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I need a better water technique than my current one, which is just blue plates covered with trans-clear. I don't like the look of SNOT water. Any suggestions?
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| March 26, 2012, 4:53 pm
Quoting Medieval Guy
I need a better water technique than my current one, which is just blue plates covered with trans-clear. I don't like the look of SNOT water. Any suggestions?

There's always plain blue tiles, but then if you don't like snotty water, you might not like that either. Try using dark/light trans blue 1x1 rounds with a blue base. I like this because you can add trans-clear to it to give a "rapids" look. e.g. http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=313127&id=/user_images/68112/1331252384m If you can get a hold of bulk 1x2 DK blue tiles, that would be good. They don't come cheap though.
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| March 27, 2012, 12:33 am
Quoting LWC guy
There's always plain blue tiles, but then if you don't like snotty water, you might not like that either. Try using dark/light trans blue 1x1 rounds with a blue base. I like this because you can add trans-clear to it to give a "rapids" look. e.g. http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=313127&id=/user_images/68112/1331252384m If you can get a hold of bulk 1x2 DK blue tiles, that would be good. They don't come cheap though.

Water is a difficult thing to do in LEGO, I use 2 x 1s in different shades of blue and white 2 x 1s near the shore. it seems to work well. :)
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| March 28, 2012, 8:49 am
Quoting Mark Erickson
Water is a difficult thing to do in LEGO, I use 2 x 1s in different shades of blue and white 2 x 1s near the shore. it seems to work well. :)

Yes, it gives a really nice overall effect, and it makes the water choppy :)
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| March 28, 2012, 6:43 pm
Thanks guys! :)
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| March 29, 2012, 11:44 am
Quoting Mark Erickson
Water is a difficult thing to do in LEGO, I use 2 x 1s in different shades of blue and white 2 x 1s near the shore. it seems to work well. :)

You know what I think about your water technique :P

But hey, if it works for you! And most people do seem to like it, I just can't get myself to for some reason.

My favorite technique is several layers of trans on blue, cause in truth, water is much more clear than any other color.

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| March 29, 2012, 2:06 pm
Quoting Büürli Burri
I need help with the interior of poor mens houses (Is that correct spelled? I mean a house of a farmer or someone similar). So there shouldn't be golden plates, etc.

Hmmmm, I guess there wouldn't be much in a peasants house. A table, some chairs, and not much else.
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| March 29, 2012, 2:08 pm
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I came up with a round table design a while ago, but it's nothing spectacular.
http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/292219
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| March 30, 2012, 9:37 am
Quoting Büürli Burri

Of course... but that's the problem: How to build those chairs/tables, that they don't look boring? I mean: Who wants to build a table out of a 4x4 plate and 4 round 1x1 bricks?

Try looking at some of Michael Jasper's work. He has some awesome furniture.
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| March 31, 2012, 11:54 am
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Quoting Owen S.
Try looking at some of Michael Jasper's work. He has some awesome furniture.

That's pretty incredible. Some of that could easily be incorporated into a medieval setting.
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| March 31, 2012, 6:55 pm
Quoting Medieval Guy
I need a better water technique than my current one, which is just blue plates covered with trans-clear. I don't like the look of SNOT water. Any suggestions?


I use trans dark blue tiles over blue, light blue and white plates for a speckled water look. Then trans plates over white for the waves crashing on a coast. Trans cheese slopes can also be used to good effect to create ripples and waves. Ex for the trans blue water: http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=272534&id=/user_images/12849/1307134939m
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| April 2, 2012, 1:12 am
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Quoting Tasty Muffins

I use trans dark blue tiles over blue, light blue and white plates for a speckled water look. Then trans plates over white for the waves crashing on a coast. Trans cheese slopes can also be used to good effect to create ripples and waves. Ex for the trans blue water: http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=272534&id=/user_images/12849/1307134939m

That does look nice, but also expensive. Maybe I can stock up around my birthday? Thanks for the suggestion!
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| April 2, 2012, 6:43 pm
Quoting Büürli Burri
I got my package! Tomorrow, I'm going to start a major project...(Vacations :P Haha)

I can't wait to see it.
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| April 13, 2012, 3:36 pm
Quoting Büürli Burri

hhmmm... You can wait long :P
I gave it up, because I joined the Lands of Classic Castle (LCC) and wanted to build for this. It became the MOC "Classical Cottage"...
(http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/317519)

Oh, that makes sense.
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| April 13, 2012, 10:30 pm
Quoting Tasty Muffins

I use trans dark blue tiles over blue, light blue and white plates for a speckled water look. Then trans plates over white for the waves crashing on a coast. Trans cheese slopes can also be used to good effect to create ripples and waves. Ex for the trans blue water: http://www.mocpages.com/image_zoom.php?mocid=272534&id=/user_images/12849/1307134939m

I like the looks of your water alot.
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| April 14, 2012, 3:21 pm
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Do you guys like the 1x1 round technique for round towers, or do you prefer hinges? I've used both of them, and I think that there are pros and cons for both.
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| April 14, 2012, 7:42 pm
Quoting Medieval Guy
Do you guys like the 1x1 round technique for round towers, or do you prefer hinges? I've used both of them, and I think that there are pros and cons for both.

The only perfect round tower technique I've seen is Derfel Cadarn's.

But of the two you mentioned, I prefer the hinge one.
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| April 14, 2012, 7:45 pm
Quoting Medieval Guy
Do you guys like the 1x1 round technique for round towers, or do you prefer hinges? I've used both of them, and I think that there are pros and cons for both.

I really like the looks of both.
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| April 15, 2012, 1:04 pm
Quoting Büürli Burri

Well, on Derfel Cadarn's MOC is everything perfect, but his round tower technic is really awsome. I tried to build a tower by myself with his technic, but it was so unstable that it collapsed all the time... :(

That's to bad it didn't work out for you.
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| April 15, 2012, 4:02 pm
Quoting Büürli Burri


http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/167
This one is an awsome furniture I found. Please support it at Cuusoo, it really deserves to become a Lego set!
P.s. If you want it, here are instructions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWkpSHBjdeQ

Thanks for sharing Büürli.

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| April 16, 2012, 12:47 pm
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Quoting Büürli Burri


http://lego.cuusoo.com/ideas/view/167
This one is an awsome furniture I found. Please support it at Cuusoo, it really deserves to become a Lego set!
P.s. If you want it, here are instructions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWkpSHBjdeQ

Supported.
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| April 18, 2012, 6:11 pm
Quoting Büürli Burri
Thank you!

No problem Büürli.
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| April 19, 2012, 11:48 am
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Angled walls on a slope. I'm having a hard time with them.
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| April 20, 2012, 6:04 pm
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Quoting Mark Erickson
Water is a difficult thing to do in LEGO, I use 2 x 1s in different shades of blue and white 2 x 1s near the shore. it seems to work well. :)

I'm might try this technique with my 1x2 trans clear plates.
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| April 20, 2012, 6:07 pm
So I haven't actually built any castle yet, but I decided I would try it and found this group afterwards. Are there anything I should know before getting started? I'm thinking about going to the Lego store and getting supplies for castle MOC's, such as minifigs, grey tiles, grey bricks and such.
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| April 22, 2012, 6:07 pm
Quoting Jag .
So I haven't actually built any castle yet, but I decided I would try it and found this group afterwards. Are there anything I should know before getting started? I'm thinking about going to the Lego store and getting supplies for castle MOC's, such as minifigs, grey tiles, grey bricks and such.


First off, I am not an expert. (I'd like to think I am though:P) It looks like you have the right idea of pieces to buy. Now all you need to do is look at the best of castle builders on the Pages and try and find some inspiration and good techniques.
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| April 22, 2012, 6:33 pm
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Quoting Jag .
So I haven't actually built any castle yet, but I decided I would try it and found this group afterwards. Are there anything I should know before getting started? I'm thinking about going to the Lego store and getting supplies for castle MOC's, such as minifigs, grey tiles, grey bricks and such.

All I can say is don't neglect the landscape. I've been known to forget to buy bricks for it. Also, if you see any techniques you'd like to use (like curved walls), don't forget to get those parts.
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| April 29, 2012, 2:06 pm
Quoting Büürli Burri
I'm a huge fan of tiles. They are great: You can use them for walls, like my new technic - MEDIEVAL GUY BUILT SOMETHING SIMILAR BEFORE I DID -, for a roof and probably for a landscape.

I agree with you, tiles are a very useful piece. Your new wall technique looks fantastic just in case you didn't already know;)
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| April 29, 2012, 2:32 pm
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This might be a rather odd question, but, how do you guys come up with names for your fictional castles? Although I kind of like them, I find "Coastal Fortress" and "Stronghold by the Sea" to be rather unoriginal at times. Any tips?
-LB Senior
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| January 18, 2013, 2:16 pm
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Quoting Büürli Burri
Sorry LB, I can't help you. But I also think it's a very interesting question, not just for Castles, for whole stories, names, etc. Where do you get your inspiration?


Well, since some of my MOCs are based on books, historical events, and the like, they already have names. For the others, I enjoy trying to come up with titles myself.
-LB Senior
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| January 18, 2013, 3:42 pm
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Put your generic castle names into Google Translate and make them French or possibly German. A MOC I made a while back is called Tour Ronde, which is Round Tower in French.
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| January 18, 2013, 4:35 pm
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Quoting Lego Builders
This might be a rather odd question, but, how do you guys come up with names for your fictional castles? Although I kind of like them, I find "Coastal Fortress" and "Stronghold by the Sea" to be rather unoriginal at times. Any tips?
-LB Senior

I enjoy writing up worlds for Dungeons & Dragons, and the necessity to invent dozens of names for all the regions allowed me to develop a technique which I find works nicely. I take a word at random, then start mentally moving letters around in it, switching out letters, and that sort of stuff, writing down anything that looks promising. After doing this with a few words, then possibly combining some of the derivatives or building on them I generally have a handful of decent to awesome names. Hope this helps!
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| January 18, 2013, 8:11 pm
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Interesting ideas. Thanks for the suggestions!
-LB Senior
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| January 18, 2013, 9:13 pm
Quoting Lego Builders
This might be a rather odd question, but, how do you guys come up with names for your fictional castles? Although I kind of like them, I find "Coastal Fortress" and "Stronghold by the Sea" to be rather unoriginal at times. Any tips?
-LB Senior


I find this website to be quite helpful and rather interesting: http://medieval.stormthecastle.com/medieval-names.htm
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| January 27, 2013, 12:46 pm
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Found another website with some pretty good names: http://fantasynamegenerators.com/castle_names.php#.UbHydsVztCw
-LB Senior
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| June 7, 2013, 10:44 am
I am planning to (sooner or later) redo a few older castle builds:
My LOM: Another Home (http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/371514)
My Mammoth (http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/374332)
and an expansion of this one (http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/371136), with more pillars and more trees.

Does anybody have suggestions on what to improve?
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| June 26, 2014, 3:24 pm
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