The sun is high at the trade route oasis
The sun is high at the trade route oasis

Trade Route Oasis

Merchants set up camp on a dune near an oasis on their trade route across the desert.

I created this MOC for the Middle Eastern Setting category of the Summer Joust 2019 competition.

The whole trade route oasis MOC
The whole trade route oasis MOC

Making camp at the oasis
Making camp at the oasis

The merchant camp at night
The merchant camp at night

Making the MOC

Below are some progress pictures as I created this MOC.

I started with a layer of light teal plates with clear tiles for the water. I overlaid dark tan plates to create the shore. I intended for the water to be fairly large, but by the time I was done with the MOC, it was not quite as big as I wanted.

I decided to go with a rough edge, rather than a boarder. To give weight, I decided on an irregular SNOT base, like the tutorial on Brickbuilt.

Base 1
Base 1

I planned for the merchants to camp on a dune near (and above) the oasis. Because of the hight difference, I wanted the radius of the camp’s dune to be a bit larger than that of the oasis.

Base 2
Base 2

I slowly built up the dark and regular tan around the oasis. I wanted to convey traffic to the oasis on the dune side, so I have the dark tan go up a bit higher on the left side.

The trees and foliage for heavily influenced (or downright copied) from LittleJohn’s Desert Oasis MOC.

Oasis Complete
Oasis Complete

Top-down view of the dune in progress
Top-down view of the dune in progress

I continued to work up the dune until it was complete.

Completed landscaping, sans-minifigs
Completed landscaping, sans-minifigs

I then added the camp tent and minifigure merchants. The tent is made from a sail from 79008: Pirate Ship Ambush. I used a flashlight on the campfire to create the night scene.

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