This castle was built as realistic as possible for castles in England. (There are castles with yellowish/tan bricks in England.) You will notice there are no trees within this build for no castle would have trees close to it, as they had been used for building the castle, furniture, and firewood. There is a wooden walk way extending from tower to tower of this castle, providing access to the upper entry ways for the King did not wish easy access into his castle, which explains the moat, portcullis, drawbridge and multiple arrow slits. Standing on the balcony, you will find our King and Queen dressed in their purple splendor for attending the Violet Ball in a neighboring kingdom. We are at a time of peace, but the army of 65 highly trained Black Falcons remains on guard as their King and Queen prepare for their journey. In true medieval style, the walls are built strong and thick for battle, leaving the tops of the towers the only place for decoration. But as the Queen of our fair castle, does not enjoy large amounts of mud in her castle, the entire courtyard was paved with cobblestones. The land around our castle, while lush and green is meticulously attended to as to provide complete access to the full view around the castle leaving no weak area to defend.
There is a Bricklink folder for entry into the CCC (which is not approved yet). See here: http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=518555
There is also a Flickr folder of many many photos. See here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/48243528@N00/sets/72157632245654483/
You will notice that I put a lot of time and effort into focusing on the details for interior, exterior, figs, landscaping, historical accuracy, and my story line. Figs are appropriately placed in interior spaces (you will get glimpses). Interesting facts:
More tiles were used in the building of this MOC than bricks
65 Black falcons is a portion of my army and yes they all have shields
That is only about 1/5 of the tan I own
All four colors of grey/bley were used as well as both browns
Tan has color variations…which will be seen in this MOC…but it helps break up the “big tan wall syndrome”
Tan 1x1 bricks with one stud on the side are a very very very nifty brick
There are 28 doors in this castle
As with every single MOC I build, I placed over 30 Bricklink orders to complete this
Tiles…can you ever have enough?! I ran out of tan and blue tiles multiple times.
One of my evil ant army (if you don’t know about that, well you should) is in attendance.
And pure evil is present…yes three little kittens of EVILNESSDisclaimer:
Building is the best. Photography, while I enjoy it…I get to the end and just want it finished. And I really am not good at photo editing nor do I want to be. Keep that in mind. I had to turn my hallway into a light box…with material, a kids table, and a bed sheet. I think it is time to just paint the whole entire hallway white. Big MOCS are a pain in the *a cannon fires* to photograph.
And to complete this post:
*GASP* BLUE BUILDS?!?!?! *GASP*
Yes, yes she does...and she has the title, and the wins to prove it.