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M.O. Round 1: Leo the Lion
My entry into Round 1 of the 2013 MocOlympics. Category: 12 Signs of the Zodiac. You know... Leo, Scorpio, Gemini and so on. Choose any ONE of the 12 Zodiac signs and build a moc incorporating that ONE sign into it. (in case you haven't noticed, you're only allowed to choose ONE of the twelve signs). No size limits.
About this creation
Link to the 2013 MocOlympics.

Hello everyone!

Well, Between my Spare and Lunch break, I managed to Upload my entry.
It is my largest and best MOC yet, and I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

The MOC depicts the astrologer and mathematician Ptolemy observing the Constellation Leo on a hill overlooking Athens.




A darker version of the main photo.











Athens! Though not completely accurate to the actual city, it's pretty close. It includes the Acropolis with the statue of Athena, A gymnasium, forum, marketplace, harbour, temples, and villas.





A statue of Leo sits at the top of the rocks.



The harbour. Complete with docks, firemen shacks on the beach, cliffs, and ships.












A view of the MOC without the removable sky.



And, since the category specifically said "signs," here is the Zodiac symbol of Leo.



Not good enough? How about this one?



The sky with the random stars removed. A reference picture of the actual constellation below.





"Well, Bless us and splash us, precious! It glows!" No Photoshop! :D



And a final view of the MOC with my Sig.

Well, this was a lot of fun to build! It was a bit tough, because I knew almost nothing about the Zodiac, but I enjoyed it immensely. This was also my first try a FP.

A big thank you to all the judges, the sponsors, and Mr. Phipson for putting on this awesome contest.

Thanks for viewing, and Good luck to all my fellow competitors!

~Mark



Comments

 I like it 
  December 20, 2013
Great work, Mark! I'm a HUGE fan of your MOCs! My email is "Graeme.straughn@gmail.com" I'd love to talk with ya! Thanks!
 I made it 
  November 5, 2013
Thanks a lot everyone!
 I like it 
  October 31, 2013
great wall focus point...this is awesome
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  October 19, 2013
Really nice work, the forced perspective is very well-done, as is the rockwork. The incorporation of the signs was very clever. Great job!
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  October 14, 2013
amazing, very creative. Good luck in the olympics!
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  September 23, 2013
Thanks a lot guys!!!
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  September 23, 2013
50? You deserve it man!
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  September 23, 2013
I can't hold back much longer. Mind if I get you to 50?
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  September 18, 2013
Fantastic job!
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  September 18, 2013
Quoting Anamir Daughter of Denethor I can't believe I never, like, commented or rated this before NOW! Great job Mark. :)
Thanks Anamir!
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  September 18, 2013
Quoting Graham Gidman Congrats on advancing! By the way, do you buy from Bricklink?
Thanks you! No, I don't. I buy from Lego.
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  September 18, 2013
Quoting Jacob Pennington Great job on advancing Mark! I'm rooting for you and Zac from here on in!
Thanks Jake! I appreciate that!
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  September 18, 2013
Quoting Alex Rode Have they released the M.O. round two topic? I'm interested to know even though I'm not in it. I'll go check.
I don't think so.
Quoting Alex Rode Wow, 43 likes now. That's astounding, Mark. I look forward to see you become even better. I struggle behind you, desperately hoping for just 35 likes :D Ah, I'm glad it's not so much of a competition. I seriously hope you go far in the MOs. You've got what it takes to go far. Good luck!
Thanks man! You are ahead of me now! :D You are getting better and better as well! Thanks again!
 I like it 
  September 18, 2013
Have they released the M.O. round two topic? I'm interested to know even though I'm not in it. I'll go check.
 I like it 
  September 18, 2013
I can't believe I never, like, commented or rated this before NOW! Great job Mark. :)
 I like it 
  September 16, 2013
Wow, 43 likes now. That's astounding, Mark. I look forward to see you become even better. I struggle behind you, desperately hoping for just 35 likes :D Ah, I'm glad it's not so much of a competition. I seriously hope you go far in the MOs. You've got what it takes to go far. Good luck!
 I like it 
  September 16, 2013
Congrats on advancing! By the way, do you buy from Bricklink?
 I like it 
  September 16, 2013
Great job on advancing Mark! I'm rooting for you and Zac from here on in!
 I like it 
  September 15, 2013
Very nice indeed :-) I look forward to your round two build :-)
 I made it 
  September 15, 2013
Quoting Ian Spacek Your combined total score for Round 1 of the 2013 MocOlympics is 35. Congratulations! You’ll be advancing to Round 2!
Thank you!
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  September 15, 2013
Quoting Stephen Boe Hey mark this made it to the most discussed!
Nice! Thanks for the info!
Quoting Alex Rode Hey Mark, I’m rooting for you. I actually think it’s a good thing I didn’t go through, since I have simply too much going on currently. However, I have decided I will go full-in to mosaics. Coming up: Calvin, then a rage face, then maybe the Canucks, and possibly a real-life portrait. Good luck in round 2!
You are too kind! Thank you very much! Can't wait!
 I made it 
  September 15, 2013
Thanks a lot everyone!
 I like it 
  September 15, 2013
Hey mark this made it to the most discussed!
 I like it 
  September 15, 2013
Your combined total score for Round 1 of the 2013 MocOlympics is 35. Congratulations! You’ll be advancing to Round 2!
 I like it 
  September 15, 2013
Hey Mark, I’m rooting for you. I actually think it’s a good thing I didn’t go through, since I have simply too much going on currently. However, I have decided I will go full-in to mosaics. Coming up: Calvin, then a rage face, then maybe the Canucks, and possibly a real-life portrait. Good luck in round 2!
 I like it 
  September 14, 2013
Nice work. A tad over-textured, but well built and composed all the same.
  September 13, 2013
Okay, Mark, I'll admit it. You're better than me. Fantastic work, even though I already said so. I gotta get building. I've been spending too much of my time on school and running. Gotta get brickin'.
 I like it 
  September 13, 2013
So much to love about this! The detail is phenomenal. Very creative build. I love the microscale athens, the figs, and the glow-in-the-dark.
 I made it 
  September 12, 2013
Thanks to both of you!
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  September 12, 2013
My favorite part is the sunset! That is amazing!! Great job and good luck!
 I like it 
  September 11, 2013
I really like the different techniques you used on this piece, very innovative! the sign in red was the icing on the cake for me, bravo!
 I made it 
  September 11, 2013
Quoting Halhi 141 You were trying to be the last entry, weren't you? Excellent micro work, and nice sunset effect too.
Thank you! No, not intentionally. I had to work, and I only got back 30 min before it closed. THEN I thought, "Well, why not last?"
 I made it 
  September 11, 2013
Quoting Stuart Lucas Really well thought out and beautiful microscale. I like the detail of the sun sinking into the sea and the dark sky overhead, really great idea. Good luck!
Thanks Stuart! It was fun!
Quoting Delatron 3000 really nice work! A lot of techniques combined for a well-presented and well thought out MOC. Good luck!
Thanks man!
 I made it 
  September 11, 2013
Quoting Graham Gidman I'm speechless with your level of creativity in this! I love all the mini stuff, and the sun, brilliant idea! Overall, awesome job!
Thank you Graham!
 I made it 
  September 11, 2013
Quoting Zach "gothambygaslight" L. Amazing creation Mark! Best of luck to you!
Thanks man!
Quoting Jacob Pennington Hey Mark, you should probably add it to the group before its too late.
Thanks, I did!
 I made it 
  September 11, 2013
Thanks a lot everyone! Good luck to you as well!
 I like it 
  September 11, 2013
Great job, the sunset is spectacular.
 I like it 
  September 11, 2013
Really well thought out and beautiful microscale. I like the detail of the sun sinking into the sea and the dark sky overhead, really great idea. Good luck!
 I like it 
  September 11, 2013
really nice work! A lot of techniques combined for a well-presented and well thought out MOC. Good luck!
 I like it 
  September 11, 2013
Excellent!
 I like it 
  September 11, 2013
Excellent! I really like the sunset! Good luck Man!
 I like it 
  September 11, 2013
You were trying to be the last entry, weren't you? Excellent micro work, and nice sunset effect too.
Mark McPeek
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Dr. Monster
  September 10, 2013
Cool! The sun reflecting in the water is a great idea and a great design.
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  September 10, 2013
Amazing creation Mark! Best of luck to you!
 I like it 
  September 10, 2013
Nice creation! Cool sunset and forced perspective!
 I like it 
  September 10, 2013
Hey Mark, you should probably add it to the group before its too late.
 I like it 
  September 10, 2013
Great work. Good luck.
 I like it 
  September 9, 2013
I'm speechless with your level of creativity in this! I love all the mini stuff, and the sun, brilliant idea! Overall, awesome job!
 I like it 
  September 9, 2013
nice.
 I made it 
  September 9, 2013
Quoting Jacob Pennington Amazing, as expected! That sunset is what really drew me in! Great work again Mark! You're a shoo-in for round two!
Thanks a lot Jake!
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  September 9, 2013
Quoting Thatch Gears Perfect.. very nice entry. I'd say your a shoe-in.
Thanks Thatch!
Quoting James Mckinnon This is awesome. I love that sunset and the microscale Athens is the icing on the cake. Good luck in the mocolympics.
Thanks James!
 I made it 
  September 9, 2013
Quoting Topsy Creatori (StoveTopCreator!) Super Awesome! :)
Thanks!
Quoting Jared . Yay lions. Nice one!
Thank you!
Quoting David the Fire Ninja Jedi Really nice work! I like the reflection!
Thanks David!
 I made it 
  September 9, 2013
Quoting Nick Barrett There's a lot to enjoy here - love the microscale city, the landscape, the sunset... it's a work of art!
Thanks Nick!
 I made it 
  September 9, 2013
Quoting Ru Corder Wow dude, this is great.
Thanks Ru!
 I made it 
  September 9, 2013
Quoting George Marshall That sunset looks epic, great job! And good luck in the contest!
Thanks George!
 I made it 
  September 9, 2013
Quoting Joshua Quint This is amazing!
Thanks Josh!
 I made it 
  September 9, 2013
Quoting Brick Savage Wow this looks really great, nice perspective and parts usage
Thanks!
 I made it 
  September 9, 2013
Quoting Tanna Fairwood Wow!! That's awesome!!! I mean...it's so COOL!!! Great job. :D
Thanks!
 I made it 
  September 9, 2013
Quoting Stephen Boe Love the micro city, but that sunset and constellation is stellar!
Thanks Stephen! It was a lot of fun to build!
 I made it 
  September 9, 2013
Quoting Alex Rode Oh my goodness. That is AMAZING!! The reflection in the water is masterful! The trees look more than excellent! The whole thing is PERFECT!! Mark, if you don't go to round two, I promise myself I will never participate in MocOlympics again. But that's not necessary, 'cause you are going to round 2. Wow, wow, wow.
You are just to kind. Thank you very much!
 I made it 
  September 9, 2013
Thanks a ton everyone!
 I like it 
  September 9, 2013
Really nice work! I like the reflection!
 I like it 
  September 9, 2013
This is awesome. I love that sunset and the microscale Athens is the icing on the cake. Good luck in the mocolympics.
 I like it 
  September 9, 2013
Amazing, as expected! That sunset is what really drew me in! Great work again Mark! You're a shoo-in for round two!
 I like it 
  September 9, 2013
Awesome!
 I like it 
  September 9, 2013
Perfect.. very nice entry. I'd say your a shoe-in.
 I like it 
  September 9, 2013
Yay lions. Nice one!
 I like it 
  September 9, 2013
Super Awesome! :)
 I like it 
  September 9, 2013
Wow dude, this is great.
 I like it 
  September 9, 2013
There's a lot to enjoy here - love the microscale city, the landscape, the sunset... it's a work of art!
 I like it 
  September 9, 2013
That sunset looks epic, great job! And good luck in the contest!
 I like it 
  September 9, 2013
This is amazing!
 I like it 
  September 9, 2013
Wow this looks really great, nice perspective and parts usage
 I like it 
  September 9, 2013
Wow!! That's awesome!!! I mean...it's so COOL!!! Great job. :D
 I like it 
  September 9, 2013
Love the micro city, but that sunset and constellation is stellar!
  September 9, 2013
Oh my goodness. That is AMAZING!! The reflection in the water is masterful! The trees look more than excellent! The whole thing is PERFECT!! Mark, if you don't go to round two, I promise myself I will never participate in MocOlympics again. But that's not necessary, 'cause you are going to round 2. Wow, wow, wow.
 
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