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2014 VLUG Odyssey: Mount Olympus!
About this creation


Built for the 2014 VLUG Brickworld display: The Odyssey!






























You can check out the video on Flickr here.
















The Gods
Info from Wikipedia


Zeus
King of the gods, the ruler of Mount Olympus and the god of the sky, weather, thunder, lightning, law, order, and justice.















Zeus
He overthrew Cronus and gained the sovereignty of heaven for himself.
















Hera
Queen of the gods and goddess of marriage, women, childbirth, heirs, kings, and empires.















Hera
Although she was the goddess of marriage, Zeus's many infidelities drive her to jealousy and vengefulness.
















Ares
God of war, bloodshed, and violence. He generally represents the chaos of war in contrast to Athena
















Aphrodite
Goddess of love, beauty, desire, and pleasure. Poets praise the radiance of her smile and her laughter. Her symbols include roses and other flowers.
















Hephaestus
Crippled god of fire, metalworking, and crafts.
















Hermes
God of boundaries, travel, communication, trade, thievery, trickery, language, writing, diplomacy, athletics, and animal husbandry.














Demeter
Goddess of grain, agriculture and the harvest, growth and nourishment.















Poseidon
God of the sea, rivers, floods, droughts, earthquakes, and the creator of horses; known as the "Earth Shaker".

















Athena
Goddess of intelligence and skill, warfare, battle strategy, handicrafts, and wisdom. According to most traditions, she was born from Zeus's head fully formed and armored.
















Apollo
God of the sun, music, arts, knowledge, healing, plague and darkness, prophecy, poetry, purity, athletism, manly beauty, and enlightenment. Also the twin brother of Artemis.
















Artemis
Virgin goddess of the hunt, wilderness, animals, young girls, childbirth and plague.















Dionysus
God of wine, parties and festivals, madness, chaos, drunkenness, drugs, and ecstasy.













Hearth















The Build


Here we are in the early stages of construction. After a few weeks of trial and error, I decided on a framework design of two 2X2 bricks with a 2X6 plate alternating each level. My son called them "benches". We filled a five gallon pail many, many times.














Once the scaffold was built, the four corners meeting in the middle, the rock 'skin' could be added.















Indentations were made to allow for the water features at each corner. Also my son's idea to break up the rock monotony. This complicated the internal framework a bit, but worked out fine.
















Four corners meeting in the middle. It took a fair amount of pressure to get the bricks to settle in, and flatten out the baseplates. After a few days on the dining room table, they finally lined up between the sections.















Needing some extra height, a fifth portion of the mountain was created to hold the cloud train tracks.
















The top of one of the water features was integrated into this section, suggested by my son.















There were a few spots where the base and the upper section needed some additions to keep the entire thing smooth, with no studs showing.
















Since Olympus was intended to be in the center of the display, I wanted the temple to be more or less symmetrical. I went with pearl gold cones for the roof tiles. Hadn't seen anything like that before, and I liked it.















Upper portion trial assembly. I added a mid layer to the temple complex to separate the clouds from the temple proper. I wanted that one extra layer of rock for contrast.
















Lighting test!

















Lighting test two. Here you can see the lit platforms on which the gods can stand as well as the under-lighting for the temple pillars.
















Here you can see the windows for the light.
















And the LED rigged underneath.

















Inside the temple base. This lights up the inside of the temple as well as Hestia's Hearth above.

















LED and battery box holder.














Here you can see the upside down baseplate that holds the temple base together. This sits on top of the cloud assembly. The thickness of the baseplate keeps the whole thing above the cloud 'train cars' minimizing the gap.
















Two train tracks, one atop the other. The yellow and red tiles correspond to the green baseplate.
















Technic tooth plates meeting up with a gear system rigged up more or less like the Tornado.
















Fairly simple. Just have to make sure the motors start together, and in the same direction.















Here are the temple roof sections.















Right and left, notched at the base.
















They rest on the slopes, and hide the internal structure for a seamless fit















Just drop them in.

















Ta da! I wanted to keep things simple, architecturally speaking. I think the gold accents are plenty.

















The clouds, two major types, and variable minor kinds to fill in the gaps.















Two battery boxes are hidden behind them, and LEDs for each cloud.















Water Features






















































And now for some shots of the collab at Brickworld!






























































4th Wall

Whew! Another exciting trip to Brickworld! Many thanks to the other VLUG members, especially those who had to extract the mountain from its infernal packaging. A big thanks to my son for getting the temple rebuilt in addition to his creative advice. And to my wife for putting up with the yearlong project. Chris and his family for putting up with six giant boxes at their house. And of course Kevin, the HMFGIC for herding us all together to get this completed! An amazing experience all around, in spite of the various challenges. Great to see the gang again, and meet some in person for the first time! I'll be adding some more pics of the display at some point, and links to the other builds as they come along, so stay tuned.


Check out the other parts of the collaboration!

Chris Phipson's epic Recap!

Tyler Halliwell's gigantic Island of the Laestrygonians!

Lee Jones' totally wicked Hades!

Shifu's snarling Cerberus!


Beyond the Brick's video tour with Chris Phipson.


Simon's excellent Brother's Brick post.

VLUG Odyssey Flickr Page.








Comments

 I made it 
  October 16, 2014
Quoting Finn Feldmann Wow, that a really nice build. I alway admire when people can capture a majestic scene,such as you might find in nature, with legos. Great build
Thanks, Finn!
  October 16, 2014
Wow, that a really nice build. I alway admire when people can capture a majestic scene,such as you might find in nature, with legos. Great build
 I made it 
  October 14, 2014
Quoting Benaiah N. Wow. Just wow. DUDE, THAT IS AMAZING!!! I LOVE that rockwork!! Spectacular! AMAZING job!
Thanks for the enthusiastic comment!
 I like it 
  October 14, 2014
Wow. Just wow. DUDE, THAT IS AMAZING!!! I LOVE that rockwork!! Spectacular! AMAZING job!
 I made it 
  August 15, 2014
Quoting vincenzo Sciortino It's just such an awesome build!! Great job!! If you have the chance, come see my new U-boat type VIIB!!
Thanks! And I will!
 I like it 
  August 15, 2014
It's just such an awesome build!! Great job!! If you have the chance, come see my new U-boat type VIIB!!
 I made it 
  July 24, 2014
Quoting Centurion Cone I wish I could rate this 100000 out of ten!
Thanks, Dude!
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  July 23, 2014
I wish I could rate this 100000 out of ten!
 I made it 
  July 23, 2014
Quoting James Dart Question for you, and this probably isn't the forum for it, but I'm going to ask anyway. I recently was "allowed" to have a LEGO building station in the corner of our basement, roughly, 10' x 10'. I'm struggling with organizing my LEGOs efficiently and was curious to how you have your workstation setup. Currently, bricks and plates are organized by colors and the majority of the modified pieces are in those 39 drawer cabinets (I have 3 of them). But, I find that it's still a hassle to find what I need. Suggestions? Ideas? Comments? Thanks ahead of time! -James
Funny, I was supposed to only have a closet in our basement, but that's only for completed builds now, so if you play your cards right, you might be able to expand your territory. I see a lot of people with those drawer cabinets, but unless they're removable, they don't seem that handy to me. I use mostly shoebox size plastic containers, some larger some smaller. I'm actually going through a bit of reorganizing right now after sorting Olympus. By color works; bricks, plates, technic, and I keep a greebles bin, too. I've got a round table, and I usually keep the bins on the floor around me within reach, the most commonly needed closest. Sometimes, in the interest of minimizing the number of different bins, I'll keep two or three totally unrelated parts in the same bin. Easy to tell them apart. Really depends on what you've got a lot of at any given time. I hope that helps!
 I like it 
  July 23, 2014
Question for you, and this probably isn't the forum for it, but I'm going to ask anyway. I recently was "allowed" to have a LEGO building station in the corner of our basement, roughly, 10' x 10'. I'm struggling with organizing my LEGOs efficiently and was curious to how you have your workstation setup. Currently, bricks and plates are organized by colors and the majority of the modified pieces are in those 39 drawer cabinets (I have 3 of them). But, I find that it's still a hassle to find what I need. Suggestions? Ideas? Comments? Thanks ahead of time! -James
 I made it 
  July 19, 2014
Quoting Builder Allan Have to agree with James there.. This is on a whole different level, pretty much bursting the rating-scale. And together with the rest of the collaboration it makes for a simply epic and unforgettable scene! Such brilliant work, indeed a worthy home for the ancient gods :-)
Thank you for the kind words! It was amazing effort made by everybody involved. We all spent a lot of time just gawking!
 I made it 
  July 19, 2014
Quoting Mihai Marius Mihu Beautiful.
: )
 I like it 
  July 19, 2014
Have to agree with James there.. This is on a whole different level, pretty much bursting the rating-scale. And together with the rest of the collaboration it makes for a simply epic and unforgettable scene! Such brilliant work, indeed a worthy home for the ancient gods :-)
 I like it 
  July 19, 2014
Beautiful.
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  July 18, 2014
Quoting James Dart I need a level 6 rating. OMG... My jaw hurts from dropping onto the floor. Very well done. >almost< makes me want to stop pretending with LEGOS and go drool in a corner. Simply Amazing.
Thanks, Dart-Man!
 I like it 
  July 18, 2014
I need a level 6 rating. OMG... My jaw hurts from dropping onto the floor. Very well done. >almost< makes me want to stop pretending with LEGOS and go drool in a corner. Simply Amazing.
 I made it 
  July 5, 2014
Quoting David Alexander Smith How could I have missed the most amazing build of the year!!!!!
Thanks, David! I hope you get a chance to see the rest of the builds at the links above!
 I like it 
  July 5, 2014
How could I have missed the most amazing build of the year!!!!!
 I made it 
  July 5, 2014
Quoting Stephan Schumann Welldone! Wicked God's Home-Style! Most I like the 'Tornado-Clouds'! Everything it needs has been worked out! Godlike!
Thanks for the great comment, Stephan!
 I like it 
  July 5, 2014
Welldone! Wicked God's Home-Style! Most I like the 'Tornado-Clouds'! Everything it needs has been worked out! Godlike!
 I made it 
  July 4, 2014
Quoting David Roberts A beautiful build on an impressive scale. The rotating clouds look neat and the fact that they move just adds to the overall impression. The way that you've attached the 4x1 racks to the inside of the circle of the railway tracks is very clever and neat. The rock work looks wonderful: one of those things that I might attempt one day but wonder if I could ever achieve something like this! Nice waterfall too and all topped off with a gorgeous Greek temple. Thanks for sharing the WIP photos: they really bring home what a complex build this is.
Thanks, David! You know, I spent a fair amount of time sitting there looking at a blank baseplate wondering, "How'm I going to DO this?!?" But you start working with what you've got. And I had a ton of stuff left over from the Tornado. Once a tactic is established, then do the math, and off to Bricklink! Cha-ching!
 I like it 
  July 4, 2014
A beautiful build on an impressive scale. The rotating clouds look neat and the fact that they move just adds to the overall impression. The way that you've attached the 4x1 racks to the inside of the circle of the railway tracks is very clever and neat. The rock work looks wonderful: one of those things that I might attempt one day but wonder if I could ever achieve something like this! Nice waterfall too and all topped off with a gorgeous Greek temple. Thanks for sharing the WIP photos: they really bring home what a complex build this is.
 I made it 
  June 28, 2014
Quoting Mr. leictreonaic Looks really neeeeeat!! :-D Do you do electronics? Like designing circuits and soldering? Just wondering...
'Fraid not. I'm a dentist, not an electronics technician. Thanks for the comment!
 I made it 
  June 28, 2014
Quoting david drake spectacular build! this is one so intriguing it made me scroll through each and every picture and read all of the write-up you did. I shamefully missed this event, got sent to the deserts of Mexico instead, It would have been an amazing thing to see the rotating clouds all lit up.
Check out the video link toward the top of the page. Hope you had fun in the desert, but maybe plan on going to BW next year--Thanks, Dude!
 I like it 
  June 28, 2014
Looks really neeeeeat!! :-D Do you do electronics? Like designing circuits and soldering? Just wondering...
 I like it 
  June 28, 2014
spectacular build! this is one so intriguing it made me scroll through each and every picture and read all of the write-up you did. I shamefully missed this event, got sent to the deserts of Mexico instead, It would have been an amazing thing to see the rotating clouds all lit up.
 I made it 
  June 27, 2014
Quoting Sebeus I Whew dude, that's some top work, I've seen quite some pictures of the layout but I feel like I've really missed something, nicely done.
We all spent quite a bit of time just standing there looking at the whole layout. Yeah, this really happened! It was a big adventure, for sure. Thanks, Sebeus!
 I like it 
  June 27, 2014
Whew dude, that's some top work, I've seen quite some pictures of the layout but I feel like I've really missed something, nicely done.
 I made it 
  June 26, 2014
Quoting Borador M. This is a lovely build. I mean it is just stunning. I wish I could say more, but there's just no more to say. It's just lovely. And I love how you made the gods to go with it. A+ for going the extra mile.
Thanks for the great comment, and don't forget to check out the other builds!
 I like it 
  June 25, 2014
This is a lovely build. I mean it is just stunning. I wish I could say more, but there's just no more to say. It's just lovely. And I love how you made the gods to go with it. A+ for going the extra mile.
 I made it 
  June 25, 2014
Quoting J D That's just amazing!
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  June 25, 2014
Quoting Achintya Prasad Sorry it took so long to comment, but nice work El Barto! I didn't realize that you included a mechanism that allowed the clouds to move; that's really the icing on the cake! I really wish I could see it in person; but I suppose the pictures will just have to suffice :-D
Had to have some motion! And this year I had some company with Lee's portal, Kevin's waterfall and wind, and Kyle and Bryan's shark. Thanks for the comment!
 I made it 
  June 25, 2014
Quoting Freeling ++ Oh holy poo poo.
Quoting AJs MOCs Wow!! That's amazing!! I like how you did the lighting for the figures' bases. The clouds are great!!
Quoting Justin M Yes, the clouds definitely are the icing on the cake. Well done! :)
Thanks, men!
 I made it 
  June 25, 2014
Quoting Chris Phipson Hey, this looks kinda familiar... of course the last time I saw it in person it was two 40 something pound boxes of bulk brick. ;) Thanks for such a great center piece for the layout! VLUG! ~Chris.
Hopefully those rattling boxes will arrive soon, then I can start sorting--Awesome! Thanks to you too, Boss, for all your work, Lego and carpentry!
 I made it 
  June 25, 2014
Quoting Ru Corder You've outdone yourself Bart
Quoting Marcus Paul A wonderful and spectacular creation.
Quoting Popcorn . This is incredible! I have always loved mythology, Greek in particular, and this surely is a great representation of Mount Olympus… The rock work flows perfectly with the clouds and the platforms on top. Great mechanism as well!
Thanks for checking it out!
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  June 25, 2014
That's just amazing!
 I made it 
  June 24, 2014
Quoting mr. moc er this is just beyond imagining... it's really not the (incredible) detail on the outside that surprises me the most, it's the genius architecture! 100/5! :-)
Quoting Kermunklin the Giant Evil House Head Holy Crap! The gods would be pleased with your offering, methinks. To quote (or at least paraphrase) Indiana Jones "that belongs in a museum!" Simply breathtaking.
Quoting E T MAGIC. NO OTHER WORDS TO SAY !!!
Thanks, Dudes!
 I like it 
  June 24, 2014
Sorry it took so long to comment, but nice work El Barto! I didn't realize that you included a mechanism that allowed the clouds to move; that's really the icing on the cake! I really wish I could see it in person; but I suppose the pictures will just have to suffice :-D
 I made it 
  June 24, 2014
Quoting Justin Knelsen Incredible work here! It looks especially grand with all light functions.
Quoting Marcin Micha³ I was astonished just by the sight of the first picture, when I saw the lights and moving clouds I knew the creator was a genious
Quoting Kevin Moyer Fantastic work! That is incredible! The lighting adds a really cool atmosphere to an already awesome MOC.
Thanks for the great comments, guys!
 I made it 
  June 24, 2014
Quoting That guy you saw earlier Nice work! And now to show off my new knowledge: I think those are ionic columns as they have a base and those curly bits at the top.
You are correct! Thanks, Chief!
 I made it 
  June 24, 2014
Quoting Yuri Fassio Majestic.
Thanks, Yuri!
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  June 24, 2014
Quoting --R.K. Blast-- I just... I... wow... Amazing. Every detail is perfect! I love the inclusion of so many of the gods. --Blast--
Quoting Pippo Zane Simply excellent! You are a full 360 degrees expert in building, from space to castle! Great building and techniques used! Fantastic lightning effect and care for details and minifigs. I can say that this is my favourite creation from you. Hat off Mr Barto!
Quoting Dion Thielen WOW I LIKE IT! becuas Dion GOD of the wine!
Quoting A Plastic Infinity (That is, endless Legos.) I simply cannot comprehend this. Fantasmic.
Thanks for the awesome comments, Dudes!
 I made it 
  June 24, 2014
Quoting Nick Barrett The whole composition is jaw-dropping. The rotating clouds, lights and water feature all add to what is an amazing piece of work. Bravo, chief!
The pressure was on, for sure, being the centerpiece and all. Glad you liked it!
 I made it 
  June 24, 2014
Quoting Ian Spacek Looks great here. Looked great in person (especially during the world of lights). This was definitely one of the eye-catchers at the con. Bravo Bart and V-Lug.
Thanks, Ian! Sorry I missed running into you!
 I made it 
  June 24, 2014
Quoting matt rowntRee This was a pleasure to rebuild! XD This really was a truly fantastic centerpiece and one that garnered the most jaw dropping stares. Absolutely fantastic work there Bart and a unique view into how your mind works in seeing it's construction and workings. This is just another example of why VLUG is the juggernaut it is. Way to represent! Unfrakinbelievable!
Great to finally meet you in person, Matt! From carpentry to climbing up on the table (funny how naturally that came to you...), you put in a ton of work in addition to your awesome ship design. The Wookie ship was a huge hit, too. Thanks for stopping by!
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  June 24, 2014
Oh holy poo poo.
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  June 24, 2014
Wow!! That's amazing!! I like how you did the lighting for the figures' bases. The clouds are great!!
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  June 24, 2014
Yes, the clouds definitely are the icing on the cake. Well done! :)
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  June 24, 2014
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist Dude, you really bring your A-game to these conventions. Incredible build! The rockwork's tremendous, and I love your spinning clouds solution. A legendary creation, to be sure.
The cloud thing was one of my first ideas. Figuring out the railroad track was the tough part. Electric rails would have been nice, but the diameter would be too big. Thanks for the comment!
 I made it 
  June 24, 2014
Quoting Krazy Kastle Krak Guy This is just fantastic! I was in BW and saw it in person, it was a great collab project! Congratulations! I didn't knew it was of you, if I'd knew it I'd love to meet you in person to discuss with you!
There's always next year! But I hope you got the tour while you were there. Thanks, Dude!
 I made it 
  June 24, 2014
Quoting M<0><0>DSWIM ! Wow, man! This is truly impressive! I love the rockwork, in particular.
Thanks, Ace!
 I made it 
  June 24, 2014
Quoting Andrew H. Johnson My son and I truly enjoyed the "tour" through the construction process. Fantastically excellent, my friend. Thank you for building it and for sharing with the rest of us! - AHJ
I took lots of pics along the way, so I figured people might like to see inside this monstrosity. Thanks for looking!
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  June 24, 2014
Quoting Parrington Levens Smile 100 and the 1000th view. I feel special! Hahaha, yeh, what's not to like about this one. Uh, epic comes to mind.
Woot! Thank you, my friend! As I said to Marc, you guys need to get to this event sometime!
 I made it 
  June 24, 2014
Quoting Mihe Stonee beautiful work in every single way Barto ;-)!
Thanks, Mihe!
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  June 24, 2014
Quoting Subic Vedran Brilliant execution!!! MOC like that is so hard to tear appart regardless when it will happned.
Quoting Graeme Straughn Amazing man!!! That's one of my favorite MOCs I've seen so far! Amazing rock-work!! I think the clouds could be a bit bigger just for more effect... but the idea of the train track is amazing! Keep it up man!
Quoting Dennis B Amazing work! This build is a perfect example, why we all love Lego. The potential in these bricks is outstanding. Probably it took you a lot of time to build it, but it was worth building it and made you probably a lot of fun. Great lighting and minifigs, too!
It took most of the year, not only to design, build, but acquire parts. But it's all just pieces now! Thanks, guys!
 I made it 
  June 24, 2014
Quoting Tom Simon Ah! All the practice you've had with this theme has paid off here. For contrast, I'd request your rendition of Hades next.
Oh, I think I'll let Lee's version be the end-all for Hades. Thanks, Tom!
 I made it 
  June 24, 2014
Quoting Mike Johnson Wow, yet another example of why you're a true master of the brick. Nice job!
Thank you for the kind words!
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  June 24, 2014
Quoting clayton Marchetti By the Gods this is awesome! I wish I could have gone to see this and the full display in person . This is magnificent ! I can't wait to see the whole display posted. The rock work in the mountain is amazing and I just love the waterfall. I loved the video of the clouds going around the mountain. The figures of the different gods are all fantastic by themselves . The lighting effects are most impressive. I agree with Marc this would be great in a BSG episode ! Brilliant work!
Thanks for the great comment, Clayton! You really ought to make it to a convention, it's well worth the trip. I'd check out Beyond the Brick's video with Chris as the tour guide. Pretty comprehensive.
 I made it 
  June 24, 2014
Quoting Marc "Edge" R.unde Amazing build, dude! Seeing it in action is a real treat! I wish I could have been there to see it for real. Maybe 2016, but then with my HMS Osiris in the baggage. (*dream*) Hey, you can also use it as another dream scene prop for BSG TNC. That would be sweet... ~Cheers, my friend
Hey, if you and Parrington can get your butts to Chicago one of these years, we'll have to do a GAIA/BSG table! And of course you'll be seeing Mount Olympus in the series, how could I not use it?!?! Thanks, Doc!
  June 24, 2014
The scale is impressive and the temple is very good too, but the rockwork could have a more interesting shape - it seems too square, at least from the photos. I know how hard large rocks are to do and have seen the problem tackled much worse, but it still bothers a little. Otherwise, cool build.
 I made it 
  June 24, 2014
Quoting christophe corthay Yes!! at last you show us this marvelous MOC !!!! Again, what a work dude !! You should come here with it and show it to my first kid....he's so fan about the mythologie and Your very first fan with your temple..... !!! I can't really translate what he said about it but believe me, it was good !!!
Great to hear my friend! Make sure he sees the whole display. https://www.flickr.com/groups/virtualug/
 I made it 
  June 24, 2014
Quoting David FNJ WOW! Impressive feat here to say the least! Amazing rock work, and the temple + lighting effects are awesome! Incredible work!
Quoting Professor B. Stunning! The rockwork and clouds are perfection. Wonderful MOC!
Quoting Alex Sonny Oh wow! The whole thing made me gasp out loud twice, first seeing the finished thing and then at the internal construction. So many smart techniques used, the rail tracks really are perfect for making a turntable and the temple is simply stunning. The simple architecture came out looking incredible, I couldn't imagine Mount Olympus better than this! I also love the Dionysus minifig, a very nice combo (and he looks a bit like Bruce Wayne ;)
Your enthusiasm is much appreciated!
 I made it 
  June 24, 2014
Quoting Riccardo Zangelmi AMAZING!!!!! Compliments my friend, a gret work of Lego Art, you have exceeded my Relativity of Escher... I'm specchless...
I don't know about that, Riccardo, but thanks for the great comment!
 I made it 
  June 24, 2014
Quoting cyberfrank 2010 woah! fabulous El barto!!! well done!!!
Glad you liked it, Frank! A little change of pace, eh?
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  June 24, 2014
Quoting Professor B. Stunning! The rockwork and clouds are perfection. Wonderful MOC!
Quoting bombin ben Amazing!! I am fascinated by Greek mythology and architecture, and this build complements both! Fantastic!
Quoting Nick White Wow! That was amazing! I love... well all of it! I like how the water looks real! Good job!
Thanks for checking it out, Dudes!
 I made it 
  June 24, 2014
Quoting Tirrell Brown Bravo sir!
Quoting Giovanni & Lennaert Seynhaeve Top notch, Bart! The bench work looks familiar and the temple is just breathtaking.
Quoting Dr. Merlock That is Awesome, I love mythology builds!!!!!
Quoting Graham Gidman Absolutely incredible! Fantastic work!
Thanks for the kind words, guys!
 I made it 
  June 24, 2014
Quoting Mark McPeek Absolutely stunning. The rockwork and temple design/architecture are amazing! Brilliant work! Can't wait to see pics of the full collab! :)
Thanks, Dude! Here's a link: https://www.flickr.com/groups/virtualug/
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  June 24, 2014
Hey, this looks kinda familiar... of course the last time I saw it in person it was two 40 something pound boxes of bulk brick. ;) Thanks for such a great center piece for the layout! VLUG! ~Chris.
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  June 23, 2014
This is incredible! I have always loved mythology, Greek in particular, and this surely is a great representation of Mount Olympus… The rock work flows perfectly with the clouds and the platforms on top. Great mechanism as well!
 I made it 
  June 23, 2014
Quoting Topsy Creatori Bart, I am speechless! It's so grand! I second Stuart's comment... this is one of those posts that I just keep scrolling up & down on, looking and looking trying to visualize in my head the whole building and designing process you went through! Your group's choice of a theme this year is one that I am very interested in... ancient Greece and especially it's influence on science and mathematics! WOW! :)
They were a clever bunch, to be sure! Seems pretty funny that people today think they can reinvent science and math. Anyway, it was a long design process, especially keeping in mind that whatever I built needed to survive shipping. That in itself was a month long project. Thanks for the great comment, Topsy!
 I made it 
  June 23, 2014
Quoting Dr. Monster Wow! This is fantastic. Truly a masterpiece. Every part of this MOC is perfect.
Quoting Stephan N Fantastic work El Barto, wonderful details, the mountains are splendid. I do not know what I think is best ..... everything is unique. Hats off
Thanks for the great comments!
 I made it 
  June 23, 2014
Quoting Mark Kelso BEAUTIFULLY done!!! As the centerpiece for the display, it really needed to be top notch work, and you surpassed anything I could've imagined. Wish I could've been there to see it in person and hang with our crew, but it's still a treat to see this post with the details and WIP shots. Thanks for knocking it out of the park, Bart, and adding so much to the collab!
It means a lot coming from you, Mark! We really enjoyed your rendition of old One-Eye, too! I'm sure one of these days you're going to make it in person-- So Say We All!
 I made it 
  June 23, 2014
Quoting Max Pointner Well done! This looked so cool lit up Saturday night!
Quoting Ranger Elegost Brilliant Work, great detailing and texturing :)
Glad you liked it!
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  June 23, 2014
Quoting Zabou =) Beautifull!
Quoting Kain . My god, you sir are just amazing
Quoting Ska 2D2 Just incredible!!!
Quoting Hrvoje Majetich Wow..! Just.., wow..!
Quoting matt one Epic, mythical, beautiful!
Thanks guys! Much appreciated!
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  June 23, 2014
Quoting Stuart Lucas Awesome build. Never having attempted something on this scale, it's great to see the design and build process from a master of the art. Great work!
Thanks, Stuart! I'd say it's a lot easier for people to see the guts of something like this to feel like they could do it themselves. The structure those 'benches' provided was really astounding. The possibilities are endless!
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  June 23, 2014
Quoting Gerfy Legorider Finally! A Lego Mount Olympus that can do justice to its namesake.
I gave it my best shot--Thanks!
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  June 23, 2014
Quoting Cheryl P Really incredible. The whole effect works. The cliff work is amazing and it's topped off by a totally serene structure. Well done.
Thanks for checking it out!
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  June 23, 2014
Quoting The Actionfigure Just... WOW!... Even with light and movement!
Quoting KW Vauban WOW - a fantastic MOC. Thank you very much for the WIP-pictures. The moving clouds are a very good idea!
Quoting Lego Jim .... Wow. I mean WOW!!! Awesome job. That is totally amazing.
Quoting Lee Muzzy Totally awesome! I had a lot of fun looking at this during the World of lights! Great job To you and the rest of VLUG! And congrats on winning the Best Collaboration award.
Thanks for the enthusiasm, guys!
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  June 23, 2014
A wonderful and spectacular creation.
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  June 23, 2014
Quoting Jake Andrews Just awesome! There are not a lot of Greek myth builds, but this makes up for it! Stunning rockwork, amazing waterfall, and the temple looks fantastic!
Maybe we'll be seeing some more soon! Thanks, Chief!
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  June 23, 2014
Quoting Tim S An impressive sight to behold - you've really outdone yourself! The sloping rockwork looks fantastic and detailed at this scale and the lighting adds a perfect accent upon the buildings. Not to mention the moving clouds, which are nothing short of incredible! Well done!
Thank you for the kind words!
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  June 23, 2014
Quoting Sam Wright Amazing work! So much detail. The part count must be quite high!
Quoting Commander Spencer Beautiful work!
Quoting Michael K. That's magnificent!!
Quoting Topher Adams I think a standing ovation is in order...
Thanks guys! Much appreciated!
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  June 23, 2014
Quoting Chris Roach Epic!
Thanks, Chris! Finally back home, so now I can start replying!
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  June 23, 2014
Incredible work here! It looks especially grand with all light functions.
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  June 23, 2014
You've outdone yourself Bart
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  June 22, 2014
I was astonished just by the sight of the first picture, when I saw the lights and moving clouds I knew the creator was a genious
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  June 22, 2014
Fantastic work! That is incredible! The lighting adds a really cool atmosphere to an already awesome MOC.
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  June 22, 2014
Majestic.
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  June 21, 2014
Nice work! And now to show off my new knowledge: I think those are ionic columns as they have a base and those curly bits at the top.
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  June 21, 2014
I just... I... wow... Amazing. Every detail is perfect! I love the inclusion of so many of the gods. --Blast--
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  June 21, 2014
Simply excellent! You are a full 360 degrees expert in building, from space to castle! Great building and techniques used! Fantastic lightning effect and care for details and minifigs. I can say that this is my favourite creation from you. Hat off Mr Barto!
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  June 21, 2014
WOW I LIKE IT! becuas Dion GOD of the wine!
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  June 20, 2014
I simply cannot comprehend this. Fantasmic.
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  June 20, 2014
The whole composition is jaw-dropping. The rotating clouds, lights and water feature all add to what is an amazing piece of work. Bravo, chief!
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  June 20, 2014
Looks great here. Looked great in person (especially during the world of lights). This was definitely one of the eye-catchers at the con. Bravo Bart and V-Lug.
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  June 20, 2014
This was a pleasure to rebuild! XD This really was a truly fantastic centerpiece and one that garnered the most jaw dropping stares. Absolutely fantastic work there Bart and a unique view into how your mind works in seeing it's construction and workings. This is just another example of why VLUG is the juggernaut it is. Way to represent! Unfrakinbelievable!
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  June 19, 2014
This is just fantastic! I was in BW and saw it in person, it was a great collab project! Congratulations! I didn't knew it was of you, if I'd knew it I'd love to meet you in person to discuss with you!
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  June 18, 2014
Dude, you really bring your A-game to these conventions. Incredible build! The rockwork's tremendous, and I love your spinning clouds solution. A legendary creation, to be sure.
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  June 18, 2014
Wow, man! This is truly impressive! I love the rockwork, in particular.
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  June 17, 2014
My son and I truly enjoyed the "tour" through the construction process. Fantastically excellent, my friend. Thank you for building it and for sharing with the rest of us! - AHJ
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  June 17, 2014
Dude! Amazing! That's really cool how you integrated the lights and rotating clouds! The rockwork is very smooth looking, which I like. The temple is great too. Very, very nice build!
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  June 17, 2014
Amazing man!!! That's one of my favorite MOCs I've seen so far! Amazing rock-work!! I think the clouds could be a bit bigger just for more effect... but the idea of the train track is amazing! Keep it up man!
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  June 17, 2014
Smile 100 and the 1000th view. I feel special! Hahaha, yeh, what's not to like about this one. Uh, epic comes to mind.
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  June 17, 2014
beautiful work in every single way Barto ;-)!
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  June 17, 2014
Amazing work! This build is a perfect example, why we all love Lego. The potential in these bricks is outstanding. Probably it took you a lot of time to build it, but it was worth building it and made you probably a lot of fun. Great lighting and minifigs, too!
  June 17, 2014
Hello El Barto, I am an employee of Bricksart from the Netherlands. At the moment we are organizing an exhibtion of Lego structures. Your creations are really impressive. Is it possible that we can contact you via email? I would like to tell you a bit more about this exhibtion. Please contact us (we don't have your email address, our email adress is: bricksartbns@gmail.com. You can also visit our website (www.bricksart.nl) for further information about our company. Hopefully we can get in touch with you and maybe cooperate together to organize this exhibtion. Kind regards, Rob Lutjeboer Bricksart the Netherlands
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  June 17, 2014
Brilliant execution!!! MOC like that is so hard to tear appart regardless when it will happned.
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  June 16, 2014
this is just beyond imagining... it's really not the (incredible) detail on the outside that surprises me the most, it's the genius architecture! 100/5! :-)
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  June 16, 2014
Holy Crap! The gods would be pleased with your offering, methinks. To quote (or at least paraphrase) Indiana Jones "that belongs in a museum!" Simply breathtaking.
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  June 16, 2014
Ah! All the practice you've had with this theme has paid off here. For contrast, I'd request your rendition of Hades next.
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  June 16, 2014
Wow, yet another example of why you're a true master of the brick. Nice job!
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  June 16, 2014
A wonderful build, Barto. Definitely one of the highlights of not only the VLUG display, but of the convention as a whole. The clouds surrounding the mountain are a brilliant touch. It really looks amazing when the lights are on, especially seeing it with all the other lights off with the rest of the display. Nice work, Barto.
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  June 16, 2014
Majestic! Incredible build!
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  June 16, 2014
MAGIC. NO OTHER WORDS TO SAY !!!
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  June 16, 2014
By the Gods this is awesome! I wish I could have gone to see this and the full display in person . This is magnificent ! I can't wait to see the whole display posted. The rock work in the mountain is amazing and I just love the waterfall. I loved the video of the clouds going around the mountain. The figures of the different gods are all fantastic by themselves . The lighting effects are most impressive. I agree with Marc this would be great in a BSG episode ! Brilliant work!
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  June 16, 2014
Amazing build, dude! Seeing it in action is a real treat! I wish I could have been there to see it for real. Maybe 2016, but then with my HMS Osiris in the baggage. (*dream*) Hey, you can also use it as another dream scene prop for BSG TNC. That would be sweet... ~Cheers, my friend
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  June 16, 2014
Oh wow! The whole thing made me gasp out loud twice, first seeing the finished thing and then at the internal construction. So many smart techniques used, the rail tracks really are perfect for making a turntable and the temple is simply stunning. The simple architecture came out looking incredible, I couldn't imagine Mount Olympus better than this! I also love the Dionysus minifig, a very nice combo (and he looks a bit like Bruce Wayne ;)
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  June 16, 2014
WOW! Impressive feat here to say the least! Amazing rock work, and the temple + lighting effects are awesome! Incredible work!
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  June 16, 2014
Yes!! at last you show us this marvelous MOC !!!! Again, what a work dude !! You should come here with it and show it to my first kid....he's so fan about the mythologie and Your very first fan with your temple..... !!! I can't really translate what he said about it but believe me, it was good !!!
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  June 16, 2014
AMAZING!!!!! Compliments my friend, a gret work of Lego Art, you have exceeded my Relativity of Escher... I'm specchless...
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  June 16, 2014
Stunning! The rockwork and clouds are perfection. Wonderful MOC!
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  June 16, 2014
Amazing!! I am fascinated by Greek mythology and architecture, and this build complements both! Fantastic!
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  June 16, 2014
woah! fabulous El barto!!! well done!!!
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  June 16, 2014
Wow! That was amazing! I love... well all of it! I like how the water looks real! Good job!
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  June 16, 2014
Woww this is very effective..
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  June 16, 2014
Absolutely incredible! Fantastic work!
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  June 16, 2014
That is Awesome, I love mythology builds!!!!!
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  June 16, 2014
Top notch, Bart! The bench work looks familiar and the temple is just breathtaking.
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  June 16, 2014
Absolutely stunning. The rockwork and temple design/architecture are amazing! Brilliant work! Can't wait to see pics of the full collab! :)
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  June 16, 2014
Bravo sir!
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  June 16, 2014
Bart, I am speechless! It's so grand! I second Stuart's comment... this is one of those posts that I just keep scrolling up & down on, looking and looking trying to visualize in my head the whole building and designing process you went through! Your group's choice of a theme this year is one that I am very interested in... ancient Greece and especially it's influence on science and mathematics! WOW! :)
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  June 16, 2014
Wow! This is fantastic. Truly a masterpiece. Every part of this MOC is perfect.
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  June 16, 2014
Fantastic work El Barto, wonderful details, the mountains are splendid. I do not know what I think is best ..... everything is unique. Hats off
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  June 16, 2014
BEAUTIFULLY done!!! As the centerpiece for the display, it really needed to be top notch work, and you surpassed anything I could've imagined. Wish I could've been there to see it in person and hang with our crew, but it's still a treat to see this post with the details and WIP shots. Thanks for knocking it out of the park, Bart, and adding so much to the collab!
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  June 16, 2014
Well done! This looked so cool lit up Saturday night!
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  June 16, 2014
Brilliant Work, great detailing and texturing :)
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  June 16, 2014
Beautifull!
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  June 16, 2014
My god, you sir are just amazing
  June 16, 2014
Just incredible!!!
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  June 16, 2014
Wow..! Just.., wow..!
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  June 16, 2014
Epic, mythical, beautiful!
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  June 16, 2014
Awesome build. Never having attempted something on this scale, it's great to see the design and build process from a master of the art. Great work!
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  June 16, 2014
Finally! A Lego Mount Olympus that can do justice to its namesake.
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  June 16, 2014
Really incredible. The whole effect works. The cliff work is amazing and it's topped off by a totally serene structure. Well done.
  June 16, 2014
Just... WOW!... Even with light and movement!
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  June 16, 2014
WOW - a fantastic MOC. Thank you very much for the WIP-pictures. The moving clouds are a very good idea!
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  June 16, 2014
Wow. I mean WOW!!! Awesome job. That is totally amazing.
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  June 15, 2014
Totally awesome! I had a lot of fun looking at this during the World of lights! Great job To you and the rest of VLUG! And congrats on winning the Best Collaboration award.
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  June 15, 2014
Just awesome! There are not a lot of Greek myth builds, but this makes up for it! Stunning rockwork, amazing waterfall, and the temple looks fantastic!
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  June 15, 2014
An impressive sight to behold - you've really outdone yourself! The sloping rockwork looks fantastic and detailed at this scale and the lighting adds a perfect accent upon the buildings. Not to mention the moving clouds, which are nothing short of incredible! Well done!
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  June 15, 2014
I think a standing ovation is in order...
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  June 15, 2014
Amazing work! So much detail. The part count must be quite high!
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  June 15, 2014
Beautiful work!
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  June 15, 2014
That's magnificent!!
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  June 15, 2014
Epic!
 
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