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A slice of Castle life - my Brickvention display for 2012
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A week ago i attended Brickvention, a LEGO con held in my home town of Melbourne. I'd been last year as well, but this was my first time exhibting, so i was pretty nervous. Anyway, i took some pics of my display at BV so here they are. I was working on it pretty much right down to the night before, and broke it up to bring home, so these are the only pics i have of it - sorry in advance for the busy backgrounds!



I called my display “A slice of castle life”. I called it that because i only had enough pieces for a long, thin display, 4.5 by 1 32x32 baseplates to be exact. I wanted to have as many different castle factions in the display as possible, so i had a Lion knight gatehouse, the start of a town with tavern, stables and festival, a underground Wolfpack den (which you can only see from one end) Crown and Dragon knights arriving for a tournament, a viking brewer come to sell his wares, an elf outpost in the forest, a dwarf mine, and a forestman, centaur and werewolf. Phew!

Btw, just in case it isn’t absoloutly clear, i mean “castle life” as in the actual LEGO castle theme and not medieval life in general. So yes, it’s my happy peaceful fantasy world where the worst that happens is that the wolfpack plot to steal someone’s cupcakes or something. (That’s pretty bad, actually. Totes needs a gatehouse and elf outpost to defend against those darstardly cupcake thieves!)

I won a Judge’s choice award for my display, which was a lovely surprise - yay! :D





More pics of the elf outpost. This was my favourite part of the display, i really enjoyed making it, especially the spiral staircase around the tree. I'd love to have a go at making a larger, more intricate elf village someday. :)



Here you can see how the roof from the main "house" in the elf outpost has been adopted (with some modifications!) from the barn roof in the Mill Village Raid. ;) I quite like the interior, although not many ppl noticed it.





The Viking brewer arrives with his bodygaurd/escort.



The visiting knights approach the gatehouse, as village life goes on all around them - fishing, boating, herding goats etc.





A festival is taking place inside the town, to celebrate the upcoming tournament. Here we can see a fortune teller having her palm crossed with silver and a jester performing to the crowd. The tavern in the background is well patronised by locals and visitors alike...







But the town does have it's underworld figures - here is the secret Wolfpack den in the forgotton catacombs beneath the town. What dasterdly deeds are they planning? Are no-one's cupcakes safe from these rascals?? D:

ps. In the distance you can see Jennie Sasson's huuuge Quiddich pitch!



The back side of the display. I didn't count on this side being visible to the public, so the base was originally a riot of rainbow bricks... some quick n' dirty patching work was nessecary to make it presentable! If you look in the tavern you can also see a gatecrasher... who invited him?? ;)



More backside pics.



~~~~~ finis! ~~~~~



And just for fun, this is my display all nicely packed, ready to go to Brickvention...



And this is how i brought it all home! All broken up, ready for a mammoth sort. (Which i'm nearly though now, i'm glad to report) What can i say... BV 2012 was a huge, exhausting but amazingly fun three days, with so many brilliant MOC's to look at and admire, i can't even begin to start. (If you want to check out some of the other BV creations, go to Brickvention - Australia’s premier LEGO convention on Flickr) Can't wait until next year already!

Thanks for looking everyone! :)





Comments

 I like it 
  April 28, 2014
Another one that should have more likes. Great Job!
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  December 10, 2013
Excellent build, every detail is perfect.
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  May 25, 2012
Great display, I love your forrest and bridge!! Really outsanding.
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  April 27, 2012
This is how I imagined the elven homes to look like in eragon alittle, Great job!
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  April 1, 2012
wow, incredible and inspiring work!
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  March 28, 2012
The details on this are relentless and stunning.
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  March 28, 2012
Teh details on this are relentless and stunning.
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  February 9, 2012
It annoys me so much that I saw all your beautiful MOC's but didn't realise until I went back to Perth that you made them! Would have been amazing speaking with you! Anyway seeing this masterpiece upclose was awesome, it truely is an work of art! Great work :D
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  February 5, 2012
Quoting Elderon Eldar I really thought I already commented on this, mmm my mind must be playing tricks with me! This thing looks amazing! Just my kind of build! I love the way you actually captured different lands alltogether! And somehow you stole another one of my ideas for the tree-village! How do you keep on doing that! I guess great minds think alike right? Although my mind isn't really that great... Awesome build though! Keep it up! Oh yeah I have request for you I put in my reply on your comment on Falath Tiríon, I would appreciate it if you answered it :) -greetings, Elderon
Hey Eldaron, thanks for your kind words! :) Yep, getting the transitions right from wild wood (watched over by the elves) to pastoral riverbank to bustling town was my main concern in building this, so i'm very glad to hear that it works for you. The elf outpost was kind of a response to all the "elf buildings are so hard, TLG will never make a Lorien or Rivendell" stuff i kept reading on Eurobricks - in short, i thought i'd try to build some simple elven architechture to show to myself that it could be done. Now of course, i want to build more elaborate elf buildings! :D I have already gone and commented on your reply on Falath Tirion, in short, it's all good and i can't wait to see your map! :)
 I like it 
  February 5, 2012
I really thought I already commented on this, mmm my mind must be playing tricks with me! This thing looks amazing! Just my kind of build! I love the way you actually captured different lands alltogether! And somehow you stole another one of my ideas for the tree-village! How do you keep on doing that! I guess great minds think alike right? Although my mind isn't really that great... Awesome build though! Keep it up! Oh yeah I have request for you I put in my reply on your comment on Falath Tiríon, I would appreciate it if you answered it :) -greetings, Elderon
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  February 4, 2012
Quoting Romany Woodhouse Wow, that is really beautiful. That's similar to something I've been planning for my display cabinet, but I doubt I'll be able to come close to what you've achieved. So many fantastic little details! Great mode of transport too.
Thanks so much for your kind words! I'm very interested to see what you come up with for your display now. :)
Quoting Pedro Resendes Outstanding! The elves' post is truly remarkable, a pleasure to watch! Thx for sharing!
Thanks mate and no worries! Next year i'll take better photos BEFORE i go to BV - it'll be much kinder on the eyes that way. ;)
Quoting Elk Guard A superb display, there is so much going on, but the composition is perfect! Love all the details, well done!
Cheers Elk Guard, glad you like it! I was worried at one point that there wasn't a clear focal point for the display, but ppl kept saying that they felt the eye moved naturally through the different areas, so i stopping obsessing over that.
Quoting The Timinater ! boy, wish I was there... congrats!
Thanks Timinater, it was a great con. I'm already looking forward to next year! :D
Quoting Isaiah S. Those tree houses are freaking epic!
Thanks Isaiah! :)
 I like it 
  February 3, 2012
Wow, that is really beautiful. That's similar to something I've been planning for my display cabinet, but I doubt I'll be able to come close to what you've achieved. So many fantastic little details! Great mode of transport too.
 I like it 
  February 1, 2012
Outstanding! The elves' post is truly remarkable, a pleasure to watch! Thx for sharing!
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  February 1, 2012
A superb display, there is so much going on, but the composition is perfect! Love all the details, well done!
Gabriel Thomson
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White Knight
  January 31, 2012
Beautifully made !>.....well done
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  January 31, 2012
boy, wish I was there... congrats!
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  January 31, 2012
Those tree houses are freaking epic!
 I made it 
  January 31, 2012
Quoting White Knight Beautifully made !>.....well done
Thanks! :)
Quoting Elio Salsano Very nice details! Congratz also on your judge's choise!
Thanks so much Elio, i was pretty stoked to get the gong, it being my first display at a convention. :) (Always nerve racking showing stuff to your peers - ok, who am i kidding - my betters in just about every case!)
Quoting LWC guy Great MOC, looks like you had a good time.
Thanks mate, i did have a great time! It takes it out of you though - took me a week to feel like i'd fully recovered. :)
 I made it 
  January 31, 2012
Quoting Admiral Varkov Amazing amount of detail! The elf outpost is especially impressive and the cutaway is excellently done!
Thankyou! I can't wait for more elves in the upcoming LOTR sets, so i can flesh out a larger village! :)
Quoting Original Channel of MOCpages (Caleb) Well done!
Thanks Caleb. :)
Quoting Silent Ranger Absoloutely incredible! I love the detail
Thanks, glad you like it! :)
Quoting StoveTop Creator JUST FABULOUS! I like the outpost best too. Did I miss it... is there a tunnel or staircase or ladder leading down to the underground below the outpost? :)
Thanks StoveTop Creator, glad you like it! Unfortunately there is no visible access from the ground to the underground levels - the idea is that the MOC is just a tiny strip of a complete landscape, so presumably the dwarf mine and catacombs continue on to emerge elsewhere. I did think quite a bit about access in and around the elf outpost though. :)
Quoting Tyrant Bat Man, that is fantastic! I love the way you have the dwarves underground and the elves up in the trees! It's great!
Hee thanks! I thought that was quite fun too. :) Having the different levels also helped to maximise the limited space.
 I made it 
  January 31, 2012
Quoting Ian Spacek Very, very well done! This is more than just a slice, you've got ice cream to top it off and everything! Okay so maybe I'm not the best at playing with words, but all the same, very cool build!
Mmm, pie... um, what were we talking about again?? ;D (Thanks Ian, glad you like my display!)
Quoting Christopher Baldacci Love the castle segment. But elf village in the trees was pretty cool too. You seem like a very organized person, getting all those parts packaged for Brickvention, and then sorting them back one you got home - WOW. :D Great MOC!
Thanks Christopher! Haha, yeah, i'm only orginised with Lego, i kinda have to be otherwise i don't know how i'd find anything. The rest of my studio looks like a tip actually.
Quoting Blake Baer Great stuff Gabriel! This was really cool to see on flickr. Those tree houses are great!
Thanks Blake! I did have thoughts of your most excellent Hobbit MOC's in my head as i was building the elf village - i was aiming for a similar level of detail. :)
Quoting The Lego Animal (Jay Rhum) What masterpiece! I love it! Awesome details! Congratulation! Regards - Jay
Thanks so much Jay, much appreciated! :)
Quoting JS Can WOW! You packed a ton into a small(ish) space. I love the tunnels and the Rivendale feel of the elf area. Not sure if I am supposed to say "Niiiiice!" or "Ripper!" Still learning Ozzie-talk.
Thanks mate, glad you like it! Lol at "Ripper" - you can only say that if you suffix it with "Rita", as in "Ripper Rita!" Don't ask me why, it's the law here. ;) Also, "noice" sounds more Aussie than "niiice" and if you want to sound like a true Melbournian (which is where i live), you can always throw in "grouse". Here endeth the first lesson! (ps. You don't actually have to use any of these ridiculous localisms - we are all jam donuts on the internet as someone famously said!)
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  January 31, 2012
Quoting Andre Benjamin Gorgeous; I could stare at this for hours!
Aw shucks, cheers! :)
Quoting Kayne _ Very cool Gabriel! I saw this on Flickr...someone had posted some pictures from Brickvention and I saw this build and loved it! Now I know who built it too.
Thanks Kayne! :) Yeah, i seem to have ended up with different names between Flickr, here and Eurobricks - makes it hard to find me unfortunately. Glad you like my display though - cheers!
Quoting DeTomaso Pantera This looks great! I really like the Elven/Dwarven side, it looks really nice and foresty.
Thanks! I nearly used up my entire collection of foliage peices with this one. :) I'll have to get some more if i'm planning more forest MOC's. (and i am!)
Quoting Allan Hall nice work, like the tree house's, timber building, castle wall, I could go on. great moc.
Thanks Allan, glad you like it! :)
Quoting LukeClarenceVan The Revanchist Very nice! The base is great presentation, and I like how you have dwarves inside. The elven area looks a lot like Rivendell, and it's terrific. I also like the large castle, great work!
Thanks Luke! :) I wasn't too sure about the base myself - i felt that the log bricks were a bit too regular to represent underground earth, esepcially once the dwarf mine broke up the repeating pattern on the left hand side. :/ But this is a problem with working on something for 6 months or more - your standards get higher and stuff that you made at the beginning suddenly doesn't seem to mesh that well with the later work. Oh well, i guess it's something to think about for next time! xD
 I like it 
  January 31, 2012
Very nice details! Congratz also on your judge's choise!
 I like it 
  January 31, 2012
Great MOC, looks like you had a good time.
Gabriel Thomson
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Admiral Varkov
  January 30, 2012
Amazing amount of detail! The elf outpost is especially impressive and the cutaway is excellently done!
 I like it 
  January 30, 2012
Well done!
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  January 30, 2012
Absoloutely incredible! I love the detail
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  January 30, 2012
JUST FABULOUS! I like the outpost best too. Did I miss it... is there a tunnel or staircase or ladder leading down to the underground below the outpost? :)
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  January 30, 2012
Man, that is fantastic! I love the way you have the dwarves underground and the elves up in the trees! It's great!
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  January 30, 2012
Very, very well done! This is more than just a slice, you've got ice cream to top it off and everything! Okay so maybe I'm not the best at playing with words, but all the same, very cool build!
 I like it 
  January 30, 2012
Love the castle segment. But elf village in the trees was pretty cool too. You seem like a very organized person, getting all those parts packaged for Brickvention, and then sorting them back one you got home - WOW. :D Great MOC!
 I like it 
  January 30, 2012
Great stuff Gabriel! This was really cool to see on flickr. Those tree houses are great!
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  January 30, 2012
What masterpiece! I love it! Awesome details! Congratulation! Regards - Jay
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  January 30, 2012
What masterpiece! I love it! Awesome details! Congratulation! Regards - Jay
 I like it 
  January 30, 2012
WOW! You packed a ton into a small(ish) space. I love the tunnels and the Rivendale feel of the elf area. Not sure if I am supposed to say "Niiiiice!" or "Ripper!" Still learning Ozzie-talk.
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  January 30, 2012
Gorgeous; I could stare at this for hours!
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  January 30, 2012
Very cool Gabriel! I saw this on Flickr...someone had posted some pictures from Brickvention and I saw this build and loved it! Now I know who built it too.
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  January 30, 2012
This looks great! I really like the Elven/Dwarven side, it looks really nice and foresty.
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  January 30, 2012
nice work, like the tree house's, timber building, castle wall, I could go on. great moc.
 I like it 
  January 30, 2012
Very nice! The base is great presentation, and I like how you have dwarves inside. The elven area looks a lot like Rivendell, and it's terrific. I also like the large castle, great work!
 
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