My big castle project is finally finished and here on MOCpages! Yay!
About this creation
OK well its not really so big or mighty but relative to what I've done in the past it is :P
So this is my recent project - I started it almost half a year ago... I tore it apart because the MocAthalon was coming up and I needed all my pieces, I lacked the grass stalks to full up the scene, and lacked inspiration to continue. I started it up again in June, and posted WIP shots on Flickr. With the encouragement and ideas of my LEGO friends over there I was able to get ideas to continue the build. Personally I really enjoyed building it and when I was able to receive more grass stalks in the mail from my friend "Masked Builder", I was really able to complete the build! Thanks for viewing and make sure to look at all 23 of the pictures :P
Front view of the castle scene. This is my largest yet creation: 64x64.
Another shot of the front...
Side view! Notice all the amazing details, or wait and see the other 20 pictures that are here :P
From now on I'm going to leave less comments and let the numerous pictures do the talking.
The sturdy bridge that crosses the small but quick river.
The guards are very loyal and make sure to protect the inhabitants and visitors to the mighty castle.
Aerial top down view.
The guards watch over the gates and make sure no commotions will happen.
Dancing monkey and violin case for donations. Yup.
Stables with a little area for the piggy to eat his slop. Yum.
Two noble visitors to the castle.
Artistic shot of the bridge.
This is what happens to my castle after letting my siblings play with it for two days :P
Thanks for viewing and I hope you like it :) I spent a long time working on it, and improving it, and I think it's my best creation yet :)
Constructive criticism appreciated! I'd like to make my next castle even better :)
very nice castle! the city style sculpting [emporum] and others, make it shine, now that you mention it, I don t recall big pieces you ve done, only smart, neat, small ones, the stables, and pig...[den?] are stylish and elegant even if pretty simple to do, I don t know why, seeing this, makes me want to do something with horses, they just look so cool, the bridge is just perfect, I might build a castle someday, as I certainly have enough now, but, since I exchanged my medieval figs for used parts...it will have to be another period, a bad guy s lair coold be nice, yours sure is! bravo flare!
Wow, Flare, you have gotten to be a much better builder than when last I saw your builds. :D This castle is extremely well built and put together, with some sweet techniques and excellent attention to detail. Nice work!
This is pretty cool right here Ben, exactly my type of MOC, just got to love it. Smart bridge, beautiful depthness on the water, the SNOT on the walls is looking very clean, and the landscaping is enticing. I'd love to visit it if I was a minifig :D And congratulations on most discussed!
This is truly spectacular! It must be so fun to play with because of all the extraordinary details! Do you know how long it took you to build? That bridge is amazing! How did you make it? I just love the whole lego. you must have spent so much time on it.
This is just stunning! I didn't see the true amount of detail and time you put into this until I scrolled through all of the pictures, let me just say it was totally worth it! The stables, the bridge, the lake, the complexity of the castle wall! You really out-did yourself with this one:D Fantastic job!
Really nice detailing on the landscape and castle walls - I love the way you've used lots of different techniques to give a variety of shapes to the walls, but it still looks like a coherent whole. It takes a lot of time and bricks to produce something like this; well done!
Fantastic. There's no way I could have appreciated this MOC without those 23 photos;) The detail is very thorough and all the grass really gives life to the other features of the landscape. The wooden path and bridge are beautiful, but it's the placement of all of the features that really caught my eye on this one, especially the water features.
Excellent work. But I don't know how effective B1s would be deffending the battlements. :P
As for CC, I like the castle and all the detail. The landscaping is brilliant. But I don't really like the slope-curvey thing on the wall. Though it's well built I don't think it goes well with a square shaped castle. Maybe a more round castle.
You ask for constructive criticism, and El Barto is the only one down there who'll oblige. Well, the landscaping looks good to me, so allow me to constructively criticize the castle wall. It needs a unifying motif other than the gray and tan mottling. Look it over, starting from the left, and you'll see what I mean: You have a straight stretch of wall, come to a little tower with nice recesses in the walls topped with arches, then it makes a sharp corner. The main gate has this neat ribbed pattern on the sides but it doesn't echo what we naturally expect, which should be some columns going up to an overtopping arch. Then we come to this curved section, which because of the pattern necessary to the technique, doesn't match anything that came before. On the end, the straight lines and sharp angles do mirror the left side, but we lack either columns/recesses or ribs. Each section on its own is well built, clean, looks good. All together in a short stretch of wall looks jumbled. But pick one or two motifs and repeat them, and it will just look "right" in a way this doesn't. All curves or none, columns and recesses or not, it doesn't matter. Just whichever motif you like best (or more practically, what your collection will allow).
Nicely done! I like that little bridge, crafty parts usage there. Dancing monkeys, always a plus. The main wall looks a tad short, but still, well detailed. One option would have been to just make it taller, another, since it's a facade anyway, have a taller wall on the back edge of the baseplate, like a forced perspective, to create some height. Just a thought. Looks like your siblings had fun!
The mighty Flare strikes again! Excellent castle design. Although I've got to say my favorite parts are actually the pond and the bridge (might have to use that sometime). The angles of the walls are great as well.