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gate house to a fortified town
About this creation
this is my first attempt at a large scale castle MOC.

it is in very early stages yet, but i cant add anymore until my next few purchases arrive!

i know the best builders on here tend to landscape their MOCs but as im a student nurse and funds and building time are tight, thats not really an option for me at the moment!!

so this is what ive done so far. my aim is to increase the outer wall, and behind this will be several houses in a similar style to the one i have made already, and this surround the main keep that will be roughly 4, 48x48 baseplates big. and to compromise the lack of landscaping, there will be a raised courtyard within the keep which i think will a cross between some of the norman keeps in france and england, with aspects of some of the crusader castles in the middle east such as belvoir or krak des cheavallier.

i am also aiming to have a fortified harbour entrance in the same style as the gatehouse you can see in these pictures and also some sort of a port aswell.

i know this isnt much of a castle compared to some of the class acts on here but id be grateful for some feedback anyway!!

and with regards to BGW syndrome that a lot of people tend to dislike... as im putting plenty of details in to the gatehouse, ill be leaving the outer wall plain, and then breaking up the keep with arrow slits and things like that!!

i will be adding updates with every order i get and then add to it. (probably one a month just after pay day haha!)

this creation is currently entered into a competition in the christian group: http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/21281



the finished inn, and neighbouring property


view down the inside of the outer wall with the new watch tower on the left (replacing the old large tower)




stalls empty until market day


a thief and deserter about to be put to death by the Black Falcon elite archers


Blacksmiths shop and house


overview of houses






























































inside the updated blacksmith


wenches converse outside the inn




empty market stall yet to be rented out


inside the gatehouse


the blacksmiths house


the inn again (this is module like the walls of the castle, the rear half will be made when i receive my next order from bricklink!)


over view of phase 2 of the MOC


market stalls inside gatehouse


main new addition is this large building. im having second thoughts about it at the moment but ill see if looks alright once i start work on the keep. i might keep design the same but make it a smaller watch tower. thoughts on that people?


over view from outside






more shots of inside the gatehouse




more shots inside the blacksmith





Comments

 I like it 
  September 22, 2014
Nicely built, great job.
 I made it 
  October 14, 2013
oh, and i think that my next build is more thank likley going to a rebuild of this one, but incorporating the pieces i now have to landscape and create a cobbled street
Quoting Achintya Prasad Nice! The only lacking thing, I feel, is a nice cobbled pathway through the village; otherwise, this is superb!
 I made it 
  October 14, 2013
completely agree, at the time i didnt have any tiled pieces to do a cobbled street, but my latest build, im glad to say does have!
Quoting Achintya Prasad Nice! The only lacking thing, I feel, is a nice cobbled pathway through the village; otherwise, this is superb!
 I like it 
  October 14, 2013
Nice! The only lacking thing, I feel, is a nice cobbled pathway through the village; otherwise, this is superb!
Chris Bramley
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Emerald Knight
  October 7, 2013
Very well done !>....
 I like it 
  September 30, 2013
Excellent!!!
 I like it 
  September 28, 2013
great creation i especially like the walls, great Architecture on the towers themselves. Its also great to find someone who is also from essex on moc pages. Keep up the great work mate.
 I like it 
  August 14, 2013
nice part of fortified town, I was playing with idea to do the same - just walls and part of inside city, then I decided to remake castle and did whole fortification. this is very nice, looking to see another part of city
 I like it 
  May 28, 2013
Nice JOb!
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  May 9, 2013
Looks excellent! Can't wait for the final product!
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  May 9, 2013
Looks fantastic! I love it!
  May 8, 2013
Looks good, but I would suggest putting the second layer on your houses out a brick, so there is a bit of overhang.
 I like it 
  May 7, 2013
Looking good!
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  February 28, 2013
Nice! great to see battlement walkways that are fit for purpose and not 2 studs wide!
 I like it 
  February 27, 2013
Nice details!
 I like it 
  February 27, 2013
Impressive! I like all your buildings.
  February 21, 2013
Very Nice, i like the turrets!
 I made it 
  December 5, 2012
and Rom, i may just have a few pictures on my hard drive of that small tudor building in the background, if i can find them ill post them in a new folder. i copied the design basic layout of it from the green and grey fishermans hut on CCC.com (i cant remember who made it, and if i spend time at work searching ill get pulled up on it!!) Chris
 I made it 
  December 5, 2012
Quoting Romany Woodhouse Hey, I didn't know you'd posted updates! Maybe you should create a new page each time you upload new photos so people who've marked you as a favourite get a prompt to check the new photos out. This is looking great. I don't think there's a problem with BGWs, although if I might make a suggestion or two: maybe consider breaking them up with a couple of tiles on headlight bricks. It doesn't take many (although I burned through heaps in my last build!) to make a difference. Also I'm a big fan of tiling/paving floors - and an added bonus is that it then doesn't matter what colour the supporting structure is, giving you a bit of extra flexibility to use parts you might otherwise not use. You can get 2x2 plates in bulk for next to nothing on Bricklink. I've just discovered that yellow and blue look great together! Anyway, this is looking like heaps of fun. I especially like the little yellow tudor building on the floor against your bookshelf in a couple of the older photos - wish you had a close-up of that! Sorry about this mammoth comment - and thanks for your recent comment too by the way. - Rom.
Cheers for the feedback Rom appreciate it!! i never thought of adding a new page to be honest, but it doesnt matter now as ive pulled this one down and started a new build. im just using one 50x50 baseplate, and as its a lot more compact, the BGW syndrome isnt as apparent! im waiting until payday til i can order a few thousand 1x1 tiles for the floor and a few more roof bits then ill be posting a new folder so keep your eyes peeled as my new one is so much better than this one! only obstacle ebing is finding someone with a top notch camera that i can use to take some decent pics!! cheers!! Chris
 I like it 
  December 5, 2012
Hey, I didn't know you'd posted updates! Maybe you should create a new page each time you upload new photos so people who've marked you as a favourite get a prompt to check the new photos out. This is looking great. I don't think there's a problem with BGWs, although if I might make a suggestion or two: maybe consider breaking them up with a couple of tiles on headlight bricks. It doesn't take many (although I burned through heaps in my last build!) to make a difference. Also I'm a big fan of tiling/paving floors - and an added bonus is that it then doesn't matter what colour the supporting structure is, giving you a bit of extra flexibility to use parts you might otherwise not use. You can get 2x2 plates in bulk for next to nothing on Bricklink. I've just discovered that yellow and blue look great together! Anyway, this is looking like heaps of fun. I especially like the little yellow tudor building on the floor against your bookshelf in a couple of the older photos - wish you had a close-up of that! Sorry about this mammoth comment - and thanks for your recent comment too by the way. - Rom.
 I like it 
  October 27, 2012
Nice creationism! But reality stuff on the floor/messy room takes away points! LOL
 I like it 
  October 17, 2012
I think it's great, really like the gatehouse
 I made it 
  September 6, 2012
Quoting Justin M First off, wow! I think you're really giving Jackson's castle a run for it's money, Chris;) Accuracy: 5. This is simply stunning. Creativity: 5. I like how there's no area of the build what's missing detail. (You don't see that to often!) Photo Quality: 3 1/2. A bright light always makes for better photos. Overall build: 4 1/2. This build was exceptional. Your score comes out to be a big 18! Congratulations Chris and thanks for competing.
thanks for the score my man!! im suprised you scored me as high as you did for the picture quality as the pics were taken on a 3 year old camera phone so ill take that 3.5 no problems haha!! pleasure to compete, and im chuffed with my score as this is the first contest ive ever entered!! Chris
 I made it 
  September 6, 2012
Quoting Justin M First off, wow! I think you're really giving Jackson's castle a run for it's money, Chris;) Accuracy: 5. This is simply stunning. Creativity: 5. I like how there's no area of the build what's missing detail. (You don't see that to often!) Photo Quality: 3 1/2. A bright light always makes for better photos. Overall build: 4 1/2. This build was exceptional. Your score comes out to be a big 18! Congratulations Chris and thanks for competing.
thanks for the score my man!! im suprised you scored me as high as you did for the picture quality as the pics were taken on a 3 year old camera phone so ill take that 3.5 no problems haha!! pleasure to compete, and im chuffed with my score as this is the first contest ive ever entered!! Chris
 I like it 
  September 5, 2012
First off, wow! I think you're really giving Jackson's castle a run for it's money, Chris;) Accuracy: 5. This is simply stunning. Creativity: 5. I like how there's no area of the build what's missing detail. (You don't see that to often!) Photo Quality: 3 1/2. A bright light always makes for better photos. Overall build: 4 1/2. This build was exceptional. Your score comes out to be a big 18! Congratulations Chris and thanks for competing.
 I like it 
  September 4, 2012
Excellent castle cant what till it's done!!!
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  August 17, 2012
Aha it's been a while since I saw this. Not sure if I saw the Inn last time or that's part of this update? Regardless, excellent work building the inn. Your gatehouse is still awesome, and of course, the minifigures are neat as well (I love the Black Falcon Faction).
 I made it 
  August 17, 2012
Quoting beckett neil I really like it! And that must have took a long time to build and well bad luck for the theif in the moc :)
haha yeah it did take a while mate. many hours over many weeks, chopping and changing this detail and that! this MOC no longer exists now, as ive broken it up and ive started work on a smaller fortress, just using one of these grey baseplates. keep checking my page as ill have pics of the new one up soon!! cheers for the coments! Chris
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  August 11, 2012
I really like it! And that must have took a long time to build and well bad luck for the theif in the moc :)
 I like it 
  May 26, 2012
That gate house is really great! You put a really great amount of detail into it! You're right, landscaping is important but you can get to that later. I used to build very large spread out creations that weren't particularly good. Then I started building them more concentrated and on smaller bases and they started turning out a lot better. If you were to do that you might have more detailed better results, and landscaping would be easier because it would be a overall smaller castle. Just my thoughts! And I'm glad my castles inspired you to build such a great work!
 I made it 
  May 16, 2012
Quoting Büürli Burri The size of this is very impressive. The towers and the wall look absolutely great. One suggestion: Cover the streets with plates and tiles (of course with different colours), so it would look more realistic then just a grey plate. How big will it get?
not entirely sure how big it will get yet mate. initially when i started it, my intention was to make it modular and build one 48x48 baseplate at a time and see where it takes me, thinking it would end up on about 15-20 baseplates but that will take far too long as i dont have enough parts to make it that big!! landscaping is a big issue for me, coz in my opinion the best MOCs include landscaping but i just dont have the parts for that at the moment. im thinking of knocking it down and putting the 4 baseplates i have in a square and making a smaller castle but cramming as much detail into that as i can but im not 100% sure yet. at any rate, itll have to wait until after my exams at university haha!! cheers for the feedback! chris
Chris Bramley
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Büürli Burri
  May 15, 2012
The size of this is very impressive. The towers and the wall look absolutely great. One suggestion: Cover the streets with plates and tiles (of course with different colours), so it would look more realistic then just a grey plate. How big will it get?
 I like it 
  May 14, 2012
Lookin' better by the minute Chris!
 I like it 
  May 14, 2012
great creation mate, excellent detail looking forward to the finished article.
 I like it 
  May 14, 2012
You defianantly are not new to lego, it looks like you have been building and collecting for a long time!
 I like it 
  May 14, 2012
This is extremely good and well-dtailed for your first MOC! I like that you used the classic yellow LEGO knights. I grew up with them and always get a smile on my face when I see them.
 I made it 
  May 14, 2012
Quoting Jackson Williams Wow amazing build!!!
thanks man! it is progressing slowly but surely!
 I like it 
  May 14, 2012
Wow amazing build!!!
 I made it 
  April 20, 2012
cheers mate!! just having a wee look around your creations now! some top notch builds on there mate!! chris
Quoting Ru Corder Looking great!
 I made it 
  April 20, 2012
Cheers mate! its looking even better now (if i may say so mayself lol!), ive got rid of the big tower, and made it a smaller watch tower, and ive added another house and slightly modified/finished the inn. next time i get round the old in laws, ill be putting up some more pictures of these additions, so keep checking!! Chris
Quoting Justin M Looking better by the moment!
 I like it 
  April 19, 2012
Looking better by the moment!
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  April 19, 2012
Looking great!
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  April 13, 2012
thanks for the feedback mate! ive done exactly that with the large building. scaled it down a lot more and started work on some stables aswell. ill be getting pictures up when its finished. ive had a few ideas regarding the keep, but that'll have to wait for now until i get another baseplate and order more bricks! check back soon for updates! Chris
Quoting Romany Woodhouse First attempt? Wow! Since you asked for thoughts, I think you should scale back that large building to a watchtower, but build a similarly sized keep inside the walls. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress on this.
 I like it 
  April 13, 2012
First attempt? Wow! Since you asked for thoughts, I think you should scale back that large building to a watchtower, but build a similarly sized keep inside the walls. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress on this.
 I made it 
  March 26, 2012
cheers mate! yeah i feel like its coming along nicely!
Quoting Justin M It's looking amazing!
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  March 25, 2012
It's looking amazing!
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  March 23, 2012
Cheers for the feedback mate! Regarding interior buildings, I'm still a relative novice and have used a lot of inspiration from other houses on ccc.com and other sites like that. I have improved the interior buildings somewhat, and I have pictures waiting to be uploaded when I can get to a pc that isn't at work so check back soon! Chris s
Quoting Tasty Muffins The gate house is magnificently detailed I really really like it! The walls are nice too! I've always had trouble with interior buildings and I'm very impressed with how good yours are on your first try!
 I like it 
  March 21, 2012
The gate house is magnificently detailed I really really like it! The walls are nice too! I've always had trouble with interior buildings and I'm very impressed with how good yours are on your first try!
 I like it 
  March 17, 2012
The gatehouse is fantastic! I like the portcullis housing quite a bit, and I love the towers on either side. I can't wait to see it finished.
 I made it 
  March 16, 2012
Haha yeah man first attempt! Chuffed with some of the feedback I've got so far! If you like the house, make sure u check back soon as I've incorporated it with the blacksmith and started on a pubinn type building in the same style as the house. Chris
Quoting Will A. First attempt? /are you sure? This is absolutely insane. The walls are great, the house is sooooo cool and, everything else is just amazing. Make sure to use white paper or any other color for background.
 I like it 
  March 16, 2012
Amazing! Keep up the fantastic work!
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  March 15, 2012
Very good! It doesn't need much more work at all! Nice gate and tower to.
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  March 15, 2012
First attempt? /are you sure? This is absolutely insane. The walls are great, the house is sooooo cool and, everything else is just amazing. Make sure to use white paper or any other color for background.
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  March 15, 2012
Excelent start. Keep the momentum and build more.
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  March 14, 2012
Great work! Keep it up.
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  March 14, 2012
If this is your first build, I can't wait to see more! May I suggest choosing «large» size for the pics? Great castle, keep building on this theme and I'll make sure to keep up! :D
 I made it 
  March 14, 2012
Yeah man, adding details to the wall will be the last thing I do to it I rekon, because when there are more structures ie the keep and more houses then I'm thinking it might look a bit too muddled but ill see how it goes! Check back soon mate coz as I've mentioned in previous posts, I've improved the blacksmith (combined it with the house) and started work on an inn, as well as adding to the outer wall and adding a large tower in the style of the gatehouse. Pics should be up within the next week or so! Thanks for the feedback! Chris
Quoting Jake Almondy The two gate towers are excellent and highly detailed! I agree that the walls are fairly plain; excellent work on the gatehouse and blacksmith's house. I'll look forwards to seeing your finished product.
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  March 14, 2012
The two gate towers are excellent and highly detailed! I agree that the walls are fairly plain; excellent work on the gatehouse and blacksmith's house. I'll look forwards to seeing your finished product.
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  March 14, 2012
Quoting Jackson Williams Wow this is amazing all that detail and every thing is amazing ,but next time do the bigger pic so that people can get a better look at your castles. i give you a 5/5!!!!!
nice one thanks man! yeah im hoping to get a better camera aswell as ive only got my phone at the moment! should have some more up soon tho of the improvements ive made on the existing pics and also another baseplate worth of additions to upload aswell!! chris
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  March 14, 2012
Wow this is amazing all that detail and every thing is amazing ,but next time do the bigger pic so that people can get a better look at your castles. i give you a 5/5!!!!!
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  March 14, 2012
Wow this is amazing all that detail and every thing is amazing ,but next time do the bigger pic so that people can get a better look at your castles. i give you a 5/5!!!!!
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  March 14, 2012
It looks promising...
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  March 9, 2012
Thanks man appreciate the feedback! Really liked the colours in your builds! I'm not really in a position where I'm saving bricks! My dad threw out my childhood lego when I first moved out so I started ordering bricks last year and what's used in these pics is more or less all my lego! Definately going to add variation in colour when I get nearer the end! And a better camera will show off the 'brick' look as apposed to a seamless slice of grey! Pay day can't come soon enough for me to order more bits haha! Cheers for the comments man, really like your builds! Chris
Quoting Elderon Eldar Looking great! Especially for a first build! I do indeed suggest that to save bricks and that you won't catch the big-grey-wall-syndrome, use different colors. You should check out a few builds by me (I'm not fetching for comments or likes at all!) )in which it kinda shows you can use many different colors in your walls. -greetings, Elderon
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  March 9, 2012
Thanks man appreciate the feedback! Really liked the colours in your builds! I'm not really in a position where I'm saving bricks! My dad threw out my childhood lego when I first moved out so I started ordering bricks last year and what's used in these pics is more or less all my lego! Definately going to add variation in colour when I get nearer the end! And a better camera will show off the 'brick' look as apposed to a seamless slice of grey! Pay day can't come soon enough for me to order more bits haha! Cheers for the comments man, really like your builds! Chris
Quoting Elderon Eldar Looking great! Especially for a first build! I do indeed suggest that to save bricks and that you won't catch the big-grey-wall-syndrome, use different colors. You should check out a few builds by me (I'm not fetching for comments or likes at all!) )in which it kinda shows you can use many different colors in your walls. -greetings, Elderon
 I like it 
  March 9, 2012
Looking great! Especially for a first build! I do indeed suggest that to save bricks and that you won't catch the big-grey-wall-syndrome, use different colors. You should check out a few builds by me (I'm not fetching for comments or likes at all!) )in which it kinda shows you can use many different colors in your walls. -greetings, Elderon
 I made it 
  March 9, 2012
Thanks man, I'm pretty pleased with it as far as first attempts go! You're spot on with my plan aswell! I'm going to eventually add arrow slits to the outer wall but get those parts later as I'm concentrating onthe big building first then the subtle touches later on. I think I'm going to add some contrast in the walls with some small dark blue grey plates as apposed to bricks as I feel that using different colous bricks won't be as subtle as I'd like! Thanks for the feedback mate!
Quoting Jakob Hestbaek As a first moc it is very good. The outer wall could use some more details. But you can add details later when your lego Collection grows.
 I made it 
  March 9, 2012
Cheers man! It will be quite a while before its actually finished but check back soon, ill have one more completed baseplate uploaded, and will be starting construction on the 4th one as soon as payday comes and I can afford to order it!!
Quoting Lego Builders Impressive! Would like to see the whole thing when it is completed! -LB Senior
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  March 8, 2012
As a first moc it is very good. The outer wall could use some more details. But you can add details later when your lego Collection grows.
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  March 8, 2012
The walls need some texture, but other than that, excellent work so far!
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  March 8, 2012
The main gate is excellent! The side wall however, seems to be suffering from big grey wall syndrome a bit. Maybe try adding some dark grey or tan in as well. Looking really good!
 I like it 
  March 8, 2012
Impressive! Would like to see the whole thing when it is completed! -LB Senior
Chris Bramley
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White Knight
  March 4, 2012
the Black, Grey & Yellow mix is glorious, well done !>.....
Chris Bramley
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justin dale
  March 4, 2012
I like it and look forward to your progress.
 I made it 
  March 4, 2012
Quoting White Knight the Black, Grey & Yellow mix is glorious, well done !>.....
Cheers man, I like to combine the newer windows with the simplicity of the 3stud arches that feature a lot in the 80s sets, think they go really well together! Got another couple of deliveries coming tomorrow from brick link so should be able to add more pics of an almost completed 3rd baseplate fairly soon. Keep checking back for updates peeps!
 I made it 
  March 2, 2012
Cheers for the comments guys! I've started work on another section now, I'm going round to the right which will consist of a big tower, and connected to that will be stables and raised living quarters! Photos up as soon as that bit is done!
 I like it 
  March 1, 2012
Great job!! Awesome!!
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  February 27, 2012
Super. its well proportioned - i like that.
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  February 27, 2012
Super. its well proportioned - i like that.
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  February 27, 2012
Super. its well proportioned - i like that.
 
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