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  1. Grover

    GoH Book III

    No worries, I was confused. I think if I try to explain what I was thinking, it's going to make everyone else confused, too, so I'll avoid that. lol Thanks for the clarification!
  2. Grover

    GoH Book III

    Not what I meant, so nevermind.
  3. Grover

    (MOC) The Elvan Seaport of Elvadion

    One of the things that I really like about this is it's not a 'pink bomb' as I like to call it. The pink, lavender, and magenta have their places, but so many girls toy are nothing but pink. Your use of the sand green, white, and tan does a good job appealing to a different color palette without pandering to the stereotypical (and I think somewhat artificially created) 'girl' market. Great job!
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    AoM - Farm - Phase 1

    First, welcome to GoH! I have only been here 1-2 years myself, but I am always happy to see new people join. Very cool build! I like the overall color choices--makes the orchard seem lush. Also, the use of the colored plates on the trees rather than full apples suggests to me that it's still early before everything is ripe (particularly the inclusion of the lime green). I think it's great that you took into account the height of the trees (apple trees are shorter than normal which many people forget) and that they are in rows. The path inbetween shows a lot of use of the orchard as well. I like how you built technic bricks into the base so you can connect it to other plates later. As for suggestions, one thing that helps the eye is to keep the level of the path lower than the surrounding grass. Throwing down brown plates on a green baseplate to indicate a path seems OK at first, but then when you look at it, it seems funky. In real life, we walk on grassland to beat down a path, and the path is then lower than everything around it. Here it's about level with the surrounding grass. If you have enough brown, you could make a base of brown then build the green grass on top of that, or simply build up another layer of grass. For larger scale builds, like the Tradesmeet, or the linking together of smaller builds, like TheStad did in Visiting Sorgheim, I think you can get away with much plainer pathways and grasses, as the scale of the build makes these things blur into the background much like the focus on a camera for a large landscape shot. However, on small builds, you'll notice that people want more detail in the grass, path, etc. Even in TheStad's individual builds for Visiting Sorgheim, you can see the many comments where people wanted to see more rocks, flowers, etc., and it wasn't until they were all linked together that people focused more on the larger build. With this in mind, you could add some small rocks (1x1 grey plates or tiles, 1x1x2/3 cheese slopes, etc.) scattered about the path, particularly on the sides, maybe a larger 2x2 grey plate/brick of some kind in the grass somewhat overgrown to act as a rock, or a tree root across the path to add a bit of texture. Even more ambitious, you could add some slope to the build, although realistically, an orchard is probably pretty flat, so that may not look great. I like your choice of sand green as well, but the bright green under it seems like new growth, which is usually on the tips of plants, so I'm not sure what to think of it exactly. Hopefully I have not gone on too long here--great job, and I hope to see more of you around!
  5. Grover

    GoH Book III

    I second Gideon's idea. I would like to see a HSS open to all Historica, and an "Age of Historica" (not just Mitgardia) open to everyone as well. Maybe one of the tasks could be to build something specific to your guild, so Mitgardia could require something, Avalonia something else... just a thought. I thought that the Doctorate, the AoM, and the HSS should all be open to each guild (although 2 are), and not really associated with one particular guild.
  6. Welcome to the GoH, x105Black! I'm excited to see your builds and to see where the story of Vismund goes!
  7. Grover

    Early Spring in PrenmĂ´r

    Thanks! I am still figuring some things out, but am happy with how the landscaping turned out. There's a small puddle with a frog between the two chickens, but you can't really tell from the pics. Thanks! If you click on the pics, you can see the flickr album that shows the back (there's a rabbit in the weeds) and sides. The roof is held on decently, as it's some swords sticking between the pins. The pins hold together decently well, although there are a couple of them that are somewhat weak connections. I had to replace those with others, but it may be just because I had to buy used pins.
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    Avalonia Tasks 1, 2, and 3

    Glad to have you as part of the best guild! I am excited to read the rest of your story; I'm not sure exactly why, but I find your character really interesting. I like all the different characters that you have come up with and the fun townsfolk. As the others have said, figuring out photography will help improve the pictures (as pics are a large part of the build), but that will come with time. I know that I have not fully figured out lighting yet. Hope to see more from you!
  9. Grover

    Tradesmeet - Varlyrian Port

    Spectacular. I don't even know where to begin. I have no idea how you find the time for these epic builds, but thanks for sharing these wonderful builds!
  10. Grover

    Avalonian Chapel

    That's a beautiful chapel build. I like the feel--an old, upkept castle with a lot of history, and some truly avalonian colors. I like the stained glass, and the details of the shelving and table. Awesome!
  11. Grover

    [FB] Leaving Cold Rock

    Welcome! I love the story, and the interiors are great. As some of the others have said, the blocky colors are busy, although less so when you see the whole build. Of course, you run what you brung, and for the bricks that you have, it's lovely. Thanks for sharing, and I hope to see you around the guilds!
  12. Grover

    De Fiori Family (Varlyrio)

    Awesome! I like the small build with nice details, great use of some of the new tiles, and then the great backstory and detailed family tree!
  13. Grover

    Varlyrian Olive Farm

    The bright colors look great for Varlyrio! The olive tree looks good, too. I used to live near an olive orchard, and they planted a ton of olive trees in rows, so some of the suggestions that there should be more trees may be valid. The bright blue door is awesome and works well. I love the low sloped roof. How did you get that to look so even? Are the tiles attached to a plate underneath on a hinge, or are they just sitting there?
  14. Great house! There's a ton to like here: the olive colors, the foliage on the ground, the textured roof, and the awesome antlers above the door. The interior is great as well and a good use of the minecraft printed part! I also kind of like the olive bricks as an irregular base. I know it's not the smooth lines that everyone normally likes, but I think it works here. The texture of the stones is a little busy for my personal taste, but I bet most of the folks around here love it, and it's not as busy as some of the builds I've seen. Fantastic job, and keep up the good work!
  15. Very cool! I like the prodigious use of animals, particularly the SW lizard, and I think that the cacti are awesome! I love the use of some of the unusual colors like light blue and light purple that I would not normally consider to use in one of these builds. I always thought that Kali had two sections: one that was sandy and one that was more like the american southwest. Thus, I assumed that your build was more of the former, as it has a more arabian feel, rather than an american southwest feel. I like the story that goes with your build, too.