A medieval manor building, where I experiment with building techniques.
About this creation
Greetings once again. After some helpful criticism from Deus Otiosus and looking through a variety of works here on MOCpages, I decided to have a trial with different ideas. More than anything, this is an experiment with style and technique. I figured that after seeing a couple of the downright amazing castles in this scale, this is more of a manor from the high middle ages rather than a castle. I mean, there's no courtyard or outer walls, so it does lack the elements of a true castle, but it retains much of the medieval style. It even almost ventures into Gothic with the use of bats as gargoyles and stained glass on the curved wall. Here's a couple of pictures of the overall results...
Some shots of the interior:
A couple detail shots:
I'm pleased that I could pull off the curved wall technique using a combination of 1x2 bricks and 1x1 round bricks, though I unfortunately didn't have enough round bricks to continue. Overall though, it was a pleasant experiment. It actually surprised me that I managed to make something taller and more complex than my previous MOC, though this one lacks the little interior details like tables, chests and barrels.
Built summer 2012.
Hmm a vary nice build, however your presentation lets it down.
Your photos need to be lighter, an d if you can, put a white sheet behind your build so we can concentrate on your build, not your room.
Anther, if you select large photo format when uploading your photos they are larger and look better.
Now, your build is very good, its visibly pleasing, and uses some good techniques. Keep using them and all will be well.
The roof looks good, you've use colours that go together and work nicely!
One more thing, Make sure your pictures are nice and light.
Hmm, your presentation would improve a lot if you chose the large photos when uploading (even more if you choose to upload pictures to FlickR or Brickshelf and manually add tem to the page, but that is so much work that it deters you from posting on MOCpages for months after building your creations) and the photos are still a bit dark and grainy (maybe some experimenting with that - indirect sunlight is very good), but your building skill is improving quickly. The decorations are not as good as they could look on their own, if you added stands or some other way of incorporation into the architecture it would look more like a part of a hole and not as much as cool pieces added to make it look cooler. The rockwork (although you may just not have the pieces to do) also needs work, but the architecture, with the round wall (good job on not making it have spiraling lines, it is much better the way you did it) and the middle tower is well-made and looks very well incorporated in the manor. The foliage looks good, it seems that a well, a pond or a fountain would fit well in front (and add to the manor feeling of the whole). Keep working with tan, it makes your creations recognizable and could in fact be the basis of your unique style. In short - you are improving quickly, but still have further to go. To gain a larger audience you should join more groups, there are also good ones that concentrates on constructive criticism ( http://www.mocpages.com/group.php/20385 ).