I builded! I builded!
For the first time in months I really builded!
I got the idea after watching a show on the History Channel called Terry Clark's Medieval Life (I think that's what it was called).
Anyway in one of the paintings on the show there was an odd looking windmill. I did some research and it turns out the windmill I saw was called a 'Post Mill'.
Here you can find a pic of it and the two other styles of windmill:
My readings from multiple websites suggest that all medieval european windmills were Post Mills, and the other two types of mills didn't come till much later.
Of course I'm no expert, so I could be wrong. I'm just telling you what I read.
Anyway I went off and built me a Post Mill, cause I wanted to. I don't think I've ever seen one built out of LEGO, and if someone has built one then I'm sorry.
But here she is:
A modest gallery can be found here:
It's not a pretty building, but it's not meant to be, either. It's meant to reflect the plainness of the classic medieval Post Mill, and I think I did an OK job.
The whole building pivots as a real post mill should.
There's a working millstone in there, I'll have to take some inside pics.
And I've built the rotor at an angle, this pic from the gallery shows it off:
However, this MOC is not complete, and is missing a few key items. First, I believe that my MOC is missing a center support post underneath it, thus the name Post mill, so I'm going to have to add that. I also need the long arm with which the miller used to rotate the building into the wind. I also don't have the roof quite finished, nor do I have much in the way of nice details inside, like bags of grain and stairs to get up to the upper level where the millstone is.
It's really cramped inside, which I'm sure is unrealistic, but like I said, I was going for a primitive feel with this MOC, so it had to stay small.
However, I am pleased with it. It looks rather neat I think. Though I may still go back, take it all apart, and rebuild it to be much taller so that it isn't so cramped inside. If I do that it'll also give me a chance to put in some other details. Who knows.