Can you believe that this is my most punctual Mociversary post to date? As of yesterday (September 10th), I've been on Mocpages and therefore part of the online Lego community for three years. And what a fantastic time it's been.
To celebrate, I decided to make some micro versions of some of my past mocs. I meant to do one for each year, but I ran out of time. Presented here are Energy and The Castle of the Dark Crystal. The second one may not seem like an obvious choice, but it turned out to be easier than most of my other notable builds.
To start off, lets look at some numbers! :D
-I posted 21 mocs on Mocpages this year. That makes less than two mocs a month. That does't mean that I've been building less, it just means that I've been spending longer and longer on each build to improve quality.
-The combined like count on Mocpages for all mocs posted this year is 511, which makes for an average of about 24 likes per Moc. That's down five from last year, but Mocpages isn't as active as it used to be. Plus, it's not like likes are that important.
-Over the course of my entire Lego building career, I have posted 124 Mocs, making for 41.3 mocs a year, 3.4 mocs a month and 0.1 mocs a day.
-In total, 7 of my mocs have reached over 50 likes on Mocpages, and 18 of my photos have gotten 50 or more faves on flickr, though 7 of those are actually techniques.
Now, a quick rundown of the year, my favorite part of any Mociversary post.
I started off the year by posting my 2nd Mociversary 10 days late. This build was a new style for me, but otherwise mostly notable for special lighting, which I had a tun of fun with.
Next, I made my first SHIP! This was a very challenging build. Making a sturdy hexagonal structure turns out to not only be difficult, but also very piece intensive and quite heavy. There are some issues with the SHIP, but at least it's unique. It didn't get very far in the awards, but that's to be expected. However, it was blogged by Tiles or Studs as part of a SHIP collection.
For the October UC in the Lands of Mythron, I decided to go all out. Two houses, including one in a style I hadn't seen before, tons of snowscaping and a Kraken to top it all off. This is my most popular build of the year on Mocpages, and deservedly so. Not only is it one of my best medieval builds yet, it also has one of my best stories.
The Mural Makers was a particularly stressful build. It was for a school project, but I left it at home the day it was due, so I went and retrieved it at lunch. It broke in my backpack, so I spent the rest of lunch and all of sixth period trying to build it together again, but I had to put off my presentation until the next day. I managed to reassemble it, but in the end there were some pieces left over that had been part of the Moc before. It never looked quite right to me after I rebuilt it. Still, this is my best mosaic to date, and probably as good as it's going to get for me in terms of mosaic building.
The Castle of the Dark Crystal was my main entry for the CCC 2015. It was for the Forbidden Fortress category, where it got fourth place. Even though it wasn't too popular online, it's one of my personal favorites and a good way to wrap up 2015.
With a new year came a new focus: Techniques. In Military Meeting, I showed off my brick wall technique, the first of several techniques using a clip-and-rod system to achieve interesting textures. I had developed techniques before, but those old techniques were nothing like these newer ones, which are much more complicated.
To your Last Breath was actually kind of a rebuild. After my terrible November UC, I decided that my next stab at the walls of Larpang would have to be much better, and so it was. I like this wall technique a lot, but I'm not done refining it yet.
This was also the first build in my new house. After three and a half years of living in the US and in an apartment, my parents finally managed to get jobs that were stable and well-paying enough to support getting a house and paying for all the home improvement we would have to do to fix what the staging people messed up. :P I'm very happy to finally have a house with a yard, and very fortunate to have the biggest room in that house, along with a building table that I can roll into the middle of the room.
Around this time, I also got to judge for the Tourney. After that experience, I've gained an immense respect for the Mocolympics judges of olde, who had to deal with over a hundred entries for the first round. Sixty was definitely enough for me.
I had tons of fun judging and coming up with categories. The level of quality was quite high, and I had to make some very difficult calls along the way, the most difficult one actually being in round 2 (sorry Armon).
I also ended up being responsible for almost all of the prizes, which I don't intend to do again anytime soon. I scoured seven or eight toy stores to find the right sets, but in the end, I had to order them, leading to huge delays. I also messed up communications with one of our sponsors, Cape Madness, and instead of getting the stuff for free like we'd hoped, I wound up buying the stuff from the store. But that turned out not to be so bad, because I also got to order some capes for myself. Our other sponsor, BrickWarriors, was very generous and sent us a huge amount of awesome prizes for free. (Thanks so much guys!) After way too much hassle, I finally managed to send the winners their prizes about a month late.
Then came the Mocathalon. My team did pretty badly (like always), mostly because I was the only one who was building, and even I only managed three entries. But I don't mind, because it's really about having fun and not about winning. And by some fluke our team was actually the team with the highest points per build score. My average score for the MAs this year was 22.3, which is a step up from last year. I didn't get a perfect score, but like last year, I got very close, with Greeblik Mall (above) scoring a 24 out of 25.
My second entry for the Mocathalon is the largest build I've ever posted, though that really doesn't say much, seeing as it's entirely flat. It got a score of 23. It's also Qinon, the Lost Ranger's coat of arms, and each feature and color was chosen carefully to match his personality: Red for military strength, orange for ambition, black for grief, the bow and arrow for war, power and the ability to hit a target, and the cypress for death and eternal life thereafter. The meaning of the last one will become clear when I post the finale of my LOM story, but that will be a while (hopefully before I go to college). The plaque reads "Survival of the fittest".
And my third entry for the Mocathalon, a fun jab at Donald Trump. I wasn't the first to come up with it, but I did come up with it on my own. I had lots of fun with this one, and it even has some built-in graffiti on the back saying "Pls bring tacos".
Next came four UC entries in a row. The first three were not very notable, and one of them wasn't even finished, but this one I'm very proud of. It was inspired by log cabins I had seen during a long hike in Germany, and I adapted a log technique I had seen in a MOTD. The result may be my most refined medieval build yet. Also, this has my first sagging roof (so in other words, my first roof that is actually good), which was especially hard because roofs are a personal weakness of mine. I still have this completely built on my shelf.
After not being able to access the internet for two weeks because I was in a choir camp, I was surprised to see that this moc had gotten 112 likes on flickr by the time I got back. This jumpstarted a sudden rise in popularity for me on flickr.
This is also when I decided to finally share all the techniques I had been developing over the course of the year, in a fun spree of posts I called Technique Week. I haven't posted them to mocpages yet, but I may eventually do so in form of a compilation. In the mean time, you can check them out in the flickr album. Also, because I did seven or eight photoshoots in ten days, I figured out how to get good pictures on a black background by surrounding the build with black paper to avoid unwanted reflections. I've been using this technique for every one of my builds since.
Mountain Library was a quick build that turned out to be surprisingly popular. It got 83 faves on flickr, perhaps because I used a very clean style and better photographs than most of my previous builds. This is another one that I still have built, except for a couple of the books.
Sadly, there is no real high point at the end of the year like there was the first two years. However, this build is still a good way to end, because it is the beginning of a new storyline on Mocpages and Flickr, one that will go ... well ... beyond. ;) I can only hope that others look forward to reading it as much as I do to writing it and getting to know all of the characters.
EDIT: I can't believe I forgot to mention this, but in City Creator's recent Brickly awards, I was lucky enough to be awarded best TFOL of the year this year. Along with judging the Tourney, this is, in my opinion, my greatest achievement of the year. Again, to City Creator, thank you so much!
Now I'd like to do some shout-outs. I'll do my best to include everybody, but there are a lot of people I want to thank, so please forgive me if I forget anybody.
First off, I'd like to thank the amazing LOM staff: Armon Russ, Gilbert Despathens, Reese Hawthorne, Halhi 141, Joel Tyer, Hildigrim Took and Mariner 1000. I've had so much fun working with you guys, discussing important issues, coming up with challenges and keeping the LOM running.
Next, a big shout-out to my fellow Outlaws: Tucker Marley, James Douglas, Classica Bricks and NGC Hunter, who kept the Outlaws active and are the reason the Outlaws are the best LOM faction. (This is just my personal opinion, no need to start a war in the comments. :P ) A very special thanks goes to Object of Legend, the original Outlaw admin, who did so much to turn the Outlaws into what they are today.
And also a shout-out to everyone keeping the LOM alive. There's a lot of you, so I won't list people lest I forget anybody, but you all know who you are.
And a shout-out to some of the people who left the LOM this year or aren't as active anymore, but who still contributed so much to it; all the legends of olde: David FNJ, Brick, Infy, Julia, Drew, Adair, Asad, and so many others.
EDIT: And before I forget, a shout-out to my fellow Tourney Judges this year: Julia, Halhi, Gilbert, Grant Davis, A Plastic Infinity and Letranger Absurde/Vitreolum/P. Andrei/whatever he calls himself. :P
You'll notice that almost all of my shout-outs are for people in the LOM. If you feel left out, you should go join. If I hadn't joined the LOM three years ago, I doubt I would still be building. It's an amazing place with amazing people, and I'm very thankful to be a part of it.
I also want to say that though I've been spending more and more time on flickr recently, Mocpages will always be my home. If it ever goes inactive, I'll be one of the last people to leave.
There is plenty to look forward to for next year. I have a huge medieval project in the works, as well as an even bigger SHIP. Also, my largest moc to date, which I finished in December, I haven't posted yet. I'll reveal it eventually when I find the time. And then there's the Mocolympics ... and since I don't qualify for the best KFOL award anymore, my goal is to make it to the semi finals this time. Hopefully I can prove myself worthy of my own expectations. :P
Congratulations, Mr. Cab! I really admire your skills and determination to try new techniques; I only wish I could have had more time to comment on all of those amazing creations. Here's to another productive year! :)
You have a lot of impressive builds, and I've missed too many of them. It's surprising that it's been three years already! The writeup for this was great, and I can't wait to see what you build next. Congratulations on 3 years, and here's to many more! Cheers!
Quoting City Creator
What, you forgot to mention that you won an award for TFOL of the Year? *sigh* Anyway, I wish you all the best in your future MOCing and I can't wait to see what you bring to the pages in 2017!
Why did I forget so many things? D: Another highlight of my year I totally forgot to mention. I'll add it when I get time.