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Zimbab Castle
An East African Castle.
About this creation

This is a hi-bred of Fasilides Castle in Gondar East Africa and the ancient Ruins of Great Zimbabwe, though I think it kind of fits in better with the history of Zanzibar. But really I had Richard Adams 'Shardik' novel in my head when I was building it!

I thought I'd have a go at the curved wall technique, but thought I would use plates instead of bricks, big mistake. It takes ages, it hurts the fingers, it costs a lot to get the bricks, and it takes so many bricks... I wanted this to be twice the height, but I ran out of plates! Anyway here it is:
ZIMBAB CASTLE



As I said it's inspired partly by Fasilides Castle in Gondar, Eithiopia.


And partly by the ruins of Great Zimbabwe (in Zimbabwe of course).








The cow is slightly Africanized by using Atlantis 'teeth' for horns, looks good!








Targets for aiming...











Tower of bendyness!



Training Ground.



Walkways for walking on... what else?





Birds eye view.





A Christian preacher with a cross on wheels, how cute.

Can you see that's a Power Miners lava monster head in the fire pit? I hope not!

Looking right through.

Casava? Maybe. Turnips? Could be. Don't know, just looked good.



Carting is fun... cabbages not so fun.

They work as wooden swords:

My Favourite bit:




Comments

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  October 3, 2013
Great build technique, nice colors...fantastic creation.
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  February 18, 2012
Wow! the different use of dark and light tan works very well! you should try some ww2 related mocs; )
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  February 11, 2012
Nice!!!
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  January 4, 2012
This is amazing! And that onion design is perfect!
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  September 18, 2011
Vary Impressive!!
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  May 6, 2011
Oh, wow! This thing is gorgeous!
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  May 6, 2011
Oh, wow! This thing is gorgeous!
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  May 6, 2011
Stunning work.
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  February 27, 2011
Oh my gosh. That's one of the most beautiful castles i've ever seen! :O Brilliant walls.
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  September 1, 2010
HOLY SHMUBWUBBERS! Thats COOL!
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  May 4, 2010
Great effect on the bendyness
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  April 22, 2010
You may have gone through a lot of trouble, but you got a great result for it. The effect on the wall is sublime.
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  January 6, 2010
This is one of the most original castles I have seen in a while. Thanks for the inspiration
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  January 6, 2010
Thanks for all the nice words everyone. Just to stop speculation, the blue 'ninja' wrap I've had for over 5 years (2 longer then I've worked at LEGO) It's one of several unexpected parts I found at the bottom of the grab box in LEGOLand Billund, I did not know the colour was special until it was brought up by Nannan, I would not have used it if I had realised! I don't know why it was made or added to the grab box, but I'm glad to have it!
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  January 6, 2010
Superb. Your use of parts is always great and I always feel i've picked up a new trick looking at your MOCs. The dedication to do curved walls in plates is crazy! Like Nannan said below, i'm intrigued by the blue ninja wrap and as you are pretty purist i'm hoping that's in a set coming soon? Great MOC.
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  January 4, 2010
Yet again, you astound me. That is one helluva job. Great work.
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  January 2, 2010
great AFRICAN deatails ! Excellent castle !
Mark Stafford
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bob lol
  January 1, 2010
your lego castle is very very good :)
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  January 1, 2010
10/5. That ninja looks boss in the last picture.
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  December 31, 2009
Excellent build! I love all the little details.
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  December 31, 2009
Great work with details mate :)
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  December 31, 2009
great Moc! VERY DETAILED!! awesome job, all together a really great creation.
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  December 30, 2009
Impressive wall technique!
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  December 30, 2009
im speechless.. and that doesnt happen often
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  December 30, 2009
amazing castle! The brickwork for the walls is some of the best I've ever seen for a castle, and you have to win the prize for the best use of Ahsoka's headpiece as the baby's blanket. There's so much detailed work here that it would be impossible to comment on it all. SUPERB
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  December 30, 2009
The level of detail is amazing, and the unusual techniques are even more amazing. Truly mind-blowing.
  December 30, 2009
I just realized the blue ninja wrap, is that a non-production part or an upcoming piece from Prince of Persia?
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  December 29, 2009
I admire your patience in using that wall technique. Bravo, sir.
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  December 29, 2009
great job! the plates give it an interesting look that is unique from bricks built castles. i really like it. and great job on building an arabian style castle!
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  December 29, 2009
There are many incredible little details throughout this creation. You demonstrate excellent use of pieces on the onions, the baby swaddle, etc. The entire creation is simply, umů.wait a minute, is that parrot pink? Great work.
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  December 29, 2009
Always like to see some castle stuff which doesn't look too classical. colours and shapes are very special.
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  December 29, 2009
The colors, the composition, the form of the walls, all terrific! Nicely done and a fun creation!
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  December 29, 2009
Awesome! i bet you could use this for a Cthulego bit anytime. and the bit with the baby was funny.
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  December 29, 2009
Brilliant piece of work. And it looks funny with all those plates and round studs. Keep up the good work.
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  December 29, 2009
High points for originality, higher points for level of detail. So many African/American figs! I have three from an NBA set and that's it. Anyway, best of luck ~H
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  December 29, 2009
Mark, this one is a real stunner. Your technique always amazes me. Your photos show every possible angle and all of your little scenes. Work like this is so inspiring. Regards, Eric.
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  December 29, 2009
Mark, this one is a real stunner. Your technique always amazes me. Your photos show every possible angle and all of your little scenes. Work like this is so inspiring. Regards, Eric.
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  December 29, 2009
Very nice technique work throughout the build...and some great ideas-turnips/and the baby cloth thingy Great build!
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  December 29, 2009
Wow - what a way-cool castle! The entire scene is very cool, even. Nice work!
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  December 28, 2009
Amazing! The castle itself is fantastic, but the all the little details are great too! The mass of plates that you own is what really amazes me though. *continues drooling with envy*
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  December 28, 2009
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  December 28, 2009
Amazing! The castle itself is fantastic, but the all the little details are great too! The mass of plates that you own is what really amazes me though. *continues drooling with envy*
 I like it 
  December 28, 2009
Amazing! The castle itself is fantastic, but the all the little details are great too! The mass of plates that you own is what really amazes me though. *continues drooling with envy*
 I like it 
  December 28, 2009
Amazing! The castle itself is fantastic, but the all the little details are great too! The mass of plates that you own is what really amazes me though. *continues drooling with envy*
 
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