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TT R5: Isaac vs Halhi: Legacy of a Hero
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Category: Sir William Marshall
About this creation
For round 5 of The Tourney.

My opponent is Isaac Snyder.


TT Round 5: Legacy of a Hero


"Sir William Marshall of Mythron was a true hero. Like many others, he displayed great prowess in battle - defeating over 500 knights in his tourney career. Likewise, after studying architecture while fighting in Enalica, he dedicated himself to helping to build several strong castles in Mythron. Finally, after the tower of his father, the lord of Meids, was seized, Sir William Marshall led the successful attack to retake it. Perhaps William's only flaw was his lack of any unique deeds, however; while he truly was a great hero, he merely did what all the other Mythronian heroes did - there was nothing much to distinguish him from the others. As such, despite his greatness, he was merely a faceless man, a man who would soon be unknown to most.

"That's why he changed. He underwent a profound transformation after the attack on the tower - a transformation that made him into the man he is today."

"But why does this matter?" I ask, confused as to why Gremlon would talk for such length on a trivial subject. "I don't know William."

"Yes, you do know him," Gremlon reply "Think - who have you met that sounds like William?"

A great warrior....Mythronian...transformation...wanting to be well-known.... Suddenly, it all comes together. I recoil with shock, hoping that I'm wrong. "The Boss," I reply, and Gremlon's nods confirm my fears..

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I portrayed William as a faceless hero; he has no true identity, but rather is just a typical "hero". The Rainosian, on the other hand, does have a face for several reasons - first, the story is being told by Rainosians, so obviously it has a significant Rainosian bias; Gremlon wants to believe that the Rainosian is unique, even though he criticizes the Boss for that reason. It's also done just for technical reasons - having two blank faces makes it just seem lazy, especially considering that so many people make brick-built figures without faces.

Colorwise, I made the foreground more realistic and earthy, to reflect the "real" present scene (yes, the story is told in past tense, but in the MOC the background and path represents the life ahead of Sir William). Meanwhile, the background is brighter, giving it a slight fantasy-ish aesthetic which reflects the "dreams" of the future.

The path represents the life and choices ahead of Sir William. Meanwhile, the tower is set apart from the rest - at that moment, Sir William went away from the world and its expectations to become a villain.


Enjoy!


TT Round 5: Legacy of a Hero

Figs removed to better show the rest of the moc. I managed to include the minifigure-scale Boss fig :P

TT Round 5: Legacy of a Hero

TT Round 5: Legacy of a Hero

TT Round 5: Legacy of a Hero

TT Round 5: Legacy of a Hero

TT Round 5: Legacy of a Hero

TT Round 5: Legacy of a Hero

TT Round 5: Legacy of a Hero

TT Round 5: Legacy of a Hero

TT Round 5: Legacy of a Hero

TT Round 5: Legacy of a Hero

TT Round 5: Legacy of a Hero

TT Round 5: Legacy of a Hero

TT Round 5: Legacy of a Hero



TT Round 5: Legacy of a Hero

TT Round 5: Legacy of a Hero

TT Round 5: Legacy of a Hero

TT Round 5: Legacy of a Hero

TT Round 5: Legacy of a Hero

The castle under construction. This section is slightly rotated (in other words, it's not at a 90* angle to the rest of the MOC) adding a good technical challenge with the rockwork.

TT Round 5: Legacy of a Hero

TT Round 5: Legacy of a Hero

The tree was really difficult to make (since it's 8-sided)

TT Round 5: Legacy of a Hero

The bridge was also technically challenging - tons of SNOT and subtle angles.

TT Round 5: Legacy of a Hero

I really like the micro boat design.

TT Round 5: Legacy of a Hero

The tower, inspired by Luke Watkins' Caer Caradoc (complete with wizard's hat as a roof :))

TT Round 5: Legacy of a Hero

Another view of the castle

TT Round 5 Teaser

The Rainosian's face, which I'm really pleased with.

Thanks for viewing!



Comments

 I like it 
  March 15, 2015
Nice use of hinge plates in the figure legs!
 I like it 
  March 12, 2015
Wow excellent build Halhi, loved the characters and the landscaping. However, I think Isaac edged you out on this one. He gets my vote.
 I made it 
  March 11, 2015
Quoting Disco 86 I am also sorry, but your opponent gets my vote. The build itself was cool, but I dont really understand why you are adding so much pictures, that are nearly the same ?
I ran out of time with the presentation this time and didn't have any time to filter through the photos
  March 11, 2015
I am also sorry, but your opponent gets my vote. The build itself was cool, but I dont really understand why you are adding so much pictures, that are nearly the same ?
 I like it 
  March 11, 2015
I don't really have time to write an essay, but your opponent has my vote.
  March 11, 2015
Neat hair idea and the whole thig both looks good and is technically advanced and progressive, which is a clear sign of a good MOC.
Halhi 141
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John Smith
  March 10, 2015
The forced prospective is very convincing. Also, you used some very cool techniques in the forced prospective. The brick-built 'figs are extremely impressive for a first time. The weakest part is definitely the swords. Overall, a solid build but could be improved (hence the time crutch comes in). Still, a great build! Sorry you lost.
 I made it 
  March 10, 2015
Quoting John Smith The forced prospective is very convincing. Also, you used some very cool techniques in the forced prospective. The brick-built 'figs are extremely impressive for a first time. The weakest part is definitely the swords. Overall, a solid build but could be improved (hence the time crutch comes in). Still, a great build! Sorry you lost.
Yeah, I agree, I would have improved this if I had more than 1-2 days to build it for the most part :P
 I made it 
  March 10, 2015
Quoting Gilbert Despathens Congratulations on repeating your fourth-place (well, based on the seeding at the start of this round, anyway) victory in the most prestigious medieval-and-fantasy building competition on MOCpages for a second year running! :D In less cheerful terms, that means that, yes, I made the fourth vote for Isaac. D: I was impressed by the daring you exhibited in this build, dabbling in figures (and using rubber bands and droid arms to great effect), making ships and attempting multiple points of forced perspective. Unfortunately, the gambling didn't always roll your way. If the figures were a little more dynamic instead of having right-antle arms or if it were easier to distinguish between the scenes (or if you had pulled of the microscale castles) then my scoring method would have given me a tie. As it was, I had to give my vote to the cleaner build. Anyway, congrats on winning ten days of free time that would otherwise have been spend building! ; )
Yay, for one of the first times this year I actually agree with the judging! And those ten days will be spent building, don't worry :P
 I like it 
  March 10, 2015
Congratulations on repeating your fourth-place (well, based on the seeding at the start of this round, anyway) victory in the most prestigious medieval-and-fantasy building competition on MOCpages for a second year running! :D In less cheerful terms, that means that, yes, I made the fourth vote for Isaac. D: I was impressed by the daring you exhibited in this build, dabbling in figures (and using rubber bands and droid arms to great effect), making ships and attempting multiple points of forced perspective. Unfortunately, the gambling didn't always roll your way. If the figures were a little more dynamic instead of having right-antle arms or if it were easier to distinguish between the scenes (or if you had pulled of the microscale castles) then my scoring method would have given me a tie. As it was, I had to give my vote to the cleaner build. Anyway, congrats on winning ten days of free time that would otherwise have been spend building! ; )
 I like it 
  March 10, 2015
Let me start by saying that your performance thus far in the Tourney has been truly remarkable. After your semi-final exit last year I expected that you would be back stronger than ever and you certainly did. One thing that I really appreciate about your approach to this year's competition is your willingness to take risks even if many people do not see them as such. That being said I would be shocked if anyone said that this build is not at all risky. To take a category where three scenes were mandatory and to place them all into one was a very creative and, to be honest, a very bold move on your behalf. To make brick-built figures for your very first time in a semi-final against a very skilled opponent was also quite the risk. I really like what you did with the category and how you have shaped this build in a unique way that is far from your comfort zone. Your rockwork, figures and landscaping are great and the forced perspective idea is brilliant. That being said, I cannot give you any leg up simply because you took risks reflective of your building style. When it all comes down to it everything in your opponents entry is just so refined and well thought out, though be it a fairly conventional approach to a required three scenes. I think that if you had allowed yourself just a bit more time to make some aspects that didn't quite do it for me better, such as the swords and some parts of the forced perspective, you could have edged out your opponent. However, things being as they are my vote goes to your opponent for his great use of colours and excellent well thought out detailing which is present in all three of his separate builds.
 I like it 
  March 10, 2015
Amazing work Halhi! The way you interpreted the three scenes is brilliant! The brick-built figures, especially the Rainosian's face and torso, are excellent! The scenery around them too is convincing, and the scene comes together looking correct even with the background; something that is often hard to do. The minifigure-scale scene likewise is excellent, especially the transition of the small rock turning into a large one when at that scene. Finally, the third scene in microscale is convincing when viewed from a distance, as it should. Though I am not sure the complexity in the micro scene added much when viewed as a whole. Nevertheless, the details there are still very well done. While your scenes and your opponent's scenes may be matched in terms of technical expertise, I feel that for me the overall aesthetics and feel of your opponent's scenes won out against your masterful forced perspective's continuity in look and in story. Thus, my vote goes to your opponent.
 I like it 
  March 9, 2015
I applaud your approach to the category and love your micro-scale work. The figures are great as well, especially the faces. Isaac's builds are just a bit stronger, though. He gets my vote, but not by much. Good luck with the other judges!
 I like it 
  March 9, 2015
Wow. That is really good. I like your chances. good luck, and keep it up!
  March 9, 2015
@Thomas: You can admire a book without agreeing with it's contents, you know, and either way, I still can have my own opinion :)
 I made it 
  March 9, 2015
Quoting Infy, Bane of Iny's Banes (which are few) Nice! Swords are weird though. :P. And I wish there were pics of the builds separately.
Builds? It's just one big build :P
 I like it 
  March 9, 2015
Nice! Swords are weird though. :P. And I wish there were pics of the builds separately.
 I like it 
  March 9, 2015
The forced perspective is really well done. When I saw the teaser I thought the whole moc was a multitude of builds spread out across your room. :P
 I made it 
  March 9, 2015
Quoting Julia LeeP Yayz, love the BBFs, especially the Rainosian's face. The swords look like toys, though, and the entire build could use some refinement, although, considering your rants on lack of time in the Cow Tavern group :P I'm quite impressed. And what do you mean you don't like A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court? :O That's, like one of my favorite books ever :O
I've tried reading it at least two times and gave up both times.
 I like it 
  March 9, 2015
Great work with the forced perspective and the BBFs! However, I agree with Julia: the swords are too short and the shields too small.
 I like it 
  March 9, 2015
@Julia: No. Just no. Go away. That is not the best book ever. It's a clumsy satire that Mark Twain used to incessantly bash Christianity in favor of science. And it's barely even a good story.
 I like it 
  March 9, 2015
Yayz, love the BBFs, especially the Rainosian's face. The swords look like toys, though, and the entire build could use some refinement, although, considering your rants on lack of time in the Cow Tavern group :P I'm quite impressed. And what do you mean you don't like A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court? :O That's, like one of my favorite books ever :O
 I like it 
  March 9, 2015
OHHHHH SNAP, mega-burn for Kai!
 I like it 
  March 9, 2015
While the two figures in the front are outstanding, and even the middle, minifigure scale transition is decent, the back of your entry really went downhill. It's way below even your standards of rushed, it looks more like something Kai would build :P Still, from a technical aspect your entry is far superior to Isaacs, and from a overall appeal his entry is superior to yours.
 I made it 
  March 9, 2015
Quoting Armon Russ I don't have much to say on the story, because there just isn't much story. :P But this has been bugging me for a while now. Couldn't you have thought of a better name for the Boss? I mean . . . it just doesn't fit. With the whole medieval setting and with the mood you're trying to capture with your story. It could totally be the name for some sci-fi villain instead. Plus it sounds like slang talk: "Yo, it's the Boss man!" Which is why I have a strange urge to call him 'the Boss man.' :P And . . . when Elisa all *gasp* "the boss!" it's almost . . . comical. :P
I completely forget who the name was based on, but I'm sure it was based on somethi...Wait, maybe it was based on the main character from A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (a book I would not recommend at all :P)? I believe the main character there was sometimes referred to as "The Boss"
 I like it 
  March 9, 2015
Love the Rainosian head. Swords look like meat cleavers. Tree looks treeish, although I guess the 8-sidedness is good. The castle and the surrounding rockwork is great. Also, that ship is so cute!
  March 9, 2015
I don't have much to say on the story, because there just isn't much story. :P But this has been bugging me for a while now. Couldn't you have thought of a better name for the Boss? I mean . . . it just doesn't fit. With the whole medieval setting and with the mood you're trying to capture with your story. It could totally be the name for some sci-fi villain instead. Plus it sounds like slang talk: "Yo, it's the Boss man!" Which is why I have a strange urge to call him 'the Boss man.' :P And . . . when Elisa all *gasp* "the boss!" it's almost . . . comical. :P
 I like it 
  March 9, 2015
This is definitely my favorite from you of all your past entries. Great idea with the forced perspective and brick-built figures. You might just get bonus points for creativity on that. ;P The landscaping is awesome, and those grass stalks look really realistic utilized this way. Plus, the bridge with the stream works well for the FP. The castle is great, but the tower is the weakest part. The smooth, round, plainness of it just doesn't work with the rest of the build, but I'm guessing you couldn't find any other way to make one. :P The tree, well, isn't very pretty, but it works. And the shaping on those figures is very nice. It's clear they're the star of the build. I love the Rainosian's face. NPU with his helmet and the other guy's hair. The only thing I don't like is the swords. Just a little too awkward and cardboard looking. But this is a nice break from all those buildings you've been making. Hopefully you'll be trying more stuff like this in the future. Great work.
 I like it 
  March 9, 2015
All the microscale work is really good!
 I like it 
  March 9, 2015
Wow! Great work! --Blast--
 I like it 
  March 9, 2015
Ohhhh lovely. The figures are really good. I would not even get those perfect figures to some extent together. Really remarkable.
Halhi 141
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Matt Bace
  March 8, 2015
Wow! These are some really great figures. For some reason, I find the arms/sleeves to be one of the components that I like the best, but the entire MOC is excellent.
 I like it 
  March 8, 2015
This moc is really different from what you normally do, so I enjoyed it a lot. The brick-built figures are sweet, as is the landscaping and the bridge. I don't really like the microscale caer caradoc, it looks pretty strange, but the rest is fantastic.
 I made it 
  March 8, 2015
Quoting Professor B. Same as I said on Flickr. Though I took a good look at the bridge and I really like it. But the rocks are too blocky for my taste. And all those angles everywhere stick out too much; most of them don't look that great. Still, it's a nice build. Good luck!
Yeah, I love the bridge, and personally I liked the rocks a lot at least in the front. As to the angles, they were needed for the shaping and for the most part they looked pretty good imo (especially in the overall pics which was the main purpose of the build)
Quoting Matt Bace Wow! These are some really great figures. For some reason, I find the arms/sleeves to be one of the components that I like the best, but the entire MOC is excellent.
Thanks! My favorite part of the build was the Rainosian's face/head
 I made it 
  March 8, 2015
Quoting Joseph Olson While the FP and landscaping is very good, the BBFs are not your best. So generally, I like it, but it's not as good as your last.
Not my best? I've never done brick-built figs before, and judging from the fact that you seem to hate BBFs, I'm not sure whether to follow your advice :P
 I like it 
  March 8, 2015
While the FP and landscaping is very good, the BBFs are not your best. So generally, I like it, but it's not as good as your last.
 I like it 
  March 8, 2015
Interesting build!
 I like it 
  March 8, 2015
I like the non-minifig scale approach you took. Great work :)
 I like it 
  March 8, 2015
Same as I said on Flickr. Though I took a good look at the bridge and I really like it. But the rocks are too blocky for my taste. And all those angles everywhere stick out too much; most of them don't look that great. Still, it's a nice build. Good luck!
 I like it 
  March 8, 2015
wowowowowowowowow!!!!! awesome!
 
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