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-Mainman- 11:03pm, 31 May 2008
Head's up, boys and girls! The time has come...


Armageddon has gripped the world. Civilization has crumbled. Few humans survive. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to show in Lego form how a survivor or group of survivors has begun to piece together a new life from the ashes of catastrophe. They evaded extinction, now they must use their human ingenuity to build those things needed to keep themselves alive. Are your minifigs cobbling together a makeshift bomb shelter in a now-desolate world? Assembling lighting fixtures to farm in underground tunnels? Setting up defensive emplacements against the inevitable zombie onslaught? You decide!

Categories:
Entries will be split into two categories: Small and Large. Small entries should fit within an approximate 16x16-stud area (extremity aspects such as tree branches, antennas, etc. can extend beyond, just keep it reasonable). Large entries, of course, are those which exceed this size.

Rules:
- Entries should depict your survivors actively building/creating something important to their continued survival.
- New MOCs only. We want to see stuff that hasn't been posted on the internet before.
- No modded or clone bricks. Custom stickers as well as widely recognized custom elements such as Brickarms and Brickforge are acceptable, but should not be the primary focus of the build. This is a Lego contest, after all.
- Tag your entry photos with "Picking up the Pieces Apocalego Contest" so we are sure to find them.
- Post a link to your entries in this thread so we are even more sure to find them.
- You may build as many entries as you wish. Keep in mind, however, that entries are judged on quality, not quantity.
- Contest ends on 31 July, 2008 at midnight Mountain Time. That gives you two full months to build. Wow us!

Judging:
Judging will be conducted by our official panel of apocalypse survivors: Mainman, Mondayn00dle, and Onetruescotty. Entries will be judged on how well they depict the theme, apparent effort put into building, and general "wow" factor.

Loot:
A total of three prizes will be awarded. A Grand Prize will be given to the overall best in show out of all the entries. Following that, prizes will be given for the top Large and Small entry. Each prize consists of a brand new set and a trophy created by your favorite people in the whole post-apocalyptic world – us judges! :D
The Grand Prize winner will have their choice of: 7787 Bat-Tank, 7626 Jungle Cutter, or 7625 River Chase. After that, the larger of the remaining sets will go to the “Large” category winner, and likewise, the smaller to the “Small” category winner, unless otherwise agreed upon by said winners. And you never know. If the entries really blow us away, there may be a little bonus swag.

Now go forth and build!

-Edit-
Please post any questions you may have in the discussion thread
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-=Xeta=- 13 years ago
Yay! Awesome idea.
Otticus 13 years ago
Shweet! Starting tonight! I can't wait to see what people build!
Keith Goldman 13 years ago
Where was this contest about a week ago?
legomocs 13 years ago
I guess its time I try to build some ApocaLego.
-Mainman- 13 years ago
It was patiently waiting just to thwart you, Keith.
ZAND3R 13 years ago
i'm gonna try this
finicky trade [deleted] 13 years ago
Yes! Thanks Justin!
profuse carriage [deleted] 13 years ago
FINALLY YES

in other words, im in.
Scøtty 13 years ago
oooo! I cant wait!
finicky trade [deleted] 13 years ago
I have one question: will larger vignettes (say 12 x 12 studs) be judged negatively? I know 8 x 8 studs is standard.
-Mainman- 13 years ago
I intentionally worded it to try and avoid those problems (i.e. didn't call the category "vignette"). I have no qualms with any size build - it will just be judged against the others in the applicable category.
trenox 13 years ago
Cool. I'm in.
You know, I'm feeling pretty inspired to build something... Epic.
finicky trade [deleted] 13 years ago
Mainman: Thanks for clearing that up, I'll get to work right away!
finicky trade [deleted] 13 years ago
Jayfourke 13 years ago
Oh, interesting... I may endeavour to enter...
Austin__S 13 years ago
I'm in. Better get started soon. Sounds fun.
quick health [deleted] 13 years ago
Will entries without a definite base, like in the style of the Viking Fortress ( www.brickset.com/detail.aspx?Set=7019-1 ) be accepted?
-Mainman- 13 years ago
Yeah, that will be okay. If it's for the "small" category, just make sure the overall footprint fits within the boundaries.
polkergeist 13 years ago
Yes. Goodness graicous yes.
elite vacation [deleted] 13 years ago
This is the entry I made, it is 16X16 studs. Read the disctiption for backstory. www.flickr.com/photos/25338699@N05/2542209119/
quick health [deleted] 13 years ago
Cool. I'm working on a "large" category entry laden with fences, barbed wire and guard towers.
Austin__S 13 years ago
First entry is a small category, 12X12. flickr.com/photos/austin__s/sets/72157605400272273/
dwebb777 13 years ago
that's awsome birdboy!

I think this contest will finally snap me back nto builing again. hooray!
ZAND3R 13 years ago
if that's your entry then i have a lot of work to do inorder for mine to win
admin
That Lego Kid Posted 13 years ago. Edited by That Lego Kid (admin) 13 years ago
Glad to see we got something started. I might have a MOC that could work for this. DOes it have to be a vig or diorama?

PS I'll be removing this from the Contest Ideas thread.
ZAND3R 13 years ago
can we do vehicles?
mondayn00dle Posted 13 years ago. Edited by mondayn00dle (member) 13 years ago
By no means does it have to be a vig or dio, but be sure it still fits the theme, i.e. entries should depict your survivors actively building/creating something important to their continued survival. Of course, the 16x16 small/large criteria still applies.

Also, just a couple of thoughts, some of which Justin has already expressed and none of which are you obligated to follow. ;-)

Take your time - Sometimes it’s a pain, but those extra hours or days you spend tweaking and refining your build can mean the difference between a memorable contest winner and just another neat MOC.

Take quality pictures - It doesn’t matter how great the build is if all anyone can look at is the Hannah Montana poster hanging on your bedroom wall in the background. Clear focus, decent lighting, clean background…that kind of thing. I think all the major Lego forums have a thread on photography techniques. The Classic Space one is here

Think outside the box – The “picking up the pieces” theme has the potential for some awesomely original builds as well as some fairly similar ones. That’s not to say that a commonly used theme can’t be a winner if it’s a high quality effort, but originality and vision can go a long way…

I'm looking forward to seeing what people come up with over the next two months...happy building!
ZAND3R 13 years ago
Cool. I'm going to restart mine because I just had a really cool idea for a better entry.
trenox 13 years ago
Well, I got some W.I.P pictures for you soon :P
finicky trade [deleted] 13 years ago
Err, what does that have to do with this contest?
Kristian.Stenslie Posted 13 years ago. Edited by Kristian.Stenslie (member) 13 years ago
I just deleted it from the thread, I'm going to use it for a larger dio.
stickey Posted 13 years ago. Edited by stickey (member) 13 years ago
ZAND3R Posted 13 years ago. Edited by ZAND3R (member) 13 years ago
i think i'm done, just need to take pics
edit: it's pretty big

birdboy: what the heck are you talkin about?
finicky trade [deleted] 13 years ago
Birdboy had posted a pic of a vehicle earlier.
cheerful books [deleted] 13 years ago
aren't vehicles allowed?
finicky trade [deleted] 13 years ago
Yeah, but his didn't have anything to do with "picking up the pieces." I now realize that it was just a WIP pic.
ZAND3R 13 years ago
oh yeah
-Mainman- 13 years ago
To reiterate what Brian said, some significant part of your entry needs to be under construction. Post-apoc is full of crumbling buildings, but rarely new construction. Your survivors need to create and invent to survive. Show us part of that process. That's not to say crumbling buildings are disallowed - your clan might be living in a bombed out church while they construct a makeshift tank. (So yes, vehicles are certainly welcome.)

Also, I know everyone likes action. Just because your survivors are building doesn't mean there's no action to be had. After all, zombies don't wait for you to finish your fortress.

Remember that, in the end, a significant part of the judging is based on how well the entries fit the theme. Humans are creative creatures, especially when faced with extinction. Show us some of that ingenuity.

Finally, since we're already getting a number of submissions, it's clear that this thread is going to get long quick. From here out, let's reserve it for actual submissions and questions.
sweltering stocking [deleted] 13 years ago
Could we not start a separate thread for submissions?
ZAND3R 13 years ago
mine is a workshop, garage, junkyard, or whatever you want to call it. it's about 32x32, and i'll get around to uploading pix soon
lights 13 years ago
My new favorite quote: "After all, zombies don't wait for you to finish your fortress."
kojman47 Posted 13 years ago. Edited by kojman47 (member) 13 years ago
An entry for the 'Big' category. Zombie Apocalypse: The Dump. It's 20x10 I think.
plain sink [deleted] 13 years ago
mangos-are-awesome Posted 13 years ago. Edited by mangos-are-awesome (member) 13 years ago
kojman47 Posted 13 years ago. Edited by kojman47 (member) 13 years ago
A entry for the small category. It's 12x10 I believe. Holding the Fort. I kinda stole the scientist idea from Birdboy.... Sorry. Whatever.
-Mainman- Posted 13 years ago. Edited by -Mainman- (member) 13 years ago
Okay, based on what entries have come through so far, it appears that some people are still not clear on the first rule in the original announcement: Entries should depict your survivors actively building/creating something important to their continued survival. Note the "ing" (as in building rather than built). Whatever creation your survivors are working on should still be incomplete. That is the theme of the contest, so it should be the focus of the MOC.

This is not to deride those of you who have built, but most of the entries so far have little to do with building/creating. Several entries made a token effort at it, but the “creation” aspect should really be the central focus of the model.

Hate to be a rules nazi, folks, but the contest theme is, after all, there to challenge you. We're not trying to discourage anyone from building; we just don't want to have to disqualify a great MOC because it's missing the 'construction' aspect.

If anyone needs clarification, I just started a discussion/WIP thread. Feel free to discuss your in-progress builds, and post any questions you have there rather than here. That should leave this thread for only finished submissions.
Austin__S 13 years ago
Kristian.Stenslie 13 years ago
zombies2 Stranded. While two men stand guard, a very clever survivor works on a radio, and an older couple pray for a miracle...
lego rayn 13 years ago
kojman47 13 years ago
Small, 14x12. Construction. I made sure that in this one they where actively building/repairing something. I even named it 'Construction.'
ZAND3R 13 years ago
Here it is so far. I apologize for the quality.

www.flickr.com/photos/24702741@N04/sets/72157605471196619/
kojman47 13 years ago
Zander, try using the Macro setting on your camera. It works much better and the pics are hardly blurry.
TimothyRatner 13 years ago
I'm definitely entering this. I'll try and take my time to put advantage to the month I have.
ZAND3R 13 years ago
i'll see about the macro. still taking pics.
squantotron 13 years ago
2 questions:
1 is a dwarf apocolypse ok?
2 is a steam-pocalypse ok?
ill get building right away
kojman47 Posted 13 years ago. Edited by kojman47 (member) 13 years ago
Try asking that in the WIP/Discussion. This is the submissions thread. You don't ask questions here.
TimothyRatner Posted 13 years ago. Edited by TimothyRatner (member) 13 years ago
My entry:
www.flickr.com/photos/26734033@N04/2564172287/in/pool-apo...
Large Category.
I wanted to get this done so I could work on my brickfilm.
Austin__S 13 years ago
Entry 3:https://flickr.com/photos/austin__s/sets/72157605519479668/
Large Category
Kristian.Stenslie 13 years ago
Dude, beautiful SNOT on that.
Austin__S 13 years ago
Thanks, but try and keep it to comments so this thread doesn't get to long.
legomocs Posted 13 years ago. Edited by legomocs (member) 13 years ago
Entry 1. small catagory.
Pic 1
Pic 2
Entry 2. Large catagory.
Pic 1
Pic 2
Pic 3
Sky Cannon 13 years ago
I (amazingly) combine my love for hotrods with this topic

Backstory: After another Nuke War, this Police Garage was used to build these two vehicles running off of Ghetto Motors :P.
The owner of the Dragster wasn't in favor of crowding into a van and trying to drive with the others east to find civilization. He figures they're out west of what remains of the USA.

Large Category: On a 32 by 32 baseplate (I think....)

www.flickr.com/photos/21681576@N03/2571651030/in/photostr...

yay
Brad
nate_daly 13 years ago
Heres my entry. Its 16 by 16 for the small entry category. www.flickr.com/photos/nate_daly/2578041345/
It takes place in a run down train station. Two survivors shore up defenses for the probable zombie attack.
Timothy R Posted 13 years ago. Edited by Timothy R (member) 13 years ago
I got a new account because Yahoo was being stupid(I'm Timothy Ratner) :( www.flickr.com/photos/27708565@N05/2584834363/
For the large category.
blue shade [deleted] 13 years ago
Jayfourke 13 years ago
OK, here's my entry, an under-construction bunker:

Post-Apoc bunker 1 - Overview 1

Check out all the pictures, and comments and constructive criticism is welcomed! :-D
Numbuh23 13 years ago
Well Here Is My Large Entry, 16x32 Baseplate
www.flickr.com/photos/22605661@N08/2592649003/
It Was A Deserted Bunker/Base, Till The Savvy Seven Came And Transformed It Into Some Much More.
kv_draugaer 13 years ago
My entry (large)
link

A couple takes a joyride on a lazy sunday afternoon in their "new" car.
Marin Stipkovic Posted 13 years ago. Edited by Marin Stipkovic (member) 13 years ago
This is my entry. It's in the large category (16x32 studs).
futurepilot316 Posted 13 years ago. Edited by futurepilot316 (member) 13 years ago
ok heres mine

flickr.com/photos/27900143@N06/2601053287/

by the way its a large entry
Smod 13 years ago
Going home.
the war is over and I'm going home.
My entry in the large category.
Kristian.Stenslie 13 years ago
Survival shelter

Click on the photo for the description.
changeable pizzas [deleted] Posted 13 years ago. Edited by changeable pizzas (member) 13 years ago
This is my entry for small categorie (16x16):





The scene tell the story of a survivor try to found anything, especially food, in a abandoned store. But isn't the only fight for his life...

(sorry for my english)

There are the links:

Overview 1
Overview 2
Dramatic Scene 1
Dramatic Scene 2
Details 1
Details 2
Details 3
Details 4
Details 5
Details 6
Details 7

Gallery (when becomes public)

I was working hardly in this project in the last moth. The only thing I wish, is you enjoy watching my work ^^
Kevin Fedde Posted 13 years ago. Edited by Kevin Fedde (member) 13 years ago
Hey, it's my first Post!!!
Here's My first Entry in the large category, 16x32:
Overall set
www.flickr.com/photos/28203032@N02/sets/72157605944311570/
More are coming soon, they are much better.
Kevin Fedde 13 years ago
Here's My second entry, in the small category:
Overall set
www.flickr.com/photos/28203032@N02/sets/72157605959336475/
Another Coming!
Kevin Fedde 13 years ago
And My Third Entry, In the small category, 12x12:
Overall set
www.flickr.com/photos/28203032@N02/sets/72157605955284652/
That Might be it.
delibar Posted 13 years ago. Edited by delibar (member) 13 years ago
My first entry in the large category. built in a 32x32 baseplate.

www.flickr.com/photos/28328728@N08/2636102022/
Waaaghzila 13 years ago
Here's my first entry
www.flickr.com/photos/23405830@N06/2636469221/
www.flickr.com/photos/23405830@N06/2636469227/
its in the small category hope you like it
My entry for the small catagory, it's exactly 16x16 studs.

www.flickr.com/photos/23673573@N05/2660133603/
Kristian.Stenslie 13 years ago
Another entry, for the large category.

www.flickr.com/photos/24699874@N08/2661226260/
Nannan Z. 13 years ago
Here's my entry - Beyond the Sky



I took the contest theme to embody one survivor in his attempt to construct a machine which inadvertently led to a horrible discovery (the story). At the same time, this creation was a struggle for me to pick up the pieces (if you have noticed my premier hypocritical use of old gray with bley). This is because I do not have access to my building bricks over the summer and I'm stuck with my old collection of old colors back at home. The base was part of an existing MOC called Cyclopean Horror. So I recycled and saved the world.

-Nannan
Joris Blok 13 years ago
This is my entry for 'Picking up the pieces' named Planet Hell

DSC07195

More information at ://www.flickr.com/photos/28043365@N06/
Music at httphttp://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/64367
Gilgamesh1988 13 years ago
Here is my entry for the Picking Up The Pieces Contest.

Kopie van DSC0057622

Oblivion has struck the world. Dr. Evil has destroyed the world and most important of all, Willy's precious post office. Willy is sick and tired of all the attacks, and decides to start an underground rebel group, known as the ApocaRebels. In this particular example, 2 of these brave men (and women) are building a giant laser cannon on the surface to destroy enemy air crafts.

Link to more pictures: www.flickr.com/photos/27943635@N06/
Kristian.Stenslie 13 years ago
`Cardz Posted 13 years ago. Edited by `Cardz (member) 13 years ago
My First entry

01

Just barley the large category (two extra studs on each side).

More Photos
Joris Blok 13 years ago
DSC07212
Here is my second entry
Joris Blok 13 years ago
Picking up the pieces entry
Here is my third entry for the small category. I hope you like it;)
Bohman Posted 13 years ago. Edited by Bohman (member) 13 years ago
I never thought this would happen, but... I've actually started constructing an entry. Yikes. Dunno if I'll get it done in time, but thanks for the inspiration!
thwaak 13 years ago
Here's my entry: Fort Unity

There is a story, so please check all the close up parts.

www.flickr.com/photos/thwaak/sets/72157606209993587/

Jay(meximan135) 13 years ago
embarrassed team [deleted] 13 years ago
My entry on MOC pages

mocpages.com/moc.php/64662

-Raxor-
babyjawa 13 years ago
www.flickr.com/photos/babyjawa/sets/72157606228345695/

for the small category. its 16x16 studs. :)
Kristian.Stenslie 13 years ago
Azaghal Gabilzaramul Posted 13 years ago. Edited by Azaghal Gabilzaramul (member) 13 years ago
Postapocalyptic Windfarmer

12x16 footprint, with a one-stud overhang along two sides.

Also, apparently, just what I needed to get my post-apocalypic creative juices flowing again.
eGavik Posted 13 years ago. Edited by eGavik (member) 13 years ago
Aulon Posted 13 years ago. Edited by Aulon (member) 13 years ago
My entry in small category (12x12):
www.flickr.com/photos/13640877@N07/2689734807/
sweltering stocking [deleted] 13 years ago
Not exactly building something per se, but still doing something to ensure their survival: ApocaDinos!
tiberium_blue Posted 13 years ago. Edited by tiberium_blue (member) 13 years ago
SlyOwl Posted 13 years ago. Edited by SlyOwl (member) 13 years ago
Determination of Mankind (16x16) -
Bohman 13 years ago
Jimbo has a rough day:
1-overall

When the one-eyed snaked attacked, the two friends forgot to check their footing. Jimbo lost an arm and a leg to a mine, and it looked like his buddy Frank was about to lose even more. One could argue that the odds where against them.

"Finally, some action!" Jimbo joyously exclaimed, trying to build a makeshift shelter using his own blown-off leg and hand as a crude tool. He had always been one tough son of a bitch.
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