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  1. socalbricks

    [Freebuild] The Farriers

    Finally got around to posting my revamp of one of my Brickscalibur (Trading Places category)! Horses are the dominant mode of transportation throughout much of Historica. Farriers are never short of work, with entire families taking up the trade. One such family are the Ogden family, with all three generations of men taking part in the family business. Though advanced in years, Josiah Ogden still has the prowess needed to tend to horse hoofs. His son, Johan Ogden, focuses on preparing horse shoes, while also teaching his own son, Jeremiah, the tools of the trade. Many farriers will also accept centaur clients, with one such client being Brielle Valken on one of her (much needed) days off. Healthy hoofs make a healthy centaur! From left to right: A weary traveller named Tomas and his steed, Ochre Jeremiah Ogden Johan Ogden Josiah Ogden Brielle Valken Comparison: Original vs Revamp The original MOC was cobbled together at the last minute. I submitted entries for every category, and this unfortunately suffered from having the least amount of time allotted to it. I'm glad I was able to revisit it! More images of the revamp:
  2. @W Navarre Thank you - I'm happy with how the chariot turned out. As for the centaur, I'm really happy that people view it as an improvement! @Kai NRG Thank you - I'm really happy with how it turned out! @Ecclesiastes Thank you! I was worried that I diverted too much from the original - I'm glad people see it as an "evolution"!
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    [Freebuild] The Abyss

    @LordDan Thank you - I love trying to incorporate Bionicle/CCBS parts with "System". The anglerfish was a joy to build!
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    [Freebuild] The White Wyrm

    @T-86(swe) Thank you! I'm really happy with how that one turned out! @A_Forest_of_Lego Thank you! @LordDan Thank you - I'm glad it turned out well! @Grover Thank you - that means a lot! @Simon_S Great eye - thank you for the kind words!
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    Celebrating Guilds of Historica, final contest!

    Congrats to all the winners! You all had some truly great entries. I especially liked the "Old but Gold" category - it shows how far we've all come in just a few years! It's nice to see the Guilds thriving!
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    [Freebuild] Tree Decorating in Historica

    @Grover Thank you! I'm glad the design as able to work at such a small scale.
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    [Freebuild] The Museum Thief

    @A_Forest_of_Lego He is indeed! If you zoom in on the dark green one, you should be able to see a pair eyes! @Grover Thank you! I know the lighting makes the eyes difficult to see (spoiler: they're in the dark green armor) - sorry about that! I also appreciate the photography comment - I've been trying to improve my Lightbox photos, and I think they've improved since I took this photo! @Guyinaplaguemask Close! He's in the dark green one. @N-4K0 You're 100% correct - good eye! @Simon_S Thank you! LEGO has made some really interesting parts - I saw the Islanders Mask and Orient Expedition "Lion-Dog with Jun-Chi Pattern" and knew I had to use them in something!
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    [Freebuild] Citizens of Historica Figbarf

    @BlackGloveBricks Thank you - I'm glad you like them!
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    GoH 10 C: The Hunt

    @LordDan Thank you so much! @Exetrius Thank you! I appreciate the feedback, especially regarding the hinges at the base of the trees. The layer of stones sounds like a good solution! @Ecclesiastes Thanks! I've been working on my storytelling - glad it seems to have payed off here! @Umbra-Manis Thank you! I loved using a bunch of those Slope 3 x 3 Corners!
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    GoH 10 C VOTING topic

    LittleJohn 1 point Aurore 1 point Zilmrud 1 point
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    GoH 10 B VOTING topic

    Soccerkid6 1 point Aurore 1 point Ecclesiastes 1 point
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    GoH 10 C

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    GoH 10 C: The Hunt

    Built for 10C "Miscellaneous" Category and for Brickscalibur "Frozen Wilds" Category! Amir had spent years gaining the trust of his employer. When he finally gained access to his massive vault in Barqa, he made sure to pocket some on every "accounting check". Sure, the old geezer was nice, but he was also gullible, so Amir reasoned that he deserved it! He planned to sail away to Valyrio once he had enough, and buy a quiet villa overlooking the sea with his ill-gotten gains. As it turned out, the old man was not as senile as Amir thought. Noticing a discrepancy (and hiring his own investigator), he discovered the plot and ordered Amir arrested. Amir was able to get out of town with only a sack full of the pilfered gold. It wasn't ideal, but it was better than being imprisoned or worse - authorities in Kaliphlin did not take such offenses lightly. Now he was on the snowy slopes of Mitgardia. Nice and far from Kaliphlin, but he wasn't safe. He recalled his response when he heard the news. Sitting in a tavern a few hours prior, he overheard from some travelers that a massive bounty had been put on his head. As if that wasn't bad enough, it turned out that Kars was one of the many hunters vying for the reward. Amir had heard stories of Kars for years - a tall, lean man of few words with a bizarre mask. It was said that his silver eyes pierced the soul and drove his quarries to regret the choices that led them there. Nicknamed "the Bloodhound", he was said to be the best tracker in all the land. Countless stories told of his incredible feats - Amir never fully believed them, but the news still caused him to panic. Making an inconspicuous exit from the tavern, he made his way further north. Rounding a bend, he froze in place. There he was waiting for him. All the stories were true. Drawing his dagger, Amir lunged at Kars. Faster than lightning, the bounty hunter responded with his own sword: a massive saber. In the hands of anyone shorter it would have been unwieldily. Kars dodged Amir's thrust and slashed him the back. Though only a shallow wound, Amir still cried in pain, and tumbled down the slope. Propping himself against an old birch tree, he watched as drops of blood colored the snow a bright red. He turned his head to see Kars approaching him, sword still drawn. Amir locked eyes with the bounty hunter. From behind his wooden mask peered two silver eyes; sharp as needles, they had hungry yet calculating look to them. More importantly, they peered into Amir's soul. For the first time in years, Amir felt shame and guilt for what he had done. He regretted everything that had led him to this point. Before he could beg for his life, Kars spoke. "You're lucky your employer wants you alive." More photos:
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    GoH 10 B

  15. Built for the "Old but Gold" category! It is a (very loose) update on this MOC of mine from 2019! I rethought the concept over the years, and I thought a chariot might be even better for a centaur-human duo than simple riding. I understand that it's quite the aesthetic departure. Even if it gets disqualified on those grounds, I still had a lot of fun bringing this concept to life! 700 years ago, The Akmaddian Empire sprawled central Historica. With its formidable cavalry's lightning tactics, it was able to conquer a massive area ranging from the cool steppe of southern Avalonia to the arid scrublands of northern Kaliphlin. Among the many races that fell under its domain was a large population of centaurs. Military cooperation between centaurs on non-centaurs (referred "two-legs" by the former) was historically limited. There rare instances of archers sitting on the backs of centaurs to operate as "tail-gunners", but these were rare. The Akmaddians implemented a new role for their centaur soldiers: drawing chariots. A centaur didn't need to be controlled by whoever was in the chariot, allowing those inside to focus on the battle. Passengers could include archers or pike men. Usually fighting in duos, these teams were trained for years to master their craft, something which would pay off as they blazed a path across the continent. The Akmaddian God-Emperor would eventually fall in battle, and the empire would fracture as his children battled for the throne. Though the empire only lasted 20 years, its effect on "central Historican culture" and ingenious tactics are still studied by military strategists to this day... The original MOC: