Zombie Creation Freeform Challenge

Think you’ve got what it takes to make the next great zombie MOC? Do you look at the Zombie Creations of the Week and say, “I could do that!” Well then, this is just the challenge for you!

It’s time to break out your bricks and build the best damn zombie-themed MOC you can. I’m hoping to see a lot of variety here, so the rules will be pretty liberal. That means you can use non-LEGO pieces, put your minifigs out in the real world, manipulate your creations both physically and digitally, etc. The sky’s the limit!

Zombie Creation Freeform Challenge

Contest Rules:

  1. Third-party parts (Brickarms, et al.) allowed
  2. Photo manipulation allowed
  3. Physical modification allowed
  4. Digital entries (LDD and the like) are allowed
  5. One entry per person
  6. Up to three photos per entry
  7. Entrants must be at least 13 years of age (sorry, internet rule)
  8. Entries must not have appeared online prior to July 15th, 2011
  9. Entries must be posted in the Bricks of the Dead Contest Flickr Group
  10. Bricks of the Dead is not responsible for any loss or damage to the prizes while they are in transit. That said, prizes will be shipped in such a way to minimize any danger of loss or damage.

The Prizes:
One winner will receive one Custom Zombie Minifig and one Hazmat Suit Collectible Minifig.

Win this stuff (except for the sand)! Your awesome prizes

Several other winners may be selected as a Zombie Creation of the Week, depending on individual merit.

Judges:
Dave – creator of Bricks of the Dead
ZombieMutts – frequent commenter, creator of fantastic zombie MOCs, and sponsor of this contest

Deadline:
All entries must be posted by August 15th, 2011 by 12:00PM Eastern. Winners will be announced shortly thereafter.

351 Comments

Dave

I got this question via PM at the BCN: Can you use official sets as part of your creation?

The answer is yes, so long as they’re only a part of the creation.

Get building, and good luck, folks!

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ZombieMutts

Just remember….creativity is what this is all about. We want as few restrictions as possible but the base is creativity. I love what people do with store bought sets to a pile of random bricks.

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brickzedhunter

for the contest how many pictures do i have to take. and can my zombie heads be moded so the look a certain way. like if i paint one.

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brickzedhunter

for the contest is there a certian amount of pictures you have to take. and do you have to give a description.

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brickzedhunter

how do you post pictures on the bricks of the dead contest entries page with more than on picture.

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brickzedhunter

Hello Dave a quick question if you didn’t see my set for the contest do i have to give you my email or address so if i win ( hoping to) so you can send me the hazmat guy and zombie mini fig?

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brickzedhunter

sorry if i comment and reply alot i just have alot of ideas and questions.

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Dave

Hah. Yeah, six or seven photos is fine.
Looks like you figured out how to post.
The winner will have to provide an address, but only after being declared the winner and they’ll do it privately (via email) instead of posting on Flickr or here.

Replica

Um…I don’t have any actual zombie heads but if I find a way around that I may actually enter. You say the sky’s the limit so it seems I may actually have to think hard but for once I would have needed to do that anyway. Ok, now I’m rambling.

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ZombieMutts

” I may actually have to think hard but for once”

🙂

“. Ok, now I’m rambling.”

Nonsense. Please see my posting history for rambling.

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Dave

You know, at some point I’d love to do a contest where the winner was declared by popular vote. I don’t know if the community is quite big enough for that yet.

Calicade

Oh I don’t own legos that complete anything any more. Saddly..

Dave

If you don’t think three photos can capture the creation, let us know. I’d be okay with modifying that rule.

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tyzan8

YAY MY CHANCE TO GET A HASMAT!!!!freaking camera get here soon i gotta enter a contest.
😀

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tyzan8

well best get to the blueprints thanks bye!(also gonna spread the word on youtube)(somehow…)

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ZombieMutts

tyzan8….actually you’re the one to thank for this contest. You made a comment a month ago how bad you wanted the hazmat guy so I approached Dave willing to donate some extra stuff I had for a contest,

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tyzan8

oh thank you VERY MUCH! 😀 do you have a donate page i would like to pay you for this!(jk low on cash i would if could sorry)

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zombiemutts

“do you have a donate page i would like to pay you for this!(jk low on cash i would if could sorry)”

Well thank you for the thought but its totally unneeded. This is entire site is the hard work of Dave and this is a small expenditure on my part to add to it. I just enjoy seeing people be creative. Its only 4 frames a week and some text but trust me, the amount of work that goes into this is staggering on his part which is what made me stop in my tracks and stick around here.

brickzedhunter

i cant wait until my mom hands over the camera i just got done building this morning. i want that hazmat guy so much.

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brickzedhunter

Yes i finished my set for the contest. its on flikr, but do i have to post it on the bricks of the dead contest page? please answer back.

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brickzedhunter

i posted my entry on the bricks of the dead contest page on Flickr i hope i do good.

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tyzan8

i just hope this si’nt like every lego contest i’ve ever been in where the winner is a pro builder who built a city with zombies all over and thousands of brickarms guns ad HD photos.that’s why i only enter AMATUER contests nowthis is amatuer right guys?

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Dave

Open to everyone. There are a lot of great builders out there, but that’s what pushes you to do better.

As far as photography goes, take your time and do as good a job as possible there. You don’t need to be a pro, but good photos will show off your work a lot better than poor photos.

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ZombieMutts

Don’t worry about that tyzan…dig deep and be as creative as possible. Imagination exceeds financial expense in my judging.

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brickzedhunter

Mutts pssst… Mutts pssst over here go on the lego zombies flickr group and get people to enter pssst.

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Dave

You sure do.

And tell your friends. We need more entries (you don’t want to make our job as judges too easy, do you?).

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brickzedhunter

I WAS THE FIRST ENTRY WE NEED MORE OR IT WILL BE TO EASY DONT MAKE MME BE THE ONLY ENTRY.

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brickzedhunter

Ok Dave ZombieMutts in one of my pictures in the truck on fire there is a guy stuck in the back looking out the cage but one of the doors are open and a zombie is crawling through hence the legs i got that from a dream i had about bricks of the dead . i would be scared.

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brickzedhunter

Well yes in a way im thinking o digitally designed movie of bricks of the dead like the movie clutch powers ( a digital movie LEGO made)

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A Monkey

I’m sorry to say that I won’t be participating – my original idea didn’t turn out good, and I’m either going to scrap it or change it to something else.

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tyzan8

i have it planned out and i’m almost done with minifigs.my plan:in a small town the apocalypse starts.yeah i’m to an on the brink kind of thing but think it’s cool.it has s creative swat team not all have guns i am blaming the low city budget for they’re town.and there’s a cameo in it.workig on building designs.46% done right now.

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brickzedhunter

i did my entry on the pizza parlor i remade with an alley on the side with murphy and dave and one of my minifigs and people in the pizza parlor fighting off zombies. Check out my Flikr page.

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tyzan8

problem is i’m also working on a moc for the contest at http://www.legosuperheroes.com but i have till october so i ptu that to the side.oh and the cameo is you dave you ahve a cool jacket and awesoem jeans see if you ca spot it inside(when i get done).

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tyzan8

another problem it won’t let me sign up for flickr can you maybe substitute with maybe…mocpages?or photobucket?bottom line does it ahev to be on flickr?becuas i can’t sign up for it.i think i’ll try it on mocpages.mocpages has a good layout.just saying.

Dave

Why won’t it let you sign up for Flickr?

I’m not a fan of Mocpages. It seems like the site is slow and a bit of a pain to navigate. If you can’t get on Flickr we’ll work something out. I did like time around with Colonel Bracket.

tyzan8

it says that i need my parents to sgn in even when i ti\ried to sign my mom up.what’s colonel bracket?

Dave

Colonel Bracket was one of the winners of the last contest. He couldn’t get signed up to Flickr either, so he emailed in his photos.

brickzedhunter

well in mine you had a brown leather jacket and a chainsaw and explosive. i wanted my seen to look modern and badass

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the dude person

I’d like to believe it was a craze started by Zombie Outbrick; so far, Dave’s had 2 cameos in separate episodes.

Nah, I’m not prideful nor deluded enough to actually think that. You’re right Dave, it is because you’re awesome.

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Dave

It helps that my face shows up in a hell of a lot of sets, although not as many as Doyle from Brick House. I probably have twenty Doyles.

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someguy

man, if only I could make a Dave AND Doyle zombie for my entry in the next contest…
…oh wait, photo manipulation allowed…Okay, scratch that. Using Photoshop zombie!Dave and Zombie!doyle will make cameos! You’re both the most awesome webcomic makers I know!

the dude person

My entry may be done in the next day or two.

I’m not terribly pleased with how it’s turning out, and so far I’ve used up all my pieces of several different types and colors. Not to mention, it’s made a mess of the floor in my bedroom…

But I hope you like it when I’m done, Dave! I think that it’s technically the biggest MOC I’ve ever done so far. and there are a lot of “firsts” in it for me.

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Dave

Can’t wait to see it. Don’t worry, I’m never totally satisfied with anything either.

tyzan8

dave i’m sporting out peices for my moc and i had an idea how about the runners up get a featured post in the blog?even if you lose you get recognized.

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brickzedhunter

This my first contest i wanted to be in the movie or video game platform thing but i found out i had to be 13 and i had a great idea. I’m glad I’m in this one though.

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legomiles

I have no chance at winning this. All I have is a zombie-related model featuring a motorway and garage complete with zombies and a roadcrew armed with nailguns and the like. It sounds cool I suppose, but it needs work.
But that custom zombie minifigure and the hazmat minifigure are getting rarer. So I think it’s worth investing the time and love into making it even better and giving it a first shot. I currently am building a big tiered city similar to Bretticeman07’s (see his youtube channel) and I will fill it with zombie figures. But right at the moment I cannot buy anything because I will be visiting New York soon which I have to save up for. So right now I must make do with what I have. Wish me luck and good luck to everyone else in the contest. 😀

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Dave

The only way you have no chance is if you don’t enter.

Sign up for a Flickr account. They’re free!

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Madame Lecter

Ooh I am SO going to try and enter! I have no idea what to build tho…hmmm. I really want that zombie because then I shall have an official zombie and not just the pirates of the caribbean zombies…

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CallMePieOrDie

Speaking of which, could we have more pics of the custom? Or is it a surprise, like zombies themselves?

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CallMePieOrDie

Aw god, that looks fantastic. It’ll go right next to my Brickarms zombie head.

someguy

Aw, nuts…I just made a cool creation but it’s not eligable since it isn’t online yet and even then would be too late. T_T Oh well, I guess the Newscorp fortress van will have to wait until next time!

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someguy

Oh, my mistake. Ignore my entire comments prior to this. I’d misread it. Damn my tiredness. I thought it said “must be online prior”, I didn’t realise it was “Must NOT be prior”, OKAY, I’m gonna get those wheels attached and the ort will be ready!

someguy

Done! I’ve added the photos of my entry! I’ve given each photo a different name that matches what their shot is of the thing, but the entry itself is called, and this is it’s final name; the Brick News Survival Van! The news people and a couple of other survivors combined their news van with a rubbish lorry (Garbage Truck to anyone who doesn’t know) to make a fortress they can hide and move in.

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Dave

However many photos you need to adequately show off the creation.

Checked out your creation. Definitely not bad. Some of your photos are out of focus though. You might want to re-take a few. Remember, presentation counts.

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legomiles

Well, I can’t really do that because I had to take it apart in order to build the big layered city in my Lego Shed (Yes thats right, I have filled a standard-sized garden shed with Lego) I would be happy to take a few shots of it. It’s not zombie related, but you can definitely see it’s just the right place for a zombie outbreak. But I might just be able to tag the blurry photos so you can see what is going on.

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legomiles

And I added some extras with a nice pic of the Ford Anglia which I hope can make up for the blurry ones.

legomiles

Will taking photos of my new and improved city add to the ‘like factor’ of my model? Its not zombie related, but that’s only because I’ve got hardly any zombie figs.

zombiemutts

” I’ve got hardly any zombie figs.”

You can hide that fact by showing figs/zombies attacking from behind! Some of the best MOCS I have ever seen don’t have a single true zombie yet are still represented somehow. Dig Deep creatively!

legomiles

Thanks for the the advice, but the trouble is I have already submitted my entry and moved it away to my new city. You could say I have added more to it. Does this still count or will it just be classed as a new entry?

zombiemutts

” Does this still count or will it just be classed as a new entry?”

Why don’t you just remove your earlier entry and resubmit? As far as I am concerned people can do that 100 times a day until the deadline. I am not even looking at entries too close yet so if everyone who has submitted an entry took it down and resubmitted I wouldn’t even notice. In fact I would encourage everyone to re-submit if they feel like they can do better. Have fun with it.

legomiles

Yes, but the scene is all intact, I just need to take some more photos of it in a new place, with added scenes. Does that still count?

zombiemutts

Absolutely altho I encourage you to delete your old photos from the group. It will increase your odds of standing out to the judges, which is what you want.

zombiemutts

Well….look at it this way…

Lets say you have 4 images of the same set with minor variations but the 4th set is the one you’re most proud of…IMO its best for the judges is such a competition to solely focus on that one image.

Maybe Dave and Nikolai will look at it different than me tho.

In the end, all that matters is you can still add images. So go for it!

legomiles

I followed your advice and made more entries of the zombies in my new city using regular minifigs as the zombies. I and pleased with the result and can’t wait to hear what you, Dave and Nikolai think of it!

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Nikolai

Hey Daaaaave! I think I know some words you’d like to hear! Ya wanna hear ’em? 😉

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Nikolai

How do you like the sound of “Runner-Up Prizes” Eh? Donated by yours truly, Nikolai.

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Nikolai

Well, since a while ago I bought a surplus of Hazmat Guys and I really have no use for all of them, one Hazmat Guy would be the prize. Normal face, helm, nozzle, everything.

Dave

Very generous, Nikolai. Hopefully we continue to get quality entries so you have a hard time picking the runner up 🙂

legomiles

Now there are runner up prizeson the line, I’m shooting for the moon-even if I miss, I’ll land among the stars.

Nikolai

😀 Keep in mind I’ll be on vacation on the 16th so I might not pick the runner up until I wake up and have yummy Disney foods.

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Nikolai

I’m not even sure if I’ll be able to ship them from Disney, and I’m staying for two weeks! D: I’ll try to fight my way to the post office.

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Dave

I’m sure the winner will understand if they have to wait a week or so for their prize.

zombiemutts

Alright folks…due to Nikolai’s awesomeness I am going to up the ante as well. I am going to throw in a nice custom made weapon I bought. I’ll give the grand prize winner a few choices and the can pick ONE

ONE choice between a shotgun, sniper rifle, M4 Carbine and a few others…I’ll work it out with the winner.

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Nikolai

DAVE! You gotta go to Flickr and check out the new Brickarms prototypes!! You should really ask Will Chapman if he could send you one or two as prizes!!

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Dave

Very cool. I’m glad to see more civilian-looking shotguns. Can’t wait for these to come out.

Nikolai

You might have a few generations to wait. The Retro Raygun was prototypes in 2009 and was just released.

tyzan8

dave i have an idea you cab sign into my account and get the pics from there probably only using it for this gonna change pass after you’re done.name is REDACTED
i don’t need it much i will change after sunday bye!

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tyzan8

i changed pass yeah but i don’t need it and i trust you guys(sort of)!and i only need it for that moc plus i can’t email stuppid computer!i’m not gonna use it anymore i’ll use mocpages for other creations a silent reader can take it now i don’t care.

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legomiles

Okay, my entries are up! I took more photos of the zombie city and now I’m off to London for a week. Hope you like my entries!

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legomiles

Five more days… I’m scared now
And Dave may remember my comment about my problem with nervousness. I said ‘if I was in a building and there were zombies outside, or coming up the stairs, I would be very, very scared.’ But comparing an actual zombie outbreak to a little contest iis a very big comparison to make – but for me, this contest could be a real building-confidence builder.

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CallMePieOrDie

Had to change my model ‘cuz of…well, definetely not a lack of bricks, just couldn’t think of a real idea for it. This one’s smaller, but much better in my mine. Now I’ve got to finish it…

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zombiemutts

Alright folks…clock is winding down. I am sure Dave will be advertising it a bit more so I am hoping we get some more entries this week.

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IStoleYurCar

Awww I’m sad 🙁 I don’t know if the bricks for my project are going to be here in time for the contest!
(Btw hi guys I’m new here!)

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Dave

Welcome!

You can always try something smaller. I’ve featured stuff that’s no more than a minifig or two out in the dirt. You don’t need a giant collection to win this contest.

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IStoleYurCar

Thanks!
Oh it’s really not that big. Just ask Zombiemutts, he has seen the plans for it and is one of my weapon suppliers. (Thanks again zombiemutts!)

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zombiemutts

Hey man…package was mailed today. Well…from Dallas to your city..maybe it will be in time. I through in an extra gun for you btw. Enjoy.

zombiemutts

Oh and this will be your first ever MOC am I correct? If so this will be an inpressive grand opening of a hobby with what I have seen fromt the BrickLink forums.

This dude has mastered the LEGO design software rather fast it seems.

IStoleYurCar

Yea, if worst comes to worst I’ll post the digital pictures the day before the contest ends. And mastered the design? If you wan’t to think that go ahead 😀 haha

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Tyzan8

Dude where’s my car?and why did you steal it?JUST KIDDING!!!!yeah LDD is frickin hard to use!!!!I nly use pick-a-brick now….mainly becuase it took me 3 hours to figure out how to place a brick on a brick…

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IStoleYurCar

Hey Dave just out of curiosity, ever thought of putting a general forums on the site?

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Dave

I’ve thought about it. Looking at a few different forums that would integrate with the site but haven’t found anything I’ve liked yet.

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IStoleYurCar

Well if you find one you like you should use it! It would be a great addition to an already amazing site! 😀

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Dave

Just gotta find one I like first 🙂

And thank you for the compliment. I’m really glad people enjoy Bricks of the Dead so much. It’s extremely flattering.

the dude person

I dunno about a BotD forums… I kind of like the close-knit community feel of everyone in one place, posting in the comments section on each episode.

I feel that a forum would make things more impersonal… And personally, I’m not sure BotD is ready for a forum yet anyway. I can’t think of a lot of topics to fill said forum with, you see… So I’m not sure one is necessary yet.

I’ll definitely be a regular at a BotD forum, if ever there is one… It’s just that I kind of like things the way they are now. 😉

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Dave

BotD being “ready” for a forum is my primary concern as well. Once upon a time I setup a forum on another website I do. I put hours upon hours into trying to build it and never got more than a handful of regular users.

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zombiemutts

The more I think on it the more I am against a forum. I do know of a few busy blogs where a forum killed it. I agree with Dave’s caution now.

Part of the problem with forums is you get cliquey. Also post counts and join dates somehow oddly form some sort of status which makes the cliques worse. If a forum ever does happen maybe there should be no record of post counts. Nobody should ever have any sort of status on a forum…it should be fun for all and none of that idiotic arguing. Just folks chatting about a hobby while killing time.

Dave if you ever do a forum maybe a better idea for starters would be a non-static general comment area that is linked to every post. One that purges the 20th older topic….or any thread that hits “page 4” or whatever. For example…kinda sorts what Bricklink does but with some tweaks.

Dave

Good points there, especially about the status that comes from post counts. I hate reading filler posts where people are trying to get the next highest rank avatar, or what-have-you.

What I was hoping to find was something that would combine both the forum posts and comments, but that seems difficult to do without having hundred and hundreds of topics in the forum. I dunno.

the dude person

Wow, I just took a peek at the other contest entries on Flickr, to see what I’m competing with…

And it looks like I’ve lost already!

There are some truly amazing creations up so far, especially the “Dawn of the Dead”-themed one by Yatkuu (sp?). I love MOC’s that use very creative lighting, combined with great building, to create not only a model, but a real scene.

Legomiles’s zombie city is fantastically huge, as well. There are some very nice details going on in there! (I like the guy getting run over by the train, with a trail of blood behind him, among other things.)

I have no idea how I’ll stand up to some of these amazing MOC’s, but I’ll just have to try anyway.

I applaud everyone who’s entered so far! Well done, guys. Hopefully my entry will be ready soon…

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IStoleYurCar

UGH! I’m so close to being done! Just one more shipment of very important parts!
*Glares at zombiemutts*

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the dude person

So… let me get this straight….

You bought things from zombiemutts… so that you could use them in a MOC for a contest… to win more stuff from zombiemutts…

Very interesting plan you have there. Good luck! 😉

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IStoleYurCar

Well actually I found out about this contest AFTER I ordered the parts. 😉 It’s just guns, hopefully it won’t effect the results. And you are the one who writes the other zombie comic right? I can’t remember the name at the moment… (Sorry! :P) I kinda stole how you do blood splatter… 😉

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the dude person

Ah, I see. That makes more sense.

And yes, I write *ahem* Zombie Outbrick. 😉

As for the blood splatter, you mean with the trans-red studs? That’s fine! I’d be very proud to know that my comic helped spawn more LEGO zombie carnage. 🙂

zombiemutts

Its genius marketing isn’t it? I am salesman of the decade! Actually I am terrible…I gave him an extra gun for free and I think I actually lost money when all was said and done. lol….who cares…I had too many guns anyway.

I pointed him to this blog from BrickLink….figured he would enjoy it like the rest of us.

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IStoleYurCar

And thank you for pointing me this way! Also it did, it should arrive today. I’ll post the pictures of it on BL. Then I have to go make a flickr just for this 😛

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the dude person

Dave, I’ve got a question for you regarding my MOC.

I have some lighting ideas that I’d like to use, but they wouldn’t necessarily beautify all the details I put into this thing.

Is it ok if I submit pictures with 2 different lighting setups, in order to show off all the details? Or would that be like 2 entries, since the lighting (in this case) is a crucial component of the entry?

I’m torn between two options, it would really help if I didn’t have to choose between them.

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Dave

I don’t have a problem with two different images showing two lighting techniques. Could be an interesting study in contrast. However, if one does look noticeably better, it would probably be prudent to just go with that.

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IStoleYurCar

YES!!! The shipment came today! 😀 I have the pictures taken and everything! Just need to post them… BTW, I took 9 pictures, is that too many? 😛

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Tyzan8

I’m screwed i looked at some of the entries and they’re amazing!good job guys!

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IStoleYurCar

My personal favorites out of mine are probably… “Almost There!”, “Is it dead?”, or “They have broken the defenses…”

Good luck everyone!!!

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the dude person

Oh goodness… My entry is taking much longer than I thought it would to complete.

I just have a few things left to finish up on, then I need to actually take the pictures… But time is running out! I may have to make some tough decisions on the final details… And with some of the other entries being so fantastically awesome, every detail counts!

(Not to mention, I don’t even know how to work Flickr properly yet… 😉 )

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legomiles

Contest’s ending soon, and the entries are looking great so far! I especially like retrogarde’s and Electrical Eagle’s entries.

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legomiles

That’s why I kept up loading mine…like a recording artist. Bringing out great new things, and finding out what people think of them so they can improve the next batch.The great thing-they’re all the same entry, just more new ideas and more zombies in a new location.

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the dude person

Argh, I’m really cutting it close… But I’m still not done with my entry yet.

I hope I finish in time! At least it seems to be turning out better than I had thought it would…

If all goes well, I should have the pictures up tonight.

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the dude person

Wow, only two hours to go… At least I finally finished taking all my pictures!

…All 43 of them. 🙁 (not including bad ones.)

I’ll have to try to slim that number down a bit….

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Dave

Hah, you take photos like I do. More is more!

Of course I usually end up using maybe one in four. Sometimes less than that.

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the dude person

Yeah! All that “less is more” nonsense really doesn’t apply to photography, I think.

I usually cut out a lot of shots when I’m taking a bunch of pictures, too. I was able to cut down on my pictures, removing shots that conveyed essentially the same thing… so nowI’ve boiled it down to 18. (That’s still more than anyone else has posted for one entry, is it not?)

I’m just about to start uploading the 18, they should be up (hopefully) within the hour! (I still have to write descriptions for them, and such.)

I hope you find my entry to your liking! 😉

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the dude person

Thanks for pointing that out zombiemutts, and thanks for changing it, Dave! 😉

Almost done with descriptions/titles… Should be up soon.

the dude person

Hold on a sec, I logged out of Flickr, and now I can’t see my own pictures in the BotD contest group! I could have sworn they were in there before…

Can you see them in there, Dave? I don’t know what I did wrong…

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the dude person

Thank God! I was very worried for a second. (While logged out, I also could not find myself using the search function, even though I typed my name in exactly… I almost thought I’d deleted my Flickr account somehow!)

That’s very strange that I couldn’t see them when I was logged out… Oh well, maybe they’ll show up publicly in a few minutes.

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the dude person

ACTUALLY, as it turns out, I figured out what the problem is. I looked through Flickr FAQ/Help, and found this:

If your account is new, first you need to upload at least 5 public photos. After that minimum has been reached, then it shouldn’t take more than a few days until your photos appear in searches, groups, etc.

So since I haven’t uploaded more than 5 photos before today, it “shouldn’t take more than a few days” until people can actually see my pictures in the group. 🙁

That seems so unfair…

Dave

That makes sense. Probably an unfortunate necessity to stave of spamming.

Don’t worry though, the judges can see them.

the dude person

It is a rather unfortunate necessity, especially when you’ve entered a contest that then ended, and was hoping that other people might see your entry…

Oh well, I suppose if the judges can see it, that’s what really matters!

Maybe someday they’ll be visible to other people, too. 😉

Dave

This is going to be a tough one to judge. We got a lot of really great entries.

On the plus side, I wont have to search very much for my next few Featured Creations.

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Dave

Some awesome photography, several with really cool lighting techniques, lots of nice builds, some great custom works… the list goes on.

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zombiemutts

I can honestly say I don’t have a winner yet by any means. Dave when will we announce the winners because I need time to think about this?

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Dave

I’m hoping to announce the winner this Friday and use the MOC as the featured creation of the week.

Does that sound okay to everyone?

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zombiemutts

Thats a good idea. Very cool.

You guys have seriously blown me away. There is a lot of incredibly creative people who read this site.

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the dude person

Sounds good to me, too.

And yes, yes there are. I’m betting that it’s because creative people seek out similarly creative people, and that’s how some readers found BotD in the first place. (That’s what happened with me, anyway.)

legomiles

Well, I just opened up the account to see that I was in the top 5 whatsits or something and I was happy because I thought I was in the top 5 running selection for winning, hand picked by the judges. Then I noticed that it was the ‘top 5 contributors’ meaning I had put the most photos in. This does not guaruntee a sure win. I’m scared now. Like ZombieMutts said, this is a rare prize to be giving away so it is well worth entering. Hope people liked my creative comment ‘I’m shooting for the moon-even if I miss, I’ll land among the stars.’

Dave

And even if you don’t win, you’ve created a hell of a zombie-themed MOC. That’s worth doing!

zombiemutts

And don’t forget Nikolai will be giving out the second place prize altho there will be a delay as the fellow is on vacation.

Violinja

Blast, I’ve finished my entry and taken pictures, but can’t find the confusticated mini-usb cable.

Hopefully I can find one before the deadline. Funny how I was the first in the last contest and will probably be last in this one.

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the dude person

Colonel Bracket, is that you? Haven’t seen you in a while!

I hate to break this to you… but the deadline was today at noon (Eastern Time.)

I’m not sure which timezone you’re in, but if you refer to the timestamp on your comment, you’ll see that it was already 2:48 PM Eastern Time.

The contest is over, sorry man. 🙁

What do you say, Dave? Are you willing to take a late entry from Violinja?

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Dave

Yeah, we’ll make an exception for [:]. Sounds like the MOC and photos were done anyway.

the dude person

I took a look at it already, it looks great! Nice job, I love the minimalist approach you took.

I left you a few comments on Flickr, as well.

the dude person

Hah, like I said, my bet is that it’ll eventually come down to eeny-meany-miny-moe!

Perhaps instead of simply trying to decide which one is best, you could rate each creation in a few different categories (like creativity, build quality, presentation, etc.) and see which get the best scores overall. (If you’re not doing something similar already.) Just a thought.

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zombiemutts

“Perhaps instead of simply trying to decide which one is best, you could rate each creation in a few different categories ”

If I had that many hazmats and custom zeds that wouldn’t be a bad idea : )

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Dave

The way I’ve done judging is to have the judges rank their top three, and then compare lists and see where we have commonality. For the last contest the judges were unanimous in one category and had a clear commonality in the other.

This time around we’ll have to wait and see, but if there isn’t any consensus then ranking based on a variety of categories seems like a good way to choose the overall winner.

the dude person

I think you might’ve misunderstood me, zombiemutts.

I meant that you would rate each creation in different categories, then select one overall winner based on which creation scores the highest number of points, or gets the best overall rating, etc.

There’d still be one winner for the entire contest, it’s just that the judging would be broken down into simpler components to make judging easier.

the dude person

Hey, it looks to me like there was a new entry, far past the deadline.

It could’ve shown up any time in the last 2-3 hours, but was definitely not there before that.

The entry is from “bricksforlife.” Is this sanctioned? Or does it not count?

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Violinja

Man, all this suspense, and It’s only been one day! I’m pretty sure I know who the winner is, though.

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Dave

Who’s to say we’ve even reached a consensuses?

Besides, I really like the idea of Zombie Creation of the Week: Big Damn Announcement

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Violinja

I don’t want to say who I think who will win yet, it might interfere with the Judge’s decisions.

Dave

We actually just reached a decision. Speculate your asses off, it won’t affect the winner!

IStoleYurCar

Ooooo! The suspense! In my personal opinion, my picks would be: Experiments by Yatkuu, or On the Other Side… by zombie outbrick. Just my input 😀

the dude person

Ooh, I can’t wait to see who won!

I think Yatkuu’s entry is definitely one of the best. It has that streamlined look to it, not to mention the amazing lighting. I wouldn’t be surprised if he won.

I’m glad you like mine though, automobile hijacker! 🙂

Violinja

Yeah, I think Yatkuu’s the winner.
I think the one’s that will be on the blog are The Dude Person’s, Retrogarde’s, Maybe Legomile’s, and maybe even mine.

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the dude person

Well, I think Dave said he’d put any entries that he liked into the blog (right, Dave?)

If that is the case, I’m sure you’ll be in the blog. I think your vig is much cooler than the most recent creation Dave featured, anyway. (It’s the “She Awakens” one, it’s interesting but it’s just a minifig with brick-built legs.)

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Dave

Yeah, I’ll be blogging a couple of the entries I like in the coming weeks.

She Awakens is probably the most divisive creation I’ve ever featured, which I think is pretty cool.

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Dave

I should, but I haven’t had the chance. If you’ve got some thoughts then put them together and we’ll get it posted!

Digihuman / Someguy

I’m actually questioning why I entered the contest. I think it was because in the beginning it didn’t look like there was much competition. my speculation for who won isZombie Outbrick or Yatkuu. I know I’m nowhere near as good as those guys. Still, I might be one of the merit guys, but that’s just hope speaking. Actually, I think I’ll not bother with the next one – my research lab isn’t as cool as past ones I’ve seen.

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Dave

Think about it this way: those awesome creations are going to push you to create something bigger and badder next time around. It’s certainly intimidating (I know if was for me when I launched this comic; just look at the fantastic competition I have), but if you don’t push yourself and keep trying you can’t improve.

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the dude person

Very true, Dave.

In fact, one of the reasons my entry turned out the way it did, is because I saw some other really cool creations in the contest (like Yatkuu’s) and tried to step up my game.

Who knows? Maybe if you improve, or if some of the “best” MOC builders who participated in this contest might not even enter the next one… Perhaps you could win!

As they say, the only way you’re guaranteed to lose, is if you give up.
(By the way, I thought your garbage truck/news van/superfortress on wheels was a very creative idea, and I thought it looked pretty cool, too!)

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Digihuman / Someguy

thanks for the encouragement. Though usually my problem is I run out of bricks when I near the end of my model. My lab, for example, has no roof…though I guess witht the right lighting it could be a lab in disrepair from BEFORE the invasion.

zombiemutts

Just don’t forget these things take a lot of time and practice. When I approached Dave about wanting to sponsor the contest I believe I said something like “It would be fun to encourage people to try to be creative instead of just enjoying others peoples creativity” so the idea was to get a mix of first time MOC’s along with the people who have this as a hobby. Definitely a community project.

Please keep sitting down and keep working on it if you have interest in it. Just have fun and don’t build trying to make something perfect.

the dude person

Hah, Someguy, let me tell you: I’ve got the same exact problem.

Between the set/background for my comic, and the white building in my contest entry, I have absolutely NO white bricks left! I used every last one of them, and I only built the front of a building.

If you took shots from inside your lab (at minifig eye-level) you could certainly get away with having no roof.

Remember, there are entries like Violinja’s/Colonel Bracket’s, that are only a small vignette that uses a relatively small amount of pieces. But because of the building techniques he employed, and the details he packed into it, it turned out to be pretty awesome in my opinion!

Part of vignette building is taking a small amount of pieces, and building them into something with a lot of interesting detail in a small space. Vigs can be just as cool as larger MOCs, sometimes even cooler.

So don’t let the pieces you don’t have limit your building, let the pieces you DO have encourage it.

I agree with zombiemutts, if you stress out trying to make something perfect, it defeats the purpose of MOC building, because then it’s not fun anymore.

Yatkuu

You guys sure know how to build a suspense… hehe, so Friday it is.
Whoever the winner might be I just wanted to say that this contest was really fun to take part in. I was also both surprised and flattered by some of the comments posted here by people who consider my entry as a potential winner, I’m new to this blog and it’s a great welcome.

Digihuman / Someguy – we all have brick availability limits, but to me that’s part of the fun and that is what is stimulating the creativity. That being said, here is a trick that perhaps could help you. I have posted a picture of the full setup of my MOC on BS (http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=5139838). You will notice that this build is actually quite small and that’s because I only built what was going to be visible on the final picture. If you design your MOCs keeping in mind the picture angle(s) you want to shoot you will realize that you do not always necessarily need to build 4 walls and a full ceiling each time (the setups of Dave are a great example of this). Worst case scenario, if you are really short on bricks you can also re-use portions of your MOC on several shots by moving them around where you need them to be.

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Dave

Thanks Yatkuu!

That’s a really good behind the scenes photo. It really demonstrates how much good framing can create the illusion of size. This is a small build, but it sure doesn’t look that way.

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the dude person

I too, am blown away by the smallness of it. Great job making it look much bigger than it is!

I run my own LEGO zombie webcomic, called Zombie Outbrick, and I only have so many white pieces to use as walls. I usually have to rearrange my wall segments between every shot!

Sometimes, I even have to take 2 shots of a scene with the segments in different places, then combine them to get the amount of wallspace I need.

the dude person

Yes zombiemutts, yes I do. I just haven’t gotten anything from there yet. I’m sort of trying to amass a list of parts I need, so I can try to get them all at once. (I could probably save on shipping that way, anyway.)

zombiemutts

“I’m sort of trying to amass a list of parts I need, so I can try to get them all at once”

I hear ya. I need to seriously spend some time with organizing and get a better idea what I have and need. I also need to find some more containers to use to store my parts. The pull out drawers that people use are great and I have a nice large one but its hard to know exactly what’s in it. I have recently come to realize that glass jars from pickles or whatever are perfect, and free. Stackable clear boxes are great too.

Dave

The thing about storage and organization is that it always needs to be upgraded, which gets costly. I need to buy another set of drawers, or start looking at stackable boxes to get a handle on my 1xYs.

zombiemutts

Yup I am quickly realizing how expensize that gets so that why I decided to start reusing jars from the fridge. They are perfect for 1xy’s and give you the perfect view of the contents so you are’t spending so long sifting. And its free of course.

the dude person

Hah, I have just 3 large transparent drawers, in which I put (washed of course) takeout food containers with clear lids. The containers have 3 compartments, and I usually just sort everything by color. Some colors take up 2 or 3 compartments in a container.

Other than that, I have 2 or 3 semi-large boxes with a bunch of jumbled pieces I have yet to sort. I often have to excavate through them for useful parts!

My organizational system could definitely use some work, especially if I end up getting a ton more pieces from bricklink.

zombiemutts

Also Yatkuu…since you’re new to this site I am curious how you found out about the contest.

Sorry about all the questions. This site is obviously full of curious hobbyist types.

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Yatkuu

I use a small Sony compact (http://www.amazon.com/Sony-Cyber-Shot-DSC-W530-Vario-Tessar-Wide-Angle/dp/B004H8FNNA) and I leave all the setup on automatic (I just switch off the flash).
It’s a good cheap camera, the Macro is enabled automatically so you don’t need to worry about it and it has a wide angle and that’s also great for close-ups.
In what concern the lighting of that scene, I have used a regular flashlight through the transparent ceiling on the zombie side and the led flash of my cell phone on the “scientist” side (to be honest the differentiated lighting effect is really just a fortunate accident…)

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Violinja

Agreed. I’m more amazed at the incredible lighting than most of the other things in that MOC. Of course, the rest is brilliant, but the lighting is what really did it for me.

Yatkuu

I found out about this specific contest via Eurobricks but I had heard of this site before as I have a friend who once won a contest here (Pixel Fox who did the movie poster adaptation challenge).
Now that I have been trough the 145 (!!) episodes of the comic I can say that I’m officially addicted and also amazed to see how far you have been pushing “the theory” behind the Zombie clichés and detailed articles… I enjoy zombie stories and know the basics but you guys must have a PHD in Zombiology!

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Retrogarde

I’ve been following this discussion for a while now, but seeing Yatkuu’s behind the scenes photo blew my mind. I hadn’t really considered lighting options until I saw his entry, and then I knew I’d need to step up my game if I was going to have a shot at this. So out came every light source I could think of (scrapped options included a black light and a mercury light) until I’d found some options that worked. My sewer shot is lit with a red gelled flashlight for behind the grate, and a three colored jack-o-lantern light for the foreground to highlight both the figures and the wall detail. I wish I could have come up with equally engaging lighting for the street scene, but I didn’t want to lose the details on the zombies. Maybe next time…

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brickyman

Damn! i’ve only just seen that competition!

i don’t have flickr or know much about it, how do I post on it?

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Dave

Well the contest is over, but you can still post in the group if you want. You’d need to sign up for Flickr, then join the group.

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