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Volsung Hall

After a solid three and a half months of building I'm excited to finally share pictures of Ben Cossy and I's collaborative build for Brickvention 2018! As Ben and I live on literal opposite sides of Australia, Brickvention 2018 was the first and only time our sections came together to create the entirety of Volsung Hall.

 

The lower chamber of Volsung Hall was built by Ben and the upper chambers and landscape was built by myself.

Ben and I are incredibly happy with how Volsung Hall turned out, and can't wait to try to one-up ourselves again for

our collaboration for Brickvention 2019.

  

Early discussion and planning for Volsung Hall begun way back in early October of last year. I had recently finished my second play-through of the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (yes, I know, very late to the party) and had once again been absolutely captivated by the beautiful environments I was immersed in. I was particularly enthralled in the Nordic Tombs in the game, and the rich lore and aesthetic to them. This is where the idea to build a deep, ancient burial crypt guarded by the Nordic undead was born from.

It was decided that instead of each building a half of the MOC that would meet side-by-side, Ben and I decided that our section would meet top-to-bottom which would allow us to expand the tomb deep below the landscape on the surface.

 

Over the following months I was presented with a number of challenges. As my section was the rest on top of Ben's I wanted to keep it as light as possible while also building it strong enough to be certain that it would survive the 1300km flight. After the lower section of my build was completed I quickly realized that I had severely overestimated my parts supply which lead to a number of difficulties in building the surface landscape. This would probably be the area that I have the most gripes with. I started building the landscape with the intention of making sure that the rock walls were not just boring straight lines. However, when I fully realized my limited supply of bricks I ended up having to accept how it turned out.

 

Overall I am extremely happy with the build. The moving motor functions I had built into it I was very happy with, however the mechanism did not survive the flight and I was unable to perform repairs as this would require me completely tearing up the section they were located in.

I messed around with custom lighting for the first time in this MOC. And I was extremely satisfied with the results and am excited to see what I can achieve with similar lighting configurations in the future.

 

This year I want to push myself to build more. So hopefully over the coming year you guys will see some smaller builds from me.

 

I hope you enjoy this MOC from Ben and I. Any comments, critiques or suggestions are encouraged and appreciated.

 

Enjoy!

 

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Taken on January 21, 2018