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Commission - Cair Paravel
Designed by yours truly and built by local elementary students for the C.S. Lewis festival in Petoskey, Michigan, this large diorama of the Narnian Castle of Cair Paravel was a whirlwind project that went from sketches to bricks in less than a month. Featuring over 7,000 elements, the model is loosely based on concept art from the 2005 "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" film, and is built in a grid format from 50 modular sections. Special thanks to the C.S. Lewis festival for this opportunity, the kids who made it happen, and my family for tremendous help sorting, invoicing, and cataloging. If you're lucky, you might even see this in person at Brickworld 2014!
About this creation
The Model


The model weighs in at 64x48 studs and has an overall height of about 1 foot. It's rare to find light tan castles, so from the moment the C.S. Lewis festival proposed the idea to me, I knew experimenting with tan and dark red would be something special.


A look at the back of the model. You can also see the seams between the modular sections in this shot. Each kid, over the course of the three week program built several of the 8x8 modular sections which were then technic-pinned together to create the castle.


A bird's eye look at the diorama and a good shot to see some of the interesting angles.






The castle keep where the four thrones of Narnia are found. And before you ask, no. Those pieces don't come in sand green. Spray paint. Gotta love it.






In all the concept art that I used designing the model, there was always a bridge spanning a ravine that led to the castle. This was the starting point in all my designs.








A waterfall of dots spilling onto a beach of cheese. Tasty!








This little fountain breaks up the monotony of the building and adds a neat little focal point.


The castle is just a little smaller than microfig scale, but the kids who built it sure did love running these guys all over the model.






The Concept Art

Concept art from the 2005 Chronicles of Narnia film was critical in developing a look for the model. Artist Henrick Tamm can be credited for nearly all of the concept art below.





The Design


An early sketch of my thoughts for the model.


A scale model of the scale model to get a feel for the geometry, color blocking, and proportions.


The completed digital design in LDD. Boy were those 50 modular sections a chore to engineer in LDD.


And this is what I wanted to do to the model about three weeks into the project.

The Process


The timeline for the project was so intense that I had to recruit some family help to sort out pieces for each of the modular sections. The dog, however, could care less.


Before we started building each week, the festival director Anne McDevitt would read "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" to the kids.










The model was unveiled at the performance of "Narnia: The Musical." You can watch the short ditty I did below.



Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this in-depth look at the project!

Soli Deo Gloria!



Comments

Paul Vermeesch
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Golden Knight
  January 14, 2014
Excellent !>.....well done
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  November 23, 2013
Now that is a cool build! Congrats,,,
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  November 8, 2013
What a cool moc! I like the colours, and it's great that you put some walls in different directions! :)
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  November 8, 2013
Very cool creation, Paul! Probably one of the best micro scale cities I've ever seen, haha now I'm inspired to build something in micro scale. Anyways great job designing and helping with the building because it really paid off. Oh and also it was nice to meet you at brickworld this year.
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  November 8, 2013
This is an amazingly excellent build including the design process!!! A1+++++ 12 out of 10!!!
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  November 7, 2013
All respect to whole project! And builds are amazing.
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  November 7, 2013
Amazing detail!!! WOW!
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  November 6, 2013
Impressive! Not just the build, but the whole design process. Congrats!
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  November 5, 2013
I remained long long minutes silent. Watching over and over... This is so beautifully made. Epic and superb.
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  November 4, 2013
amazing details and very creative and unique. Love it!
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  November 4, 2013
this is absolutely awesome. its mikroscale but still large size (64x48) lots of details...and 7000 pieces? wow. I did not know that microscale MOC needs so many bricks... if i could i will give to you no one like but 100 :-)
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  November 3, 2013
This just has to be the coolest micro diorama I've seen!
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  November 2, 2013
Compliments my friend, really a Masterpiece.
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  November 2, 2013
Wow! This is so impressive. Fantastic work!
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  November 2, 2013
Great work!
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  November 1, 2013
Sounds like an awesome gig! Beautiful model!
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  October 31, 2013
Beautifully done, thanks for sharing some of the process too!
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  October 30, 2013
beautiful and well organized!
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  October 30, 2013
Stunning microwork! I think it is really impressive how you got it to work with LDD. Awesome job!
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  October 30, 2013
Great work with the kids! I know from experience how hard it can be to get the kids to focus on a project like this. Great work! Hope to see it at BW2014! ~ Chris.
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  October 29, 2013
I have to say Paul that the build is great, but your engaging the kids is phenomenal. Looks like they had a wonderful time participating in this masterpiece. To bring Lego and literature together with the children is something to aspire to. You have accomplished that admirably. I am completely in awe of your work and proud that you were able to share it with us all. Thank you.
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  October 29, 2013
This is really quite wonderful, Paul. I'm always amazed at your work, but taking your talent and loaning it to a group of impressionable young folk makes me respect you more as a person. The Chronicles are some of my all-time favorite stories, so I could relate immediately when I read what was being represented here. The build is gorgeous, the design was well executed. I tip my cap to your talent, and to the kids that brought your design to fruition.
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  October 29, 2013
You never fail to amaze me... Superb miniscale!!!
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  October 29, 2013
Hi Paul, I'm from Michigan and Petosky is a great place. I hope you picked up one of their rocks. Your castle is simply wonderful. The whole presentation is just great. The colors superb. I own so few gray slopes. I'm impressed with yours.
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  October 29, 2013
Excellent project, presentation and implementation!
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  October 29, 2013
Wow, that is awesome... and not much else! Why did you spray paint those man? Ruining pieces! Also, I don't think that color really fits to well all the other roofs were the dark red, and it pops out as not the same to me. Super Job.
Paul Vermeesch
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Dr. Monster
  October 28, 2013
This looks fantastic! I really like what you did with the shoreline. Excellent dio.
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  October 28, 2013
Oh, how long did it take to design and build this?
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  October 28, 2013
Quoting Si MOCs Utterly amazing job Paul! The build is fantastic, but the story behind it is inspiring! I'm also impressed you were able to outsource the actual building of the MOC to your minions ;)
Gotta love minions!
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  October 28, 2013
Utterly amazing job Paul! The build is fantastic, but the story behind it is inspiring! I'm also impressed you were able to outsource the actual building of the MOC to your minions ;)
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  October 28, 2013
AMAZING!!
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  October 28, 2013
This is so beautiful. <3 The color scheme is perfect, as well as the angles and landscape.
  October 28, 2013
Amazing job Paul. You have really captured the essence of Cair Paravel in Lego.
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  October 28, 2013
WOW... Paul, words cannot describe this MOC! The architecture is incredible and the whole MOC is beautifully perfect! Brilliant work to say the very least!
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  October 28, 2013
Wow! A lovely castle! Brilliantly well designed and equally as well pulled off. Great work. --Blast--
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  October 28, 2013
Awesome creation ! I love that you included the kids in building it that must have been fun! The castle walls look cool .Who ever commissioned this surely got their monies worth!
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  October 28, 2013
Amazing Mr Vermeesch!
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  October 28, 2013
A most wonderful creation and quite the project! Great layout and color schemes. It is certainly is an eye-pleasing build. -LB Senior
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  October 28, 2013
Jaw is on the floor. That is so awesome! And you said the kids got to make little sections? That is really awesome! It looks so beautiful, I just love it. Great job!
  October 28, 2013
Whoa! The fact that you have the exact number is amazing;) I sorta see how that even outs now. ~Brick
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  October 28, 2013
Quoting ~ Brick Great dio paul! 7,000 elements you say? That seems a bit off:D ~Brick
If you must know, the model itself is 4,681 parts, and the sand, ocean, and curved frame comprise around 2,500 parts.
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  October 28, 2013
Great dio paul! 7,000 elements you say? That seems a bit off:D ~Brick
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  October 28, 2013
Paul, that's really beautiful! I never tried a mini-scale moc, but that will be the one I would inspire to!
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  October 28, 2013
I must say that I am thoroughly impressed with the amount of planning, preparation, and research that you were able to pull off in such a short amount of time! An impressive build with great color schemes and an impressive amount of detail! Well done!
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  October 28, 2013
This is a fantastic project, brought to life in a wonderful way! It really looks like you had a great time doing it and the final result is awesome! Great work as always.
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  October 28, 2013
Paul, this is fantastic! Everything about this commission is amazing! From the castle walls, the angles in the build, to the excellent sidewalk, there are so many awesome details! Fantastic work!
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  October 28, 2013
Amazing build! Very realistic and detailed. Just fantastic! Awesome work!
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  October 28, 2013
Excellent model! Looks like you had fun working with the kids! Blogged on BrickEnd: http://brickend.blogspot.com/2013/10/commission-cair-paravel-by-paul.html
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  October 28, 2013
Great castle! I love the curve you put in the front! It was fun looking through the concept work for this project.
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  October 28, 2013
Spectacular design, wonderful color choices, and great idea to have kids help build the model! I'm glad you were able to turn your genius with Legos into a business. This is definitely TBB-level quality!
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  October 28, 2013
Wow! You are a master of microscale. It's hard to believe that this was put together in a month. The complex angles, the detailing, and the use of color are absolutely fantastic.
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  October 28, 2013
Great job, Paul! Your MOCs always amaze!
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  October 28, 2013
Like your other creations . . . wait, how am I saying this? My jaw lies on the floor below me, currently. This is absolutely phenomenal! Well done on a fantastic build!
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  October 28, 2013
This must be the best mini scale i've ever seen, its brilliant i specialy like the way you build the city into the mountain, and the water effects are awesome. Great job
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  October 28, 2013
Awesome! Great angles. The microscale is quite impressive. Beautiful architecture!
 
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