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Category: The Princess Bride
Guild: Average Gnomes

The scene this was based on.

This build takes place in the middle of the fighting, so you'll have to watch the video to catch the beginning and end.

(Due to my being rushed at the end, the story is...bad. Pay no attention to it. Besides, it's all covered in the link to the video above. :P)
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Having switched to his right hand, Inigo drives Westley back, forcing him up a spiral staircase.






With the fight nearly over, Westley says, "there's something I ought to tell you."
"Tell me!"
"I'm not left-handed either."


And with that, Westley springs up and, with a flourish, sends Inigo's sword flying from his hand.




Rattled, Inigo takes a few steps backwards...


And turns to jump, grabbing onto a bar between an arch!


He lands clumsily, but manages to grab his sword all the same.


Westley tosses his sword neatly into a patch of grass and jumps after him.


He flips once around the bar, performs another flip in midair, and lands neatly.


As he picks up his sword, Inigo stares.
"Who are you?"

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Yup, that's it. Though I'm pleased overall, I was considerably rushed near the end and so some parts are not as good as I'd have liked...but no matter. To the build!


Overall shot. It's hard to get all the strong points of the build in one shot, as they're spread about...


The arch, which I'm very proud of!


I like this shot. :P


This was the first part of the build I created. Apart from the top section, which is obviously studs-up, the entire thing is SNoT. Man, those angles were annoying. I used a ton of headlight bricks, bricks with studs on one side, both sides, even all sides... and almost all of my 1x2 bley tiles.


The back. This texturing looks very nice IRL.


The other side of the arch, which is not nearly as complicated. I knew I was making those rocks all along, but I had to finish everything else first. As such, they were an absolute last minute addition and I literally ran out of accessable dark bley 1x2 plates, hence the hinge pieces. The result isn't that bad, but it could definitely be better.


Another shot.


The magic grass patch! I realized halfway through taking the storyline pictures it wasn't there. I quickly added it in, so you'll notice it just pops into being when Westley needs to throw his sword; it isn't in the first pictures. :P



And now to the rocks...


First off, the pictures do NOT do the rockwork justice. It looks very nice IRL; very pleasingly curved.

Second...I love the rockwork here! It's a type I haven't done in a while, and I'm very pleased with the result overall. It's quite sturdy, too. I had to turn it on its side to remove a piece I'd accidentally dropped inside, and the build didn't budge.


The front's all right; I do like how it blends with the very textured wall, though.




The back. This part is pretty Deus-ish, as I realized after embarking on it. And...I don't like it much. It's nice, but there are way too many gaps. If I had more time, I might have come up with a better design, but I was getting a little frenzied by this time. :P

Note the angled 2x6 curved slope, though! I really like that one.


And a parting shot from the rocks. I do quite like them; they're reminiscent of my breakthrough LOM intro.



The spiral staircase. Incorporating the wall next to it was one of the hardest and most tedious tasks of this build, right up there with the shorter arch side and the rockwork.


And the top. I was out of time, out of parts and out of patience when I made this, and the result of that deficiency is painfully visible.


However, regardless of my critical remarks, I do really like the build (especially this shot :D) and I hope you did too! I'll post some shots of the internal workings of the rocks, staircase and arch on my "Behind the Scenes" moc in a little bit!

Please rate and comment; feedback of any kind is appreciated!



Comments

  April 23, 2014
But, Kai... Still, your Outlaws are attacking me? What is the deal?
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  March 5, 2014
Quoting Gilbert Despathens
Ah, the studs...so that's what eliminated me. Thanks for the bit on the arch - I was definitely the most proud of that part. On the left column, each level was its own segment. Its own "ring". Each had a different combination of SNoT bricks inside, and so I was able to get some truly fantastic offsets and texturing effects. The other column, not so much. I didn't have the bricks or the tiles to pull something like that again, so I just SNoTed some long plates and attached various tiles and plates to it (and rocks to cover the fourth side). You'll notice there are more dark bleys and round plates on the right column; I'd hit the end of my light bley tiles as well. :P I agree about the stairs, and I actually experimented with that at first before succumbing to time constraints and making a basic design. The wall next to the staircase, while it was supposed to look dilapidated, I think did its job too well; it looks unfinished and messy, doesn't it? The top of the stairs...what? Halhi's was much cleaner, I thought...and I agree about the rock. As for the dark bley in masonry...yeah, maybe it didn't come out the best. I don;t think it looked too bad, though...and again, I was at the end of my pieces. :P I'm glad you think the background came out well - I do too - but the lighting really docked points I bet. I wanted to catch the sun right as it was setting, to capture the same type of lighting that was in the scene. I finished my moc too late, though, and only got the dull grey light from dimly illuminated clouds. That really was what really capped it. The blandness of the pictures. Thanks for the feedback; I'll keep that all in mind!
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  March 4, 2014
Quoting Kai Bernstein Hey, I wouldn't mind a rundown like that on Halhi's entry. :P (I'm pretty sure I know the main faults - unfinished looking, too many studs, bad lighting - but I'd still like your input. :P)
You said it - the studs were the killer. You had the best archway by far, in my opinion. The broken curves were awesome and the SNOT (at least on one column) was perfect. You also did a great job of playing up said column, and I almost didn't realize what you were talking about when you said that you had run out of parts on the other because, in all of its pictures, it took second ground to something that did look great. Moving on to the stairs, I would have liked to have seen some more SNOT like on the column to tie the two together and improve aesthetics in general, but I understand limitations on pieces. The top of the stairs looked better than Halhi's attempt at that part except for the top of the dark grey rocks (yu ck). My next-to-last observation is that, in the future, maybe you could use less dark grey in the masonry - the stairs' mix looked bad next to that first column. Finally, presentation wasn't a problem - whereas the other builders washed out with theirs, I think your unshopped cloth background actually did a decent job of standing in for the sky.
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  February 26, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti This is really brilliant ! Princess bride is one of my favorite movies. I think this sword fight is the best ever filmed and you have captured it perfectly! I am lovin that arch an the spiral staircase. Your rock work is Incredible!
Thank you, Clayton!
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  February 26, 2014
Quoting creator for Christ Get used to disappointment. I kid, great build, I especially love the arch. Hope to see more mocs from the best film ever! Rock on.
Haha, thanks! Although I only made this for the contest, that's a good idea; maybe I /will/ make more Princess Bride mocs!
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  February 26, 2014
Quoting Lindel Baskin Looking great, Kai! I love the texturing of the ruins, and the rockwork is quite excellent. Those curved pillars are truly fantastic! Good luck!
Thanks Lindel! I'm glad the rockwork worked out.
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  February 26, 2014
Quoting David FNJ I think my favorite part are those pillars! Excellent work!
Thanks! Possibly my favorite as well. :P
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  February 24, 2014
Get used to disappointment. I kid, great build, I especially love the arch. Hope to see more mocs from the best film ever! Rock on.
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  February 24, 2014
This is really brilliant ! Princess bride is one of my favorite movies. I think this sword fight is the best ever filmed and you have captured it perfectly! I am lovin that arch an the spiral staircase. Your rock work is Incredible!
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  February 24, 2014
Looking great, Kai! I love the texturing of the ruins, and the rockwork is quite excellent. Those curved pillars are truly fantastic! Good luck!
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  February 24, 2014
I think my favorite part are those pillars! Excellent work!
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  February 24, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster Great rock work.
Thanks!
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  February 24, 2014
Quoting Alex Rode Wow, absolutely fantastic work. The stonework and rockwork are both great! You're a lot like Halhi in certain respects. Well done Kai!
Thanks so much, Alex! And yeah, I can agree there...I was even about to name this moc "Duel in the Ruins" before seeing Halhi had named his that. XD
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  February 24, 2014
Quoting Freeling ++ While the ruins look nice, the ground is plain, and studded.
Thanks. Ah...those studs really are coming back to bite me, aren't they. :P
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  February 24, 2014
Quoting Mr. Cab Nice! This build somehow looks a little color-drained... But the rockwork and textures are great, and they more than make up for the lack of color. Very nicely done.
It does indeed. Despite the actual scene having a grey ground, grey rocks and grey ruins, it was somehow colorful. Maybe it was the lighting, I'm not sure. I'll have to experiment with that. :P Anyway, thanks!
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  February 24, 2014
Quoting Reynolds . Nice work Kai, but I do think that there are a lot of studs on the ground that could be fixed.
Thnaks, and yeah, I agree. It's painful. :P
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  February 24, 2014
Quoting Thomas of Tortuga Lovely texturing on the arches! Unfortunately, because you couldn't build more to the scene behind the arch, the whole thing looks much smaller than it actually is, and one can't really tell where everything is. The rockwork is excellent, though :)
Thnaks Thomas! I agree. The rockwork by the staircase should have been higher, much higher, to be movie-accurate. I'd wanted to do it, but figured I should focus on getting the build finished in general - the arch, the staircase, some rocks - before devoting too much time to one specific area, lest I ran out of it. :P
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  February 24, 2014
Quoting Armon Russ Really great build, Kai. I seem to prefer your textures and rockwork over Halhi's. It seems to work better the way you've done it. The columns look excellent, and the rocks on all parts of the build have nice curves and angles. The part at the stairs also looks more detailed with less masonry. *Cough* *cough* My only problem is, as you've pointed out, the platform at the top, which seems unfinished, and the ground, which has too many studs for me to wince at. :P Halhi's SNOT approach is better than all studs, IMO. Well, congrats on a great entry, despite your apparent rushed-iveness, and good luck.
Thanks Armon! And wow, that's pretty high praise. :P I agree about the ground. I wanted to layer it a bit more as well as add some small rocks and ruins, but I completely forgot after having to focus on the last-minute rocks on the arch. :P
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  February 24, 2014
Quoting JP Creations The rock ruins are spectacular! The ruined arch is really cool!
Thanks!
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  February 24, 2014
Quoting --R.K. Blast-- Nice work! I like the ruins, especially the arch. --Blast--
Thanks Blast!
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  February 24, 2014
Quoting Parrington Levens Yeh, liking that arch:)
I'm glad the proportions worked out. :P
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  February 24, 2014
Quoting Semperi Afendel Nice job! Instantly recognizeable!
*Phew!* And thanks. :P
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  February 24, 2014
Quoting David . Exellent build, sweet rockwork, cool arch, all those nice comments. The usual. ;) But I'm not sure how many more takes on this scene I can take. 6_9
Haha, thanks David. :P
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  February 24, 2014
Great rock work.
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  February 24, 2014
While the ruins look nice, the ground is plain, and studded.
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  February 24, 2014
Nice! This build somehow looks a little color-drained... But the rockwork and textures are great, and they more than make up for the lack of color. Very nicely done.
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  February 24, 2014
Wow, absolutely fantastic work. The stonework and rockwork are both great! You're a lot like Halhi in certain respects. Well done Kai!
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  February 24, 2014
Nice work Kai, but I do think that there are a lot of studs on the ground that could be fixed.
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  February 24, 2014
Lovely texturing on the arches! Unfortunately, because you couldn't build more to the scene behind the arch, the whole thing looks much smaller than it actually is, and one can't really tell where everything is. The rockwork is excellent, though :)
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  February 24, 2014
Really great build, Kai. I seem to prefer your textures and rockwork over Halhi's. It seems to work better the way you've done it. The columns look excellent, and the rocks on all parts of the build have nice curves and angles. The part at the stairs also looks more detailed with less masonry. *Cough* *cough* My only problem is, as you've pointed out, the platform at the top, which seems unfinished, and the ground, which has too many studs for me to wince at. :P Halhi's SNOT approach is better than all studs, IMO. Well, congrats on a great entry, despite your apparent rushed-iveness, and good luck.
  February 24, 2014
The rock ruins are spectacular! The ruined arch is really cool!
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  February 24, 2014
Nice work! I like the ruins, especially the arch. --Blast--
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  February 24, 2014
Nice job! Instantly recognizeable!
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  February 24, 2014
Yeh, liking that arch:)
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  February 24, 2014
Exellent build, sweet rockwork, cool arch, all those nice comments. The usual. ;) But I'm not sure how many more takes on this scene I can take. 6_9
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  February 24, 2014
Quoting Professor B. That's my favorite scene from the movie. Despite the build being rushed, I found it to be quite excellent! I love the arch!
Thanks, B! I'm glad the experimental arch worked out!
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  February 24, 2014
Quoting Ian ..... Excellent! The blank faces make it look really mysterious.
Thanks! I was wondering how people would react to that, seeing as I didn't have any good faces for either of them. :P
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  February 24, 2014
Quoting ~ Brick Despite it being rushed, the MOC looks excellent! Not quite sure about the plain faces, but no matter! Best of luck!
Thanks Brick! The arch and the staircase were actually made leisurely enough, but the rocks and the structure the stairs are leading to were made in a frenzied blur at the end. :P
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  February 24, 2014
Quoting Stephen Boe Man, sick build! You're getting better with each and every one! The textures on the pillars/arch look quite realistic, as do the textures on the stair's and balcony. Stellar work, Kai!
Thanks so much, Stephen!
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  February 24, 2014
Quoting Halhi 141 I see you must have liked my staircase design considering that this is almost identical to it :P Nice entry, good luck!
Actually, it was only after I started making it that I realized how close it was to yours. Originally I was going to make a SNoTed staircase. That didn't work out. then I was going to use jumper plates, like in that LDD screenshot. Again, that wasn't very plausible (and the curve was too sharp; very unlike the movie's). Then I started on this design, and realized just how similar it was to yours. Fortunately, nothing else is. :P (You know, we seem to be thinking very alike this round...I too was just about to name my entry "Duel in the Ruins" when I saw yours. XP)
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  February 23, 2014
I see you must have liked my staircase design considering that this is almost identical to it :P Nice entry, good luck!
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  February 23, 2014
Excellent! The blank faces make it look really mysterious.
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  February 23, 2014
That's my favorite scene from the movie. Despite the build being rushed, I found it to be quite excellent! I love the arch!
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  February 23, 2014
Despite it being rushed, the MOC looks excellent! Not quite sure about the plain faces, but no matter! Best of luck!
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  February 23, 2014
Man, sick build! You're getting better with each and every one! The textures on the pillars/arch look quite realistic, as do the textures on the stair's and balcony. Stellar work, Kai!
 
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