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The BML Standard




The BML Standard

Here at the BionicleMOCers’League, we strive to uphold a high standard for the MOCs that we accept. Of course ‘a high standard’ is incredibly qualitative, but here we’ve outlined five key attributes which will, hopefully, both define what makes a good MOC and help people whose MOCs may not make it into our gallery.

Creativity is, in my humble opinion, where most people fall short. The whole sticking-to-what-Lego-showed-you won’t get you any brownie points if you simply swap an armour piece here and there. Try using pieces where they wouldn’t normally be used, try to break free from the ‘skeleton plus armour’ building style that Lego has taught you, experiment with new pieces. How can you use a piece in a way that’s never been used before? Can you design something that the world hasn’t seen yet? It’s these clever additions that really give MOCs their spark.

We have to remember that MOCs aren’t static sculptures; their articulation allows them to move. It might be hard to show this in pictures, but how sturdy is your MOC? How strongly are the pieces attached together? Will it fall over or break when you move it? Some builds are made purely for aesthetics, in which case strength might not be a top priority, but if your MOC is able to pull off several different poses, it all adds to its character – in fact, you could even include good ol’ functions, like the early days of Bionicle!

Now, having a Toa with fully custom armour and weaponry is all fine and dandy, but what is a gallery without some variation? A good MOCer is one who can succeed in all areas: big and small, humanoid and creature, Bionicle and Hero Factory. Having a wide range of different styles makes your gallery vastly more interesting – people will get bored if they see the same mecha over and over again. There’s nothing wrong with a well-built Hero, but here at the BML we love accepting things of different shapes and sizes!

If anything, consistency is a factor that really gives a MOC flair. Does the MOC itself seem natural? Is the colour scheme sound? More advanced MOCers would go even further – what kind of texture does this MOC have? Organic or mechanical? Blocky or smooth? Intricate details or simplicity? Sometimes it's good to have colours spread equally around a MOC, while at other times it's best to focus them in particular areas. Equal (or intentionally unequal!) distribution of characteristics shows that a MOCer has paid attention to the design as a whole, and taken the entire picture into account.

Finally, the last hurdle which trips up far too many people is presentation. We understand that not everyone can afford fancy high-definition cameras, but you can still make an effort to make the background as clear as possible (or even create scenery!). Blurriness and backgrounds aren’t the only things that can ruin a good MOC, though. How many pictures do you want to show us? Several poses and angles, or one simple photo? Do you want to display them separately, or in a collage? This is, after all, deviantArt, where making good first impressions is essential.

Of course, no-one is perfect – that includes us BML admins. You also have to remember that everybody starts off as a beginner, so obviously you can’t expect fantastic results right from the get-go. I hope this advice helped you advance as a builder, or at least have a better understanding of the MOCing community. Thanks for reading, and happy MOCing!
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If I did a revamp of a Canon Bionicle character/ Set/ Thing, what would you like to see me Revamp? 

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Welcome to my :devart: profile page :wave:
Most of you know that I am a Bionicle MOCer
For those of you that don't, I make sculptures
of various things using legos, and more
specifically Bionicle/Hero Factor parts.
Though I do use regular legos ligh you
Might be familiar with. The Term MOC
is an acrynym that stands for
My Own Creation.
This is a term we creators of original lego
sculptres universally(mostly) use as a term
for anything made by us and not officially
designed by lego or lego engineers.
So that's that.
I am also a musician. I play bass, drums
and a little bit of keybard and guitar
If you want to know more about that stuf
just ask me, and feelf free to ask me about
most anything you're curious about, or comment
on my Deviations or journals.
Overall I'm pretty friendly, unless given a reason
not to be. :) I hope to hear from you.

Thank you to anyone and everyone for favorites,
comments and watches.:iconthankyousignplz:
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Well here's an interesting way to start of the new year. I just hit my 700th watcher with zunzix THANK YOU! Thanks to all of you for sticking around and supporting me. I hope you had a happy and safe New Year's last night and I look forward to another year of hanging out on DA and the interwebz, talking about art, MOCs and all the things that we have in common. :hug:



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If I did a revamp of a Canon Bionicle character/ Set/ Thing, what would you like to see me Revamp?
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36 deviants said :idea: Oh I know I know! :blahblah:
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1 deviant said :shrug: I'm not a Bionicle fan so I'mma gonna have to do some research and come up with an answer.
January always sucks.

Jobs aren't hiring.
The weather is gloomy(which I actually kinda like)
The nights are long which mean my family is around all the time(bleh)
and I've just felt kinda depressed. And with it comes the lack of will to MOC. I am working on an update for a few MOCs though. That's always a good place to start when feeling MOCblock.
I haven't felt like MOCing lately. Hopefully tidying up the office will get me back in the mood and inspire me. :sigh: 

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Hello there, thank you for visiting my Deviantpage. If you've favorited or added me to your :+devwatch: then allow me to say thank you. I sometimes get a lot of traffic in bursts with new submissions so I may not personally thank you for the favorite or watch. But I want you to know that I do appreciate the support.



As for my followers. Thank you all for the continued support of my artwork. You all have made Deviantart such a wonderful experience for me. :wave:

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Shadowhax457 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016
Have you seen the 2016 wave 2 pics?
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have, I'm not really impressed. They look weird to me. But maybe better pictures when they're closer to release will help improve my opinions on them. So far they just look like there might be a few good parts in there and more crappy builds like the wave 2 of last year.
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Shadowhax457 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016
I agree that the builds are not as good as the original bionicle, wave 2 last year was terribly executed, I loved the concept of robot skeletons but they mucked it up it think it's because these new sets just have too much of a hero factory blend.
that being said I do like the look of umarak the destroyer, don't know why just do, the others are ok to me (no where near as good as piraka) but umarak is the only guy I approve of, maybe the quake beast but when you compare them to the bad guys last year I think it is a slight improvement
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dawn-giant-dragon Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016   General Artist
hey oh...how good is your bionicle history knowledge? what does the icon mean?
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its not the greatest. You might want to ask some of the bionicle art people as they seem to know more about the story.

What icon are you talking about?
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dawn-giant-dragon Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016   General Artist
haha, don't worry, im just being an asshole ;p

img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20…
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh uh, okay. :shrug: =P
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Shadowhax457 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016
Ah man I forgot the dr strange on my list of upcoming marvel films XD 
though cumberbatch's best role is obviously Chargin Up 
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Arthuriel Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015
Thanks, I appreciate it to have a MoC included into your favourites : ) .
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:icon3rdeye88:
3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem. Electra is a great MOC. Very Charismatic.
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NoukamouTheGreat Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
There was a ccbs torso i modified since i had alot of those things.
noukamouthegreat.deviantart.co…
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool? I'm not really sure what I'm supposed to do with this information. But cool?

I don't modify parts. If I can't find a solution with pure lego, then I'm not trying hard enough.
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NoukamouTheGreat Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Since some people call you caveman, i was thinking of giving hou a nickname "The Moc Wizard"
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"The MOC Wizard" I like that. :XD: I also go by "Dave of the IronBrick." Though that sounds like a Game of Thrones title, so it probably means I'm going to be gruesomely murdered. :XD:
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VerliTheBoss Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, just happened to visit this website at around your birthday. Happy birthday man. I haven't been able to do anything due to school. But hi!
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi there, long time no see. It's cool Life is more important. Thanks for the birthday wishes.
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OhLookItsAnArtist Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Student General Artist
I shall add to your pile of birthday wishes: Happy Belated Birthday!
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks dude. I appreciate it. :D
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Oblivious521 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015
Happy (late) birthday ! :happybounce: 
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Ob. :D
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Glenfoxx Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
HAPPEEZ B-day. Cheers to dead cars, broken phones, and tacky computers. Hope you are well!
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks Russel. Ummmmm cheers? I don't have a car, my phone works quite nicely thank you, and my computer isn't tacky so ummm yeah. :P
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Glenfoxx Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like your world spins on more WD40 than mine. Last month was HORRID. But better now so yeah. Gonna put caution tape on my car to warn sad innocent people away.I am a dummy! 
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3rdeye88 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
and duct tape. Can't forget about the Duct tape.
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sharperofthefew Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HAPPY BIRTHDAY
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