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  1. SarahJoy

    Book II - Mitgardia: Guild sign-up and Discussion

    Best of luck with the reno and that 8 week timeline!
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    The Guild's Weekly

    I agree. Nearly any of us could be featured for this!
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    Prison Break

    Nice little build! I love the action and minifig posing.
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    Marching to War

    You're showing a lot of improvement! I think the decision to focus on quality rather than size was a good one.
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    The gates of Petraea

    Gorgeous build! The scale and detail is impressive!
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    The Guild's Weekly

    I'be been enjoying the weekly selection of builds. Other ideas I like: - featured builders - tutorials / featured techniques - AoM (say, a few examples of the progression of stages of farming) - UoP (say, a few examples of one of the required builds) - Historican Settlements (Task 4) -- feature member-built settlements - thematic sets of builds -- swamps, trees, taverns, stables, graveyards, etc. - legendary builds/builders of Historica, like the lighthouse of Barqa - have members submit proposals for features, with links to the relevant builds
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    Arangr Castle: Winter

    Very cool series! The change in landscape is nice, and I've really enjoyed the shift in Minifig activities, indoor and exterior, through the series. Are you familiar with Monet's Haystack series and his Rouen Cathedral series? Monet is not really my jam, but your work here reminded me of his studies of shifting light. That's the only thing I wish this series had (and would be seriously difficult/a pain to do -- capture the different lighting qualities of the seasons.) Ok, I'm rambling. Great work, as always. :)
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    AoM: Storehouse: Phase 2: Daydelon Warehouse

    Fabulous wooden building! I really enjoy the shape and the use of dark brown mixed in.
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    The Algus Saga: Mourning the Fallen

    Beautiful build! There are so many details to enjoy -- the trees, the architectural details of the chapel, that roof, the stone wall, the existing tombstone, and of course the grave itself. Your work continues to be an inspiration.
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    War Has Returned

    Super cool build! Excellent work interpreting the inspiration picture into bricks.
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    Skavenport Bakery and Brewery

    Reinheitsgebot! Great build -- I seriously love all the details of the brewing process. Is that malting barley in the attic?
  12. Nicely done little scene. The fallen pillar is a nice touch. I agree with Kai that the road is a bit BOLOCs, but it's a minor distraction. +1 for the UoP credits. The foliage is a bit smaller than I'd like, but it's well done.
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    Charlemagne's Residence in Budd-apest

    I love all the vegetation in this build! Nice work with the Kali architecture, too. I agree with brickcurve, some groundscaping would improve the build, but I really like the build overall.
  14. Wow! The interior scene is very nice, but that Arch -- gorgeous work! Looking forward to more Resistance stories!
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    The Frozen Beyond, Voting Time!

    A: one point each to Gideon, Halhi, and Soccerkid. B: one point each to Extrius, Gideon, and Soccerkid. C: one point each to Halhi, LittleJohn, and Simon S.
  16. This build is for HSS Hospitality - Lodging - Inn. ---------- At the Blue Dolphin Inn of Ruadh, the mood is dark. The oppression of the Desert King is all anyone talks about. Downstairs, the proprietress constantly monitors for DK spies while guests enjoy the firepit and the bathing rooms. Upstairs, two prostitutes gossip outside the private rooms while waiting for evening clients. In the cheaper shared room, two Kaliphlinites relate their run-ins with the DK. The bathing room might be a place to cleanse and relax, but it is also a place to plot resistance. ---------- A recent trip to Japan inspired a lot of this build, including many of the interior details, like the futon beds, cushions, fireplace, and bathing rooms. The exterior loosely references Kinkaku-ji (the Golden Pavilion). The round tile wall technique is inspired by NiceMarmot, and JacobNion was an influence for the rough walls. I'd like to claim UoP credit for: Architecture: Wall Techniques (for the round tile walls) General Building: Interior Design Anthropology: Village Life
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    Making Camp

    Gorgeous foliage work! I really like the color choices for this build -- it feels very cohesive. The bark work on the trees is fantastic, but as others pointed out, it gets lost in the white background. The green background you did up helps, but changes the color balance of the build. Perhaps a neutral gray?
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    [The Frozen Beyond Cat B] Frost Wolf Hunt

    Nice work with the elemental effects -- the frost breath and the fire wall.
  19. Previously: Part 6 - New Loyalties As Malek walks along the Kaliphlin coast, he looks around. It's been a while -- since before the war -- since he's been truly alone, without soldiers, without refugees, without the ugliness of war and its aftermath. Feeling the glorious Kaliphlin sun beating down on him, he takes another quick look around, then strips down to his bandages to enjoy the warmth on his ancient desiccated bones. Pulling a bottle of pine resin the Murphys had thoughtfully packed in his bag, he takes a swig, savoring the preservative soaking him from the inside. Malek couldn't stop thinking about his last encounter with his old Desert King friend. Malek had always considered himself a good and loyal servant of the Desert King, but somehow, he had found himself attacked by his own people, and defended by those he once considered enemies. The Kaliphlin people, High Council loyalists, had repeatedly shown more compassion and integrity than the Desert King. While it shocked Malek that, in the heat of the moment, he had actually uttered the words, "My loyalty is to the rightful rulers of Kaliphlin!", it somehow felt like the right thing to do. He had a lot of thinking to do, Malek thought, warm and drowsy in the warm heat of the sun. --------------- Notes: This build was inspired by the coastal dunes of South Texas, like those near Corpus Christi and Padre Island. The base consists of old Belville light yellow pieces. The tan and "medium tan" grasses are from Altbricks. I'd like to claim UoP credit for: Anthropology: Countryside Scene Landscape Design: Sand Dunes As always, comments and constructive criticism are very welcome!
  20. Previously: Part 4 - A Dangerous Twist When The Lady brought Malek to the Murphy house, the mummy eyed the mercenary couple dubiously. With their rough leather clothing and shaved heads, the Murphys looked rather disreputable. Hell, Mrs. Murphy even had an eye-patch! "Don't worry, Malek, they're smarter and nicer than they look, but just as tough. The Murphys will keep you safe. They're some of Kaliphlin's finest." ----- "What's the meaning of this? How dare you break into my home with swords drawn?" Murphy shouted. "Where's the traitor?!? We know he's hiding here!" The Desert King guard responded. "What traitor? Hiding where? Are you kidding me? Do you see this place? Where do you think we could possibly be hiding anyone?" The mummy guards harrumph, clearly disconcerted. "We had good intelligence he was here. Well . . . " They quietly left. A few minutes later . . . "The coast is clear, Malek! Let me give you a hand." Malek shivered. "That was the worst, coldest, dampest place I can remember! And this is a DRY well!" "Yeah, sorry 'bout that," said Murphy. "But no one would look for a mummy in the old well! C'mon, the wife has a bottle of pine resin the warm you up." "Oh! How thoughful! Y'all have been so kind to me!" ------ I'd like to claim UoP credit for Architecture: Wall Techniques: 1x1 Round Plate Walls. Comments and constructive criticism are always welcome!
  21. I'd like to claim UoP credit for: DIssent at the Blue Dolphin Inn Architecture: Wall Techniques (for the round tile walls) General Building: Interior Design Anthropology: Village Life
  22. New build for Ruadh: DIssent at the Blue Dolphin Inn
  23. Nice build! The vultures are fantastic, as are the camel packs. UoP +1.
  24. Simple but effective build. The blacklight effect is absolutely brilliant! I did have a moment of panic, before reading the photo spoilers, that a new grass color had come out that I would have to scramble to buy. UoP +1
  25. Brilliant work on the beach vignette, and the main build is gorgeous! I love the use of the 1x2 plates on the tower and wall -- they add great texture and really help to capture that "rusticated brick" look.