Build us a battle between two mages of the mystic arts. Be sure to include their magical "effects" as they throw spells with wanton abandon.
I believe I wasn’t at my best from the beginning of this round, and then I caught a big cold… But let’s not underrate myself, that’s your job, you judges! (Just kiddin’ Ok? :P)
Ok, it’s one MOC but it’s also a little story. After my microscale entry, I wanted to include as many play features as I could. In the “set” spirit, it’s also reasonably sturdy (but obviously doesn’t meet TLC’s standards in any way!)
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Once upon a time, in the Barren Lands of the North, there was a City ruled by the evil Air Mage Zess.
For decades he oppressed the citizens, casting deadly spells from the Tower Gate, his den and laboratory.
Zess: “The fluids are troubled… Someone is coming!”
But his nemesis, the Earth Sorcerer Kohntark, was lurking from the depth.
“My Magic Globe brought me to the right cave…”
“Look out, Zess! Here I come!!”
“I challenge you! He who survives this fight will rule the City!”
Zess: “First you’ll have to face the White Shadow!” A guard opened the portcullis...
White Shadow, the keeper of the Tower Gate, slowly stepped out of the dungeon.
Kohntark: “O Forces of the Underworld, release the Black Cloud!”
Black Cloud, the Snake-Centipede slave of Kohntark, crept out of a dark tunnel.
A fierce fight began…
“Hum… That’s NOT Hogwarts’ ladies rooms…”
… But soon the creatures killed each other.
Kohntark: “Let’s get rid of you! Swird-Sworl!!”
But failed spells can have unexpected side effects…
Zess: “Mwa-ha-haa!! You can’t cast spells if you can’t spell them right! SWORD-SWIRL!!”
Kohntark: ”GIMME SHELTER!!”
A few spells later, the two wizards decided to fight bare hands.
Kohntark: “Metamorphosis! Green Machine & Red Nightmare!!”
Zess: “Purple Haze & Pink Steam!!”
The mages had turned into hideous monsters, ready to tear each other into pieces…
In their merciless struggle, the two titans rolled in the torrent. It is said that their fight lasts forever, in the depths of the Cold Ocean…
… But on the battlefield, only their bodies remained…
… And soon turned to dust.
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And so the people of the City were set free from the Mages’ dark oppression. They had a big feast on the battlefield, and decided they would rule themselves without magic, cosmic or godly influence…
The feast lasted long, because Christmas was coming, as well as the end of the MocOlympics!
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A view from the side...
... and top
The cave trapdoor
The forced perspective
Three more pictures of the tower and creatures
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Commentary : Not much to say, except it was really tough… Three months of intense building finally found me tired of Lego (not for long, don’t worry!) and a little out of ideas… I hope I’ve come up with something worth of a Final Round!
Also, there are nine song titles in the text… Can you spot them all?
I’m very very glad to have come this far whatever the outcome may be. I wish every one of you a happy Christmas, with lots of Lego of course! I’m so eager to know what the prizes are! Thanks to Brickworld, Dave Kaleta and Yuri Fassio, you are wonderful! Thanks to all the MocPages people, the judges and admins of the MocOlympics, you guys do a fantastic job. Thanks everyone for viewing and especially the judges! Good luck again Heath!
Hi everyone! I just found time to get back to you, sorry 'bout that! ;) My (understandable I think) disappointment only lasted for a few hours, but I was in the country and the internet wasn't that reliable... First as always, thanks for your kind comments! I thoroughly enjoyed my first MocOlympics! I was hoping to get to round 4, so the finals!... Heath you're welcome. It seemed to me like the natural thing to do, I couldn't imagine a final win by default! That plus the fact that you've been an excellent and tenacious competitor... Plus you made a pinball out of Lego: how would I resist watching it in action? :P I don't think I will manage to make it next year, maybe in 2014... But expect lots of creations and perhaps participation to less time consuming contests! MocPages is a great community, and I want to thank the admins, judges and members one last time. And of course Dave and the other sponsors for the prizes! See you very soon and happy new year! --Tom--
Tom it was a fantastic battle! Your entry is superb in every sense of the word! I can't believe this is your first MOC Olympics! You did such an amazing job this year, I fully expect to see you come back next year and sweep the whole thing! Until then, I wanted to say Thank you for lobbying for my build to be accepted by the judges after my many frustrations with MOCpages. You're a fantastic sport and a winner in my book mate! I look forward to seeing more amazing builds from you in the upcoming new year and beyond! I hope you had a Merry Christmas, and an even Happier New Year!! Cheers!
Tom, let me first say that this is an amazing entry and totally worthy of a MocOlympics champion! You and Heath both pulled out all the stops! Congrats on making it this far and really, thank you for such an amazing entry. In the end though, Heath's functionality won me over. Hold your head up high man, especially for your first games, you really rocked it! Congrats! ~ Chris.
First things first... My vote goes YOU.
It was a close call though, your opponent had a really fun and functional creation, which made it hard to compare the entries. In the end however your detailed diorama won me over, the microscale is very effective, especially the forced perspective in the picture where the earth sorcerer arrives at the bridge.
Sorry Tom but I gave my vote to Heath. A very close call to be sure in yet another close contest. Both entries were great for different reasons: your entry looked spectacular and had some amazing castles and special effects whereas Heath's moc, while lacking a story, made up for it with interactivity. Well played to both grand finalists!
Boy was this a tough final round to judge! And it was, no doubt, far tougher to build for. These kind of endurance contests get really straining by the end, but you both dug your spurs into your horses and delivered some fantastic entries. Heath's functionality was a real bonus, and he did a pretty failsafe combination of solid architecture, emotive characters, creative interpretation, and playability. Your build matched this with an equally failsafe combination of architecture (with interior), Stormbringeresque creatures, a jolly story, forced perspective, awesome stalactites, and some landscaping in your impressionist style I've grown to love. In the end, it came down to the "cleanness" of your builds, and your build is just a bit more compositionally clean and solid than Heath's. In light of that, you've earned my vote. I can see this going in both directions, so good luck with the rest of the judges!
I was torn here, both are great entries, both entries are worthy of the final, both entries did well to tackle the category. In the end the functionality of your opponent's build won over my vote as it played to my engineering tendencies over your spectacular scenic approach. Whatever the outcome both of you should take a bow for surviving this long and putting on a great clinic of Lego building and competitive spirit! Good luck with the rest of the judges.
Excellent entry Tom, and well deserving of a champion vote! The magic effects are all well thought out, and the scenery is amazing. Thank you for being such a great sport...I did get the video loaded, but other pics won't and I'm gonna let it stand as is to get things moving. Who needs more pics anyway?! :P Anywho, it's been a great challenge and real pleasure going up against you. I wish you and your family all the best and a Merry Christmas!!!
Wow, truly an entry worthy of the final round. The micro town is fantastic, I love the rounded towers and how the river flows from it. The tower was a pleasant surprise, the size and detail of it is incredible. The part that most stands out for me if the cave though, the use of cheese is top-notch. Of course the magical beasts are awesome as well! ;) That said, my all-time favourite aspect of this creation is the use of the Christmas ornament. The way the white sparkles on it work with the trans-clear effect you built is phenomenal, you can easily imagine sparks flying from the swords and magic shield. Seriously, that's the best technique I've seen all year. You've certainly shown yourself to be one of the greatest MocOlympic builders around, awesome work. Merry Christmas and good luck with the judges!
This is spectacular! I love how you did a big MOC, with forced perspective, as well as a story and creatures. It really showcases all of the different skills you have when it comes to building! Great job, man!
This is spectacular! I love how you did a big MOC, it's forced perspective, as well as a story and creatures. It really showcases all of the different skills you have when it comes to building! Great job, man!
Very awesomesauce! The use of forced perspective along with "normal" perspective (correct terminology?) is ingenious. The wizard fight is pretty awesome, as well. I applaud you on your use of the various techniques to achieve the different spells. The SWORD-SWIRLO (or whatever it is called) is my favorite. Well, second only to Harry getting turned into a frog thingy.
Perfect build (and I rarely say that)! The micro city is very well done, the minifig scale sections are well built, the story and fight scenes are very entertaining, and the beasts are very creative. Awesome job!
The many brilliant details, clever storyline, and numerous mini builds within this entry are all fabulous. But what really stands out are the wide, sweeping shots of the entire little world you have created... simply incredible, and very well-played, as Mr. Spacek said. Whatever happens, you have impressed all of MOCpages with your skill. A boat-load of luck to you, and thank you for all the fantastic entries I've had to amuse me over the last few weeks.
Tom...wow, wow...this literally made me gasp, no joke. Breath-taking work here!! Heath's definitely got his work cutout for him. My, my, my, this is just stunning. Very, very well played sir and good luck!