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Guilhelm Refuge
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A banished race finds refuge from their powerful enemies in a hidden mountain range.
About this creation
I could see the fog disappear at my touch, slinking away from my form like a shadow from light. I took another cautious step forward, hearing small pebbles crunch beneath my boots. Looking down, my legs seemed to vanish below the knee, lost in a mist as thick as quicksand. Every noise rebounded off unseen stone, and I could not be sure if I was in the smallest of caves or the greatest of valleys. Echoes surrounded me, and in the ominous, hidden environment I know found myself in, they seemed akin to the wails of spirits.



It's been quite a long time in coming (far too long), but my largest creation is at last here for all to see: Guilhelm Refuge.

The idea first came to me as I lay in bed one night (rather cliche, though the truth). I have always loved landscapes, and I have always loved castles. Many times I'd seen the two genres combined to create stunning MOCs. Why not try my hand at it?

The scale of this creation, at first, did not hit me. Though not really "big" by MOCpages standards (a.k.a Kelso standards), it was by far an enormous undertaking for a builder as new to the game of large creations as me. I started out with a very simple layout: one 32 by 32 stud baseplate lined up next to another 16 by 32, making a final footprint of 32 by 48. Then I started building.





I started from the ground up, first laying in the iced-over pond (more a large puddle... looks like I need to hit Bricklink) and designing the interior of the ground floor. That's when I came across my first major issue.

Building a set with both an exterior and interior in mind was much, much harder than I had anticipated. Every single rock had to be placed with meticulous care, and since I lacked bricks with one side studs (poking out farther than on headlight bricks), I needed to use bricks with a stud on opposite sides. This meant having to add a SNOTed rock on the outside for every decoration on the inside.




Rather tricky. But I soon got the hang of it, and went on to confront the problem that had been giving me grief since the inception of the project: piece count.

As I've mentioned, this was without doubt the largest build I had ever attempted, and the glaring fact was thus: I just didn't have the pieces for it. Rather than admit defeat and consign myself to Bricklink, I first gathered every single piece I could scrounge from my collection, and then turned to an outside source: my cousins (one of whose MOCpage can be found here).





Let me say it now: they are lifesavers. A LOT of pieces and a bit of collaboration (they designed the cave's arch) later, the rockwork was finished.

















The roof was a challenge. While I would have loved to do something like this, I once again found myself without the necessary bricks. And I'd gone this far without Bricklink, so why give in now? (Note: the roof was the last portion of the build to be constructed, though I am including the photographs here, so as not to break up the flow of the post).

I decided to go with a simple, almost ramshackle technique, which I hope both looks good and conveys the rough-and-tumble look of the refuge's construction that I was going for.








The tree was an idea first originated in this MOC. I expanded on it here, and added hands for the extra gnarled look.











Lots of wood paneling and tile flooring had to be borrowed to complete the interior, but I think it was worth it.























Another aspect of the build that proved troublesome was having to make the rockwork appear natural while sloping upwards from two directions. This stretched the limits of not only my gray slope pieces, but my patience. I worked and reworked the design until I was pleased with the appearance of both sides.








Figures are always one of my favorite parts of a MOC to design; they always add so much life to the creation. I'm pretty pleased with how these came out. Gotta love those new Hobbit torsos.





A bit of experimentation with shadows and a light brick.


This has been a huge project right from the start, so I want to first off say a big thanks to everyone here on the 'pages who has inspired me and passed on advice. Also, an enormous thank-you to my cousins (again, find one of them here!). I couldn't have done it without you.

I learned a lot throughout the course of this build, most notably three things:

1. You always need more pieces than you think
2. You always have less pieces than you think
3. And finally, to quote Winston Churchill, "Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense."

As much as I would like to tell you more information about the story that goes with the build, I'm afraid I can't. I hope to eventually turn it into a book someday, and you just can't take chances with information on the Internet nowadays. My apologies.

Well, I'm almost certain I've forgotten something I meant to say, but this post has been put off long enough due to MOCpages issues at my own home, lack of good photos, etc. I may return and edit things later, if I feel so inclined.

Well, thanks for sticking around this long, and if you read everything, you have now seen a rare glimpse into the mind of a deranged Lego builder. Hope you enjoyed your stay ;)

Soli Deo Gloria,
A M



Comments

  April 12, 2014
wow great moc I love it
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  March 1, 2014
Oh, Alex, sorry to bother you on one of your creations, but just reminding you that you'd better get over to out MA team group. There's still a few medieval categories left, but probably not for long. ;)
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  March 1, 2014
Quoting Alex Rode Wow, fantastic texturing. Btw, 50 :)
WOO! Thanks :)
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  February 28, 2014
Wow, fantastic texturing. Btw, 50 :)
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  November 16, 2013
Incredible! I love the minifigs! Great work!
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  November 16, 2013
Amazing creation, I just love the detail and the tile, very eye catching and incredible tree.
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  October 19, 2013
Quoting Kai Bernstein Great job! I'm liking the rockwork and the way the refuge is built into it; everything about it really pulls one into the moc's world. The only thing I'd change is the rockwork above the treasure; it seems too simple a slant without the ones that are three studs long, or two long and three bricks high.
Thanks! Yes, I would undoubtedly change that if I could go back in time :P Thank you for the CC!
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  October 19, 2013
Great job! I'm liking the rockwork and the way the refuge is built into it; everything about it really pulls one into the moc's world. The only thing I'd change is the rockwork above the treasure; it seems too simple a slant without the ones that are three studs long, or two long and three bricks high.
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  August 28, 2013
Quoting A. J. S. This is my favorite of your sets still; the rock fits so nicely with the building. Your attention to detail is what makes this set so great.
Thanks.
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  August 28, 2013
This is my favorite of your sets still; the rock fits so nicely with the building. Your attention to detail is what makes this set so great.
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  August 18, 2013
Nice creation with cool details, I like it.
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  August 2, 2013
Quoting Halhi 141 You has goods maths skillz :P It's 32x48 :)
Lol, my mistake xP Can't believe someone hasn't pointed that out to me yet. Does this mean no one reads my write-ups!? *look of horror*
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  August 2, 2013
You has goods maths skillz :P It's 32x48 :)
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  August 2, 2013
May I have the pleasure of bumping this up to 40 likes? Never mind, I'm doing it anyway! Excellent work!
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  August 2, 2013
Quoting clayton Marchetti Wow this is awesome so realistic I can see I'm in trouble in the caption contest. Thank you for checking out my mach 5
Hey, it was my pleasure! :) And there are plenty of people we'll have to contend with in that contest, haha.
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  August 1, 2013
Wow this is awesome so realistic I can see I'm in trouble in the caption contest. Thank you for checking out my mach 5
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  July 7, 2013
nice detail
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  June 19, 2013
Very nice! I love the transition from rock to the structure.
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  April 7, 2013
Awesome.
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  March 28, 2013
How did I ever miss this? This is amazing. Awesome job, dude! :D
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  March 11, 2013
Wow, theirs so many details on this build it would take forever to point them all out! This is amazing!!
  March 11, 2013
Awesome dude! I have learned them too!
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  March 3, 2013
Quoting Paul Vermeesch Brilliant merging of building and rock! I wasn't expecting an interior, but that just makes it all the more epic! I love that tree too. Certainly one to file away in my techniques folder!
I'm honored, Paul! Thanks for the comment!
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  March 3, 2013
Brilliant merging of building and rock! I wasn't expecting an interior, but that just makes it all the more epic! I love that tree too. Certainly one to file away in my techniques folder!
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  March 2, 2013
WOW! This is huge! Very nice dead tree design and rock work! Excellent execution!
A M
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Emerald Knight
  March 1, 2013
very nicely done !>.....
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  March 1, 2013
Really well built but I have a problem with it..... It is way to amazing!!!!!
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  March 1, 2013
Quoting Jensen Anderson Great work! Are you doing the MOCathalon? Looking forward to seeing more of your stuff =)
Thank you! Sadly, I am not; I just couldn't get this post together and my bricks ready in time. Next year! :)
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  March 1, 2013
Quoting Topsy Creatori (StoveTopCreator!) Soooo lovely.... good luck with the book! :)
Much appreciated :) Thanks!
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  March 1, 2013
Quoting Matthew Oh My goodness A M! This is definitely your best creation yet! Without a doubt! I love your rockwork, and adding the interior was a bonus! Your tree design is fantastic, and the house blends in quite nicely with the rocks! Keep them coming A M! You are getting tons better!
It's comments like these that keep me going ;) Thanks a bunch, Matthew!
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  March 1, 2013
Wow, this is incredible.
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  March 1, 2013
AWESOME!
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  March 1, 2013
the piece is great on many levels, I love the light experience, coincidally, I happened to do the same thing this week, 2 creations have them, ep#5-6![meedass] but, your narration is what I appreciated best, you make it more interesting, it s cool to have a building story sometimes, lol, you made a lot of efforts for this piece...and it pays off, it s marvelous, intricate, innovative, and mostly beautiful, bravo!
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  March 1, 2013
Soooo lovely.... good luck with the book! :)
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  March 1, 2013
I think that the tree made of lances is very clever and looks great.
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  March 1, 2013
Wow! Fantastic man! The details everywhere are great! The inside of the building, the cave thing, the icy atmosphere, excellent!
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  March 1, 2013
Wow! Fantastic man! The details everywhere are great! The inside of the building, the cave thing, the icy atmosphere, excellent!
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  March 1, 2013
Pretty nice work and definitely something to build on and expand.. with more bricks, of course :)
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  March 1, 2013
Great work! Are you doing the MOCathalon? Looking forward to seeing more of your stuff =)
  February 28, 2013
As already mentioned, you have really brought your building to a new level with this creation. Really nice work! -LB Senior
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  February 28, 2013
Brilliant! Your best creation yet! The exterior as well as the interior is amazing! 5/5!!
  February 28, 2013
Awesome work! Great to here from fellow low-budge builders--using the resources at your immediate disposal makes success that much more of an achievement.
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  February 28, 2013
Awesome work, inside and out!
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  February 28, 2013
My goodness A M! This is definitely your best creation yet! Without a doubt! I love your rockwork, and adding the interior was a bonus! Your tree design is fantastic, and the house blends in quite nicely with the rocks! Keep them coming A M! You are getting tons better!
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  February 28, 2013
I like the rock work!
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  February 28, 2013
Incredible!! The sheer size of this is impressive, let alone all the masterful little details. Nice tree! :)
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  February 28, 2013
Wow. I totally relate to the piece count too. This is amazing and has earned my respect. Bravo!
  February 28, 2013
Nice! 2,00000/5
 
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