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TT R3: Kai Bernstein vs Alex Rode
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Bracket: Heraldry. Enjoy!
About this creation
Link to the Tourney!
My skilled opponent, Alex Rode, and his entry!
Name: Dzargon
Race: Halidran
Guild: Average Gnomes
Bracket: Wrestling (Heraldry for this round)
Category: Battle of the Bards
The Herald of the Year award is nearly decided, but the voters are at an impasse. Fortunately, you have a plan to influence them - you will pay a minstrel to sing your praises (loudly). Make up or choose a song that fits your greatness (you will not be judged on lyrical ability as long as you have something) and either build some of the events contained within or show the singer at work in front of a crowd. If you choose to include multiple scenes, incorporate them into a single form on one baseplate.



As the town was razed and its people fled, one figure stood apart.
He watched the hungry flame twist and curl, a deadly and mesmerizing art.


And as the Orcs of the mountains bellowed out their triumph, the One hardened his resolve.
They must be stopped,
Their demise be wrought,
They were a problem only death could solve.


And so it was that Dzargon stepped into the light,
Calling out his challenge, a challenge of Orcish might.

Their attention he did get, demanding the defilers leave,
And when they sneered and jeered,
He stepped up to the first and killed him with a swift and mighty heave.

Resounded through the burning village, the roars of fury did,
The Orcs' ire intense as ever, their bloodlust pouring forth like fire,
And Dzargon bellowed at their leader, that of this world he must be rid!



Cruel and bestial though he was,
The Orc pack's leader had him spared because,
Despite the many Orcs he had caused to die,
Dzargon was a worthy threat, and deserving to become his prize.



Taken deep into the mountain to the Orcs' arena of choice,
Dzargon watched as the magma below hissed at him in its bubbling, gurgling voice.




Across him stood his opponent, one long jump away,
And Dzargon leapt towards the Orc who for his crimes must pay!




And so they dueled, the Orc and the 'Dran,
To the death or until one ran,
On a pillar of rock in liquid fire,
Stakes high, situation dire.

A long and vicious battle it was,
For it was a fight of wills as much as involved strength was.



But in the end, and with a final heave,
Dzargon sent the Orc to his knees.



Down but not out, the Orc struck low,
Forcing Dzar to deal the fatal blow.




And as their leader fell to the lava far below,
And the Orcs of the mountains cried out with fear,
Dzargon's eyes seemed to brightly glow.




But though they fled the land and Dzargon, alive, stood in the harsh air,
The Halidran was a hero unsung,
For few survived the Orcs' last burning and only one decided to declare.



And so it was that Dzargon prevented the deaths,
Of hundreds more just like the village the Orcs had condemned in ash to rest.

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And there you go! The result of two days solid, straight building!. Don't you just love that rockwork? That "pillar of stone"? I do too. :P I mixed panel rockwork with horizontal hinges, SNoT, and technic pin hinges, and all of it set at irregular angles from brick one! Yes, I'm quite proud of it. :P

Before anyone asks, yes, it does resemble David FNJ's amazing Bridge of the Twin Elements a little. However, everything I did, I did of my own design, and I only realized the resemblance to FNJ's after I'd come up with the premise.


The cast! The evil ones, at least. We all know what Dzargon looks like (and I couldn't fit him into the shot, nor did I want to take a separate one just for him), so he isn't included.


The whole build.


Side view.


The builds are centered on one baseplate, as required, but can split apart for photography purposes.

We'll start with level one. This was the second one I envisioned but the first I built, simply because I wasn't sure how I was going to make the lava on top. Once I had this finished, I moved on to the quality stuff. The burning village level is kind of sloppy because of that, but I still like it.



The Forced Perspective burning village/mountains. Designed to be viewed from the front only, it's a bit of a mess as seen from this angle. :P


The burning house. I really tried to get the charred, crumbling beam effect, and I'm proud of the result.





Next up...the good stuff. The breakthrough. The incredible... shut up, Kai, and get on with it. :P





Level 2. Hellish. Much more Hellish IRL than in any pictures. :P

The other rocks - the ones with spikes and skeletons and heads - were a last minute addition. I really like how they came out, especially that speared skeleton.


The "pillar of stone". Intense, right?




I don't really like this side. It's too blocky and doesn't mix well with the rest of the rockwork.






The top. It's...okay. I was going to add some sort of tall, curved spike wrapped in chains and with skulls hanging down, but I didn't have the time.


One side of the bridge. This was an absolutely last-minute addition. I'd literally already begun taking some pictures when I decided to add it. despite being rushed, I'm fairly pleased with it...at least, the texturing.



The other side. Don't you like the use of the KKII, year 3 greaves? :P



Poor guy. His skeleton's been blackened by the lava's heat. I guess Whitey over on the other side is a recent victim...


Said white skeleton.


The parting pic: an artistic shot! (and variation of the main image)



Thanks for looking! Hopefully you read through all that; I do write for a reason. :P Anyways, please rate and comment; honest feedback of any kind is appreciated!



Comments

 I like it 
  March 25, 2014
Man, this DOES look awesome. I think the alternative image looks better BTW. :)
 I made it 
  February 26, 2014
Quoting David FNJ I like most of that main rock section in the middle, overall cool build with the two layers.
Thanks FNJ!
 I made it 
  February 26, 2014
Quoting Finn tegotash Nice rockwork!
Thanks!
 I like it 
  February 15, 2014
Nice rockwork!
 I like it 
  February 12, 2014
Congratulations! As you are probably aware, you have made your way to The Tilt (at least, it's you or Freeling, I think it's you, but you and Freeling should still discuss it and let us know because the rule ended up having some flaws the way it was written (if you agree with what is already there, that's great, I doubt Freeling will have any problems with that, but just in case he thinks he is moving on, he should at least have a say as to why)) Expect the categories late Thursday night. I like most of that main rock section in the middle, overall cool build with the two layers.
 I made it 
  February 12, 2014
Quoting Reynolds . Congratulations!
Thanks, Rey! :)
 I like it 
  February 12, 2014
Congratulations!
 I made it 
  February 12, 2014
Quoting Freeling ++ Ooh, nice rockwork and lava-work.
Thoinks, Free. :P
 I made it 
  February 12, 2014
Quoting Alex Rode Like I said, well done on a deserved win! I plan on doing a biblical MOC to really focus on my skills. Good luck in further rounds!
Thank you, Alex! I both enjoyed and disliked competing against you, for obvious reasons. :P
 I made it 
  February 12, 2014
Quoting Matthew Oh Nice, you get my vote!
Thanks!
 I made it 
  February 12, 2014
Quoting Fraser Robinson This was incredibly difficult to judge, both entries are very detailed and simply well built. Although your opponent had some great buildings you win my vote with your stellar rock work, great tone/feel and a well thought out and executed idea. Good luck with the other judges!
Thanks Fraser! :)
 I made it 
  February 12, 2014
Quoting --R.K. Blast-- Nice lighting and I really like that rock pillar. Very nice method for creating it. Would love to have seen inside to see how it was done. --Blast--
Thanks Blast! You got it; I took several WIP shots as I progressed. I'll upload them in a day or two (either here or in the 'club).
 I like it 
  February 11, 2014
Ooh, nice rockwork and lava-work.
 I made it 
  February 11, 2014
Quoting Gilbert Despathens Congrats, Kai, you have moved Freeling forward on both presentation and parts usage. The rocks were good, but some of your coloring, especially in the burnt village, was a little monotone for my taste - you might consider mixing some other colors in with the sparks and soot in the future. Overall, it was still a good entry. Edit: Whoops, I forgot to rate earlier. Second Edit: Whoops - I'm not sure who gets to go to the Tilt: you or Freeling. I was under the impression that it would be Freeling, but FNJ thought it was you.
The rules state that the sub moves forward, I think... and thanks! Yeah, the bottom level is definitely the sloppier of the two; thanks for the advice!
 I like it 
  February 11, 2014
Like I said, well done on a deserved win! I plan on doing a biblical MOC to really focus on my skills. Good luck in further rounds!
  February 11, 2014
Congrats, Kai, you have moved Freeling forward on both presentation and parts usage. The rocks were good, but some of your coloring, especially in the burnt village, was a little monotone for my taste - you might consider mixing some other colors in with the sparks and soot in the future. Overall, it was still a good entry. Edit: Whoops, I forgot to rate earlier. Second Edit: Whoops - I'm not sure who gets to go to the Tilt: you or Freeling. I was under the impression that it would be Freeling, but FNJ thought it was you.
 I like it 
  February 11, 2014
Nice, you get my vote!
  February 10, 2014
This was incredibly difficult to judge, both entries are very detailed and simply well built. Although your opponent had some great buildings you win my vote with your stellar rock work, great tone/feel and a well thought out and executed idea. Good luck with the other judges!
 I like it 
  February 10, 2014
Nice lighting and I really like that rock pillar. Very nice method for creating it. Would love to have seen inside to see how it was done. --Blast--
 I made it 
  February 10, 2014
Quoting Stephen Boe Very, very fantastic! I just love the combination of the different forms of rockwork. The lighting is also a killer, well done!
Thanks Stephen! Yeah, I was a little rushed near the end and so a lot of the pictures came out rather grainy... I'm glad the lighting makes up for it. :P
 I made it 
  February 10, 2014
Quoting Mr. Cab You did an awesome job here!
Thanks!
 I made it 
  February 10, 2014
Quoting Alex Rode I don't know what to say . . . Those rocks are absolutely fabulous. As is the rest of the build. Stunning work, good luck!
Thanks Alex! That's my favorite part as well. :P
 I made it 
  February 10, 2014
Quoting Thomas of Tortuga The poetry is much better than I'd expected. It really has the feeling of a lay, rather than just a set of rhymes. The rocks and the lava are very well done, and the burning village is great. In the daylight, the lava isn't very convincing, but your lighting makes it look very good. Nice work!
Thanks so much, Thomas! I agree about the lava; it was originally to be a test to see if that method worked well. When I realized I wouldn't have the time to make anything else, I layered it a bit and it became the final product. :P
 I made it 
  February 10, 2014
Quoting Armon Russ Excellent story and build! The pillar of stone is obviously the best part of the MOC. It's the 'well worth the trouble of building' addition we all know and love. ;D I also really like the glowing look of the lava, and all the 'victims' you've displayed. Nice work, and have fun in the Tourney.
Thanks Armon! Yeah, that "pillar of stone" took up 3/4 of the two days I spent building the MOC. :P
 I like it 
  February 10, 2014
Truly fantastic work, Kai! The poem is very good, and as Thomas mentioned, it definitely has the sound of an actual lay. The build is great, especially your combination of various types of rockwork. The burning house and town are excellent as well. I also love the lighting, it really adds a lot to the feel of the scene. Good luck!
 I like it 
  February 10, 2014
Very, very fantastic! I just love the combination of the different forms of rockwork. The lighting is also a killer, well done!
 I like it 
  February 10, 2014
You did an awesome job here!
 I like it 
  February 10, 2014
I don't know what to say . . . Those rocks are absolutely fabulous. As is the rest of the build. Stunning work, good luck!
 I like it 
  February 10, 2014
The poetry is much better than I'd expected. It really has the feeling of a lay, rather than just a set of rhymes. The rocks and the lava are very well done, and the burning village is great. In the daylight, the lava isn't very convincing, but your lighting makes it look very good. Nice work!
 I like it 
  February 10, 2014
Excellent story and build! The pillar of stone is obviously the best part of the MOC. It's the 'well worth the trouble of building' addition we all know and love. ;D I also really like the glowing look of the lava, and all the 'victims' you've displayed. Nice work, and have fun in the Tourney.
 
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