MOColympics Round 2 Entry:
Blake Baer vs jamesuniverse:
Build a vignette based on the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (war, hunger, disease, death). It is up to you how many of them appear in your moc or how you interpret them. But make sure that they (one or some or all) are visible as some kind of character. Donít build just a war scene, for example.
I took an artistic approach on this category. Instead of the men, I went with horses and their meaning.
There are many different sources to the "meaning" of each horse, but these are the ones I used.
Feel free to ask "what do the scales mean", but all I am going to say is:
The scales indicate the way that bread would have been weighed during a famine.
Thank you for looking!
Also thank you all who helped with feedback on these. It was greatly appreciated. If I had more time, I would have made the horse stances unique and added more symbolic items to represent each horse. :)
Great take on the category and really nice build. i think you were double unlucky in being up against a great builder who put in an excellent entry but good job and congrats on being blogged on Bricknerd!
Those horses are spectacular! The symbolism is presented wonderfully. I think if you had the horsemen on them in a more dynamic pose, it would have been more realized. Still, these again are great and I applaud your putting up a good fight against Blake. Superb job!
James, although this is a presentable entry, my vote goes to Blake. I think highly of you for building custom horses instead of using the official LEGO horses, but I'd have preferred a different physical appearance, not just one by colour (a strong war horse, a thin hunger horse ...).
Nevertheless, you did a really good job and I'd like to see you next year again.
A fantastic build, to say the least. The use of colour is effective, and the sculpt of the horses is very good. I think the legs could do with a little refinement, but the heads are nigh perfect. However, I feel that this MOC lacks a dynamic factor that would take it to the next level. The four horsemen and their horses are more than a symbol, and to portray it in this static fashion seems a little lifeless. Ultimately, Blake captured more of the power which I see in the horsemen, and wins my vote. Thanks for playing, and best of luck with the other judges!
The artistic presentation and use of symbolism really appeals to my own building methods. In composition terms the courage to line the four horses up really pays off; the colour coding adding to the picture. The horses too are very well built, and gain impact from their repetition. Overall this is a beautiful build, possibly a better composition than Blake's, but I'm afraid Blake has so many strong skills you are going to have to beat him on every level. His building skills, characterisation of the horsemen and realisation of the portal between worlds edged him ahead of you. Sorry Blake has my vote this time.