Thanks, everyone, for your comments and kind words. To answer some questions...
wlister wrote:What idea came first, the castle or the vingettes?
The vig. When I was working on "Weapons-Testing":
I built the wall in the background, and it dawned on me that I could actually create an entire castle wall using several 8x8 baseplates. I ended up going with a 3x3 base layout (it was difficult enough to think of 9 vig ideas - imagine coming up with 16 vig ideas for a 4x4 base layout!).
bannear wrote:Which came first the tower or the bungee?
The tower. This was one of the castle vigs that I had no idea what to do with (and it shows). When I build, I get new ideas: and the whole bungee idea just sprang from my mind (pun intended).
Now I'm a Serf!