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M.O. Round 3: Ian Spacek vs. Ranger Elegost
About this creation
Bracket 4, Category: Micro-scale: Build anything (be it from a movie, a book, or something architectural like a skyscraper or historical landmark) in micro-scale.

My Opponent

2014 MocOlympics

In honor of my Kiwi opponent, I drew inspiration from Middle Earth! I present one of my first micro-scale MOCs: The Tower of Barad-dűr! This 16x16 replication (plus a 1x1 border) was a delicious challenge! I attempted to stay as micro as possible, while maintaining a convincing design.


The Eye of Sauron!

I rigged the build with lights for cinematic effect.
The wires offer proof that it's not Photoshopped!
[Edit: 10/15/14] Clean Edit, courtesy of Simon Liu.

Thanks for stopping by and Soli Deo Gloria!



Comments

 I like it 
  June 27, 2015
Wow, this is awesome! I would pay good money to have this sitting on my desk with those beautiful lights on...
  January 9, 2015
great WOrk!
 I made it 
  November 18, 2014
Thanks gents!
Quoting Ethan J. Where'd you get the eye of sauron minifigure head?
http://thelordoftherings.lego.com/en-us/Products/79005.aspx
 I like it 
  November 18, 2014
Where'd you get the eye of sauron minifigure head?
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  November 9, 2014
Wooow!! A pleasure to watch!! The last pic is terrible and the light effect, superb. Amazing work!!
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  October 27, 2014
I don't think I've officially said how much I adore this build. Such a win by any standard.
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  October 23, 2014
Still love the flowing effect the chains provide.
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  October 23, 2014
I've seen alot of awesome barad-dur Mocs, but this micro addition is especially good!
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  October 23, 2014
A really elegant build of the tower at this scale! Every piece looks deliberate and well-placed, super sharp and clean! Congratulations!
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  October 21, 2014
This is a really well done micro build! I actually thought that this was mini figure scale in the photo's because it is so realistic. Great build
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  October 20, 2014
wow, make me jelous !
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  October 20, 2014
Great job! This is probably the best micro Barad- Dur I've seen yet!
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  October 19, 2014
Nice!
 I made it 
  October 19, 2014
Quoting Kevin J. Walter Would you maybe be willed to sell it? I would love to put it once aside his big brother or just enjoying it on the shelf! - K.
Thank you for the complimentary offer, Kevin. I'm honored, but I'm not sure how I feel about selling. I'll send you a Flickr message so we can discuss it further.
 I like it 
  October 19, 2014
Knowing this tower from every angle and detail, I can just say you nailed it! Working on such a small scale is very tricky and you have done it great! I love it... don't ask me now why ;-) Would you maybe be willed to sell it? I would love to put it once aside his big brother or just enjoying it on the shelf! - K.
 I like it 
  October 17, 2014
Stunning. When I first saw this I thought it was quite large, but when I read it was only a vig I was even more impressed! Excellent parts usage, and the lighting is phenomenal! Congratulations on moving on to the next round!
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  October 17, 2014
Really awesome MOC! The amounts of detail and part usage is just phenomenal! Then of course, the lights just add one more cool factor to this. Sweet!
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  October 16, 2014
This is really good, the use of chains is great and the rockwork is perfect, not to mention the lighting...
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  October 16, 2014
Greatest Miniature Bura Dur I've ever seen.
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  October 15, 2014
Excellent!
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  October 15, 2014
I can't believe how you fit all that in a 16x16 square! The lighting is fantastic. I am just amazed.
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  October 15, 2014
I forgot to comment on this AWESOME Barad-Dűr! The details are perfect and the lighting feature is astonishing! I couldn't figure out the scale from the thumbnail, and it's pretty rare for a 16x16... Congrats on advancing, Ian!
 I like it 
  October 15, 2014
wow, you should have used the lighted pic as main, it looks fantastic!
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  October 15, 2014
Thanks for the comments everyone.
Quoting Ranger Elegost ...anyway I just wanted to say congrats on winning my friend, now you better not let me down, you win this thing for me alright :P
Thank you, Ranger. Haha, I certainly can't promise that, but I'll play to the best of my ability with the time that I have!
 I made it 
  October 15, 2014
2000 Vignettes: Barad-dűr
Quoting The Fellowship of a Brick In celebration of passing the 2000 members milestone and becoming the largest group on MOCpages, the Fellowship of the Brick invites the entire MOCpages community to share in a fantastical undertaking! The objective is for the community to collaboratively produce an impressive archive of 2000 8x8 and/or 16x16 Middle Earth themed vignettes over the next year! Ridiculous? Yes. Unrealistic? Absolutely. But the same was said of Frodo's quest to destroy the Ring, so come and join the fun!
I figured I'd throw this into the mix: http://www.mocpages.com/group_conversation.php?id=8424&topicid=96801
 I like it 
  October 15, 2014
Awesome lighting effect and overall details are stellar. reminds me of mustafar moc up right now. 5/5
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  October 15, 2014
I'm not a fan of lords of the ring but this is a beautiful MOC, in particular with lights! Good luck for the next round!
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  October 15, 2014
Ian what a round, that was tense, I'm clad it's over now :D anyway I just wanted to say congrats on winning my friend, now you better not let me down, you win this thing for me alright :P
 I made it 
  October 14, 2014
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist Shoot, I'd better get sorting. ;) Kudos mate!
Wait, there's another round? You mean I can't just hunker down in my bathrobe and slippers for a month? Alas. ;)
 I made it 
  October 14, 2014
Quoting Ranger Elegost Terrific work like always, I'll just like to say that whoever comes out victorious it was a privilege competing against you :)
Same goes to you man. You're one heck of an opponent.
  October 14, 2014
Shoot, I'd better get sorting. ;) Kudos mate!
 I made it 
  October 14, 2014
Quoting Mark McPeek I wish both of you could advance, but since I have to decide, my vote goes to you, Ian!
Thank you Mark.
 I like it 
  October 14, 2014
Firstly, you guys should be mighty proud of what you accomplished. Your entries were worthy of a final. The amount of detail you both managed to capture is astounding. I don't think I've seen many micro-scale builds that are better than these two. I wish both of you could advance, but since I have to decide, my vote goes to you, Ian! This was a really difficult decision. Your lighting effect was what won me over in the end. In terms of building, you were equal, in my mind. Your entry is mighty impressive for such a small base! Great PU with the chains as well! Congratulations on advancing and thanks for your amazing entry!
 I like it 
  October 14, 2014
Most impressive. Love the rockwork, and the use of those chains is brilliant. But the tower itself takes the cake.
 I made it 
  October 14, 2014
Quoting Chris Phipson Ranger has my vote.
Well we know we've done something right when it comes down to personal taste alone! A fair call Chris, thanks for your time. Now to hope against all hope...
 I like it 
  October 14, 2014
Wow, this is excellent! Love the lighting effects. Fabulous detailing.
 I like it 
  October 14, 2014
This is another one of those matchups that are just BRUTAL to be a judge in! You guys both knocked it so far out of the park on this one that it's STILL going! I really can't find fault with either build. Both are amazingly detailed and just really, REALLY the top tier of what this competition should be. That being said, I have to put my vote somewhere and as was the case with another matchup in this round, it's coming down simply to one thing. Personal preference on my part. And I just enjoyed Ranger's moc a little more personally. Ranger has my vote. Good luck to both of you! Still one judge to go! ~ Chris.
Ian Spacek
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Graeme Straughn
  October 13, 2014
Amazing rock work, bruthah. XD Very cool idea, I'd love to try micro-building some time... Nice use of the Eye mini-fig head and the chains as rocks! Stellar entry!
Ian Spacek
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Matt Bace
  October 13, 2014
Wow! As I noted in my comments to your competitor, this has got to be the toughest match-up for this round of the MOCOlympics. Both your entry and you opponent's are superb. I have a feeling it will come down to the personal taste's of the judges, since you two have picked very different subject matter.
 I like it 
  October 13, 2014
THOSE LIGHTS
 I made it 
  October 13, 2014
Quoting matt rowntRee You get my vote.
Thank you Matt.
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  October 13, 2014
A tough one. Both your builds are stellar in quality and PU. It is however the light up feature that edges you out by just a hair. You get my vote.
 I like it 
  October 13, 2014
Microscale with lights!
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  October 13, 2014
Excellent! The rock looks great and the shaping of the tower as well.
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  October 13, 2014
Just noticed the chains. Very detailed ~Noel
 I like it 
  October 13, 2014
As I'm not judging this bracket, I can sit here and enjoy the pure eye candy you and Ranger have produced. Good luck to Mark, matt and Chris in choosing between them... stellar work, both of you!
 I like it 
  October 13, 2014
Both you and Ranger created microscale builds that look much larger at first glance. But once you click on the build then rub your eyes a bit you see that they are so much smaller than they look! The level of detail that you and Ranger created is absolutely amazing. I really feel for the judges on this one. Good luck. ~John
 I like it 
  October 13, 2014
Ian you great man, how dare you challenge me, I'm sweating over this match :P Seriously man brilliant work :D The detailing, espically the use of chains as rockwork, is fantastic and the lighting man is that effective. Terrific work like always, I'll just like to say that whoever comes out victorious it was a privilege competing against you :)
 I like it 
  October 13, 2014
Great job on the details!
 I like it 
  October 13, 2014
Darned impressive! Especially with the lights. Good luck, Dude!
 I like it 
  October 13, 2014
Truly brilliant work here!
 I made it 
  October 13, 2014
Thank you for sharing your thoughts guys! Always appreciated.
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist
What's this?! Defeatism?! Only one of us really needs a re-match, just sayin'! But all teasing aside, thanks a ton for the thoughtful comment Lauchlan. You know I have tremendous respect for you as a builder (especially in the micro-scale vein), so your opinion is much appreciated man! Thank you.
Quoting Mark McPeek You guys are killing me.
And you're killing us! ;)
Quoting Krištof Pučejdl Btw Ian, may I ask as if you have some Czech ancestors? Your surname points me there :)
You might be onto something.
Quoting Ben Merrill Don't forget to add it to the M.O. group
Haha, don't worry, I didn't!
Quoting Matthew Oh Are you going to save it and bring it to BW 2014?
I doubt it, but you never know!
Quoting David Roberts ...deceptively small MOC. It really does look huge until you zoom in....
Quoting Tim S You did an excellent job reducing the complex angles and spikes from the full scale tower into such a small size without loosing the vision of the whole.
Thanks guys. I'm glad that came across. It was my goal.
Quoting Rocco Buttliere Lots of nice, surprising details here! Love it!
Thanks Rocco! That's encouraging to hear coming from the master of micro-scale architecture. :)
 I like it 
  October 13, 2014
This is terrific. The pic with the lights working is awesome. Killer MOC.
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  October 13, 2014
Hey, you know, are you sure you want a rematch? I mean, I know we're both busy people and I don't want to inconvenience you, so if we both get to the next round how about we shake on a draw. ;) Seriously Ian, this is incredible. The intricacy of the tower makes it look far, far larger than it really is, and the lighting effects are pure gold. You've nailed both the sinister atmosphere and the dark ingenuity of Barad-Dur's design - hat's off. Man, I don't envy the judges for your match-up! Good luck!
  October 13, 2014
You guys are killing me. This one will take me a couple days.
 I like it 
  October 13, 2014
That's Bonkers! I love the greebles and the chains used for texture on the ground.
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  October 13, 2014
Brilliant job! One of the best microscale mocs I've seen! --Blast--
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  October 13, 2014
Beautiful work! The detail is astounding for a microscale. :)
 I like it 
  October 13, 2014
Great work, love the lighting effects!
  October 13, 2014
Awesome build! At first glance I thought that the picture with lighting was the real thing! Outstanding.
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  October 13, 2014
Amazing. The enlightened lava looks so real. Btw Ian, may I ask as if you have some Czech ancestors? Your surname points me there :)
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  October 13, 2014
Glows just brilliantly.
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  October 13, 2014
A Great work. Particularly with the illumination. good luck
 I like it 
  October 13, 2014
Great piece, Ian! Love the look of that thing with the lighting effects.
 I like it 
  October 13, 2014
Fantastic! The lights really set this off!
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  October 13, 2014
That's excellent! Well done & good luck! 5/5
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  October 13, 2014
Hi there, ... I don't know who's gonna win, but this build is excelent! Best one i've seen of this tower, including one of 2 meters high. Greetz, Elio
 I like it 
  October 13, 2014
Lava, lights and chains... always a great oombination for cinematic effect! Best of Luck to yah! :)
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  October 13, 2014
From the first picture it's really great, but once you get to the lighted one the build really shines (p.i.). Wouldn't want to judge this round.
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  October 12, 2014
First I was like, :O Then I saw it with the lighting in effect, and I was all like, :[_____]
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  October 12, 2014
Wow. I love your use of the chains and the lighting... Although I anticipate that this will be a very tough match to call for the judges.
 I like it 
  October 12, 2014
Great job! I really like how you added the lights, they make the MOC look really cool!
 I like it 
  October 12, 2014
Fantastic job! This will be an interesting match-up to watch. Good luck.
 I like it 
  October 12, 2014
Nicely built, Ian! (Don't forget to add it to the M.O. group)
 I like it 
  October 12, 2014
You never cease to amaze me with your builds Ian. Amazing job!
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  October 12, 2014
Wow! Dude, that's Awesome! The best I have seen yet! Good Luck man!
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  October 12, 2014
Wow Ian, this is breathtaking! So much detail on such a small scale, and extremely realistic as well! The angles are fantastic, on Barad Dur and on the rockwork! Excellent work mate! Are you going to save it and bring it to BW 2014?
 I like it 
  October 12, 2014
A great looking and deceptively small MOC. It really does look huge until you zoom in to details like the chain wrapped around the tower. Then your brain get an idea of the scale and how much is packed into such a small space. The lighting really brings the lava to life.
 I like it 
  October 12, 2014
Lovely composition!
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  October 12, 2014
Breath-taking! I love the texture of the rocks... like what you did with the chains. Excellent work. This is a truly spectacular representation of an iconic Middle-Earth Building. Well done, and good luck!
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  October 12, 2014
Amazing! The micro details are fantastic! Definitely the best Barad Dur at this scale that I've seen. And it lights up! Fantastic!
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  October 12, 2014
WoW ! Stunning entry Ian. I am amazed anyone could put this together in a MocO rnd. Briliant.
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  October 12, 2014
Wonderful microscale work Ian. You did an excellent job reducing the complex angles and spikes from the full scale tower into such a small size without loosing the vision of the whole.
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  October 12, 2014
Amazing light up function! I love it! It'll be close for sure!
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  October 12, 2014
Lots of nice, surprising details here! Love it!
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  October 12, 2014
very nice! I like the rockwork!
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  October 12, 2014
Quoting Deus "Big W." Otiosus It was done before.
Hmm, I thought I was the first. Oh well! At least it was an original thought. Out of curiosity, where have you seen it done before?
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  October 12, 2014
Amazing! The tower is just stunning! I love the effect with the chains. The lava steals the show. Brilliant work and an excellent entry! Best of luck Ian
  October 12, 2014
No worries, Grant. It was done before.
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  October 12, 2014
Wow! Fantastic! The rock spiraling up the tower is great! Nice lighting as well!
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  October 12, 2014
Gah! You beat me to using chains as rocks. Good job!
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  October 12, 2014
How do you do it?
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  October 12, 2014
WOW. I love the chains!!! and the lighting...just wow.
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  October 12, 2014
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