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32x32 Challenge: The Occupied Ruin

Postby Tycho McKorley » Wed Aug 26, 2009 4:22 pm

When I read the Ye Olde Republic's outline of the 32x32 building challenge, I became very excited. I've wanted to build something in the Dark Forest/Forestmen theme for some time and I thought the challenge would give me just the avenue to do it.

I recognize that my creation is not, strictly speaking, a full castle. However, I believe it meets the spirit of the challenge because it's supposed to be a ruin deep in the woods that the men of the forest have reoccupied.

Here are the pictures (note that the pictures are links):

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I tried to make the edges of the cave "rough" to demonstrate that it's a cutaway from the mountain.

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Re: 32x32 Challenge: The Occupied Ruin

Postby Quickblade22 » Wed Aug 26, 2009 5:30 pm

I think it's a great build. Yea, it's not really a castle, but the spirit of the challenge was to get people to build something creative within the restriction size. I really like the way it turned out. My nitpicks are, where's the entrance to the inside or top? The guys wearing armor certainly didn't climb up the walls :tasty: . I really like the mix of relaxing and stragitical urgency that seem to be going on within this MOC. I can see myself wanting to build something similar. One thing this challenge did for me that I have noticed, since this the second reply I've done in a row, is that using my immagination to further expand the creation has been very refreshing. I've lost that over the years, and I'm glad to have it visit me again. :)
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Re: 32x32 Challenge: The Occupied Ruin

Postby Barbrickian » Wed Aug 26, 2009 5:35 pm

Wow! Nice. I was hoping someone did something other than a standard castle. Is the cavern on the back accessible somehow? I see a door from inside the cavern, but don't see it come out anywhere on the outside.
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Re: 32x32 Challenge: The Occupied Ruin

Postby nanuck95 » Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:44 pm

Cool! I like how you incorporated the cave entrance into the mountain. With the trees and the way you put the rocks on the front, it screens it a bit and you don't notice the entrance from the front. I think you captured the feel of the forestmen sets as well, looks great!
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Re: 32x32 Challenge: The Occupied Ruin

Postby Tycho McKorley » Thu Aug 27, 2009 3:25 am

Thank you all for the helpful feedback and comments. I do appreciate it.

The guys wearing armor certainly didn't climb up the walls


Hey, the Forestmen are much stronger than your run-of-the-mill Royal Knight! I think they climb walls well. :-p Seriously though, I forgot ladders! Silly me.

is the cavern on the back accessible somehow?


The door in the cave ultimately leads to nowhere except where your imagination might take you. My conception of the MOC was that it was a "cut-way" from the mountain (hence why everything in the back and on the sides is black). The entirety of an old tower sits atop the hill and fulfills the 32x32 castle size requirement, but the caves underneath show a cut-away of the extensive caves the Forestmen keep for themselves. That was the idea anyway. It's good to get feedback on this because it shows what works and what doesn't.

I think you captured the feel of the forestmen sets as well, looks great!

Thank you! That was the goal and I'm glad you feel I met it.
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Re: 32x32 Challenge: The Occupied Ruin

Postby Norro » Thu Aug 27, 2009 4:03 pm

A nice enjoyable MOC. I'm always partial to a waterfall and some forestmen, so this one has it all ; )

Thanks for sharing and God Bless,

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Re: 32x32 Challenge: The Occupied Ruin

Postby ben_toy_tech » Fri Aug 28, 2009 6:00 am

Wonderful. I have a special fondness for the Forestmen theme. I like how you did the cutaway underneath. Nice easter egg, unusual to find in a 32x32.
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