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:
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.
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!
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!
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.