Dear fellow castlers (we need to work on a cool name for ourselves),
I apologize for the delay in making a write up, I feel it incumbent on me to do so as I was the castle coordinator. Work kept me very busy right afterwards, but a sprained ankle has helped to slow me down, so here goes.
First, here is the link to my pictures on BrickShelf. Lots more to come there. http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/galle ... BlueKnight
. Someone will have to PM me on the picture as a link cool thing
Though I was the coordinator, I was also busy with other duties that kept me away from the display. Despite my lack of a strong central plan, I did have a good general idea. Evidently it was enough for the experienced attendees to run with, and the newbies to follow. Special thanks must therefore go out to Caylin Feiring and Tom and Kristin Rafert. They stepped up big time and coordinated the display during my frequent absences, and they brought some outstanding MOCs of their own. The Wunz boys were present, Chris and Thomas, it was great to see you guys again!Justin Major made some village buildings and micro scale. Frank Filz dropped his black castle and waterfront by. Steven Penuel came by with his gargantuan "Black Castle." It has grown over the last several years and included a lava flow this year!New to display, but not new to us here was Micah "Lord Doom." It was great to meet you, another Oregon castle builder. During the public hours Lewa Rocks visited with us. We certainly did miss some of the "core" group, but it turned out to be another in a growing line of great castle displays. I sure hope I didn't miss anyone, and if I did there is no slight intended. Just PM me and smack me around if I did.
Justin Major won an award for Best Vig. This was for the best building in the Pillage the Village sub-theme this year. He made a small mill packed with loads of incredible detail like a turning water wheel, a working lathe, and a table saw! The award brick was engraved Best Castle Fig, instead of Vig. Oh well, you got a rare error brick!
Tom Raftert won for his innovative tree. What other theme gives awards for foliage? His tree is simply amazing, check out the detailed pictures in my gallery. He used a brown slope plan for the trunk, giving it a very organic feel. Then came the branches, where he used technic pieces that I can't name to make a truly natural looking and very large tree.
I had a blast this time around thanks to all my old friends, and my new ones. You made this a truly memorable weekend for me. Thanks again, and we'll see you next time (if there is to be a next time
Final sign off from BrickFest 2009, Richard
Men who lie, merely hide the truth; but men who tell half-lies, have forgotten where they put it--Samuel Clemens