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#1 Si-MOCs

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 01:57 AM

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After 2 Brickfetes, and two displays and a Train show, it was time to retire my Great Wall.

I enlisted my friends in helping with the dismantling of the wall... Using Nick's TechBot we tested Machine vs Wall....

Tech Bot (and Hulk) vs Great Wall

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Round 1 - TechBot VS Great Wall:
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Round 2 - TechBot and Hulk VS Great Wall:
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and finally what's left:

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The Great Wall of China is a series of stone and earthen fortification built over a millennium. Despite popular belief, the wall was not originally constructed to protect against Mongol invaders, but instead built by the various Chinese states to protect their own borders against each other during the Warring State Period in 5th century BC. Most of the original walls was destroyed after Qin conquered all opposing sates and unified the country. The remaining wall was extended into a new northern wall which would protect against the empire against the nomadic Mongols from the north.

The first walls were simple walls made up of rammed earth and stones. By the Ming dynasty in the 16th century more advance techniques were used on the rebuild the walls, bricks, tiles and cut stones.

The MOC depicts the great wall in later age as a young Emperor watches his army march to battle.

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#2 ziljin

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 02:22 AM

Looks incredible but how come no close ups on the soldiers?

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 02:32 AM

This is the best great wall of china moc i have ever seen !!!!!!! very well made indeed.

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 02:47 AM

This should be called the great wall of soldiers, that's one great army you got there.  :wink:

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I agree. And the large amounts of green are very striking.

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 02:49 AM

Wow, this is wonderful. Very nice MOC and Army both.  :classic:

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 03:10 AM

Thanks for the nice comments all!

View Postziljin, on 21 August 2011 - 02:22 AM, said:

Looks incredible but how come no close ups on the soldiers?

I didn't think anyone was that interested in the actual guys :P
I was going more for the pics of the MOC, but since you asked so nicely....

Emperor and his Entourage:
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Everyone else on the wall are stock LEGO minifigs.



View PostSkipper, on 21 August 2011 - 02:47 AM, said:

This should be called the great wall of soldiers, that's one great army you got there.  :wink:

I agree. And the large amounts of green are very striking.

Haha If I had known you guys were so into armies, I would have just posted the army next time and skipped the MOC  :sarcasm_hmpf: :laugh_hard:
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Posted 21 August 2011 - 03:31 AM

That army looks awesome. Well if you want you can take pictures and post them in the army topic.

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 03:35 AM

Wow, very nice job. Looks like the real thing! That armor and armaments on those troops are cool, as well. I like how you integrated the wall into the mountainside like the real thing.
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Posted 21 August 2011 - 03:50 AM

Brilliant MOC! I've never been, but I would imagine this is very lifelike. Great usage of color/structure.
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Posted 21 August 2011 - 03:58 AM

Great MOC. Its damn big. Excellent job.
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Posted 21 August 2011 - 04:35 AM

Either you've been holding your MOCs back for a couple months or you have waaaaay too much time on your hands. :laugh:

Great work. I think this is a really nice example of what classic studs-up construction done right can do. :thumbup:

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 04:40 AM

nice army and wall.

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 05:07 AM

FINALLY someone who actually knows a bit of Chinese history, I always have to explain things to my friends and I have no association to the country.

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 07:04 AM

This is great :thumbup:  I love the feeds and edgeing  methods

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 09:17 AM

Great build! The scale of the Wall isn't really that realistic, I think (I'm not sure, but I always thought it was bigger when seeing pictures of it), but the way you built it really captures the spirit of the Wall. A long and winding construction following the varying topography of the hills. The army is nice, too :classic: . Is there a reason why Aang is holding a lollypop, though? Is it supposed to represent something Chinese from those days or is it really just that, a lollypop?

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 04:56 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind comments!

View Postziljin, on 21 August 2011 - 03:31 AM, said:

That army looks awesome. Well if you want you can take pictures and post them in the army topic.
I'll keep that in mind :)

View PostLegocrazy81, on 21 August 2011 - 03:35 AM, said:

Wow, very nice job. Looks like the real thing! That armor and armaments on those troops are cool, as well. I like how you integrated the wall into the mountainside like the real thing.
Thanks! I tried to capture the 'feel' of the Great Wall, while sizing it down to be actually buildable  :laugh:

View PostBrickdoctor, on 21 August 2011 - 04:35 AM, said:

Either you've been holding your MOCs back for a couple months or you have waaaaay too much time on your hands. :laugh:

Great work. I think this is a really nice example of what classic studs-up construction done right can do. :thumbup:
Ha!
You caught me.   :blush:
Most of the stuff I'm posting I built for a show, I'm just getting around to photographing it now (after getting a big enough backdrop).
And yes, I have waaaaay too much time on my hands :laugh:


View PostJabba the Brick, on 21 August 2011 - 05:07 AM, said:

FINALLY someone who actually knows a bit of Chinese history, I always have to explain things to my friends and I have no association to the country.
Thanks!
I like to try to do a bit of research and try to provide some useful information or something entertaining to read along with my mocs :hmpf_bad:



View PostKhorne, on 21 August 2011 - 09:17 AM, said:

Great build! The scale of the Wall isn't really that realistic, I think (I'm not sure, but I always thought it was bigger when seeing pictures of it), but the way you built it really captures the spirit of the Wall. A long and winding construction following the varying topography of the hills. The army is nice, too :classic: . Is there a reason why Aang is holding a lollypop, though? Is it supposed to represent something Chinese from those days or is it really just that, a lollypop?

haha you guys are sharp!  :tongue:
Yes it's absolutely not to scale at all.
The actual wall is much higher, maybe twice as tall, and maybe 3-4 times wider depending on the area. You could actually ride 2-3 horses along the wall.
Even the elevation is compressed, there are some pretty sharp elevation changes. So yeah, I wussed out due to brick requirements  :wacko:

Though a much smaller moc to scale might be an good idea for another Moc ... some day  :excited:

It's a Lollypop  :grin:
Ang has such a happy face ... he needs a reason to be happy... like a lollypop!
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Posted 21 August 2011 - 11:15 PM

View PostSI-mocs, on 21 August 2011 - 01:57 AM, said:

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The Great Wall of China is a series of stone and earthen fortification built over a millennium. Despite popular belief, the wall was not originally constructed to protect against Mongol invaders, but instead built by the various Chinese states to protect their own borders against each other during the Warring State Period in 5th century BC. Most of the original walls was destroyed after Qin conquered all opposing sates and unified the country. The remaining wall was extended into a new northern wall which would protect against the empire against the nomadic Mongols from the north.

Just a minor correction here. The Qin constructed/extended the existing walls to keep out the Xiong Nu (i.e. Huns). The Mongols didn't exist at that time.

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 02:27 AM

Wow, this is huge! The undulating hills and wall are very well done, and I like yr gatehouse too. :thumbup: Such a perfect way to show off yr army!  :thumbup:
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Posted 22 August 2011 - 04:58 AM

Your depiction of the Great Wall is quite striking!! Amazing build!

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 11:46 AM

Now THIS is why they call it the GREAT wall of China!  :laugh:

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 12:07 PM

They should make an official set of the great wall..
Imagine all the sales TLG would make in China alone.. with billions of consumers.

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 11:21 PM

View PostPallantides, on 21 August 2011 - 11:15 PM, said:

Just a minor correction here. The Qin constructed/extended the existing walls to keep out the Xiong Nu (i.e. Huns). The Mongols didn't exist at that time.

D'oh! right you are!
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View Postgabe, on 22 August 2011 - 02:27 AM, said:

Wow, this is huge! The undulating hills and wall are very well done, and I like yr gatehouse too. :thumbup: Such a perfect way to show off yr army!  :thumbup:

Thanks!
It actually worked out quite well, I ran out of Orient Adventure guys by the end.
So it will never be longer than this.... maybe taller   :laugh:  :devil:

View PostRunnersDad, on 22 August 2011 - 04:58 AM, said:

Your depiction of the Great Wall is quite striking!! Amazing build!


View PostRed Bricks, on 22 August 2011 - 11:46 AM, said:

Now THIS is why they call it the GREAT wall of China!  :laugh:

hehe thanks. Sadly I have no where to put it, it's too long!

View Posthanzocloud, on 26 August 2011 - 12:07 PM, said:

They should make an official set of the great wall..
Imagine all the sales TLG would make in China alone.. with billions of consumers.

I think LEGO is still too expensive for the mainstream Chinese market relative to the medium incomes, though i'm surprised some of the other local brick makers didn't do this in china - great marketing chance!
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Posted 26 August 2011 - 11:36 PM

AWESOME work 'SI-mocs', the detail to both the wall and collection of troops are almost too much.....must be the more modern section of the wall ? :wink:
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Posted 03 September 2011 - 11:37 AM

This sucker looks much larger when it doesn't have B&W's MASSIVE castle just LOOMING over it like it did at Brickfete.   :laugh:
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Posted 03 September 2011 - 05:04 PM

What a brilliant MOC of such a wonderful place in the world! Fantastic work!  :thumbup:
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