Note: This post is a couple of days late. My actual MOCiversary is (or was) the 27th of December.
About this creation
Yes indeed, two years! As great as year one was, I think I can testify that year two has been even better. From Brickworld to ABS to InnovaLUG, this year has instilled in me a renewed interest and vigor into this hobby at a time when school could (and sometimes/often does) consume all time or desire for building with these enamored bricks.
I could just give a brief write-up on the topic, but last year it went well working through the year creation by creation, so I'll do that again this year...
This year began much like the last, with the Tourney. I enjoyed this competition in 2016, and again decided to enter it in 2017. Thus, my first build of the year was once again an intro, though far better than my previous attempt I do think. To this day, this is still my favorite castle themed creation I have built (though I didn't build many this year).
Although small, I tried to pack a good deal of detail into it, which gave me some headaches but I was also lucky enough to receive 2nd out of the pool of entries.
Next up is my round one entry. Most of my time in the round was taken up by study for a big test at the end of the month, but I was able to throw this together in a couple days for the "shipwreck" category.
Because of the limited time I had, I was forced to create something on the smaller side, but I thought a forced perspective scene would then be best as to give the illusion of scale. I think it came out well for the time frame, and it placed 14th, two spots better than last year.
I don't like trees. Well, I do, but not building them. The category for this round required Roanoke Handybuck and me to create an obstacle course set within the jungle, which would probably be my last choice of category as I despise building trees. They aren't fun to me for some reason. Because of that, this is one of my least favorite builds this year, but I probably give myself too much criticism. Looking back, it's not that bad of a build.
I was fortunate enough to advance and round three required competitors to stylize a Nexo Knights set in proper castle fashion. Like my round two build, my relationship with this creation is a layered one. Vehicles are something I've always struggled with, and thus haven't built.
That said, however, I wanted to take a different angle than what I expected my competitors to build, namely some building with a nice landscape. Thus, I struggled with this one in a once again difficult time frame, and though some parts are rushed, I still think it was a successful attempt and unique, which is what I was going for. The judges disagreed, however, and some worthy competitors advanced with me narrowly missing out.
That ended up being ok by me though, as I now had more time for school, and of course: Brickworld.
Ah, Brickworld. This was my first year displaying after only attending the year before. I had a wonderful time and met some great people besides seeing their incredible creations.
As for what I brought, I only had time to complete this one model. After having such a great time in 2016 building in the vein of architecture, I wished to do the same this year. The model I ended up creating and bringing is actually of the convention center where Brickworld Chicago is hosted every year. It was a rush to get it done (thanks for the help, Noel) but it's probably my favorite creation of the year, and it was nominated for Best Youth Creation (17 and under). It was also blogged by Archbrick.
Immediately following Brickworld, I partook in the ABS Builder Challenge over on Flickr in round 2.2. I had met one of my competitors at Brickworld, Micah Biedeman, and we had a good time talking some smack, so I was looking forward to this.
Our part was the white lifesaver, and I first used it to create this bedroom basketball hoop.
Then a mad old professor...
A jewlery box...
A skull and spine...
And to capitalize on the simultaneous release of "Spiderman: Homecoming", this web-shooter.
I was lucky enough to win the competition, barely edging out Micah (we'll talk at Brickworld). This is the first contest I've one, but more importantly it was a great experience.
Following the end of the competition, I was invited by its host, InnovaLUG, to join their group of builders. This has been probably the biggest event of the year for me, and the main driver of the hobby at some point. It's a great group of guys (and one girl)
In August, a good portion of the LUG, including myself, created a series of 16x16 vignettes telling the story of Moses - which you can find here
I created for it both this title card/poster and the Passover Scene (the Angel of Death)
My last creation of the year was for a (pre-Bricklink ownership) Brickly competition, with the theme being "Summer Memories". I created this scene, and although I didn't place, I had a good time putting it together.
The year on the whole in terms of Lego has been a great one. I've met some fantastic people, built some of my best creations, and improved my photography and presentation immensely, I think.
Thank you to everyone for taking a look at this, and I hope to have the opportunity to continue to build, post, and interact with many of you both in person and online!