Hello everyone! Yup, today marks one year since I joined this wonderful online community of MOCers (perhaps that sound a little strange if read incorrectly...) So, if MOCpages will stop acting weird, (today of all days) I'll give you all a little recap of my year.
(I ended up just embedding everything from Flickr to get around the system bug)
My year started by joining and then posting a MOC I had recently created called "The Frozen Current" It was my first castle build, and although it wasn't great, I'm still somewhat fond of it being my first post and all.
I then dashed over to The Tourney group and signed up. The Tourney was actually the main reason at the time that I wanted a MOCpages account. Then going to my bricks, I spent the day constructing a fairly basic intro.
I think looking at this build is a real good judge of how much I've grown this year in terms of my building ability, as I think my intro this year, which at the time of writing is not quite complete, is in my opinion just so much better, however I'll let you all be the judges of that when I post it.
Moving on, my next build was for the first round of The Tourney, and I think it actually came out pretty well placing 16th and securing me a spot in the next round.
In round 2, I was pitted against the formidable Armon Russ. Our category was a blacksmith's shop duel. I think many of you probably know this, it seems, fabled tale, but I just managed to edge Armon out in this one, although it really came down to the wire and one of our judges, Cab ~, deemed it the most difficult decision of his judging.
Next up, my round 3 build. This was an interesting one. We either had the choice of updating a castle set to make it more advanced and MOC like, or we could "castlify" a Chima or Friends set. I chose the latter and "castlified" a Friends set.
Once again, to my surprise, I advanced, placing 5th out of 16. I was put up against Reese Hawthorne, who is one of this year's judges, and we were given a category where we were supposed to construct a MOC showing the distinct differences between good and evil or light and dark. I built way too big, and my newness to building finally showed through against Reese's quality build. He deservingly advanced, but I was still proud of my run as before the competition my goal was only to advance past round 1.
My next build was a little pirate rover thing I built at the end of February as an unofficial Febrovery build.
In March, MELO began, and I decided to enter. For round 1 all we had to do was build something from the Hobbit, so I built Beorn's house.
It ended up placing 5th and I advanced, next going up against Soccer Socks.
For this round I built Tom Bombadil's house, err, part of it.
I got knocked out, and I can't lie, I was very disappointed about that. It is was it is though.
Next, I built a mico Bag-End for what I thought was going to be a Hobbit vignette series, but that never really turned into anything.
Then around the summer, I attend Brickworld for the first time and was blown away by the builds of the soon to be BW master Rocco Buttliere. Naturally I was inspired to do something in the architecture vein, so when I saw the Mini MocOlympics had a category that would let me try just that, I knew I had to enter.
And boy am I glad I did. My build received a perfect score of 60/60, was named "Best Microscale MOC of the Year" in the Brickly Awards, and was my first (and only so far) build that got blogged (Archbrick) It is definitely my favorite build this year, and remained together for quite awhile.
Needless to say I advanced, and I then went up against Rhino . Our category required us to show how we would survive in a video game, so I had a guy with a ghostbuster thing taking down ghosts in Pac-Man in my Pac-Busters build.
I advanced and next went up against Sam Jensen. Our category was "Fire"
So I built a forest fire, and advanced to round 4.
Now here things got tough. I had a very rough fall that began with me getting a concussion in a soccer game. This happened at the very beginning of the final round, and I was pretty much able to do nothing, let alone build well. On the deadline day I posted in the group saying I couldn't enter, but upon some encouragement, I threw something together; my Robo-Dromedaries.
That was easily one of my worst builds this year, but like I said, I wasn't capable of doing much at the time.
Only a couple of builds left, this next one was just for fun, no contest. I wanted to try something Steampunk, so I put together a little speeder in that style. This was a first for me, but I am quite happy with how it came out and still have it together.
Right about now I got a Flickr account, which you can visit here if you'd like. And I decided to enter a contest on there called Nerdvember, hosted by the website Bricknerd. I didn't win, but I still thought it came out well, and I enjoyed putting it together.
*gasps for air* Wow, that was a lot of typing. If you read all that, thank you, and have a digital cookie.
Whether you did, or didn't, here some quick highlights from this year:
-Reached round 4 in The Tourney
-Community College build received a perfect score, got blogged, and was named "Best Microscale MOC of the Year" in the Brickly Awards.
-Attended Brickworld for the first time
-Improved both my building and photography skills a lot (In my opinion, again, you tell me :)
Once again, thank you all, and I hope for many more good years in this community!
Awesome first year! I still like those robo-dromedaries considering the category, and that community college is still one of my favorite micro builds ever. Hope you have an even better (concussion-free) second year!
Congratz on your first year! I figured you'd been around for a lot longer than 1 year by the quality of your builds. You really deserve all the attention on Community College, it is the perfect microscale architecture.
Congratulations! Both your building skill and your presentation has improved a ton. My favorite is most certainly the Community College build, though I'd be hard pressed to choose a second place, given the very high quality of all your more recent builds. I can't wait to see where you go next year.
Hey Lobo! Congrats on the mociversary!!! Some really great builds here, my favorite is probably still Beorn's House!!! Keep up the awesome work!!! I still have not had my mociversary..... sniff sniff... great work!
It's been an awesome year for you! Lots of great builds, I'm looking forward to seeing what you build in 2017! Also, this reminded me that my first MOCiversary was yestereday... I should get around to posting a recap!