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Krak des Chevaliers
About this creation
This model is dedicated to Mike Boardman, whose friendship has no borders, and of course to Bob Carney, my Master, which is the world's best Lego® castle builder, and first of all a friend.

I started by the end of 2008 to build a model of this wonderful fortress. After several bad attempts, the definitive project (Project KDC) started on May 17, 2010 and finished on October 7, 2010.
The model is 298x209 studs. It is made of 58,614 Lego pieces.
Krak des Chevaliers is a Crusader fortress in Syria and one of the most important preserved medieval military castles in the world. In Arabic, the fortress is called Qal'at al-Ḥiṣn, the word Krak coming from the Syriac karak, meaning fortress. It is located approximately 40 km west of the city of Homs, close to the border of Lebanon.
The original fortress at this location had been built in 1031 for the emir of Aleppo.
Krak des Chevaliers was the headquarters of the Knights Hospitallers during the Crusades. It was expanded between 1150 and 1250. The Hospitalers rebuilt it and expanded it into the largest Crusader fortress in the Holy Land, adding an outer wall three meters thick with seven guard towers to create a concentric castle. The fortress may have held about 50–60 Hospitaller knights and up to 2,000 other foot soldiers; the Grand Master of the Hospitallers lived in one of the towers.
In 1271 the fortress was captured by Mamluk Sultan Baibars. However, to conquer the castle, Baibars used a trick, by presenting a forged letter from the Crusader Commander in Tripoli, ordering the defenders to surrender the castle. Otherwise, this immensely strong castle would probably never have fallen.
The fortress was described as “perhaps the best preserved and most wholly admirable castle in the world” by T. E. Lawrence, best known as "Lawrence of Arabia".
I completely agree with him, I've never seen a castle who mixes in such elegant way beauty and strenght.
In 1935, the castle was bought by the French government.
The castle was made a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 2006.



A nice aerial view of the Krak from the South




View from South-East




View of the eastern outer wall




Another view from the South




Krak des Chevaliers' main entrance




Inner fortress' gate




Inner fortress' gate




Castle's main entrance




View of lower inner court with the Knight's Hall in gothic style




View of upper inner court




Rear view of Baibars' Tower and southern outer wall




Western inner wall




Picture from the North




King's Daughter Tower




The space between outer and inner fortress along west wall




Inner fortress from the North




Rear view of inner fortress' gate from the East




The Chapel




The lower inner court with the beautiful arched stairs




Knight's Hall




The entrance of the vaulted ramp (you can see on the top right corner the exit of the vaulted ramp leading to the inner castle's gate)




The battlements along eastern outer wall




The main inner building




Minifig view from the Chapel




Aerial view of the great fortress from the North




The very elegant Knight's Hall




The powerful Baibar's Tower




Can you see me on the top of Grandmaster's Tower? It gives you an idea of the size of the Krak




Hello, it's me, Krazy Kastle Krak Guy!

I hope you enjoyed my creation, thanks for your comments!




Comments

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  November 26, 2014
This really is an amazing work. I found photos of the castle online, and this looks very much like it. Awesome build :)
  November 5, 2014
Really nice! I'd love to see the plans for it, if you've got them together (even if they're not quite what is seen in the actual build.) Contact me at jeff@muller.org. What are your sources for the plans?
  October 28, 2014
I feel as though any thing i could say to compliment this castle just wouldn't be good enough.
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  May 23, 2014
Quoting alberto patania This is an amazing creation, from the tan/yellowish color scheme to the detail this is truly a masterpiece. I also noticed some of the pieces you used to shape the towers, and i am trying to use them to create a bit of a different shape but i am having a bit of trouble. I was wondering if you could maybe help me find a solution or give me some tips? Do you have an email i can contact you on or perhaps a Skype? Thanks and keep up the good work
Thank you very much for your nice comments. Of course, you can write me on castles@vallauri.eu
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  April 19, 2014
This is an amazing creation, from the tan/yellowish color scheme to the detail this is truly a masterpiece. I also noticed some of the pieces you used to shape the towers, and i am trying to use them to create a bit of a different shape but i am having a bit of trouble. I was wondering if you could maybe help me find a solution or give me some tips? Do you have an email i can contact you on or perhaps a Skype? Thanks and keep up the good work
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  April 19, 2014
Quoting Brad Wilson Hi, i did a school project a few years a go on this castle... [...] you could have included some more architectural details... [...]
What kind of "architectural details"?
  April 19, 2014
Hi, i did a school project a few years a go on this castle, and the lego version you have made looks just as good as the pictures of the actual castle on the internet. Really well done. it is one of the best lego castles I've seen, but you could have included some more architectural details, not saying that its a bad model, but I think the detail would be a good addition. Absolutely awesome creation of yours though!!!
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  February 8, 2014
COOL!
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  January 28, 2014
wooooow and wooooow
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  December 30, 2013
I absolutely love this castle. I realize it must have taken an extremely long time to build. Can you buy any chance provide instructions as to how the castle was built. I'm afraid pictures don't work and I work better with step by step instructions.
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  October 18, 2013
Exhilarating! Must have been hard work to have scaled all towers, walls, and windows in the authentic scale; it's perfect! Well, in two weeks i have the deathline for my german grandeduke-castle, some detailes of your model will help me, such as the boxes for puring down hot oil, on the outer walls - as my castle is stolen from several real examples. Great Job!
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  July 29, 2013
Hi, impressive rendition of Krak des Chevaliers you have there mate. I'd like to make a similar model and place it in my future home, do you have more pictures you could send me that can aid me in that regard? If so can you kindly send them to me at sn4ke@gmx.com please? Thanks very much!
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  July 10, 2013
Hello everybody! I'm back! Thanks for all your nice comments!
  May 6, 2013
*sniff* it`s so beautiful :`)
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  April 19, 2013
Astounding. I am absolutely blown away by this magnificent castle.
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  April 19, 2013
Yellowed white bricks being used, and they actually work? Nice.
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  April 19, 2013
This is the coolest thing I've ever seen. Well done sir.
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  April 19, 2013
This is really well done! I really like the variety of the colors to simulate real bricks, and I just LOVE the bridge design! A single criticism though: I think it's a bit too simple with the pieces used, it's almost as if you had a huge surplus of ramp bricks and had no better place to put them! This isn't supposed to be mean or anything, I just want to help you improve it through this. Anyways, GREAT castle!
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  April 19, 2013
Impressive creation! The color work and sloped walls especially look great. Congrats on MOTD!
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  April 19, 2013
AMAZING!!!!! Truly an inspired MOC!!!
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  April 19, 2013
Awesomeness!
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  April 19, 2013
Kudos on MOC of the day! Great Job!
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  April 19, 2013
WOW. An incredible combination of solidity and complex angles. Do you think you'll add more minifigures to it someday?
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  April 19, 2013
Whoa! Incredible work. Congrats on MOTD. :)
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  April 19, 2013
Absolutely stunning! What an intimidating fortress beautifully executed. Kudos.
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  April 19, 2013
Fantastic work on this! The whole castle is simply gorgeous and I particularly like the little 1x3 step textures supporting the outsets on the walls. Very well done. I couldn't help but think that this would make a good stop-animation set too.
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  April 19, 2013
Speechless!
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  April 19, 2013
Woah! This is amazing! And I've actually been there before! Incredible accuracy. I remember almost all of the stuff you show in the pictures. And I remember the story too! Awesome!
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  April 19, 2013
Wow! That's great!
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  October 27, 2012
Excellent.
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  January 7, 2012
OMG!!!!! so cool i would like to make it into a build for a popular avi comunity if you still have the pictures you posted about earlier can you send them to me look like it will be a challange to build
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  January 1, 2012
:O Fantastic... it could be even more realistic with the castle population: Knights Hospitallers, Templars, archers and mercenary infantries, civillians like blacksmits and other people.
  June 17, 2011
Since you've proven your skill at building castles, you've just gotta build "Castle Ravenloft" from the Dungeons & Dragons role playing game. Search online... they used to sell a D&D module with complete blueprints of the vampire's castle Ravenloft... you know gargoyles, high towers, etc. Use light grey and dark grey bricks. Go for it!
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  June 15, 2011
Quoting Octavian A. love everything about this, the size the detail, everything :D congratz
Thank you very much for your kind words!
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  June 15, 2011
love everything about this, the size the detail, everything :D congratz
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  June 15, 2011
oulà là, on a là un véritable architecte !...je prendrais bien ce chateau pour résidence secondaire !... travail impressionnant.
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  May 23, 2011
Quoting Josh o wher do youe get all the white bricks
More than twenty years of collection!
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  May 23, 2011
wher do youe get all the white bricks
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  May 22, 2011
Une deuxième couche gratuite pour tes chateaux! J'adore!
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  May 22, 2011
I'm always fascinated by middle-age, its life and its castles! Your one are really great buidings. This seems really close to the reality! Would mind to check my big Submarine too? :-) http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/252434
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  May 15, 2011
I really like this. It is extremely playable, which no matter how old the builder, is always a fun feature. Also, it looks very defensible. It is also very realistic, because yesterday I was watching a show on TV that said that castles were whitewashed, not the grey rock we all see now. This build is fantastic. Well done.
  April 16, 2011
If you get a free minute, I would LOVE any pictures or plans that you have for this - I haven't Lego built for 20 years, but this project makes me want to get back into it! You can reach me at looeee@virosa.net. Any help or info you can send me is greatly appreciated. Again, amazing job!
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  April 16, 2011
This is really amazing work! I traveled to see this with my 2 younger brothers in 2006. Great job! I would love to build this with my kids (once I get a LOT more bricks).
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  March 14, 2011
again amazing build, but did you put in the acueduct the garrisons only means of water that fed the storage at the base of the huge talus i think it was under the grandmasters tower. You probably did and i missed it in the picss. Please dont take this as a bad critism as this is amazingly done, you are truly a cut above. well done 5/5
  February 6, 2011
actually, its fine, instead could you send me some pics of the belvoir castle for the same reason? you can reach me at "tyler.sorrells3@yahoo.com" Thanks in advance
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  February 6, 2011
Quoting Tyler S. Hey this is a wonderful castle!! could you try to take some more pictures of the outer wall and post them? I'm making a similar model of this in a game and more pics of different parts of the wall would be appreciated! Thanks
Hello Tyler, it will be very difficult since the castle is already dismantled. BUT I can send you tons of pics by e-mail, just give me your e-mail adress. Thanks for your comments!
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  February 6, 2011
Quoting Tyler S. Hey this is a wonderful castle!! could you try to take some more pictures of the outer wall and post them? I'm making a similar model of this in a game and more pics of different parts of the wall would be appreciated! Thanks
Hello Tyler, it will be very difficult since the castle is already dismantled. BUT I can send you tons of pics by e-mail, just give me your e-mail adress. Thanks for your comments!
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  February 4, 2011
Hey this is a wonderful castle!! could you try to take some more pictures of the outer wall and post them? I'm making a similar model of this in a game and more pics of different parts of the wall would be appreciated! Thanks
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  January 9, 2011
great job you should do a battle with this amazing castle.
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  December 30, 2010
:-O !!!! The castel of my dreams !!! Fantastic work !! I saw the real one and prefer your's !!!
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  December 30, 2010
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  December 30, 2010
Wow! Gorgeous castle! Nifty techniques in several areas!
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  December 30, 2010
Another mind-boggling creation! As I was looking over your Belvoir page, Bob Carney's work kept coming to mind. You explained why above, of course. Get the two of you together in a room and I think my head just might explode. Outstanding work!
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  November 7, 2010
Quoting Dave Kaleta The sloping walls and use of mixed white brick are particularly well executed. I really enjoy what you've done.
Thanks Dave. I've seen your work, you're a great builder! Keep bricking!
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  November 7, 2010
Quoting Abdulelah Dandachi Fantastic piece of work. I actually live about 30 minutes away from the Krak De Chevaliers. Your model is exteremly accurate.
Thank you for your comment, I hope my model does it justice!
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  November 6, 2010
Fantastic piece of work. I actually live about 30 minutes away from the Krak De Chevaliers. Your model is exteremly accurate.
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  November 4, 2010
The sloping walls and use of mixed white brick are particularly well executed. I really enjoy what you've done.
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  October 17, 2010
Quoting stefan kubin this is really cool! are this white or tan bricks you used? always funny to see guys of similar age enjoing to "waste" their time with bilding ;-) have fun and show us some more!
Hello Stefan, thanks for your comments. I used white bricks, I mixed new ones and old "yellowed" ones, it gives walls a very nice texture.
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  October 17, 2010
this is really cool! are this white or tan bricks you used? always funny to see guys of similar age enjoing to "waste" their time with bilding ;-) have fun and show us some more!
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  October 14, 2010
Wow! Wonderful details and a fantastic build. Architecturally it is fantastic, and the sheer size is incredible. Very, very nice job.
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  October 14, 2010
Quoting António Silva Excellent work! Are you going to fill it with life (minifigs)?
Hello Antonio, thank you very much! I don't have a lot of minifig (I need to buy some hundreds) but I have put some inside, you can see them on my other model here in MOCpages.
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  October 13, 2010
Excellent work! Are you going to fill it with life (minifigs)?
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  October 10, 2010
HOLY CRAP HOLY COW HOLY COW WHERE THE HECK DID YOU GET THE PEICES!????? NICE JOB!!!!!
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  October 10, 2010
Quoting Brian Corredor This is really great, and VERY BIG. Can't wait to see it come to life with your custom figs.
I have made some funny pics, come back in few hours and you'll see! Thanks for your comment.
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  October 10, 2010
This is really great, and VERY BIG. Can't wait to see it come to life with your custom figs.
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  October 10, 2010
Amazing!
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  October 10, 2010
Quoting Asterios The 1st. by the way you know I'm gonna need instructions for this monstrosity if for no other reason then my Crusaders need a home 8^)
I got plans of the Krak, but they have been modified a little bit during construction. I'll draw new plans soon, if you are interested, I'll be pleased to send to you.
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  October 9, 2010
by the way you know I'm gonna need instructions for this monstrosity if for no other reason then my Crusaders need a home 8^)
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  October 9, 2010
Anybody is welcome to use my designs, just don't go selling them and some kind of note saying tunics design by Asterios would be nice too but not required.
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  October 9, 2010
Quoting Blake Baer Great littl- Big scene there. I love the entire layout of the castle which in itself is a true architectural challenge but one thing that would make this great is minfigs and details inside the castle. However this is still a great build!
I agree, minifig will make it better, I promise to install a nice garrison of Hospitaler Knights. The only interior is the vaulted ramp which opens revealing the ramp leading to the inner fortress gate. It had been very very complicated to build such a big fortress in a complete "playable" way, althought at the beginning I wished so...
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  October 9, 2010
Quoting Asterios The 1st. as it goes i see your using yellowed white bricks which is what I was planning on using myself for my castles since their coloring is spot on. also posted this over on BF so if you want to comment about it, i'm sure many of them there would like to know more about this awesome castle: http://www.brickforge.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&p=80777#p80777
Nice job for the tunics, can I use them? I have posted my comments on BF too, thanks again for your comments.
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  October 9, 2010
Great littl- Big scene there. I love the entire layout of the castle which in itself is a true architectural challenge but one thing that would make this great is minfigs and details inside the castle. However this is still a great build!
 I like it 
  October 9, 2010
as it goes i see your using yellowed white bricks which is what I was planning on using myself for my castles since their coloring is spot on. also posted this over on BF so if you want to comment about it, i'm sure many of them there would like to know more about this awesome castle: http://www.brickforge.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&p=80777#p80777
  October 9, 2010
no decals used made the tunics myself which cn be seen here: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=421179
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  October 9, 2010
Quoting Asterios The 1st. My Hospitallers are now ready to take possesion of said castle: http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/asterios/Crusaders/Hospitallers/dsc01534.jpg and if they cannot do it, the Templars surely will: http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/asterios/Crusaders/Templars/dsc01535.jpg and plenty more to join in too: http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/asterios/Crusaders/dsc01287.jpg
Wow! They are amazing! How can I find those decals? Fantastic job!
  October 9, 2010
My Hospitallers are now ready to take possesion of said castle: http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/asterios/Crusaders/Hospitallers/dsc01534.jpg and if they cannot do it, the Templars surely will: http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/asterios/Crusaders/Templars/dsc01535.jpg and plenty more to join in too: http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/asterios/Crusaders/dsc01287.jpg
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  October 9, 2010
Quoting David Calvet Je reste sans voix..... (mais je peux encore écrire !) C'est vraiment très impressionnant ! Il doit y avoir un nombre considérable de briques et les techniques de construction ont l'air très évoluées. La couleur des murs est aussi très belle, ça change des châteaux tous gris que l'on voit sur MOCpages. J'espère qu'on pourra bientôt voir de belles photos avec plein de minifigs dedans. Bravo !
Merci beaucoup, j'ai réalisé un rêve que j'avais depuis longtemps. Je ne sais pas combien de briques il y a, je les conterai au moment de le démolir (hélas!). J'ai utilisé des briques blanches neuves et vieilles mélangés, le Krak est de cette couleur, la couleur sand aurait été trop foncée. Oui, je vais le peupler de minifig, le temps de trouver des décals sympas pour fabriquer mes Hospitaliers!
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  October 9, 2010
Je reste sans voix..... (mais je peux encore écrire !) C'est vraiment très impressionnant ! Il doit y avoir un nombre considérable de briques et les techniques de construction ont l'air très évoluées. La couleur des murs est aussi très belle, ça change des châteaux tous gris que l'on voit sur MOCpages. J'espère qu'on pourra bientôt voir de belles photos avec plein de minifigs dedans. Bravo !
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  October 9, 2010
Quoting Chris Phipson What? No moat? HAHAHA This good sir, is TRULY AMAZING! Words will fail to express how cool this is. Congratulations! ~ Chris.
Thanks so much, your work is amazing too!
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  October 9, 2010
Quoting Elk Guard Amazing job! Are you going to populate it with mini figures?
Yes, I have several Hospitaler, Templar, and Kingdom of Jerusalem knights, even an evil bishop, maybe I'll publish some other pics with them. Thanks for your comment.
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  October 9, 2010
Amazing job! Are you going to populate it with mini figures?
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  October 9, 2010
What? No moat? HAHAHA This good sir, is TRULY AMAZING! Words will fail to express how cool this is. Congratulations! ~ Chris.
 
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