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MELO Round 2: David FNJ vs. Jackson Williams
Bracket: Orthanc
About this creation
My Round 2 entry to the 2013-14 Middle Earth Lego Olympics

My opponent Jackson Williams.

Category: "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.


Well, here it is folks! I was studying hard for a Accounting II final exam this past week, so building time was at a minimum. After I got that done on Saturday afternoon, I went full building mode. Breaks included meals, sleep, and church, but that was about it. Anyway, I hope to have more time for the future rounds if I make it past this round.

Sorry about the lighting...you can see the overhead light that glares a bit. Today (January 19th) was GREAT for taking pictures (see Andrew JN's build to see the nice lighting we had today) but I didn't finish my build until it was dark outside....oh well, I'll get better pictures here once the Round 2 judging is done. (probably sooner on Flickr)




Please read the part that is italicized as it describes the application of the quote better.

Once upon a time lived two men, cousins in fact. One man wasted his life away partying and flirting. Money was not a problem as he was from a royal family. The second man, however, left the life of meaningless and decided to help his fellow man with the short time he had on the earth. At that time, darkness was creeping in on the dwelling of the cousins. One accepted doom and decided to throw one last party while the other risked his life and led a few brave men to fight the oncoming enemy.

It is the same with us today. We each must decide what to do with the time that has been given to us. Will we waste it? Or will we get out there and do something worthwhile with our lives? The verse in the Bible that comes to mind is from Joshua, "as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."


In our day to day activities, are we using our time wisely? Let's not be like the spoiled cousin in my short story but rather the one who gives himself for the benefit of others.


Great category judges! Thanks :D


The spoiled, time-wasting, cousin...



...and his last-minute party with his other spoiled guests.



The brave and virtuous cousin leading a few soldiers into a battle.



Other shots of the build:



















FNJ's comments:
This was a more formal endeavor into castle building. In the past I've done one large wall and a ruins type thing, but I really like how the castle looks! I didn't want flat walls that were textured, so I made the bump-out sections and the morphing into the rocks. Castle is fun, and you'll be sure to see more in the future!
My second highlight is how the ground looks. I love how it goes from the nice and gently-sloping green to the rough and dying ground that symbolizes the dark coming in that will inevitably take over if something useful isn't done. "Fight the dark, don't wait for it to overcome you" is what went through my mind. If one wastes his time, sooner or later the mess will show, and it will hurt.
Other details: I like the ravens and the remains of the cow or other grazing animal. The rock-work boarder was pretty neat and helped give the scene a more flowing landscape while still allowing for a defined boarder. You'll notice that there is a little gray sign in the dark area - it is indeed LEGO! It's the piece where a pair of LEGO keys connect onto when you find it in a set.




Thanks for looking, God bless!

David FNJ



Comments

 I like it 
  February 17, 2014
Terrific texture transitions! Congrats on advancing too! :)
 I like it 
  February 14, 2014
The masonry work is incredible! Fantastic!
 I like it 
  February 13, 2014
Nice castle, though I must say, the landscape really steals the show. Great job.
  February 7, 2014
Quoting Kai Bernstein The texturing on the castle walls could be a bit better, though, in my opinion; it should be in more concentrated "clumps" rather than spread out and sparse.
Not sure if you saw this in my first comment. I think it's what Halhi was referring to as well.
 I like it 
  January 30, 2014
This is a great build, I particularly like the shaping of the castle wall. Congratulations on advancing deservedly, and good luck in the rest of the contest!
 I like it 
  January 29, 2014
Amazing! That's really good! I hope you make it to the next round!
 I like it 
  January 27, 2014
Beautiful work!
 I like it 
  January 27, 2014
Wow David, another stellar scene! I love how you have the cousin going into battle while the other drinks and parties. :D
 I like it 
  January 27, 2014
pretty cool scene!
 I like it 
  January 27, 2014
Really nice shaping of both the base and the castle! The landscaping and rocks look good, and I really like the "dark" transition. The texturing on the castle walls could be a bit better, though, in my opinion; it should be in more concentrated "clumps" rather than spread out and sparse. Apart from that, great build!
 I like it 
  January 26, 2014
Great detail; highly textured. Quite impressive!
 I like it 
  January 24, 2014
Really great job on the angled castle walls!
 I like it 
  January 22, 2014
One of the biggest and most impressive entries so far! You have my vote! Welcome to R3!
 I like it 
  January 21, 2014
While I know it's never fun to win by default, yours was a fantastic and well-composed build. Congratulations on moving on to the next round!
 I like it 
  January 21, 2014
I like how you did the rock/ruble ground and ties in nicely with the green grass leading to castle which is great too.
 I like it 
  January 21, 2014
I have to admit that this genre (fantasty, etc.) doesn't usually hold my interest, but I can still see that this is a fantastic build, with lots of great details and building techniques. Great job!
 I like it 
  January 21, 2014
Apparently, you have my vote! I love your use of the upside-down rounded modified plates on the path. Keep it up!
 I like it 
  January 20, 2014
What strikes me first and foremost is how much this looks like someone sliced off the top of a mountain ! The landscape looks fantastic. Excellent !
 I like it 
  January 20, 2014
Amazing work done here David! I really like the evil area and the castle/gate is quite nice too.
 I like it 
  January 20, 2014
The color scheme here looks great, and the landscape is fantastic. The castle is the crowning jewel of the build, of course. I love the shape of the architecture and the texturing on the walls. Good luck!
 I like it 
  January 20, 2014
Nice David! I like how you did the colors. The castle wall is awesome too.
 I like it 
  January 20, 2014
Fantastic work! I really like the detailing and the textures! Good luck!
 I like it 
  January 20, 2014
Great work, Jackson has his work cut out for him!
 I like it 
  January 20, 2014
This is just packed with excellent details! Superb work, David!
 I like it 
  January 20, 2014
Great MOC. Everything is well built and nicely staged. I like the design of the pathway too.
 I like it 
  January 20, 2014
Beautiful build. Very cool idea for the uneven pathway.
 I like it 
  January 20, 2014
Cool scene, Dude!
 I like it 
  January 20, 2014
Love everything about it!
 I like it 
  January 20, 2014
Nice
 I like it 
  January 20, 2014
Awesome! So many cool details!
 I like it 
  January 20, 2014
Regardless of the amount time you spent on it, this is still great. I love the fact that it isn't the average rectangular/square shape we're all fairly familiar with! Good luck with the judges!
 I like it 
  January 19, 2014
Great build David! Do to vacation i didn't have enough time to build an entry. And i think you would have beaten me anyways.;)
 I like it 
  January 19, 2014
Awesome stone path there! good luck!
 I like it 
  January 19, 2014
Awesome, just used that type of path in my latest build I just posted!
 I like it 
  January 19, 2014
Great work David! Good luck! ~Brick
 I made it 
  January 19, 2014
Quoting Michael K. Really good stonework on the castle.
Thanks! I definitely tried hard to balance out the walls from being to plain and from being overloaded.
 I like it 
  January 19, 2014
Nicely done, David! Good luck!
 I made it 
  January 19, 2014
Quoting Halhi 141 Pretty nice build. The layout and irregular base look fantastic, but at a closer look some parts seem a bit messy :/
Thanks! I actually was going for that messy/dark look in the dark red, brown, and black area, which is what I think you are referring to. I'm sure the lighting reflecting off of the stones on the path doesn't help too much either.
 I like it 
  January 19, 2014
Really good stonework on the castle.
 I like it 
  January 19, 2014
Stunning build, so much to appreciate. Great to see something like this from you! Good luck man!
 I like it 
  January 19, 2014
Pretty nice build. The layout and irregular base look fantastic, but at a closer look some parts seem a bit messy :/
 
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