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Cathedral Redux: Construction Phase One

Postby plums_deify » Mon Jan 19, 2009 12:03 am

So...ya'll remember my Cathedral. Big ole' white building.

This creation's gone through many phases. From it's humble beginnings, the Cathedral has grown from convention to convention, changing with each showing. But, I'm sad to was time. It was time to tear down the building, sort everything out, and start anew. And while the original took me literally years to build, it only took four hours to tear apart.

Buuuuut I'm not one to let good brick go to waste [And let's face it: I needed a distraction from the rest of my world, which is going the way of the previous Cathedral....]. So I'm rebuilding. And once again, I'm being ambitious.

Thus I present some WIP photos. These aren't necessarily the final pieces, but they're certainly more than simply WIP. I'm putting a lot of thought and care into the interior on this one.

Base of a Statue
Repurposed Stained Glass
Apse of the Cross-Design
Floor design work


What you see is about 8 hours worth of work, from laying the base, outline, foundation, landscaping. I spent about an hour working on layouts on graph paper, to figure out angles and what I want to see.

And that's only three bricks high off the base!

It's 3x3.5 green baseplates, or 96x112 studs. It's actually two modules, for easier transportation.

The design itself is based on real-world designs for the great structures of Europe. Wikipedia has a pretty good article, if you're curious.

So. Any suggestions at this point are quite appreciated. :)

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Postby Remyth » Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:14 am

It is looking great! Not much to say yet, but I'm sure there will be more than enough to say in praise later.

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Postby draugaer » Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:31 am

wow, that must have been difficult to take apart your old cathedral. However it looks like your new project is going to be even more impressive :D.

It looks like you have a great start going I really like how the floor and stained glass are looking so far.

Only thing that seemed strange to me was that it looks like you're place flying buttresses at the ground level? In most medieval churches, the ground level contains only normal buttresses, and the flying buttresses are only placed on the second level.
Not that this is a poor design choice, but you said that you were basing the design off real buildings so I thought I'd point that out.

I'm not sure if you're planning on a gothic style, but it sort of looks like you're headed that direction. Here is a pretty good wiki article:

Also if you're already not planning on it, I think you should add buttresses to the trancepts -similar to the nave.
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Postby Teherean » Wed Jan 21, 2009 8:12 pm

Pretty nice! :) good luck with this!
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Postby RebelRock » Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:15 pm

Looks like it's going to be impressive. Are you going to stock up on inverted slopes to build arches with?
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Postby Voran_the_Scholar » Wed Jan 21, 2009 11:21 pm

This looks very excellent, Caylin. I love really big cathedrals. Good luck on your building! Can't wait to see the finished product! :D
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Postby The Blue Knight » Thu Jan 22, 2009 7:51 am


This made me think about how few such buildings we have. This looks like a tour-de-force. I have noticed the churches and cathedrals getting larger. I look forward to seeing this in March.
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Postby plums_deify » Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:11 am

Thanks, all!

Draugaer, that link is quite helpful. I'm not really going for any one style or timeframe, even though I have one in mind. I'm trying to blend all sorts of time periods.

Rocko....oh good GOD many arches. You may not be able to tell from the photos, but I've got arches built into the entire baseline. There'll be plenty...but I'll have to buy more, and some sizes are hard to come by in white.
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Postby Legoist » Fri Jan 30, 2009 6:50 am

I think this is going to end up amazing :)
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Cathedral Redux: Construction Phase Two

Postby plums_deify » Fri Apr 10, 2009 7:12 pm

Time for an update!

I put a lot of work into the Cathedral in the time leading up to Brickfest, and I was able to get some supplemental pictures to share. And it was a sunny day, and I wanted to go outside. ;)


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Stained Glass
Fig's eye view of the banners over the Aisle
Texturing to avoid big white walls
Arches and Glass

But wait! There's more!

Brickfest Action Shot: Construction in Action!
And another one!

Funny story...I overheard a member of the public say, "Oh, look! A torture chamber!" pointing to my Cathedral. And while I've actually built things of that nature, there wasn't one in here. So I really have NO clue what she was looking at. Cause I have a confessional, but no chamber... :o
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Re: Cathedral Redux: Construction Phase One

Postby Heir of Black Falcon » Sat Apr 11, 2009 6:03 am

Wow I guess I missed this last time. Sorry your old one had to go but your new start looks good. It looks amazing. The buttressing is turning out very well. You have so many details in this that I am not even sure where to start. The floor tile designs are very good and the overall look and design of it is stunning. I greatly look forward to seeing your progress with it.

Nice to see a troll engaged in a nice peaceful job as well. They really are such kind and gentle creatures… :wink:

As an aside. If you'd like any cathedral shots of any here in England let me know and I may have some. I tend to visit any medieval building I can when in a town so have a decent photo collection.

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Re: Cathedral Redux: Construction Phase One

Postby ThatPrimeGuy » Mon May 04, 2009 9:59 am

Looking great, i love the stain glassed windows so far, thanks for reminding me I need to stock up on trans-colored stuff. lol.
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