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2012 MOCOlympics Round 1:
Category: "Ring of Fire"

Hey all,

Barely managed to scrape this up. I managed to get this done in about 3 days, so it is a relief to finally get it posted. For those of you who don't know, this is an entry for the MOCOlympics, a tournament style contest that features builders in head to head competitions against each other. This is built for the qualifying round in the category "Ring of Fire". My take on the category is a scene from the movie "Finding Nemo". You can refer to the video to see the connection of this creation to the category.

I really enjoyed working outside of my typical landscapes. Even when forced into a contest, I always try to build into my strengths of landscapes. I am approaching these games with a bit different mindset; I am more focused on getting better than I am on winning or doing well. We'll see how long that mindset lasts...

I was really struggling with thoughts for the category, until I remembered one of the best animated movies to ever be made, Finding Nemo. I absolutely adore this movie, and was delighted to find a connection to a category. Each individual fish was difficult to make (I am really inexperienced at drawing out creatures' personalities) but the final results blend together in a whimsical, artistic fashion that is much better than I had originally planned or hoped for.

Well, I hope you fellas like it!





































This fish is my favorite of them all. I think I managed to capture his face moderately well, but the recognizable mouth is what really tickles me about him.
















Finally, here is a picture of the built in light accessory. I built it so that it could be turned on and off with a mere touch of a button on the outside. The engineering and mechanics is actually quite complex.

Well fellas, there she is. Thanks a ton for all your support! Please be sure to leave a comment to let me know what you thought. Constructive criticism is welcome as always, but be mindful that this was a 3 day creation. :P

And as always, SOLI DEO GLORIA!
-Blake

PS In anticipation of my upcoming battles, I will be getting my warpaint on. :D



Comments

 I like it 
  January 23, 2013
wow! I only seen parts of nemo, but, this looks fantastic! the trans clear for underwater air? so neat, fabulous piece! I wonder...on your main page you say your going in urbanisation, but, you only did a house, why not a city? I d figure you love urbanisation, you d do city...? as I m going a bit castle with meedass, I find castle easier, is it why you prefer castle? I can t wait for your reaction to meedass, lol.
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  January 21, 2013
Excellent designs on the fish characters. I really like the rising steam effect. The light up effect was definitely worth your trouble. All around excellent creation.
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  October 1, 2012
This build is truely amazing!! Colors, water aspect, fishes of all kind, sea-grass, everything is very inventive and accurate to the movie. Impressive!!
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  October 1, 2012
nice build!
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  September 29, 2012
This is awesome. You have turned one of the best Disney-Pixar films ever into brick with great skill.
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  September 26, 2012
Fantastical! To God be the glory for sure! Every good gift is from him, like it says in James. Great MOC.
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  September 26, 2012
Cool! That night shot really accentuates the watery effect.
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  September 26, 2012
Really cool! I like the colours!
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  September 26, 2012
Cool! Exactly same!
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  September 26, 2012
Very original, quite different - And brilliantly done :-) Fantastic build, you have captured the athmosphere of the movie perfectly.
  September 25, 2012
Congrats! Have fun in round 2! :)
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  September 25, 2012
great score of 56 you are off to round two good luck!
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  September 25, 2012
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  September 25, 2012
Great job. One of the best cartoons.
Blake Baer
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White Knight
  September 24, 2012
This Moc is so colourful and so much smile !>.....well done
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  September 23, 2012
Good job Blake. Best of luck for the MOCOlympics.
 I like it 
  September 23, 2012
BUBBLES! BUBBLES! MY BUBBLES! Flat-out gorgeous. All the fish are instantly recognizable, and the (million) trans blue studs are very effective as water.
 I like it 
  September 23, 2012
Striking! Whoah, you're in some serious form for this comp!
 I like it 
  September 22, 2012
ravishingly beautiful!
 I like it 
  September 22, 2012
Gotta love that colorscheme! Well done, Blake.
 I like it 
  September 21, 2012
So colorful... so lively!
 I like it 
  September 21, 2012
Eh, it's ok. LOL! Man, save some for the coming rounds, will ya? Then again, seeding can really make the difference, so I think you've positioned yourself nicely for a strong run. Good luck!~H
 I like it 
  September 21, 2012
First off: when Lennaert (my oldest son) was younger, he loved this movie. He's seen it a gazillion times, so I might call myself an expert at this case. And you know what? You've pulled it off brilliantly. The colors sparkle just like they should, the plastic plants look wavy and vivid, the bubbles are actually there and the parts usage is phenomenal. You've even managed to squeeze Nemo's little fin in, wich at this scale is remarkable. You keep this level of skill up and we're all in for a cold shower; but thank you so much for making this anyway. A baffled Lennaert & Gio.
 I like it 
  September 21, 2012
Wow Blake this is truly a masterpiece!GL!
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  September 20, 2012
You captured this scene so nicely! I love all the fish and a great job on the volcano.
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  September 20, 2012
So cool, Blake. I am such a fan of your work. Everything you build should be in store window. I love this one because of my own love of this movie, and the fact that you were able to represent it so well. Expressions are so hard to capture in LEGO, but the accuracy to the coloration of each is simply stunning. My favorite is Jacques. He is perfect. Well done, Blake, and good luck in the MOCOlympics.
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  September 20, 2012
Absolutely amazing build! I love the light-up volcano, an excellent feature, very nice!
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  September 20, 2012
Beautifully done Blake! Loving all of the little characters and the interesting scenery. The fish are exceptional for the size. I plan to build some fish when I get bored of the birds :-) Best of luck for the rest of the competition, you don't need it now, you'll swimm through to round two with this! Can't wait to see more of your out of the box builds!
 I like it 
  September 20, 2012
The colour pallet really captures the feel of the movie, well done!
  September 20, 2012
You mis-interpret my phrase, I meant that even if you don't consider the obvious similarity with the studs that there are still many more subtle similarities. :) Again, excellent work!
 I like it 
  September 20, 2012
Awesome!!!
Blake Baer
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Christian Hansen
  September 19, 2012
I love this part! Great build!
Blake Baer
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David K.
  September 19, 2012
I like your siggy's new warpaint. :P
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  September 19, 2012
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist Was this at all influenced by LegoHaulic? I see many similarities in style, even dis-regarding the swarm of studs.
There was a lot of influences from Tyler in this creation. Hmm, I disagree with the "swarm of studs" phrase... http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/316073
 I like it 
  September 19, 2012
This is brilliant. I'm sure you'll be a top scorer again this year. :) But good luck anyway!
 I like it 
  September 19, 2012
You've already heard many of my thoughts in your Flickr post, but I'll see if I can't add some more on MOCpages. I like that you're venturing out of your comfort zone, it's lead to a really unique and well composed MOC. However, while the artist in me is amazed, the builder in me is a bit underwhelmed by the stud-spread technique, despite its undeniable effectiveness. Still, that's being nit-picky, and whatever looks best should be used. Was this at all influenced by LegoHaulic? I see many similarities in style, even dis-regarding the swarm of studs. In any event, this is an amazingly well balanced MOC, and surely your ticket to round two. Best of luck!
 I like it 
  September 19, 2012
Great work!
 I like it 
  September 19, 2012
This is great! I love it, all the details are great Blake, keep it up =)
 I like it 
  September 19, 2012
Really nice work on this, and a great way to interpret the category. Excellent designs for those fish, and an amazing job of portraying the scene, especially at this scale!
 I like it 
  September 19, 2012
Instant classic.
 I like it 
  September 19, 2012
Amazing! It has such a fantastical atmosphere! It all looks great together! The light up feature is also cool. I have to ask though, is there a base uderneath part of it? Underneath the fish and seaweed? :)
 I like it 
  September 19, 2012
Glad you got it in in time! It's a lovely entry, and the fish are adorable. Good luck!
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  September 19, 2012
Well, I see that I am not the only one who did this. Yours is very large, I wish I had that many blue studs. Very good job.
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  September 19, 2012
Incredible!
 I like it 
  September 19, 2012
Excellent job Blake! The fish all look perfect, and the scene is very colorful. I'm sure you'll have no issues getting into round 2! Best of luck with the judges!
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  September 19, 2012
Just awesome.
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  September 19, 2012
stunned yet again!!! vary good catch on THE RING OF FIRE!!!
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  September 19, 2012
just incredible! "Barely managed to scrape this up" pffft! this is a masterpiece!
Blake Baer
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Jan P. Schimmels
  September 19, 2012
nice work.
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  September 19, 2012
Thank you all for the support and comments! It means a lot.
Quoting Squierl of Doom Wow! That's AMAZING! One question,though: where did you get all those trans-blue studs? PLEASE reply!
Hi there. Studs like these are very easily found on LEGO store pick a brick walls. Hope this helps! :)
 I like it 
  September 19, 2012
Wow! That's AMAZING! One question,though: where did you get all those trans-blue studs? PLEASE reply!
 I like it 
  September 19, 2012
Shark-Bait Hoo-Ha-Ha!
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  September 19, 2012
I see, nice warpaint :)
 I like it 
  September 19, 2012
Hey man really good build good luck on the M.O.
  September 19, 2012
This is awesome good luck
 I like it 
  September 19, 2012
Great job, Dude! Looks awesome!
 I like it 
  September 19, 2012
Amazing job Blake good luck with the judges.
 I like it 
  September 19, 2012
An excellent representation! This will guarantee you a spot in round two.
 I like it 
  September 19, 2012
When I heard about the Ring of Fire category I had so hoped someone would do the Nemo scene! Awesome work on every bit of it. Beautiful!
  September 19, 2012
Great job Blake! Looks like the real thing! :D I love finding Nemo! ;) Smear that warpaint!! >:)
 I like it 
  September 19, 2012
I've watched this movie more times than I care to admit :) Great job!
  September 19, 2012
This is a great take on the category Blake! Those fish must have been fun to build. All of the aquarium accessories (such as the ascending/descending diver) really add to the atmosphere. Good luck!
 I like it 
  September 19, 2012
Brilliant take on the theme, great characters!
 I like it 
  September 19, 2012
Yet again Blake, another amazing creation. The volcano is quite stunning, and your fish are amazing as well. Good luck with the judges! Hopefully, I will see you in round 2!
 I like it 
  September 19, 2012
Well, I think tholis proves that you can build in any genre.
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  September 19, 2012
This is actually one of the most awesome MOCs I have seen in a while.
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  September 19, 2012
This creation is FANTASTIC!!! Excellent work, my friend! Outstandingly brilliant use of parts and a nice idea for the Ring of Fire category. I saw the title and then the picture and laughed knowing that it would be great!
 I like it 
  September 19, 2012
Tah ooh wah hee ah ho ho ho! Awesome; I was hoping someone would take the category here!
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  September 19, 2012
We have a winner! I wish I could do this in 3 days, my entry took me 5 days + photo editing... If I get any further, this is going to be a problem I think! You really perfectly captured this hilarious scene, every fish is a masterpiece and I love your use of colors. It's colourful yet coherent, something I always admire. Best of luck!
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  September 19, 2012
Hahaha, someone beat me to "Sharkbait! Hoo ha!". Really nice representation of the individual characters and lots of colour. Love the shrimp, probably my favourite. Great job, well done and good luck!
 I like it 
  September 19, 2012
Haha! Fantastic as always!
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  September 19, 2012
Fish are friends! NOT FOOD! Is that a paintball inside the clam??
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  September 19, 2012
One of the best scenes in the whole movie. Everything looks so awesome. Hoo Haha!
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  September 19, 2012
Cool! :)
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  September 19, 2012
Congrats Blake, this creation is breathtaking! I like to see people who experiment with new styles, and bring into play themselves, and their creativity. This is not for all. You are an example for all Mocpages, my friend. Fantastic creation!
 I like it 
  September 19, 2012
Awesome favourite scene from that movie
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  September 19, 2012
I agree with you that it's a fantastic movie, and one of the best scenes that you've captured here. Scraped up in 3 days??? Now THAT's scary!
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  September 19, 2012
absolutely gorgeouse!! Good Luck!
 I like it 
  September 19, 2012
"Shark Bait, HOO HA HA!" That's the best scene of the movie (except the seagulls... "MINE MINE MINE") and you captured it perfectly. Great job!
 I like it 
  September 19, 2012
Beautiful. The colours are wonderful. I love Nemo and you've captured the essence, colour, brightness and character of the movie perfectly.
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  September 19, 2012
that shrimp is great, just like the rest of the moc!
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  September 19, 2012
Absolutely outstanding!
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  September 19, 2012
Yep, pretty much what I expected... always knew there was something fishy about your builds, I mean, one can only be so awesome at this right? ;) Great work as usual Blake :) ~Thoy
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  September 19, 2012
*gasp* "He touched the butt..." As a huge Disney/Pixar fan, I thoroughly enjoyed this! Excellent job!
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  September 19, 2012
Haha, I had this idea too! Great build, I think you've captured the fishes' characteristics very well :)
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  September 19, 2012
Nice build. Definitely had to watch the clip to fully get it.
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  September 19, 2012
Made me chuckle, Great idea!
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  September 19, 2012
This is kind of a big deal... Good luck!
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  September 19, 2012
Awesome! I wonder, is there a base plate under this, or did you just build the islands and fill in the empty spots with blue bricks? Also, is your sig-fig wearing war paint?
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  September 19, 2012
Too cool!
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  September 19, 2012
So much color and details! Excellent job!! All the best!
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  September 18, 2012
Fanrastic Blake! I envy your collection highly, good luck! :)
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  September 18, 2012
This is kind of awesome...
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  September 18, 2012
Oh ha this is great!
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  September 18, 2012
A delightful, colorful, fun build! You're sure to bubble up to round 2! :)
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  September 18, 2012
:D Nemo! :D Fire! :D Nemo+Fire! YAY GL!
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  September 18, 2012
A very picturesque build with bright and cheer colors. I love the under water feel, especially with the bubbles from the volcano. So many studs! -LB Senior
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  September 18, 2012
Fantastic work Blake! I particularly like the color scheme.
 
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