A Lego castle built after years of not using the medium. Excuse the Norwegian Black Metal reference, but it sort of fits the theme.
About this creation
So, it was the beginning of this summer and I'm spending time at my parents' house. With nothing better to do I embark on an experience I haven't had for years, that I enjoyed enormously as a kid: building castles out of Lego.
The end result was a five-story building (taller, larger and more detailed than many of the official castle sets by all accounts, but nothing in comparison to some of the MOCs I've seen while browsing this site) with a crossed staircase that I see as a marvel of brick design.
I even added a small "evil shrine" in the lower level, as well as tables with what I like to call "vials containing alchemical mixes", which led to the name. Count Grishnack is as some may know, the former pseudonym of Varg Vikernes, an infamous Norwegian Black Metal musician (the master mind behind Burzum) and former convict (look it up if you're interested) with certain "interesting" political ideas. While I do not like the man's political agenda or some of his music, the theme of evil in a medieval setting fits the name. Which was actually taken from one of the Orcs in the Lord of the Rings, I know.
Anyway, I was quite surprised that I managed to pull this castle off.
Built June 2012.
Although the rockwork and general landscaping is not as good as it could be, I enjoy the interior of the castle mostly, it has a genuine feeling that I remember from years ago. Of course you will probably evolve your skill even more, especially if you take some time and see how other people build, make a Bricklink order, find out you do not have the bricks to copy others' work, get a unque idea and create your style. Just give it a few months. Good job for starting, though. Better than my start, at least.