words that come to mind.
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  June 29, 2012
10/10 This is the best moc dragon ive seen. I would buy it.
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  June 22, 2012
awsome!
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  May 14, 2012
looks great! (BTW, your allosaurus has a head and neck so far.)
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  May 11, 2012
Fantastic work, the head and neck designs are amazing!
  May 11, 2012
Yeah, Why don't you do that. I'd like to see what it would look like. :)
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  May 8, 2012
He's magnificent all right... and that pic of him, wings extended, flying over the land takes my breath away.
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  May 2, 2012
Quoting Nathan Brainbuilder Wasn't smaug supposed to have gold treasure all stuck to his belly?
Yes, but I decided to forgo that particular detail since it would have been a little tricky. I had a plan on how to implement that feature, but it mostly just made him look less fierce and more, well, colorful. Maybe I should post a screen shot of that version and let you decide for yourself if it should have been included or not.
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  May 2, 2012
Wasn't smaug supposed to have gold treasure all stuck to his belly?
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  May 2, 2012
there should be a word far greater than magnificent to describe this.
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  April 30, 2012
Quoting Wes Pitter That neck plating is simply beautiful. I usally avoid LDD, but this is nice to look at. It must take all kinds of time to build this way.
I think you would be surprised at how little time it does take. Smaug here took me about a week to build (while working two jobs and not neglecting my family). Building with LDD is a very different sort of affair from using physical bricks. I use a technique of copying and pasting a structure that I like, making several different iterative models, and then incorporating desirable elements into the finished product. That kind of structuring isn't possible with real bricks and would take a lot more time. Also, once I've decided on a technique that I like, I can again leverage the copy and paste functions to save an incredible amount of time in assembly. The biggest thing I like about using LDD is that instead of asking myself, "What can I make out of these bricks I have." I get to ask, "What do I want to make?" and then all the bricks I could possibly need are all right there. That is probably why my creations these days tend toward the grandiose and very large. I would encourage you to try LDD using that different approach, you may come to like it. In general I'm determined to promote its use and to combat anti-LDD bias at every opportunity that I get.
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  April 30, 2012
That neck plating is simply beautiful. I usally avoid LDD, but this is nice to look at. It must take all kinds of time to build this way.
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  April 23, 2012
Excellent work! Love the detail in the face. The brow ridge is really cool.
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  April 20, 2012
Quoting Andrew AKA Hump-Free Nicely done, the only issue here is that you should fix your links, that way people can view the linked content with more ease.
Oops, you were right, I went back and fixed my links. I'm actually redoing all the html on my page.
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  April 16, 2012
incredible work on this design! The wings are really beuatiful, like the body! Awesome LDD work!
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  April 16, 2012
incredible work on this design! The wings are really beuatiful, like the body! Awesome LDD work!
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  April 15, 2012
WOW! Absolutely amazing work on him! You really have mastered that art of creating animals!
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  April 14, 2012
Quoting Andrew AKA Hump-Free Nicely done, the only issue here is that you should fix your links, that way people can view the linked content with more ease.
I was not aware that the links were broken. I just double checked them all and they appear to rout to the correct location, or perhaps you were referring to something else?
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  April 14, 2012
Nicely done, the only issue here is that you should fix your links, that way people can view the linked content with more ease.
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  April 11, 2012
Magnificent indeed, great design!
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  April 9, 2012
incredible
  April 8, 2012
Of course. I was thinking the same thing. I'll go make it.
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  April 7, 2012
Quoting Legobob ~ I think picking a figure in real life would be a bit to... hard. I was thinking we could have catagories perhaps that they can choose to build in, e.g. a Castle, battle, or dojo.
I like the idea of categories, but it seems that there should be some kind of twist to them to help induce creativity. As an example, the MOCathelon categories were either obscure or had a twist such as 'alternate ending'. Its that twist that seems elusive to me. Also, do you think that we could communicate in a different forum than creation comments? This is a fairly cumbersome method of communication and it inflates my creation's comment section a lot. I have a feeling that there will be many more details to pound out. Perhaps we should make a temporary group and discuss it there?
  April 7, 2012
I think picking a figure in real life would be a bit to... hard. I was thinking we could have catagories perhaps that they can choose to build in, e.g. a Castle, battle, or dojo.
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  April 7, 2012
Quoting Legobob ~ Hello! I once had an idea for a samurai-themed contest. I'd love to make one with you. Got any ideas?
Great! I think that the contest should have a time limit, and that we should encourage the combination or incorporation of rarely used elements, both the challenge the builders and to stimulate interesting builds. I'm having trouble figuring out what the constraining element should be because I'm not sure what type of builds we want to encourage. If we want to promote historical accuracy, then we could have contestants pick a specific real life figure and depict a moment in their life.
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  April 7, 2012
This is great!! I am particularly impressed at how imaginative you are with technical tricks. And the pictures are excellent.
  April 7, 2012
Hello! I once had an idea for a samurai-themed contest. I'd love to make one with you. Got any ideas?
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  April 7, 2012
Quoting Dave Benson If you want to look up close on the final version of Imoor, give me your email and Ill let you see it in LDD.
I've posted my address in a group convo so as to reduce my spam exposure. Thanks for sending that to me by the way!
  April 7, 2012
If you want to look up close on the final version of Imoor, give me your email and Ill let you see it in LDD.
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  April 6, 2012
I'm very, very impressed. Amazing job!
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  April 6, 2012
Quoting Brick Newbie (Chen Chen) Whooooaaaa this is awesome! how did you make your images so nice!
Thanks for noticing, I've been working on my pictures and presentation a lot lately. Thanks to some tips from a few excellent LDD builders including Colin Small http://www.mocpages.com/home.php/80680 and Andrew Hump-Free http://www.mocpages.com/home.php/84838 I've been able to greatly improve the quality of my screen shots. Mainly I just turn up the graphics settings both in LDD and on my monitor up to maximum and use the ctrl+K command. I will be going back through my builds soon to redo the pictures using these techniques. Also, when using backdrops, be sure to only use ones that are in high rez.
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  April 6, 2012
Quoting Lego Builders Suburb! Like some of the others below me, I rarely care for LDD creations, but this is great. I know that most of your creations are in LDD, but is there any chance of us seeing this built with bricks? I would love to see it! -LB Senior
I have to say, I hope to convert as many die-hard plastic brick fans as possible to see the virtues of digital design. I don't think it is in any way a replacement of original bricks, but it is a different medium with it's own strengths and deserving of more respect than it generally gets. As for the transfer into physical bricks, this, of all my creations, is very likely to get built simply because the brick count is not too high. I still have the problem of having little kids in my house who can choke on my bricks. (one is 2 years, the other is 7 months) So, it may be a while before I can switch back to bricks. Even if I, by some miracle, got my own workshop with a lockable door, I have developed a real love of digital design and will likely continue to make more virtual builds than physical ones. Sorry for the life story post!
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  April 6, 2012
AMAZING!!! (I dont use to write in caps lock, so you imagine how cool is this!)
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  April 6, 2012
Quoting Draconic Master of the Dragon This is a really amazing dragon! thought i my suggest finishing the tail, instead of ending in a ball like that. all in all, this is amazing, though.
That is a legitimate point. I struggled with the tail tip a lot on this one. The main problem that I had was retaining the styling from the rest of the build. Each segment flares larger at the end. If I made a segment that tapered to a point it made the last segment seem out of place as it had a reverse direction from the rest. Eventually I decided to go with something that would make the tip larger than the preceding segment as well as maintain the spiky look of the whole dragon, thus the tail club.
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  April 6, 2012
Great details!
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  April 6, 2012
Not only are his neck and tail posable, they're also beautiful!
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  April 6, 2012
Wow, most impressive!
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  April 6, 2012
This is a really amazing dragon! thought i my suggest finishing the tail, instead of ending in a ball like that. all in all, this is amazing, though.
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  April 6, 2012
Spectacular
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  April 6, 2012
Its great that someone gets inspired by my work, thanks for the acknowledgment! I was fast to open your LDD file and paste my Imoor alongside your Smaug for comparison. It seems our dragons are almost identical in length if compared with my final version (around 100 cm). Quite funny as I first thought yours was much more massive with 3400+ parts :) Anyway...this is most excellent! You are welcome to comment my Imoor if you like. I even took the liberty and invited you to my group Creatures Of Fantasy because of this creation! Regards Dave
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  April 6, 2012
I'm personally not a fan of LDD. But I just had to comment on this one seeing as how deftly you configured it and, after all, it is a Lord of the Rings creation. :D That just begs a comment! :D I must say this is an excellent model! It looks just like how I imagined Smaug. Great, great work!
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  April 6, 2012
Whooooaaaa this is awesome! how did you make your images so nice!
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  April 6, 2012
Great! One of the best dragons Ive seen yet!
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  April 6, 2012
Suburb! Like some of the others below me, I rarely care for LDD creations, but this is great. I know that most of your creations are in LDD, but is there any chance of us seeing this built with bricks? I would love to see it! -LB Senior
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  April 6, 2012
Wow! Wow!! Wow! That's amazing!
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  April 6, 2012
Excellent dragon! I love the wings!
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  April 6, 2012
Excellent dragon! I love the wings!
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  April 6, 2012
Wow! I don't usually comment on LDD posts, but this is an exception! "Brilliant" work sir!
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  April 6, 2012
Wow! Quite the behemoth you have here. The techniques and texturing in the model are astounding! Great work!
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  April 6, 2012
a great build! my sister will love this! you chose the right colours and everything.
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  April 6, 2012
baby eater
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  April 6, 2012
Woah! that's the best Smaug ive seen yet!
 
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