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TTR2: The Duel
Leonard is sent south of Bodus to face off against a dwarf with a weapon addiction who's been raiding several blacksmith shops nearby.
About this creation
Bracket 2
Category: Blacksmith Duel
What better place than a blacksmith's shop is there for a duel? Weapons are all around, there are hammers to throw and furnaces in which to heat your weapon, and if you lose your weapon, you can just grab a new one. Show us a duel in a Blacksmith's shop. Give us the craziest, most unrealistic choreography you can think of!
Opponent: Lobo 630
Guild: The Royal Bucket Heads 2.0
Contest: The Tourney 2016




The dwarf was shouting in its barbaric language again.
Leonard couldn't make out a word of it, of course, but it seemed to be something along the lines of "Come out! Fight! Me wants to kill you!"
At least the volume of the shouting indicated that.
Take deep breaths, Regalis, He chided to no avail. All you need to do is walk out there and lop off its head. Couldn't be easier, eh?
He groaned in despair. Who was he kidding?



"What are you waiting for?!" The blacksmith demanded as he approached him. "He's stealing all my swords! Do something!"
"Um . . ." Leonard swallowed hard. "Have you seen that creature? It's a ferocious little monster!"
"They just don't breed knights like they used to, do they?" The blacksmith muttered under his breath.



Without warning, he shoved Leonard around the corner. "Come on, you coward!" He snapped. "Just slaughter it already!"
Leonard's eyes widened in terror as his opponent came charging forward, swords drawn and swinging.
"FOR THE LOVE OF GOLD, I'M TOO REGAL TO DIE LIKE THIS!" He screamed.
And thus began another day of running for his life.
Perhaps he should consider a fashion competition next year instead.



Bonus pics. Btw, I procrastinated on this way too long and ended up finishing it at 4am this morning. In light of that, I think it came out pretty good. :P



Stonework with dark red beams and door. The trend continues! ;P



The upper half with the woodwork. Yeah, it should be pretty obvious I used Cab's Outlaw house design for this. I myself think it looks pretty snazzy. Especially with my special windows to keep it in my style. ;P



The chimney section thingy where the blacksmith shoves stuff into the fire. :P



And the landscape. Why is there no snow, you ask? Well, you see, a magician recently waltzed through here with a melting spell and—oh screw it all. My photos are a pain to edit with snow. Sue me. :P

So yeah, it seems I can build pretty well in the wee hours in the morning. And aside from a few not-very-compatible colors, I really like the layout of this build. What do you guys think? :P

Thanks for reading!

Soli Deo Gloria



Comments

 I like it 
  November 26, 2017
amazing!:D
 I like it 
  November 22, 2017
cool. remember you logged onto my account to give your moc quick likes to get it on the homepage?
 I like it 
  November 22, 2017
Well deserved MOTD. Also about time you got one.
 I like it 
  November 22, 2017
#shouldofwon
 I like it 
  November 22, 2017
Gratz on MOTD bro!
 I like it 
  November 22, 2017
Well deserved MOTD Armon, great build!
 I like it 
  November 22, 2017
Congrats on MOTD!
  November 22, 2017
AmazinG! Great job on MoTD!
 I made it 
  February 5, 2016
Quoting droid hunter Greebles, whats not to like?
Thank you!
 I like it 
  February 5, 2016
Greebles, whats not to like?
 I made it 
  February 4, 2016
Quoting Gilbert Despathens Congratulations on getting on Across MOCpages! That's well-deserved, indeed. Again, pity both of you couldn't have gone on to Round 3, but that's the way the cookie crumbles.
Thanks! It's kind of a testament to how dead MOCpages is, but it's still nice. :P
  February 3, 2016
Congratulations on getting on Across MOCpages! That's well-deserved, indeed. Again, pity both of you couldn't have gone on to Round 3, but that's the way the cookie crumbles.
 I made it 
  February 3, 2016
Quoting Ben Pitchford Great looking building. nice job!
Thanks!
 I like it 
  February 3, 2016
Great looking building. nice job!
 I made it 
  February 2, 2016
Quoting Petr Chval That timbered structure is super cool!
Thank you!
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  February 2, 2016
Quoting Rosalyn Crown Stunning woodwork! ~Phoenix Rose
Thanks Rosalyn!
 I like it 
  February 2, 2016
That timbered structure is super cool!
  February 2, 2016
Stunning woodwork! ~Phoenix Rose
 I made it 
  January 27, 2016
Quoting Gilbert Despathens Well, this isn't a TARDIS, but it still gets my vote. I had some grief over this decision, because both of your entries are really, really good - they're probably my two favorite entries in the entire bracket. Unfortunately, I could only choose one, so I went with the entry that shows a full house, complete with beautiful rockwork, a realistic appearance, a stone forge-thingy, and a nearly-avant-garde style of woodworking. Unfortunately, this meant passing over an excellent interior walled with quality whitewash, floored with an intricate cobble pattern, and furnished with far more attention to detail than I expected to see in the entire Tourney. Oh, and you both had two of the best write-ups from this entire bracket, too. Thank you for competing, guys, and good luck with the other judges.
I think this comment went into moderation, but thanks Gilbert!
 I made it 
  January 27, 2016
Quoting Mr. Cab
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed . . . but yeah, Lobo's build was really nice, and he did fit the category better than I did. Thanks for your time, Cab. I know this wasn't easy. Maybe next year. ):
 I like it 
  January 27, 2016
I hate being the tiebreaker judge here. I must confess that I purposefully put off judging this match in the hopes that the other two judges would decide and I wouldn't have to cast a vote. But of course, that didn't work out, so now I actually have to decide who moves on, rather than just casting a vote, which is even more difficult. I'll be walking you through my entire though process in this comment, so stay with me. Armon's entry is definitely the more technically sophisticated build of the two. Since I've built that type of house before, I know just how complex the internal structure can be. His textures are also more consistent, and the height of the build makes it interesting to look at. However, the dark red doesn't go too well with the brown. Just dark red windows would have been fine, but the dark red corners of the upper story are confusing. Lobo's build, on the other hand, is wonderfully detailed, and it really embodies the spirit of the category. There's a furnace, a blow-thingy, racks of weapons, a barrel of water for cooling the metal - in short, everything you would expect to see in a Blacksmith's shop. Curving the furnace and putting it at an angle in one corner of the setup is a great choice in terms of layout. However, the whitewash texture isn't quite as visually appealing as the textures in Armon's build, and the base is somewhat odd. Both builds have some major advantages and some minor issues, which overall makes them pretty much exactly equal. Lobo's entry finds its strength in the details, Armon's entry finds its strength in the technical sophistication. Both builds have great layouts, though Armon takes a slight advantage here. Armon's build also has not more refined, but more consistent textures, but both of those things are minor and are canceled out by Lobo's better representation of the category. In the end, in a match as close as this one, I think what really counts is the way each builder approached the category. And in this aspect, Lobo wins out. Rhe category calls for a duel /in/ a blacksmith's shop. It's a small technicality, but in terms of interpreting the category, it makes a big difference. Armon simply built a duel next to a Blacksmith's shop. You can tell it's a blacksmith's shop, the large chimney makes sure of that, but it just as well have been a watermill or an armory or a residential house. Lobo, on the other hand, built a duel in which both contestants utilize all that the blacksmith shop has to offer to their advantage, and gave us some crazy choreography. While Armon's build does fit the category, Lobo's build fits it like one lego brick fits on top of another. I cannot begin to describe how difficult this decision was for me to make, since this match was so close, but Lobo 630 gets my vote. To Armon, I have to say that it's not just cool that you built a house in my style, it's an honor, and I hope someday I'll get to build something in your style as well (Frostclaw is waiting! :P). To Lobo, I say Welcome to Round 3! And to both I say, I am so sorry for making you read this much.
 I made it 
  January 27, 2016
Quoting P. Andrei I'm still not sure about this, not only did you two make two of the best entries in this round, it's difficult to judge an interior scene vs and exterior. But since I have to pick one, I have to go with your opponent on this one. On one hand, I'm not fond of your choice of using dark red in the woodwork, it's just doesn't match well with brown for me. Other than that, this is pretty much flawless. I also find your opponent's build fits the category better.
Thanks for judging!
 I like it 
  January 27, 2016
I'm still not sure about this, not only did you two make two of the best entries in this round, it's difficult to judge an interior scene vs and exterior. But since I have to pick one, I have to go with your opponent on this one. On one hand, I'm not fond of your choice of using dark red in the woodwork, it's just doesn't match well with brown for me. Other than that, this is pretty much flawless. I also find your opponent's build fits the category better.
 I like it 
  January 26, 2016
Well, this isn't a TARDIS, but it still gets my vote. I had some grief over this decision, because both of your entries are really, really good - they're probably my two favorite entries in the entire bracket. Unfortunately, I could only choose one, so I went with the entry that shows a full house, complete with beautiful rockwork, a realistic appearance, a stone forge-thingy, and a nearly-avant-garde style of woodworking. Unfortunately, this meant passing over an excellent interior walled with quality whitewash, floored with an intricate cobble pattern, and furnished with far more attention to detail than I expected to see in the entire Tourney. Oh, and you both had two of the best write-ups from this entire bracket, too. Thank you for competing, guys, and good luck with the other judges.
 I made it 
  January 26, 2016
Quoting David FNJ Very nice work! I like the use of the log bricks, and the stonework is great!
Thanks David!
 I like it 
  January 26, 2016
Very nice work! I like the use of the log bricks, and the stonework is great!
 I made it 
  January 25, 2016
Quoting Mr. Cab This design looks familiar... *reads description* Oh. :P Seriously, I think it's really cool that you liked my design enough to try it yourself. From what I can tell, your version is about seven times as stable as mine was. That won't get in the way of judging though...
Eh, not that stable. The only parts connected securely are the studs up sections under the windows. :P But thanks! Your design is just so cool. ;D
 I like it 
  January 25, 2016
This design looks familiar... *reads description* Oh. :P Seriously, I think it's really cool that you liked my design enough to try it yourself. From what I can tell, your version is about seven times as stable as mine was. That won't get in the way of judging though...
 I made it 
  January 25, 2016
Quoting Mariner 1000 Looks awesome, Armon! I like the landscape regardless of the lack of snow. :P The house is pretty good too.
Thanks Mariner. :P
 I like it 
  January 24, 2016
Looks awesome, Armon! I like the landscape regardless of the lack of snow. :P The house is pretty good too.
 I made it 
  January 24, 2016
Quoting Dave Zambito Wow, nice clean lil build :)
Thanks Dave!
 I like it 
  January 24, 2016
Wow, nice clean lil build :)
 I made it 
  January 24, 2016
Quoting Lobo 630 Very nice build Armon!
Thanks Lobo!
 I made it 
  January 24, 2016
Quoting BrickBuilder7622 . It's always wonderful when builders step out of their comfort zone and build in colors that they may not at first think would go together, but in the end it turns out to be a good idea. Like this. Using maroon in this medieval design is a new one, good work!
Thank you!
  January 24, 2016
Very nice build Armon!
 I like it 
  January 23, 2016
It's always wonderful when builders step out of their comfort zone and build in colors that they may not at first think would go together, but in the end it turns out to be a good idea. Like this. Using maroon in this medieval design is a new one, good work!
 I made it 
  January 23, 2016
Quoting Jacob Syrups Awesome job! Good luck.
Thanks!
 I like it 
  January 23, 2016
Awesome job! Good luck.
 I made it 
  January 23, 2016
Quoting Kermunklin the Giant Evil House Head Cool build, but not much in the way of fighting though...
Nope. :P Thanks!
 I like it 
  January 23, 2016
Cool build, but not much in the way of fighting though...
 I made it 
  January 23, 2016
Quoting holden frost i like it! but i might ask, where did you get the cape? i only have the cape with stars thats purple. or is it custom?
Thanks! The cape is from BL. And this one actually is the one with stars. You just can't see it from most of the camera angles, because I'm trying to hide them. :P
 I like it 
  January 23, 2016
i like it! but i might ask, where did you get the cape? i only have the cape with stars thats purple. or is it custom?
 I made it 
  January 23, 2016
Quoting Noel Peterson Very nice! Contrary to Halhi's beliefs, I do like the dark red :D
Yay! Thanks, Noel! ;D
 I made it 
  January 23, 2016
Quoting Reese Hawthorne Nice work, Armon! I actually like the dark red in the wooden portion of the build, although I don't know why... The only thing I feel that is lacking is choreography; I feel the story could have been a bit more creative. Anyways, Good luck in R2, and GO RBH (2.0)!!!
You run out of creativity fast when taking pics at four in the morning. :P Thanks, though!
 I like it 
  January 23, 2016
Very nice! Contrary to Halhi's beliefs, I do like the dark red :D
 I like it 
  January 23, 2016
Nice work, Armon! I actually like the dark red in the wooden portion of the build, although I don't know why... The only thing I feel that is lacking is choreography; I feel the story could have been a bit more creative. Anyways, Good luck in R2, and GO RBH (2.0)!!!
 I made it 
  January 23, 2016
Quoting Hildigrim Took Great job Armon, I'm rooting for you! Good luck! My build should be here by tonight...
Thanks Hildigrim! Can't wait to see it! ;P
 I made it 
  January 23, 2016
Quoting Sam Jensen Great work!
Thank you!
 I like it 
  January 23, 2016
Great job Armon, I'm rooting for you! Good luck! My build should be here by tonight...
 I made it 
  January 23, 2016
Quoting Brick Boy Awesome. I immediately knew this was by you.
Thanks! Good to know I have a recognizable style! ;D Or maybe it's just my lighting. :P
  January 23, 2016
Great work!
 I like it 
  January 23, 2016
Awesome. I immediately knew this was by you.
 
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