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The Tourney: R4: The Shallow Grave
About this creation
This is my entry for round four of The Tourney 2016

Opponent: John Snyder

Better quality pics here



Here is my Category:
Nightmare:
Portray a dark representation of a character's worst nightmares. This nightmare must not be merely reliant on a story to describe it (although you may include one if you wish); the MOC should be easily recognizable as a nightmarish scene.

This one was difficult. I went through a few ideas before settling on this one. I did not want to do anything abstract, as I wanted to make sure the nightmare was recognizable.



I decided on portraying Zeph coming upon his own shallow grave.
The next step was the setting, I decided on a small chapel after looking up pictures of various cemeteries.
To make it a bit creepier I next decided on the swampy setting, and the idea to have the chapel slowly sinking, and leaning to one side came naturally.
I am overall happy with how it came out. Work was stupid busy, and my sister came into town midweek unexpectedly, so I did not have time to try out some new rock techniques I had planned out for the landscaping in the original sketches.
This was the first swamp I have done in Lego, but again I am happy with how it turned out, though wanting to keep to a limited color palette limited the overall vegetation.

If I get time tonight I will add a narrative.
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Comments

 I like it 
  February 29, 2016
Awesome texture in your creation.
  February 27, 2016
Hello Dave! I was wondering, do you want to join Me and Ranger Britti's Mocathlon team? right now we're trying to get a hold of Joel Tyer and Kyle Breidenthal too :)
 I like it 
  February 25, 2016
I just want to say that if this was a free-for-all Round, you both would have moved on. This was by far the closest match of the four, as the split in votes should show. To John, Congratulations on making it to Round 5! To Dave, I commend you for your efforts. You put up an incredibly good fight.
 I made it 
  February 25, 2016
Quoting Julia LeeP
Gilbert and Mr. Cab (and the rest of the judges, why not) the following applies to y'all as well :) Thank you guys for the effort you put in to making this event possible. Though I would be lying if I said I did not have a sour taste in my mouth after a hard fought loss, as I said to Halhi, I do not envy your role in this match up. I appreciate the obvious thought that you put in your decisions, and more so the feedback provided on how I can improve. thanks again :)
 I like it 
  February 25, 2016
I'm just going to say it, judging this match up is torture, primarily because both builds are so amazing, and I h@ted to be the dreaded tie-breaker (ignoring a confused Gilly :P) Dave, I absolutely <3 your details and techniques- as the other judges mentioned, the tilt of the church adds a lot to your build. I also really liked the belfry, the back bushes, the wings at the front of the chapel, among all the other details. Your weakness in this build I felt was really the landscaping and stiff chapel- while I know often people hurriedly fill in the landscaping after building the main building/s, I feel like it's something important often overlooked to give builds a final polish and huge boost in overall atheistic. I know dark green is a painful landscaping color to build in well, but I really would have loved to see more ground details (tiles, teeth plates, maybe a sprinkling of rockwork or dirt- really all those random details that make landscapes so real). The church is really well done as well (again, <3 that tilt), but it seems rather stiff- and those too details make your build seem less organic and realistic than I felt it could have been. Your idea/concept behind this build I felt could go either against you or for you- it's not really original, as graveyard scenes have to be one of the most overkill horror scenes (when thinking of this category, I really was hoping for the challenge for people to be a horror scene that was both original and recognizable), but at the same time, your category does make it clear that it's supposed to be recognizably a nightmare, so I'm not taking away any mental judgie points or giving any. While your build definitely has more advanced techniques and details, I do feel like John's build was more original and believable, and that's why, in end I'm going to have to give my vote to John after a lot of deliberation- this decision really could have either way, and if this was a free-for-all between all the competitors this round, you definitely would have been one of the four winners. Dave, as a side note, I remember seeing first build on the 'pages, and in shock, going and promoting it in one of my chat groups- you started out a remarkably good builder, and have improved at a rapid rate. I really <3 your attention to details and textures, and have been impressed countless times, and I really hope that you continue on the path you're on (hypocritical, IK, but yeah :P). This is a really amazing build.
 I like it 
  February 25, 2016
I can see why the other judges have voted to a draw on this one; while dramatically different, your entries still complement each other nicely, and voting for either one of them feels like choosing one half of a whole over the other. My tie-breaking vote goes to John, for reasons that I explain below. First of all, each build focuses on different areas of the fantasy building skill set. Dave's is highly technical in terms of masonry, architecture and parts usage; every time I examine his pictures, I find another use of an element that I overlooked previously, such as squids used as stylized bushes or Nexo monster heads functioning as cornerstones. In contrast, John's sticks more to established uses for pieces: rocks are made of 1x_ slope pieces; creatures are constructed with curved shell parts, dalek bricks, teeth, horns, and t-joints; water is made of trans-clear plates and cheese wedges with a few 2x2 slopes thrown in. However, John used those pieces to give most of his build a natural and organic feel, while, David, your church still employs a ton of stiff, straight lines despite its eye-catching tilt, and your landscape is a little less varied. This leaves stylistic considerations and adherence to the challenge prompt to be considered. Again, both of your builds are distinctly nightmarish. The shot of Zeph looking down at his own half-buried body clenches that interpretation of the darkly surreal churchyard, while the flight of John's character away from a monster straight off a cliff evokes an archetypical dream experienced by most of humanity. Ultimately, though, it's John's backdrop and use of contrast that wins my vote: the light grey and trans clear provide a jarring accent to an otherwise dark composition, illuminating the clouds, the edges of the mountains, the cliffs, and the water while common sense dictates that they should be in shadow. This also ties the two-dimensional background in with the three-dimensional part of the composition, highlighting the difference and reinforcing the idea that John's entry does not depict reality. Again, both of you have done great work in the Tourney, and congratulations for putting up such an even fight. John, good luck in Round 5, and David, I'm looking forward to your future builds.
Dave Zambito
 I like it 
A Plastic Infinity
  February 24, 2016
You have my vote, nice subtle approach here.
 I like it 
  February 24, 2016
This is very, very close. It took me quite a while to decide. But my vote goes to John. Dave's build is excellent. I was impressed by the tilted chapel, the layout is pleasing in a creepy way, and the stonework is very good. But the roof is just a bit too messy, and the landscape is just a little too regular. John's build, on the other hand, just has more to offer. The rockwork is flawless. The choppy waves are masterful. The build is dynamic and works with elevation, including a backdrop. The Kraken is great. My only complaint is that the spiders have too many holes. John's build incorporates more elements, which gives it more strong points. You both interpreted the category in completely opposite ways, and each of you pulled it off extremely well. A scary background would have tipped this match in Dave's favor.
 I made it 
  February 24, 2016
Quoting Grant Davis I am going to go ahead and give you my vote, solely based on the angle of the building. Otherwise I thought they were very close.
Thanks Grant :) Glad you liked the "sinking effect", made it worth the trouble!
 I like it 
  February 24, 2016
I am going to go ahead and give you my vote, solely based on the angle of the building. Otherwise I thought they were very close.
 I made it 
  February 24, 2016
Quoting A Plastic Infinity You have my vote, nice subtle approach here.
Oh boy, 1-1 this is exciting!
 I made it 
  February 24, 2016
Quoting David FNJ Man, that's impressive! The angle adds a lot to the scene, very well done.
Thanks David, I have always liked your work, and that means a lot from you!
 I like it 
  February 23, 2016
Man, that's impressive! The angle adds a lot to the scene, very well done.
 I made it 
  February 23, 2016
Quoting Halhi 141 Closest match-up yet, but my vote (barely) goes to John. I like your composition a bit better, but I feel like his build was more interesting as a whole, whereas yours was mostly fairly repetitive (but still excellent) stonework and roofing. Had the landscape been executed a bit better, that might have swayed my decision (since as I mentioned, this was very close and I think this match-up could still go either way), but as it is, your opponent gets my vote. Good luck with the rest of the judges!
Thanks Halhi :). I do not envy your role in this ;)
 I like it 
  February 22, 2016
Closest match-up yet, but my vote (barely) goes to John. I like your composition a bit better, but I feel like his build was more interesting as a whole, whereas yours was mostly fairly repetitive (but still excellent) stonework and roofing. Had the landscape been executed a bit better, that might have swayed my decision (since as I mentioned, this was very close and I think this match-up could still go either way), but as it is, your opponent gets my vote. Good luck with the rest of the judges!
 I like it 
  February 22, 2016
Wow, stunning! the slight tilt on it adds so much character. I really like the eerie colours you used to give it a spooky feel. Superb work, good luck in round 4! :D
 I made it 
  February 22, 2016
Quoting ~ Adair ~ That's amazing. I had no idea you had progressed so far. Glad to see your on Flickr now!
Thank you, Adair!! Yes, I had no idea until I started looking at the pics either ;). And yes, thanks to you insisting I have made it over to Flickr finally! Thanks for that btw, good group of builders :)
 I made it 
  February 22, 2016
Quoting Carter Witzenburg AMAZING JOB!!! Very awesome build.
Thanks Carter :)
 I made it 
  February 22, 2016
Quoting Soccer Socks Awesome texturing everywhere. It's pretty dark everywhere, but I assume that was intended. Maybe a small place with a bit of bright color. That's my preference though. Sometimes I try to build big like this, but I don't have enough pieces to make it look good like this. So I stick with small creations. Good job with making it all look awesome.
Thanks bud! Yes, this came out well for its size, any bigger and I would have run out of dark green and dark bley though ;)
 I made it 
  February 22, 2016
Quoting D H Really great build!! I love the hill and sinking leaning building.
Thanks bud, I am glad you like it, the lean on the building came together pretty easily... Or easier than expected!
 I made it 
  February 22, 2016
Quoting Jacob M. Stunning!!!
Thanks Jacob :)
 I made it 
  February 22, 2016
Quoting Geology Joe Really Cool! The swamp seems to glow
Thanks Joe! Played with the colors under the green trans tiles to get the right color, glad you noticed!
 I made it 
  February 22, 2016
Quoting Noel Peterson You're totally taking this to the next level, man! I really like the angles you've got going here :D
Thank you Noel! Gotta keep progressing, right?
 I made it 
  February 22, 2016
Quoting Reese Hawthorne The tilted building is amazing! Good luck in R4!
Thanks Reese, glad you think so :)
 I made it 
  February 22, 2016
Quoting Brick Wizard Wow! This is a splendid creation! Great work! :D
Thanks buddy, I like the sound of "Splendid".
 I made it 
  February 22, 2016
Quoting Mr. Cab This reminds me quite strongly of my own TTR4 entry from last year. :P I like it a lot.
That is too funny! I checked it out, there are so many similarities, it blew my mind!
 I made it 
  February 22, 2016
Quoting Hildigrim Took Oh, my gosh! That's amazing Dave! Keep it up!
Thanks bud, means a lot from you, as I have always liked your work :)
 I like it 
  February 22, 2016
That's amazing. I had no idea you had progressed so far. Glad to see your on Flickr now!
 I made it 
  February 22, 2016
Quoting lego beethoven Neat build! I like the roof! :) Good luck!
Thanks buddy, glad you like it! I went through 3 styles before settling on this one.
 I like it 
  February 22, 2016
AMAZING JOB!!! Very awesome build.
 I made it 
  February 22, 2016
Quoting Sam Jensen Very nice! I love the building! I hope you advance!
Thanks for your continued support Sam :D
 I made it 
  February 22, 2016
Quoting Frankie frost Very nice!
Thanks Frank :)
 I like it 
  February 22, 2016
Awesome texturing everywhere. It's pretty dark everywhere, but I assume that was intended. Maybe a small place with a bit of bright color. That's my preference though. Sometimes I try to build big like this, but I don't have enough pieces to make it look good like this. So I stick with small creations. Good job with making it all look awesome.
 I like it 
  February 22, 2016
Really great build!! I love the hill and sinking leaning building.
 I like it 
  February 21, 2016
Stunning!!!
 I like it 
  February 21, 2016
Really Cool! The swamp seems to glow
 I like it 
  February 21, 2016
You're totally taking this to the next level, man! I really like the angles you've got going here :D
 I like it 
  February 21, 2016
The tilted building is amazing! Good luck in R4!
 I like it 
  February 21, 2016
Wow! This is a splendid creation! Great work! :D
 I like it 
  February 21, 2016
This reminds me quite strongly of my own TTR4 entry from last year. :P I like it a lot.
 I like it 
  February 21, 2016
Oh, my gosh! That's amazing Dave! Keep it up!
 I like it 
  February 21, 2016
Neat build! I like the roof! :) Good luck!
  February 21, 2016
Very nice! I love the building! I hope you advance!
 I like it 
  February 21, 2016
Very nice!
 
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