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V&A Steamworks - Guy HImber 12:05pm, 3 February 2017
Our fifth Season of Iron Builder begins!

Hello and welcome to the Coliseum of Bricks and Blood.

Iron Builder 5.0 - Round 1 - CMaddison vs Cecilihf - New Season!

To begin, here are some Things You Should Know.

1. Follow us on Facebook here www.facebook.com/IronBuilderCompetition/

Someone is going to win an AWESOME LEGO Super Heroes set! ( see details below ). We are going to try and make Facebook part of our 'go to' hosting space for this Season of Iron Builder. Flickr just keeps sucking more and more over the years and is doing everything in their power to minimize the Interplay and communication of builders and their fans. Let's see if Facebook can take better care of us and let us more readily comment and chat during the show.

2. Follow us on Flickr here - www.flickr.com/groups/2167827@N22/

Hey Flickr, you STINK with a capital 'S'! But... you are where many of us call home-base for our AFOL fix. You stink at mail management, you change your interface and policies all the time, you make it hard to share images, the list goes on and on... We will still use you but we do so under protest because, ya know, you are the terrible relationship we just can't find a good way to break up with yet. YET!

3. We are super pleased to have LEGO Elements provided by LEGO Community Engagement via the LEGO
Ambassador Network. They will be one of our frequent providers this season! This has allowed us to provide copious and often times multi-colored Secret Ingredients to our competitors this year! That's right, just when you thought the madness could not get any "madder" we are allowing some of our contestants this year to have multi-color options! While the parts shall remain the same, they may have as many as 3 different color options to be used and/or combined. As far as volume of parts provided - oftentimes our builders might have over 100 parts to create with! The parts ( regardless of color ) shall be judged equally. But remember, this is Iron Builder. Sometimes the masterful use of a single Secret Ingredient part can speak volumes beyond 50 parts littered throughout a MOC. It will fall to our builders (and judges) to determine which is the best path to illustrate the virtues of a master Iron Builder.

4. For those of you new to Iron Builder the rules are simple.
1. Our Builder must build, at minimum, one MOC per week. The minimum is FOUR the maximum is ?? ( I swear, builders really don't have to build 200 MOCs to win... I swear! )
2. Create builds to best illustrate: Your building skill, masterful presentation of your MOC, and lastly creative and enlightened use of the Secret Ingredient part.
3. Get it all done in a month!
4. That's about it for the rules, we don't like TOO MANY rules in Iron Builder. It is not a competition about reading rules.

5. Hey, how do I win that LEGO Super Heroes set you talked about in Things You Should Know #1 above?
Would you like to win set 76039 - Attack on Avengers Tower? Sure you would! Just LIKE the main Iron Builder page on FACEBOOK and we will pick a winner at random from one of the folks who LIKEd the page! You have nothing to lose and a fantastic set to randomly win!

So...... who shall brave the opening round of Iron Builder Season 5.0?

Returning to the Radical Rotunda we have Iron Builder CMaddison! Please join me in a long and heartfelt round of applause as we welcome him back!
Our Iron Builder is no stranger to the Thunderdome. He first appeared during a valiant battle vs Iron Builder Legend, BrucyWan, back in April of 2013 for the infamous Battle Dark Red Fez. ( www.flickr.com/photos/32482342@N05/8658181161/in/pool-216... ).

Undaunted, Chris later fought for the Iron Builder throne vs Retinence and defeated him to obtain the coveted crown ( www.flickr.com/groups/2167827@N22/discuss/72157659937381375/ ). It is now time for Chris to defend his Kingdom and prove that he deserves to keep his hard-earned title.

For his challenger we welcome Cecilie Fritzvold! The LEGO community is often seen as a bit of a boy's club and I, for one, have been thrilled to see the growing talent pool of Female builders showing off their artistry and creativity in the world of LEGO. Here in the coliseum we have played host to some powerful building teams that have featured some amazing female talents such as Steph Mayo ( www.flickr.com/photos/32482342@N05/18683537084/in/pool-21... ) and Littlehaulic ( www.flickr.com/photos/32482342@N05/14030937340/in/pool-21... ). Cecilie represents the first time one of our Lady AFOLS has braved the Iron Builder competition SOLO. No pressure here! OK..... A LOT of pressure here! Cecilie ( see her MOCs here - www.flickr.com/photos/30238102@N08/ ) hails from the frozen shores of Norway and comes to us having been highly recommended by Team MAYO.

Besides being an Ambassador for Norwegian LUG Brikkelauget, she has received top three honors in many building competitions including: 1st place in Imperium de Steine MOC Olympics in 2015, 1st place at brickpirate.net's architecture competition, her Eurobricks team won Best Group Layout at Brickworld last year, she has numerous BrickWorld nominations for individual MOCs and can boast numerous wins on various building contests in the Norwegian LUG over the years.

As you can see by her Flickr page, Chris had better bring his 'A' game to this battle!

Our Secret Ingredient is Tile 2 x 3 with Angle!

It goes without say that I am THRILLED to yell....

ALLEZ BRICK!

Chairman Guy
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V&A Steamworks - Guy HImber Posted 2 years ago. Edited by V&A Steamworks - Guy HImber (admin) 2 years ago
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CeciΙie 2 years ago
Ready to play?
Let the games begin!
Let the games begin by CeciΙie
-LittleJohn 2 years ago
Glad to see Iron Builder back! Sweet part choice for this round too :)
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cmaddison 2 years ago
This will be a fun one! Looks like great minds think alike...but I much prefer the classics.
NES Controller by cmaddison
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Gilcélio 2 years ago
Amazing !!
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Tim Schwalfenberg 2 years ago
This will be an excellent fight. Good luck to both of you!
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CeciΙie 2 years ago
No time for sleep! Better stop hitting that snooze button...

No time for sleep! by CeciΙie
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cmaddison 2 years ago
(casually crosses clock off to-do list)
While you've been counting minutes, I've been preparing for battle.
Choose your weapon.
Forged for Combat by cmaddison
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J.B.F 2 years ago
Love you both, can't wait to see what you have store for us :D
bricktasticblog 2 years ago
Woohoo! Iron Builder is back! Very excited to see what you both come up with.
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Mark of Falworth 2 years ago
Looking forward to the epic builds! :D
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CeciΙie 2 years ago
Careful with those, or the next funeral might be yours.

The Silent Neighbours by CeciΙie
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cmaddison 2 years ago
The dead do offer plenty of peace and quiet. Be sure to plan your moves carefully...might want to consider a different perspective.
Your Move by cmaddison
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Did you 'LIKE' the Iron Builder page on FACEBOOK yet?

Someone is going to win an awesome Avenger's Tower Set!

www.facebook.com/IronBuilderCompetition/?pnref=story
VAkkron 2 years ago
That's what all these awesome builds in my feed are for. I'm pumped to witness this battle between two magnificent builders!
svenfranic 2 years ago
Wehee! got my popcorn ready.
You are off to a great start! I hope you took some time off work in February and that your family will understand that for a while everything non-LEGO comes second. :p
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cmaddison 2 years ago
Ok, enough quiet. It's Super Bowl Sunday! Stereotypical American comment about FOOTBALL and SPORTS and YELLING A LOT AT THE TV goes here!
Game Day! by cmaddison
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CeciΙie 2 years ago
Thats so archaic. Reminds me of this book I found the other day....

Stegosaurus by CeciΙie
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cmaddison 2 years ago
While you were reading your book, I was out meeting this guy in person. He didn't fare too well.
A Bad Day, 65 Million Years Ago by cmaddison


side note: points where they're due; I was almost finished with this when I saw your dino. But hey, bonus content is always fun!
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CeciΙie 2 years ago
All that digging made you hungry yet? Too bad it looks like it's a bad fishing day...

Hungry? by CeciΙie
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cmaddison 2 years ago
Penguins? Looks like one of Cobblepot's...I'll follow him home and exact some Gotham-style justice.
Batmobile by cmaddison
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cmaddison 2 years ago
Didn't have anything to say about the car...maybe you prefer taking the train?
I Hear the Train A Comin' by cmaddison
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CeciΙie 2 years ago
Oh, I'm sorry, were you talking to me? I was busy playing Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros. by CeciΙie
AK_Brickster 2 years ago
Great job, guys! Keep up the good work!
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cmaddison 2 years ago
You've been playing for awhile. Why not take a break and go outside? You can pause the game by pressing +.
Batter Up! by cmaddison
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CeciΙie 2 years ago
You Americans and your weird sports. I think I'll just stay home and read a book.

Home by CeciΙie
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cmaddison 2 years ago
Hard to stay home these days, on this side of the pond...but if you're doing some reading, I'd suggest a lighthearted little tale called 1984.
Right to Assemble by cmaddison
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cmaddison 2 years ago
Neo by cmaddison

Silver lining: maybe this is all just a simulation? It'd be cooler if I knew Kung Fu.
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CeciΙie 2 years ago
That would be nice, then I don't have to feel so bad about poor Pikachu here. Hope it wasn't yours.

Roadkill by CeciΙie
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cmaddison 2 years ago
Holy crap, is that some sort of Norwegian super-rodent?! You'll need a big trap to catch one of those if they ever infest your house. Something like this.
To Catch a Rat... by cmaddison
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CeciΙie 2 years ago
You call that a big trap? No, if you want to catch Norwegian super rodents, you need something like this.

It's a trap! by CeciΙie
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cmaddison 2 years ago
New commandment: Thall shalt not waste the good cuts of meat on catching critters.
Them's the Rules by cmaddison
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CeciΙie 2 years ago
Need a higher frame rate on your builds? Look no further!

IronB BuildForce ABS0937 by CeciΙie
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cmaddison 2 years ago
I hope those fans can cool me down. This thing just keeps yakking, and it's getting me heated.
They Just Won't Shut Up! by cmaddison

They Just Won't Shut Up! by cmaddison
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cmaddison 2 years ago
L'amour by cmaddison

Valentine's Day rose. Massacre not included.
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CeciΙie 2 years ago
Roses are so cliché, have some water lilies instead!

Happy Valentine's day by CeciΙie
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cmaddison 2 years ago
Looks kinda soggy...come find some firmer footing at the market.
Off to Market by cmaddison
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Great job so far builders!

So many insta-favs already!

Hey, remember that Avengers set I promised someone? Make sure to like the main Iron Builder facebook page and someone is going to win it next week!
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CeciΙie 2 years ago
Better watch out, your market is in for some pillaging

Erik the Viking by CeciΙie
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cmaddison 2 years ago
That beard's getting mighty unruly; let me untangle my clippers and clean him up a bit.
A Little Off the Top by cmaddison
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CeciΙie 2 years ago
Sensei doesn't shave. But he's telling you to get up and try again!

Sensei action figure by CeciΙie
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cmaddison 2 years ago
Watch out, don't let Gramps break a hip while he's swinging that broomhandle around. Why not find him a new hobby; tending a flower bed, maybe?
The Flower Garden by cmaddison
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CeciΙie 2 years ago
My Goomba is coming to stomp all over your flower bed.

Goomba by CeciΙie
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cmaddison 2 years ago
Mushrooms go great on burgers...maybe they'd taste good on a hot dog too?
Red Hots, Get Your Red Hots! by cmaddison
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CeciΙie 2 years ago
Pining for the end yet?

Pine cone by CeciΙie
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cmaddison 2 years ago
Plenty of time (and a bit of space) til the finish line.
Into the Cosmos by cmaddison
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Gilcélio 2 years ago
Two greats builders!! Congrats!!
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cmaddison 2 years ago
Since I'm out here, I decided to take a walk, and found a small step.
One Giant Leap by cmaddison
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CeciΙie 2 years ago
Careful where you step, this is the end of the road for you.

End of the road... by CeciΙie
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cmaddison 2 years ago
Roads? Where these entries are going, they don't need roads.
Wyvern Speederbike by cmaddison

Ivory Beetle Speederbike by cmaddison

Rusty's Ingot Speederbike by cmaddison

Team Era Speederbikes by cmaddison
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CeciΙie 2 years ago
Do you dare to sleep at night?

Count Dracula by CeciΙie
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cmaddison 2 years ago
Wow, a real life vampire?! Do you mind if I interview you?
On the Record by cmaddison
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CeciΙie 2 years ago
I'm waiting at the cemetary.

Cemetary by CeciΙie
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cmaddison 2 years ago
You'll have to give me a little bit...I just woke up in Vietnam.
Saigon...shit. by cmaddison
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cmaddison 2 years ago
If I may take a moment to be sincere, we're both going to deserve medals after this month long battle.
Medal For Your Mettle by cmaddison
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CeciΙie 2 years ago
It's a little early to start handing out medals yet, don't you think? The race isn't over yet.

Ibula annual GARC race by CeciΙie
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cmaddison 2 years ago
I hope you bought your ship from somewhere reputable, and didn't get swindled into a lemon.
Wheels and Deals! by cmaddison
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You have a 1 in 300 chance to win! Last chance to LIKE the Iron Builder FACEBOOK page and get entered into the drawing for the awesome LEGO #76038 Avengers set! Will hold the drawing on Sunday. GOOD LUCK!
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cmaddison 2 years ago
Hey bub, time to slice through this last week.
SNIKT! by cmaddison
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CeciΙie 2 years ago
I got a little delayed by a massive snow storm over here, but don't worry, I'm equipped for that!

Ice-Sat B by CeciΙie
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cmaddison 2 years ago
I saw your tracks and thought I was going to have to hack you out of the ice somewhere.
Hacksaw by cmaddison
Jalexanderhutchins 2 years ago
Both of you are doing fantastic! Can't wait to see who comes out victorious! :D
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cmaddison 2 years ago
Stuck in the snow, now what, stuck outside the pod bay doors?
2001: A Space Odyssey by cmaddison
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cmaddison 2 years ago
The other side of the coin. You've been pretty quiet, so I assume you've either been eaten by a xenomorph, or are about to do something amazing.
Alien by cmaddison
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CeciΙie 2 years ago
You look like you're in quite the pinch over there, but I've got just the guy to come get you out of that.

Gundam by CeciΙie
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Today is the last day of building for our awesome competitors!
Cheer them on! Send them coffee! Praise their creative genius!

Also, big shout out to our Facebook drawing winner Suzanne! Suzanne will be jetting around Avengers Tower with our compliments. Iron Builder thanks you all for visiting the Coliseum. More drawings coming soon.
AK_Brickster Posted 2 years ago. Edited by AK_Brickster (member) 2 years ago
Great job to both builders! Can't wait to see who comes out on top!
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cmaddison 2 years ago
What a month. I hope you've all enjoyed Cecilie and myself duking it out. Cecilie, you are freakin amazing and built so many things that made my jaw hit the floor. You didn't let up for a minute, and beat me to a couple really cool ideas. As for me, I have one last offering, directed at the audience. We've told our stories this month with build after build...now it's time for you to tell yours.
Tell Your Story by cmaddison
Angeli ¥ 2 years ago
wow, guys, this was fantastic! :)
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CeciΙie 2 years ago
It's been an honor battling you Chris. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go sleep for a week... (this last one took way longer than expected...).
Now let's celebrate that this is over by going out and grabbing a bite to eat! Maybe sushi?

Itadakimasu! by CeciΙie


Itadakimasu! by CeciΙie
Pistash 2 years ago
Wonderfull battle and a lot of fantastics MOC's !! Congrats both ! Cecilie you where incredible !!
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vitreolum 2 years ago
Congratulations to both of you, a phenomenal round!
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J.B.F 2 years ago
Well done both you guys ;) What a great battle and loads of wonderfull creations ;)
Umbra-Manis 2 years ago
Incredible job by both builders! Mass amounts of great creations this round!
VAkkron 2 years ago
Way to go! It has been a complete pleasure to watch, and I believe one of the most diverse IB rounds so far.
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Karf Oohlu 2 years ago
I feel great pity for the judges, this was an awesome round.
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pasukaru76 2 years ago
^ No rest for the wicked! But yeah, this round was awesome indeed.
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It's in the hands of the judges now.

Results should be posting soon!

Chairman Guy
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V&A Steamworks - Guy HImber Posted 2 years ago. Edited by V&A Steamworks - Guy HImber (admin) 2 years ago
Iron Builder new season wip round one final cecile and chris

WOW!

That was a stunning round of Iron Builder!

Thank you Chris and Cecilia for sharing your talents with us all for the past month.

But.... there can be only ONE! ( ok, technically there are FOUR .... ) yet there can be ONLY ONE!

The time of judgment has arrived.

Please welcome our (3) Judges for this round.
( Thank you judges for taking up this daunting task! )

Judge #1 - Chris Malloy from Brothers Brick

Judge #2 - Joe Meno from BrickJournal

Judge #3 - Alice Finch ( from the bird-people? ), ArchLUG and creator of many wonderful things!

Let the judging begin.

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JUDGE #1 - Chris Malloy

Both builders are top notch, and it’s been a pleasure seeing so many terrific models from each of them. It’s been fascinating watching similar ideas populate in both their minds, as each brought their unique visions to dinosaurs, console controllers, and both sharp metal teeth and pearly white ones.

Skill:
Chris: It comes as no surprise that Chris is a world-class builder, and his entries span a wide range of genres and styles. It’s no mean feat to position the shield tiles in an angled ring as type hammers, or as delicately unfolding rose petals. Meanwhile, the simple beauty of Chris’ two hallway scenes from 2001 and Alien show that good builds aren’t always complicated.
However, some of the builds feel weak, especially in comparison with Chris’ better entries. Wolverine’s Claws is a fine idea for a model, but the execution is far beneath Chris’ talents. The Ivory Beetle Speederbike seems to have suffered in service of cramming a few more shield tiles in, and the vehicles on the Wheels and Deals car lot drag the rest of the model down, despite not incorporating the seed part.
Overall, with a few exceptions Chris’ models tend to be safe bets, with relatively straightforward techniques aside from the seedpart. Some, like the baseball diamond, hot dog stand, or Batmobile, are well executed technically but dull in scope, failing to invite the audience’s closer examination.
Score: 14/20

Cecilie: Cecilie has continually wowed with her builds throughout the competition, tackling subjects as diverse as console controllers and microscale cathedrals. She set a high bar for detail in the builds, not letting the inclusion of the seedpart distract her from the fundamentals of a good build. Cecilie’s motorized build of a sushi conveyor belt is just lovely. It’s loaded with details, from the perfect use of the Ninjago banners to the patterned floor. The fact that it actually moves is a pure bonus. The pinecone is a stroke of genius and technical ability.
Nevertheless, a few builds did go awry, such as the cemetery, which is wholly unremarkable except for the pathway paved with vertically stacked shield tiles. The Gundam is also a weak entry, though only because so many excellent LEGO Gundam creations exist that it’s hard to be either innovative or exceptionally great when dealing with that subject. The GARC racing track is a particularly weak entry, with the seed part rings employing an overly simple design. The ships are uninspired, and feel like spare-parts bin tablescraps. Finally, Dracula feels like it should be in the style of Chris McVeigh’s Brick Sketches, but it lacks finesse and seems like a very rough first draft.
Overall, Cecilie’s builds are ambitious, playing with scale, perspective, and a wide variety of styles. They’re not all successes, but the hits are big.
Score: 16/20

Presentation:
Chris: Chris’s presentations are largely simple, neither distracting nor detracting from the builds. Some, like the Alien and 2001 scenes or the typewriter, are wholly brick built, and are all the better for it. The setting for the mousetrap is fabulous, inviting a double take at every viewing, while the Flower Garden is perfect in its simplicity and square cropping.
A few don’t work as well, though a few drag the models down because of it. The baseball diamond’s dark outer glow around the field, placed on a white background, and paired with a sports-ish script font, all look very amateurish. Parts of the Forged for Combat scene are overexposed, then toned down in post, giving the image a washed-out feel. The obviously photoshopped text on the hot dog stand sign stands out like a sore thumb, and the build suffers for it.
Score: 17/20

Cecilie: Cecilie’s presentations are unobtrusive. While they don’t distract from the builds, they don’t add much to them either.
There are a few exceptions in both directions, however. The Stegosaurus is brilliantly presented, as is the Pinecone. Erik the Viking’s background is almost wholly brick-built, and wonderfully executed. On the other hand, the Cemetery background is too dark, and many of the details in the fence and tree are hard to discern. The Gundam’s background is clean, but poorly executed, particularly in contrast to Cecilie’s other backgrounds.
Score: 17/20

Use of the Seed Part:
Chris: Some of Chris’ seed part uses are brilliant. The simplicity of the medal is outstanding, boiling the seed part down to its bare essence and using it in the most perfect manner achievable. Using a NEXO Knights shield tile as typewriter type hammers is crazy, but it works, while using them as white picket fences is obvious but well executed. A surprising entry is the electric hair clippers, which employ the shield tiles for the metal prongs, taking advantage of the stud indents to create the nuanced texture on the blades.
However, many of the builds fall well short, employing the shield tile just for the sake of it. The chess set, mousetrap, hotdog stand, 10 commandments, or the protesters would not be significantly worse if the shield tiles were all replaced with rectangular tiles. In fact, the football field use the shield tiles in such a way that it’s hard to tell the seed part is even included. Many of the other builds incorporate the shield tile in an integral manner, but the model seems held back by their inclusion. The satellite, speeder bikes, Wolverine claws, and even the car dealership all seem to be in this category.
Score: 12/20

Cecilie: Cecilie’s has a number of obvious but brilliantly executed uses for the seed part, such as the digital numbers on the alarm clock. It’s such a perfect use for the element it’s a wonder no one had done it already. Other obvious but great uses are the Stegosaurus’ spikes and the game controller’s directional pad. The shield tiles forming the front walls of the microscale cathedral is perfectly done, and using them as fan blades on a 1:1 scale GPU definitely counts as an innovative use, especially when the finished product looks nearly real. Perhaps the most unusual use is on the pinecone, which is an unusual subject for a LEGO build regardless (and serves as a great pun in this seed part contest), but it she manages to make it work and shapes a beautiful object out of very little other than the shield tiles.
Some of Cecilie’s builds suffer from the same issue as Chris’, however, by failing to embrace the pentagonal shape in a unique way and merely substituting it for other pieces or adding them as an afterthought. Prime examples are the collapsed bridge and fishing penguin, which would be the same quality of models with or without the shield tiles.
Score: 15/20

Chris: 43/60
Cecilie: 48/60
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Judge #2 - Joe Meno

If this is any indication of how IB will be from now on….wow.
It has been a while since I have been called into duty to judge Iron Builder. It’s something that I have a lot of fun doing, even though it’s one of the more challenging things I get to do. You may think it’s easy to look at other people’s work and then say one is better than the other - that’s far from the truth. Picking builders to go in magazine is very easy compared to this. But it’s also very enjoyable for me because I don’t get to see the best of the best in any other way. It’s a portfolio presentation of the highest order - and I get to judge.

So…..this time I am screwed. I spotted some of these on Facebook initially and was happy to see the competition back. I Saw some wonderful builds, and when I looked at the Iron Builder discussion board for this challenge, I saw even more.

Some statistics: Chris Maddison built 22 builds, Cecilie Fritzvold built…22 builds also. This is not going to be a volume-based judgement. This was literally a dueling build. The build subjects were highly varied, which is great! And use of the seed part….amazing.

here’s a look at the builders in the IB categories:

Skill:
While I have seen Chris’ builds for years, I haven’t seen Cecilie’s until now (Yes, you can boo me out out the discussion…) - or rather, I haven’t seen her work credited to her - I may have seen her MOCs somewhere. Anyways, looking at both builder’s work, the skill level is ridiculously high. The seed part had a peculiar limitation in that it was a tile - the only attachment was at the rear. As a result, much of the builds were where the tile was a visual element. However, both had a build where the tile was used in a really clever way:

Chris Maddison: His razor is very clever in making the tile an important part in making the prop recognizable, without completely revealing the part. For me, that was a place where I just smiled at the photo. Well done!

Cecilie Fritzvold: The computer fan is simply beautiful work. I had to look at the zoom to see it was a model. The builder in me fell out at the technique, the geek in me marveled at how convincing it looked.

Chris Maddison: 20/20
Cecilie Fritzvold: 19.5/20

Presentation:
In this competition, the photos of the MOCs were outstanding. Presentation is not only goo photography, though, but also placing a model in an environment where it it ‘fits.’ The typical MOC photo is blank background with the MOC - it’s a “Hi, I’m here!” photo where the focus is forced on you by the simple placement. A good presentation is more like a “Hi, I’m here - and look at where I am!” photo. The MOC is placed in a place where context is given to the MOC as well. There are some wonderful examples, but I will pick only one from each:

Chris Maddison: The fossil dig. Astounding. I can name many reasons why this one knocks the idea of presentation out of the park, but the best way to put it is: “this is a beautiful MOC that became the presentation area for the tiles, which are not recognized as such until you look at them in the context of the competition.” I want a postcard of this one. No, I want a book based on this illustration.

Cecilie Fritzvold: The living room scene. Again a scene where the MOC is the presentation for the part, which are not recognized until you look for them. And again, I want a postcard of this. But I don’t want a book based on this one…I want this to be the first scene of a play. You expect a minifigure to enter from the left and take a seat…

Chris Maddison: 19.5/20
Cecilie Fritzvold: 20/20

Use of Seed Part:
Here’s where it gets interesting. This seed part, as I mentioned before, has a limitation. However, it also has a distinctive shape, making fair game to be used as a visual element by itself, which is done many different ways by both builders. What I look for in this area are two things: 1. The use of the seed part in a model, and 2. The importance of the seed part in the model. I had to come with this because if not, the judging would almost always tie - yes, the part is used in each model!!

How do I judge the importance of the part? Usually it’s a matter of looking and seeing what the model will look like with the seed element. If the model doesn’t lose much, the part is a gimmick. If the model is not recognizable or physically falls apart without the seed part, then it’s important.

As with the other categories, I found one awesome example from each builder:

Chris Maddison: This is where a builder goes from a good builder to an artist. No, the MOC I picked here isn’t terribly complex - it’s actually pretty simple. His medal in a box is remarkable. Why? Take the seed part out. The entire concept disappears. With a minimal solution, Chris showcases a structurally non-functional part in a visually important context, so important, that the MOC depends on it.

Cecilie Fritzvold: The pine cone. Without the tiles, the model would probably looked like LEGO parts and nothing else. But with the tiles, it’s beautiful and framed in a perfect setting.

Chris Maddison: 20/20
Cecilie Fritzvold: 20/20

So the end result? It’s a freakin’ tie!!

Yeah, I know that most everyone wanted a winner, but I could not come up with a reason to pick one over the other - they simply are not better than each other. Some things that I noticed with the builders:

Chris is the better technical builder (he started the motorized models), but motorizing doesn’t necessarily make a model better - look at the criteria I made for seed part use. If the model doesn’t need the seed part to communicate what it is, then the seed part is not important. Which means that the chattering teeth is a more effective use of the tile than the fan. But both of those were not strong enough uses for the motorization.

Cecilie is the better artistic builder. Her water lilies need to be blurred and made into a print. She took more time building environments with the seed piece as a part, while Chris built props for photo shoots.

But compare them and their advantages and disadvantages balance out, so for me they became a “time of day” competition, as in “who won?” “well, it depends on the time of day…if I am in an artsy mood, it’s Cecilie…if I am in a technical mood, it’s Chris.”

They are both outstanding and incredible builders, and they should be honored as such. In that particular context, picking a winner only diminishes the overall achievement of the competition - to show the best LEGO building out there.

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One final note:

The final builds of both Chris and Cecilie were great wrap-up builds. I have to say that Chris’ notes on his ring true for me and BrickJournal. To the AFOL builders: Tell your stories. I and BrickJournal are happy to pass these stories on, and both builders here are invited to tell their story in the magazine.

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Judge #3 - Alice Finch

CMaddison
Well done with some really clever ideas and skillful use of the part. By far my favorite is the footprint. It is monochromatic, and so it is the striking shape of the angles in the imprint that draw your eye. Tied for second favorite is the satellite and the medal. Both use the part in such simple form, but are composed in such a way as to make the simplicity shine.
There are lots of great details in all the models: In the fence vignette, the flowers are nicely varied and the ring and glass nicely complement the rose. The chattering teeth that actually chatter and fan that spins, and the real shag carpet and wood under the saw are nice additional touches. Other smaller details, like an asymmetrical or SNOT base, layered landscaping, and interesting background images, make all of your models finished to the last brick.
Most of the models do an amazing job of highlighting the key part, often in its individual form. For example, the fifteen, I mean ten commandments, and the baseball diamond are very clever uses of the pentagon shape. In a few instances, you cluster several iterations together as if trying to decide how to use it and seeing that they are all good enough to use together, such as in the 4 variants of a speeder bike and the forge with axe, hammers, and sword.

The composition of the angles is clever and well thought out and the colored petals and stem show you have skill with photoshop. Black is admittedly a very difficult color to photograph, but I often had trouble seeing examples of the part in models that were either darkened or where the part is used in black. The side of the train is hard to make out as is the front row of figures in the crowd with signs. In one of the last entries where a minifig is in a black tunnel made out of tail pieces, I can’t actually be sure that the part is used because it is too dark to really see what I think are the pentagons in the top center of the tunnel.
Thank you for so many creative and clever models!
Skill 18/20
Presentation 17/20
Use 16/20
Total 51/60

Cecilie
Bravo for such a widely varied sampling of models. You pretty much covered it all, from creatures, everyday objects, motorized, micro scale, macro scale, and the use of forced perspective. My favorite is by far the pine cone: it is so different from any of the other models and is a brilliant use of the part. More often than not, what makes a good model great is how the rest of the model is done- here the spiky needles and the background photo make the difference. Another example of this is in the alarm clock. Immediately you notice the numbers are made from the challenge part, but it takes careful looking to also see the clever use of the part in black as the tail ends of a book mark. And again the interior house scene- love the use of the part as books on the shelf. (And is that the death star on the top shelf? Nice!)
I also particularly liked the cemetery scene. Of course the part is clearly used as the tombstones, but as I looked at it, it seemed to me, that based on your other builds, there had to be another use somewhere. It took me a second before I realized that it was used in the path. It isn’t flashy, it isn’t obvious, but it is brilliant! Same with the Viking. I found the nose guard and the armor part usage, but it is the dragon head in the corner (as well as the sail and forced perspective mountains) that make this a fantastic build. I think it is this ability to use the key part in 3 or 4 different ways per model and as a composite of multiple pentagon shapes that is particularly impressive.
There are a couple of the builds that have similar features that overlap. For example, the two cemeteries, one micro, one minifig scale, do use the part in completely separate ways, and both have very clever parts usage, but do have the same general topic.
Thank you for such diverse models with clever multiple uses of the part.
Skill 17/20
Presentation 19/20
Use 18/20

Total 54/60

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Our Winner and NEW Iron Builder is........ Cecilie!!!

Congratulations and KUDOS from your admiring audience!

We have a new Iron Builder amongst our ranks!

ALLEZ BRICK!

Chairman Guy
akunthita 2 years ago
What a wonderful competition! I'm also very impressed by the judges' thoughtful, insightful and constructive comments. Congratulations to both contestants, and welcome Cecilie as the new Iron Builder! :D
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Karf Oohlu 2 years ago
Big bold and beautiful round you guys put on : )
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cmaddison 2 years ago
Congrats to Cecilie! One hell of a fight, and you did an amazing job. Thanks to Guy, thanks to the judges, and thanks to the audience! Getting to read peoples' deep dives about your builds is far more educational and useful than the generic "good job!" comments that we are all guilty of, myself certainly included. If I may indulge just a bit...

The most helpful criticism I've got from this is that when I go for a particular feel or mood, it seems I miss the mark as often as I get it right. A used car lot intended to feel janky instead reads as rushed, an experiment in perspective isn't near as impactful as I'd hoped, and "flat art" (is there a correct name for this posterized, no black lines, clipart-y style?) should be better left to graphics instead of bricks.

I also tried to maybe be a bit too clever, using seed parts in a few builds that are meant to invite the viewer to search for them rather than them jumping out and being framed and supported by everything else. This seems to have missed the mark more often than not, to the extent of seed parts being completely overlooked in some builds.

And Joe, I just want to doublecheck, 22 was a typo? I had 30 entries. Just hoping you didn't miss a chunk of them, and if you did, I hope it was the weakest 8 of them! :)

I fully meant what I said with that last build. I'm one of those artsy fartsy jerks that fully embraces this as toy elevated to art, using the brick as the medium to tell a story. I mean seriously, what kind of pretentious ass posts a video of nothing but a fan, where you can't even clearly see the seed parts? I'm that guy. Almost every build I post, sure I hope you enjoy it, but moreover I want you to enjoy it because it makes you feel or think, not just because it's nifty. And I approach all of your builds as a viewer looking for a story as well. Yeah, I appreciate cool parts combos and clever usage, but more than anything, I want my heart to swell or my brain to melt.

Lastly, again, huge congrats to Cecilie and sincere thanks to the judges for taking the time to dig in and provide insight. I'm always looking to learn, and this past month and the critiques garnered along the way have been a tremendous learning experience I wouldn't trade for anything.

Except maybe lots and lots of money. Cheers!
porschecm2 Posted 2 years ago. Edited by porschecm2 (member) 2 years ago
Amazing work, both Cecilie and Chris! It was truly an honor to judge this round, and I've been actively enjoying the builds for the past month as they come out.

Chris, I'd hate for you to take my critiques as a reason to shy away from other styles in your builds, or to not continue experimenting with two-dimensional graphics in the brick. I actually love artistic and outside-the-box styles of LEGO building, and I'm always excited when someone pushes the boundaries of LEGO creativity a little further out. However, the trick with going outside the norm is that it's sink or swim. There's very little middle ground or room for "good enough" creations. Once you get away from traditional styles of building, your work will tend to be either genius or rubbish. In the case of your Wolverine poster, that style may not be exactly common, but it's been done enough that there are some truly fine examples available, which you're also indirectly competing against. (examples: www.flickr.com/photos/odinsda/21857300688/ or www.flickr.com/photos/138007304@N02/33141290575/)

Allow me to ramble on a tangential subject for a moment. When we're judging, we're not just judging competitors against each other (though that is a crucial aspect). Rather, we as judges derive our sense of taste from what's happening in the broader community, and immersing ourselves in the current trends and skill levels of builders as a whole. There's not some universal standard that all builders (both inside and outside the IB) are judged against, so a great spaceship in 1997 or even 2007 is likely not a great spaceship if built in 2017. The work of the community is judged against itself, which is always in flux. So when someone plays a dissonant chord, it's either the start of a new song or a signal that someone needs more practice. But in either case they should keep playing.
Additionally, as Iron Builders (and challengers), you're representing the top tier of LEGO builders on the scene today, and so you'll have to contend with your works being judged as such. Now, I don't actually expect someone in this competition to have every model be as good as one done by someone who has no time restrictions and can perfect it to their heart's content. However, both competitors are under the same restrictions and judged against the same field, so it balances out.
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CeciΙie 2 years ago
Wow, I'm honored to be named the new Iron Builder.
Thanks for a great match Chris, and a great thanks to the judges for taking the time to give such a thorough feedback. I will take it with me, and hope to improve even further for next time.
One thing I have learned this month is that it is not always easy to make wise decisions when the clock isn't showing late evening anymore, but early morning, and I did wake up a few times thinking "what the hell, did I actually post this? It looks so mediocre..." There's quite a few builds where I wish I had done things differently, or taken a bit more time to polish it, or present it better (but then I might have had fewer builds overall). But there's also quite a few builds that I'm really happy with, and that I'm amazed that I was able to pull off in the short time that I did. Adrenaline is really powerful, sometimes in a good way, sometimes in a bad way ;)
And Chris, I'm pretty sure Joe just can't count ;) He didn't have to count mine, since I kept count on my builds :P
Maxim I 2 years ago
Congratz Cecilie for being the new Iron Builder! But also to Chris for his eye candies the past month!

This was such a joyfull distraction at work checking now and then if there were new uploads. I enjoyed almost all of them :D
AK_Brickster 2 years ago
Great battle and thanks to both builders for the entertainment!

Thanks also to the judges for your thoughtful and thorough feedback! It's not often that we get to read such honest and open constructive criticism. I feel like I learned something from all the reviews, even though I wasn't the one being critiqued. Super helpful. :)
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pasukaru76 2 years ago
Chris, your Iron Builder shackles have been removed, rejoice and feel the fresh air outside of this particular circle of hell.

Cecilie, now you get to do it all over again the next time, bwahahaha.

Just kidding! ;-)
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CeciΙie 2 years ago
pasukaru76:

Except you're not kidding, because I will have to do it all over again :P
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