It's been a while since I visited CC and to be honest it has been a while since I've build anything castle-y, but here is something to make up for that! I have been part of a collaborative layout at LEGO Fanwelt 2012, last week in Cologne. The layout was part of the Lowlug
display. Lowlug had a Castle-layout in the previous LEGO Fanwelt (in 2010) and you can check that layout here
Anyway, this year Lowlug is back! And I think we found another way to surprise you guys: on this display Koffiemoc
and I worked together on building an island chain, rather than having a huge landscape. Wait, let me show you a picture first.Castle-layout in LEGO Fanwelt 2012
As you can see: it's a group of islands on parts of snot-water. We decided to go for islands instead of a landscape to break the standard baseplate-system. I think this layout showed the visitors that LEGO doesn't have to be square: not only the base is very natural, but I think each of us achieved a very organic feel on the islands as well.
But that's not all: we wanted to take castle to a next level, by adding moving objects to give a sense of awe on the visiting children. Each of us added something that moved. The island of MOCkingbird had a moving waterfall and a bouncy ship at the docks. Pj_bosman built a lady waving goodbye to her lover, a dancing druid and two thiefs chasing down a hallway. Koffiemoc's island featured a big tower with a dragon flying around it. And my part showed a Kracken attacked a ship. I made a video to show you guys, because we are very proud of the effects. Especially the kids were very entertained and almost hypnothised by the movement and it was great to see that even some parents were having problems believing their eyes. Sadly enough, I don't have videos from all the movement, but here's an impression of the bouncy ship, the flying dragon and the Kracken. VIDEO HERE!
Especially the movement in this layout is a result of the great community Lowlug is: some of us castle-builders needed some help from the technic-MOCers we have at Lowlug. So this display was a real collaborative piece of work, not only of us castle-builders. Talk about collaborative: let me show you who built what.
That's it for now, I think most of us will upload pictures of our islands in the coming weeks or so.
I hope you like it, let us know what you think!
Again: lots and lots of pictures here