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Postby Norro » Mon Jun 13, 2005 3:47 pm

Formendacil wrote:Beautiful castle! An excellent design, with a beautiful road rising up, and an interesting idea behind it.

And I admire anyone who is capable of mottling. It eludes me completely.


Sorry, I thought I got this in my big reply... Thanks for noting the road... it was the main spur to building the whole castle : )

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Postby LEGOFREAK » Mon Jun 13, 2005 4:59 pm

because I have slow dial-up connection I waited awhile to look at the details... :D on the one hand I could kick myself for waiting so long, but on the other hand, they are well worth the wait. (however your pictures were scaled so well that I actually didnt have a problem looking at them, so I lean more towards kicking myself)
as has been mentioned before, the road is excellent as well as the landscaping, mottling, and overall appearance.
The details are what truly makes a great MOC, and you have filled this with details. Big castles aren't always great (I like bob carneys big castles, but lets face it - they are lifeless) but in THIS castle there is life going on...
I really like the fish drying rack. (or is that villager selling the fish?) and filling the water barrel with clear blue one by ones!? :D excellent.
I think my favorite part is the upper stories, in half timber on the castle itself. You did a great job.

are you sure this is your first? :wink:
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Postby Gumby » Mon Jun 13, 2005 5:37 pm

Wow, very nice! Everything else that needs to be said has been said already.

I'm definitely going to try building the terrain first, followed by the structures. (Cuz obviously, that's what happens in real life!)
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Postby Norro » Tue Jun 14, 2005 12:44 am

LEGOFREAK wrote:as has been mentioned before, the road is excellent as well as the landscaping, mottling, and overall appearance.
The details are what truly makes a great MOC, and you have filled this with details. Big castles aren't always great (I like bob carneys big castles, but lets face it - they are lifeless) but in THIS castle there is life going on...
I really like the fish drying rack. (or is that villager selling the fish?) and filling the water barrel with clear blue one by ones!? :D excellent.
I think my favorite part is the upper stories, in half timber on the castle itself. You did a great job.

are you sure this is your first? :wink:


Thanks for the comments! The villager is selling fish (but drying them at the same time ; ) I'm glad you liked the half timber part of the castle, it is the part I'm least pleased with and willl hopefully improve the method for the next one...

As to my first... I have one other castle in my brickshelf gallery but it is just all my custom 80s wall sections hooked together on a coffe table... not the same thing at all ; )

Gumby wrote
Wow, very nice! Everything else that needs to be said has been said already.

I'm definitely going to try building the terrain first, followed by the structures. (Cuz obviously, that's what happens in real life!)


Glad to hear it!

Thanks again and God Bless,

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Postby Norro » Fri Jun 17, 2005 10:40 pm

Hey all,

I wanted to share a few of my faviorite details (because with the abundance of pics you may never see them). I was going to put this in the original post but got tired of typing : )

Anyways: (pic is link to specific picture, gallery is found here)

Image I love the daring of this wolf pack. He features in a lot of my future plans...
Image Using the large island base for a dingy cellar had been in the idea-mill for a long time.
Image I love the new teeth pieces! I also tried to create an elaborate pillow on this bed; if anyone has a link to pillows that actually look decent I would like to see it and improve ; )
Image This is proof that years later I understood the true scale of Josh Wendin's Medieval Marketplace project (Lugnet bears witness to my 'oversized' earlier attempts).
Image The whole interior of the hill was built with this (barely visible glimpse of) design. It can hold my weigth which I consider most impressive : )
Image To clarify... the yellow tudor building is the customs house of the small port, hence the confinscated goods here. The red building is the
Wayfarer's Inn, and the last building on the dock is an oar and sail repairer for the small fishing vessels which are all...er... out at sea : ) The building across the street (which can be walked under) is an expedition supply store for the large vessels...

Thanks for tolerating my long-windedness...

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Postby eNiGMa » Fri Jun 17, 2005 11:03 pm

Nice. I love the cellar especially; it looks very natural. The first pic is really small, though, and I can't really see it that well. Otherwise, everything's perfect.
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Postby Sir Terrance » Fri Jun 17, 2005 11:44 pm

For some strange reason, I hadn't seen this topic before. I'm really glad I did find it though, since THIS IS AMAZING!!!! The castle is built so wonderfully and the detail makes this a true work of art. So many things I love have already been stated, so I'm not going to repeat what everyone has already said. Excellent work, keep it up!

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Postby wizardnoob28 » Sat Jun 18, 2005 3:31 am

i hate these types of castles, they always make me drown in my own drool.(if you didn't catch the sarcasm, i'm sorry). I love the castle, and it is totally incredible.
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Postby Bruce N H » Sat Jun 18, 2005 3:35 am

Hey Norro,

There are so many great details to this creation that I can hardly take them in. My favorite single item is probably [url=http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=1257869]this hutch:
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I also really like the way the castle fits to the slope of the landscape in [url=http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=1257747]this pic:
Image[/url].
Another great innovation is the way you made the [url=http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=1257839]tall gates out of stacked doors:
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Postby Norro » Mon Jun 20, 2005 3:34 am

Bruce N H wrote:I also really like the way the castle fits to the slope of the landscape in [url=http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=1257747]this pic:
Image[/url].


I must admit this is my least faviorite/most annoying angle of the castle so for someone to appreciate it is a real relief!

Bruce N H wrote:Another great innovation is the way you made the [url=http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=1257839]tall gates out of stacked doors:
Image[/url]

Bruce


The gates were inspired by a beautiful MOC seen here:
http://www.ozbricks.com/bricktales/lotr/lotrplaces/lotrplaces12/lotrplaces12-05/lotrplaces12-05-01.html : ) !

eNiGMa wrote:Nice. I love the cellar especially; it looks very natural. The first pic is really small, though, and I can't really see it that well. Otherwise, everything's perfect.


Click the pics for the larger version ; )

Thanks again and God Bless,

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Postby Jacob C. » Mon Jun 20, 2005 3:57 pm

I must admit this is my least faviorite/most annoying angle of the castle so for someone to appreciate it is a real relief!

In my opinion, it was one of the best angles of the Castle.
I love how the wall slopes upwards towards the corner tower. You can see that clearly in the pic and you also get a glimpse of what lies over the wall. (nice dirt road by the way)
The wolf pack guy climbing the wall & the near by tree also add to the scenic value of the this section of the castle.
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Postby Norro » Tue Jun 21, 2005 11:20 pm

Jacob C. wrote:
I must admit this is my least faviorite/most annoying angle of the castle so for someone to appreciate it is a real relief!

In my opinion, it was one of the best angles of the Castle.
I love how the wall slopes upwards towards the corner tower. You can see that clearly in the pic and you also get a glimpse of what lies over the wall. (nice dirt road by the way)
The wolf pack guy climbing the wall & the near by tree also add to the scenic value of the this section of the castle.


Hey,

Thanks for the encouragement! Maybe it is just in person that this side seems inferior... The others are so tall they command the eye if you look at the MOC from across the room.

Thanks again and God Bless,

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Postby Infyrana » Fri Jun 24, 2005 3:20 pm

Absolutely brilliant castle. Building big castles requires a lot of foresight and overview. Building BIG castles like this complete with landscaping and interior must be even very difficult. And yet this one is complete with everything. Amazing.
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Postby Sir-Boris » Fri Jun 24, 2005 4:06 pm

Excellent piece of work. Just looking at these pics makes it impossible to wait to move to unpack all my legos.
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Postby Norro » Sun Jun 26, 2005 12:22 am

Infyrana wrote:Absolutely brilliant castle. Building big castles requires a lot of foresight and overview. Building BIG castles like this complete with landscaping and interior must be even very difficult. And yet this one is complete with everything. Amazing.


Thanks much!

Sir-Boris wrote:Excellent piece of work. Just looking at these pics makes it impossible to wait to move to unpack all my legos.


Don't tempt me; I just packed mine up... ; )

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