Squelch, on 27 January 2012 - 04:03 PM, said:
Thanks for the reply! How many sets went together to make these buildings? What do you think is a good number of sets to have before you can start building MOCs? What percent of the buildings are straight from sets you own, and what percent did you buy off Bricklink specifically for the MOC?
Sorry for all the questions, but I want to get started building modular MOCs, and I have no idea how to start. I didn't see anything in the forums about "How do you get into building MOCs?" It's a chicken/egg thing - do I design it on LDD first and then get the bricks, or do I get a bunch of large sets, and then start building with the bricks I have from those sets?
I've got the FB, GE and PS, and will buy the TH when it comes out, but I don't want to tear those up to make a MOC. Instead I want to make something to fit in with them.
No problem with asking a lot of questions!
I only used one of each of the two sets when making these - I've since bought another Diagon Alley as I needed more Gringotts bricks for what I am making now. Typically I try and do the front elevations of my buildings using mostly just the bricks from the set, using Bricklink more for the bricks to make the side walls and rear elevations. I always run low on windows, plates, and tiles, too. I would estimate it to be a fairly even 50/50 mix of pieces I got through sets and pieces I got on Bricklink, but that might be generous towards the set side. If I was less picky with my interiors, especially with the colors of everything, I could save a lot of ordering.
Speaking of, I probably spent twice as much time on the interiors as I did the exteriors. My first modular had very modest interiors, and I would recommend keeping it simple when starting out. You can always decorate further later.
As for the answer to the "chicken and egg" question, I just say jump in. Find a set that inspires you (and I agree that you shouldn't take apart the official modulars) and just start playing with the pieces you have. You might have to build a little with actual bricks, switch over to LDD to refine your ideas when you run low on certain elements or don't have the exact bricks you want, and then do a Bricklink order when you can generate a list of what you need. Lather, rinse, repeat as necessary, and don't expect overnight results. I think these were the quickest I have ever built modulars, and it still took a few months - I am 6 months into the one I am working on now.
Hope this helps!