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A portion of "The Wizard of Oz" collaboration from VirtuaLUG - for the 2013 Brickworld Chicago event.
About this creation

Although I've not been nearly as active in the hobby as I used to be, I'm still building from time to time. These past few months were dedicated to helping out with a small (and rather non-glamorous) portion of a large project with VirtuaLUG.

Each year the LUG has been collaborating on a specific project for Brickworld. As many of you have already seen through other posts, this year's project was The Wizard of Oz. Here's a link to a video featuring the final product:

The Wizard of Oz

Meanwhile, I thought I'd post a few shots of my contribution. I love doing landscaping, and this portion was created to support Chris Phipson's Witches Castle. I had to ease up a bit on the variety of angles and textures for the sake of stability and transportation. Nevertheless, there were some nice areas that came about within the overall build. Hope ya enjoy...


Some WIP shots:











....aaaaand the final product once again:



And just a side note here for all the regulars on MOCpages ready to stone me to death for STILL not having the Eye of Chaos done...She's on her way. No more side projects now, and all I have left is to cap off the end with some engines. Hope to post the final creation some time around fall or early winter...FINALLY!!!!!!

Cheers, gang!




Comments

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  December 14, 2013
Beautiful rock-work, and I really love how you showed "depth" in the lake!
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  November 14, 2013
I just cant keep up with you, amazing creations.
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  September 11, 2013
Whoa someone DOES love them some rocks! Impressive rock formation! Green water is a nice touch.
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  August 12, 2013
Phenomenal rockwork, very well composed.
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  August 5, 2013
Wow, this is amazing. Thanks so much for commenting on my post, I rarely get comments and it means a lot to me.
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  August 5, 2013
Wow, this is amazing. Thanks so much for commenting on my post, I rarely get comments and it means a lot to me.
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  July 30, 2013
I never knew you actually were still on mocpages. this is beautiful. please check out some of my stuff. I've always admired 2 types of people. Artists, and AFOLs.
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  July 26, 2013
awesome work, i like the green water pool =D
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  July 26, 2013
I like how the rocks seem to flow or pour downward.
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  July 16, 2013
It's perfect! I like it!
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  July 15, 2013
Quoting Zach Eli "Sierra" Sykes Excellent work there. It's good to see you are not dead. FINISH THE EYE OF CHAOS!!! We want to see more than WIP pics, impressive as those can be. Garry mentioned this being a asteroid mining base . . . . As a resident sci-fi builder, I might just have to take that as a challenge.
I made a promise to myself that I wouldn't settle for any more WIP posts, but only the finished Eye of Chaos build. Should have that some time before Christmas if all goes well. Meanwhile, I get the same feeling from this shot - looks like some sort of lunar image or alien terrain. She's in pieces now and getting sorted, but this technique might be really cool again some time for a sci-fi MOC.
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  July 15, 2013
Excellent work there. It's good to see you are not dead. FINISH THE EYE OF CHAOS!!! We want to see more than WIP pics, impressive as those can be. Garry mentioned this being a asteroid mining base . . . . As a resident sci-fi builder, I might just have to take that as a challenge.
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  July 14, 2013
Brilliant rock work! It will look great with an ominous looking castle in the open space. I don't know why, but i keep thinking the flat part below the mountain could be a great place to put a mars-rover :-)
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  July 14, 2013
Quoting Garry King Mr MARK KELSO....SIR or MASTER of rock.. This is deserving or GOLD in the rock Olympics. Incredible structure and impressive shaping and form. I am truly impressed.. I can imagine it as a mining refinery on an asteroid....CONGRATULATIONS on a fantastic collaborative build..Flawless from what I can see from the images..Certainly inspired me to dust off the work area and create. This will be a slow year and probably next year as the construction room will undergo major renovating. Keep up the wonderful formations.
Thanks for such high praise, Gary - nice of you to say. I certainly can understand when it comes to slowing down the building pace. Hopefully you won't have to put the Lego as far on the backburner as I did, but regardless, we'll all be looking forward to any new work you can squeeze in. I'm betting the building room is going to be very impressive when it's finished, as well - can't wait to see it! (So, yeah...I'm hoping you'll post some pics. ;)
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  July 13, 2013
Mr MARK KELSO....SIR or MASTER of rock.. This is deserving or GOLD in the rock Olympics. Incredible structure and impressive shaping and form. I am truly impressed.. I can imagine it as a mining refinery on an asteroid....CONGRATULATIONS on a fantastic collaborative build..Flawless from what I can see from the images..Certainly inspired me to dust off the work area and create. This will be a slow year and probably next year as the construction room will undergo major renovating. Keep up the wonderful formations.
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  July 13, 2013
That is amazing! I wish I had that much dark bley!
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  July 12, 2013
Quoting David . Not to be rude, but Phipsons castle doesn't deserve to be atop such a piece of art. Wonderful work, I like me some rocks, too. ;D
Thanks for the comment, David. Although, I have to admit that I'm desperately trying to avoid all of the "Phipson on top" jokes right now! I'm sure he'd be the first to agree with you, but I'll be the first to politely disagree. I was glad to have been in collaboration with Chris once again, and I loved the work he did on the castle. I know you're comment was meant only as a compliment, but in case I hadn't said it before, I just wanted to go on record in saying thanks to Chris for teaming up on this one, and that I was proud to have worked with him once again!
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  July 12, 2013
Not to be rude, but Phipsons castle doesn't deserve to be atop such a piece of art. Wonderful work, I like me some rocks, too. ;D
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  July 12, 2013
ah yes ive seen the pictures from this exhibition, really like it! and i really should also take more time to read whats is on people's pages rather than just look at the pictures, but i usually come on here at work so i have to be quick and not get caught!! top build once again, the rock base really complements the black castle!
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  July 12, 2013
I saw the finished build, and it was spectacular!!!!! -Brick Boy
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  July 11, 2013
Great job!
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  July 11, 2013
really nice work, do you find rock work difficult or are you just a natural, as for wandering of task got 15 projects at the moment and no funds for any of them, the colour mix is very trippy.
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  July 11, 2013
It's like Charlie Brown on Halloween; 'Man...I got a rock'. =) Unlike Chuck's, this one is a work of art. Your are hands down the master of truly natural rock work and have been for some time now (anyone who doubts need only look at 'Apocolypsis'). Only you can make the rocks the star of the show and Chris knows I mean no disrespect to him. It'll be a great day to finally meet you and share a friendly man-hug. Man, not mouth. ~H
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  July 10, 2013
Quoting Chris Bramley this is amazing! i can only dream having this much dbg pieces! do you have any plans for putting anything on top of the rocks? personally i think i castle would look epic!! Chris
Thanks so much, Chris - If you look at the text above the images, it explains the purpose for the rocks and provides a link. Again, thanks to all for taking the time to comment!
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  July 10, 2013
this is amazing! i can only dream having this much dbg pieces! do you have any plans for putting anything on top of the rocks? personally i think i castle would look epic!! Chris
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  July 10, 2013
Wow, Mark. I threw a comment at this on Flickr, but I cannot get enough of it. That big flat area makes it look unfinished, but it doesn't matter. This may very well be the best landscaping work I have seen to date. This is something I've never tried before, but after seeing this, I am actually considering giving it a shot. Well done, of course. Always look forward to a new Kelso work showing up in the community.
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  July 9, 2013
So I'm looking at that portion on the backside of the main shot (the most concentrated rocky part) thinking, 'How cool would that be to make a ship out of that (irregular and asymmetrical)?' Like a flying rock with some smooth parts seen beneth it's rocky skin. Man, I'm getting excited here! Get on it, Mark! Seriously, amazing landscape here. For me personally I like the dark and dingy feel, as compared to the bright and cheery. - Matt
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  July 8, 2013
Okay, that looks awesome!
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  July 7, 2013
That's a really awesome base! The rocks rock! Hahaha seriously they're fantastic. It's good to see you building! Thanks for posting that video! I hadn't actually seen te collab before this. It came out really amazing!
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  July 7, 2013
Thanks for sharing
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  July 7, 2013
You should build more Mark, yiu are still good at it ;-)
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  July 7, 2013
Wow this is fantastic. Mr X’s comment sums this up perfectly - “you really have to understand the nature of nature”
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  July 7, 2013
Another word of thanks to all who've taken the time to comment! Feels good to have posted some work again. I also wanted to just go on record as having said thanks to everyone involved with the collaboration - too many to thank individually in this comment, but you all know who you are, and HOW MUCH YOU ALL CONTRIBUTED! It was my honor and pleasure, and I look forward to our next endeavor!
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  July 7, 2013
Very well done landscape, and very nice to "hear" form you again!
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  July 7, 2013
I said it once and I say it again - rocks aren't just slope pieces put together. To achieve a realistic look, you really have to understand the nature of nature. Just like you, Mark. This is a brilliant example.
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  July 6, 2013
Wow! Excellent rock work! I distinctly noticed it when I saw the Collab! Amazing! Can't wait for the Eye of Chaos!
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  July 6, 2013
Pretty darn nice (and realistic to boot)!
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  July 6, 2013
Stunning rock work!
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  July 6, 2013
Where'd you get all those trans green? Oh yeah, never mind ;). You and I have become quite adept at combining our work to make some rather impressive (mostly your portion) collaboratives. And I've already thought about how we could again join forces to tackle a certain section of next year's group build... you know... IF you get the Eye done... remember, you have a lot riding on getting that done. Seriously though, Matt was right. While I may be able to produce a half way decent castle, it's your work that really made our section shine! You know the saying, behind every man is a strong woman... wait, did I just call you... what I meant was... oh never mind. Jokes aside, Thank You. ~Chris.
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  July 6, 2013
I got a pretty good look at this in person at BW, and its even better in person than on a computer screen! The sheer variety of techniques is probably my favorite part. Glad to see you've still got the Midas touch!
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  July 6, 2013
fantastic!
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  July 6, 2013
Mark, While it may not have been the most glamorous part of the collaborative, it was just as important and welcome. I spent a lot of time admiring and observing your techniques. I was so intimidated by the beauty that I farmed out the rock work on my build adjacent to yours. Thank you so much for this wonderful section of our build. ~DK
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  July 6, 2013
this is fantastic!! the detail is just incredible!!
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  July 6, 2013
Great work as always, Mark. The texturing is brilliant. Lovely angles. And I'm pleased that The Eye' is nearly done at last! haha! --Blast--
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  July 6, 2013
You had to spend a lot of time building this. And the effect is amazing!
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  July 6, 2013
I agree with el-barto, the lighting fits this piece, it looks fab! out of world-ish, a bit like the moon, in all things I built with lego, I find rocks the most difficult to achieve good looks, my love for symmetry gets in the way I guess...well done Mark!
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  July 6, 2013
It was great to see this in person, although I like the lighting in that main pic! Too bad you weren't there to enjoy the festivities. Maybe next year, eh? Amazing work, Mark!
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  July 6, 2013
This is such gorgeous work Mark, its nice to see you post your contribution separately. The whole collab looks spectacular, but it is always nice seeing the amazing effort everyone puts in. Thanks for sharing! ~Thoy
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  July 6, 2013
Wow, you built something! This year! Although deceptively simple, this is quite impressive.
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  July 6, 2013
Who said there was no glamour in rocks? Depends on how much they shine! :)
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  July 6, 2013
Great to see you building again, Mr. Kelso! Impressive work. The build flows very nicely.
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  July 6, 2013
Gang, thanks so much for all of the nice comments - very much appreciated! Hope you can all see through the layer of dust that's accumulated on my pages! ;)
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  July 6, 2013
Nice, I saw these on the video. I might be there next year with a friend. Any tips you could give me that the website does not?
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  July 6, 2013
Quoting Deus "Big D." Otiosus So we know the Eye is comming - so how musch work was done since the last update?
I looked at it for a few minutes...does that count? :P Actually, the bottom portion is now complete - still had some work to do on that portion last post. So now, the upper and lower portions need to be "capped," for lack of a better term, with the engines at the back - which is what's left to do.
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  July 6, 2013
SWEET ROCKS!
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  July 6, 2013
So we know the Eye is comming - so how musch work was done since the last update?
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  July 6, 2013
Wow, very impressive landscaping!
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  July 6, 2013
Hail, king of lego landscape!
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  July 6, 2013
Amazing job! That is some top-notch rockwork.
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  July 6, 2013
Chris mentioned that you did the base. Some lovely rock work Mr. Kelso! Top notch!
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  July 6, 2013
Wow !
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  July 6, 2013
Beautiful! Just beautiful! I was at the BrickWorld wondering who put together the rockwork... now I find out!
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  July 6, 2013
This rocks! I'm sure you're getting that pun a good bit.
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  July 6, 2013
Excellent work, though what would one expect? Great job; and fight off the urges that are, non- LEGO. Channel your mind and meditate..... Basically, build! 5/5
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  July 6, 2013
Those are some awesome rocks! Great work!
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  July 6, 2013
Awesome landscape work .
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  July 6, 2013
Come on, Mark, quit playin' with your rocks and finish that ship already! ;-P
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  July 6, 2013
"Small" lol. Great job.
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  July 6, 2013
that's so beautiful - natural texture...!! but where is the eye of chaos? ;-) ?
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  July 6, 2013
May be non-glamorous, but Chris' castle wouldn't be half as spectacular without this masterpiece to place it on. Just the mood created from this portion of the display is worth it's weight in gold. Desolate, uninviting, and evil can all be summed up in a humble rock landscape: THAT'S impressive! The texture you created is something to aspire to.
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  July 6, 2013
Beautiful, absolutely beautiful! Your artistic talent is unsurpassed in the AFOL world.
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  July 6, 2013
First! Rockwork is perfect!
 
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